insects

The Best Weapon To Trap And Kill Bed Bugs Is Hidden In Our Blood 

Bed bug infestations are a nightmare. The tiny, assholish insects can resist all sorts of measures to kill them completely. Drawn-out infestations are a scourge, but also fairly common in big cities like New York. There are plenty of remedies, from all-natural bean leaves to special heated suitcases, but none are foolproof. One new weapon looks like the most useful tool to fight bed bugs, though. And it uses something found within our blood.


How To Keep Mosquitoes Out Of Your Yard

I have had it with bloody mosquitoes at outdoor dinner parties. To prevent the little blood suckers from ruining the your summer, drastic measures are necessary. Here are some of the most effective (or, at least, most satisfying) methods for your upcoming insect genocide.


Giant Robotic Insects Are The Adorable Stuff Of Nightmares

Giant robot insects. Sci-fi fodder of legitimate scientific inquiry? Now it’s both. Biomechatronics researchers from Bielefeld University in Germany created a walking and functioning robot insect, about a metre long, named Hector. Yes, they named it.


The Bugs On A Single NYC Median Can Eat 6kg Of Food Per Year 

Bugs and rats have lived for centuries in a deadlocked battle for the title of Worst Pest in NYC, but the scientists behind a new study may have just dealt bug fans a decisive victory by proving how urban insects are our friends — or, more specifically, our garbage.


Are Insects The Future Of Food?

Emily Anthes braves locusts, beetles, mealworms and more as she asks whether eating insects is the answer to feeding ever more humans and livestock. At first, my meal seems familiar, like countless other dishes I’ve eaten at Asian restaurants. A swirl of noodles slicked with oil and studded with shredded chicken, the aroma of ginger and garlic, a few wilting chives placed on the plate as a final flourish.


Cyborg Cockroaches Could Be Used To Save Trapped Humans

Controlling cockroaches with electrical ‘backpacks’ is one of those science experiments that’s simultaneously quite cool and ethically a little bit grey. What might make you feel better, though, is the knowledge that those remote-controlled cockroaches may save your life if you ever get trapped inside a burning building.


Four-Acre Spider Web May Be The Grossest Thing You'll See This Week

This report on a four-acre spider web covering a building has made shiver and curl in disgust. You are looking at the Baltimore Wastewater Treatment Plant, where a good chunk of their facility was covered by a web made by an estimated 107 million spiders. That’s 35,176 spiders per cubic metre!


I've Never Seen Macroscopic Images As Incredibly Sharp As These Ones

This is a blister beetle photographed with a Macropod — “a low cost, portable, three-dimensional imaging solution” that allows scientists to break the depth of field limitations typical of macro photography by taking multiple exposures and merging them into a single ultra-sharp image using software.


Can Cities Save Insect Life?

Flitting from plant to plant, from flower to flower, bees and other insect pollinators play an essential role in crop pollination and the human food supply. But they’re struggling: intensive agriculture and climate change have taken a heavy toll on their populations.


Seeing An Ant Drink Water From Up Close Is Pretty Fascinating

I don’t know why I’m so mesmerised. Maybe because the ant looks positively alien from up close. Or maybe because I wish I could suck out and deflate the water I drink like a balloon letting out air instead of having to pour it in me like fuel. Whatever it is, it sure makes for a nice GIF.