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  • Winchester woman finds 3ft wasp nest on bed

    08/28/2014 6:53:16 PM PDT · by bkopto · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/27/2014 | staff
    John Birkett, of Longwood Services Pest Control, said removing the 3ft (91cm) nest from a bed in Winchester (UK) was his most unusual job in 45 years. He said it would have been "extremely dangerous" if the homeowner had tried to remove it herself. "I just stood back in amazement," Mr Birkett said. The nest was discovered by a woman at her house in St Cross, in an unused spare room, where a small window had been left open. Mr Birkett believes it may have taken about three months to build.
  • This Summer, Make Your Own Natural, Mild, and CHEAP Mosquito Repellent:

    07/22/2014 7:16:48 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 35 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 22 July 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Cutter's ain't bad, but not cheap either...  and that Off stuff is kinda nasty- try this homemade one instead: __________________________________________ Combine in a 16 oz bottle: 15 drops lavender oil 3-4 Tbsp of vanilla extract 1/4 Cup lemon juice. Fill bottle with water, shake, and you're good to go- __________________________________________ h/t Kirby
  • Some People Don't Get Bitten By Mosquitoes — Why That's True Will Surprise You

    05/24/2014 11:28:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/24/2014 | Kevin Loria
    It's Memorial Day weekend, which means the time for barbecues and nights outside has begun. But, unfortunately, it's also the time that mosquitoes see as open season to dine on humans.If you can't spend a summer night outside without slapping your ankles — and you still end up with dozens of mosquito bites — then it might be true that the flying pests really do love you.And those lucky people who say they don't get bitten? They exist too.But it's not because one person's blood tastes better to the small hovering bloodsuckers — or at least, not just that. In...
  • Health Dept: Motel bedbug problem not new ( Virginia )

    12/21/2013 2:24:51 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    WAVY ^ | December 17, 2013 | Jason Marks
    Motel guest says bedbugs put him in hospital. HAMPTON, Va. - A bedbug infestation at a Peninsula motel is so bad, it put a man in the hospital. Health department officials told WAVY.com it isn't a new problem. The Hampton Manor Motel sign claims to be host to the distinguished traveler, but they also appear to be host to bedbugs -- and not just one or two. "You don't see them, but you feel them," said Hampton resident Robert Malcolm. "You lay in bed and you might feel something. You wake up and there are about five or six on...
  • U.S. drops 2,000 mice on Guam — by parachute — to kill snakes

    12/03/2013 11:29:01 AM PST · by ColdOne · 153 replies
    washintontimes.com ^ | 12/3/13 | Douglas Ernst
    U.S. helicopters descended upon Guam on Sunday with cargo meant to kill, although this $8 million mission was unlike most others — 2,000 mice on cardboard parachutes were released into the forest surrounding Andersen Air Force Base as bait for brown tree snakes. In the 1950s, it was thought that the snakes inadvertently made their way to the South Pacific island through cargo shipments. Today, the snakes cover the island and are responsible for millions of dollars worth of damage to electrical equipment at Andersen Air Force Base, CNBC reported. In 2005, the reptiles caused failures at 80 electrical substations,...
  • Killer hornets sting at least 19 people to death in China, nearly 600 stung

    09/27/2013 1:02:55 PM PDT · by steelhead_trout · 49 replies
    CNN ^ | September 27, 2013 | Ramy Inocencio and Ke Feng
    Hong Kong (CNN) -- At least 19 people have been stung to death by hornets -- which may include the world's largest hornet species Vespa mandarinia -- in China's central Shaanxi province in the last three months, according to the city government of Ankang, the apparent epicenter of a recent spate of fatalities and injuries. A total of 583 people in the area have been stung by hornets since July 1, say city officials. Seventy victims are still recovering in hospitals.
  • Bugged: Obama's Roach Problem

    09/14/2013 8:43:02 AM PDT · by shove_it · 62 replies
    NationalJournal ^ | 13 Sep 2013 | George E. Condon Jr.
    As in cockroaches. But vermin is nothing new in a building that is 213 years old--and roaches aren't the worst of it...
  • Man sues pope: Church bells ruined my marriage

