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Bird Control - Flocks of feathery pests plague local businesses

 

Source: kswo.com

LAWTON, Okla. - Thousands upon thousands of birds are making the lives of Lawton citizens miserable, especially in one area along Sheridan Rd. near Wal-Mart.

The feathery pests affect neighborhood businesses, stores, and shoppers alike.

"The power lines from one end to the other [have] birds all over it.  The sky turns black and they all start to fly in," said car salesman Justin Lamb.

The blackbirds fly in around 5:30 each night and roost on the power lines and in the trees.  When they leave the next morning, they leave behind a big mess.  It is not only dirty, noisy, and annoying some say it is also expensive.

It is not only the number of birds that is a problem for locals; it is the mess of bird droppings they leave behind. 

"Oh, yeah, people come in and notice the bird poop on everything," said Lamb.

Lamb says they make a terrible mess on all the cars and trucks at the dealership where he works.

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Millipedes aren’t a big worry

 

Millipedes live outdoors in damp areas under leaves and plant debris, in cracks or in the lawn. They become pests when they wander into your home.

Unlike a lot of uninvited guests, millipedes don't really want to be there and, in a few days, they're going to die because of the relatively harsh environment inside your house. So don't panic.

Millipedes can be distinguished from centipedes by the number of legs per body segment and the shape of their bodies. Centipedes have a flattened appearance and only one pair of legs per body segment. Millipedes are tubular and have two pairs of legs per segment.

Millipedes are harmless to you and your pets. They can't bite or sting, and they don't nosh on furniture or the studs in your walls. They feed on damp and decaying vegetation and are part of Mama Nature's recycling team.

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I have to agree, this little guys only wander into homes by mistake and when there want to go back outside! Milli's make great pets as you can see from my photos of handling a Giant African Milli and my Bumble Bee Milli's ! very sweet critters.

Giant African Millipede

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Not All Bugs Are Bad!

 

Summer may be when crops thrive, but so do insects. Vanessa Phillips reports on some bugs to look out for this summer.

They can lead gardeners to despair and ruin crops seemingly overnight, but not all bugs are bad. In the home garden there's a whole functional ecosystem, says Nelson entomologist Richard Toft.

Some insects are predators or parasites, he says, while others have dual roles - such as the Asian paper wasp, which are useful to have around if you're growing cabbages because their favourite food is the larvae of the nuisance white butterflies, but on the downside they also like monarch caterpillars.

Some bugs help break down compost, while others are helpful pollinators.

Mr Toft says that when it comes to pest control, gardeners need to use a bit of common sense, because the use of toxic insecticides can also harm helpful insects.

"It becomes a personal choice issue," Mr Toft says.

"Once you go down that chemical treatment route you are often committed to it because you are reducing the numbers of predators as well."

He explains that in many cases the damage done to crops by insects is related to appearance, or "the yuck factor", and the produce may still be edible.

With the varroa bee mite meaning there's less bees around to pollinate crops, people should also put in plants that will encourage pollinators and predators into the garden, he says. Hoverflies, for example, are attracted by flowers such as alyssum, and will help pollinate crops, but their larvae are also predators of aphids and scale, Mr Toft says.

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Pests - Why some insects can survive freezing, while others cannot

 
Washington, Dec 20 : Fruit flies happen to share much of the same genetic makeup as humans, which make them an ideal research model. Now, researchers are finding out ways to freeze them so that they can be used for research purposes.

The team from The University of Western Ontario are studying why some insects can survive freezing, while others cannot.

They tend to mimic the mechanism used by other insects to survive freezing in common fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

Lead researcher Brent Sinclair says that the physical processes of ice formation seem to be consistent among species that do and don't survive freezing.

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Artist's Mormon-cricket exhibit 'Swarm' opens at NMA

 

When Mormon crickets swarmed into tiny Tuscarora, north of Elko, several years ago, residents were dumbfounded. Millions of the omnivorous insects descended on the ghost-town-turned artists'-enclave in what since is a yearly phenomenon.

Tuscarora part-time resident and sculptor Elaine Parks has turned the hungry bugs into art in a 1,000-plus-piece installation that runs at the Nevada Museum of Art through March 1.

Made of unfired clay that Parks had around as scraps, the bugs are 3 to 4 inches long, about three times life-size, Parks said. Because the crickets are unfired, she said if they're left outside and exposed to the elements of nature, they'll revert back to earth. The legs are made of wire coated with glue.

"Each is so small they were not much work, and they're recyclable, also," she said.

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Pest Control - Holiday border crackdown targets fruit, raw pork

 

By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
(12-09) 02:14 PST Hidalgo, Texas (AP) --

The mountain of oranges, tangerines, lemons and more exotic fruits piled in the customs office at the Hidalgo international bridge in Texas on Thanksgiving Day would have made any grocer proud.

But the booty of Operation Gobble Gobble was destined for the industrial garbage disposal and left the cramped office filled with the sweet aroma of ground citrus. It was part of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection effort at the U.S.-Mexico border to protect U.S. agriculture from pests and diseases often carried by popular holiday ingredients.

"At this time of the year, we really do try to raise the awareness of the traveling public on the potential of introducing a pest or disease that could be damaging to American agriculture," said Diana Vlasik, agency's chief agriculture specialist at the international bridges in Pharr and Hidalgo, about 150 miles southwest of Corpus Christi.

