Orkin Lab Notes
An insider look into the things we find most interesting about the fascinating world of bugs.
Cockroaches are nocturnal creatures often appearing in the dead of night in search of food, water, and a possible mate. With burning all this midnight oil, do cockroaches ever get a chance to grab some “shut eye?” Let’s find out in this month’s fact or fake. Continue reading
A method of defense used by some bugs and insects is the ability to create and distribute toxins to hunt prey or to fend off would-be predators. We often describe these organisms as venomous and poisonous interchangeably, but do these terms mean the same thing? Let’s find out in this month’s fact or fake. Continue reading
From growing up reading children’s books and watching cartoons depict fluffy, friendly bees, it’s become a common belief that they make their homes in hives. While this is true to a certain extent, is that the only place these furry flyers reside? Let’s find out in this month’s fact or fake. Continue reading
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
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!
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
As kids, we get used to our parents telling us what to eat. “Drink your milk.” “Eat your fruits and vegetables, so you become big and strong,” is another common statement on the benefits of proper nutrition, and in the insect world, it’s no different. Let’s take a look at how the burying beetle does it. Continue reading
The dancing and partying starts for bugs and insects when homes start to illuminate exterior lights and the street lights turn on. Bugs and insects are drawn to these globes of artificial light like a science fiction tractor beam. Why? Let’s take a look! Continue reading
If you were stung by a bee during your outdoor activities, how would you rank the pain? On a scale of one to ten? From bearable to extremely bad? No matter how you classify the feeling, everyone’s experience will be different. And while the concept of pain and discomfort is subjective, the Schmidt Pain Index categories the worst of the worst in insect stings for easy comparison. Continue reading
Although they cause fear with the rest of their supernatural friends like vampires and werewolves, zombies aren’t just a scare for movies and televisions. In the insect world, they’re real! Check out our Top 6 bug and insects with the unfortunate luck of being turned into zombies. Continue reading
When it comes to smelly insects, most people know about the stink bug. As its name suggests, these foul-smelling crawlers are outfitted with quite the pungent defense mechanisms, but they’re not the only ones. Here are six others we don’t want to sniff anytime soon. Continue reading
When it comes to pain, these insects’ self-defense mechanisms are downright brutal. For those that aren’t severely allergic, some stings from the likes of bees and ants barely register on the pain meter. However, a whole new level of insect is bringing the pain. Here are six we hope we never cross paths with. Continue reading