Orkin Lab Notes
An insider look into the things we find most interesting about the fascinating world of bugs.
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
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
From malaria to the Zika virus, mosquitoes have a reputation for potentially transmitting dangerous diseases that could pose health risks to you and your family. But did you know that scientists are using technology and the tiny bloodsuckers for the greater good? It’s quite amazing! 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
Museums are still the best destinations to discover the marvels of the human age from art and design to history and technology. Bugs and insects also have their piece of the knowledge gathering pie. Here are six bug and insect museums too exciting to miss. Continue reading