Orkin Man Lab Notes

An insider look into the things we find most interesting about the fascinating world of bugs.

Bug of the Month

Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake™

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Can Bugs and Insects Survive High Falls?

Like cats, when a bug falls to the ground, it always seems to survive without as much as a scratch. Is it just lucky? Let’s find out in this month’s fact or fake. Continue reading

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Can Your Pet Fix Your Rodent Problem?

Cat versus mouse, an age-old rivalry we’ve seen played out in everything from cartoons to television shows, but can felines rid your home completely of rodents? Let’s find out in this month’s fact or fake. Continue reading

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Do Bugs Attack People on Purpose?

Bugs are inherently scary and it’s easy to think they’re out to get us. Are bugs out for vengeance against the human race? Let’s find out in this month’s fact or fake. Continue reading

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Are All Rats Nocturnal?

Hear the sound of tiny little feet scurrying across your kitchen floor while you sleep? It could be rats. Do these pests only come out in the middle of the night? Let’s find out in this month’s fact or fake. Continue reading

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Do All Bees Make Honey?

Bees are the only insects that produce a food source suitable for human consumption, but do all bees make this famously tasty superfood? Let’s find out in this month’s fact or fake. Continue reading

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Do All Spiders Make Webs?

Oh, what a tangled web we weave, but do all spiders spin these meticulously intricate structures? Let’s unravel this mystery in this month’s fact or fake. Continue reading

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If You Cut An Earthworm in Half Will It Multiply?

It’s long been thought that earthworms have the ability to multiply when cut in half. Whether this belief came from old wives’ tales or science fiction, let’s worm our way into the truth in this month’s fact or fake. Continue reading

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Do All Bees Die After Stinging?

Does a sting from a bee ensure its ultimate demise? Let’s find out what this buzz is all about in this month’s fact or fake. Continue reading

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Can Cockroaches Crawl Backwards?

Cockroaches are pretty crafty in scaling walls and disappearing in the blink of an eye, but can they crawl backwards? Let’s chase down this myth in this month’s fact or fake. Continue reading

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Can Squishing a Cockroach Release Its Eggs?

Can squishing a cockroach release and spread their eggs throughout your home? Let’s squash this myth in this month’s fact or fake. Continue reading

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Can Bitter Cucumber Peels Prevent Ants?

Can Bitter Cucumber Peels Prevent Ants?
Not everyone cares for the naturally bitter taste of cucumber peels, could ants be included in that group? Find out if the key to ant control is as easy as placing some cucumber peels near your home’s entry points in this month’s fact or fake!

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Does Cheese Attract Mice to Traps?

Does Cheese Attract Mice to Traps?
Is the age-old cheese and mousetrap bait just a bit for cartoons? Or does it actually work? Find out for yourself in this month’s fact or fake!

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Can Ultrasonic Sound Machines Repel Cockroaches and Rodents?

Could ultrasonic sound machines be the answer to ridding the world of cockroaches and rodents? Find out for yourself in this month’s fact or fake! Continue reading

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Can Soapy Water Repel Garden Bugs?

Could getting rid of pesky garden bugs, or aphids, be as simple as spraying soapy water on your garden? Find out in this month’s fact or fake! Continue reading

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Can Dryer Sheets Repel Mosquitoes?

In this month’s fact or fake, we take a look at whether common household item, dryer sheets, can help repel the dreaded mosquito! Continue reading

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Can Fans Repel Mosquitoes?

In this month’s fact or fake we explore whether or not fans can help repel mosquitoes. We have a good feeling about this one. Read on to get the bottom of it! Continue reading

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Can Grits Kill Fire Ants?

Could grits be the cure all for painful fire ants? Find out if your pantry staple could be the demise of pesky fire ants in this month’s fact or fake.

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Do Mosquitos Prefer Adults Over Children?

Mosquitoes aren’t particularly picky, but they do have their preferences. Find out if adults or children are more likely to be a mosquito’s next meal in this month’s fact or fake video.

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Can Bags of Water Repel Flies?

