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Insect Sweat Can Destroy Grain Yields By Forming Mold

Insect Sweat Can Destroy Grain Yields By Forming Mold

It is always a bummer to hear that people are wasting food. We see it all the time. Restaurants, grocery stores, and sometimes we are even guilty of throwing away food. Farmers are no different as a surprising amount of grain is wasted each day just because bugs were found in the mix. The problem is due to the lack of aeration that grain receives once it is poured into a storage bin. In addition to this, there are several different types of bugs that feed primarily on grain. Once grain is put into a bin for storage, the warm temperatures will cause the insects to perspire. This perspiration follows grain-eating insects everywhere they crawl on hot days. This bug-sweat eventually becomes moldy. As you can understand, this mold reduces the value of grain. Since insect-infested grain becomes moldy frequently, grain is often rejected by inspectors when insects are spotted within bins. Obviously this results in a loss of revenue for farmers.

Insects that feed on crops never cease to cause problems for farmers, even after the agricultural products are uprooted and stored. Luckily, farmers can prevent moldy bug-sweat from destroying crop yields by having their grain aerated. During the late summer or early fall, temperatures are still high enough for insects to remain active. Grain eating insects can also reproduce within grain bins if temperatures are high enough. It goes without saying that more insects means more moldy grain. By aerating grain during warmer temperatures, grain can be cooled to a lower temperature. This will prevent insects from reproducing, and it will most likely kill any insects that are still feeding on grain that is in storage.

The grain located at the center of large storage bins becomes warmer than all other areas. This means that relocating the core regularly is necessary in order to reduce insect perspiration from contaminating grain.  Grain can be aerated cheaply through a “coring” process. The coring process involves mixing grain by shaking the bins over a truck. Once the grain that is located at the core is properly aerated, temperatures are reduced dramatically. The process may be a hassle for agricultural workers, but it keeps moldy insect sweat off of your food.

Do you think that the process of food production should be more focused on preventing insect contamination in different types of crops other than grain?

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A Couple Are Attacked By Bedbugs In A Five Star Hotel

A Couple Are Attacked By Bedbugs In A Five Star Hotel

A British couple, John Bowe, 54, and his partner Sharon Murray, spent nearly twenty five hundred pounds in order to stay at a fancy five star hotel for the holidays. The hotel is named Hotel Riu Touareg, and it is located on the African island of the same name. The couple was planning a ten day holiday vacation, and they were also going to celebrate Sharon’s fiftieth birthday. However, the vacation began to turn sour when they awoke each morning to find small red welts all over their bodies. They initially assumed that the bites were sustained while sitting outside. However, each morning more bites were recognized. Having no doubt that bedbugs were responsible for their bites, the couple approached management about the problem. Unfortunately, the hotel’s management only offered the couple a bottle of prosecco in order to compensate for their bedbug-related issues.

The couple tried to forget about the bedbug problem, but their bites did not improve. In fact, after nine days, their bites became much worse. Sharon’s bites covered her entire body by the time their twelfth and final day of vacationing arrived. After John inspected their hotel bed, he discovered that the mattress was not outfitted with a protective coat. John could also clearly see “black dots” on the mattress. The couple complained to management, at which point they were issued and apology and a free bottle of prosecco. The couple visited a doctor as well. The doctor confirmed that their bites had been caused by bedbugs. The doctor issued the couple some medicated cream. Once the couple returned to the hotel, they noticed that their neighboring hotel room had been undergoing a fumigation. Needless to say, this made Sharon very angry, as it appeared that the hotel’s staff were well aware of a bedbug presence near her room. They later discovered that the “black dots” were spots of bedbug fecal matter. As a result of the trip, the couple had to throw away most of their clothes and Sharon’s bites are still present on her body.

Do you think that this couple should have sued the hotel over this bedbug infestation?

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Mass Amounts Of Insects Continue To Stink Up Swimming Pools In Southern California

Mass Amounts Of Insects Continue To Stink Up Swimming Pools In Southern California

One month ago swarms of boatmen bugs began to swarm the California desert. These bugs wound up in Coachella Valley swimming pools. At the time, pool-owning residents considered this bug invasion a mere inconvenience that would go away after a thorough pool cleaning. However, this has not been the case, as the bugs are just as numerous in Coachella Valley swimming pools as they were one month ago. Now, pool owners are becoming angry as having pools cleaned is more expensive than ever. Pool owners are claiming that boatmen bugs are immediately repopulating swimming pools after they are cleaned.

