How do stripes stop flies? Horses dress as zebras to find out

Why do zebras, a species of wild horse, have striped coats when other equines don’t?

Experts have theorized that the stripes serve as camouflage; that they disorient predators, or that they communicate signals to other zebras. Some have posed that the stripes help keep the animals cool under a hot sun. The latest research, however, […]

Americans: ‘Expect a very buggy spring and summer’

The forecasters of the annual Bug Barometer for the spring and summer in the United States are now about as popular as weather forecasters who predict a cold and wet Fourth of July weekend.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has released its bi-annual Bug Barometer, a guide depicting expected pest activity throughout the U.S. […]

Science: Food should be a no fly zone

Flies are less apparent in the winter months but when they make an appearance around your food or drinks, the annoyance and disgust that follows never fails. But, exactly how dangerous are they? Once a fly lands on your sandwich or pop can should you consider it contaminated and throw in out?

One article discusses […]

Keep cattle healthy by shooing flies

We all get annoyed by flies, but for cattle the annoyance could have more tangible side effects.

When flies flit around cattle, they often cause the animals to huddle into groups to avoid the pesky insects, according to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. As the cattle group together, the temperature around them goes up because […]