General Entomology

A makeshift bumble bee nest box.

Bumble Bees: A Time to Kill, and a Time to Build Nest Boxes

I've had a pest problem around my house, and it's been the darnedest thing to try to get rid of. Every year, bumble bees have invaded my subarea. One year there was even three different colonies. I know this because my subarea is divided into ...
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Safrotin Coffee Mug

Eulogy for Safrotin

Do you have an insecticide that has a warm place in your heart? If you've been around for a while, it might be chlordane. Newer people tend to like Tempo or Demand, and people who come from the country of Argentine Ants often name Termidor ...
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Crazy Looking Treehopper

Beware Insect Mimics and Other Tricks of Nature

Membracids or treehoppers are well-known (perhaps even loved?) for their helmets, which are often more outlandish than Phyllis Diller's latest hairdo. The one you see here is a great example - and a case of insect mimicry, because of course, at first glance, it appears ...
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Ted Snyder interviewed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs in Milwaukee Hospitals – Interview

Entomologist Ted Snyder is interviewed on bed bugs showing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin hospitals ...
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Check out the February Issue of PCT for my Small Carpenter Ant Article

Check out the February Issue of PCT for my Small Carpenter Ant Article

A number of years ago, carpenter ants taught me a lesson. It seems that I often have to learn things the hard way, through screwing things up, and I screwed up an ant identification, not realizing how diverse carpenter ants really were. I thought that ...
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Accessing Your Untapped Potential

Accessing Your Untapped Potential

As an adult educator, I watch people growing in their skills and abilities, and I wonder what separates one person's ability to master a skill from another's ability.  Part of it has to do with the potential that each person has to master a skill, ...
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A street in Haiti

Haiti Cholera Outbreak Continues

According to the BBC, the death toll is due to Cholera in Haiti is close to 1,000. Cholera is a disease transmitted by consuming food or water contaminated by feces. This can come from feces contaminating local water sources, and those water sources being used ...
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