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Key End-use Industries to Surge Sales of Termite Control Services Market During the COVID-19 pandemic – The Daily Chronicle

Posted: September 10, 2020 at 7:58 am

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Insect Biodiversity Center to promote insect conservation, healthy ecosystems –

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A newly launched center at Penn State will create a focal point for the study and conservation of insects and the ecosystems with which they interact.

TheInsect Biodiversity Centerbrings together faculty researchers and educators from eight Penn State colleges, with a goal to celebrate insect diversity in science and practice, according to the centers program coordinator, Natalie Boyle, assistant research professor of entomology in theCollege of Agricultural Sciences.

We will strive to explore, understand and promote insect conservation efforts that maintain and restore balance to natural ecosystems, while also mitigating the adverse effects of insect species that harm human health, food production and the environment, she said.

Boyle noted that recent reported declines in insect diversity and abundance worldwide have raised concerns about how human activities may be adversely impacting the world around us. Researchers have postulated that this loss in insect diversity may cause broader ecological disruptions that could threaten the stability of interconnected plant and animal populations.

In temperate climates, such as here in Pennsylvania, insect pollinators for example, bees, hover flies, butterflies and some beetles facilitate the reproduction of more than 80% of all flowering plants, she said. Insects such as termites, cockroaches, carrion beetles and flies are invaluable decomposers of animal excrement and remains, as well as woody and herbaceous plant materials.

Natural insect predators, such as lady beetles, lacewings and mantids, can suppress pest populations or maintain ecosystem balance in wild and managed insect communities, Boyle explained.

In addition, insects often serve as the primary diet for many fish, bird and vertebrate species, she said, which in turn feed into larger and more complex food webs.

At the same time, she said, the distribution of insect pests and disease vectors has expanded regionally and globally. As examples, Boyle cites the spread of the spotted lanternfly, which is impacting Pennsylvanias ornamental horticulture and agricultural industries, and the 2020 migrations of desert locust populations in East Africa that are devastating farms and threatening the livelihoods of thousands of individuals.

These observations require us to identify the drivers responsible for changes in insect distributions and to develop practices that could mitigate their health and economic impacts using a variety approaches that bridge research, education andextension, she said.

To foster innovative, transdisciplinary collaborations, the Insect Biodiversity Center draws affiliate faculty members from diverse fields of expertise, according to the centers director,Christina Grozinger, distinguished professor of entomology.

We are particularly interested in supporting and promoting projects that use innovative technologies, such as remote sensing and machine learning, that advance the centers mission toward insect awareness and conservation, Grozinger said. We are most excited to support new research that connects technologies in precision agriculture and big data to insect conservation and species distribution modeling.

Creation of the new center which receives support from the College of Agricultural Sciences, theDepartment of Entomology, theHuck Institutes of the Life Sciencesand theInstitutes of Energy and the Environment was inspired by the success of theCenter for Pollinator Research. That entity, also directed by Grozinger, launched in 2009.

Considering how heavily insect declines have been featured in the news and in recent scientific literature, we wanted to launch a complementary initiative that more holistically encompassed all other insects, which often are afflicted by the same stressors that are known to reduce and threaten pollinator populations, Grozinger said.

The Insect Biodiversity Center also will sponsor a range of graduate student fellowships that are broad in scope, with connections to diverse fields of study.

With funding from the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Department of Entomology, we have recruited an outstanding cohort of Insect Biodiversity Graduate Fellows, Grozinger said. These fellows, who have co-mentors from multiple departments and colleges, study insect biodiversity from the molecular to the ecological level, using tools spanning genomics, bioinformatics and computer science.

Following are the graduate fellows and descriptions of their research:

Codey Mathis, a graduate student in entomology starting this fall, is leading the development of an automated insect detection system that uses machine-learning algorithms to assess the abundance and diversity of insect species. This system will be used to monitor insect populations across landscapes and will serve as a tool for scientists and land managers to identify conservation practices that best support insect biodiversity.

Edward Amoah, a graduate student in ecology starting this fall, is using remote sensing and machine learning to predict the biodiversity and ecology of transboundary pest insects of Africa. These predictive models can allow agricultural producers to anticipate the migration of insect pests into their fields, resulting in greater precision and timing of insecticide applications and higher crop yields.

Laura Laiton, a graduate student in entomology starting spring 2021, will combine large-scale biological data analysis with entomological research. By examining the life history traits and changes in gene expression of the grape berry moth on different grapevine varieties, she will develop varietal-specific degree day models to inform and improve upon current integrated pest management strategies used by the industry.

