Of all the pesky insects that can move into a residence, the silverfish just might be the least, well, pesky. Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) and their cousins the firebrats (Thermobia domestica) are in Maine, but because of their reclusive, nocturnal lifestyle, people having a population in their homes may not even know it. “They are a small bug and don’t fly,” according to Dr. Kathy Murray, entomologist with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
You can’t see them. You can’t feel them, but they are in your home and in your bed, possibly by the millions. Anyone who sleeps on a mattress with pillows is likely sharing their bed with massive colonies of microscopic dust mites (scientific name Dermatophagoides farinae) which feed primarily on dead human skin cells and depositing their waste that can not only build up, but trigger human allergies. If this doesn’t interrupt a good night’s sleep, nothing else will.
Voracious, aggressive, born pregnant and highly adaptive, the Asian Crazy Worm is on the march in Maine. It may sound like something out of a B horror movie, but the threat the invasive species represents to soil and plants is very real. Also known as “snake worms” and “Alabama jumping worms,” the aggressive Amynthas agrestis is not the friendly, soil-enriching earthworm gardeners and farmers welcome on their land.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".