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Why Do the Ants Come Marching In?

Most of us have seen a trail of ants.  They scurry along in a line as if they were marching in a parade, but why do they do this, and how do they know where they’re going?  The answer, scent.  As an ant travels it leaves a trail of pheromones (scent).  Pheromones are...

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Ten Fun Facts about Ants

When ants fight, it’s usually to the death! Worker ants in a colony are almost always female.  Male ants only live a short time, and their only job is to fertilize the queen’s eggs. Some queen ants can live for many years and produce millions of offspring! Ants leave...

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Care for Insect Stings and Bites

Most insect bite and sting reactions are mild, causing redness, itching, stinging, minor swelling, and major annoyance. Rarely, insect bites and stings, such as from a bee, a wasp, a hornet, a fire ant, black widow spider, or a scorpion, can result in severe...

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Some Wasps are party animals!

A few of the species of wasps in California, and there are a lot of them, live a social life.  They are referred to as social wasps, and they are predators and or scavengers.  These wasps provide a great benefit in that they kill large numbers of plant-eating insects...

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Good News for Us, Bad News for Bed Bugs

A new fungal biopesticide developed by scientists at Penn State shows promise for the control of bed bugs, and is even effective against bed bugs that are insecticide resistant. All but eradicated in the U.S. after World War II, likely due to use of DDT and other...

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