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A scourge of kitchens everywhere, Drosophila melanogaster — the common fruit fly — stares down the electron microscope that captured its image. (Shutterstock)

How to kill fruit flies, according to a scientist

How do you rid your kitchen of pesky fruit flies? A scientist who researches them explains.
The common grey silverfish, Ctenolepisma longicaudata, in Sydney. Graeme Smith

Hidden housemates: book-loving silverfish

Silverfish have disappeared from our homes as book-bindings - their favourite food - have improved.
The American Cockroach, one of the most common species found in your home. Cockroach image from www.shutterstock.com

Hidden housemates: cockroaches

There are over 5,000 species of cockroach, but fortunately only a few have chosen to live with us.
Locust sits on a wheat stalk. Eduard Korniyenko/Reuters

Pesticides are not the only way to deal with our biggest food competitor: insects

Insects have been in a feature in agriculture since the end of the 19th century. Using a combination of new and old control methods is the best way to deal with our food competitors.
Honeybees pollinate a third of Australia’s food crops. Losing them due varroa might would cost the economy billions of dollars. David McClenaghan

Australian farmers face increasing threat of new diseases: report

A nationwide outbreak of foot and mouth disease; an invasion of a devastating wheat disease; our honeybees completely wiped out. These are just three possible disastrous scenarios facing Australia; they’re…

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