More information about the Insect Biodiversity Center is available on thecenters website.

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Learning about possum on the half shell | Voices | – Miami County Republic

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I sit here, postured, ready to type 100 words a minute (NOT). I watch out the window to observe my cottonwood tree dropping its leaves all over our decks, in the eaves, and throughout the yard.

I come to wonder: Why does a cottonwood drop leaves before any other tree?

After a little investigating, I learned that they drop leaves and branches to save water for the rest of the tree to survive during hot weather and drought conditions. I have noticed that cottonwoods near water and on hills are doing the same thing.

I will miss my mighty cottonwood with its towering crown, providing shade and many homes for birds and the insects that many creatures find tasty. This tree is one of the nicest I have ever met.

I believe Ive told you before, but it needs to be restated at this point: my husband hates the tree. He says it is going to kill us when it falls on the house. Its a hazard. Too many leaves. You name it. He wants it cut down.

My reply, Over my dead body!


My grandson was down at the playground in Wallace Park and discovered an armadillo running amongst the trees. Of course he was intrigued. It eventually hippity-hopped itself into a hole.

It stands to reason that seeing armadillos in all 105 counties of Kansas has become a normalcy especially dead ones along the roadside.

The armadillo is known for the number of bands it has around the midsection. We have nine-banders around the United States.

They are good to have around if you have a lot of ants. They can eat 40,000 at one sitting. They will also consume worms, crickets, termites, wasps, flies, grasshoppers and eggshells (nothing said about ticks).

I found this information on the website Eat the Weeds, and Other Things, too.

Yes, they can be eaten! Because they were easy to catch, pioneers often referred to the armadillos as possum on the half shell.

Many people have eaten it fried, after cleaning it well, and parboiling it to remove the fat. Some people, not me, have put the meat into stews. You can make Armadillo Meatloaf, Armadillo Chili, Armadillo and Onions, Armadillo Fricassee, and Armadillo Sloppy Joes for 50 people...perfect for a COVID party if you plan to have a gathering over 10.

Here is a recipe for Baked Armadillo:


1 armadillo, removed from shell



Chunks of apples and pineapple (1 cups each)

cup of butter

Thoroughly wash meat. (Most recipes say to soak the armadillo meat overnight in salt and water to get the gamey taste out of it. Hmmm)

Salt and pepper the armadillo.

Stuff chunks of apple and pineapple into meat. Coat each piece with butter and wrap in foil and place in a roasting pan.

Bake in a 325-degree oven until the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees.

Cook meat for 30 to 40 minutes a pound.

Allow each person to receive about 1/3 pound of meat.

People who have dined upon armadillo say it tastes like fine grained, high quality pork.

I will honestly tell you that while I was looking at these recipes, and one horrific and bizarre video, I was beginning to feel physically ill. (burp!)

I imagine if I was VERY hungry and had nothing else I may partake in some of this fine cuisine, but otherwise forget it.

If you are musically inclined and have the shell of the armadillo, it can be made into a ukulele-like instrument 10 strings!

So, there is the scoop on feasting upon armadillos.

Oh, I would leave the dead ones along the highway for the scavengers.


The gardens have given-up-the-ghost in my neck of the neighborhood. Crabgrass is all over.

I have burrs attaching to every animal and piece of clothing.

I tried to find the burrs name. An article said it was called beggar ticks.

I beg to differ. MY burrs are brown, half-inch sticks with several pokey parts on one end that attach to all walkers. Very scientific!

Tonight, I had them stuck to one whole sleeve and pant leg. I know a tick when I see one. Maybe they made a mistake and they are really called, beggar STICKS.

Whatever they are, they are everywhere!


I had a red-shouldered hawk sitting in the middle of my mimosa the other day hiding in the shade. I watched it from my kitchen window.

Firstly, I thought it was just cooling it. Then, I thought it may be after the small birds hanging around.

OH NO! My small tortoise, that is NOT a Kansas box turtle, was outside in its little open-topped enclosure. A red-shouldered hawk is known to eat reptiles. Ahhhhhh!

This hawk could have easily picked it up, carried it away, and pecked it to death. Sorry for this gloomy ending, but food is food in the shell or not. It flew away when I went out with my camera.

I beg you to go outside to see, hear and feel nature.

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Chennais music recording studios begin to unlock – The Hindu

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The music cannot stop, and indie musicians who were hitherto making do with home setups are now turning to recording studios again. Heres how Chennai are finding ways to navigate the operational challenges posed by the pandemic

Not many of us would have managed to tide through the lockdown without songs and other forms of art to give us solace, calm us down, and amp us up as and when we needed it. Making music that does all this requires not only talent but also a team, a lot of equipment, and technical know-how. As recording studios around Chennai gradually reopen, they have challenges to navigate.

