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Let’s eat insects! Missouri ice cream parlor debuts a new flavor – cicada!


Jackson Griffith
Clark Pest Control 

Lucky patrons of Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream parlor in Columbia, Missouri got to taste an intriguing new confection on June 1 – ice cream flavored with brown sugar, butter and, ahem, boiled cicadas. The maiden batch sold out in a few hours, and the Columbia County Department of Public Health told Sparky’s not to think about whipping up another vat with any cicada crunchies.

Sparky’s got its employees to bring in quantities of the noisy insects, which are plentiful this summer across large parts of eastern North America. Emerging adult cicadas rattle many people with the loud, buzzy mating calls the males make by vibrating membranes on their abdomens, and they do that in numbers that are overwhelming every 13 years. This meant easy pickings for ice cream parlor crew members, who collected and de-winged the insects, dipped them in sugar and milk chocolate, and then churned them with butter, brown sugar and cream. Cicada wings were added on the top layer as extra sprinkles. Yummers!

Unfortunately, not everyone saw the “foodie” charm in engaging in a little dessert-course entomophagy, and when the health department tells you to knock it off with the insects, it’s probably a good idea to pay attention. Perhaps in 2024, the next time cicadas emerge in huge numbers, health officials will be more open to the idea. – Jackson Griffith


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Bug Fest 2011 - Visit the bug zoo's booth tomorrow


Tomorrow at the Oak Grove Park in Stockton Ca. Our very own Clark Pest Control's Bug Zoo will be taking part of this once a year event. Also attending is the Bohart Museum of Entomology and more.

This years event will include:

  • Live insect and arthropod displays
  • Guided insect collecting expeditions 
  • Insect races
  • Arthropod petting zoo
  • Kids games
  • Bug themed crafts
  • Face paintings
  • Edible insects

and more...

Bug Fest 

Saturday, April 30th
10 am to 4 pm
Oak Grove Nature Center

Oak Grove Regional Park
I-5 and 8 mile rd/Stockton
Activities are FREE/$5 parking fee per vehicle

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Annual Bug Day educates youth about insects

Published: 07/27 6:56pm
By: Meagan Choi
kids learn about insects
Sam Mikalonis / The State News

From left, Lansing residents Ainsley and Hadley Lumanog, 6 and 3, pet a tarantula on Tuesday morning at the Michigan 4-H Children?s Garden for Bug Day. It was the Lumanog sisters’ first time at Bug Day but they were not afraid to lean in and touch the large arachnid or the cockroaches.

Wedged into a corner of the Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden, Gary Parsons carefully lifted a scorpion from its cage to give the children, who were crowded around the table for a better view.

Some took a couple steps back, but others leaned in for a closer look.

“They’re seeing things that they didn’t even know existed,” said Parsons, insect collection manager in MSU’s Department of Entomology. “Most of these kids have never picked up a bug, and to be able to hold a tarantula or touch a scorpion is a big deal for them.”

More than 175 children and parents attended the seventh annual Bug Day on Tuesday at Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden, said Jessica Albright, education coordinator for the garden.

“We really do it just to expose the kids to the insects that are in the garden and kind of give them an appreciation for the insects,” Albright said. “A lot of kids are afraid of bugs, so we try to fulfill that awareness.”

Various stations were set up around the gardens with hands-on activities, such as making a bug hat out of a paper plate, creating an insect out of pipe cleaners and tasting honey with graham crackers.

One of the busiest areas throughout the morning was the table with insects and workers from the Department of Entomology’s Bug House.

“It’s a great partnership — we really try to maintain and foster our relationship with (the Bug House),” Albright said. “It brings a lot of people in, because the Bug House isn’t open every day like we are.”

The Bug House is exclusively funded by the Department of Entomology, Parsons said.

“The university doesn’t contribute anything to it,” he said. “That is one of the reasons we are not open all the time.”

Emily McKay, a horticulture junior, worked at the welcome table and said the Bug Day offered exciting, interactive activities for the children.

