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Posts Tagged ‘stings’

Africanized Bees swarm more often, is this strange?

 

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Africanized honeybees have become the dominant type of honey bee for beekeeping in Central America and in tropical areas of South America due to them outcompeting the European subspecies, and there are claims that they have improved productivity.

Tends to swarm more frequently and go farther than other types of honey bees. The swarm above was very limited maybe 50 bees.

Defends its nest agressively, very defensive. May sence a threat from 50 – 100 feet away from nest.

Respond more quickly to a threat, sending more bees if necessary – more bees = the more stings. May chase up to 1/4 mile or more.

Will move nest if food becomes scarce.

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New Cure for allergies, maybe?

 

Allergies can really be disrupting to your life, but there may be some comfort coming soon. “New cure for deadly insect allergies?” Last week I also ran “New data suggests that insect sting allergy is increasing.

I’ve also heard that eating local raw honey may help as well. Can’t hurt, right!

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Why do scorpions glow?

 

I was asked this question again the other day and I finally found someone that I think has the best answer. I found this article “Why do scorpions glow inn the dark (and could their whole body be one big eye)? by Ed Yong 12/23/2011

But Douglas Gaffin from the University of Oklahoma has a more intriguing idea. He thinks that scorpions glow to convert the dim UV light from the moon and the stars into the colour that they see best – blue-green.

In 2010, Carl Kloock found evidence for this idea. He overexposed scorpions to UV light to use up the fluorescing chemicals in their skin (which break down as they glow).

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These photo’s are from a friend David, who by the way has a few around his home (actually he is pretty good at tracking them down).

Some fun at ProBest Pest Management!

Some fun at ProBest Pest Management!

 

The staff and management at ProBest Pest Management tries real hard to honor and say thanks to all the staff as often as possible. Since we are not the largest company out there, we have to be somewhat imaginative I mean what would the point be to have an employee of the month when there are really only 10 of us.

Amount 8 months ago we did an EXTREME AFRICANIZED BEE JOB, they were some of the nastiest of the bees we ever have to deal with. Well one of the crew was stung 13 times and another 3 times. Well just a few days ago it happened again – 11 stings and that is with a bee suit on. I was going to show the picture of his face but he had to take the next day off cause it swelled up, WOW – got to watch out for stinging pests and that is why you should always call a Pest Management Professional… Even if we get stung – we get rid of the bees.

So to honor the dedication and professionalism we decided to start a little trophy system.

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Just to gloat a little, after working for over 25 years in the pest control field – I have only been stung twice to my recollection.

Kudo’s to Phoenix Magazine

Kudo’s to Phoenix Magazine

 

They recently ran a story on “Sticker Shock” December 2012 by Tom Marcinko in Phoenix Magazine on the new Scorpion anti-venom. We ran a blog “Face the Facts” back in August 2011 on the new technology including the new anti-venom. So how about a few “Did you know that?”

  1. Scorpions typically eat insects, but their diet can be extremely variable—another key to their survival in where they live.If you can get rid of their harborage (where they hide, or where their food hides) it will help control them.
  2. The venom, a neuro-toxin, it is held in a gland at the tip of the tail and is injected through its stinger to kill prey by affecting the central nervous system. Sometimes they can sting us by accident, always wear gloves and never put your hands where you can’t see.
  3. Rain or the lack of rain, cold or the lack of cold can make the scorpions here in Arizona move and cause a few problems. I suggest homesealing your home.
  4. The time to know about scorpions is before you are stung, read the stories above and take care!

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