Backyard Chickens May Have Mites, Lice and Fleas

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Backyard Chickens May Have Mites, Lice and Fleas

By Amy Murillo

Backyard chicken flocks are growing in popularity, and hobbyists all over the country are keeping birds for eggs, meat, or just for fun. However, when you introduce a new animal to your home, you’re also offering a tasty buffet for some of the local arthropods that may be laying in wait.

Just as your dog can bring home fleas or ticks, chickens have their own suite of parasites. It can be difficult to find veterinarians with poultry expertise, especially in urban areas, and reliable information, especially regarding management, can be hard to come by. Many of these pests are uncommon on typical production farms, and there is little university research or extension information being conducted on backyard flocks. At the University of California, Riverside, we are conducting research on parasite management that can be applied at all levels of poultry production (conventional, organic, and backyard). Here we highlight the most common pests encountered in backyard chicken flocks.

Chicken body lice in the vent area of a hen. Eggs are laid on feathers. Photo courtesy of B.A. Mullens.

Chicken Body Louse (Menacanthus stramineus)

This louse species is specific to chickens. All life stages live on the bird where they feed, mainly on feathers but sometimes on the blood from pin feathers too. Lice can be found on the breast, back, vent, and under the wings of birds. Lice are an annoyance and cause feather loss and reduced egg production. Examine your birds by parting their feathers and looking for flat, yellowish lice.

Sticktight Flea (Echidnophaga gallinacaea)

These fleas are dark brown and flattened like cat or dog fleas, but the adults embed themselves in the skin of the face of chickens. The adults feed on blood, causing considerable stress and sometimes death in young birds. The flea eggs drop into the soil or litter, where the immature stages feed on organic material. When treating for adult fleas, be sure to do your best to clean the area to prevent reinfestation by developing fleas. Sticktight fleas are not species specific and can get on dogs, other pets, and people!

Sticktight fleas embedded in the comb of a chicken. Photo by A. Murillo.

Northern Fowl Mite (Ornithonyssus sylviarum)

These mites can be introduced by wild birds or their nests. All stages live on the chicken and are generally found in the vent region. The mites feed on blood, which causes discomfort and decreased egg production in birds. They can get onto people who are handling heavily infested birds, though they do not like to feed on non-avian hosts.

Chicken Mite (Dermanyssus gallinae)

The chicken mite, or poultry red mite, closely resembles the northern fowl mite. However, this mite spends most of its time away from its host in cracks and crevices. At night, the mites travel to birds to feed. They can be very irritating to birds and can cause a decrease in egg production. These mites are very difficult to get rid of once they’ve been established.

Northern fowl mites feeding on the skin of the vent area of a chicken. Photo by A. Murillo.

Management of these pests is best achieved using an integrated approach. Parasites can be introduced to your flock in a variety of ways — from wild animals, new birds, contaminated equipment, or people. Exclude wild birds and their nests as well as rodents, which can carry parasites into your yard. Clean equipment and inspect goods and animals at the store before bringing them home. Many farm stores have animals of their own which may be infested. Regular cleaning of bedding or litter can help to remove parasite life stages.

It’s best to catch an infestation early, so monitor regularly for parasites, both on the animals and in their living quarters. Once you have identified which ectoparasite you may be dealing with, there are several control options. Traditional pesticides are available at farm stores, but be sure to read and follow the label instructions before applying anything to your chickens!

There are also alternatives to conventional pesticides, such as covering sticktight fleas with petroleum jelly to suffocate the adults. Carefully bathing birds with non-abrasive soap can also be used to dislodge permanent parasites, especially lice.

Research at UC Riverside has shown that diatomaceous earth (DE) can work well to manage mites and lice on chickens. Mixing DE with sand (one part DE, four parts sand) in a container, like a plastic swimming pool, should attract the birds to dustbathe in the mixture. Dustbathing will get the DE up into the feathers and on the skin where the parasites live, where it will cause parasite desiccation. Always wear a dustmask while handling DE, which is safe for birds but can cause irritation in humans.

