A Midsummer Night's Wings
Saturday, Aug 6: Summer Wings, A Festival of Flight
Friday, Feb 5: NM Beekeepers 2016 Conference
Friday, Oct 30: BUGarium Opening
Potential Hazards of Pesticides
UC Davis study may link poison to autism
Choking on the Splinters
Termites aren’t the only bugs eating at Woody’s Diner
This “Mite” Save You
Pest Control Without Poison
Keeping bugs at bay without hurting the Earth or yourself
New Research Links Pesticide Exposure to Autism
The Bugs of Summer
A long-term drought shakes up the insect world, here’s how to deal with it.
The Daily Word in bitcoins, bugs and brain tumors.
Russia is becoming a real problem.
Sleep and longevity are closely linked.
You should eat more bugs.
Iranian law allows for creative sentencing.
How’s that bitcoin thing working for you?
Watch a cute panda cub play with a ball.
Try this new deep-fried confection.
Pecans like this weather, at least.
Texting while driving is now illegal in New Mexico.
Rio Rancho votes tomorrow.
What’s happening today?
Happy birthday, James Doohan.
Shoo, Fly, Get Off of My Cloud
Nontoxic solutions for Burque’s latest plague
Weighing Risks of Big-Gun Pesticides
Bane of both acne and termites
Ants in Your Pants
Recently I got a call to help a homeowner with some ants. She had three pest control companies come by and none of them were able to identify the ants, yet they all treated her house. The problem persisted. I identified the ants for her as Liometopum apiculatum, which are not common household ants in New Mexico, but they do occur. If you don't recognize them, it is impossible to control them. They make nests hundreds of feet from where they are seen and in her case, it wasn't even on her property. The ants were climbing a tree on her property and getting on the roof from branches that were touching the house. The ants feed on the honeydew secretion of various homopteran insects such as aphids, scales and mealy bugs, so they do like sweets. I suggested she make a sweet bait with two tablespoons of honey, mixed with a teaspoon of boric acid, and place it in areas in the house where she sees the ants foraging. I also recommended she pest proof her house, including trimming all the branches on the tree so they don't touch the house. She followed both my recommendations, and her problem was solved.