One resident of La Quinta claimed that the bugs stink terribly, and he has had to pay to have millions of them removed from his pool on just one single occasion. The surface of this frustrated resident’s pool was pure black from all of the bugs inhabiting it. Apparently he has had to pay well over fifteen hundred dollars as a result of the bugs littering his pool.

According to experts, anyone who wants to be rid of the bugs must have pools treated with an algaecide, or simply wait for the bugs to go away. Seeing swarms of boatmen bugs is not unusual for this region since these bugs are native. The insects are not harmful and they are believed to originate from the Salton Sea. These bugs are most active during the summer, they reach eight millimeters in length, and they feed on algae. The only aspect of this recent swarm that experts do find mysterious is the time of year in which the invasion occurred, and why so many of these bugs are winding up on top of cars and within pools. Initially, city streets were also being invaded by mass amounts of these bugs, but lately they have only been sticking to swimming pools.

Have you ever lived in an area where swarms of boatmen bugs were common?

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Some Termites Can Eat Through Plastic Pipes And Billiard Balls

Some Termites Can Eat Through Plastic Pipes And Billiard Balls

Termites are eusocial insects like bees, ants and wasps. But termites have an advantage over all these insects, as some species can chew through just about anything. Obviously a timber-framed home is not safe from the eating habits of termites, but termites can even chew through objects that they cannot digest. You would be surprised to learn how many materials can become destroyed by a termites mouthparts. For example, Formosan termites can eat through PVC pipes. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride. These are the white drainage pipes that you have probably seen before. PVC pipes have mostly replaced metal piping since they are easier and cheaper to install. PVC can also be made into other plastic mechanisms. PVC is also used to cover cables and wiring. In Europe twenty five percent of all cable insulation is made from PVC. It is surprising that such a durable plastic material cannot withstand termite activity.

Termites secrete formic acid, which destroys the wiring within plastic pipes. And it’s not just termites that secrete formic acid. Ants, beetles and wasps are just a few other insects that secrete this corrosive acid as well. However, Formosan subterranean termites are often the most damaging of all these insects since they dwell beneath the ground’s surface for much of their lives. This makes a termites chances of encountering PVC pipes likely. Also, a termite’s body is made up of a relatively high amount of formic acid, which is around three percent of their body weight. The billions of dollars in property damage caused by termites each year is not just inflicted on wood.

Of course, termites cannot digest plastic, but Formosan subterranean termites will easily penetrate PVC plastic if it means reaching food. Not only have Formosan termites broken underground plastic water pipes, causing shut-downs in water service, but they have also destroyed electrical wires within PVC pipes, resulting in power outages. Termites have even been known for chewing billiard balls, ivory and even lead.

Have you ever heard the sound of feeding termites behind the walls of your home before or after you realized you had a termite infestation?

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This Recently Discovered Cockroach Glows In The Dark

This Recently Discovered Cockroach Glows In The Dark

Roaches are not the most pleasant animals to look at. Even for insects roaches are relatively ugly, and are possibly the most hated of all arthropods. However, there are numerous cockroach species thriving in the world today, and not all of them have the same revolting features. For example, one species of cockroach has been described by researchers as being “cute”. And apparently some have even reported these roaches as looking like the lovable and furry fictional creatures known as “Ewoks”. But these newly discovered roaches are perhaps most distinguished by their ability to glow like fireflies. In fact, some sources say that this roach is the only land animal capable of “mimicry by bioluminescence”.

These roaches are not furry, as the description above may lead you to believe. But at a certain angle and under the proper shade of lighting a design can clearly be seen that resembles the face of a teddy-bear. Although many may want to see what this strange roach looks like, there is a very good chance that this roach has recently become extinct. Until another live specimen is found and placed within a zoo or museum, photographs will have to suffice.