Applying DE to straw or dirt is not effective on its own at ridding birds of on-host parasites. DE may be effective for off-host parasites when applied to cracks and crevices, but it still needs to be tested for sticktight flea control.

Parasites are not fun (except to the people who study them), but they do occur. Keep your birds happy and healthy by ensuring that they are parasite-free!

For more information on poultry parasites or veterinary entomology visit: http://veterinaryentomology.ucr.edu

Amy Murillo is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Riverside. Her research focuses on host-parasite interactions on domestic chickens with an emphasis on integrated pest management.

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TERRO ® Ant Dust contains Deltamethrin, an insecticide that kills insects on contact and through digestion. The Deltamethrin rapidly paralyzes the insect’s nervous system, providing a quick knockdown effect. The Ant Dust kills ants (including fire ants and carpenter ants), boxelder bugs, cockroaches, crickets, firebrats, spiders, ticks, wasps, silverfish and other insects on contact, and provides long-lasting protection up to eight months.

The powerful insect killer granules in TERRO ® Ant Killer Plus kill pests on contact and provide long-lasting residual repellency. Use the granules as a perimeter treatment around the foundation of your house to keep ants, cockroaches, fleas and other insects from entering your home.

Expert Contact Killer Tips

Border Control

Use TERRO ® spray, granular or dust contact killers with long-lasting residual control to create a barrier around your house. Scout out insect infiltration hot spots around the perimeter of your home. Check the foundation for cracks, gaps and holes. Look around windows, gutters, dryer vents and AC units.

Inspect Your Yard

Spiders are often found in woodpiles, heaps of dead leaves or anywhere debris builds up. Use a TERRO ® aerosol spider killer and spray these areas. In addition to spraying, removing debris around your home will lessen the possibility of any unwanted guests coming in.

Wasp’s Nests: Know When to Spray

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Outdoor Spraying Tips

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Identification & Management Assistance

For assisstance with insect identification and management in Kentucky, bring questions and specimens directly to your local County Extension Office. Your local office can also help you find and print factsheets and other information. These services are provided to Kentuckians at no cost.

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Residents of states outside of Kentucky should contact their local or regional extension service.

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Top 7 Tick Plants That Repel Ticks

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Ticks appear in ever-increasing numbers in cities and in our gardens. They spread into our close surroundings through host animals such as mice, rats, hedgehogs, birds, and even our pets. Being carriers of dangerous diseases that also can infect humans, tick colonization in our yard and garden needs to be controlled. Fortunately, there are a number of plants that repel ticks.

The following plants do not only look beautiful in our garden, but also repel ticks and some other unwanted insects.

How do plants repel ticks?

Plants are a food source for many living organisms. But plants do not really want to be eaten. Since they can not run away, many plants use chemical weapons to repel attackers. They produce essential oils or even toxins. A well-known example is the tobacco plant and the powerful toxin nicotine that the plant produces. This kills most bugs that nibble on tobacco.

Many of the essential oils produced by plants effectively act as natural pesticides, keeping off many insects, mites and arachnids. The properties of the essential oils can be repellent, disturbing to the metabolism of the insect or even kill it. For most warm-blooded animals, these essential oils are harmless or often beneficial.

Some plants have antimicrobial feature, some others have anti-fungal features, and yet others have anti-parasitic feature. Using the properties of plants is a cheap and effective way to reduce tick populations. Here are some of the top plants that repel ticks.

Plants That Repel Ticks

Garlic

Garlic (Allium sativum) is a useful plant that can be planted easily in your garden.

Besides finding many uses in your kitchen, the strong smell of garlic repels many many pests, including ticks from your yard. Simply plant garlic on several places in your garden. Apart from planting, you can also use crushed garlic cloves to help repel ticks in your garden.

Catnip

Another plant against ticks is Catnip (Nepeta cataria). The intense smell of catnip deters ticks. It is a low growing plant that is easy to cultivate. Catnip has pretty flowers, which are similar to the lavender flowers. The ethereal oil produced in the flowers contains nepetalactone, a substance that can not be tolerated by many insects. Catnip is easy to grow and provides effective protection against ticks. Cats love the smell.

