A woman by the name of Victoria Price believed that the intolerable pain emanating from her ear was simply the result of an ear infection, or a perforated eardrum. Unfortunately, she was wrong, the ear problems were due to a big spider that made a home deep in the poor woman’s inner ear.

After several days of complaining of ear aches the woman’s husband to a look inside of his wife’s ear and found something moving, which the wife thought to be a little off-putting to say the least. Naturally, she and her husband visited the doctor to find out what exactly chose her inner ear as the ideal home.

Initially a nurse made a brief examination, and decided to notify the doctor. Once the doctor arrived removing the arachnid was not difficult, but it was not doubt disturbing for all involved. The spider was much larger than the lady had anticipated, and she thought perhaps that the spider found its way into her ear by living for a while in her hoody.

Luckily, the woman will not suffer any injuries or deficits, other than possible posttraumatic stress disorder. And luckily, despite what old wives tales would have you believe, the spider did not lay eggs inside of her ear.

If an arachnid or an insect is found within a human’s inner ear, why wouldn’t the spider or insect lay eggs within the moist and warm environment?

 

 

Some Bees Experience Deadly Jet Lag | Tucson Bee Removal Experts

New research conducted at North Carolina State University has shown that bees can suffer severe health consequences as a result of long distance and extensive travel. Bees that travel long distances onboard trucks or other vehicles suffer greater oxidative stress than other bees that remain within their natural habitat.

Large amounts of bees are often relocated to areas where certain crops stand in need of pollination. The extensive and long distance travel can shorten the lives of the traveling bees due to the oxidative stress that they suffer. This stress can also lead to a weakened immune response making it more difficult for the traveling bees to fight off disease and parasites.

Since commercial agriculture means that various crops, such as almonds, apples and berries, are spread all over the United States and into many differing environments, bees are not always available in the natural habitat to pollinate crops. Therefore relocating massive amounts of bees across long distances is necessary to continue production. Unfortunately, this means that many traveling bees will develop health problems that result in less pollination.

Could this problem be solved by genetically modifying bees to allow them to withstand the stress of long distance travel?

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Insects are made of a material called “cuticle,” which accounts for one of the toughest biological materials known to man. In fact, biologists are in agreement that cuticle counts as nature’s second toughest material, but other than that, experts know very little about this remarkably tough biological material.

Engineers believe that if they understood how insect cuticle, which makes up an insect’s exoskeleton, could handle loads of varying weight, then perhaps they could build more durable machinery, especially vehicles.

In order to better understand when an insect’s cuticle, such as legs and wings, become fatigued, researches focused on the movements of the locust. The locust was the best choice among insects for the purpose of this study because of their ability to travel across oceans without stopping.

Next the researchers took samples of the insect’s legs and wings and ran them through a simulator that revealed that both legs and wings made of cuticle can withstand hundreds of thousands of cycles. The researchers also noted that insect legs were more resistant to fatigue than wings were.  This resistance to fatigue is likely a result of the shape and the fibrousness of the material that make up an insect’s legs. This is exciting for engineers as they may be able to use insect cuticle as a model for more durable machinery.

If the cuticle that makes up an insect’s exoskeleton is the second toughest material in the world, then what type of biological material may count as the toughest of all?

The majestic structure that houses The Old Woman’s Club of Jacksonville will sadly have to be demolished due to a termite infestation. After meticulously examining the building, officials came to the conclusion that it must be torn down to prevent possible damage to surrounding buildings.  The board of trustees of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens spent eight months trying to ascertain whether the destruction was completely necessary. The termites had spent years feasting on the structure, and they were not just any termites. The Formosan Subterranean Termite turned out to be the gluttonous culprit.

 A variety of different experts were brought in to examine the slowly disintegrating structure including a professor of wood science from Louisiana State University, which is a field of science that I did not know existed. An entomologist was also brought in to compare notes with the wood expert. The building may look durable, but despite the building’s brick outer layer, the supporting structures are largely comprised of wood. Despite the unfortunate destruction of a historical building, the man who decided to study wood for several years presumably felt validated in his academic decision.

