Here's a Video of a Mosquito's Mouth-Parts Probing Your Tender Flesh

If you've always wondered exactly what it looks like, inside of your flesh, when a mosquito sticks its stabby, contaminated tube-mouth in there and sucks your blood, YOU'RE WELCOME. Here's a video of it. Video of the mosquito probing around for a blood vessel (inside "a flap of mouse skin") is above, and video of the… » 8/06/13 10:30pm 8/06/13 10:30pm

You Eat Bugs Every Single Day So Quit Freaking Out About It

If you truly are what you eat, congratulations because you're now a bug! Even with pesticides and other poisons engineered for food, large traces of bug parts — like wings, thoraxes and heads — are getting into your food. In fact, it's likely that you eat up 1 and 2 pounds of bugs each year. At least that's the… » 6/06/13 11:10am 6/06/13 11:10am

Feeling Left Out of the Disgusting Cicada Plague? Check Out Cicada Cam!

I live in the Pacific Northwest, which means that the most interesting bug-themed event of my lifetime was side-eyeing a silverfish in my laundry room last week (slimer needed to cut the attitude tho srsly). We don't have anything big or venomous or swarmy at all ever, which makes the east coast's 17-summer cicada… » 5/28/13 3:00pm 5/28/13 3:00pm

How to Roll Out the Welcome Wagon for Your New Cicada Neighbors

As you probably know by now, the East Coast is on its way to being hit by a massive cicada invasion. They've already started crawling out out the earth in Staten Island and won't stop crawling out of the earth until the sky is darkened by billions (literally billions) of them. If you live in this part of the world,… » 5/26/13 12:00pm 5/26/13 12:00pm

Tales from the Crypt of Bed Bugs You Probably Have in Your Mattress

Remember the horrible bed bug invasion that was going to plunge New York into the Age of the Insect, when all Gothamites would have to feed their mattresses to the insatiable Bed Bug Queen living in the subway tunnels? It was going to be terrible, and then, magically, bed bugs vanished from the news...until now. » 5/24/13 11:15am 5/24/13 11:15am

‘Swarmageddon’ Terrifies People Who Hate Bugs, Obviously

People who fear bugs will be especially put upon during “Swarmageddon,” and you might never have figured this out if the cicada scribes at the Washington Post, a periodical chronicling the latest developments in entomology, hadn’t taken the time to explain that people who already hate bugs hate the idea of a lot of… » 5/19/13 2:00pm 5/19/13 2:00pm

U.N. Says We Should Stop Being Pansies and Eat More Bugs

On the eve of "Swarmageddon," the name given to a cicada awakening 17 years in the making, the United Nations has released a report that highly recommends eating insects as a part of a healthy and balanced diet. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) states that many of the 1,900 species of insects that humans… » 5/13/13 5:00pm 5/13/13 5:00pm

Your Christmas Tree Is Infested with Something Called 'Bark Lice'

In "throw your tree out the window and burn all your possessions" news, it turns out the beloved Christmas Pine doubles as a half-way house for mites, moths, spiders, and something disgustingly named "bark lice". Puke/Shudder. This is giving the Christmas tree rash a run for its disgusting money. » 12/24/12 1:40pm 12/24/12 1:40pm

We've Fucked Over the Environment So Now We Have to Eat Bugs and Play…

Are you happy now, humans? Are you happy? It's 2012 and the prognosis is not good. The glaciers are melting, the polar bears are drowning, the people of Vanuatu are floating around their living rooms in washtubs like Pippi Longstocking or some shit, and I never even got to look at a glacier or pet a polar bear OR hang… » 10/04/12 5:00pm 10/04/12 5:00pm

Bionic Hero-Cockroaches Might Become First Responders in Natural…

Researchers working on "the next big thing in disaster response" have figured out how to put a tiny backpack on a cockroach and then remote-control it through collapsed buildings to locate survivors. The roach can be equipped with a small video camera or a microphone, which can then transmit information to human… » 9/14/12 6:30pm 9/14/12 6:30pm

Rosacea Possibly Caused by Tiny Mites Without Anuses Living on Your…

Bugs are literally everywhere. They're on your sheets (probably), they're waiting in the dark corners of your shoes, they're hiding in pantry doors ready to jump out at you as if they've been spring-loaded and now, if you have rosacea, they might even be crawling in your pores, dying and leaving their bacteria-bloated… » 8/30/12 11:10am 8/30/12 11:10am

Don't Freak Out, But Science Made a Map of All the Tiny Bugs Covering…

We've long known that the human body is home to all kinds of bacteria, fungi, and other microbes, and now scientists have completed the first ever map of all of these semi-disgusting critters. It was not an easy job, but now the census of the human microbiome is complete and the verdict is that we're disgusting—but… » 6/14/12 9:30am 6/14/12 9:30am

Mean Bed Bugs Are Determined to Ruin Your Vacation and Probably Your…

Oh, hey there. Had you managed to forget about the constant threat of bed bugs for even one second? Hahaha, of course not. You are always aware that your home could be invaded at any time, turning what was once your comfort zone into your own personal nightmare mansion. Well, you should continue to be paranoid about… » 6/04/12 11:55pm 6/04/12 11:55pm

How to Get Over Your Fear of Spiders and Start Caressing Tarantulas

Spiders are creepy! I mean, they are kind of neat, but mostly they cause people to scurry away in fear and sometimes even emit high-pitched shrieks. Well, if you are one of the people who can't stand those little multi-legged crawlers, you might be in luck. A new study has found that it is possible to turn people from… » 5/21/12 9:15pm 5/21/12 9:15pm

Bugs Are Pooping Diseases Into Your Mouth While You Sleep

I know what you're thinking. "I totally don't have any bug diseases because bugs respect my personal space!" And that might be true...for now. But according to Scientific American, the tropical Chagas disease—a "silent killer" common in Central and South America—might be more common in North America than anyone thought.… » 4/10/12 10:00am 4/10/12 10:00am