Sea mussels use organometallic iron-based bonds in their cuticles. Simulating this feature in synthetic replicas increased tensile strength 58x, toughness 92x, resistance to being deformed elastically 770x, and increased the amount of stress required to permanently damage them 76x. science.sciencemag.org/co…
Cuckoo wasps, like their namesake the cuckoo bird, are kleptoparasitic, having evolved to lay their eggs in the nests of other species of wasps. Their brilliant metallic colors are produced by light refracting through open spaces between six layers of cuticle in the wasps’ exoskeletons. baynature.org/article/the…
Chicken Eggs from USA would be illegal in Europe (and vice versa) - Legislation in the USA requires eggs to be washed for hygienic reasons and stored in refrigerator whereby EU forbids washing because it removes the natural protective cuticle. popsugar.com/food/Should-…
Octopus suckers have a protective chitinous cuticle covering each surface of every sucker. When this sucker lining wears down, it starts to detach and the octopus will finish the job by swirling his/her arms together Result: hundreds of skin "lillypads" dancing around their tanks academic.oup.com/icb/arti…
An allergic reaction doesn't necessarily present over your whole body. If you have a recurring skin problem (cuticles always torn/peeling, itchy scale on your feet, etc.) then you might be allergic to a preservative in your soap and hair products. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
There is a scarab beetle that has micromirrors embedded in its cuticle. These mirrors can be used to blind predators. sciencedirect.com/science…
Hangnails are usually caused by dry skin, and that you can avoid them by moisturizing your cuticles. health.howstuffworks.com/…
Winston Churchill wore underwear made of, in his wife's words, β€œvery finely woven silk (pale pink)… from the Army and Navy stores and cost the eyes out of his head.” as therapeutic measure towards persistent skin problems. theparisreview.org/blog/2…
American eggs are illegal to sell in Europe and vice versa. forbes.com/sites/nadiaaru…
Ants that eat cockroaches change the recognition cues that they normally have. Once they return to their nests, they are attacked and have no idea why they are. www4.ncsu.edu/~jsilver/Li…
You don't need to spend lots of money or hire a professional to do home insect control

This summer, I have been doing my own home insect and arachnid control, using several simple methods and compounds.

First, you need some equipment. The basics are a sprayer and a duster. You can buy a sprayer at virtually any hardware store or home mega store. I bought a 1-gallon pump Chapin. I also bought an extension rod for the sprayer. The further you are from the spray, the better. It also assists in reaching windows. The duster, you will probably have to buy online. I bought a Crusader hand duster for around $15. You can buy this at the same time you buy your insecticides.

Secondly, you'll want both a spray and a dust. Why both? They have different uses. Spray is for broad areas while dust is to reach into cracks and crevices.

I strongly suggest you buy online for these. The chemicals you find at a local store are at best ineffective and at worst, poisonous to you and your family.

For sprays, I selected Demand CS. Demand CS is a water-based insecticide concentrate that offers excellent pest control. Demand's micro-encapsulated technology means that when you apply it, it leaves thousands of micro particles that bind to the surface offering long-term protection and fast insect knock-down. After it dries, it is considered safe to be around people, pets, and food.

I use Demand CS outside only as a barrier around the house and garage, and it's amazing stuff. After you apply it, you will start to notice that it continues to work for over a month (although I do spray about once a month).

The video below shows you how to spray around your home, paying attention to entry points. I suggest spraying on windless days to limit contact with the spray.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEurX-kXYaE&feature=related

Inside the house, I use only what are called β€œnatural or organic” products. These are products which are considered non-harmful to humans or pets, especially fish. I also prefer to just use dust. If you use an effective barrier spray outdoors, you will get very few insects indoors. My dust of choice is freshwater food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE). DE is the fossilized skeletal remains of single celled phytoplankton commonly referred to as diatoms. It works by dehydrating insects through a desiccating action. The absorptive properties of the fossilized cell-walls easily remove the cuticle's outer waxy layer. This results in the loss of an insect's ability to maintain proper fluid levels-ultimately leading to death. The advantages of DE are three f

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