    09/06/2013 8:36:35 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 47 replies
    wnd ^ | 9/5/03 | Joe Kovacs
    A Rhode Island man has filed a federal lawsuit against Pope Francis and others, claiming the frequent bell-ringing of the Catholic church across the street has disrupted his life so much, it helped precipitate the demise of his marriage. John Devaney, 64, of Narragansett, R.I., lives directly across from the picturesque St. Thomas More Catholic Church. “The bells have been going off 700 times a week, very loud volume, and it’s been going on for too long,” he told the Providence Journal in a videotaped interview. “I’m not getting any response back from the people that control the bell-ringing.” “First...
  • Monster Wasps on the Prowl for Cicadas in Chicago Area

    08/18/2013 10:17:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 15, 2013 | Karen Chen
    Experts say winged predators pose no harm to people as they seek food for their offspringThis is the time of year when nature lovers feel compelled to speak up for a wasp that can be hard to like. The mounds of dirt lining Chicago's sidewalks and driveways are not giant anthills. They are the burrows of Eastern cicada killer wasps, which emerge each summer to carry out a gruesome reproductive cycle. The wasps, whose adult females grow as long as 2 inches, are not dangerous to people. Males might try but cannot sting, and females are preoccupied with hunting cicadas...
  • Obama's Martha's Vineyard Vaca Blocking Roads, Costing Businesses Thousands

    08/15/2013 6:21:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    breitbart ^ | 8/15/13 | staff
    According to local reports, roadblocks surrounding the Obama vacation mansion in Martha’s Vineyard are frustrating locals, who can’t get to their businesses. “August is our make it or break it month,” Vineyard Artisans Festivals manager Andrea Rogers said to the Vineyard Gazette, “So this is the worst possible time of the year to block access. It impacts a lot of people.” Obama’s vacation week coincides with the heaviest time of the year in Martha’s Vineyard, known as Fair week. Patrick Jenkinson, who co-owns a gas station, says he “really rel[ies] on this third week in August, especially Fair week…We do...
  • Vt. homeless shelter closed after bedbug problem

    07/30/2013 9:48:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 30, 2013
    BENNINGTON, Vt. — An infestation of bedbugs has forced the temporary closure of a homeless shelter in Bennington, Vt. ... In the meantime, the women and children who would normally stay there are being placed in temporary locations, including motels
  • Termites Feast On Woman's Life Savings

    06/14/2013 9:54:10 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6-13-13 | Jon David Kahn
    CHINA -- A Chinese woman almost lost her life savings recently when termites invaded a wooden drawer in which she kept a plastic bag containing 400,000 yuan: the equivalent of $65,000 U.S. dollars. It was only after the woman decided to redecorate her house in Guandong Province that she noticed the termites had dined on her nest egg. According to the Guangzhou Daily, the money was given to the woman by her children. A local bank generously scanned the remaining cash and was able to identity 340,000 yuan which means the termite's meal ultimately cost the woman roughly $9,786.
  • Too Much Deer Pee Changing Northern Forests

    06/06/2013 8:06:43 AM PDT · by goodwithagun · 50 replies
    Livescience.com via Yahoo! News ^ | June 6, 2013 | Becky Oskin
    The booming deer population in the northern United States is bad for the animal's beloved hemlocks, a new study finds. During Michigan winters, white-tailed deer converge on stands of young hemlocks for protection from winter chill and predators. The same deer return every year to their favorite clumps of the bushy evergreens, called deeryards. The high concentration of deer in a small space saturates the soils with nitrogen from pee, according to a study published online in the journal Ecology. While deer pee can be a valuable source of nitrogen, a rare and necessary nutrient for plants, some deeryards are...
  • 17-Year Cicadas Will Overrun The East Coast Any Day Now

    05/28/2013 10:17:53 AM PDT · by central_va · 47 replies
    Business insider ^ | 5/28//13 | Ma nature
    The noise these critters make sounds like a cheap 50's space ship sound effect.
  • 'Crazy' ants driving out fire ants in southeast

    05/20/2013 5:39:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 61 replies
    Fox ^ | 5/20/13 | Douglas Main
    Invasive fire ants have been a thorn in the sides of Southerners for years. But another invasive species, the so-called "crazy" ant that many describe as being worse has arrived and is displacing fire ants in several places. "When you talk to folks who live in the invaded areas, they tell you they want their fire ants back," said Edward LeBrun, a researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, in a statement from the school. "Fire ants are in many ways very polite. They live in your yard. They form mounds and stay there, and they only interact with...
  • Locusts About to Fly and Devour Crops

