Monthly Archives: October 2012

Squash Bug Damage

In my post yesterday, I noted that squash bugs cause mechanical damage to squash plants and there is no evidence of a toxin or pathogen. How do we know? The picture in the post yesterday shows a wilted squash plant … Continue reading

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Living With Squash Bugs

Squash bugs, Anasa tristis, are pests of zucchini and other squash. At this time of year, the adults will move off the plants, set their metabolism to a low level, and overwinter in the leaf litter. Squash bugs have sucking … Continue reading

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Traveling With Bed Bugs

The epidemic of bed bugs worldwide has increased the probability for all travelers to be exposed to bed bugs. Bed bug infestations are not limited to poor quality establishments, but extend to Five Star Hotels. The modern traveler must be … Continue reading

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Bed Bug Incarceration

What is worse than a bed bug infestation? Being locked in a room with bed bugs and no means of defense? We learn from WPMT in Pennsylvania of a bed bug infestation in the York County Prison. Like many other … Continue reading

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Bed Bug Resurgence

From the middle to the end of the 20th Century, problems with bed bugs in the US were almost non-existent. Bed bug infestations were so rare that many people began to think that bed bugs were an urban legion. Since … Continue reading

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Friday Caterpillar Blogging: Crawling

The admonishment that people must learn to crawl before they walk applies to people and moths. Moths in the caterpillar stage cannot walk, they must crawl. It is only in the adult moth stage that the insect can walk. Crawling … Continue reading

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Living With Talking Ants

Advances in recording technology have opened our ears to a world of sound that is difficult to detect. Ants are social insects and have elaborate communication methods both through the use of chemicals and the use of sound. Ants, like … Continue reading

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