For instance, You cannot wear a mask when recording vocals, states Mervin Thomas categorically. It would distort or muffle the singers voice, and thus affect the song as a whole, says the founder of TASE Studio, explaining one of the many challenges that recording studios in Chennai and elsewhere have to circumnavigate during Unlock 4.0.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Chennais music producers are well aware that hygiene cannot be a secondary concern. But how does one keep confined spaces filled with temperature-sensitive equipment operational and safe? The first factor is trust. For now, Im only working with musicians I am familiar with, says Mervin. This sentiment is echoed by Ashvin Vinayagamoorthy, who runs Shimmr Studios in Mogappair. If we are introduced through friends or if I know them personally basically, If I know that they can follow a certain work ethic in the studio, we call them in, says Ashwin who works with the citys up-and-coming indie musicians as well as industry talent.

Work ethic is key, because the rules, especially now, are many. Singer-composer Alvin Presley describes his first post-lockdown recording experience from last week. I went to Voice and Vision Studios in Kodambakkam, run by Alaap Raju. The studio has rules: there should be a maximum of three people; everyone should wear a mask unless the person is singing. There is a recording booth and a studio room. Inside the recording booth they have a foot-operated hand sanitiser that we worked with a foot pedal, in addition to another hand sanitiser at the entrance of the booth, he recalls.

While the three-person cap makes sense in terms of safety and social distancing, it has other implications. Goutham Healer, drummer of the band Big Sam, observes that while it worked fine for their recording session with a vocalist and bassist, it also means that some music arrangements in general still cannot be recorded in a studio, at least for now. A full band cannot come in together. And if someone wants to record a whole string section lets say five or ten people playing the violin together they cannot do it. The only person allowed to take off his mask during their session, he recalls, was vocalist Samuel Vijayan while singing.

The point, says Alvin, was keeping the artistes physical touch to the minimum. We had brought some of our drum equipment along, that were needed particularly for this recording and was not available at the studio. Lijesh at the studio had set everything up beforehand, so we did not have to touch too many things, and we kept letting him know what equipment we wanted to handle. Mics had already been set up and were not to be touched. The only other thing we used was the couch.

Though studios take the lead in safety, musicians who step in are expected to pull their weight, too. Says Alvin, I have a home studio setup, so I had done some groundwork basic structure and placements beforehand. When the three of us went in, we had a solid four-hour session, in which we were able to finish a song called Camouflaged emotions completely, and also do a rough track of another song.

This new project comes a little over a month after the release of Alvins debut EP Fall Today, that he had created entirely at home. So why go to a studio now? Simply put, while the quality of music depends on the talent, the quality of its sound depends on the right conditions and equipment. Explains Alvin, It also depends on what Im programming on a software and what Im recording live.While recording at home, it was difficult for me to get the right vocal recording quality. I had to find the right spot where the reverb wasnt too much and at the same time not too dead. Studios have a vocal booth made just for that. The purpose of the place is recordings alone; our homes are designed for other things.

The very design of a studio, however, can be what throws in operational challenges as well. For instance, rooms have to be soundproof and equipment has to be kept at very low temperatures to avoid overheating when used. Which is probably why Mervin, upon walking to his studio for a check two weeks into the first lockdown, found a termite infestation. My studio has a lot of woodwork and poor ventilation, he explains, I had to completely redo one wall and do a treatment. I reopened after this last lockdown; we took very few clients and went slow.

The biggest concern, he says, is the vocalist, who has to sing without a mask and be very close to the mic. Even more important than sanitising the mic is sanitising the pop filter, that sits between the mic and the vocalist. We sanitise both of them, as well as all our headphones, with isopropyl alcohol-based sanitiser before every session, says Mervin, who works with independent and gospel musicians.

Shimmr Studios has a little solution for this, courtesy the open space right outside their rooms, on the terrace of the independent bungalow where the whole studio is located. Says Ashwin, We give bands that large space to jam and rehearse, and then come inside in turns just to record.

Ashwin adds that pacing out the clients is important. If vocalists are involved, we try to keep a day and a halfs gap between clients never two singing sessions in the same day. For everyone else, we swap out the micsfor each session. Overdubs help for bands: we record two people at a time and replay that recording for the other band members to play along to.

Ashwins clientle, he says, includes not only indie talent like Kevin Fernando and Shravan Sridhar, but also the likes of Sid Sriram, Chinmayee and Harini. But the industry has taken a backseat during lockdown; its the indie musicians who have continued to create music throughout.