    05/19/2013 5:53:21 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/5/13
    Keith Cressman of the locust-fighting unit of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said, Sunday, that the locusts crawling around Israel's southern border will start flying in two weeks and be most destructive as they prepare for the trip to the breeding grounds in northern Sudan. Following a tour out in the field, Cressman said he was impressed by the manner and pace of the Agriculture Ministry's determined war on the pests. The ministry is using ground spraying against every swarm that enters from Egypt, with air spraying as needed, around the clock. It noted that there were fewer...
  • Cicada Swarm 2013: A Pictorial Guide To The Bug Plague

    All around the Northeast -- from Pennsylvania to Maryland to Connecticut -- billions of cicadas are starting to emerge from the ground after 17 years of underground adolescence mostly spent feeding on the fluid inside tree roots. While this emergence is the biggest in the Northeastern U.S. in a long while, the Southern states have had recent visits too. There are about 15 distinct broods of cicadas that emerge regularly in the U.S. In 2011, the Great Southern Brood popped up across the American Southeast.
  • Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant [Aug. 2002]

    Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant(August 29, 2002)This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/ He was introduced as director of research and development at Falluja, one of the remote factories where the United States claims Saddam Hussein could be making chemical and biological weapons. Asked if he had worked on any of Saddam's chemical weapons programs, Dr Mohammed Frah played a straight bat: "In the early 1980s I worked for five years on the chemical and biological programs at Al-Muthanna." This is the name of a critical centre in Saddam's weapons program - a huge pesticide complex that produced...
  • Bedbugs invade hospitals

    04/22/2013 11:14:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | April 22, 2013 | Jen Wieczner
    Why more patients share rooms with the blood-sucking pests. As if adapting to health-care reform and curbing the “nightmare bacteria” weren’t challenge enough, hospitals are increasingly plagued by another problem: Bedbugs. More than a third of pest management companies treated bedbug infestations in hospitals in 2012, 6% more than the year before and more than twice as many as in 2010, according to a survey released today by the National Pest Management Association. The percentage of exterminators dealing with bedbugs in nursing homes has also almost doubled since 2010, to 46%. Bedbug experts also report seeing them in ambulances. Hospitals...
  • Bedbugs an increasing concern at DNC hotels

    09/04/2012 6:04:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 4, 2012 | David Hill
    .........Hotels contacted by The Washington Times about bedbug reports either referred calls to their corporate headquarters or didn’t return messages. Charlotte has a long way to go before its bedbug levels approach cities such as New York, Cincinnati and Washington, D.C., where recent infestations have made national news, but a study this year by pest control company Orkin shows activity there has been on the rise. The survey, released in March, rated Charlotte as having the 33rd-most bedbug reports of any city in 2011. The list was topped by Cincinnati, Chicago and Detroit. By contrast, the GOP’s choice for its...
  • Is anyone else having a "Plague" of tiny flies?

    07/18/2012 3:09:40 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 105 replies
    18 July 2012 | US Navy Vet
    If so what did you do to rid yourself of them?
  • Caught Red Pawed! Woodchuck Takes Cemetery Flags

    07/11/2012 9:06:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    WWLP ^ | Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012
    Who would steal flags from Civil War graves? Authorities in Hudson, N.Y. believe they have found the culprit in a rash of cemetery flag thefts: woodchucks. Mayor Bill Hallenbeck tells the Register-Star that police used cameras and confirmed that the flags were in the woodchucks' burrows.
  • Dozens of raccoons invade Brazoria County neighborhood- Richwood Texas - picture

    05/18/2012 2:29:14 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 77 replies
    KHOU ^ | May 15, 2012 | by Brad Woodard / KHOU 11 News
    HOUSTON--At the Stop and Save in Richwood, you’ll find lottery tickets, beer and fishing bait, plus a gaze of raccoons--that’s what they’re called in groups. They've taken up residence in the woods behind the store. "They eat everything," said Stephanie Rutkowske, a local animal lover. "Doritos, Cheetos, chocolate. Or a big bag of cat food. They’ll eat that just as good too."
  • Pests: The "Dark Side" of Gardening

