Comparing the life of a celebrity like Kim Kardashian with ours is never wise. Here we are, slaving away forty hours a week, saving up for something practical, concerned with mundane topics like the mortgage, saving money on car insurance, and our 401k. And there she is—famous, filthy rich, the whole world at her fingertips. It must be nice to never have to worry about making a budget so you can pay your bills. And it must be even nicer to pay someone else to pay your bills for you—such … [Read more...] about Pest of the Week: Kim Kardashian
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While bees serve many important roles and are close to being an endangered species, wasps are your typical worthless pests. So it helps to bee able to (puns are the bee’s knees) tell them apart so you know which insect to throw fundraisers for and which to hire a pest control company to mercilessly annihilate while you look on, munching popcorn and laughing maniacally. Here are the differences between bees and wasps: Bees tend to have fatter, more rounded bodies, while wasps are more … [Read more...] about Wasps or Bees? (Learn the Difference!)
Despite Mickey Mouse being the iconic mascot of many children’s favorite company, no one likes to see an uninvited rodent in their home. Seeing one scurrying across a kitchen floor can cause a housewife (or househusband) to shriek like few other things will. Rodents like mice belong to the group Rodentia, a word derived from the Latin rodere—which means “to gnaw.” Rodentia is the largest order of mammals, comprising 2,277 species (more than 40% of all mammals). Rodents tend to have sharp … [Read more...] about Our Opponent, the Rodent
Whoever came up with the name “ stink bug ” may not have been terribly clever, but they were definitely accurate. The pungent odor of a stink bug has been compared to coriander. Some people hate the smell of coriander, while others love it. But no one likes to think of their home as infested with bug air-fresheners. Stink bugs are shaped like tiny shields, a little over half an inch long and just as wide. They are mostly brown, but have a colorful outer shell with hints of blue, black, … [Read more...] about Stink Bug: What’s in a Name?
The cockroach is the only insect whose name doubles as an effective insult. You wouldn’t call someone you didn’t like a “spider” or an “ant,” but referring to them as a “cockroach” can be rather satisfying. The main character in the 1983 classic, Scarface, felt the same way—before shouting his iconic “Say hello to my little friend!” line, Tony Montana refers to the assailants coming to murder him as “little cockroaches.” It’s not hard to see why cockroaches are held in such low … [Read more...] about How to Make a Cockroach Trap
It’s a short list of things that consistently inspire fear among full-grown men. But a spider is absolutely and unequivocally on that list. The most feared group of species in the Animal Kingdom, spiders find themselves in the company of an elite group of horror-inducers, most of which are far more serious—like death. Why are people so scared of a spider? One explanation for fear of spiders—or arachnophobia—is that it’s an evolutionary adaptation. Many spiders are poisonous, and having an … [Read more...] about Spider Fear? Me Too! It’s Arachnophobia
What’s your favorite animal? “Mine’s fleas,” said no one, ever. Fleas don’t have wings, but they can jump seven inches off the ground. Given their height of roughly 3 millimeters, that makes them the 2nd most prolific jumper in the animal kingdom (bested only by the prestigious froghopper). That feat would be the human equivalent of jumping over a tall building. And like some sort of blood-sucking Superman Bug, flees’ bodies are incredibly durable—even if you have one between your thumb … [Read more...] about Fleas? No Need to Flee!