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Posts Tagged ‘fire ants’

Science discoveries continue


Fire ant venom as a Fungicide

In their experiments, the researchers used sophisticated extraction techniques to obtain purified amounts of piperdeine and piperidine from the venom glands of both red and black imported fire ants.

In this case they are testing the venom, several ant species use different techniques to tend gardens of fungi so I wonder how this would work?

HYA10_02 Photo provided by Univar PPS

Most Poisonous Insect in the World

Workman’s Comp and those bugs…

Workman’s Comp and those bugs…

I would probably venture that most people wouldn’t consider that a bug bite might fall under a workman’s compensation claim. Read this article at  by Rebecca Shafer, J.D. on Workers Comp Claims from Spiders, Bees, Fire Ants, Fleas, Mosquitoes, Bedbugs, Wasps, Hornets, Lice, Scorpions, Ticks, Mites, Bites, and Stings.

I think most of us don’t even think before we pick up something in the yard or garage, but maybe we should. That spider or scorpion is going to react and not in a good way. Put on gloves before you move anything that has been laying around.

A few tips:

  1. Don’t stack things next to outside of your home.

  2. Where gloves when moving items.

  3. Garages and sheds are notorious for unwanted visitors, use caution.

  4. Inspect your property monthly for signs of activity.

  5. If you notice a hole, fill and patch it. If you notice bees call a Pest Management Professional.

If you’re allergic maybe you should consider having a key ring (picture from their site) or bracelet

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