    04/28/2012 6:03:19 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 32 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | April 28, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    Learn how to utilize a technique called Integrated Pest Management to control pests in our garden...
  • Feds propose allowing wind-farm developer to kill golden eagles

    01/04/2012 5:01:11 PM PST · by ColdOne · 46 replies · 1+ views
    msnbc.com ^ | 1/4/12 | James Eng
    The federal government is proposing to grant a first-of-its-kind permit that would allow the developer of a central Oregon wind-power project to legally kill golden eagles, a regulatory move being closely watched by conservationists. The Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday released a draft environmental assessment that would allow West Butte Wind Power LLC to kill as many as three protected golden eagles over five years if the company fulfills its conservation commitments. It’s the first eagle “take permit” application to be received and acted on by U.S. Fish and Wildlife under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection...
  • Burger King Shut Down After Officials Reportedly Find Over 200 Species of Flies (Obama tie in)

    08/17/2011 1:33:35 PM PDT · by Scythian · 28 replies
    A Chicago Burger King has been shut down after inspectors say they were so many flies in the fast food restaurant that they were "afraid to open their mouths,"
  • South Florida customs intercepts five pests never seen before in US

    04/15/2011 7:15:46 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    AP ^ | April 15, 2011
    MIAMI— Customs inspectors in Miami have intercepted five pests that had never been seen before in the U.S. during this year's first three months. The list includes a longhorn beetle found in railroad ties from Argentina, a leafhopper in a mint shipment from Colombia and a moth in a container of fresh okra from Honduras. The bugs were found by Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at Miami International Airport and Port Everglades in Broward County.
  • Bedbugs crawl way into posh suburbs (MSM admits bedbugs arrived in U.S. on backs of illegal aliens!)

    08/25/2010 4:45:14 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 2010-08-25 | Christine McConville
    (snip) The tiny, reddish-brown parasites, which live on warm human blood, were once nearly extinct. But thanks to a growing resistance to pesticides, and an increasingly mobile human population, they’ve had a resurgence since the mid-1990s. For years, they’ve been enjoying city life, crawling out at night from all sorts of mattresses to feed. The difference now, exterminators said, is they’ve made sizable inroads into suburbia. (snip) In the past decade, most urban-dwelling bedbugs arrived on the backs of roaming college students or migrant workers from South and Central America.Once they settle and mate, their offspring will eventually set off...
  • Report: NYC, Philly, Detroit top bedbug list

    08/24/2010 10:40:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    ap ^ | August 24, 2010
    Bedbugs can be found in mattresses, furniture and clothing, and they feed off animal and human blood. Insect scientists say bedbugs are appearing on a scale not seen since before World War II. High-traffic areas such as hotels, airplanes and cruise ships are especially prone to infestations. Ohio has three cities in the top 10 — Cincinnati is fourth, Columbus is seventh and Dayton is eighth.
  • Bedbugs found in basement of Empire State Building

    08/21/2010 1:00:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 8/21/2010
    NEW YORK (AP) -- It survived the Depression, a bomber crash and King Kong's climb, but can the Empire State Building withstand a bedbug infestation? Officials say exterminators had to clean out an employee changing room in the tower's basement after bedbugs were found there last week. The officials tell The New York Daily News that an employee had the bedbugs on his clothes and brought them into the building, but that the problem is now under control. Tourists visiting the skyscraper say they are disgusted by the bloodsucking pests.
  • Rush Limbaugh's Voice Tested To Kill Beetles

    02/12/2010 6:33:07 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies · 988+ views
    Rush Limbaugh's Voice Tested To Kill Beetles By Noel Sheppard Created 02/12/2010 - 09:06 A scientific study was recently performed to determine if Rush Limbaugh's voice would kill beetles: Beetles are destroying ponderosa, pinyon, lodgepole pines and other trees important to the ecosystem. The beetles have their place in the ecosystem too, of course, but climate change and human activities have allowed beetles to take over more than they should. To combat such infestations, scientists thought up the "nastiest, most offensive sounds" they could. Those included recordings of Guns & Roses, Queen, Rush Limbaugh and manipulated versions of the insects'...
  • Flock of black vultures vexes Virginia woman

