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    June 27, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: How To Kill Fleas
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videoxzzygt

    To get rid of fleas, you have to kill the adults AND the larva and eggs. This video tells you how!


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    June 4, 2013
    It’s Flea Season – Look Out!

    At last!  Warm weather!  Birds chirping!  Shade trees!  Outside activities!  … and … FLEAS!  Flea season is upon us again so we must do whatever we can to protect our pets from these little blood suckers. From Pet Health Network, here are some quick remedies to get rid of fleas,

    How to prevent and treat flea infestations

    * Use one of the many safe and effective flea products. Your veterinarian will help you pick the best choice for your pet.
    * Be sure the products you use target more than one stage of the flea’s life cycle.
    * Use these products year-round to keep your household a flea-free zone.
    * Always follow the product’s instructions. Some products can be toxic and even fatal if used incorrectly.
    * Never use a product meant for dogs on cats. Some dog products contain ingredients that can be toxic and even fatal to cats.

    And as I was working on this article, I began feeling guilty about waiting for my LAZY kids to change the kitty litter and got up and did it myself. Oy kids.


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    May 20, 2013
    Land Shrimp: Cicadas

    My dogs absolutely devoured one round of cicadas when they (the cicadas) were here several years ago.  Given how fat they got chowing down on the bugs, it doesn’t surprise that these every now and then visitors to our realm are considered “the shrimp of the land.”  From NBC News.com,

    “They are arthropods, which means they have an exoskeleton,” she said. “We regularly eat the arthropods of the sea and those are the shrimp, lobsters and crabs. And so cicadas are arthropods too.”

    Like other edible insects, cicadas are nutritious, according to Betancourt. She says their bodies are high in protein, low in fat and feature a lot of muscle.

    Betancourt suggests trying to grab the magicadas when they’re fresh from the ground and undergoing their molting stage…

    Sounds delish, but I may have to pass!


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    May 6, 2013
    17-Year Old Beehive Removed

    A beehive that has been in the eve of a log cabin in Utah was removed after 60,000 bees had made it their home for 17 years.  When the family finally saw that the bees were making their way indoors, they decided the risk was too great for their two children to remain.  Sensitive to the decline of the species, the family wisely had the bees relocated by professionals.  From NBC News.com,

    … they called Bachman, owner of Deseret Hive Supply, a hobbyist store that can’t keep up with demand for honeybees. Bachman used a vacuum cleaner to suck the bees into a cage.

    “It doesn’t hurt them,” he said.

    The job took six hours. At $100 an hour, the bill came to $600.

    “The bees were expensive,” said Paul Bertagnolli, the cabin owner. He was satisfied with the job.

    I know with proper equipment, it’s fairly safe to do but I would have a very difficult time not panicking in the midst of that many bees!

    Photo from Capital Bay.


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    January 24, 2013
    Dung and the Milky Way

    Since we are on the outskirts of the Milky Way galaxy and probably not nearly as advanced as other planetary neighbors, it’s pretty amazing really that the dung beetle is tuned in to the stars.

    According the NBC News.com, the dung beetle uses the glow of the Milky Way to steer across the African desert,

    “Even on clear, moonless nights, many dung beetles still manage to orientate along straight paths,” Marie Dacke, a biologist at Sweden’s Lund University, said in a news release. “This led us to suspect that the beetles exploit the starry sky for orientation — a feat that had, to our knowledge, never before been demonstrated in an insect.”

    I know humans that can’t find their way from Point A to Point B without intervention from people with sense, so it really is pretty inspiring that a tiny little dung beetle manages this feat!


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    July 24, 2012
    Ants are Transparent

    Never having had a scientific mind, this experiment would not even occur to me to do.  However I certainly find the results fascinating!


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    June 6, 2012
    Wordless Wednesday: Khalesi!

    Photo taken with my iPhone last week.


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    March 14, 2012
    Wordless Wednesday: Dew on Insects

    Photo from Colossal Art & Design.


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    July 25, 2011
    Bug Flipping

    I flipped a bug and I liked it.

    While there may be more emotional reward when you flip a turtle over from its back, it does feel good to rescue bugs every now and then.

    I thank 1,000 Awesome Things for that Reminder,

    … he was just lying on his back like a fool, arms and legs frantically pawing the air in a terrible attempt to flip over. Well I flicked him a bit and he flipped over before scampering away to safety.

    Hey, sometimes insects just need our help.

    Such a sweet thing to do!

    Photo by Ben Sutherland.


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    May 10, 2011
    Just Cover Them With Chocolate

    My brother once had a skinny old dog that remained skinny even when well fed.  Until 17 years ago when the cicadas came out.  That dog fattened up so much you could nearly see the wings sticking out through the sides.

    Well, my dogs today are enjoying that feast again as the cicadas have made their return – by the millions – to my part of the country.  We knew they were coming because reporters have been telling us for weeks to brace ourselves.  Then last week we started noticing the dogs sniffing around by the bottom of our trees.  Now we can hardly get them in because they just eat and eat and eat.

    People have been warning us that the exoskeleton of the cicadas can hurt dogs, but the National Geographic says they really are a delicacy,

    Dogs and cats may also avail themselves of the cicada smorgasbord. It does them no harm, although if they eat too many they may have some difficulty digesting a surfeit of cicada skins. There have been reported cases of dogs’ digestive tracts becoming blocked by eating too many cicadas.

    Well, chow down I say to my dogs.  I won’t be eating any at any point in the future, though.

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