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Inventing and reinventing our traditions – The Tablet

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Traditions are one of the ways in which we human beings shape our experience. They measure out time (when shall we get the Christmas tree), they dictate the menu (Daddy always makes mayonnaise at Easter), they even affect the cast (Dorothy always comes to stay on Good Friday), and they make us feel safe and secure because we have been able to repeat again something which we value. We feel that we are to some extent directing our own history; we create a family myth system.

Sometimes we borrow our traditions from society in general and sometimes we invent our own. Most family traditions are a combination of the two, so we have several around any particular religious or national festival (Christmas, obviously; Remembrance Sunday; birthdays). Any family is a melting pot where people have to negotiate over which of their previous familys traditions they want to import, and it can be very difficult to give up a cherished one. On the other hand, not having to play parlour games at family Christmas parties is one of the things I am grateful to my husband for, because traditions can be onerous as well as reassuring. Striking a balance is key, because if you tried to fit two or more families-worth of traditions into one long weekend, youd end up exhausted. Using traditions to bully other people is not acceptable (look at the way forgetting or losing your poppy is now regarded as an act of extreme hostility); you cant police traditions across families or society. But you can influence them inside your own family. Even if we dont like the Christmas afternoon parlour games, we value the closeness they can bring, so we have to find a different way to create it.

Children enjoy traditions, as soon as they are old enough to understand them, but its very important for parents to stay one step ahead. This is because a tradition, once created and acknowledged, is set in stone, and woe betide the person who tries to alter it. So be sure, before you insist on everyone going out at dawn on Mayday to frolic charmingly in the dew, that this is how you actually want to spend your next twenty-plus Maydays. When the children were little, we used to line up (age-order, youngest first) outside the bedroom door of the Birthday Person before they were awake, and process in singing Happy Birthday. This was a slightly-altered version of my own familys tradition, which had the Birthday Person hopping into bed next to a comatose mother, while my father organised the rest of us into the procession. It probably has its roots in Catholic primary school processions, but at least we didnt have to wear veils at 6.45 a.m. As time has gone by, I have realised why my mother never really joined in until a bit later in the proceedings; the poor woman was trying to get a little more sleep and wake up a lot more gradually.

Traditions can appear spontaneously: a favourite walk on a particular day, an outing, a treat. For Marys birthday, we go by train to Hastings for the day (alas, not this year), just because we once did, and found it full of people dressed up as pirates; but its also useful to realise that you can create them deliberately, just as easily, and they can be really useful if you are a parent. Think of it as reinforcing desirable behaviour, and it can save a lot of hassle: when its time to go home from the playground, we do three more numbered slides (counting backwards, of course) down the slide, and then we have to go, because thats what we do. This might seem like parental cheating, but after all, there are only so many hours in the day. After many years of going to bed excessively late on Christmas Eve and then having to get up excessively early because the children had found their stockings, I created a tradition that we only open a stocking once there is enough light to see without turning the light on. It works.

Food traditions tend to be important in families, and this is an area where the children are just as likely to declare an instant tradition as the grownups. We always have three particular stuffings with our Christmas turkey, and each one is essential. Peter thinks of exciting new ones he would like to try every now and again, but I take a lot of persuading to add anything to Christmas dinner, because if we end up with yet another stuffing, there wont be enough room in the oven. As it is, I have to make two batches of each and hide all the second bowls or there wont be any left to eat cold on Boxing Day, which they all adore; and I also have to hide the first bowls or hell start just testing as soon as he gets home on Christmas Eve. Hes equally bad with the bread sauce, and I suppose its all part of the same tradition.

Everybody gets to choose their own birthday cake, which varies from year to year, but now instead of pirate ships, treasure chests or swimming pools, I get requests for Sachertorten or dark chocolate cake with coffee buttercream and chocolate buttons round the edge. So were getting (slightly) more sophisticated. The tradition is to have exactly what you want, rather than the same thing every year, and that seems to work.

Variation is not a problem, but it can be difficult if two people have very different memories of what the tradition is meant to be. Sometimes this leads to, or is rooted in, family teasing (we once had a cat which bit Rachel; she says it was on the ankle, but the others like to wind her up about it, and she did inadvertently sit on the cat when it was asleep on a black furry cushion). Often one member of a family is tacitly accepted as the person whose version is always the right one. This role of keeper of the family traditions could convey awesome power, or be a real burden.