“It’s a great day to learn and get involved within the garden and be excited about the creatures,” McKay said. “There is a lot of beneficial insects that help the garden.”

There were also insects that were not typically observed in the backyard, said Barbara Norton of Dowagiac, Mich., who brought her grandson.

“Children in the city don’t have an opportunity (to see insects) very often, unless they go in the country with their parents,” Norton said.

Seven-year-old Korben Leung of East Lansing came to the event, despite his dislike of bugs, and said he enjoyed seeing a giant moth and observatory bee hive.

“I have seen lots of amazing things,” Korben said.

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Tarantulas Stretch the Definition of "Dinner" in Cambodia



by Nichol Nelson

Photo: Santo Chino, Flickr

The "bizarre food" craze shows no signs of abating. Spurred on by television personalities and tell-all books, intrepid eaters continue to search the globe for the strangest -- and most off-putting -- edibles they can get their hands on. Which explains the skyrocketing popularity of the latest extreme tourist activity in Cambodia: hunting and eating tarantulas.

The hairy spiders are considered a delicacy in Kampong Cham Town and Sukon, and locals have begun offering visitors the chance to capture their own. The hunting party visits forests and cashew plantations to find the spiders, catching the nocturnal creatures while they're sleeping by poking sticks into their holes.

And then, cue the dinner bell. Deep frying the spiders is a popular technique -- they're served with salt and garlic. Prefer a drink? No worries. You can get your tarantula mixed into a rice wine and jack fruit cocktail.
Locals began eating the spiders in the 1970s, when residents were forced into the jungle during the Khmer Rouge's regime. Years of eating spiders and other bugs for survival gave the area's population a taste for them. Many Cambodians also believe tarantulas can treat medical problems, everything from backaches to breathing problems.

Want to bag your own tarantula? You'll need to be persistent. The tours aren't advertised, so befriending a local is a must. And it goes without saying that those with arachnophobia need not apply.

Note: Although this may be a delicasy to some and a main staple in the Cambodian diet, its not for some, and absolutly not for me! I love my little 8 legged furry pets!

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Bug Zoo Coming to a School near you!



Starting in July, we will be launching our Clark Bug Zoo! The purpose is to educate kids on some really cool bugs they do not get to see everyday. The Bug Zoo currently includes:

  • Estrella, my sweet Curly Hair Tarantula
  • Dude, California's native tarantula
  • Nuke, an Arizona Hairy Desert Scorpion
  • 2 Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches
  • 2 Bumble Bee Millipedes
  • Emperor Scorpion
  • Giant African Millipede

We are hoping to expand the zoo with possibly a Praying Mantis and more.

The program consists of talking about each insect they will get to meet, facts and more. Next we will head over to the tables set up with our fascinating zoo inhabitants along with handling demo of the roaches (I will be handling not the children) and talk about each one. This is a FREE service provided by Clark! I will continue to update any new insects we add.

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They're heeeere: Year’s first mosquito hatchoff to begin Friday night


by Ian White / The Daily News
Posted on May 21, 2010 at 9:13 AM


GALVESTON, Texas -- Get ready for mosquito season - the little critters are about to descend on the unwary living near the county's beaches and southern bayside areas.

Nurtured by high tides at the beginning of the month that were reinforced by last Friday's heavy rains, the insects' larvae are about to hatch for the first serious swarm of salt marsh mosquitoes this year.

Fortunately for humans, salt marsh mosquitoes do not carry the West Nile virus or St. Louis encephalitis, but their bloodsucking still can be a major source of discomfort.

John Marshall, director of the county's mosquito control district, expects the hatchoff to begin as early as this evening and continue throughout the weekend on Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston's West End, southwest Hitchcock and, to a lesser extent, the eastern fringe of Texas City.

He expects inland areas to be spared because the heavy rain dried out quickly except in the areas alongside the county's beaches and coastal marshlands.

"We will wait until (today) to decide when to start spraying," he said.