Is there any way a structure can be saved once it has become infested by termites?

There is a war being waged in this country; one that is happening right under your nose. Beneficial insects face off against the evil insect pests trying to take over the world; trying to fight off these destructive forces that are destroying our plants and wildlife and sucking the life out of our trees. But the beneficial insect warriors are not alone in this fight. In select labs around the country scientists are working night and day to breed more beneficial insects designed to battle specific pests and restore balance to the world.

The Phillip Alampi Beneficial Insect Lab in New Jersey is one such place where scientists are raising beneficial insects to combat insect pests throughout the country. One insect they raise in the lab is a small, sting-less wasp, which they are raising to stand up against the Mexican bean beetle. The Mexican bean beetle is a voracious little pest that causes massive destruction to many plants throughout the U.S. They don’t just chew a few holes in a plant’s leaves; they skeletonize the leaves. By the time the Mexican bean beetle is done munching on the plant the leaves are almost completely decimated, creating a lattice effect on the leaves. The sting-less wasp survives solely on the Mexican bean beetle, and will be released into the wild to help control the beetle’s population and prevent or combat major infestations.

What other kinds of insects do you think would be bred at a beneficial insect laboratory?

I have never heard the word “billbug” before, but if you are a golfer it is more than likely that you have. Billbugs have probably been an annoyance to golfers ever since the first golf course was constructed in The United States. Billbugs have been, and still are, a type of insect that enjoys ravaging turf grass. So naturally, golfers don’t like them, but the profiteers behind the multi-billion dollar turf grass industry probably don’t like them either. According to experts billbugs can be eradicated as long as the turfgrass industry is ok with making a few changes.

Billbugs inhabit the entire United States territory and there are at least ten different species of billbugs known to science. That is a lot of billbugs, but golf course owners could possibly save themselves the headache, and a lot of money, if they simply planted a different type of turf grass in areas where billbugs have been known to congregate during past summer seasons. The turf grass industry could also save themselves a lot of billbug related hassle if they switched to a strain of turf grass that billbugs do not find attractive. And then there is the more controversial solution involving the release of thousands of wolf spiders with the hopes that they will eat all of the billbugs.

Would you be ok with releasing a bunch of ugly spiders around your home in order to have them eat your garden pests?

After hearing about bed bugs so much this summer one begins to wonder if beds count as a bed bugs natural habitat. While the presence of bedbugs in our mattresses is disconcerting, there are many bed bugs that are content living in other places in your home.

Bed bugs will live and thrive in any place where humans often go. For example, movie theaters and trains are not often associated with bed bug infestations but a significant amount of bed bugs are not infrequently found in these locations. It makes sense that bedbugs would be found in areas with a lot of human traffic, such as hotels, which count for sixty seven percent of all bed bug infestations. However, 89 percent of pest professionals report single family homes as common customers. Thirty five percent of infestations are found in college dorms, nine percent in public transit, and four percent in movie theaters. Many of the residential cases involve picking up bed bugs on public places and bringing them home via clothing, so consider that the next time you want to take a seat in the doctor’s waiting room.

Why are more people than ever reporting bed bug infestations? Why were bed bugs not considered a serious issue until recently?

Let’s be honest. We have known for a long time that from day one there were going to be major insect problems at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. And it’s not the just the humans that are suffering. A very nice horse named Parzival, who is competing in dressage. Unfortunately, poor Parzival had to actually leave one of the competitions last week after a bug bite gave him a “toxic fever”.

The rider Adelinde Cornelissen found him earlier in the day with his cheek swollen from the bug bite and with a fever of over a 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Adelinde ended up having to drop out of the competition since the Dutch didn’t think to bring a spare horse. Parzival had a good chance at a medal too, as he had won the silver in the individual dressage competition and bronze in the team dressage competition in London. Thankfully, Parzival’ temperature went down after a day of consuming liquids, and doctors say he will be just fine.

What kind of other bug problems do you think we will see during the Olympics this year?

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