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Posted on 11/04/2011 7:25:46 AM PDT by ETL
Families Terrorized By Swarms Of Underground Insects That Invade Homes
NEW YORK (CBS 2) An insect invasion is terrorizing New York City homeowners, making life miserable, even dangerous, for many families. Parents have been forced to take extreme measures to protect their children and their homes.
CBS 2s Dave Carlin investigates the growing Upper West Side mosquito mystery:
These rare mosquitoes are extra blood-thirsty and active year-round. Carlin saw some of them in a lab after they were collected in the unlikeliest of places, Bernard Lagans home on West 84th Street.
They trapped 150 mosquitoes in the basement in a 24-hour period coming from underground and into the basement and up in to the house through the air vents and its the same story as the other brownstones on this block, Lagan told Carlin.
Its an invasion that has almost every resident of 84th Street between Riverside and West End Avenue slapping, scratching and suffering.
Theyre hungry. Theyre hungry, said resident Susan Nicholson.
Three on this ear; one on his cheek; one on his neck, another woman said, illustrating the bites on one of her children. And there are some on his arms going up his arm.
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Return to the Lord and repent. Bugs have been known to inhabit satanic places.
I suspect these people are suddenly less fond on their parents’ having banned DDT 50 years ago.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Mosquitos! Break out the DDT!
Sounds like liberals.
We have mosquitoes in Louisiana as well, but it’s not a news story.
Bats eat an amazing number of mosquitos.
Seems Bernard might have a bigger problem with broken pipes in his basement. Eliminate their breeding grounds and you eliminate the mosquitoes. Didn’t NY just get their first cold weather? Well, insects aren’t dumb, they’ve gone inside where it’s warmer.
Rachel Carson bump...
‘Repent’ is a word we don’t hear enough in this country anymore...
I doubt there are more than a handful of non-libs living on the expensive upper west side of Manhattan. It's the "Limousine Liberal" capital of the northeast. Lots of people from the entertainment industry live there. Actors, writers, etc.
So, blood suckers are plaguing the blood suckers. And some people think God doesn’t have a sense of humor...
I always thought that NYC was full of blood-sucking liberals.
you credit them with higher iq’s than is realistic.
That’s particularly nasty if they are living in the sewers, because the only thing they could be feeding on down there are the rats. It’s only a matter of time before they transmit some disease from the sewer rats to these Manhattanites.
Lol! It's a news story because it seems to be a new, very aggressive form of mosquito that will likely spread to other areas. And these 'suckers' hang around in winter.
Then again, I’m sure there is nothing new about Mosquitoes living in the NYC sewer system.
Lol. I know what you mean, but taken at face value that's a real corker!
Aggressive? We have mosquitoes here that will stand flatfoot in the dust and rape a rooster. They stick around all winter, too...
When I lived and traveled around the south a few years back; I saw many Christian-themed billboards lining the highways but only saw TWO calling upon people to repent. Both were in Georgia.
In NYC there are steam pipes that run beneath the roadways, which warms everything around them. They are talking about Culex Pipiens Molestus living in the storm sewers:
Eliminating them, we are told by the Health Department, is going to require ripping up the road, treating it and putting the road back down, Lagan said.
I just saw coming up from these holes a whole bevy of mosquitoes. If the city were to patch up the holes in the street it would take care of at least some of the mosquitoes, Rosenthal said.
Culex pipiens molestus breeds all-year round, is cold intolerant, and bites rats, mice, and humans. It is also known as the The London Underground mosquito, where it was first observed during WWII. First appearance in NY, I am guessing.
Yeah, well, you also can’t tell anybody what they are doing is evil or wrong. They might get “offended”
Up until now, we in NYC have only had people that do both of these things. And we do have roosters, believe it or not, in certain areas within the 5 boros.
It's taken a 146 years but the South is striking back and we will get even.
Surrender is their only option.
Find the stagnant water, drain it and get some %$#^%#$ bug spray!!
Why is everything such a freakin’ big catastrophe in liberal cities?
Sounds similar to the Asian Tiger Mosquito. Active in day time and at night - aggressive feeders - Houston had a big problem with them a few years ago. Don’t know if they still do.
Not that it matters,but I am female.
I'm sure it matters to your husband or boyfriend. :)
Thats particularly nasty if they are living in the sewers, because the only thing they could be feeding on down there are the rats. Its only a matter of time before they transmit some disease from the sewer rats to these Manhattanites.
All true, but what sewer related disease can equal the diseases common on the Upper East Side due the perverse behaviors of teh residents?
Even Plague is easier to cure than HIV, Hepatitis, etc.
In that case, I'd say the mosquitoes are the very least of your worries.
Don’t forget that the greenie windmills kill bats at night. Agreed - bats are amazingly talented at eating pounds of mosquitos per night!
