Archive for the ‘bugs’ Category
I’m not trying to scare anyone but this Bed Bug thing continues, yes we are still getting calls weekly about these little biters. So really what is the answer, I just want to amke sure sure you are informed. Visit National Pest Management Association (NPMA) for all things bed bugs.
They are showing up at weird and unexpected places. Sometimes we become detectives in learning how and when they arrived at the place in question. This story out of Nebraska just goes to show where they may or may not pop in from “Claim denied for Bed Bug removal” the claimant believes his daughter picked them up from a 4-H camp.
“Pesticides highlighted at annual Insect Fear Film Festival” Growing up as a kid in Ohio, I had the chance to enjoy the wealth and abundance of insects everywhere. We lived in a rural area bordered by soybean or corn fields and there was always plenty of opportunities to investigate bugs and wildlife. Remember my story of the Praying Mantis
My stories go on from there like the time I decided to pick up a field mouse, he/she was not to happy with me and of course bit me and I had to find it and take it in for testing. I also had the chance to attend a few years of Boy Scout camps and loved hanging out in the nature buildings. I also had the chance to get involved with the Ohio Game Warden program, I loved hunting and never got into trapping but I was always fascinated with all outdoor stuff.
So our stories lead us into our fears, mine has always been spiders but others have fears of other things like snakes or being attacked by wildlife etc. So instead of staying indoors and worrying about those things, take a chance and get into nature. Look down and check out the little things or come and visit Arizona. See the cactus and the wonderful homes they make for a lot of animals – birds, lizards, tarantulas and the rest.
What is up with flies and dead things?
- The life cycle of flies play an important role in the decomposition of dead bodies and in nature this is how dead animals etc are turned back into soil and nutrients.
- It’s not just flies but beetles and other bugs help to turn flesh into soil nutrients.
- Blow flies are most often associated with dead things.
- Blow flies can find dead flesh within minutes.
- A fly maggot mass can reduce the body weight of a dead animal by 50% in a few weeks.
- The study of this is called Forensic Entomology and concerns the time and manner of death.
For many years researchers have used pheromones to lure insects into glue boards or catch devices. They are really isolating these chemicals that are found in the specific insects used for mating purposes. What the guys don’t know is that its a trap. “Female Asian Longhorned Beetles pheromone may be key to pest management” Caution sex pictures when you click that link… made you look.
The researchers found that when the proper ratio and amount of pheromone is produced by females and deposited on the surface where they walk, signaling that they are fertile, males come.
So some type of fungus, trap or glue-board could be used to kill males or females and this could possibly help to control certain beetles which damage trees. Science is producing some great and innovative ways to combat certain pests.
A month or so ago, I mentioned this new product EndZone by FMC that really needed to be used by “Commercial Restaurants or Dairy Farms“. Recently at the Florida Pest & Lawn Care Expo, held Jan. 20-24, 2014, in Orlando it was voted “best new product“.
You know where I stand on flies, but this item really could be the saving grace for some businesses and farms. Just think of the flies this could get rid of and generations to come.