Ever wonder why some of your local restaurants hang a bag of water outside their establishment? They say it repels flies. We looked into it. See what we found out in this month’s Fact or Fake. Continue reading

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Peppermint to Repel Rats: Truth and Myth

Is peppermint oil a natural rat repellent? We looked into it and our findings may surprise you. Read on to see us get to the bottom of this month’s Fact or Fake. Continue reading

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Do People Eat Spiders in Their Sleep?

Urban legend says the average person eats eight spiders a year in their sleep. Is it Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake? Orkin reveals the truth behind this creepy-crawly claim. Continue reading

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Can Ants Survive Underwater?

There may be a reason why ants have survived over 100 million years. Find out if ants can live in an underwater world. Continue reading

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Could a Cockroach Survive a Nuclear Bomb?

Could it be true? Cockroaches are capable of surviving a nuclear bomb? We have a feeling there’s a catch. What do you think? Watch this month’s Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake™ and find out for yourself. Continue reading

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Ants Behave Like Solids and Liquids

Ants Behave Like Solids and Liquids

Alone, ants are like a grain of sand and are very easy to be manipulated. But when they get together, something amazing happens. See how these tiny creatures can change their physical state under the right conditions. Continue reading

Ways Insects Survive Winter

Ways Insects Survive Winter

During spring and summer months, bugs and insects buzzing and crawling your way is unavoidable. But during the fall and winter months, those same pests are often missing in action. Where do they go? Continue reading

Mice Are Beneficial In Understanding Human Disease

Mice Are Beneficial In Understanding Human Disease

While your Orkin technician works to help protect your home from rodents, there are scientists that study them to benefit the human race. See what mice can help us understand about human disease. Continue reading

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Top 6: New Bug Species of 2016

Top 6: New Bug Species of 2016

The bug world is a strange and beautiful place full of interesting creatures that leave scientists and researchers baffled and amazed with more being discovered every day. Here are our top picks from 2016. Continue reading

Top 6: Insect Recipes For Thanksgiving

Top 6: Insect Recipes For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about sharing an enormous meal with family and friends and reveling in the fellowship over delicious food. Why not go the adventurous route and share these inventive insect recipes at the table. Continue reading

Top 6: Horror Movie Bugs and Pests

Top 6: Horror Movie Bugs and Pests

The fear and annoyance of bugs and pests is nothing compared to the treatment Hollywood movies give them. Check out horror movie bugs that will make you think twice before sleeping with the lights off. Continue reading

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Bug Wisdom: Ingenuity

Being surrounded by larger than life predators can be daunting, but the bird-dung crab spider takes it in stride. Let’s see how this small arachnid uses its ingenuity to survive. Continue reading

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Bug Wisdom: Patience

Patience is a virtue and all good things come to those who wait, right? Just take it from the caterpillar. See what this curious crawler can teach us about patience. Continue reading

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Bug Wisdom: Perseverance

Slow and steady wins the race. Just ask the dung beetle. See what this tiny titan can teach us about perseverance. Continue reading

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Bug Wisdom: Teamwork

There’s no “I” in “ant.” See what these tiny travelers can teach us about teamwork. Continue reading

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Dung Beetle

The dung beetle wants you to try and have a positive outlook on your circumstance—even when it’s not exactly optimal. Continue reading

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Spider

Using the spider as an example, beauty can be found all around us—even in our work. Watch as the spider teaches us to look at life with a new perspective. Continue reading

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Green Worm

That pesky critter in your flower garden? He has a thing or two to teach you about pausing to…enjoy the world around you. Continue reading

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Bees

There’s music everywhere, but sometimes it takes being reminded by the smallest among us to actually listen. Listen for the wisdom of the bees. Continue reading

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The Mosquito

The mosquito, in all its peskiness, may actually be able to teach us a little something about…savoring the moment. See for yourself. Continue reading

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The Caterpillar

Where you see leaf damage, the hungry caterpillar sees a plentiful feast. But before you get frustrated, just hear them out. Continue reading