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A Frankenstein Bug – Just in time for Halloween!

Scientists have recently discovered a mysterious, 100-million-year-old insect trapped in amber — and as far as anyone knows, it is unlike any other insect that has ever lived on Earth.

This strangely pieced together bug, looks like a composite of several grasshopper-284339_640different insects.                                                        It has the face and stingewasp-face-5409835_640r of a wasp, the legs of a grasshopper, the antenna of an ant and the body of a cockroach. But oddly , it has no wings.cockroach-blattella-germanica-5261853_640ant-face-with-antennae-564615_640

 

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Scientists at the University of Oregon, had a hard time figuring out which insect family, this patched together bug, belonged in.  So, they created a name and a new family of insects just for her. She is now called, Aptenoperissus burmanicus, and her new family classification is, Aptenoperissidae, within the order Hymenoptera. This places her distantly related to bees and wasps.

According to researchers, this unique specimen, probably crawled along the ground prehistoric-bugsat the base of trees looking for prey, using its’ long legs to leap distances and to pull itself out of crevices into which it burrowed. Its’ long jagged, stinger may have been used as a weapon against other insects or as a means of immobilizing prey. Its’ ant like antenna, has a cleaning mechanism on the tip just like its’ modern-day descendants.

The amazsap-drippingingly, preserved female was found in the Hukawng Valley in Myanmar, encased in amber.  Amber is our looking glass into the ants-in-amber-fightingdistant past and a viewport into a long lost world of amazing creatures.

 

As Halloween approaches, monster bugs and rats are among the perfect fear inducing creatures. Giant Ants and Spiders take over the earth, Rats take revenge on humankind, Wasps swarm helpless humans and Gigantic, sentient cockroaches invade Earth. And……Space is full of Bugs!

Books,cockroach_by_hokunin-d6foi8v Movies, TV shows and costumes abound with scary creatures.  Our imaginations are on overdrive and a Frankenstein Bug is a perfect addition to the scare-fest!bad-bug-costume-party-cartoon-2

 

Coming back to  reality, controlling insects, keeping them out our homes and away from our properties is a full-time job.  Insects are marvelous creations and are instrumental in keeping our world healthy and fed, but they are most unwelcome in our living spaces. So, if you have real-life scary bugs in your home, call a professional pest control company today.

  corkysant  CORKY’S PEST CONTROL, IS AN INNOVATIVE LEADER IN QUALITY PEST CONTROL AND INFORMATION TO RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES SINCE 1967.

Good Deals on Electronics Can Really “Bug” You!

Does your TV seem to be bugged?  How about that bug in your computer, not to mention, your video games.  Is it really an electronic miscockroach-and-tv-controlerfire, a phantom glitch or are they really, truly BUGGED?

Did you know that the cockroach is the “Computer Geek” of the insect world? Most cockroaches prefer to congregate and lay their eggs in places that are dark, secluded, warm and close to sources of food and water.  Unfortunately, the interiors of many electronic appliances, including TVs, radios, clocks, cable boxes, video game consoles and computers, fit that description, and cockroach infestations of these kinds of appliances and devices are common.

Infested electronics are a common avenue by which roaches travel from one homroach-infested-computere to another. or a warehouse to your home. Cockroaches maybe introduced into a home through used electronics or kitchen appliances that have come from an infested area and you may transport roaches to a new location, when you move, by carrying infested items with you. Even new electronics and appliances can be infested if they come from stores or warehouses with insect problems.  Even infested delivery vehicles have been known to deliver more than just that new TV or game console.

Roach Infestated Refridgerator
Roach Infestated Refridgerator

New electronics are expensive and getting a “good deal” on “gently used” or “like new” electronics or appliances may bring you more than the ultimate satisfaction.  They may bring you the beginning of the worst infestation of roaches your world has ever seen.  Your dreams may be shattered by malfunctions and glitches, and at worst, the death of that long sought after dream machine.

So, what can you do to keep your electronics, appliances and your living spaces, roach free? Here’s what the experts recommend:

Inspect and detect. Anything you bring into your living area should be thoroughly inspected for hidden invaders.  This includes new, store boxed and packaged, devices and products.  If not in the inspector-and-computer device itself, roaches can hide out in the packaging. They can hitch rides from warehouses, stores and delivery trucks.  Be especially vigilant when bringing home that “good deal” from garage sales and online sales sites.

Keep it clean. Maintain good sanitation practices.  Don’t leave food (last week’computer-with-foods pizza or yesterday’s fries and potato chips) sitting around your computer work areas or your game consoles.  Wipe up spilt drinks and don’t let unfinished beverages accumulate around your electronics.            Don’t feed the Bugs!

Blow’m out and Suck’m up! Vacuuming cockroaches and egg cases is a simple non-toxic control method.  Be sure to frequentlvacuumy use your cancleanpc of Air, to remove dust and other creepy crawlies from inside computers and  appliances.

 Trap’Em. Under certain conditions, sticky traps can be used to control cockroaches. Not a good idea to put them inside any device, but placing them where roaches can walk across them (and get stuck) is desirable.

cockroach-sticky-trapsHeat’m or Freeze’m. They do not develop or reproduce when temperatures are too cold (below 45° F) or too hot

hot-or-coldabove 115° F). If a small item can be wrapped in plastic and subjected to freezing, it can be placed in a freezer for several hours (or overnight) to kill thfreezing-bugse cockroaches. If you are dealing with small appliances or electronics be sure to read their users’ manual to make sure these methods are safe. Heating is probably the most risky solution, since most appliances and electronics react adversely to high temperatures.

Make’m, Bite the Dust! There are substances, called desiccants, that literally dry out any item or animal that contacts them directly. Roaches have a waxy, protective coating on the outside of their bodies which prevendead-roach-with-duststs moisture loss. Desiccants kill cockroaches by destroying this waxy layer and effectively turning these roaches into “Roach Mummys”.  The three most effective desiccants for cockroach control are diatomaceous earth, silica aerogel and boric acid.  Never dust the inside of your electronic equipment. Dusts can be spread behind, alongside or under suspect or infested devices.

Grab the Spray Can. Pesticide sprays can be effective when an infestation is minimal, but with roaches, the situation can fast becomspraying-cockroache a nightmare.  Never spray any liquid product into your electronic devices or appliances.  It’s a surefire way to ruin what you are trying to protect and you may even start a fire.  The same advice goes for spraying anything into an electrical outlet.

When allcorkys-roach-cartoon else fails, call a professional!

 

 

 

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