"We will be sending our trucks to each affected area about twice during the next week, and our new plane will make as many flights as needed to control the areas the trucks can't reach."

Control district officials will wait until the hatchoff is about 50 percent complete before sending up their turboprop plane because it uses $4,700 worth of insecticide per hour, far more than it costs to fly the plane.

The insecticide is a 40-micron mist the consistency of hair spray. To be effective, it must touch the insects, so the district sprays during the light-wind hours of early evening and morning, when the mosquitoes are active.

"We don't go out when they're resting in long grass during the day," Marshall said, "because the insecticide won't reach them."

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Lots of bugs to swallow



The warm days of spring fill the air with -- I should write something lovely and enjoyable here, but I will be realistic -- bugs.

Let's face it, unlike the colder seasons, spring and summer are a time for insects. They crawl or hatch from moist soil, ponds, streams, behind bark and the underside of twigs to flit, flutter and fly through the delightful vernal air.

To some, flying insects are a necessary evil, but to others, they are breakfast, lunch, dinner and an anytime snack. Those others are insectivorous birds, and there are many.

Indeed, most of the birds that migrate into our region in the spring come here for the insects. Warblers, swifts, flycatchers, vireos, kinglets, gnatcatchers, thrushes, waxwings and swallows are all voracious insect feeders. Some of our year-round species change their diets in the spring. Titmice, chickadees and others give up seeds and turn to bugs.

Part of the delight of bird watching is observing the various ways in which birds feed on insects.

Warblers work the outer branches of trees when they are in flower. There the birds capture tiny insects as the bugs clamber over the blooms in search of their own meal. Flycatchers perch at the ends of limbs watching for larger flying insects passing by. When they spot a juicy fly, beetle or some other insect, they launch into the air and capture the bug on the wing. Chickadees, titmice, nuthatches and others look for insects crawling on the trunks of trees or hiding in bark crevices. They wander vertical surfaces to probe and poke recesses, pulling out soft caterpillars and beetle larva.

The most graceful of the avian insectivores are swallows and swifts.

Western Pennsylvania is the summer home to six breeding species of swallows. These include the tree, northern rough-winged, barn, cliff, and bank swallows and the purple martin.

Swallows are supreme fliers. Their long, pointed wings, forked tail and relatively short body give them an aerodynamic advantage for catching insects on the wing. They are often found in loose flocks swooping and diving over streams, rivers, ponds and lakes picking off insects emerging from the water.

I vividly remember spending spring evenings with the late Joe Grom, naturalist at North Park in Pittsburgh, sitting on a picnic bench at the edge of North Park Lake watching large migrating flocks of swallows. From that vantage point, we were often able to see all six Western Pennsylvania swallows in a single evening.

Of the six, the purple martin is the largest native swallow. They are famous for their communal roosts. For many years, there was a huge purple martin house in Somerset. The nest box was fashioned after the iconic Somerset County Courthouse near which it stood. Unfortunately, tropical storm Agnes in 1972, dumped torrential rain on the Laurel Highlands for a week. Rain is a problem for flying insects, and very few were in the air for seven days.

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Bug Fun at BugFest at Oak Grove Nature Center April 10 2010


Bugfest 2010

Don't miss out on the fun!

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Insects Set for Spring Surge, Thanks to Active El Nino Weather Pattern


BASF insect expert identifies likely culprits and potential hotspots for pest problems for regions across America


Termites, ants and other pests thrive in moist conditions, and there will be plenty of those across America, when record snow packs begin melting from the Sierra Nevada to Capitol Hill.

"When conditions are warm and wet, many pests begin to swarm in search of food, shelter and mates," said Dr. Bob Davis, Entomologist and a Scientist at BASF, the world's largest chemical company. "Unfortunately, this search brings many of these pests inside, where they can create a nuisance and destroy property."

Just how bad your pest problem will be this spring depends on several factors, Davis explained, including the region where you live and your recent weather patterns.