Rosemary

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a well-known kitchen herb. It is an undemanding plant that is easy to cultivate in our gardens. It can even be grown in a pot on the balcony. Besides being used in the kitchen, Rosemary has traditionally been used as a healing plant.

The important property of R osemary as one of the plants that repel ticks is its smell. The smell of this plant is pleasant for people and many animals, buts i nsects do not like the smell of rosemary at all. O ther than ticks, this plant will also help driving fleas and mosquitos away. The oil from it has also tick repelling properties.

Rue

The next important plant in the list is the Rue (Ruta graveolens). This plant is an evergreen herb with metallic, blue leaves. This plant has many properties such as antimicrobial, antifungal, and insect repellent. These plants smell drive off bugs, fleas, ticks from your garden. Cats don’t like the smell of the plant. So if you also choose to plant Catnip in your garden, which cats like, you can drive them away again with Rue.

Wormwood

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is a bitter herb that has many traditional uses. Traditionally this plant was used to make tea but now, it is used as a perfect insect repellent. This plant can repel insects such as bugs, fleas, ticks, etc. This shrub grows up to three feet in height and has yellow-colored flowers.

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum is one of the most popular gardens and balcony plants cultivated by many hobby gardeners for its pretty flowers, they belong to the daisy family. Over the years, thousands of varieties have been bred from single to multi-colored flowers.

Other than its flowers, the important feature of Chrysanthemum is its insect repellent property. This plant repels many insects such as fleas, ticks, bugs, moths, etc from your yard.

Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) is another natural insect repellent. It is related to the mint family, it grows easy and spreads quickly.

Just plant it in your garden in a couple of places along with other plants that repel ticks and you can reduce the number of unwanted pests.

Pennyroyal is also quite effective in keeping mosquitos at bay.

Flowers of tick repelling plants look good too

To keep your yard free from ticks and other unwanted pests, most of these plants have to flower first in order to produce essential oils that keep ticks away. Some plants winter over and will be effective also in the following years. Don’t just plant one kind of tick repelling plant but combine several plants to benefit from the various essentials oils these plants produce.

As much as those plants in your garden may help to curb the tick problem don’t forget to use personal tick repellent.

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Rice Weevil: 5 Fun Facts & How to Get Rid of Them

Rice weevils are scientifically known as Sitophilus Oryzae. These are the tiny pest that mostly attacks the rice, wheat, grains and some other crops. We will discuss some of their main features about the weevils species and the methods to protect the rice from these insects.

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Rice weevil facts —>

1. Appearance and size

Rice weevils are tiny creatures mostly found in rice. The adult weevils are 2-3mm in length whereas others are much smaller. The color of adult rice varies from reddish brown to black. They often have asymmetric and round shaped pits on the thorax and yellowish or light red four spots on their wing covers (elytra). The rice weevil is much similar to other weevils, though they are easily distinguishable by the small orange-reddish patches present on their bodies.

The larvas have no legs, and they are white-creamy in color. They also have a unique head capsule that the adults lack. The chewing mouthparts are also present at the end of their heads to chew food. The other important fact about rice weevils is that they can fly and light attracts them as compared to the darkness.

2. Diet, behavior & habits

Since rice weevils live in the stored products like rice, wheat, and grains. Therefore, they consume these stored items as their diet. The adult insects chew the cereals and rice kernels. You will notice the small holes in the rice and grain seed; these are because of the chewing habit of rice weevils. Aside from this, if they are present outside your homes, they may eat plants and leaves. However, the larva live inside the kernels hence, getting their diet inside the beans. The rice weevils were firstly originated from Indo-Malayan region and with the trade of rice, they are now found all over the world.

You will not see the rice weevils outside your homes. However, once they enter your home and reside in your rice drums, then you will find many of them crawling on the walls and floors of your place. They are not dangerous medically and do not bite or cause infections. Still, they can cause severe damage by destroying the food.

The lifespan of rice weevils is of 4-6 months in average. When the rice weevil dies, it usually draws legs close to its body.

