Bees: Why All the Buzz?

It is easy to take the humble bee for granted. Recent headlines detailing the rapid decline of several bee species have made many of us think twice about these stripy little critters. Bees are more than just the chubby cousin of the dreaded wasp. Various species of bee are responsible for pollinating our plants and…

What Are Carpet Beetles?

Carpet beetles are insects that belong to the family Dermestidae, which has more than 500 species worldwide. The species within Dermestidae, known as carpet beetles, that we battle as household pests, are Anthrenus verbasci (varied carpet beetle), Anthrenus scrophulariae (common carpet beetle), Anthrenus flavipes (furniture carpet beetle), and Attagenus unicolor (black carpet beetle). These are…