Some traditions need props : particular decorations (Christmas); crucial bits of equipment (summer holidays and the special castle-building bucket). This is something you have to be very careful about if you live in more than one place. While we were living abroad, we alternated Christmas home and away (more or less), so eventually we ended up with a set of beloved tree decorations in both places. I will have to cull these at some point now that everything has come together (and there isnt enough room to keep it all), but Ill have to do it secretly and with crossed fingers. The one Christmas element which had to travel to and fro from year to year was the childrens stockings, because each of them has their own unique one. Thank God we never lost one; I can only imagine how noble everyone would have had to be about it. And we do carry a couple of spares for visitors. But I am still regularly reproached by the older children because we had to get rid of some cherished toys after a posting in Africa. I only threw out the ones which were being eaten by termites, but I still havent been forgiven.

As your children get bigger, it becomes clear which traditions are really not negotiable. Often it is the younger children who force the older ones to continue after the point when they might have let go, but at least this means that a tradition has a slow and painless death, once everyone is ready to move on. Birthday Processions were not negotiable, until the youngest went off to university. Now we have a different tradition, where we ring them up and sing very loudly down the phone. You get extra points if they are out with friends when they get the call. If they happen to be at home for a birthday, though, the option of a procession still has to be there. We have had four birthdays during lockdown. Only one was for one of the exiles, and John is devoutly glad that he is a January birthday, and already planning how to be off the premises and out of phone coverage somehow next year.

I wonder what new traditions will emerge after lockdown, in families and in the Church, and how many old ones will remain. It is worth thinking about them and at least making informed choices rather than just letting things happen. It would be a shame if we permanently lost holy water outside our churches, or the sign of peace, just because it was not allowed for so long, or if we decided only to use recordings rather than singing ourselves. Traditions (even instant ones) arise because people think they are valuable in their context. Perhaps we dont give enough weight to the strength of feeling there may be in beloved familiarity and the comfort to be found in repeatedly doing things the same way; especially when so many other things seem to be changing around us. Change and decay in all around I see, O Thou who changest not, abide with me. Our traditions can change, but God, luckily, doesnt.

Kate Keefe composes musical settings for the Mass and writes about the psalms. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn .

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Property Clinic: What is causing creaky floorboards in my house? – The Irish Times

Posted: September 8, 2020 at 11:59 pm

Just lately, maybe the last couple of months, I have noticed a lot more loose/creaking floorboards in my house. I have always had a couple of springy boards, but now they seem to be all over. I have always believed the house to be sound, it was built on concrete pillars. Could we have termites? Or perhaps it was water damage due to a ruptured pipe under the house.

Noel Larkin replies: Reading your query I was immediately reminded of Welshman Michael Barratts song this ole house. Of course Michael was better known as Shakin Stevens and like you he was concerned about his house trembling in the darkness.

As property ages just like humans many of the materials forming its various parts shrink, while others expand. This can allow gaps to appear and the good fit originally achieved can be lost. If materials move against each other the friction produced will result in noise.

The most common and irritating noise is creaking floorboards. In your case the problem seems to have developed to an unacceptable level. The original fitting does not appear to have been fully successful as you advise that there was an issue of springy boards from the outset. If materials are not correctly fitted initially this will allow movement. This will in time affect all materials adjacent to those that are incorrectly or poorly fitted.

You advise that your house is constructed on strong foundations. The suggestion that pillars were used could point towards poor ground and the subsequent use of piles. There can be issues with shrinking or settlement to floors where the walls are adequately supported by piles, but the floors are not. Indeed, you also mention leaking pipes, and this too is a common cause of subsidence. This can affect walls and floors.

Termites will not be an issue as we do not have this problem in Ireland. We do however have some wood-boring insects that can have an impact on floors. The exit holes and dust created when the insect leaves the wood should be easily seen.

As you suggest there are many factors that can contribute to discomfort in a house. The passage of time, deterioration of materials and general wear and tear all can combine to bring about a less-than-ideal environment in your home. The key to keeping such matters under control is regular maintenance.

If matters have gone beyond routine maintenance a more holistic review will be needed. A chartered building surveyor is trained in the assessment of how a structure works and how various materials work together. Are they compatible and working correctly as designed? Are there issues of settlement or subsidence at play? He or she will be able to evaluate the situation and advise with regard to the level and extent of repairs needed to arrest or correct the problem.

Noel Larkin is a chartered building surveyor and a member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland,

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Outlook on the Termite Control Products and Services Market to 2025 by Application, End-user and Geography – Express Journal

Posted: September 7, 2020 at 5:56 pm

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How the hot, dry Phoenix summer set off an invasion of crickets and other pests – The Arizona Republic

Posted: September 6, 2020 at 12:58 pm

Blame the record-breaking summer temperatures for another source of aggravation:the abundance of chirping, creeping and crawling in and around Phoenix neighborhoods.

