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Hover Fly vs. Homeowner – Conflict Mediation

September 5, 2019

As an entomologist, I find that it often falls on me to serve as a sort of de facto mediator in ongoing or potential insect/human…

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Japanese ‘Beetlemania’ Continues

August 6, 2019

Beatlemania was often used to describe the frenzy, excessive enthusiasm, obsession and fascination directed at a British pop group, the Beatles, when they first arrived…

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Flies in a home are a complicated issue

June 26, 2019

Dear Dr. Tim, I have a simple question. Can you tell me how to get those pesky flies out of my home? You know the…

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Flowers, Pollinators, and the Ripple Effect

June 5, 2019

Most people understand that nothing in nature exists in isolation. All nature is connected. Any change in one component affects others, causing more changes and…

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Tick Talk Time

May 6, 2019

It is tick talk time, but when I say “tick talk” I am not referring to a timekeeping device, such as a watch or a…

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Insects as Pets: Consider the Advantages

April 3, 2019

Pets are part of the family for nearly 62% of Americans. According to a recent pet census, a whopping 69.9 million dogs are kept as…

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Insect Biomimicry and Why I love Spider-Man

March 1, 2019

You might think it strange to see a small kid, all by himself, dressed in red and black, lurking in random corners of the home.…

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Valentine’s Day Strategies – Tips I have learned from insects

February 8, 2019

Valentine’s Day is nearly here so, as an alert to all guys out there who have significant others and want to keep them, do not…

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Insects May Be Smiling on the Inside

January 2, 2019

As a fourth-grader I drew my first real insect in art class. I think it was a pretty good rendering. It was anatomically correct for…

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Plan to Run from Killer Bees

December 6, 2018

This spring, for the second time since 2005, A.J. Foyt was attacked by Africanized, killer bees. Known to millions of fans simply as A.J., the…

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Monarch Majesty and Mimicry

November 8, 2018

When going to work each morning, my son-in-law dons nicely pressed khaki pants, a collared shirt and polished shoes. He even combs and wears mousse…

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Along Came a Spider . . . Web

October 4, 2018

Spiders are at once one of the most feared — yet beneficial and misunderstood — and studied animal in the world. Legend suggests that the mere…

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Why Did the Woolly Bear Cross the Road?

September 5, 2018

Dear Dr. Tim: Have you noticed the hairy caterpillars crossing paved roads recently? What are they, where did they come from and why are they…

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Moles, myths and misconceptions

August 7, 2018

Occasionally I am asked to speak at landscape management meetings about moles – you know, the furry little animals that tunnel just below ground and…

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Mosquito Bait

July 11, 2018

I like to go for leisurely walks with my wife. It is romantic and we get to exercise and enjoy nature together. I like it…

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Lightning Beetles — Light Up My Life

June 5, 2018

Possibly the most romantic insect in the world is known for the pulses of soft, amorous light it emits in parks, backyards and roadsides on…

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What Is all the Stink About?

May 10, 2018

Dear Dr. Tim, A brown-colored, disgusting looking bug appeared out of nowhere in my home. It landed on a magazine I was reading. I don’t…

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