Posts Tagged ‘pest control

20
Jan
13

Bedbugs: City Rankings (Now I itch!)

I’ve written about this in the past and each time, as I am reading the article, I develop an itch…like a pin prick somewhere on my body. Psychosomatic disorders is another topic for later perhaps?

“It is said that bedbugs are not a health hazard and they can’t transmit disease. But I believe they are talking about a bedbug transmitting disease from injecting saliva into your skin during the initial stages of feeding on your blood.

After a bedbug has finished feeding (about fifteen minutes), it is engorged with human blood. The slightest pressure will cause the bug to burst open and spray blood in all directions. Picture of a bedbug that popped and was partially filled with blood can be found at http://www.badbedbugs.com/bed-bug-bites/(X)

Here is a list of the top, frequent U.S. cities with bedbug treatments. Now I’m itching again! Nasty little critters, but beyond itching and the mental imagery of blood bloated crawlies around your face at night, they allegedly do not pose a disease hazard, just that bite/itching thing. Damn, now I’m itching again! Consider this a non-flyfishing entomological lesson, of sorts. Dust mites, bed bugs, spiders, fleas….it’s a wonder we get any sleep.

Bed Bug Getty IMages ABC News

Bigger than a flea, but more pesky to humans. Image: Getty/ABC News

26
Dec
12

Photography: the sapsucker and the hummingbird

The other day, I glanced out the back windows of my house looking for that Blue Heron I had seen the week before. No heron. Instead, I did see a ‘woodpecker’ banging away on a Russian ornamental tree. How interesting I thought. I will see if I can snap a photo or two of this bird. I grabbed the camera and snuck outside. Creeping along toward the tree I took shots of the bird. What I also saw was a hummingbird flitting about the woodpecker…a red headed woodpecker.

I was shooting into the low, bright light, but I got a few shots. I decided to research the woodpecker…the red headed one and low and behold I discovered the sapsucker. What a pest this bird is apparently. Those neat rings of holes around the tree are a bad thing for the tree, but not for the sapsucker or hummingbird it appears. 

I took 22 shots in all, but not one shows that flittering hummingbird. The sapsucker was unconcerned by my presence unlike the heron the week before. 

RED Head WPkr SB


xRed Head Wpkr 2 SB

“A sapsucker’s tongue is adapted with stiff hairs for collecting the sap. Red-Breasted Sapsuckers visit the same tree multiple times, drilling holes in neat horizontal rows. A bird will leave and come back later, when the sap has started flowing from the holes. Repeated visits over an extended period of time can actually kill the tree. The insects attracted to the sap are also consumed, and not only by sapsuckers. Rufous Hummingbirds, for example, have been observed to follow the movements of sapsuckers and take advantage of this food source.” (X)

 

04
Oct
12

Bed Bug Love & You

BedBugger.com is a hugely popular site and consistent referrer to SwittersB because way back I wrote about the more common than you want to think pest. This week, Bedbugger passed the 14 million visitors mark, a true indication that I am itching right now just typing that. Bedbugger is a good resource to research these prevalent pests. Geeze, you are probably itching how…your scalp, your face, you hoohaw? Sorry! Landlord/Tenant, Multi-Lingo Resources. Geeze my nose itches now!

Bed Bug

06
Apr
12

Bunnies Bonkers in New Zealand….Edgy Easter Visuals

Pest Control: Perhaps the wrong timing to some, given the Easter weekend (and the gentle way some view the dear Bunny) is here….but, the rabbit infestation in New Zealand continues. Accounts of the problem go back over a century plus… Recently (2009) a major study was released about the management of the rabbits.

“Rabbits and hares have become a major pest in NZ and Australia. The European rabbit was introduced to NZ around 1838 as game for sportsmen to hunt. Rabbit numbers quickly rose to plague proportions in Otago, Canterbury and Wairarapa by 1890. Ferrets, stoats, weasels and cats were introduced in an attempt to control the rabbits with disastrous effect on native bird life.

Hares can be distinguished from rabbits by their longer legs which can be seen clearly when running.

Breeding is a year round activity in NZ. A female rabbit can produce 25-40 young per year and young become sexually mature at 3-4 months. Rabbits eat grasses, clover, buds and seeds of many annuals. Rabbits compete with stock for grazing and often eat out the most palatable grass.” (more info)

Grading Rabbit skins...NZ 1930

Always an interesting series of events…man intro’s non-native species and messes up the balance…man attempts to correct the situation and messes it up further. Sometimes man seems to have gotten it alright as say with trout in far flung places (some might disagree). Now man will nuke the hell out of the rabbits and look to be the bad guy (does PETA exist in New Zealand?).

I recall living across from a golf course. Each late Spring/early Summer there would be a sudden release of bunnies into the confines of the golf course by idiots that bought an Easter bunny for the kids and then decided they needed to release the critters. And, each Summer the population would grow. And, joggers running around the golf course would dodge bunnies on the jogging path and golfers would nail bunnies on the course and more importantly bunnies would get nailed on the street trying to leave the golf course to get into my yard and mow down every piece of green vegetation I called flowers in my yard.

I recall the news media knocking on my front door asking about my concerns re the rabbit infestation in the neighborhood. Soon thereafter there were no more rabbits to be found anywhere on the golf course or in my yard. No…I have no idea why I wrote this post……… Oh, now I remember.

Leave it to man to adapt to such situations.............

While there seems to be a shortage of hackle, perhaps there is a ready supply of rabbit fur for new, innovative patterns or the old standbys that utilized hare and rabbit furs.

Hare's Ear Nymph (Bead Head) SwittersB




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