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Bug Word of the Day: Vector


May 27, 2016

Pathogens are disease-causing agents; they can be bacteria, viruses, or protozoa, among other things. In order for a pathogen to survive and reproduce, it needs two things: a vector and a host. “Vector” is a noun that refers to any organism ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Pests & Disease
Tags: BugWeek, Vector

Why do I always find these silver bugs crawling inside of cardboard boxes?


May 27, 2016

The silver critters that you find in boxes are called silverfish (Figure 1). They are a primitive type of insect that lack wings and are ametabolous (meaning they do not go through metamorphosis). Silverfish prefer places that have little airflow, ... READ MORE

Category: Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: BugWeek, Entomology, FAQ, Insects, UFBugs

I found some bed bugs in my house. Can I use bleach to kill bed bugs?


May 25, 2016

  When you have an infestation of bed bugs (Figure 1), bleach should not be used as a control method. Bleach can be harmful to people if not used carefully, and it will not work effectively to completely eradicate bed bugs from your ... READ MORE

Category: Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Bed Bug, Bug, BugWeek, Entomology, FAQ, Insects, UFBugs

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