3. Reproduction

The adult weevil can fly quickly from one place to other. It does not mean that they travel long distances. The lifecycle of weevils is about 30 days. The healthy adult female can lay four eggs per day and 300-400 eggs in its whole life. The female bore in the kernel and lays the eggs there. The eggs usually hatch on the third day, and larvae live inside the seed for 2 and a half weeks. During this time, they get their diet from inside the kernel. The whole stage is called larval stage. After this, the pupal stage starts which lasts for 5-16 days, six days on average. Once this stage ends, the adult comes out of the kernel when the cuticle matures and is hard enough.

4. Rice weevil bites

The rice weevils are the type of beetles, yet they are not harmful and dangerous to human beings. Neither they spread any disease/infection, nor they bite the people. Still, they can be a threat to us in a way that they damage the grains and rice that we keep in our pantry. Not only this, but they cause severe agricultural loss by attacking the crops.

5. Rice weevil infestation

The rice weevil lives on the rice and grains, chewing and damaging the food. In the can or where you have stored your rice and other grains, you might have seen the powder form of the seeds there. It is due to the rice weevils. These tiny creatures leave the flour, and half ate seeds after chewing the food.

These creatures attack the fields and in vast number. They are capable of destroying the crops like rice, wheat, and maize. There have been many cases from past decades when these pests have attacked the fields and destroyed the enormous amount of crops. They can even damage the yields even before the harvest action. When we try to grow in the infested area, the larva living in the soil destroys the crops. So you must make sure that the area is free of rice weevil or any other pest before you plant seeds or plants.

How to get rid of rice weevils?

Although rice weevils are not dangerous for human health still, they are a significant threat to your rice and other grains. Finding these pests in your rice can give you very annoying feeling and cleaning the rice before making can be difficult. If you had rice weevils at home and tired of them, then don’t worry. We will discuss here some ways to get rid of them.

1. Place sticky traps —>

There are various types of sticky traps available in the market. Since these pests are attracted to light more than the darkness, therefore, when you pour rice from jar to some tray, the weevils tend to move outside. What you have to do is place the traps around the edges of the dish or bowl. When the insects try to run out of the utensil, they will automatically stick to the trap. These pests are not vigorous enough to free themselves from the trap. Hence they will die sticking to the trap.

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2. Pour a pot of boiling water —>

The other way through which you can remove rice weevils is by pouring the hot water on the rice. Just like humans, these pests also needs particular environmental conditions for their survival. The boiling water can burn us badly so think about that; then you can imagine what it would do to those tiny creatures. Running a boiling water over the rice will kill all the weevils and the eggs. The dead will start floating on the surface of the bowl, and you can easily remove them. The method is suitable for a small quantity of rice and when you have to cook them.

Other than running hot water, you can also heat the rice at high temperatures killing all the weevils and their eggs. Using the boiling water techniques, you will clean the rice quickly and make them weevil free.

3. Freeze rice for at least one week to kill eggs

Freezing the rice will serve the same purpose as pouring hot water or heating. For, the insects can not survive in extreme cold environment. You can store the rice in the freezers to avoid these pests. If you do not have enough space in your freezer, then place in small quantities every week and freeze them for a week so that there will be no more eggs or weevils in the rice.

Effective rice weevil prevention

Every one of us has heard this proverb that prevention is better than cure. However, most of us are too oblivious to the surroundings, and we wait something to happen so that we can take action. Same is the case with the rice weevil problem. At first, we do not take precautionary steps, and because of that, we have to suffer.

Here are some effective tips for rice weevil prevention that you must consider to avoid issues later on.

1. Inspect upon purchase

When you go to store to buy rice, you should always inspect them. Do not buy if you find any weevil because there are high chances of reproduction of weevils.

2. Buy rice in small quantiy and consume within a realistic period

Instead of making our work easy what we do is we buy rice and other grains in significant quantities. However, we do not know; we are inviting the rice weevils. These insects tend to reside in the food that is not used for a long time. So always buy the rice in small quantity which easily consumable within a realistic time.

