Orkin 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™

Can Insects Survive High Altitudes?

We’re accustomed to seeing our fair share of insects at ground level, but could they adapt to survive in higher altitudes? Let’s find out in this month’s fact or fake. Continue reading

Do Mosquitoes Choose Who They Bite?

Mosquitoes are quite pesky and bite their fair share of people, but do they choose their victims? Let’s find out in this month’s fact or fake. Continue reading

Do Cockroaches Only Thrive In Dirty Homes?

Cockroaches have a reputation as filthy pests that are often found in dirty places, but are these the only conditions they thrive in? Let’s find out in this month’s fact or fake. Continue reading

Termites Only Eat Wood, Right?

With the havoc termites wreak on homes, it’s a common belief that their diet only consists of tasty wood. But is that all they crave? Let’s find out in this month’s fact or fake. Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Science of Pests See All »

There’s a Museum Totally Dedicated to Ticks

There’s a Museum Totally Dedicated to Ticks

Growing up you probably remember taking field trips to museums and seeing pieces of art, sculptures, and even mummies, but did your visits ever expose you to blood-sucking parasites? Continue reading

The Difference Between Bugs and Insects

The Difference Between Bugs and Insects

Is that thing crawling outside your window a bug or an insect? While you may think they’re one in the same, the science behind their difference in terminology can get a bit tricky. Continue reading

Queen Termites Can Live For Decades

Queen Termites Can Live For Decades

While most insects have a relatively short lifespan that can range anywhere from a day to two years, the queen termite puts them all to shame with her decades-long longevity. Continue reading

Top 6 See All »

Top 6: Blood-Sucking Pests

Top 6: Blood-Sucking Pests

It’s one thing for pests to invade our homes and foster an uncomfortable living environment, but when they decide to make a meal out of you and your family, it’s all the more unsettling. Here are six blood-sucking pests to keep an eye out for and avoid. Continue reading

Top 6: Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Top 6: Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Mosquitoes can put a damper on outdoor and indoor good times from their annoying buzz to an itchy irritation after they bite. They also pose a significant health concern to humans due to the diseases they’ve been known to carry. Continue reading

Top 6: Swarming Bug and Insects

Top 6: Swarming Bug and Insects

While some bugs and insects go about their day-to-day lives as solitary creatures, there are some that operate better in large numbers. Here are six swarming bugs and insects that know how to play the numbers game. Continue reading

Bug Wisdom See All »

Bug Wisdom: Communication

If you couldn’t talk or write, how would you get your point across? It’d be pretty difficult, right? Well, when it comes to communication, bees have it all figured out. Continue reading

Bug Wisdom: Happiness

The dance of the peacock spider is quite the sight. These tiny arachnids show off their moves in one serious happy dance that could bring a smile and sense of joy to anyone’s face. Continue reading

Bug Wisdom: Life

The life of a mayfly is a busy and fleeting existence. Known as “one-day insects,” these aquatic flyers have the shortest lifespan of any animal. Let’s see how these small flyers can give us perspective on life. Continue reading

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

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

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

Bug Wisdom: Teamwork

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

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

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

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

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

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

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