Monday, December 9, 2013

Backyard Brains gives TED Talk using cockroach to teach neuroscience

Backyard Brains, an organization that teaches neuro science in layman terms for us beginners, presented at a TED Talk using a cockroach to show nerve stimulation. See TED Talk

Robotic Cockroach of Your Own!

Backyard Brains announced it is selling the first commercially available cyborg – the RoboRoach. Essentially, the product is an electronic 'backpack' that installs on a cockroach, allowing its movements to be controlled with an iPhone. Users can briefly wirelessly control the left/right movement of a cockroach by microstimulation of the antenna nerves.  Read more…
How it's done.  Cascade Pest Control has no plans to offer control services for robotic roaches. ;)

Monday, December 2, 2013

Rutgers University research shows Do-It-Yourself Bedbug Treatments Don't Work

[Reported by the Washington Post]

A research team at Rutgers has been studying the effectiveness of products such as mothballs and rubbing alcohol, and Rutgers’ Changlu Wang reported on these findings at this month’s Entomology 2013.  The research looked at a variety of home remedies and some over-the-counter products.   read full article

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Rat Patrol

From the trailer parks of Kent to the sewers of Eastlake, public-health workers are on the job, teaching people to be smarter than rats. Continue reading...

Source: Seattle Weekly News, presented by Cascade Pest Control

Rat Problems in Seattle's Capital Hill

Has Seattle ‘ratpocalypse’ spread to Capitol Hill? from Capital Hill Seattle Blog, reported by Cascade Pest Control

Centralia, WA homeowner overrun by dozens of rats

CENTRALIA, Wash. -- A Centralia homeowner is being overrun by rats, and she doesn't know why.

Joan Lankow said a couple dozen rats come out every night.

"It's awful," she said. "I hate them. They're so dirty."  (From KOMO News).   

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Tawny Crazy Ants May Displace Fire Ants, Researchers Say

University of Texas researchers are concerned that tawny crazy ants are going to severely disrupt the environmental balance in the Southeastern United States by wiping out one of the region’s other pests, fire ants. Source: UPI