Can Heat Destroy Bedbugs?

There is a lot of talk about how bedbugs cannot be gotten rid of once you have them. If you have bedbugs on any clothing or fabric material, then you will most certainly have to throw that away since it is forever tainted with a booming bedbugs population. But is this really the case? Are bedbugs really so incapable of defeat? The answer is “no.” In fact, bedbugs have an enemy that is available to us, and that enemy is heat.

According to a recent study, even brief exposure to heat can kill bedbugs that are burrowing on the outside of your luggage. Researchers placed male bedbugs on the outside covering of several suitcases, and then they proceeded to expose the suitcases to temperatures as high as 167 degrees Fahrenheit. After only six minutes of this exposure, all of the bedbugs were dead, even well sheltered bedbugs. However, before you throw your suitcase into the oven, you may want to call your exterminator just to avoid any possible missteps.

Is there any animal that would not retreat from heat? Have you ever used high heat to kill bedbugs that had found there way onto your personal items?

 

 

Posted in Can Heat Destroy Bedbugs? | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Best Protein Powder Would Contain Insects

There are a lot of bodybuilders out there that would not like the idea of giving up their whey protein in favor of bug protein. For years whey protein has been the gold standard among post workout recovery shakes. However, there exist many good reasons to switch to an insect protein, as experts believe that insect based protein powders are nutritionally superior to whey protein.

Currently whey protein is the only type of protein shake that contains the entire amino acid profile. Whey protein contains all nine of the essential amino acids that we need, but so do insects, such as crickets and grasshoppers. Also, insects are a good source of vitamin B12, which can only be found in animals. The calcium levels in insects are also through to roof. Experts believe that insects are particularly nutritious for humans because we consume the entire insect, even the exoskeleton, which is high in calcium. We do not, however, consume cow and chicken bones for the extra nutrients. Currently no company has come forward with an insect-protein powder product due to the current lack of public interest in this powder as well as a lack of research.

Would you consider consuming insects as long as they were processed into an unrecognizable form, like powder?

Posted in The Best Protein Powder Would Contain Insects | Tagged | Leave a comment

Millions Of California’s Trees Die From Drought And Insects

According to the United States Department of Agriculture one hundred million trees have died in California since 2010. And two thirds, or sixty two million, have died in just 2016 alone. This year the governor of California declared the state to be in a stage of “exceptional drought”. Most of the dead trees are located in the dry Sierra Nevada region of the United States. So, which factor is more to blame for the dead trees, the drought? Or the insects?

A biologist, Matt Ritter, explained that most of the dead trees died from insects feeding on trees that are already weak and dry. Once trees began to lose moisture just about every insect pest in the area will begin to feed on the trees. So, although it is technically insects that kill off most of the trees, the problem really began when the trees went years without any water. Sadly, officials with the forestry service say that most government money does not go toward conservation efforts; instead the money goes to firefighting efforts.

What is one possible method of keeping insects from destroying at risk trees?

 

 

Posted in Millions Of California’s Trees Die From Drought And Insects | Tagged | Leave a comment

Insects As A Source Of Omega Three Fatty Acids

During the past decade or more, we have been hearing a lot about the health benefits that can be had from taking supplements containing omega three fatty acids. Most people assume that fish is the only source of omega three fatty acids, but omega threes are found in many plants and animals, including insects. In fact, researchers have managed to extract omega three fatty acid oil from insects, and they hope that the insect-based omega acids will become commercially available.

Currently, omega three oils are already extracted at insect processing centers. Unfortunately, all the insect oil that is extracted is thrown away. The insect oil can be processed in an environmentally safe way, and it is a relatively cheap process. Researchers have procured omega three fatty acids from a number of different insects including, mealworms, crickets, cockroaches, grasshoppers and soldier ants. All the different omega acids collected from the different insects contained both saturated and unsaturated fats, and some oils are reported to smell better than others.

Would you be willing to consume omega three fatty acids if the acids were extracted from bugs?

 

 

Posted in Insects As A Source Of Omega Three Fatty Acids | Tagged | Leave a comment

The World Health Organization Lifted Its Zika Virus Emergency Declaration

The World Health Organization (WHO) just lifted the 9-month-old “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” declaration of the Zika virus. Now, the WHO also noted, however, that even though they removed it’s “emergency” status, they are not downgrading the potential threat level of the virus. The purpose of raising it to emergency level served its purpose, which was to bring the world together so it can make a more urgent and coordinated response across the globe. The clusters of infected areas were beginning to rapidly appear and the world needed a swift boost in research on how to counteract it. WHO emergency declarations are intended as a way to motivate governments around the world to take serious action in order to try and curb epidemics. However, the virus is continuing to spread and appears to be settling in for the long haul, meaning it’s time to prepare for a more long-term response to eliminating the virus.

The agency claims that the remaining knowledge we need to gain about the Zika virus would be better gained through sustained research. The head of the WHO emergency committee on the Zika virus, Dr. David Heymann, stated that the Zika virus is no longer an emergency, but rather a “a significant and enduring public health challenge.”  The change from the initial emergency phase to this new second phase of fighting against the Zika virus will really involve the world coming to terms with the fact that the Zika virus is a long-term problem that we will have to deal with for years to come. It’s time for us humans to realize this isn’t going away any time soon, and we now need to prepare for an extended war against the Zika virus across the globe instead of the mere isolated attacks and battles we’ve so far waged against this disease. Think of it as WWI against mosquitos.

What kind of changes to research and funding do you think this change in status for the Zika virus will bring about?

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Millions Of California’s Trees Die From Drought And Insects

According to the United States Department of Agriculture one hundred million trees have died in California since 2010. And two thirds, or sixty two million, have died in just 2016 alone. This year the governor of California declared the state to be in a stage of “exceptional drought”. Most of the dead trees are located in the dry Sierra Nevada region of the United States. So, which factor is more to blame for the dead trees, the drought? Or the insects?

A biologist, Matt Ritter, explained that most of the dead trees died from insects feeding on trees that are already weak and dry. Once trees began to lose moisture just about every insect pest in the area will begin to feed on the trees. So, although it is technically insects that kill off most of the trees, the problem really began when the trees went years without any water. Sadly, officials with the forestry service say that most government money does not go toward conservation efforts; instead the money goes to firefighting efforts.

What is one possible method of keeping insects from destroying at risk trees?

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Insects Have Unexpected Influence On Earth’s Carbon Sinks

These days anyone is capable of seeing signs of pollution in just about any given place. Our atmosphere is polluted with high levels of carbon dioxide everyday. However, these high levels of carbon dioxide are absorbed by trees. This is why having numerous and large areas of forestland on the planet is a good thing, but insects may be stifling the earth’s carbon sinks from reabsorbing carbon dioxide.

According to a leading ecologist from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, our forests are not absorbing as much C02 from the atmosphere because insects are eating the tree leaves too rapidly. The reason why insects are eating more tree leaves than normal is because the leaves are not offering up as much protein as normal, therefore insects are having to eat extra in order to compensate for the protein loss. But why are the leaves endowed with less protein than normal?

Apparently, having higher than normal C02 levels in the atmosphere leads to tree leaves that do not contain as much protein. This is due to leaves not needing to produce as much protein under environmental conditions that are high in C02 levels. Unfortunately, this slowed absorption of C02 by the earth’s natural carbon sinks is bad news for environmentalists hoping to see lower levels of C02 in the air.

Would planting more trees speed C02 reabsorption, or would insects slow the process in newly planted trees as well? How could researchers solve this problem?

 

Posted in Insects Have Unexpected Influence On Earth’s Carbon Sinks | Tagged | Leave a comment