Category Archives: Pest Management

Can Spiders Learn From Each Other?

Written by Joe Ballenger Your Name: Mark Your Bug Question: I have spiders in and around my house.  I eventually get around to removing their webs from hard to reach places like living room chandelier.  It takes so long that … Continue reading

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What are carpet beetles doing on my cilantro?

Written by Joe Ballenger Dear Entomologist, Could you please help with a bug question. I found many small bugs on my cilantro flowers which look like carpet beetles. Should I be worried about them in my vegetable garden and or … Continue reading

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Family Planning in The Age of Zika: How do I Avoid Mosquitoes?

I’ve seen you writing a lot about Zika virus, and I’m planning on starting a family soon. I was wondering, how worried do I need to be about this and how can I avoid the virus? A lot of what … Continue reading

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Microcephaly, Zika, correlation, and causation: the science behind CDC’s confirmation of Zika and microcephaly

Written by Joe Ballenger I’m still following the Zika/Microcephaly literature. I’m not writing about every paper which comes out, but I am writing about the ones I feel are pretty important. The most recent ‘big paper’ came out in the … Continue reading

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Questions about head lice.

Written by Joe Ballenger We get a lot of questions about lice, and these are really important. On Biofortified, I wrote an article about head louse treatments that was relatively depressing. There are a lot of companies which market louse … Continue reading

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Why is Oxitec using tetracycline for a genetic switch? Why not something else?

Written by Joe Ballenger Here’s where we get to the meat of the question our follower asked…why use the antibiotic tetracycline as a switch? Why not something else? Last week, we discussed a system which could potentially work for this … Continue reading

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So let’s talk about another type of GMO for a minute…

We’ve gotten this question, and it’s a really good question, but I didn’t initially understand what the person was asking. I knew what they were getting at-why is Oxitec using a tetracycline dependent system-but I wanted to wait for them … Continue reading

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Our next few posts will be about GMO mosquitoes.

We’ve gotten a handful of questions about GMO mosquitoes via Twitter, and through an interview Joe did for a radio station (details of which are forthcoming). So, we decided to switch the post midstream. We’re still planning on doing a … Continue reading

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So what’s the deal with Zika virus? What’s going on in Brazil?

In the recent few weeks, the news has been filling up with stories about a new epidemic called Zika virus. Since it’s a hot topic, and potentially very important, I wanted to write something explaining what this virus is from … Continue reading

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How do I relocate insects and spiders?

This is actually one of the more common questions we get, and it’s a pretty difficult one to answer because every situation is different. Insects can get themselves into a lot of awkward situations, and I can totally relate to … Continue reading

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