Crickets, cockroaches and other insects are becoming more numerous as extreme heat forces them to crave a taste of city life.

Most bugs in the Southwest can thrive undisturbed in the arid deserts but this summers lack of rain and persistent extreme heat have diminishedthefood, water and shelter available for the creatures.

Without enough resources, the insectspushtowardthe ditches of overwatered front lawns and the corners of cooler basements. And that constant heat can actually mean more bugs.

If people are waiting for a time these insects wont be able to adapt and will just die off, Id stop waiting, said Dawn Gouge, a public health entomologist at the University of Arizona. Pest species are profoundly effective at using non-traditional resources at a time of need.

Less than half an inch of rain has fallen inPhoenix this summer, according to the National Weather Service, making the 0.78 of an inchlast year seem like a dowsing and the 2.65 inches from the year before seem like a deluge.

If they get enough rain, bugs would happily stay out of urban areas, Gouge said. But once dry-outs happen these bugs begin running out of desert plants to eat. Theyll start encroaching in land and they tend to move in significant numbers.

Phoenixs lack of rain is pairing with consistently excruciating heat. Last week,the city broke yet another undesired record when Friday ended as the 50th day of 110 degrees or higher, obliterating the previous 33-day record set in 2011.

Habitually hot climates affect arthropods insects with an exterior exoskeleton, such as ants, centipedes, crickets, spiders and scorpions in a dramatically different way than humans. Perhaps in the most polar opposite way.

Warmer weather tends to increase most arthropods reproductive cycles, meaning more bug babies.

Consistent breeding temperatures also speedup larvae development, meaning kids become adults much faster.

Every single degree makes a difference in the developmental and reproductive process, Gouge said, using brown dog ticks as an example. In cooler parts of Arizona there are two distinct generations of these ticks, but in warmer regions of our state there may well be four.

Cooler evening climates at or below 60 degrees naturally culls arthropod populations, sending survivors into a dormant state. Phoenixs average low wouldtypicallycool down to that temperature on Oct.27, according tothe National Weather Service.

But nighttime temperatures have been above average most of the summer and, unfortunately for Phoenicians, said Austin Jamison, a meteorologist for the service,there is a more than 50% chance the citys low temperatures will be above average for the full year. Meaning less natural bug death.

People usually rely on lower nighttime temperatures to help reduce insect populations, Gouge said.But for the last several years, the fall has come later and later and temperatures remain warmer in the evenings.

The average low this August was87.4degrees,two degrees warmer than in 2019 and over fourdegrees warmer than in 2018.

Arthropods have an upper thermal death point, but many are well adapted to seek out harborage areas which have a supportive microclimate for them to survive within, Gouge said.

What that means:Some of them use our own homes to escape these extreme heat temperatures," she said. "Our stucco insulated homes and irrigated yards provides a very comfortable environment for them.

Gouge put an uncomfortable emphasis on the word very.

Roughly 113 degrees is a common death point. Its at these temperatures that arthropods begin desperately searching for shelter.

Tough luck for theinhabitants of those shelters, becauseone in every three days this August was at or above 113 degrees.

Phoenixs lower elevation also makes the city friendlier to insects.

A study based in Southeastern Arizona found that arthropod species fare better in lower elevations because they are less vulnerable to deadly effects relating to climate change.

You dont have to love them to be fascinated by them and either way youve got to get used to them, Gouge said. Arizona is one of the richest environments for these species. If youre living here and waiting for arthropods not to bother you, youd better head to Antarctica.

If youre living here and waiting for arthropods not to bother you, youd better head to Antarctica.

With Antarctica being a tad out of reach for the average pest-detesting Phoenician, there are other alternatives to bothersome bugs.

Don Callaway makes a livelihood on those alternatives. As the owner of Arizona Organic Pest & Termite Control, his pest technicians peer through every nook and cranny the many legs of these arthropods could crawl into.

Weve gotten a lot more calls this summer from all over the city. Most have been for crickets and roaches, Callaway said. We can deal with all sorts because all life needs the same three things to survive: food, water and shelter. We find the sources for those things, we find the bugs.

After 25 years in the business, Callaway said the most common place for pests is out front.

Landscaping most commonly produces all three of those things, Callaway said. Overwatering can be dangerous and can attract a lot of pests.

Justin McElroy is one of the pest technicians working for Callaway. He spends five days a week traversing Phoenix,searchingand destroying infestations. On average he completes 50 services a week, a dramatic increase from last year.