3. Store rice in the small firmly sealed metal, glass, or durable plastic containers (not the bags)

When you purchase the rice from the market, make sure you store them in the sealed glass, metal or plastic containers instead of bags. The reason for forbidding is that rice weevils can drill the shopping bags, therefore, finding the way to their target. They can also attack the rice when the lid of the pot or jar is not properly closed or air tight.

4. Regularly clean pantry cracks, crevices, and shelves

The other way you can prevent these weevils from residing at your place is by keeping the pantry cracks and shelves tidy and clean. This way you will prevent not only rice weevils but also other little insects like ants and cockroaches. Since they are tiny in size, so they can quickly lay their eggs and even reside at such places.

5. Place Dried chilies around the pantry

Putting the dried chilies around the pantry repel these weevils. It is a natural way and not even harmful. All you have to do is take some dried chilies and place around the pantry. The smell of these chilies is too strong, and it will repel all the insects including rice weevils. You can also wrap them in a thin cloth and place in the jars where you have stored rice and grains.

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55 Bible Verses about Insects

Most Relevant Verses

‘All the winged insects that walk on all fours are detestable to you. Yet these you may eat among all the winged insects which walk on all fours: those which have above their feet jointed legs with which to jump on the earth. These of them you may eat: the locust in its kinds, and the devastating locust in its kinds, and the cricket in its kinds, and the grasshopper in its kinds. read more.
But all other winged insects which are four-footed are detestable to you.

And all the teeming life with wings are unclean to you; they shall not be eaten.

Go to the ant, O sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,

The ants are not a strong people,
But they prepare their food in the summer;

When he returned later to take her, he turned aside to look at the carcass of the lion; and behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in the body of the lion.

The Amorites who lived in that hill country came out against you and chased you as bees do, and crushed you from Seir to Hormah.

They surrounded me like bees;
They were extinguished as a fire of thorns;
In the name of the Lord I will surely cut them off.

In that day the Lord will whistle for the fly that is in the remotest part of the rivers of Egypt and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.

After whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog, a single flea?

Now then, do not let my blood fall to the ground away from the presence of the Lord ; for the king of Israel has come out to search for a single flea, just as one hunts a partridge in the mountains.”

Then the Lord did so. And there came great swarms of flies into the house of Pharaoh and the houses of his servants and the land was laid waste because of the swarms of flies in all the land of Egypt.

For if you do not let My people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies on you and on your servants and on your people and into your houses; and the houses of the Egyptians will be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground on which they dwell. But on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where My people are living, so that no swarms of flies will be there, in order that you may know that I, the Lord , am in the midst of the land.

He sent among them swarms of flies which devoured them,
And frogs which destroyed them.

“Lift up your eyes to the sky,
Then look to the earth beneath;
For the sky will vanish like smoke,
And the earth will wear out like a garment
And its inhabitants will die in like manner;
But My salvation will be forever,
And My righteousness will not wane.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, that it may become gnats through all the land of Egypt.’”

You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

They did so; and Aaron stretched out his hand with his staff, and struck the dust of the earth, and there were gnats on man and beast. All the dust of the earth became gnats through all the land of Egypt. The magicians tried with their secret arts to bring forth gnats, but they could not; so there were gnats on man and beast.

He spoke, and there came a swarm of flies
And gnats in all their territory.

It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.

There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

“If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence, if there is blight or mildew, locust or grasshopper, if their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities, whatever plague, whatever sickness there is,

“If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence, if there is blight or mildew, if there is locust or grasshopper, if their enemies besiege them in the land of their cities, whatever plague or whatever sickness there is,

He spoke, and locusts came,
And young locusts, even without number,

There fire will consume you,
The sword will cut you down;
It will consume you as the locust does.
Multiply yourself like the creeping locust,
Multiply yourself like the swarming locust.

I will send hornets ahead of you so that they will drive out the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites before you.

Moreover, the Lord your God will send the hornet against them, until those who are left and hide themselves from you perish.

Then I sent the hornet before you and it drove out the two kings of the Amorites from before you, but not by your sword or your bow.

“Then I will make up to you for the years
That the swarming locust has eaten,
The creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust,
My great army which I sent among you.

Now John himself had a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.

John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist, and his diet was locusts and wild honey.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up on the land of Egypt and eat every plant of the land, even all that the hail has left.” So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the Lord directed an east wind on the land all that day and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts. The locusts came up over all the land of Egypt and settled in all the territory of Egypt; they were very numerous. There had never been so many locusts, nor would there be so many again.

He gave also their crops to the grasshopper
And the product of their labor to the locust.

The locusts have no king,
Yet all of them go out in ranks;

“They have cut down her forest,” declares the Lord ;
“Surely it will no more be found,
Even though they are now more numerous than locusts
And are without number.

While I am decaying like a rotten thing,
Like a garment that is moth-eaten.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;

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‘How much more those who dwell in houses of clay,
Whose foundation is in the dust,
Who are crushed before the moth!

“He has built his house like the spider’s web,
Or as a hut which the watchman has made.

“With reproofs You chasten a man for iniquity;
You consume as a moth what is precious to him;
Surely every man is a mere breath. Selah.

Behold, the Lord God helps Me;
Who is he who condemns Me?
Behold, they will all wear out like a garment;
The moth will eat them.

“For the moth will eat them like a garment,
And the grub will eat them like wool.
But My righteousness will be forever,
And My salvation to all generations.”

Therefore I am like a moth to Ephraim
And like rottenness to the house of Judah.

“Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys.

Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten.

Whose confidence is fragile,
And whose trust a spider’s web.

They hatch adders’ eggs and weave the spider’s web;
He who eats of their eggs dies,
And from that which is crushed a snake breaks forth.

These of them you may eat: the locust in its kinds, and the devastating locust in its kinds, and the cricket in its kinds, and the grasshopper in its kinds.

The leech has two daughters,
“Give,” “Give.”
There are three things that will not be satisfied,
Four that will not say, “Enough”:

For if you refuse to let My people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory.

The lizard you may grasp with the hands,
Yet it is in kings’ palaces.

But they did not listen to Moses, and some left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and became foul; and Moses was angry with them.

Four things are small on the earth,
But they are exceedingly wise:
The ants are not a strong people,
But they prepare their food in the summer;
The shephanim are not mighty people,
Yet they make their houses in the rocks;
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The locusts have no king,
Yet all of them go out in ranks;
The lizard you may grasp with the hands,
Yet it is in kings’ palaces.

What the gnawing locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten;
And what the swarming locust has left, the creeping locust has eaten;
And what the creeping locust has left, the stripping locust has eaten.

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;

For they would come up with their livestock and their tents, they would come in like locusts for number, both they and their camels were innumerable; and they came into the land to devastate it.

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Insects » Locusts » Moths

“ Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

‘How much more those who dwell in houses of clay,
Whose foundation is in the dust,
Who are crushed before the moth!

“He has built his house like the spider’s web,
Or as a hut which the watchman has made.

Behold, the Lord God helps Me;
Who is he who condemns Me?
Behold, they will all wear out like a garment;
The moth will eat them.

While I am decaying like a rotten thing,
Like a garment that is moth-eaten.

Insects » Flies

Dead flies make a perfumer’s oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor.

He sent among them swarms of flies which devoured them,
And frogs which destroyed them.

He spoke, and there came a swarm of flies
And gnats in all their territory.

For if you do not let My people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies on you and on your servants and on your people and into your houses; and the houses of the Egyptians will be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground on which they dwell.

Insects » Bees

In that day the Lord will whistle for the fly that is in the remotest part of the rivers of Egypt and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.

The Amorites who lived in that hill country came out against you and chased you as bees do, and crushed you from Seir to Hormah.

When he returned later to take her, he turned aside to look at the carcass of the lion; and behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in the body of the lion.

They surrounded me like bees;
They were extinguished as a fire of thorns;
In the name of the Lord I will surely cut them off.