We all know that roaches are numerous on this planet, which is a big reason as to why they are so hated. They seem to be everywhere, even in volcanoes. Surprisingly, this glowing roach species only dwells, or dwelled, on top of the Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador. This volcano recently erupted, which likely wiped out the whole species. Researchers have not spotted any specimens since the eruption, and many are disappointed about the roach’s extinction so soon after it was discovered. Luckily one group of researchers had a chance to study the roaches before they went extinct. It turns out that these roaches evolved bioluminescent patterns on their bodies that fool predators into thinking that they are poisonous. The glowing patterns are also notable for being asymmetrical, which means that these roaches are the first organisms in history known to possess asymmetrical bioluminescent patterns on their bodies.

Do you believe that it is unlikely that all of these roaches were wiped out as a result of the volcano’s eruption?

 

 

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Do Flies Ever Get A Chance To Sleep?

Do Flies Ever Get A Chance To Sleep?

Although some people may not care whether flies sleep or not, more curious minds have likely pondered this question at some point. Flies always seem to be busy flying about. It is hard to imagine a fly catching some Zzz’s. This question has apparently been asked before by serious-minded scientists, as researchers from the University of Queensland actually conducted a study in order to find out if flies sleep or not.

Although it may surprise many of you, flies do in fact sleep. Just like humans, flies even require sleep in order to function properly. However, flies sleep at varying intervals. Flies sometimes sleep deeply, whereas other times flies will only take a short light nap. Flies require more sleep if they expend substantial amounts of energy, and this energy is not always spent solely by flying around. For example, studies show that when the learning pathway in fly brains is activated during the day, the need for sleep becomes that much more necessary. When flies use their tiny brains, they will end up indulging in much deeper sleep than normal. Also like humans, flies will sleep during the nighttime hours. Surprisingly, flies do not necessarily search for sleeping areas that are safe from predators. Flies have been found sleeping on curtains, on walls, on ceilings and even on floors. Flies will sleep literally anywhere, just as long as the sleep is occurring at night. Flies likely feel safe sleeping anywhere during the night for the obvious reason that predators cannot locate them quickly. Also, even during deep sleep, flies will likely wake up when predators approach.

Since most people do not appreciate the presence of flies within their homes, people could eliminate flies by learning where they sleep. Maybe flies can dodge a rolled up newspaper during sleep, but residents of a household could make some areas less hospitable to flies looking for a place to sleep. However, in most cases, homeowners will either have to act quickly and swat them, or simply wait for them to die.

Have you ever spotted a fly that you suspected of sleeping?

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Curious About Which Insects Like to Crawl Into Your Body?

Curious About Which Insects Like to Crawl Into Your Body?

We’ve all been told that spiders will often crawl inside your mouth at night. You’ve likely also heard about cockroaches crawling into people’s ears and noses, with one of the more interesting stories involving a cockroach that managed to crawl inside of a woman’s sinuses and had to be pulled out still alive through her nostrils. But don’t think that those are the only creatures that might decide to crawl into one of your orifices. You may find you need to guard against many other creepy crawlies that want to snuggle up inside of your body. Heck, that place is warm! It’s perfect for the winter!

Your ears seem to be a very popular entrance for different insects to invade. While us Americans may not have to worry as much about an invasion due to our clean homes that protect us from all sorts of things that go bump in the night, people in other countries such as Africa are not so lucky. One hospital in South Africa reported that in the span of only two years 24 people came in needing some kind of insect removed from their ears. These insects included ten German cockroaches, eight flies, three beetles, one tick, one horribly smashed moth, and one assassin bug. As you can see roaches are the most common, likely because they are always on the lookout for food and earwax is one tasty treat for a cockroach wanting a midnight snack. Considering all the other insects that also gravitate towards the ears, earwax may be considered a delicacy my many insects.

Another unfortunate area where invaders might turn up is your rectum…yep, that one. Some leeches are known to crawl into pretty much an orifice they can get access to, including your eyes, vagina, urethra, in addition to your rectum. Few species are able to brave the human rectum, but flies are another insect that seem drawn in that direction. Flies will consume human flesh by laying eggs inside an area such as your rectum, which then hatch into maggots. And flies are not picky when it comes to how they access that flesh. Maggot infestations are common enough that the problem even has its own medical term, myiasis, which has been reported by doctors throughout human history. Oddly enough, other insects have been found in the colon and digestive tract, including ants, ladybugs, yellow jackets and even wasps. I do not even want to know how that last one happened.

