Science of Pests

Spiders Eat Millions of Insects Every Year

While we ready ourselves for a Thanksgiving smorgasbord, know that the insect world is also feasting – big time. Just take spiders. Researchers have found that the eight-legged insects could give competitive eaters a run for their money. Let’s take a look at how big their appetite is. Continue reading

Beetles Make Food For Their Young With Dead Mice

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 Schmidt Pain Index Ranks Insect Stings

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

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

Test Your Spring Pest Expertise

How well do you know spring pests? As flowers bloom, temperatures rise and we head outdoors to enjoy the milder weather, it’s important to remember that pests are also becoming more active. The spring months bring pests such as flies, … Continue reading

The Anatomy of a Stinger

You’d be hard pressed to find someone with something good to say about getting stung. Most of us have experienced the biting sting of a bee, hornet or wasp. Stinging pests, for all the good they do and as small as they are, can pack a seriously painful punch! Continue reading

What Is Vermiculture?

Vermiculture is the process of managing and cultivating earthworms. Earthworms can help turn organic waste into nutrient-rich soil for your garden. The concept behind vermiculture is very similar to composting — the process of turning organic matter into fertilizer. How … Continue reading

Top 5 Mosquito Repellent Plants

By Ron Harrison, Ph.D., Entomologist and Orkin Technical Services Director Spring has sprung and gardeners are already busy planting, pruning and caring for their gardens. While proper soil, sun and rain may be a gardener’s best friends, the pests that … Continue reading

Cricket Casserole

Are you planning to use tried and true recipes this Thanksgiving? Or, will you branch out and explore new culinary possibilities? Lucky for you, we have an insect-inspired idea to help spice up your favorite Thanksgiving dish. Roasted crickets are just the thing you never knew you needed to elevate your stuffing. Continue reading

The Scariest & Deadliest Insects Worldwide

Take a look at some of the scariest and deadliest insects worldwide! Most of the millions of crawling, flying and squirming insects around the world are mostly harmless – but some are quite frightening, or even have the potential to be deadly. See where these scary, creepy crawlers live. Continue reading

Pest Proofing Your Home For The Winter

The heat of summer may still linger with us, but before long we’ll be welcoming the crisper, cooler days of fall and winter. A drop in temperature means bundling up, turning on the heat and retreating indoors, but we won’t be the only ones looking for a warm place to hibernate in this winter. Continue reading

10 Crazy Looking Caterpillars

They’re weird, they’re wild and they’re wonderful. The vast and varied world of caterpillars is a beautiful one to behold. We’ve identified 10 of what we consider to be some of the most interesting and intriguing caterpillars of all. Continue reading