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Scientists at the University of California, Riverside have developed an inexpensive, biodegradable, seaweed-based ant bait that can help homeowners and farmers control invasive Argentine ant populations.
The researchers found the “hydrogel” bait, which looks like liquid gel pills but has a jello-like consistency, reduced ant populations 40 to 68 percent after four weeks. After a second treatment, between weeks four and five, ant population reductions were maintained at 61 to 79 percent until the experiment ended after eight weeks.
It is that time of the year again when you must be diligent with regard to crime prevention and be aware of unlicensed pest control applicators.
Many of these unlicensed companies are either from out of the area and advise they have great specials to make a quick dollar or landscape companies looking to add on services they are not licensed for to increase income during the busy season.
Freedom Pest Management wants everyone to know that the chemicals used by pest control companies are strictly regulated by the Department of Agriculture. It is not legal for a handyman to spray a house other than one he owns, as well as landscapers to spray Roundup, weed control or even fertilize a lawn.
Freedom Pest Management also wants everyone to know that if you need to utilize a pest control service to use a reputable company, not one that solicits your home or you in your driveway. It is common for a licensed pest control company to legally solicit during the spring and summer; however, homeowners need to be aware. All legitimate pest control company employees are legally obligated to carry their Department Of Agriculture pest control license on them at all times. If they do not have it, do not do business with them! The licensed business can also be looked up, via the web at the California Department of Agriculture, to find out if they are a company that is licensed to provide the services they are advertising. Do not be afraid to ask them if they can provide the proper documentation and licensing for you to view.
Always remember to tell the prospective solicitor that you would like to see their state licenses and ask them for their business card and phone number. Always remember to gather as much information as you can about the company. Call your local Police if you think something is suspicious or may have bad intentions in your neighborhood. Remember that your actions may help another who may be vulnerable to these un-reputable prowlers that tarnish the name of the service providers that follow the rules and regulations of the state and government.
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Finally — some good news for the bees of Hawaii.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has given endangered status to seven species of yellow-faced bees native to the islands. These are "the first bees in the country to be protected under the Endangered Species Act," according to the Xerces Society, which advocated for the new designation.
A Yellow-faced bee in Hawaii
John Kaia / AP
The new rule designating protections for the bees, published Friday in the Federal Register, states that yellow-faced bees are known "for their yellow-to-white facial markings." They look like small wasps, according to the rule, except for their "plumose [branched] hairs on the body that are longest on the sides of the thorax, which readily distinguish them from wasps."
The yellow-faced bee is the only bee native to Hawaii, meaning that it was able to reach the Hawaiian Islands on its own, according to a fact sheet provided by the University of Hawaii's Master Gardner Program. "From that one original colonist they evolved into 63 known endemic species, about 10% of the world's yellow-faced bees and more than are found in this genus in all of North America."
But the populations of these seven species are getting smaller and smaller, according to Fish and Wildlife. For example, the Hylaeus anthracinus was once found in dozens of locations around Hawaii but is now in only 15 — while Hylaeus hilaris and Hylaeus kuakea are each found only in one location.
The seven endangered species are impacted by a wide variety of threats, including habitat destruction because of urbanization or nonnative animals, the introduction of nonnative plant species, wildfires, nonnative predators and natural events such as hurricanes, tsunamis and drought.The protected status "will allow authorities to implement recovery programs, access funding and limit their harm from outside sources," as Gregory Koob of the Fish and Wildlife Service told The Associated Press. He added that "all federal agencies must consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service when interacting with endangered species."
Research shows for the first time that multiple flower and wild bee species share several of the same types of bacteria.
By Sean Nealon on September 6, 2016
Researchers have found that flowers are a hot spot of transmission of bacteria that end up in the microbiome of wild bees.
Photo credit: Quinn McFrederick
A team of researchers, including several from the University of California, Riverside, have found that flowers are a hot spot of transmission of bacteria that end up in the microbiome of wild bees.
The research, which was just published in the journal Microbial Ecology, shows for the first time that multiple flower and wild bee species share several of the same types of bacteria. Bees therefore obtain both food and bacteria from flowers. These bacteria may play important roles in bee health.
The research on the wild bee microbiome, or the community of microorganisms that live in the bee, follows similar work on the human microbiome that has surged in popularity in the past decade. There has been research on the microbiome of honeybees and bumblebees, but very little on wild bees.
While wild bees don’t get the same amount of attention as honey bees or bumblebees, they are a critical piece of the pollination puzzle. Wild bees could become more important because of the decline in numbers of honey bees due to colony collapse disorder, which has resulted in the loss of more than 10 million hives in the past decade.
Currently, honey bees are relied on for almost all commercial pollination needs.
“We are putting all our pollination needs in one basket,” said Quinn McFrederick, an assistant professor of entomology at UC Riverside who is the lead author of the paper. “What if this collapses?
A University of California, Riverside graduate student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Graduate Program has received one of 20 International Student Research Fellowships Program awarded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
His research will focus on insects, including, butterflies, moths, and flies, that undergo dramatic changes in the nervous system during metamorphosis. They have shown remarkable retention of memory from larval to adult stages. However, the mechanisms by which information about larval experience transfers to the adult stage remain unknown.
Animals continuously perceive information about their natural environment through chemosensation, or sensing chemical stimuli, and produce appropriate behaviors based on both sensory input and previous experience.
A great deal has been discovered about sensory processing and behavior by identifying underlying chemosensory receptors and neurons, but little is known about how sensory experience acquired at earlier stages of life modifies subsequent behaviors through learning and memory. Chen plans to use the Drosophila pharynx as a model for exploring how memory is transferred from larvae to adults.