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How do stored product pests get water?

Written by Joe Ballenger Here’s a question I *really* like: Indian meal moths and grain weevils get into stored grain products and manage to complete entire life cycles without any access to moisture. How do they manage that? I really … Continue reading

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Do male insects have sex hormones?

Written by Joe Ballenger This is a really good question, for a number of reasons. There are sources which claim that male insects don’t contain sex hormones, but as far as I can tell, this goes back to a 1995 … Continue reading

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DDT: The Situation Today

Written by Joe Ballenger I wanted to dedicate another post to some of my other concerns about the pro-DDT movement. When I read posts which advocate DDT reintroduction in the US, a small amount of attention is paid to issues … Continue reading

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Do we need to bring back DDT?

Written by Joe Ballenger I’ve had a number of friends ask me to tackle the topic of possibly bringing back DDT. These requests go back months, and I’ve been hesitant to tackle the topic because of the politics surrounding this … Continue reading

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Is oxygen the reason insects were so big way back when?

Written by Joe Ballenger I read a few things on the size of insects and the decrease of size from there ancestors to now are related to the oxygen levels from then to now. I was wondering if anyone has … Continue reading

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Can I toss that bug outside during winter?

Do most bugs that you would find inside a home able to survive? For example, should I help rescue fruit flies and put them outside or are they better to remain inside? I know most spiders will die if you … Continue reading

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Why are the wasps in my neighborhood changing?

Written by Joe Ballenger Nancy received this question on @RealScientists this week, and given that I’ve seen the first few wasps of the season already, I thought it would be a really relevant one to answer. @realscientists seeing a change … Continue reading

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