A recent study revealed that LED and ultraviolet are effective means of monitoring populations of cigarette and drugstore beetles, Entomology Today reports.
The beetles, which received their name from the locations they thrive in (drugstores and tobacco storage), eat a variety of materials, including dried foods and furniture materials.
In the study, published in the Journal of Economic Entomology, scientists experimented by adjusting the intensity of LED and UV lights. They found that UV lights attracted both types of beetles more than a blue LED light at the same intensity. Therefore, traps that combine UV lighting and chemical lures have the potential to be very effective against the pests.
The National Pest Management Association was recently featured in a Reader's Digest article detailing how to bug-proof a house.
The article contained a list of tips for keeping bugs out of homes and away from food. Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for NPMA was also quoted.
"It's good practice to periodically empty cupboards and clean them with soap and water to get rid of any bugs that may be hiding inside," Mannes said. "As you dig through your pantries in search of baking ingredients, it's important to check expiration dates and make sure the packaging of all items has not been tampered with."
April was a rough month for United Airlines in more ways than one. On the same April day in which passenger Dr. David Dao was forcibly removed from a Chicago flight, a passenger traveling on board Flight 1418 from Calgary to Houston was stung by a scorpion, CBS News reported.
The scorpion fell onto Richard Bell’s head and stung him underneath his fingernail. Bell told CBS News the scorpion fell on his head while he was having dinner.
United apologized and offered Bell and his wife a credit for a future flight. As a precaution, crews also checked the airplane for a possible infestation.
If that wasn’t enough, one month later, on May 12, a United Airlines flight was delayed for several hours after reports of a scorpion crawling out of a passenger’s clothes, the Daily Mail reported.
Passengers said United Flight 1035 was evacuated at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston following the scorpion sighting. The flight, which was headed for Quito, Ecuador was delayed for three hours.
Man Sets Home Ablaze Trying to Scare Away Opossums
A Pennsylvania man trying to scare away opossums by setting a fire destroyed his home on May 12, CBS News reported.
According to the report, the row house blaze in Lancaster began when a man used butane to light a pile of leaves in his backyard. The man apparently hoped the smoke would help rid him of the marsupials, which are known for playing dead. A city fire marshal says the fire got out of control and spread to the home, which was built of wood.
Officials say the man had problems with bees too.
Bee Swarm Halts Baseball Game
Major League Baseball players aren’t the only annual activity returning visitors to Arizona in the spring — bee swarms have become a common occurrence at spring training sites.
On March 30, an intense bee swarm stopped action in a Cactus League game at the Peoria (Ariz.) Sports Complex between the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks.
In the ninth inning of the game, players from both teams and umpires had to take cover as a massive bee swarm emerged on the field. There were so many bees that it was clearly visible on the TV broadcast, USA Today reported.
The swarm eventually passed through and the game resumed.