insects http://michiganradio.org en Biologists expect the worst for Michigan's bat population http://michiganradio.org/post/biologists-expect-worst-michigans-bat-population <p></p><p>Bats with <a href="http://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/">white-nose syndrome</a> have been found in Mackinac and Dickinson counties in the Upper Peninsula and Alpena County in northern lower Michigan.</p><p>The fungal disease has killed more than six million bats in 27 states and five Canadian provinces since 2006.</p><p>Allen Kurta is a biology professor at Eastern Michigan University. He’s one of the researchers who found the infected bats. I spoke with him for today's Environment Report (you can hear him talk about white-nose syndrome above).</p><p>Kurta compares the discovery of white-nose syndrome in Michigan bats to "every member of your extended family receiving a terminal diagnosis."</p><p>“I think that this is one of the worst wildlife calamities ever in the history of North America. You’re looking at potential extinction of multiple species of bats.”</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:05:35 +0000 Rebecca Williams 17242 at http://michiganradio.org Biologists expect the worst for Michigan's bat population Bedbug sighting prompts Detroit judge to clear courtroom http://michiganradio.org/post/bedbug-sighting-prompts-detroit-judge-clear-courtroom <p>A Detroit judge ordered everyone out of her courtroom this afternoon after a bailiff observed bedbugs crawling on a man in the first row of seats.<br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/SZjBKd%20">The Detroit News</a> reports that 36th District Judge Cylenthia LaToye Miller emptied the room so that a pest-c0ntrol company could come spray it down.<br><br>The man was in the courtroom accompanying a witness. His daughter later said she knew there were bedbugs in her father's house.</p><p>Miller told the News:</p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 20:43:06 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8789 at http://michiganradio.org Bedbug sighting prompts Detroit judge to clear courtroom Invasive brown marmorated stink bugs found in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/invasive-brown-marmorated-stink-bugs-found-michigan <p>The Michigan Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of invasive brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) in two Michigan counties. The bugs were discovered by students from Michigan State University.</p><p>Jennifer Holton is with the Michigan Department of Agriculture. She says the bugs can do damage to the types of fruits and vegetables grown in Michigan. The damage makes them difficult to sell.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p><em>And what is does is... a little bit of character distortion on the fruit, what they refer to as cat facing, and that makes the fruit, or the vegetable, if there may be one, unmarketable for the fresh market. </em></p></blockquote><p>You can find more information about identifying BMSB at the <a href="http://michigan.gov/mda/0,1607,7-125-1572_28248-250475--,00.html">Michigan Department of Agriculture website</a>.</p><p>Holton also suggested never moving firewood and to contact your local <a href="http://www.msue.msu.edu/portal/">Michigan State University extension office</a> if you think you found a brown marmorated stink bug.</p><p>-Bridget Bodnar, <em>Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 21:24:08 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1179 at http://michiganradio.org Invasive brown marmorated stink bugs found in Michigan Chocolate chirp cookies and entomophagy gaining ground http://michiganradio.org/post/chocolate-chirp-cookies-and-entomophagy-gaining-ground <p>Some of us have accidentally made a meal of a bug while riding a bike or going on a boat ride.</p><p>But there are some people who say by not eating bugs on purpose, we&#39;re ignoring an entire food group.</p><p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703453804575480061132423820.html?KEYWORDS=bugs">The Wall Street Journal</a> has the latest on entomophagy, or bug eating.</p><blockquote><p>I think it&#39;s what sushi was 20 or 30 years ago. Now it&#39;s time for bugs.</p> Wed, 15 Sep 2010 18:51:27 +0000 Mark Brush 84 at http://michiganradio.org Chocolate chirp cookies and entomophagy gaining ground Will returning college students amplify bed bug problem? http://michiganradio.org/post/will-returning-college-students-amplify-bed-bug-problem <p><span class="article-content"><span>(by Steve Carmody)</span></span></p> Mon, 30 Aug 2010 20:22:55 +0000 Mark Brush 41 at http://michiganradio.org Will returning college students amplify bed bug problem?