Researchers have documented how leafcutter ants process leaves into nutrients underground. The remarkable nimble ants rely on a division of labor to get food on the table and conserve energy, thus ensuring they remain healthy and strong – the better to suit the colony.
Bedbugs are hardy pests that have built up a strong resistance to common pesticides. In a recent study, researchers sequenced the genome of these bugs, revealing unique genetic features that could help create better methods of pest control.
Asian tiger mosquitoes prefer to lay their eggs near flowers, suggesting we could lure these pests into traps using certain flower fragrances. This could help control the spread of mosquito-transmitted disease.
New Jersey's annual black bear hunting season has been extended by four days this year in order to reach the state's harvest goals. This decision follows recent changes made to the game code regulations and aims at reducing the number of bear-human encounters.
Jumping spiders learn to distinguish a color -- red, in this case -- in order to suss out whether their prey is toxic or actually a really toothsome bit that nonetheless contains the color red, which is often associated with toxic creatures. This means the spiders can live longer and continue to manage agricultural pests, such as caterpillars, beetles and flies.
Oil-based pesticides are more effective than water-based alternatives when it comes to killing brown widow spider at the source: their egg sacs.
Two species of Vultures are causing serious problems in Manaus, Brazil, including airline collisions and congrigating in open populated markets. Scientist's from Brazil's Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA) are looking for ways to solve these issues.
Since plants have been bred without their natural defenses, researchers are making a series of suggestions on how to better protect them and enhance agricultural sustainability.
A recent study closely examined the evolution of a fruit fly species known as Acanthiophilus. Their findings shed light on the species' distribution and could help manage pests in the future.
An invasive species of moth known as the tomato leafminer is damaging tomato crops globally. It hasn't made its way to the U.S. yet but Virginia Tech researchers have issued recommendations on how to prevent future destruction.