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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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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3 Reasons We Need Wasps

3 Reasons We Need Wasps

When most people think of beneficial bugs, they typically go for the honeybee, but there’s another buzzy flyer out there just as good – the wasp. Here are three reasons we need them you probably didn’t know. Continue reading

How Do Flies See The World?

How Do Flies See The World?

Flies may be small, but their eyes are very complex and allow them to see environments in a far superior light than humans. Let’s take a closer peek at how these pesky insects see the world. Continue reading

What Happens to Your Body When Mosquitoes Bite

What Happens to Your Body When Mosquitoes Bite

Mosquitoes are both pesky and sneaky, and when they strike most people won’t discover they’ve been bitten for minutes, even hours later. Let’s take a look at how mosquitoes pull off this caper and how our bodies react to it. Continue reading

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Top 6: Noisy Insects

Top 6: Noisy Insects

That music you hear outside your window of chirps, tweets and thumps is a full symphony of insects belting out their own unique tunes. We’re counting down the loudest insects in this month’s Top 6: Noisy Insects. Continue reading

Top 6: Bug Sports Teams

Top 6: Bug Sports Teams

Sports mascots signify team spirit and strike fear in opponents. We’re counting down the most interesting insect-related team mascots in this month’s Top 6: Bug Sports Teams. Continue reading

Top 6: Insect Stowaways

Top 6: Insect Stowaways

Insects are small, crafty and know just where to hide to stay out of sight and danger. In this month’s Top 6, we’re taking a look at little stowaways that may hitch a ride back with you while you’re on vacation. 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

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10 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT

10 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) created in 2011 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is no new news to the food processing industry. However, because the required dates of compliance were years away from the time FSMA was … Continue reading

5 Reasons Summer is the Season for Pests

5 Reasons Summer is the Season for Pests

With summer in full swing, it’s likely you’ve noticed increased pest activity. Why is it that most pests like the summer season best? Orkin’s Dr. Ron Harrison dives into the top five reasons why pests like ants, cockroaches, mosquitoes and … Continue reading

Help Reduce the Risk of Foodborne Illness at Your Restaurant

Help Reduce the Risk of Foodborne Illness at Your Restaurant

According to the CDC, more than half of foodborne illness outbreaks originate in restaurants. It’s a statistic that should concern you and other restaurant owners as you aim to provide an exemplary dining experience for your guests and avoid the … Continue reading