Based on known climate conditions and accumulated knowledge of pest behavior, Davis offered the following pest problem outlook for specific U.S. regions.

The South
With its hot, humid summers and temperate winters, the South offers ideal conditions for a wide range of pests, including many species of ants.

"Many ants live in nests just below the soil surface, so once the ground gets soaked, they quickly begin moving their nests to higher locations," Davis said. "Once they get flooded out, it doesn't matter how clean your home is - no one is immune from an invasion."

Ant populations are expected to grow across the South this spring, bolstered by an influx of feisty foreign invaders. For example, the invasive "Caribbean crazy ant" had only recently been seen in Texas, but has already begun to spread to multiple counties in Southeast Texas and may now be in the neighboring state of Louisiana. These ants are aggressive enough to drive out native ants and fire ants.

"There are whole neighborhoods in Southeast Texas that are being overrun with millions of these invasive crazy ants," Davis said.

Colonies of native crazy ants are relatively small, with multiple queens and a few thousand workers. In favorable environments, such as Florida, larger "super" colonies containing tens of thousands of ants may be linked together by foraging trails.

The threat of termite infestations also could intensify this spring with forecasts predicting average temperatures in Florida, Georgia and other surrounding states, and above-average to average precipitation.

A season of intermittent rains with warming temperatures is conducive to termite swarming. Swarms occur when winged termites leave the nest to form new colonies - often right after a rainfall. But termites also can reproduce right in their own nests. In fact, during years of reduced swarms, a single subterranean termite colony might split into multiple smaller ones underground, Davis said.

Southeastern drywood termites, often found in the extreme Southeastern states, swarm from late May to mid-June. They can infest buildings, eating structural timbers, pieces of furniture, flooring, doors, window trim, even wooden picture frames. Interior swarms will many times be found near windows and doors because the flying insects are attracted to lighted areas.

The West
This winter was severe in the West. Colder-than-normal temperatures and heavy precipitation hit many areas of the Western states. February packed a punch of precipitation, and in March, California officials said the average water content in the Sierra mountains' snowpack had reached 107 percent of normal seasonal levels.

While the snow is a blessing to drought-stricken areas of California, it also sets the stage for heavier-than-normal pest infestations. Spiders, scorpions, beetles, termites - all can flourish when normally dry ground is flush with water.

One frequent menace is the Western subterranean termite. This native pest can enter structures through cracks less than one-thirty-seconds of an inch wide, including the tiny openings in concrete slabs, around drain pipes, and between the slab and a home's foundation. Most swarming occurs in the spring, but additional swarms may occur throughout the summer and fall.

Wet conditions also will create a field day for ants, including the highly invasive Argentine ant, whose massive colonies can be found along the West Coast and parts of the Eastern and Gulf Coast states.

"The Argentine ant has few natural enemies here, so they can quickly knock out the native ants," Davis said. "When Argentine ants get inside a house, they're a force to be reckoned with. I've seen these ants travel in columns that were as wide as my wrist."

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Vegetation Management - Will Harrison



Up on the stage is Will Harrison who will be talking to us about weed control and weed control programs.

Why do we need a weed control program?

First and formost if you have a processing facility or even a home weeds attract rodents and insects. Rodents eventually make their inside.

Weeds create fire hazzards

Displays an unprofessional look regardless what type of buisness it is.

Weed control needs to be an integrated approach, more than just herbicides.

Can Weed Control be cost effective?

Can Weed control be done in a cost efficient manner?

Four basic ideas


  1. know your enemy
  2. know the density
  3. what is creating the problem
  4. sensitive site 



  1. Herbicide selection
  2. Sensitive location (hospital or school close by)
  3. Timing of application 






  1. What did I miss?
  2. Why did I not Kill the weeds?


Will is also covering weed types including the tumble weed (common to Russia) which is also known as Russian Thistle.

Did You know... the "Tree of Heaven" is not actually a Tree, but a weed and can grow up to 60 feet tall! 

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