Have you or someone you know ever found an insect inside one of your orifices? Where was it and how did you get it out?

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An Artist Sells A $30,000 Dollar Termite Infested Painting

An Artist Sells A $30,000 Dollar Termite Infested Painting

Termite inspections are always necessary before purchasing a home. Buying a termite infested home is every future homeowner’s nightmare. However, termites are versatile and sneaky creatures that consume cellulose from a number of different sources, and not just timber-framed houses. Termites have even been known to infest art galleries. You can see why such an infestation would be catastrophic. Imagine if Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa met its end by being devoured by hungry termites. It is probable that art museums take termite inspections very seriously. Luckily, it is rare to find a valuable piece of art being destroyed by termites, but it does happen. For example, the successful and renowned artist P. Buckley Moss is being sued for selling a termite infested painting to a buyer for thirty thousand dollars. Initially the buyer was under the impression that she was getting a good deal from the treasured artist, as Moss claimed that the water-color painting was worth fifty thousand dollars.

In Saint Petersburg, Florida Christine Herrmann, owner of Sweet Divas Chocolates, is suing P. Buckley Moss for negligence over the sale of a termite infested painting entitled the Golden Couple. Hermann felt comfortable spending tens of thousands of dollars on the painting since Moss is so well respected in the art community. In addition to being a respected artist, Moss also owned her own gallery called the P. Buckley Moss Gallery, where the now infested painting was on display for many years. This lawsuit may be hard for Moss to win considering a few shady events that had occurred before the painting wound up in Hermann’s possession.

In 2012 Hermann consigned the painting from the Finn Gallery of P. Buckley Moss. The agreement between Hermann and the Finn Gallery listed the price of the painting at thirty thousand dollars. However, before the sale was finalized, Moss fired and expelled the Finn Gallery from the building that she owned. Soon afterwards Moss personally walked across the street to Hermann’s business in order to tell her that the Finn Gallery had been fired and that they “grossly underpriced” the painting, which was really worth fifty thousand dollars. Hermann purchased the painting believing that she was being given a good deal. But not long afterwards termites were found eating away at the bottom part of the frame as well as the paper material. An appraiser claimed that the painting’s damage was irreparable. A pest control professional identified the termites as a drywood species. Hermann demanded a refund but Moss refused. Their case is now in court.

Have you ever found a termite consuming paper within an indoor area? If you have, had their been an infestation of termites in that area? Or did an infestation of termites eventually show itself?

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Termites Are Infesting Several Areas Of An Elementary School

Termites Are Infesting Several Areas Of An Elementary School

Although early elementary education is a necessity for all children who plan on growing into competent adults, most kids are thrilled when school is cancelled. You likely remember the enthusiasm that you felt when an otherwise boring day at school became a snow day at the last minute. Although there are always those teacher’s pets who hate snow days, most kids would wish for any catastrophe as long as it meant getting a day off from school. However, some states never see snowfall. School is rarely cancelled due to winter weather conditions in the state of Florida, for example. But for kids who go to school in Florida there are termites. You would be surprised at how often schools are forced to temporarily shut down as a result of termite infestations. One termite infestation within Marsh Pointe Elementary school is one of the most extensive school infestations in recent history.

At least one pest control service in the city of Palm Beach Gardens is seeing a lot of business, as Marsh Pointe Elementary has been tented for termites. According to a spokesperson with the pest control company in charge of eradicating the termite presence, termite infestations have been found in numerous locations within the school. The amount of plastic tarp material that is required to fumigate the school is staggering. Apparently, measuring the amount of tarp needed is proving to be more difficult than professionals had thought. Pest control professionals are even struggling to determine the amount of fumigant necessary for eradicating the termite presence within the large sized elementary school. For most pest control companies, such a monumental task would lie beyond their capabilities.

The school is infested with drywood termites, and their population number within the school is estimated at being a couple hundred thousand. It turns out that in-school termite infestations are more common in Florida than you would likely believe. According to Jim Kunard, Director of Facility Services for Palm Beach County Schools, two other schools in the district are also infested with termites. These schools include Gardens Elementary School and Lighthouse Elementary School. So if you are a kid that hates attending school everyday, then you should consider termites your friends.

 

Do you think that schools can realistically have regular termite inspections in every indoor area?

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