Monthly Archives: September 2015

Silverfish Trapping Tools

A reader asks: Are there any pheromone laced silverfish glue traps? I know of no traps with silverfish aggregation pheromone. Silverfish aggregation pheromone are non-volatile and have a role in causing silverfish to remain in areas that contain the pheromone.  Silverfish cannot … Continue reading

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Worse Than Spiders

Some people are deathly afraid of spiders and the fear leads to strange behaviors. Most spiders are harmless. A good whack or sweep with a windshield tool would quickly dispatch most spiders. The gentleman in the video below had the … Continue reading

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Double Pump

In insects that feed on fluids, the first section of the alimentary canal is often adapted to pump fluids out of the food and into the insect. The robber flies, (Asilidae) feed on other insects by piercing them with sharp mouthparts, … Continue reading

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Living With Green Roofs

Green roofs are roofs that contain a layer of vegetation. The goal is to improve water retention and add an insulation layer to reduce water runoff and energy consumption. Green roofs are limited by weight. Water is heavy and a roof … Continue reading

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Scouting Urban Insects

Humans alter the urban landscape with buildings including tall skyscrapers. Skyscrapers made of steel and concrete are new habitats that could be colonized by plants, insects and other organisms. Skyscrapers have steep vertical sides and can offer different microclimates than … Continue reading

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Hard To Live

Japanese biologists* noted a change in the composition of cicada species in Osaka, Japan. In the 1980s and 90s, many of the previously dominant cicada species declined and were replaced by a single dominant species, Cryptotympana facials. What caused this … Continue reading

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Beware the Tomato Leaf Miner

The Tomato Leaf Miner, Tuta absoluta, is a pest of tomatoes. It is native to South America where it feeds on tomatoes and other plants in the potato family (Solanaceae). Prior to 2006, this pest was confined to South America. … Continue reading

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