Tag Archive for Insects

All You Need Are 3 Ingredients To Get Rid Of Your Fruit Fly Problem

Now that the summer is almost here, there’s one thing that’s sure to start annoying you again…flies.

While they don’t all bite, they are all annoying.

And that includes fruit flies! They might be a problem for you year-round, but they become especially prevalent in the summertime when you’re more likely to store tasty, fresh fruits and veggies in the open air.

While the first step to getting rid of fruit flies is to NOT DO THAT, the second weapon in your bug-be-gone arsenal is this super-easy trap.

And if mosquitoes are more of an issue for you, this DIY trap should do the trick:

Now you can really enjoy the summer and all it has to offer.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/fruit-fly-trap/

Here Are 14 Clever Ways To Keep Bugs Out Of Your Yard This Summer

Raise your hand if you hate mosquitoes, ants, ticks, and spiders!

Okay, so everyone probably hurt their shoulder throwing their hands up…and we’re right there with you!

Since it’s finally the summer, these pesky pests are about to come out in full force. In an effort to make your time outdoors a little more enjoyable (and bug-free) this season, here are a few awesome tricks to try that will keep the creepy-crawlies at bay.

1. Get rid of pesky ants with this mixture of borax and corn syrup.

2. Spray a wasps’ nest with peppermint oil, dish soap, and water to kill them.

3. Slice open a few lemons and push cloves into them. Set them by your food when you’re outdoors and the bugs will stay away.

4. Make your own bug spray with this simple mix.

5. Use LED bulbs as your porch lights — bugs are less attracted to them and won’t hang around as much at night.

6. Make a mosquito trap out of yeast, brown sugar, and water.

7. Put epsom salts around your garden plants to get rid of snails and slugs.

8. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil doubles as an insect repellant!

9. Put a bunch of sage leaves in your grill to keep mosquitoes away.

10. Make your own citronella candles in orange peels!

11. You can also plant citronella plants in your yard. Let them flourish to deter pesky bugs.

12. If you run out of bug spray, Cool Mint Listerine will do the trick…you’ll just have to reapply a bit more frequently.

13. Avoid wearing dark colors like black, blue, and red. Mosquitoes are attracted to them and they also make you hotter — bugs are drawn to warmer bodies.

14. Tie lavender, sage, and mint bundles together and carry them with you for when you need to keep mosquitoes away.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy the summer…WITHOUT the fear of getting bitten every five seconds.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/keep-bugs-away/

This Video Will Make You Want To Root For The Spider…That Wasp Is Nasty

The Brazilian wandering spider is one of the world’s deadliest arachnids. It also happens to be fairly aggressive and will go out of its way to bite you if you disturb it.

The tarantula hawk — which is actually a wasp — is similar to the wandering spider in that they both deliver extremely painful bites/stings. Very rarely do the two ever meet, but anything is possible, and in the following video, these deadly creatures come across one another in the wild.

Normally, tarantula hawks hunt tarantulas, so this one must have thought the Brazilian wandering spider would be as easy to take down as its normal prey…

This is first time I’ve ever rooted for a spider…

While it’s unclear who actually won, some think the tarantula hawk died but managed to sting the wandering spider enough to paralyze it. Either way, nature can be extremely brutal sometimes…

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/spider-vs-wasp/

Would You Still Drink Out Of The Tap If You Found THIS In Your Glass?

They say it was Montezuma who cursed the water in Mexico after his Aztec empire was overthrown by the Spanish, causing digestive turmoil to tourists stupid enough to drink it. But based on this video, one wonders if he cursed the waters of Argentina too…just for good measure.

A YouTuber named Diego Oritz from Mendoza, Argentina, posted a video of a bizarre creature that he claims he found in his tap water, alive and squirming.

(via Daily Mail)

Turns out this worm-like creature is called a rat-tailed maggot, which is a larva of the drone fly. So technically if Diego waits long enough, this thing will fly out of his glass of water on its own. Then again, he should probably get his water tanks cleaned before then.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/rat-tailed-maggot/

Watching This Guy Feed His Pet Cockroaches Is Just Too Gross To Handle

As much as we’d like to think that cockroaches are the scourge of the Earth and that they serve no purpose, that’s sadly not the case.

In fact, they’re quite useful to reptile owners. As you can imagine, cockroach farming is not necessarily a popular hobby, so the few brave souls who do so willingly are hard to come by.

One of the most popular cockroach farms in the United Kingdom is the Roach Hut. To give you a sense of what life is like at this charming establishment, they have a whole YouTube channel dedicated to demonstrating how they go about their business.

In the video below, they show what feeding time looks like for roaches. Consider yourself warned, because this footage is nasty. Can you get through the whole video?

Yeah…my skin is crawling after enduring that nonsense.

(source TheRoachHut)

I’m just glad my apartment is free of these buggers. I’m aiming to keep it that way.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/roach-feeding/

Turns Out There’s A Much Smarter Way Of Keeping Bugs Out Of Your House. Does This Really Work?

If you want to learn everything there is to know about bugs, become an entomologist. If you want to learn maybe one cool thing about them, have some fun before you run for cover or a shoe. It probably won’t work, but it did for this guy. Worst case scenario, you waste a couple of hours having fun with a bug. What a relief it would be to cross that off the ol’ bucket list. Watch thesam101 learn a little bit about this bug and try not to get a pen and paper out the next time you see something crawling around your workspace.

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Macro Photography is Taken to the Next Level With This Technology. The Results Are Fascinating.

The world is a pretty incredible place on a human-sized scale, but when you consider there’s so much we aren’t seeing? It gets even more amazing. Thanks to microscopes and macro photography, the smaller world has become increasingly visible to us. Now, as technology advances, the tiny, as well as the very large, are becoming more visible to us. 

Macroscopic Solutions recently developed the Macropod, which the company calls “a low-cost, portable, three-dimensional imaging solution.” The tech can take sharp, detailed photos of the very, very small. Unlike a traditional macro lens, which allows for a relatively shallow depth of field, the Macropod can make multiple exposures at different depths, each in focus. The images are then stitched together digitally to create an image that’s completely in focus, and quite remarkable. The technique is known as “focus stacking.”

A blister beetle.

Black wasp, with measurements

A black wasp’s compound eye.

A black wasp face.

Another, cuter, jumping spider

A closeup on a jumping spider’s face.

The cells of an Asiatic Dayflower.

This image is about 250 micrometers across.

The leaf of a shrug at 50x magnification.

A closeup of some fall foliage.

Not only does this technology open doors for photographers and those interested in aesthetics, but it can also allow scientists and researchers to preserve the details and colors that can get lost with microscope and stereoscope slides. 

For a more in-depth explanation of how the Macropod works, check out this video: