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Bee attack in Tucson

A landscaper lost his life when he was attacked by a honeybee’s. “Swarm of thousands of bees kills man, injures another”  Just for the record let me adjust that heading – it wasn’t a swarm of honeybees – it was a colony or hive within the home that was agitated and attacked. Technically the dictionary classifies a swarm as “a large number of animate or inanimate things massed together and usually in motion”. Typcially I consider a swarm a result of the hive dividing and moving on, but hey its just words.

The main portion of this story and the tragic part is the death and injury of the people. I think is is really important to check your property monthly to determine the possibility of infestation of rodents, bees and or termites.

How to conduct that examination of your home?

  1. Check for open holes, either where pipes enter or weep holes which help with your home ventilation. This home-sealing might help with keeping the a/c or heat inside.
  2. Check high and low, for bees or rodents evidence. This could be rub marks, branches or leaves or more obvious things coming and going.
  3. Trees and bushes shouldn’t touch the home, this provides highways for ants and rodents.
  4. Doors should have doorsweeps or thresholds in place.
  5. Home-seals are an excellent way to keep things out.

 

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U.S. Forest service shuts down National Forest in N.M. why you ask?

The National Forest Service shuts down a National Forest in Northern New Mexico and this little mouse also lives in the White Mountains of Arizona. “Forest Lands closed to protect Mouse

 

Critical areas include portions of the Apache Sitgreaves National Forests in both New Mexico and Arizona.

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Photo from www.fs.fed.us provided for information on advisory

Some one called me late to the party, what’s going on with the pigeons?

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The first thing I noticed beside the number of pigeons was all the mess on the garage door. I was sure what was going on but they were pretty content just hanging out in this community. What can you do to keep the population of pigeons down in your neighborhood?

  1. Obviously #1 would be not to feed or encourage them.
  2. Keep nesting sites unavailable to them, this would include hardware cloth and spikes if necessary.
  3. Stationary owls don’t work, they become accustom to the devices.
  4. Poisoning is not the answer. I’ve heard of people throwing mothballs into their nesting areas, this could be extremely dangerous to other critters and children.

Ohh ohhh what’s that poppin up through the carpeting?

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Yep it’s termites, not surprising to anyone in the business. If there is a crack in the foundation slab then it is probable that you might get termites breaching the slab. That slab crack serves at a gateway right into your home and very little except termiticide will stop them for good. I suggest Termidor HE,

State-of-the-art molecular technology dramatically improves the transport of the Termidor HE Copack active ingredient into the soil creating an Enhanced Protection Zone.

It utilizes an advanced nonrepellent, or “undetectable,” liquid technology that termites cannot see, smell, taste, or avoid.

Tragic story – Brown Recluse blamed

Billings, Montana

 

10 year old dies after being bitten by (Brown Recluse Spider), originally thought to be cancer and sent home from emergency room. “10 year-old dies after spider bite

 

Now based on only these facts I have a few questions.

  1. Was there any indication of spiders at his home or area? Brown Recluse spiders are known to inhabit areas of the Mid-West of USA.
  2. Spider bite in general or was it really a Brown Recluse?
  3. Bugs do travel and can be transported via storage boxes etc, have there been any reports of Brown Recluse in Billings?

My sympathies go out to the family and friends and I hope we get to the bottom of this story.

 

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