Insects Back In The NBA

Charlotte HornetsLast February Charlotte residents, NBA purists, and insect enthusiasts alike were delighted to hear that the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets would be changing their name to the New Orleans Pelicans.

This news meant that the city of Charlotte, and it’s NBA team The Charlotte Bobcats, could change their name to the beloved Hornets once again. And that’s exactly what is going to happen, come the 2014-2015 NBA season.

Welcome Back Charlotte Hornets


During halftime of a late December 2013 game against the Utah Jazz, Bobcats owner Michael Jordan made the name change official, announcing at center court that the name change from the Bobcats to Hornets would be official come the 2014-2015 season. Along with the name change, the team’s logo and colors will be updated as well.

Charlotte’s NBA team was previously named the Hornets from 1988-2002 when the team was moved to New Orleans.

Why Hornets?


Charlotte Hornets LogoThe Hornets were originally chosen as a mascot for Charlotte’s NBA basketball team, because of the insect’s attacking and swarming nature. They are fierce, especially when defending their own nests. They work together at building a nest; their own team of sorts.

A lot of the characteristics shown by the hornet are also exhibited by the city of Charlotte as well. During the Revolutionary War, British commander General Cornwallis referred to Charlotte as “a hornet’s nest of rebellion,” because of the city’s aggressiveness and rebelliousness.

The new logo will utilize the colors purple and teal, and feature an aggressive-looking hornet that is ready to attack. Its piercing eyes, raised antennae, expanded wings and pointed stinger depict its relentless intensity.

Other Insect Mascots


Currently, there are no major professional teams (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) with insects as mascots. This will of course change, come the 2014-2015 NBA basketball season, when the Bobcats adopt their new mascot.

There are a few semi-pro and NCAA teams with bugs as mascots. These include: the Salt Lake Bees, the Richmond Spiders, the Greensboro Grasshoppers, the Sugar Land “Skeeters,” The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the University of Arkansas Monticello Boll Weevils, the San Antonio Scorpions, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, the Banana Slugs of UCSC, and University of South Carolina Sumter Fire Ants.

Here are the top 10 sports teams named after bugs!

Let’s hope that more professional teams adopt insects as their mascots, like the Charlotte Hornets have now done!

Author Bio: is a Content Manager for Bulwark Exterminating in Charlotte. While I’m an avid Utah Jazz fan, I’m also a bug guy. I’m glad to see more bugs in the NBA.

Bug Themed Stocking Stuffers

Bug SuckerChristmas is right around the corner, and you know what that means – it’s time to start planning ahead and buying gifts. There are plenty of bug-themed gifts you can get for your family and friends of all ages, many of which make great stocking stuffers. Below is a list of five bug-themed gift ideas that you can stuff in your loved one’s stockings this Christmas season.

Bug Stickers

A staple of childhood is a simple sheet of stickers. If you shop around, you’ll find that there are many different bug stickers that you can buy for your little one. Whether you want something cute and cartoonish or creepy and realistic, there’s sure to be sets of bug stickers that will please everyone.

Bug Candy

There’s the classic bug candy – gummy worms and other insects – and then there’s the candy which actually contains a bug within its center. Suckers containing insects such as crickets, beetles, and scorpions have long been popular among older children, and chocolate covered ants and grasshoppers are popular snacks in other countries. Bug candy is a fun gift if you’re looking for a novelty item or if you’re looking to broaden your child’s culinary experiences.

Glow-in-the-dark Bug Wall Clings

Glow-in-the-dark wall clings have been popular for quite the wall, and there are many different types to choose from. Insects are always popular for kids, since many kids are fascinated with bugs. After all, who doesn’t want a handful of creepy, crawly critters glowing on their bedroom wall at night?

