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Archive for the ‘bugs’ Category

Most insects are a benefit to man, what are the bad ones or good ones?

 

I think if we had to say bad, the number 1 bad guy would be the mosquito and #2 would probably be the flea. But what about the good ones, such as honeybees except when they attack and ants. Some may fit into both categories such as honeybees – great honey and they pollinate but may also sting and hurt. I guess I can think of the good and bad as somewhat of a trade off, we need pollination and yet people die from bee stings each year. Termites are essential in the forest, composting trees and wood into vital nutrients within the soil.

Top 5 bad in my opinion

  1. Mosquitoes
  2. Scorpions
  3. Fleas
  4. Flies
  5. Rodents

Top 5 good in my opinion

  1. Honeybees
  2. Ants
  3. Butterflies or Moths
  4. Ladybugs
  5. ____________      Can you name a few more?

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Asian citrus psyllid – a real pest, is here in Arizona.

 

A pest to citrus is causing a real problem around the U.S. and has made its way to Arizona. “Arizona bracing for citrus-destroying insects“, this little bug called Asian citrus psyllid carries citrus-greening disease.

 

So keep an eye out for greening or yellowing on your citrus and if you suspect this little bug call your extension office.

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The saga continues – with Bed Bugs of course

 

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.

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Photo provided by PPMA

 

Movies and our fear of bugs.

 

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.

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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.
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