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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.

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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.

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Bedbugs aren't just for beds any more. Recently, a Canadian family got bitten all over by bedbugs on a nine-hour flight to London. What's worse, the mother saw a bedbug and knew what it was at the beginning of the flight, but the crew said there was nothing they could do.

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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.

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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.

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Bedbugs are a menace, and learning how to search your hotel room for them before you collapse into bed is critical to avoid taking them home with you. This video shows you best way to do just that, and to make sure you get a good night's rest away from home.

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There are a lot of creepy crawlies out there that can't help but bite or sting you when you get too close. This infographic shows 28 arthropods that you'll want to be able to identify if you find one on your arm, and explains whether their bite or sting is medically significant.

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If a school nurse says your kid has head lice, they're probably wrong -- and if you got the news from a doctor, be even more suspicious. Head scratching and white dots in the hair are usually not lice -- but they're mistaken for lice more often than you'd think.

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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.

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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.

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Dear Lifehacker, I know summer is nearly over, but I'm still being annoyed by flies. How can I stop them from lingering all over me when I'm walking or at the beach and enjoying the sun? I downloaded an app to repel insects but it didn't seem to work. Any suggestions?