I don’t know details about whether or not NYC even has a bat population. They like our old barn to have their babies in - no barns in NYC, however!!
West Nile started in New York in 1999. The United Nations is in New York. Look for most of the trouble to start there. :>) Tin foil hats being handed out at JFK
“Its only a matter of time before they transmit some disease from the sewer rats to these Manhattanites.”
I have more sympathy for the rats getting something from these Manhattanites.
Yes, we have several varieties of bats here. You often see them flying around near sunset, mostly in places like Central Park, but also in the suburban sections of the other boros. Brown Bats and some other species.
Bat watching in New York Cty | West Side Spirit
As the final days of summer sink into fall, New Yorkers may want to add one more thing to their to-do list of last hurrahsbat watching. An organization called the New York City Bat Group, formed in 2004, promotes awareness and education about the bat species native to the city. One of their missions is to simply get New Yorkers to look up.
Any night that its warm in the summer and the insects are flying, the bats are out there eating them, said Danielle Gustafson, one of the groups original members. She said that many people mistake them for low flying birds, but bats can be found in most parks throughout the city. Gustafson works with the Museum of Natural History to lead tours through Central Park, teaching people how to spot red and little brown bats, two of the most common types.
Gustafson isnt a biologist; she worked for the New York Stock Exchange for 14 years and now runs digital and social media for a bank holding company. But her enthusiastic fascination for the winged creatures is perhaps the best possible qualification to educate the general public about an animal that many associate with Halloween, vampires and a certain caped crusader of pop culture. She first got interested in bats when, due to her interest in bird watching, a friend invited her on a trip to the Amazon with a group of wildlife and bat conservationists. The more she learned, the more she became endeared to the often misunderstood animals.
How does she dispel an ingrained sense of chiroptophobia?
You start out with the fact that theyre mammals, Gustafson said. Theyre closer to primates than rats are.
She also marvels at their intelligence and instincts, recalling a time when she and her husband were helping a friend complete research on bats in French Guinea for her doctorate. (The couple got engaged on a bat research trip in South America and requested donations to bat conservation organizations in lieu of wedding gifts.) They were netting mothers carrying their babies on their backs when they noticed one juvenile missing its mom. Their scientist friend told them they should take care of the baby and deposit it back to the same spot in the jungle where they had found it, since the mother had probably dropped it off to feed and would return to pick it up later.
They park their kids and then come back, Gustafson said, admitting that before she had witnessed it, she was skeptical the bat would remember the exact spot. They have great special memory. When they tried netting in the same spot two nights in a row, all of the bats knew to steer clear of the area the second night.
On her bat excursions, Gustafson points out the bats ability to zero in on their preyinsectswithout swiping people or branches. She uses a bat detector to tune in to their calls in order to find and identify them.
The closer to actual prey [they get], it sounds like theyre giving someone a raspberry because the clicks are so rapid and theyre zeroing in on the prey, and thats hilarious, Gustafson said. You realize how close over your head theyre flying, how uninterested they are in you.
But Gustafson insists that people should be interested in the bats, because an alarming number of local bats have been dying of something called White Nose Syndrome. Because there is no official count of the bat population in the city, its difficult to say how the disease is affecting them, but scientists are seeing it throughout the Northeast and are concerned that it could lead to local extinction.
These are hibernating bats; theyre having these massive die-offs, said Gustafson. Bats have one baby per year, so these die-offs are really alarming. The Bat Group hopes to secure funding to figure out whats causing the spread of the deadly fungus.
Gustafson remembers the reason she became interested in bats in the first place and hopes it will draw others to care about the animals.
There is something about living and working in New York City that makes you hungry for the antidote to the buildings and the concrete. It kind of makes you very aware of the natural creatures, she said.
Would she even consider smearing him with N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide (deet)? The active ingredient that's most effective in insect repellents.
Mosquitos to the west!
Bed bugs to the east!
OWS leeches, ticks and parasites in the middle.
What a world!
Why are thousands of bats dying in New York?
Mysterious white nose syndrome spreading at alarming rate
Mike Groll / AP
A team led by Alan Hicks, a wildlife biologist for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, looks for bats in an abandoned limestone mine in Rosendale, N.Y., on Feb. 7. ...”
Thank you for the info on NYC and New York State bats. We live in the Upper Hudson River Valley and I was vaguely aware that the bats were having problems in their winter caves. The last few summers have seen less bat activity for us.
I love the brown bats - they set up a maternity ward in the rafters and crawl space in our barn in early summer. They leave the babies there with a few “sitters” when they go out to feed.
It os good to know that NYC has their native bats and I hope they are able to enjoy a feast on the nuisance mosquitos, although it might be getting close to hibernation time.
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