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Just because it is cold outside, doesn’t mean pest problems have gone away. Certified Termite & Pest Control reminds homeowners that winter is actually a critical time to pest-proof around the house to help keep pests from coming indoors
Although winter is a time of hibernation for many animals, certain pests can be year round issues that homeowners should continuously address to prevent infestations and damage.
As such, Certified termite and Pest Control recommends the following tips for homeowners to ensure their homes remain pest-free this winter:
The Woman Who Collects Dead Bugs To Be Applied To The Face Along With Makeup
There currently exists a wide variety of strange pictures posted on the website known as Instagram. But the pictures posted by makeup artist, Jasmine Ahumada, may be the strangest pictures that you have ever seen. Despite having a self-admitted aversion to bugs, Ahumada has taken to applying bugs to her face in order to add an extra flare to her interesting makeup designs. Ahumada places insects around her eyes that uniquely contrast with the colors of her makeup. Ahumada’s instagram pictures have gone viral and are now gaining widespread media attention.
Although Ahumada has admitted to fearing bugs, she has stressed that she is humane towards the creatures. For example, she only uses dead insects to complement her makeup. Ahumada has made a habit out of collecting dead insect and arachnid specimens from various indoor and outdoor areas for her self-decorative needs. If she spots a dead insect on the ground, she will not hesitate to honor its short life by placing the dessicated corpse on her face for the whole world to see. She also visits pet stores that sell dead insects as snake-feed. Just about any insect you can think of could one day be found on her face.
Ahumada glues the insects onto her face with the same type of adhesive that is used for applying false eyelashes. The insects most commonly found on her face include grasshoppers, crickets and beetles. However, she has even glued dead tarantula’s to her face, which seems like a strange thing for a bug-phobic person to do. Another arachnid that Ahumada has glued to her face is the fierce scorpion. She has also placed dead bees close enough to her tear ducts to make any person cringe. At one point Ahumada even used worms as false eyelashes. Ahumada’s excessively strange and undeniably creepy instagram pics can easily be accessed by anyone who has an internet connection. But be warned as some of the images can make you jump back from your computer screen. Don’t view the images in public.
Have you ever heard of someone who used insects and/or spiders for unconventional purposes?
Certified Termite & Pest Control shares information on common pests that invade homes during the colder months
When Old Man Winter arrives, some pests go into hibernation while others move indoors in search of food and warmth away from the impending snowy weather. We encourage homeowners to brush up on some tips to protect their home from a variety pesky invaders over the next few months.
Many people are under the impression that pests don’t cause problems in the winter. However, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, when it is cold and snowy outside, rodents, wild animals and small pests are forced to seek shelter in warm structures, which often include our homes.”
Certified Termite & Pest Control suggests following this simple pest prevention guide to avoid an infestation this winter.
Rats: Norway rats can fit through an opening as small as a quarter. To keep these rodents from sneaking into the home unnoticed, inspect the outside of the home for any gaps or cracks and fill them with silicone caulk and steel wool.
Mice: House mice are known to contaminate food, spread disease and cause property damage by chewing through drywall and wires. Homeowners should be aware of any scurrying sounds in walls and regularly inspect for signs of mice, such as droppings, gnaw marks and damaged food.
Spiders: Many types of spiders are found inside items, such as shoes, gloves and baseball mitts, that aren’t used as frequently as other things around the house. People should store these items inside plastic containers to prevent spiders from crawling inside.
Cockroaches: German cockroaches prefer to live in small areas close to food and moisture, which is why they are commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms. As such, homeowners should keep their counters and floors clean, vacuum frequently and dispose of garbage on a regular basis.
Raccoons: This type of wild animal occasionally enters homes through attics or chimneys in search of a denning site. Homeowners should install a mesh cover or cap over chimneys and other exposed openings to prevent entry. It’s also a good idea to install door sweeps and repair damaged screens in windows.
