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The Bug Blog

August 29, 2017
Fire Ants & Hurricanes
By Brian Olson, CEO, the bugman

In the midst of the destruction Hurricane Harvey, an island of fire ants has emerged floating along the water filled streets of Houston. CBS National Correspondent Omar Villafranca tweeted the picture of fire ants formed into a “protective island” floating on flood waters in the city…

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August 7, 2017
Facts Californians need to know about Zika
By Brian Olson, CEO, the bugman

Zika is tricky. There hasn't been an outbreak of mosquitoes carrying the virus in California, but there have been 479 Californians that have contracted Zika elsewhere, and three babies in California whose mothers were infected with the virus, and born with birth defects.

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July 6, 2017
When Bees Go Tribal
By Brian Olson, CEO, the bugman

A swarm of Africanized honey bees protecting a colony in the eaves of a Vista home went on the attack last weekend, killing at least one small dog and stinging three young women and a neighbor. “They were the most aggressive bees I’ve ever encountered...,”

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June 9, 2017
7 Tricks to Protect You from Ticks
By Brian Olson, CEO, the bugman

Ticks are more prevalent on the edges of paths and trails. Don't go off the beaten track. Tiny ticks can be easier to spot on light colored clothing…wear white.

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May 10, 2017
Can Plastic Eating Bugs Save the World?
By Brian Olson, CEO, the bugman

With plastic pollution becoming a bigger and bigger concern all over the world, a plastic eating worm might be exactly what the world needs. The planet produces over 300 million tons of plastic each year. Recently, scientists have discovered that wax worms can eat plastic bags…

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April 14, 2017
The Warrior Ants Friend and Foe
By Brian Olson, CEO, the bugman

Megaponera analis, or the “Warrior Ant” lives by the Soldier Creed, Leave No Man Behind. These “Warrior Ants” hunt and eat termites. Scouts will probe the battlefield, find a group of termites, and then return to their base to assemble the troops.

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November 8, 2016
Spider warning: do not Google "Hawaiian Happy Face Spider"
By Brian Olson, CEO, the bugman

It is past Halloween, but there are a couple ghoulish spiders that are worth noting - the Skeleton Spider and the Scary Clown Spider. Neither of these can I show here because you may not continue to read this if I did. But we would like you to better understand our mysterious arachnids.

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September 5, 2016
Ants: desparate pests in dry times
By Brian Olson, CEO, the bugman

As California's drought continues to linger, bugs are becoming desperate in their search for water and food. And that search could lead them right into your home.

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August 5, 2016
The Buzzzzz on Bees
By Brian Olson, CEO, the bugman

If you've ever been stung by a bee, or even knew someone who was, you might be a bit wary of them. But the truth is, far from the stinger-happy menaces they're often portrayed as, most bees are docile creatures and incredibly valuable to the farmers who grow our food.

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July 12, 2016
"Don't let the bedbugs bite!"
By Brian Olson, CEO, the bugman

Your mother always told you "Don't let the bedbugs bite!" That piece of motherly wisdom remains as important as ever, especially as people travel for the summer, possibly carrying bedbugs on their clothes or in their luggage.

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December 30, 2015
What about Orange Oil Treaments? Pros and Cons
By Brian Olson, CEO, the bugman

An orange oil treatment for termites is localized spot application of each identified termite infestation and will only kill termites in the areas treated. Treatment with orange oil requires drilling into the infested wood members and injecting the product into the termite galleries. Orange oil is effective for drywood termites, not subterranean termite infestations.

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