Confused Flour Beetle

February 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Confused Flour Beetle

The confused flour beetle is found all over the world but mostly in northern states in the U.S. Adults is 3-4 mm long and light brown in color. It is the most common infest pest in homes and grocery stores. Confused flour beetles infest products such as: spices, fruits, pepper, drugs and milk chocolate just to name a few.

            If discovered, infested food should be thrown out. Grocery stores should be notified of the infestation. Keep food in sealed containers.

New Spider Found

January 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

A new spider species discovered in the Middle East is the largest of its type, but is reportedly endangered.

When Bees Are Dangerous

January 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

As most people know, many bees and wasps are an extremely beneficial insect. Honey bees are responsible for pollinating 1 in 3 foods that humans consume.

However, bee and wasp stings can be deadly to people who are allergic. Approximately 30 percent of all stinging insect deaths in the U.S. are from bees and wasps.

Control should only be used when bees become a nuisance around homes and other areas when there is a high chance of human encounters.

Eat At Your Own Risk

August 19, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Since it is swimsuit season, I thought I would offer you a couple of recipes that are sure to fit your summer diet. These are courtesy of Iowa State University’s Entomology Club. Happy snacking!

Crackers and Cheese with Candied Crickets

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp. Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. chopped onions
  • 1 tsp. chopped green pepper
  • 2 tsp Miracle Whip®
  • candied crickets
  • Directions
    Soften cream cheese. Introduce remaining ingredients.
    Spread mixture on cracker and top with a candied cricket.

    Chocolate Covered Grasshoppers

  • baker’s chocolate
  • candied crickets
  • Directions
    Melt baker’s chocolate in double boiler.
    Fill molds halfway with chocolate, add grasshoppers, fill rest of the way.
    A tasty surprise in every one!



    Disclaimer: Smart Pest Solutions and the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University is not responsible for gastric distress, allergic reactions, feelings of repulsion, or other problems resulting from the ingestion of foods represented on these pages!