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In the decades following World War Two, everyone in the world had been crossing their fingers hoping that nuclear war would not break out between the United States and the former Soviet Union. Now, the Cold War has been over for nearly thirty years, but the current state of international political affairs is anything but stable, and the paranoia that characterized the Cold War seems to be making a comeback. For example, for the past two years, American diplomats serving in Cuba have been hearing strange high pitched sounds that have reportedly caused them unpleasant physical symptoms. After medical tests confirmed that these diplomats had suffered brain damage, rumors began to circulate that the officials had been subject to a new type of weapon that makes use of certain sound frequencies to attack enemies. Understandably, Cuban officials doubted this scenario; instead, Cuban officials claimed that a native cricket species was the likely source of the strange sounds. This theory took a backseat to more sinister explanations that had been released by numerous media outlets. Despite the alleged brain damage suffered by American diplomats, an American researcher has recently confirmed that the so called “sonic attacks” were, in fact, crickets after all.
During 2017, medical professionals claimed that certain brain structures had become altered in American and Canadian diplomats serving in Havana, Cuba. This claim was announced at the same time that the diplomats were said to have heard odd sounds on a daily basis in the island country’s capital. Now, medical professionals are backing off of this claim after a researcher, Alexander Stubbs, from the University of California at Berkeley, debunked the several sinister theories concerning these sounds by analyzing recordings of these high pitched frequencies. According to Stubbs, the sounds were actually the love songs produced by the Indies Short Tailed Cricket, which is a cricket species native to Cuba. This cricket is officially known as Anurogryllus celerinictus and the sounds it makes are identical to the sounds heard in the recordings. While it is a relief to know that Russia is not using Cuba as a testing ground for a new sonic weapon designed to melt Americans’ brains, the alleged brain damaged suffered by the diplomats has yet to be explained.
Do you believe that sound frequencies produced by insect songs could cause brain damage in humans?
The evolutionary relationship between pollinating insects and plants is a complicated one, but researchers have long known that the two have coevolved for millions of years and are, therefore, mutually dependent on one another in order to survive. Researchers have recently demonstrated that plants possess an ability to sense light, mechanical stimulation and chemicals evaporating into the air. In other words, plants have the ability to see, touch and smell, but new research shows that plants can also hear. Specifically, plants can hear the sounds produced by pollinating insects. Israeli researchers have recently demonstrated how night-primrose flowers can rapidly raise the sugar concentration in their nectar in response to the buzzing of bees and the flapping of moth wings.
Since flowers depend on insects for pollination, it is necessary for flowers to attract insect pollinators with the reward of tasty nectar. For example, when the night-primrose flower hears the nearby buzzing of bees or the flapping of moth wings, it increases its sugar production so that its nectar will taste sweeter to bees and moths. The mechanism responsible for this flower’s ability to sense these sounds is not yet understood, but researchers found that the flower’s sugar production always increases when they are exposed to the sounds of buzzing bees and the flapping of moth wings. Not only that, but the increased production of sugar worked to attract more pollinating insects to the flowers. Amazingly, it took only three minutes for flowers to increase their sugar production to the point necessary for attracting bees and moths. Also, flowers alter their sugar production only when the sound of bees and moths reaches a particular frequency. High frequency sounds do not alter sugar production, but lower frequencies did result in higher sugar concentrations, as lower frequencies indicate that insect pollinators are close to the flowers. Although this research is in its infancy, experts believe that further studies will provide more information concerning the coevolution of plants and insects.
Do you think that most, or all, flowers possess the ability to sense the sounds made by pollinating insects?
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It goes without saying that some people choose to have children too early in their lives. Apparently, teen pregnancy rates are particularly high in the United States. This should not come as a surprise considering that MTV airs a show that is entirely centered around struggling teen parents. Obviously, this particular social issue does not apply to the animal world. Gorillas, bears, arthropods or any other animal can reproduce at any sexually mature age without having to worry about finding a reliable daycare so that their parents can finish college. However, there is one particular insect species that may be pushing it a little by becoming pregnant while enclosed within an egg inside of their mother’s belly.
Most aphid species are born pregnant and only produce females. This is due to a modified system of meiosis that skips the reduction division, thus maintaining diploidy and heterozygosity. Males can also be produced through asexual meiosis due to a mechanism that discards the X chromosome. Aphids can also reproduce sexually in addition to asexually in order to produce a more genetically varied population that is more resilient to disease and other harmful environmental threats. Aphids choose to revert to sexual reproduction when a threat to their existence becomes noticed, such as harsh weather. A more genetically diverse aphid population can better withstand environmental catastrophes than a genetically identical population.
