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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. 

Click here to view the Bug Zoo Segment 

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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 Day 2 presentation recap

 

Our second day of presentations concluded with the La Petite Academy in Lodi. The age group was 4-6 year olds and they loved it! With Timmy the Termite by my side we took the kids on a bug adventure where they learned about Tarantulas, Scorpions, Madagascar Hissers and the Giant African Millipede.

The big excitement came when we brought groups of 5 over to the zoo table, the kids were amazed how old Tarantulas get, how Scorpions glow under black light and when it came to the Hissers and the Millipedes....lets just say that my bugs went from one kids hand to the next, our bugs were wiped out by the end of the presentation!!

Over all, the 2 days of presentations went great, and the fact that we were able to enlighten and educate a child is priceless!

Until next time.

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Bug Zoo Coming to a School near you!

 

Scorpion 

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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Reno NV. Pest Control - Its Scorpion Season!

 

Scorpions Active in the Fall

There are 23 different species of scorpions in Nevada. And they are most active during the fall. As the weather cools, many will find their way into houses and garages.

Posted: 9:25 PM Sep 2, 2009
Reporter: John Tyson
Email Address: mailto:john.tyson@kolotv.com?subject=Scorpions Active in the Fall

RENO, NV - There are 23 different species of scorpions in Nevada. And they are most active during the fall. As the weather cools, many will find their way into houses and garages.

Aside from their sinister looks and reputation, most scorpions, especially the ones here in Northern Nevada, are not especially dangerous to humans, although all are poisonous to some degree.

A sting from a scorpion is about the same as a bee sting or less. It will hurt, and the tissue around the sting will swell up. If there is any danger at all, it would come in the form of an allergic reaction, which might require immediate medical attention.

The real bad boy is the Bark Scorpion. It's found mainly in Southern Nevada, or to be more specific, Clark County. Its venom can be very toxic, although there hasn't been any reported deaths or even serious bites recorded as the result of a Bark Scorpion bite recently.

Scorpions do not like bright sunlight, and for that reason they'll try to find shady or dark corners to hide while waiting for prey. They are predators, and will attack and eat other insects that lurk in dark places of the home. There have been reports that a large scorpion will even kill a small mouse.

Experts say the best way to rid a home of scorpions is to call in a professional pest control company. You can also go out at night when it's dark with a black light to find them. They are known for being slow reproducers, and it's easy the experts say, to rid an area of them quite quickly.

Regardless, this time of year it's a good idea to check out your garage or other places where scorpions might hide. Even though they are not considered overly dangerous, they could cause a problem with small pets and children.

As they say, it's always better to be safe than sorry.

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