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Please Explain: Bad Bugs

Friday, May 06, 2011

You may have noticed the first gnats, flies, and ticks of the season. Today’s Please Explain is about bad bugs—the dangerous, destructive, and poisonous creatures that are feared and sometimes misunderstood. Amy Stewart, author of Wicked Bugs joins us.

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Comments [12]

Steph from NYC, UWS

Amy mentioned centipedes. In 35 years in the same apartment I never saw ONE until around 2008. They run at incredible speeds but I was able to capture one and kept it in captivity for a few months, feeding it baby grasshoppers I bought at a pet store. They're fascinating insects and move with considerable grace as well as speed.

May. 06 2011 02:00 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Ilya. just reminded me: I found a worm in a banana just this week! I washed it down the drain--hope I didn't introduce it into a new environment!

And Leonard, I didn't ask why moths like wool (& I think it's the larvae that eat it & make the holes), I wanted to know if they do anything more "wicked" than that. OK, segment's over, too late now.

May. 06 2011 02:00 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Hey, what about moths? Are they any threat to anything besides wool?

May. 06 2011 01:54 PM
les

Help! Stinkbugs are taking over!

May. 06 2011 01:53 PM
Ilya. Kogan from Manhattan

I recently bought bananas in a bag from equidor at a local supermarket and out came a beautiful green cockroach when I opened the bag. How did they survive the journey?

May. 06 2011 01:41 PM
EB

If there is a God, why are there cockroaches?

May. 06 2011 01:41 PM
EB from Sunnyside, Qns

I have centipedes and escaped the bedbugs in my surrounding neighbors apartments. Now I know why. Yey for centipedes!

May. 06 2011 01:39 PM
Amy from Manhattan

How do various house bugs affect pets? It seems as if we only hear about fleas & ticks when it comes to animals. Do bedbugs bite them, too? What about spiders, etc.?

May. 06 2011 01:39 PM
maude from Park Slope

has your guest seen Isabella Rossellini's videos on bug mating? hilarious. and, creepy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MakIB_IJnu0

May. 06 2011 01:37 PM
Amy from No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn

House centipedes may save us from bedbugs, but if you have ever had the centipedes crawling over you at night you will prefer bedbugs!

House centipedes are the only bugs I am afraid of.

May. 06 2011 01:35 PM
Lisa from New York NY

We have house centipedes in our East Harlem apartment. We never suffered the infestation of bedbugs that our upstairs neighbor had! And the cats love chasing the centipedes - everybody wins!

May. 06 2011 01:34 PM
Joe Adams from Bergen County, NJ

Please ask Ms. Stewart to explain botflies, scary insects whose larvae migrate internally and live as parasites inside the hosts' bodies until they are expelled.

May. 06 2011 08:45 AM

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