Insects » Grasshoppers » Hornets

Then I sent the hornet before you and it drove out the two kings of the Amorites from before you, but not by your sword or your bow.

I will send hornets ahead of you so that they will drive out the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites before you.

Moreover, the Lord your God will send the hornet against them, until those who are left and hide themselves from you perish.

Insects » Mentioned in scripture » Fly

Dead flies make a perfumer’s oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor.

In that day the Lord will whistle for the fly that is in the remotest part of the rivers of Egypt and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.

But on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where My people are living, so that no swarms of flies will be there, in order that you may know that I, the Lord , am in the midst of the land.

Insects » Fed by God

The eyes of all look to You,
And You give them their food in due time.

There is the sea, great and broad,
In which are swarms without number,
Animals both small and great.

The Lord is good to all,
And His mercies are over all His works.

Insects » Mentioned in scripture » Grasshopper

These of them you may eat: the locust in its kinds, and the devastating locust in its kinds, and the cricket in its kinds, and the grasshopper in its kinds.

For they would come up with their livestock and their tents, they would come in like locusts for number, both they and their camels were innumerable; and they came into the land to devastate it.

“Do you make him leap like the locust?
His majestic snorting is terrible.

Insects » Mentioned in scripture » Bee

In that day the Lord will whistle for the fly that is in the remotest part of the rivers of Egypt and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.

When he returned later to take her, he turned aside to look at the carcass of the lion; and behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in the body of the lion.

They surrounded me like bees;
They were extinguished as a fire of thorns;
In the name of the Lord I will surely cut them off.

Insects » Locusts » Spiders

They hatch adders’ eggs and weave the spider’s web;
He who eats of their eggs dies,
And from that which is crushed a snake breaks forth.

Whose confidence is fragile,
And whose trust a spider’s web.

The lizard you may grasp with the hands,
Yet it is in kings’ palaces.

Insects » Mentioned in scripture » Moth

‘How much more those who dwell in houses of clay,
Whose foundation is in the dust,
Who are crushed before the moth!

“He has built his house like the spider’s web,
Or as a hut which the watchman has made.

Behold, the Lord God helps Me;
Who is he who condemns Me?
Behold, they will all wear out like a garment;
The moth will eat them.

Insects » Mentioned in scripture » Ant

Go to the ant, O sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,

The ants are not a strong people,
But they prepare their food in the summer;

Insects » Ants

Go to the ant, O sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,

The ants are not a strong people,
But they prepare their food in the summer;

Insects » Mentioned in scripture » Lice

He spoke, and there came a swarm of flies
And gnats in all their territory.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, that it may become gnats through all the land of Egypt.’”

Insects » Mentioned in scripture » Caterpillar

Your spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathers;
As locusts rushing about men rush about on it.

He gave also their crops to the grasshopper
And the product of their labor to the locust.

Insects » Mentioned in scripture » Spider

Whose confidence is fragile,
And whose trust a spider’s web.

The lizard you may grasp with the hands,
Yet it is in kings’ palaces.

Insects » Mentioned in scripture » Cankerworm

What the gnawing locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten;
And what the swarming locust has left, the creeping locust has eaten;
And what the creeping locust has left, the stripping locust has eaten.

There fire will consume you, The sword will cut you down; It will consume you as the locust does. Multiply yourself like the creeping locust, Multiply yourself like the swarming locust. You have increased your traders more than the stars of heaven— The creeping locust strips and flies away.

Insects » Clean and unclean (ceremonially speaking)

And all the teeming life with wings are unclean to you; they shall not be eaten.

‘Yet these you may eat among all the winged insects which walk on all fours: those which have above their feet jointed legs with which to jump on the earth. ‘These of them you may eat: the locust in its kinds, and the devastating locust in its kinds, and the cricket in its kinds, and the grasshopper in its kinds. ‘But all other winged insects which are four-footed are detestable to you. read more.
‘By these, moreover, you will be made unclean: whoever touches their carcasses becomes unclean until evening, and whoever picks up any of their carcasses shall wash his clothes and be unclean until evening.

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