pests http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/354/all en Kinky Bug Found in Museum's Gardens http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/kinky-bug-found-museums-gardens <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/kinky-bug-found-museums-gardens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/kinky-bug-found-museums-gardens#comments bed bugs BioSCAN Brian Brown Coridromius chenopoderis Francesca Zern mirid plant bug North Campus pests traumatic insemination true bugs Blog Thu, 27 Sep 2012 06:30:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 718 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Who are Those Ants in Our Homes and Gardens? http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/who-are-those-ants-our-homes-and-gardens <p>Lots of people in the L.A. area have been complaining about the heat. Over the last week, cities in our region have been experiencing temperatures well into the 90s. On Monday, Woodland Hills reached 108 degrees!Whenever the temperature rises like this, I start to notice ants indoors. Only this morning during our Nature Lab meeting, I found a trail of ants leading to the sink, and another leading to the snack shelf.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/who-are-those-ants-our-homes-and-gardens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/who-are-those-ants-our-homes-and-gardens#comments ant tending ants Argentine Ants horned lizards indoor pests Linepthema humile pests Blog Sat, 11 Aug 2012 07:02:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 684 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Black Rats, Brown Rats, and the Plague http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/black-rats-brown-rats-and-plague <p>I&#39;ve been spending a lot of time thinking about rats. Thankfully, it is not because I have a problem in my apartment! Unfortunately, for many people in L.A., rats are a serious pest, and it&#39;s not just one type of rat. The most serious rodent offenders in our cities are the brown (aka Norway) rat, <em>Rattus norvegicus</em>, and the black rat, <em>Rattus rattus</em>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/black-rats-brown-rats-and-plague" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/black-rats-brown-rats-and-plague#comments black rats brown rats California ground squirrel Jim Dines mammals pests plague Rats Rattus norvegicus Rattus rattus Blog Fri, 01 Jun 2012 05:35:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 694 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Breaking and Entering: Squirrel Moves into Opossum Den http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/breaking-and-entering-squirrel-moves-opossum-den <p><span>We have another new sighting for the North Campus. A California ground squirrel has been spotted using the </span><a href="/nature/blog/opossums-love-tin-foil" target="_blank"><span>opossum den</span></a><span> located underneath one of our Museum sheds. So far it seems that both the opossums and the squirrels are sharing the space!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/breaking-and-entering-squirrel-moves-opossum-den" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/breaking-and-entering-squirrel-moves-opossum-den#comments California ground squirrel Camera trap Jim Dines mammals Otospermophilus beecheyi pests Sam Easterson squirrels Blog Fri, 16 Mar 2012 22:49:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 665 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Walking Sticks Mysteriously Appear in Museum http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/walking-sticks-mysteriously-appear-museum <p>Last Friday two Indian walking sticks, <em>Carausius morosus</em>, mysteriously showed up inside the Museum! They didn't escape from the Insect Zoo (we've never kept this species of walking stick before), and we haven't been able to find out exactly how they got here. What we do know is that the insects were discovered after a visitor felt one "fall" on his arm, and then promptly reported it to a staff person. <div> </div></p><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/walking-sticks-mysteriously-appear-museum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/walking-sticks-mysteriously-appear-museum#comments Carausius morosus eggs Indian walking stick insects pests stick insects walking sticks Blog Fri, 06 Jan 2012 05:21:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 674 at http://www.nhm.org/nature First Raccoon Recorded in North Campus http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-raccoon-recorded-north-campus <p>Last week, while I was away in Costa Rica finding amazing bugs of all varieties, Sam's camera trap discovered a new species of mammal for our North Campus list! <div><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-d2H1GzWOLu0/Tukf5XNVQZI/AAAAAAAAAQM/I1zGptn6zNk/s1600/raccoon2.JPG" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="360" oda="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-d2H1GzWOLu0/Tukf5XNVQZI/AAAAAAAAAQM/I1zGptn6zNk/s640/raccoon2.JPG" width="576" /></a></div> <div>Raccoon found under bridge in North Campus</div> <div> </div></p><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-raccoon-recorded-north-campus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-raccoon-recorded-north-campus#comments lawn pests mammals pests pet food Procyon lotor raccoons Blog Sat, 17 Dec 2011 05:46:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 677 at http://www.nhm.org/nature