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Archive for the ‘Ask the Expert’ Category

Survive the Hive – How To Protect Yourself From A Bee Swarm

Friday, August 18th, 2017

When considering dangerous pests, honeybees might not register very highly. While nearly everyone has had a bee sting, they are rarely dangerous unless you have an allergy to the bee venom. However, the recent fatal bee attack in Tucson is raising awareness of the threat that can be posed by a bee swarm, and given the conditions, more potentially deadly attacks are expected in the coming season. (more…)

6 Easy Home Remedies to Get Rid of Sugar Ants

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

First of all, let me be clear. There is no such animal as a “sugar ant”. This is a term that is loosely applied to any number of small species of ants that seemingly find the smallest bit of sugar from a spill the night before and invade your kitchen, living room, bathroom, let’s face it, anywhere. (more…)

When Is The Best Time To Get Rid Of Weeds?

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The last two years have seen a massive increase in the amount of rainfall in the Desert Southwest. A quick drive around town, down the road to Sierra Vista, or even just around your neighborhood will likely confirm that weeds are growing like crazy, taking advantage of this abundance of rain. (more…)

Bug Blog Entries

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Hypothetical: A Portuguese designer creates a food source from primary ingredients that are in abundant global supply. It’s a high protein powder. It’s good for you and good for the environment. Do you eat it?

Here’s the catch: this superfood is made from the paste of ground-up dung beetles and crickets.

Here’s the other catch: this isn’t a hypothetical.

A Portuguese designer, Susan Soares, is using 3D printing technology to make insects more palatable.

There is a wholly rational argument for eating creepy-crawlies. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization believes bug eating is the right strategy to adopt; as the world’s population grows, a new food source is required, and bugs are already squirming around on every continent and in every climate. It makes sense to embrace entomophagy, the practice of raising insects as food, on a global scale.

Read more: Edible Bug Treats: 3D Printer Susan Soares Cricket Candy | TIME.com http://newsfeed.time.com/2014/02/05/3d-printing-company-makes-edible-cricket-and-dung-beetle-treats/#ixzz2tvzZa0hJ

Monarch butterflies

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Arizona doesn’t get swarms of monarch butterflies migrating between their summer habitats up north and the mountains of Mexico where they spend the winters, but they are a dependable presence.

The Southwest Monarch Study, which enlists citizen-scientists to tag migrating monarchs in an attempt to better understand their migration, tags thousands a year.

“Where they come from is anyone’s guess, but they do fly in from the north,” said Gail Morris, coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study. “We tag 2,000 to 3,000 every year. Imagine all those we haven’t seen,” she said.

This year, her group has teamed with Borderlands Restoration to grow native, pesticide-free milkweed varieties in a greenhouse near Patagonia, Morris said.

The Canelo Hills south of Patagonia and the entire Sonoita area are hot spots for monarchs, she said, though they are found throughout the state, including Grand Canyon National Park. to read more go here: http://azstarnet.com/news/local/monarch-butterflies-a-steady-presence-in-arizona/article_efe1d0f4-78de-51a7-a173-00b3545be057.html

Awesome Architects

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Humans aren’t the only animals that build intricate homes and other structures: The animal kingdom abounds with talented architects.

From dams to nests to body armor, these feats of animal ingenuity will blow your mind—and perhaps inspire you to get up off that couch.

Beavers

Beavers might be the most well-known animal architects, and with good reason. These prolific builders fell trees and gather sticks and mud to construct dams, which create ponds that offer predator protection and easy access to food during the winter.

Beaver families live in lodges within the dams, and are constantly “busy as beavers” adding to and repairing the structures, says the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Although the average beaver dam is about 6 feet (1.8 meters) high and 5 feet (1.5 meters) wide, they can be much bigger. In 2007, experts spotted the world’s largest beaver dam in Alberta, Canada, using Google Earth…read more here: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/01/27/5-animals-that-are-awesome-architects/

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