"It's been nonstop since the start of the summer. This is usually the busiest time of year for us, but it's really kicked into gear these last few months," McElroy said. "These bugs are heading into homes to avoid the heat and to stay alive, but it's my job to make sure they don't."

Since 2014, Justin McElroy has been working in the Phoenix area as a pest technician for Arizona Organic Pest & Termite Control.(Photo: Anton L. Delgado)

There are four phases in McElroy's mission, whichusually takes a little more than half an hour. Everything he does, from web dusting to liquid and bait treatments is completely organic.

"Only using organic pesticideis a priority for us because it's a big healthconcern for a lot of people,"McElroy said."We've proven that you don't need crazychemicals to kill bugs."

The majority of his work is doneon the exteriors of homes.

"Don's completely right in saying most pests end up harboring outside," McElroy said. "Overwatering your lawnis the best way to create a perfect environment for pests.You got to think like a bug. Don't give them food, water and shelter all in one spot. That'll make it too easy for them."

Anton L. Delgado is an environmental reporter for The Arizona Republic/AZCentral. Follow his reporting on Twitter at @antonldelgado and tell him about stories

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William Diehl was a steel executive in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He was a good elder in his congregation until he started asking, So what? about his faith. Then he became a great elder because he was able to connect his religious life with his business life. A book came of the struggle, titled, Thank God, Its Monday. He concluded how Sunday launches us into our weekdays. Our vocation of faith is meant to be expressed in our occupations, wherever we work. Diehl wrote how one congregation posted the sign, "Servants Entrance," above church exits.

Diehl got it. So did my father. When theologian Elton Trueblood wrote, Churchgoer is a vulgar, ignorant word; it must never be used; you are the church wherever you go, he could have been talking about dad.

One of the testimonials shared about dad following his death related to how the staff at our familys country club regarded our father (Yes, I grew up affluent and patrician). From the fellow who shined golf shoes in the locker room to the caddies to the groundskeepers to the waitresses in the dining room, they all said how he treated them with respect and courtesy. How he knew them by name. How he appreciated what they did and who they were. To them, he was a gentleman. Dad (admittedly patriarchal) was that old-fashioned guy and morality capitalist and servant boss with old-fashioned manners who valued persons for who they were regardless of wallet, make of car, portfolio or position. Old-school Republican dad (his party since having committed suicide) would have connected the dots when historian John Meacham advocated for principle over idolatry of power. Given dads work ethic and integrity, I can guess he would have viewed our nations accelerated wealth disparity as unfair, as well as our termite riddled economics, the poorer suffering the most. This disparity has worsened since the virus.

America honors Labor Day, folks, not Wealth Day.

Contrast dad to some younger members of our familys posh country club who my brother overheard in the clubhouse locker room. These newer club members flush from fast stock market deals or daddys money had watched our dad finish his round of golf with his old friends (real men of business who built industries, earning success the hard way). My brother heard these gelded princelings (Kushner clones) mock our father. How could the Plainfield Country Club allow as a member a fellow who worked in a paint store?

Consider also what I witnessed. My brother and I had finished 18 holes. We were in the lounge having lunch (a "mens only" lounge) when a fellow rushed in to join his friends at their table. He loudly apologized to his buddies: Really sorry for being late, but I had to attend my grandsons christening. Says it all. I channeled my inner Groucho Marx, who wise-cracked: I wouldnt want to join a club that would accept me as a member.

Dignity. Respect. Character. Fairness. The commitment to do good work. You are the church wherever you go.

An American selfie: Our mom served on a board for an orphanage. Periodically, she hosted parties at our house for the children. We had a built-in pool in our backyard. We also had in our side yard a blacktop court for basketball and volleyball. More than a few of our friends parents informed mom they didnt like their children swimming in the same water as those black orphans. Mom told them what they could do.

An American selfie: Meet a seminary friend. Pauls church in Jersey had a basketball court in their parking lot. Local fellows started playing there on a regular basis after school, others joining after work. Their language wasnt the cleanest. The neighbors complained. Paul spoke to the young men. They apologized and cleaned up their language. The neighbors again complained because of the noise, sometimes going past twilight. Paul finally realized why the neighbors kept complaining. The young men were African-Americans. The subject of the young men became an item of discussion at church meetings, more so in the parking lot after worship. Paul again went out and spoke to the young men and made a deal with them and narrowed the time when they could play. Paul was looking for a solution. Paul wanted them there. He thought it had potentials for outreach. Then one day the church leaders voted to remove the basketball backboards. Paul wrote his resignation that night.

