“While a nuisance, the caterpillars do not pose a public health threat and will eventually die off naturally,” said the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s Gail Mastrati in a news release.
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A lot of schools in the area are having an issue with Gypsy Moths. The fur on these moths can cause rashes and blistering of the skin of chidren who come in contact with it. Below is a public notice from the Northeast District Department of Health with a lot of information on this hopefully...
The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA) announced the release of its spring Bug Barometer, a forecast of what Americans can expect in terms of pests in each region of the country based on past and current weather patterns.
Years and years ago, the biologist became interested in how different stings from different insects made him feel different sensations. With a background in chemistry, he figured there must be something molecular at play, so he started keeping track. That led to the Schmidt Pain Scale, a way to compare different stings to one another, accompanied by delightfully excruciating prose. Now he’s written a book, The Sting of the Wild, to explain how stinging insects evolved (again and again), and why he finds them so beautiful.
Social insects are especially hard to genetically modify. Even if scientists can modify the genome of an individual, “the eggs of ants are very sensitive and difficult to raise without workers,”