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The Household Casebearer is…a little weird. It’s also one of the most common pests we get asked about.

Written by Joe Ballenger We get a lot of questions about household pests, and the biology of these pests can be a bit…weird. Most live in dry areas, and have a lot of adaptations to deal with it. It’s also … Continue reading

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Ladybugs as invasive species…what does the science say?

Written by Joe Ballenger So…this is a correction of a previous post I wrote on Facebook, back in March. In the comments under the article, I may have gotten myself into a bit of trouble because I made some comments … Continue reading

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A look at resistance management in biotechnology.

Written by Joe Ballenger I work in industry, so it’s not often that I can talk about what I do. The reason for this is that I work in a group called discovery, which means that I look for new … Continue reading

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Caught on camera: A wasp…party?

Written by Joe Ballenger During the fall, we get a lot of questions about wasps…but not about wasps in nests. Often, these are from people who work in construction or otherwise around heights. I know the sizing of the pictures … Continue reading

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Why do ticks make people allergic to meat?

Written by Joe Ballenger This question was very unique. We had a person in the AaE Facebook inbox reach out to us after she had been diagnosed with a meat allergy, most likely from a tick. After a conversation with … Continue reading

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Los Angeles is Burning: So What’s Happening to the Bugs?

Written by Joe Ballenger Name: Shamus You Question! Or Comment. =): Do you have any knowledge on insects in western Canada during/following wildfires? Do certain insects have protective measures they take during wildfire, or do they just leave the area? … Continue reading

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Can you hatch eggs taken out of a female katydid?

This is a pretty cool question: Hi, I killed a large green grasshopper-like bug, only to find several reddish- brown rice-shaped things inside. Are they eggs? Can they still hatch? I’m not sure what type of insect it was, but … Continue reading

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