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Pests in the Headlines
Does what it says on the tin. When there is a funny / interesting / controversial pest control story in the news, it’ll get mentioned here.
News outlets here in the United States have been buzzing in recent weeks in preparation of the emergence of periodical cicadas in the eastern states this spring and summer. The Brood II Magicicada will be out in force in states like New York, Virginia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. After spending most of their lives underground, feeding on [...]
As eminently depicted in District 9, and much to the fear of local residents, Johannesburg is home to the loathsome and most terrifying insect of them all – the Parktown Prawn. As if the idea of a super-sized fighter cricket is not enough, I know of a grown man who, trembling under the watch of [...]
Ever heard of the ‘Stick Tight Flea’? These tenacious little fellows were discovered at a local butchery in Cape Town, sticking quite tightly (as their name suggests) to several pork meat carcasses. At first it was suspected that there was a flea infestation of some kind, but after ruling out pet cats and checking the [...]
12,000ft in the air, the world looked miniscule. Mountains were made to look like ant hills, entire fields momentarily shrunken to a checkerboard of green. This is what an eagle or Jay-Z must feel like all the time, either way I was ruler of the world for 45 whole seconds. It’s easy to understand where birds get their god complex from. The reason they think it’s alright to waltz into a restaurant, stare at you while you’re eating your lunch in the park, why they think they can get closer to you than that one persistent sleaze at every party. It’s because they think, they own you. You know the ones. Pigeons. And they’re not wrong. They know that we know that they’re disease-ridden and they embrace this power. This isn’t just me being dramatic either. At the risk of sounding like the ad for movie piracy – you wouldn’t pet a rat. Why would you pet a pigeon? Pigeons are the rats of the sky.
One of the largest mosquitoes in the United States, Psorophora ciliata, is expected to experience a major population boom this spring and summer in Florida.