    01/10/2010 11:08:06 PM PST · by Daffynition · 59 replies · 2,419+ views
    DailyPress.com ^ | January 9, 2010 | ELIZA WINSTON
    RIDGEWAY, Va. - The birds are watching Nancy Cox, waiting on her lawn and slowly chewing their way inside her Ridgeway home. After a flock of almost 200 black vultures moved to Ridgeway this fall, Cox has had a steady stream of 30-35 large, hostile, hungry visitors each day. "I can't even sit down to eat at the table," she said. "The vultures watch me through the window and fly into the doors trying to get into the house." Cox has the only home in her neighborhood with rubber roofing. But she may not have it much longer. The vultures...
  • Scientist: Deer Bigger Threat than Global Warming

    01/11/2010 10:49:08 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 80 replies · 2,385+ views
    Federal Review ^ | 01-11-10
    SYRACUSE, NY--The Chair of the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology at SUNY Syracuse says deer overpopulation is a greater threat to biodiversity in New York state than global warming. Donald Leopold explained that "climate change isn't eliminating species, only moving their ranges." Deer overpopulation, on the other hand, does eliminate other species, he noted. "No other real or perceived threat is so pervasive throughout the entire state, nor eliminates the majority, if not all, of the understory of natural communities, greatly reducing the diversity of our natural communities and the function of these communities," Leopold explained. "Ignoring what deer...
  • Clemson takes no prisoners fighting squirrels

    01/02/2010 5:59:48 PM PST · by PilotDave · 81 replies · 2,973+ views
    The Sun News ^ | Saturday, Jan. 02, 2010 | The Associated Press
    Clemson University is fighting back against an invasion of squirrels on its South Carolina campus. The Anderson Independent-Mail reports workers spent much of December trapping Eastern gray squirrels, catching and euthanizing the 200 rodents allowed under federal law. The squirrels have caused problems in recent years, killing about 100 mature trees by chewing on the bark for food and making their territory. About 10 percent of the campus' trees have been damaged in some way, likely costing the school about $1 million in the past decade. Clemson officials tried a squirrel birth control program, but it didn't do enough to...
  • NYC neighbor sues Madonna over loud music, hours of dancing in posh Manhattan apartment

    10/17/2009 4:06:42 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 10 replies · 1,147+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 10/17/09 | AP
    One of Madonna's New York neighbors says the superstar's loud music and frequent dance sessions are causing a commotion. Karen George, of Manhattan, lives above Madonna in a building on Central Park. She said in a lawsuit filed Friday against the building's co-op board that the Material Girl is using her apartment as a rehearsal studio, forcing neighbors to endure "blaring music, stomping and shaking walls," for up to three hours each day.
  • Acorns a growing threat in Massachusetts

    09/27/2009 11:26:12 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies · 772+ views
    UPI ^ | Sept. 26, 2009
    Massachusetts residents say they are under siege from this year's large crop of acorns as the hard nuts have been falling from trees like rain. Greg Roberson and Neil McIsaac of Brookline, Mass., said they routinely encounter the nuts as they fall from area oak trees, creating safety hazards while in the air and once on the ground, The Boston Globe reported Saturday. "Every time I hear one, I think it's a kid throwing a rock at me," Roberson said. "They're falling everywhere." "I've nearly broken my neck several times," McIsaac offered. "There are tons of them."
  • Spider Bugs the Pope in Prague

    09/26/2009 4:23:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies · 864+ views
    Spider Bugs the Pope in Prague [See URL Video] A spider appeared on Pope Benedict's robes as he addressed politicians and diplomats in Prague on Saturday, disappearing and appearing again.
  • Poisonous Spiders Invade San Diego

    09/25/2009 5:23:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 90 replies · 4,610+ views
    PopFi ^ | 9/25/2009 | Ron Hogan
    San Diego, California, has a problem with spiders. These aren’t the cute David Bowie kind or the useful silk-making kind, these are the invasive, super-poisonous kind. Originally from South Africa, the brown widow spider, also called the gray widow, brown button spider, or the geometric button spider has spread like wildfire throughout the United States and has recently found the city of San Diego to their liking. Not only are they running the local spider population out of town, they’re also pretty much running everything and everyone out of town as their population swells out of control. While the brown...
  • Brown Stink Bug Invades D.C.-area