What testimonials will be offered about you?

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The brutal chill that the coronavirus put on New Orleans tourism has claimed one of the city's top attractions for children.

The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, closed since March due to city-mandated shutdowns and a sharp drop in visitors, won't be reopening its current location at the U.S. Custom House on Canal Street, officials from the Audubon Nature Institute said.

Audubon Chief Executive Ron Forman said the closure was necessary as part of a broader cost-saving initiative aimed at keeping the non-profit financially sound.

New Orleans tourist-dependent economy has entered a more troubled phase, with hopes of a quick turnaround in the citys hospitality industry

The current plan is to eventually relocate many of the insectarium's exhibits, including the Japanese-style indoor butterfly garden, into a renovated space in the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas at the foot of Canal Street a move Forman expects will save roughly $1 million a year in lease payments.

"We have made some difficult decisions, always with an eye on the future," Forman said in a prepared statement. "While we are saddened by the reality of temporary closure, the move of the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium will present cost savings and fresh new experiences."

The coronavirus pandemic has sliced into the finances of many of New Orleans' hospitality businesses and tourist attractions, but perhaps none have been cut so deeply as the Audubon Institute, which in addition to the insectarium and aquarium operates the Audubon Zoo and Nature Center.

Daily livestreaming sessions include interactive videos, virtual tours of facilities online quizzes and more.

Audubon drawsmore than 1.5 million visitors every year to its zoo and other attractions. And while it receives some funds through a tax millage, 93% of its operating budget comes from tickets and other self-generated revenue.

Many attractions in New Orleans have been able to furlough staff and shut their doors to keep costs down and ride out the pandemic, but Audubon can't. Workers need to feed and care for hundreds of animals whether the zoo and aquarium are open or not.

Just feeding the animals costs more than $70,000 a month.

Zoo keeper Melissa Passman feeds lemurs a frozen treat at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, La. Thursday, July 2, 2020. Some animal at the Audubon Zoo are perfectly adapted for the hot humid weather of southern Louisiana but the staff has a variety of ways to keep all of the animals comfortable in the summer heat.(Photo by Max Becherer,, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

In April,Audubon laid off half of its full-time staffand cut the salaries of some remaining full-time employees by 25%. At the time, the nonprofit estimated that it would lose about $21 million in revenue from March to June, or roughly half of its annual operating budget. The zoo re-opened in June and the aquarium reopened in July, but a full rebound hasn't materialized.

As of this month, Audubon has cut its staff by 75%, laying off 500 full and part-time employees.

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Volunteer, Bella Haye shows birthday girl, Emma Hall, 7, of Gulf Shores, African Beetles at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 18, 2014. Utilizing the full 23,000 square feet of the historic, white marble columned structure on Canal Street, the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is the largest free-standing museum in the United States devoted to the 900,000-plus known species of insects and their relatives.

The insectariumnow appears to be among the casualties of the economic downturn after more than a decade in operation. The 23,000-square-foot interactive exhibit opened in 2008 at a cost $25 millionand quickly made it onto the top-ten lists of family-friendly tourist attractions in a city more often known as an adult playground.

It took up half the ground floor of the 19th Century landmark Custom House building, and was touted as the largest freestanding museum in North America devoted to insects.

The blue morpho, like this one seen at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, is one of the largest butterflies in the world. (Noah Simon Photo)

With thousands of beetles, butterflies, cockroaches and other crawling, flying creatures, it was a kid-friendly detour with petting stations, termite hills and insect shows. And its butterfly garden allowed visitors to walk through a room brimming with hundreds of monarchs, common sergeants, tailed jays and other fluttering lepidoptera.

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- The Butterfly Garden at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 18, 2014. Utilizing the full 23,000 square feet of the historic, white marble columned structure on Canal Street, the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is the largest free-standing museum in the United States devoted to the 900,000-plus known species of insects and their relatives.

A peek through the Canal Street windows on Friday showed what appeared to be the beginnings of the move. In the Butterfly Garden, ornamental trees were felled and most of the plants had been removed. What was once an indoor oasis complete with a Koi pond looked more like an empty movie set after shooting had ended.

Fake trees lay on the ground in the butterfly garden at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. The Insectarium has been closed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Sophia Germer,, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

Audubon is now working to create a new home for the bugs in the aquarium with a shared lobby between the two attractions.

Officials said they plan to build "a glass-enclosed Butterfly Pavilion" that will serve as the "feature exhibit."

Funding has already been secured and the renovation will result in the permanent closure of the Entergy Giant Screen Theater. The project could begin as soon as November.

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