Pest Control Blog

Ebola in Africa: Crisis


Although those of living in the US can rest easy when it comes to Ebola, that’s anything but the case in several other countries. In Liberia, for example, Ebola is quickly spreading. The president of Liberia has issued a nighttime curfew and imposed a quarantine on one section of the capital (Monrovia) in an effort […]

How to Avoid Ticks


Ticks are no laughing matter. Two words: Lyme disease. Lyme disease is caused by bacteria that belong to the genus Borrelia. This disease can be cured with antibiotics if it’s detected early, but Lyme disease often progresses throughout the body without showing any symptoms—until it’s too late. In extreme cases, advanced Lyme disease can even […]

Three Tips for Preventing Moths


If you’ve got a lawn or patio, and it’s got lights, then you’ve probably entertained some highly unwelcome guests: moths. Moths have a crazy affinity for light, and scientists don’t really understand why—although there are several theories. One is that moths normally use the moon to guide their flights, and since there is normally no […]

How to Avoid Head Lice

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The new school year is underway! And that means diligent young students are hitting the books, passing tests, gossiping in study hall, and getting head lice. Unfortunately, there are 8 to 12 million new cases of head lice each year. And while they may not be terribly dangerous, head lice are annoying—causing itchy scalps that may […]

Scientists’ Homemade Bedbug Trap


A group of scientists recently devised a super cheap (and super smart) homemade bedbug trap. Bedbugs,or Cimex lecturalius, have proliferated in recent years. So the scientists emphasize how important it is to teach people how to control bedbugs in their homes. Bedbugs don’t just manifest in your bed out of nowhere—they have to get up […]

Nassau Rats: A Growing Concern


People are wreaking havoc on the biosphere. We’re imposing our own form of natural selection, and causing many animal species to go extinct. Scientists call it defaunation—the extinction of fauna—and say it’s happening faster than ever before. Since the year 1500, 320 species of vertebrates have gone bye-bye (and the remaining ones have seen their […]

Are Nassau Ants Saving the Planet?


It seems that ants may be helping to cool the Earth. That’s the suggestion of a recent study published in Geology by an Arizona State scientist named Ronald Dorn. There are eight species of ants known to do something called “weathering,” where they take minerals in their environment and turn them into calcium bicarbonate, also […]

First Woman to Win Fields Medal


One pest-like notion that some people still hold onto is that women aren’t as good as men in math and science. But a woman named Maryam Mirzakhani just helped put that idea to rest. This past Wednesday, in Seoul, South Korea, this woman was awarded the Fields Medal (the Nobel Prize of math). It was […]

A Tribute to Robin Williams

Robin Williams

We lost a legend Monday. Robin Williams was an iconic entertainer who was equally charismatic as a comedian and an actor. He was always funny, and seemed to be a genuinely good guy. And that’s what he was, according to a recent Twitter tribute from someone who would know—his daughter. Robin—who was 63—had struggled with […]

Nassau Termites Are Master Builders

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Termites are some of the most prolific builders on Earth. Several of them could fit on your fingernail, but together they can build structures up to 17 feet high. Yet in a colony of a million termites, there’s no one master termite that directs all the others. So how do termites accomplish what they do—how […]