Survey: Bed Bugs Are the Last Thing Travelers Want to See in a Hotel Room, Even Though Most Can’t ID Them

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Most business and leisure travelers in the United States can’t identify a bed bug, and yet the tiny pest evokes a stronger response in hotel guests than any other potential room deficiency—putting the hospitality industry in a difficult spot. In a survey of U.S. travelers conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky, 60 percent […]

Teaching Curriculum for Bed Bug Prevention Proves Its Worth

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When the big yellow bus arrives at school in the morning, it could be unloading more than just kids. In communities where bed bugs (Cimex lectularius Linnaeus) are present, children’s book bags are one of their favorite places to hitch a ride to a new home. Preventing this kind of spread is a core element […]

Researchers Find the Golden Ratio in a Butterfly’s Proboscis

The mysterious Golden Ratio is an incommensurable number which occurs organically throughout the universe. Beginning as 1.61803, the Golden Ratio continues forever without repeating, similar to Pi. Artists and architects have employed the number to guide design, and in the natural world the Golden Ratio often appears in the shape of a spiral. For example, […]

New eBook: The American Entomologist Poet’s Guide to the Orders of Insects

In addition to being a scientist, entomology professor, and editor-in-chief of American Entomologist, Gene Kritsky is also an art enthusiast and a scholar of insects in literature and the arts. He has co-authored articles about insect drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, insects in paintings by the sixteenth-century Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and the […]

Help Map a Hidden Cicada Brood in Ohio and Kentucky this Month

Dr. Gene Kritsky, editor-in-chief of American Entomologist and a professor of at the College of Mount St. Joseph (MSJ), is an expert on periodical cicadas — also known as Magicicadas, 13-year cicadas, or 17-year cicadas because they spend most of their lives underground and only emerge every 13 or 17 years, depending on their broods. […]