Bug Jewelry

Bug jewelry is a diverse gift option that can be given to both young and older children alike – and can also be a great stocking stuffer for adults, too. There are tons of gorgeous jewelry pieces featuring a variety of bugs set in acrylic, so you can pick from bracelets, necklaces, rings, earrings, and key chains. You might even want to pick a piece that glows in the dark, especially for the younger kids or someone who is prone to having a hard time locating her keys in her purse. If you don’t like the idea of jewelry featuring actual insects, then plastic bug jewelry, such as spider rings, are also available and would make a good stocking stuffer.

Bug Toys

Plastic or stretchy bug toys always make excellent stocking stuffers, especially for younger kids. Children love playing with bugs, and toy versions of our insect friends gives them the option to explore the bug kingdom without actually getting down and dirty with real live insects. Bug toys are great gifts for toddlers and preschoolers – just make sure they’re big enough so that your child won’t choke should the toy happen to make its way to their mouth.

These are just a few ideas for stocking stuffers with a bug theme. There are tons of creative gift ideas that you can consider, especially if your child is fond of or fascinated with bugs. When you don’t know what to get your little one, you really can’t go wrong with bug-themed presents.

Chris is a blogger for Fox Pest Control a Virginia Beach based pest control company.

Bug Themed Halloween Party Ideas

Halloween Party

Halloween is right around the corner, and you know what that means: it’s time to start planning for your Halloween party! Whether you’re planning to invite guests into your home or simply like to decorate for trick-or-treaters, there are tons of creepy crawly décor ideas that can help you create the ambiance you crave for Halloween night. Below are some bug-themed Halloween party decoration ideas that can be used either indoors or outdoors.

Spindly Spider Pumpkin

This fun craft project involves turning three pumpkins on their sides to create a spindly creature. Button eyes and long branch legs complete this creepy crawly piece. You can also choose to spray paint the pumpkins and branches black for a creepier effect, or leave them their natural color. This is a cute yet creepy decorative piece that is fun for homes with children, as they can help you put together the spider creature in your yard and show it off to their friends on Halloween night.

Caterpillar Pumpkin

This decorative piece is similar to the spindly spider, only instead of a spider you’ll be creating a caterpillar for your front yard. This project requires the use of about 10 medium-to-large sized pumpkins, green and black paint, large googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and circle felt shapes or construction paper. Essentially, you’ll be painting the pumpkins green, the stems black, and applying the circle shapes scattered along each gourd. Place the googly eyes on the “head” of the caterpillar, and curl the pipe cleaners before attaching them to the top of the head. Place the pumpkins in a curving line to make the body, with the head at the front, and voila – you have a caterpillar! (Alternately, you can use miniature pumpkins and markers to create a smaller caterpillar, which is a fun craft project for your kids and makes a great indoor decoration.)

Pumpkin_SpiderwebsCobwebs and Spiders

Cobwebs and fake spiders are a common Halloween decoration. For an elegant yet creepy look, you can drape some fake cobwebs and spiders over a stack of pumpkins, hang the cobwebs from a doorway, or drape them over tree branches or hedges. If you have a porch, draping the cobwebs from the support beams can create a spooky appearance.

Bug Jack-o-Lanterns

For those who enjoy carving their pumpkins, finding bug-shaped patterns to carve into their jack-o-lanterns will help complete the creepy, crawly décor theme you seek. Butterflies, spiders, and beetles are all great – and creepy! – patterns that can easily carved into your jack-o-lantern, and will look fantastic illuminated by a candle.

Bugs on Lampshades

Magnetic bugs or bug cutouts can be applied to lampshades around the home to create a truly creepy effect. Your guests will think they are in the midst of a bug invasion movie – maybe you could even include a ginormous spider prop somewhere throughout your home to really creep them out!

The possibilities for incorporating bugs into your Halloween décor are virtually endless – bugs are, after all, a common Halloween theme! Whether you’re going for cute or scary, there are tons of ideas you can use – just be sure to have fun while putting everything together.

About the author: Chris is a blogger for an NJ Pest Control company. He’s looking forward to celebrating Halloween with his two little boys.