    09/25/2009 1:32:30 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 76 replies · 3,362+ views
    news8.net ^ | Sept 25, 2009 | news8.net
    Experts say the insects are from Asia and first appeared in Allentown, Pennsylvania back in 1996. They then spread throughout our area and beyond. There are no known predators, so the bugs continue to creep into homes through cracks and crevices. Experts say while last year was bad, this year will be worse. "I thought I heard something rattling in the baseboard and there were hundreds in one window," Wade added. Residents say they are under attack inside and outside of their home. "I was battling them out of the way," Milhaupt said. Milhaupt says she snags them with tissue,...
  • Coyotes killing livestock at farm in Dartmouth : Farmer says he may have to sell.

    09/04/2009 9:34:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 108 replies · 4,161+ views
    Globe ^ | September 4, 2009 | John R. Ellement
    Frank Gwozdz says coyotes have made a meal out of his livestock so often in the past several months that the farmer is thinking of leaving agriculture. “They are wiping me out,’’ Gwozdz said ...from his 110-acre farm in Dartmouth in Southeastern Massachusetts. In the past several months, Gwozdz said, coyotes have killed two cows, four calves, 14 goats, two lambs, two sheep, and numerous geese, ducks, and chickens. “They are getting bolder and bolder,’’ Gwozdz said of the coyotes... Gwozdz said he and his family have tried to deter the animals, sometimes by standing guard into the early morning...
  • Discovery Of Natural Odors Could Help Develop Mosquito Repellents

    08/28/2009 4:20:56 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 7 replies · 460+ views
    sciencedaily ^ | Aug. 27, 2009
    Entomologists at the University of California, Riverside working on fruit flies in the lab have discovered a novel class of compounds that could pave the way for developing inexpensive and safe mosquito repellents for combating West Nile virus and other deadly tropical diseases. When fruit flies undergo stress, they emit carbon dioxide (CO2) that serves as a warning to other fruit flies that danger or predators could be nearby. The fruit flies are able to detect the CO2 and escape because their antennae are equipped with specialized neurons that are sensitive to the gas. But fruits and other important food...
  • Rat-eating plant discovered in Philippines

    08/17/2009 5:55:19 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 27 replies · 1,764+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | August 17, 2009 | Chris Irvine
    A carnivorous pitcher plant that eats rats and insects has been discovered in the Philippines and named after Sir David Attenborough. The plant is among the largest of all pitchers and is believed to be the largest meat-eating shrub, dissolving rats with acid-like enzymes. The team of botanists, led by British experts Stewart McPherson and Alastair Robinson, found the plant on Mount Victoria in the Philippines. They were inspired to search for the plant after word that it is existed came from two Christian missionaries who described seeing a large carnivorous pitcher in 2000 after they climbed the mountain. Mr...
  • Australia Considers Mass Killings Of Camels

    08/10/2009 9:06:03 AM PDT · by Abathar · 30 replies · 932+ views
    theindychannel.com /ap ^ | August 10, 2009 | KRISTEN GELINEAU
    SYDNEY -- Thousands of camels in Australia's remote Outback could be killed by marksmen in helicopters under a government proposal aimed at cutting down the population of the havoc-wreaking creatures. First introduced into Australia in the 1840s to help explorers travel through the Australian desert, there are now about 1 million camels roaming the country, with the population doubling every nine years. They compete with sheep and cattle for food, trample vegetation and invade remote settlements in search of water, scaring residents as they tear apart bathrooms and rip up water pipes. Last month, the federal government set aside 19...
  • Pesky Camels Will Be Shot From Helicopters

    08/09/2009 2:31:52 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 21 replies · 1,492+ views
    Sky News ^ | Sunday August 09, 2009 | Staff
    Thousands of camels will be shot from helicopters and turned into burgers in a bid to halt their trail of havoc across Australia. Marksmen plan to gun the animals down amid concern the thirsty dromedaries are barging into people's homes and ripping up their bathrooms looking for water. Government officials plan to wipe out 650,000 of the feral population in the remote Outback area of the country. The creatures were first introduced to Australia in the 1840s to help explorers travel through the Australian desert. There are now about one million camels roaming the country. They compete with sheep and...
  • Are You a Mosquito Magnet?

