Posts Tagged ‘insect’
I’ll would bet that most people would say termites but not so, it turns out to be the desert locust. This locust you may recall is the one from the Bible and can eat its own weight in food a day. It is estimated that a large swarm could eat 20,000 tons of grain and vegetation per day. (“The Handy Biology Answer Book”)
In the U.S. I’m still betting on the termite, estmates suggest over 5 billon in damage each year. Termites are in search of food and when they find it they will eat and eat. 24/7/365 that is their schedule and they won’t waiver unless the building is under water.
What can you do to discourage termites from finding your home as a food source:
- Check water drip and irrigation systems to make sure they are working properly.
- Don’t plant plants or trees to close to the foundation of your home.
- Don’t allow stucco to come in contact with dirt or stone, you need to see the foundation.
- If you noticed any wood in the ground left over after construction, remove it.
- Don’t stack wood against the home.
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks; laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tickborne diseases as well. Check out the CDC site for more information.
Now I want to share something I thought was interesting – I tried to join a certain Arizona Lyme Disease yahoo forum and was denied. They claim that I tried to join before and I don’t recall but I thought they might be interested in possibly preventing the disease with these new tick boxes. So there you go!
Bird Pest Control – Pigeons
Why would pigeon control be part of pest control? By the definition of a pest – “A destructive insect or other animal that attacks crops, food, livestock, etc.” pigeons can cause destruction to both agriculture and buildings.
The feral (city pigeons) and wood pigeons cause two entirely different problems and have their own respective solutions.
Pigeons can be controlled in an entirely humane way where culling is unnecessary. While shooting, poisoning and hawking pigeons have and are practiced to remove pigeons, there are other ways to go about it.
As a building owner, having pigeons defacing one’s building or property through it’s faeces can be a major problem which can be rapidly resolved.
Professional Pest Control services should be called but pigeon control can also be dealt with by property owners themselves.
In fact the only pigeon control product that has been recognized and recommended by experts such as PICAS and RSPB are pigeon spikes – also known as ‘anti-roosting spikes’. They can be easily installed and are available from a large variety of vendors.
Pigeon control spikes are available in many shapes and sizes; many off-the-shelf, purpose built spike combinations for sills, chimneys, roof-tops, columns and other exterior ledges where pigeons could roost.
Of course beware that if you spike one or two ledges where you currently have the problem; don’t be surprised if they move on to nearby sills.
Then there is, handling the root cause of why you have pigeons ‘hanging around’ your building – there is a nearby food source. This is normally out of the building owner’s hands and is something the local authorities are responsible for. A surprisingly simple solution of ‘it’s illegal to feed pigeons’ will force pigeons out of an area to find another food source.
Pigeon spikes are by far the most cost effective solution to eliminate pigeon problems.
M. Deehan from http://www.effectivepestcontrol.ie/
How many people can you name with a insect or part of a insect in their name? Generally speaking names have somewhat changed over the years, celebrities trying to be different name their children Apple or Blanket. So it got me to thinking about the relationship of insects in their names. I guess these technically aren’t their real names but professional names
STING – Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE (born 2 October 1951), better known by his professional name of Sting, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, activist, actor and philanthropist. Prior to starting his solo career, he was the principal songwriter, lead singer and bassist of the rock band The Police. (Wikipedia)
Adam Ant - (born Stuart Leslie Goddard on 3 November 1954 in Marylebone, London) is an English musician who gained popularity as the lead singer of New Wave/post-punk group Adam and the Ants and later as a solo artist, scoring ten UK top ten hits between 1980 and 1983, including three No.1s. Ant was also a star in America where he not only scored a string of hit singles and albums, but was once voted sexiest man in America by the viewers of MTV. He is also an actor, having appeared in over two dozen films or television episodes between 1985 and 2003.
Can you think of any others? Maybe I should change my name? Keith “Stinger” Birkemeyer or just leave it at STINGER?
300 million years old fossil (just for the record I wasn’t around then) Jerry from www.pestcemetery.com was around then I think, you might want to ask him.
Some type of flying insect (mayfly) probably stayed in the mud long enough to leave the impression. (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/04/pictures/110407-science-fossils-insects-bugs-mayflies-mayfly-flying/) also here is a article about the oldest ever bee found in amber (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/10/061025-oldest-bee.html). Thanks to National Geographic for these great articles.