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Clark Bug Zoo featured on Good Day Sacramento


Clark Pest Control's Bug Zoo was invited to appear on Good Day Sacramento last Tuesday to play a fun game with morning host, Mark S. Allen..."Guess that Pest" and help promote the Lodi Grape Festival this weekend. 

Mark held a Madagascar Hissing Roach, Cave Spider and a really cool Tarantula. 

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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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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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Cockroaches-Big Apple Bugs: New Cockroach Species Discovered


Mystery cockroach found in NYC apartment.
mage: Brenda Tan and Matt Cost.

Moving overseas has been a challenge, but worst of all for me has been the fact that my writing has suffered. I still read scientific papers and science news stories, but have been unable to find the time necessary to write these stories for you. Hopefully, my life is returning to some semblance of predictability, which means I can now start working again. I have several half-finished stories that I am working on and will be publishing over the next few days. The first story I want to share with you is about a simple high school DNA barcoding project that yielded an astonishing discovery; a new species that has been living in one of the largest urban areas in the world, New York City.

As a New Yorker, I am both surprised and not surprised at the same time by the discovery of a new species of cockroach hiding in our cabinets and showers and running around under our feet. I mean, where else would a new species of pest insect most likely be found?

Like an episode from the popular television series, CSI: NY, two high school seniors sought to identify hundreds of specimens that they had collected throughout Manhattan. Their goal? To identify the species by analyzing at a small portion of their DNA using a technique known as "DNA barcoding." As a method for quickly identifying species, DNA barcoding has become increasingly more accepted within the previous six years.

The two "DNAHouse investigators" made a number surprising discoveries using DNA barcoding, including mislabeled food items, and -- most astonishing of all -- the discovery of a species of cockroach that is new to science. The insect, which looks like the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana, a widespread pest in NYC and other large cities, turned out to have a different "DNA barcode" from that species.

A DNA "barcode" is a short nucleotide sequence shared between organisms. Although the identity of the "barcode" gene is not standardized as yet, a 648-basepair long region of the mitochrondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (CO1) gene is typically used as a DNA "barcode" for most eukaryotes. This genetic region is ideal because it is nearly universal, it is small and easily sequenced using current technology, and it contains large nucleotide variation between species (but relatively small variation within a species). Additionally, as of 2009, there were more than 620,000 known CO1 sequences from over 58,000 species of animals -- larger than databases available for any other gene. These features allow for direct sequence comparisons and analyses between different species.

"It's genetically distinct from all the other cockroaches in the database," said DNAHouse investigator Brenda Tan. Ms. Tan, a senior at Manhattan's Trinity School, worked on the project, along with fellow classmate Matt Cost.

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Roaches Population outweighs the human population?


Can you sense that there are "others" living in your home? Have you seen them? Have you seen the marks that they had made in your house? Who or what are these "others" that you can feel moving about in your kitchen?

cockroachThe questions above might seem to refer to ghost or other non-worldly things but those questions actually pertain to the presence of cockroaches in your house. You cannot see them in the morning for they only usually venture outside their nests at night, when you are all sleeping. This way, they can easily sneak into your food in the cupboards, into moist utensils, all around the sink, and more. They usually hide in dark and dirty corners where they also build their nests.

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German roaches are tougher than the rest


I received a call from my older daughter. She'd moved into an old house in Florida and was having a bug problem. After getting her to describe the pests, I had to tell her the bad news. She had German cockroaches and there was little she could do to completely rid the place of the creatures. But that didn't mean that she couldn't do a few things to ameliorate their impact.

The problem with German cockroaches is that they never go outside. The big brown roaches prefer to live outside and come into your house only when pressured to do so. Oriental cockroaches would also rather be outside. The Asian cockroach, which looks remarkably like the German, can't survive in your house and will come in only when it's attracted to lights.

For most arthropods, the modern man-made caves we live in are just too harsh an environment for them. But not German roaches.

There are more than 4,000 species of roaches around the world, and they've remained in the same general form for over 300 million years. Why change what works? Roaches can fly short distances but prefer to run when they suspect trouble. Most roaches like heat - the hotter the better. They seem to thrive in at 30C or higher, but they must have access to water.

Roaches will eat anything organic, but the German roach has a preference for the foods humans like. If there's no human (or pet) food lying about, German roaches will make do with hair, glue, candle wax, soap or each other. If no food is available, a cockroach can hang around for up to a month waiting for you to get messy.

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Roaches and Mice Thrive in a Recession



Posted: March 2, 2009, 3:15 pm

By Michael Wilson

mouseGianni Cipriano for The New York Times An exterminator displays a mouse caught in a Manhattan restaurant in 2007.

Brace yourselves for more fun news: recessions, it turns out, while bad for humans, may be good for cockroaches and mice.

Veterans in the pest control industry said that their customers, both residential and commercial, appear to be sacrificing on regular exterminations as a cost-cutting measure. While restaurants are bound by the threats of steep fines, apartment landlords and office buildings are cutting back services, the exterminators said.

Robert Agatowski, with Control Exterminating Company on East 33rd Street in Manhattan, recalled a recent call from a general manager of a business.

"He said, ‘It's very simple. I don't know if we can make the rent or the payroll,'" Mr. Agatowski recalled. "‘So in other words, you're out. We'll step on the bugs and kick the mice.' The exterminating almost becomes like a luxury item."

He and other exterminators interviewed this week were careful not to name names.

"People are being penny wise and pound foolish," said Gil Bloom, with Standard Pest Management in Long Island City, Queens. "Monitoring pest control is very much pest prevention. It's not just killing what's there today. One mouse, a month later, could easily be a dozen mice."

Exterminators said they are too busy to be hurt by any slowdown. "Business is a little lackluster, but they're able to keep above water because of the bedbug situation," said Leonard Douglen, executive director of the New Jersey Pest Management Association. "I would be concerned about it if people start cutting down on that service, because it's essential. Especially in New York City."

Restaurants do not have much leeway when it comes to pest control. If an inspection turns up pests or evidence of pets, like rodent droppings, then stiff fines follow.

"They end up spending as much as they would have spent if they'd maintained the whole time," said Jeff Eisenberg, president of Pest Away Exterminating in Manhattan. "You want to change your oil every month, or you want to spend the $700 for a whole new something or other?"

So far, so good: The city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported a slight decrease in pest-related violations from inspections in the last quarter of 2008, compared with the same period in 2007.

Exterminators said it was too soon to blame a slowdown in service calls solely on the recession, as the cold winter months are typically when people cut back. "I've been doing this 17 years, so I know the cycles," Mr. Eisenberg said. "I don't panic."

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