    08/01/2009 10:48:41 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 23 replies · 1,938+ views
    CBSNews ^ | July 31, 2009 | Elizabeth Heubeck
    (CBS) You’re trying your best to enjoy an evening cookout, but a constant swarm of mosquitoes follows you from grill to poolside. The threat? A pierce to your skin, leaving behind an itchy red welt and possibly even a serious illness. As you swat madly at the pests, you notice that others seem completely unfazed. Could it be that mosquitoes prefer to bite some people over others? The short answer is yes. Mosquitoes do exhibit blood-sucking preferences, say the experts. "One in 10 people are highly attractive to mosquitoes," reports Jerry Butler, PhD, professor emeritus at the University of Florida....
  • Pesky burros to be removed from SoCal desert base

    08/01/2009 7:58:47 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 14 replies · 511+ views
    SacBee ^ | Jul. 31, 2009 | staff reporter
    FORT IRWIN, Calif. -- Bureau of Land Management officials say as many as 100 wild burros will be rounded up in the Mojave Desert next month and put up for adoption because they keep invading the Fort Irwin Army base. [snip]
  • Cockroaches in the Hospital on Your Chest(Things to Come With ObamaCare)

    07/18/2009 9:49:32 AM PDT · by This Just In · 25 replies · 768+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | July 17, 2009 | Victoria Jackson
    - Big Hollywood - http://bighollywood.breitbart.com - Cockroaches in the Hospital on Your Chest Posted By Victoria Jackson On July 17, 2009 @ 5:03 am In Featured Story, Politics | 155 Comments Since I turn 50 next month, I’m focused on my Bucket List. There are only 2 things left I haven’t accomplished. 1) I’ve always wanted to be “an airhead on a sitcom.” Of all the roles I’ve played, many of which I wasn’t suited for, strangely, this one has eluded me. 2) Attend a weekly Bible study. So, I am now in a Bible study group on Wednesdays and...
  • Vampire Bats Biting People

    07/17/2009 8:24:39 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 16 replies · 834+ views
    nationalgeographic. ^ | July 16, 2009
    MUCH LIKE THEIR MYTHICAL NAMESAKES VAMPIRE BATS MUST FEAST ON FRESH BLOOD EVERY 2-3 DAYS OR DIE OF STARVATION. THEY SEEK OUT WARM-BLOODED MAMMALS THRIVING OFF DOMESTIC LIVESTOCK LIVING IN THE TROPICAL REGIONS OF SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA. MOST VICTIMS NEVER FEEL A THING AND THE BITE ITSELF IS SUPERFICIAL. BUT INCREASINGLY BATS ARE TARGETING HUMANS AND THE ENCOUNTERS ARE TURNING DEADLY. THE BATS ARE BLAMED FOR RABIES OUTBREAKS IN PERU AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GRANTEE DANIEL STREICKER IS RESEARCHING THE ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSES AND EXTENT OF THE DISEASE. "Vampire bats are kind of the perfect storm of different ecological characteristics. On...
  • PETA: Murder Boys but not flies

    06/20/2009 4:11:20 PM PDT · by slickeroo · 16 replies · 917+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 6/20/09 | Humberto Fontova
    PETA: Murder boys but not flies! Posted: June 20, 2009 By Humberto Fontova "Human beings often don't think before they act," laments PETA while explaining their reaction to President Obama's unthinking fly "execution." "We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals." Close on the heels of their consciousness-raising campaign for fly compassion, PETA has launched a vegetarian campaign using Che Guevara's 24 year-old granddaughter, Lydia, dolled up in commie beret and topless, though strategically covered by twin bandoliers of carrots. "Join the Vegetarian Revolution!" reads the campaign's slogan, which will debut in Argentina (no...
  • PETA wishes Obama hadn't swatted that fly

    06/17/2009 7:34:54 PM PDT · by FromLori · 102 replies · 2,685+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 6/17/09
    The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants the flyswatter in chief to try taking a more humane attitude the next time he's bedeviled by a fly in the White House. PETA is sending President Barack Obama a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, a device that allows users to trap a house fly and then release it outside. "We support compassion even for the most curious, smallest and least sympathetic animals," PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich said Wednesday. "We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals." During an interview for CNBC at the...