If you find a tick on yourself, it's totally normal to want to climb out of your skin and burn it and live your life with your bones and muscles on display. Since that didn't work the last time I tried it, I'm glad to report there is a safe, effective, hands-off way to remove the tick from your skin. More than one, in fact.
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While you were chomping on Easter bilbies and eggs for a weekend, there were hundreds of plant species across the country celebrating with hearty meals of their own. They might not be able to take down something the size of a human (thank god, we don't need more things that can kill us here), but the Lovecraftian horrors trap and slowly drown insects to get the nutrients they need.
These are Australia's murderous plants.
As part of a promotion run by The Economist, a pop-up ice-cream stall opened in Martin Place for the day, right near our offices in Sydney. Awesome! I love ice cream! I'll go check it out, I said. The catch? The ice-cream was filled with insects. I was already in too deep to back out.
Now you, dear reader, get to experience what it is like to fill your mouth with dairy and dirt-dwellers. Hakuna Matata.
Like the rest of our fauna, Australian insects are out to get you. If they're not injecting venom with distressingly over-sized stingers, they're gnawing into your soft parts with a fearsome array of mandibles. Nuke 'em all with a giant insect bomb; that's what I say.
In the meantime, this infographic provides a handy cheat sheet for nine Aussie pests - including how to avoid them and what to do if you get stung.
Those buzzing insects in your backyard are more than a nuisance at your barbecue. In numbers, they're a formidable threat. And if you're one of the many people allergic to bees, hornets and wasps, even a few can be dangerous. Here's how you can avoid getting swarmed, and what to do if you get stung.
Hi Lifehacker, Bug season is coming again -- yesterday I was invaded by two friendly massive flies. I'm living in a share house so my time out of the room is limited. How can I avoid/limit bugs coming into my room? It would be nice to be able to work without the bugs saying hi every four seconds in front of my face.
Edible insects are so hot right now. Once an exotic oddity that could only be found in far-flung continents, entomophagy (that is, the consumption of insects as food) is now making its way into numerous Aussie restaurants. But do fried bugs really belong on the dinner table? In a bid to find out, we chowed down on some crickets and mealworms. Mmmm... spindly.