While the particular form of asexual reproduction demonstrated by aphids is incredibly rare in other organisms, some insects spend a majority of their lives as larvae and a very short time as adults. For example, the Cecropia moths of North America spend two months as larvae before spending less than ten days as adults. As larvae, these moths feed constantly in relative safety from predators, but during their short time as adults, they are unable to eat anything, as their digestive system is not developed enough to process food; instead, these moths spend their short adult lives struggling to find a mate for passing on their genes.
Do you know of any other insect species that reproduces asexually?
In case you have not noticed, many insects seem to be attracted to light sources. Moths demonstrate the most obvious example of this particular, and in their case, dangerous attraction. You have probably noticed other insects gravitating toward light bulbs, and it is not unusual to find a variety of different insect corpses lying beneath lamps and other light fixtures, clearly indicating that their death resulted from contact with a hot bulb. Moths are often mocked for their seemingly stupid habit of darting head first into searing hot light sources. This behavior raises the obvious question as to whether or not moths and other insects can sense the heat that emanates from light bulbs. It is important to remember that light bulbs did not exist during the greater course of moth evolution, which is why they have never adapted an ability to sense the heat from light bulbs. If light bulbs did exist, say, thousands of years ago, then moths would likely have become extinct by now. While it is clear that moths are attracted to light, there are numerous other insect species that flock toward light sources as well, but not as many as you may think.
Many insect species are not attracted to light sources of any kind, while other species are attracted to both artificial and natural light sources. There are also many insect species that are only attracted to artificial light sources, and there are yet others that only gravitate toward light bulbs and not other artificial light sources. Moths rely on lights to navigate during the nighttime hours, and they quickly fly toward the brightest light sources available, which are almost always light bulbs. Moths and butterflies are two closely related insect groups, both of which belong to the Lepidoptera order. Despite their close relation to moths, butterflies are not attracted to light bulbs. Cockroaches and some ant species will go out of their way in order to avoid bright sources of artificial light. Many flying insects, like mosquitoes and true bugs, gravitate toward light bulbs in order to stay warm when outside temperatures drop. Some insects gather around light bulbs solely for the purpose of catching easy prey that can always be found hovering around light sources. Researchers are still unsure as to how moths were able to thrive despite being attracted to the light produced by campfires.
Have you ever witnessed an insect die an immediate death upon darting into a hot light bulb?
Butterflies and moths both belong to the Lepidoptera order of insects. Butterflies are one of the most beloved insects due to their colorful and delicate wings, but moths are, well…not so beloved. It goes without saying that moths are not the most fascinating of insects, and they certainly are not what most people would consider to be beautiful. However, there exists one particular moth species that many people may already be familiar with, and most would agree that this species possesses objective beauty due to the unique skull-like design located above its wings. For those of you who have not already guessed, this moth species became iconic following its appearance in the acclaimed film entitled The Silence of the Lambs.
While this moth’s appearance is well known to most people above the age of 30, very few people know its species name. Surprisingly, even entomologists are largely in the dark concerning this species nature, as it was last described by researchers during the early 1900s. The moth species in question is officially known as Acherontia atropos, or the death’s head hawkmoth, as it is more commonly known. In addition to being unique for having a skull-like design on its back, this moth species also produces an audible squeaking sound in order to deter predators.
The skull-like design on this moth species’ back explains why several past cultures regarded this insect species as an omen of death. What may be even more interesting than this moth’s natural design, is the squeaking sound it makes in order to scare away predators. Despite the fierce look of these moths, their squeak is just about the only form of defense that they possess. The death’s head hawkmoth is one of several moth species that produce squeaks in order to repel predators. These moths produce their squeaking sounds by rubbing specialized body parts together, similar to how crickets and cicadas produce their sounds. The last time that this moth was studied was back in 1920, but the study was published in German, which is part of the reason why this species was forgotten in the english speaking world. Now, researchers are excited to study this moth in order to better understand how it produces its squeaking sounds.
Have you ever seen a picture of a death’s head hawk moth?