Among the threats: the Mexican fruit fly, exotic Newcastle disease - an illness fatal to poultry - and bacteria that causes citrus greening, which has ravaged groves in Florida.

During the holidays, customs officers watch closely for certain fruits, raw pork and long stalks of sugar cane. Those products are banned year-round. But from Thanksgiving through the New Year, the border is jammed with less experienced travelers visiting relatives in Mexico or the U.S., as well as those who know better but are willing to risk confiscation and a fine to deliver key ingredients for a Christmas punch or tamales.

Generally, the searches are easier than those for narcotics, which are stowed in tires, gas tanks and secret compartments. These targets are usually out in the open or packed inside a cooler, an exception being some raw pork sausage packed into a diaper last year.

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California Pest Control - Holiday season fun!

 

Last month here at Clark, we ran a fun series of articles named "The four days of Halloween". This series had a great response since, we all love movies and each day we featured a creepy movie where pests were involved. With the holidays approaching, we will be running the 10 days of Christmas, featuring pests in Holiday movies.

We hope all of our viewers had a wonderful Thanksgiving and stay tuned for the 10 days to the holiday movie series! 

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Agencies remove junk tires to control mosquito population

 

By Tanya Drobness/The Star-Ledger

November 15, 2009, 8:00AM

MORRIS COUNTY -- Ron Foster stands ankle deep in a mucky, foul-smelling swamp in Denville festooned with dry leaves. He shakes his head as he pulls a bald tire out of the mud - a tire, he said, somebody dumped without much regard to nature.

"People know what they're doing, but they don't care," the Morris County Mosquito Commission senior inspector said one morning last week as he leaned on a giant rake.

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Matt Rainey/The Star-Ledger Crews from the Morris
County Mosquito Commission and the Municipal Utilities
Authority are finding and removing discarded tires
from streams, roadsides and wooded areas throughout
the county as part of the commission's year-round
mosquito control effort.

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San Diego Pest Control

 

With all of the interesting pest news going on, sometimes its hard to get the word out that we have many offices in California to service your home and or business. One of our newest offices is our San Diego office.

Our San Diego branch services the following cities and their surrounding areas:

Bonita
Carlsbad
Chula Vista
Clairemont
Coronado
Del Mar
El Cajon
Encinitas
Imperial Beach
La Jolla
La Mesa
Mira Mesa
Miramar
Mission Beach
Mission Hills
National City
Ocean Beach
Old Town San Diego
Pacific Beach
Rancho Bernardo
Rancho San Diego
Santee
Serra Mesa
Solana Beach
South San Diego
Spring Valley
University City

This branch offers a wide range of services including pests and termites, not to mention our outstanding services for your lawn and weeds!

For a complete list of services,hours and service areas please visit: http://www.clarkpest.com/branch_office_san_diego.html

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New pest policy considered

 

By Jonathan Morales
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 11/05/2009 12:33:04 PM PST


The Acalanes school district will soon implement a pest management policy, but for now parents and district officials differ on what that policy should include.

On Wednesday, community group Parents for a Safer Environment (PfSE) brought its concerns to the school board, saying the proposed integrated pest management plan doesn't go far enough to eliminate harmful chemicals, and lacks an avenue for community input.

District officials in charge of implementing the policy say as a result of the group's concerns they have already eliminated the use of all but two herbicides.

"We didn't have a policy in place. We will sometime soon," said Chris Learned, associate superintendent for business services. "So I think it is a safer environment as a result of their volunteers."

The proposed plan states that when pest problems arise, the district will consider a full range of alternatives to pesticides and herbicides. If chemicals are used, the district would give "preference to those chemicals that pose the least hazard to people and the environment."

The policy would direct a staff member, maintenance director Steve Fishbaugh, to serve as pest management coordinator and to implement the policy.

Parents, however, say the policy's statement that the district will use the "least toxic pest management practices" is too broad.

They want a list of approved and banned chemicals included in the policy, and a community advisory committee that can look at other agencies' studies and regulations and provide recommendations to the district.

One of the chemicals on the district's approved list, Best Turf Supreme, contains chemicals known to be a human developmental toxin and a possible human carcinogen, said Susan JunFish, an environmental health scientist and director of PfSE.

"It's very important that the community have an opportunity to contribute to a plan, to a sensible plan, so that it is not only effective and financially feasible but also least toxic and safer for the community," she said.

The district does have a list of approved chemicals that is provided to parents every August, Learned said. An administrative regulation like the pest management plan, he said, would not be the place to include that list.

Best Turf Supreme, he said, is used as a fertilizer, not a spray. The district's other approved herbicide, Roundup Pro, is used in spray form.

At the board meeting Wednesday, Learned expressed his concern that setting up a committee could prevent the district from taking quick action to control pests when problems arise.

"My concern about having a committee is it would literally gridlock our ability to take care of things," he told the board.

Carol Shenon, a Campolindo High School parent, said the goal isn't to hamper the district, but to provide the best information possible to balance the district's policy needs with the health of students.

"If we can just sit down and have this group and develop this, let's use what other schools and communities have done," she said. "Let's not start from scratch."

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