Squirrels Steal Easter Eggs From Excited Children On Easter Sunday | Squirrel Control

April 27th, 2017

When it comes to the damaging excesses caused by wildlife, people typically don’t look beyond their own front yards and gardens. Naturally, most people are concerned with avoiding wildlife-induced damage to their property. Whether it is squirrels, groundhogs, moles or voles that are responsible, people are mainly concerned with sparing damage to their own gardens and lawns. Sadly squirrels perpetrated the latest wildlife attack, and they did the unthinkable—they stole hidden Easter eggs before the local children had a chance to search for them.

It looks like squirrels ruined Easter Sunday for many kids. Some of the hidden eggs even contained money. About ten minutes after one couple sent their kids out on an Easter egg hunt, they received a call from their neighbors. The neighbors wanted to show them a video that they had just made with their cellphone. Sure enough, the video showed a squirrel cracking open a pink plastic egg that the man’s wife had just hidden. As the video was playing the neighbors pointed to an area on a tree-branch where two squirrels were sharing the contents of a plastic Easter egg. That Easter egg was also meant for the couples kids. Luckily the children arrived in time to find many of the eggs before the pesky squirrels got to them, they even found the egg with the money inside.

As the Easter Sunday was winding down for this recently robbed family. An empty plastic eggshell fell from a tree and landed on the mother’s head. Thus revealing to the children that more eggs were available, if only those squirrels could have left them alone.

Have you ever found yourself a part of an activity that was hijacked by wildlife? If you have, what was the activity, and what type/s of wildlife were you dealing with?

Infected Bat May Have Spread Rabies

April 26th, 2017

It is not too often that you hear about rabies. You have probably never even heard of someone you know having rabies, but it is still possible to become infected. This is especially true for a few people that may have come into contact with a rabies-infected bat at the San Diego Zoo. County officials are doing everything that they can to ensure the rabies infection stays contained. At around three o’clock PM on April 15th the staff at the zoo managed to catch the rabies-infected bat while it was still within the zoo. Luckily for the zoo this bat was wild, and not a part of the zoo’s collection.

The bat was captured in a part of the San Diego Zoo that sees a lot of human traffic, but it seems as though nobody had made contact with the bat before it was captured. County officials have also confirmed that no other human or animal came into contact with the infected bat. Even though city officials seem nearly certain that nobody had sustained a bite from the infected bat, the San Diego Health Department is taking every precaution because rabies is almost always fatal in humans unless it is treated promptly. Strangely enough, last summer there were two other bats infected with rabies that had become loose within the zoo. It is believed that the infected bats did not harm anyone then either.

Bats can easily pass on rabies to humans through a bite, or if the bat’s saliva comes into contact with a bodily opening or wound. The best way to avoid a rabies infection would be to avoid contact with wild and/or stray animals. It is also important to be sure that your pets are up to date on their rabies vaccinations. Bats are the most common animals to contract rabies in San Diego County.

Have you ever noticed that there is a heavier bat population in the Southwest United States? Why is that?

 

This Is Why Bats Are The Most Diverse Mammalian Species In History

April 24th, 2017

Bats are well known for falling victim to many falsehoods and myths that have been making the rounds among the public for a long time now. Bats are fascinating creatures, and if you study up on bats just a bit, then you will find that bats are not deserving of the spite that so many people show for them. In fact, the small groups of blood-sucking bats that do exist are not interested in humans at all. However, there are many different bat species; experts estimate the number of different bat species in the world now at being well over one thousand. Next to rodents, this high number of bat species living in the world today makes bats the most diverse mammals known to mankind, next to rodents that is.

When considering all of the different mammalian animals alive in the world today, bat species make up twenty percent of this group. Bats differ incredibly in size too. For example, the bumblebee bat is the smallest species of bat that scientists are aware of and they weigh, on average, a bit less than an ounce. On the other hand, the largest bat known to science is the golden-crowned flying fox. The diversity of bats also finds expression in what they like to eat. Some bats prefer to eat seeds and plants, while others, as mentioned earlier, like to feed on blood.

Despite bats being among the most successful of mammals living today, much is still unknown about the evolutionary origins of the bat species. The earliest living bat known to science is referred to as Icaronycteris. This bat is thought to have inhabited what is now modern-day Wyoming. This bat fossil does not help researchers uncover the origins of the bat because the fossilized bat looks too similar to modern day bats. It seems that scientists do not yet know which animals the bat species branched off from.

 

Have you ever touched a bat in you life? If you have, then how did the bat respond to your touch?

 

 

 

 

 

Scientists Create A New Type Of Ant

April 21st, 2017

Science can do a lot these days, but it is hard to believe that entirely new “mutant” organisms are created everyday. In order to prove that gene splicing can create new organisms, a team of researchers from Oregon set out to do just that. Wasps have an unusual biology, and gene-splicing technology will make studying wasp biology much simpler.

For example, gene splicing can allow researchers to better understand how male wasps convert their progeny into males. So far it is unknown to science how a selfish genetic element can change the sex of wasp offspring. Apparently, male wasps are somehow able to kill female embryos, therefore ensuring a progeny of males.

According to the researcher heading up the study, Dr Akbari, the point of all of this genetic tinkering is to develop a better understanding of wasp and all insect biology. Perhaps in the future science can use this technology to control populations of invasive insect-pests. Accomplishing this degree of genetic manipulation on an entire population of insects can help to better protect our farmland from insect-pests, and protect against insect-borne disease, like malaria.

This genetic manipulation process involves carefully peeling back an egg membrane in order to inject DNA into the embryo. After the egg has been altered, it is then put back together and allowed to grow into an entirely new organism with a never-before seen genetic makeup. In order to properly test the efficacy of this gene splicing technology, Dr. Akbar and his associates chose to alter a feature on an insect that would be noticeable, such as the eyes. The researchers already knew that if one gene for pigmentation were knocked out, then the eyes would turn out red. Sure enough, the experiment worked, which means we are now living in an age when bringing dinosaurs back to life seems possible.

Do you think that this technology will be used in the farming industry in order to keep pests away?

 

 

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April 20th, 2017

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First Mother In Nebraska With The Zika Virus

April 19th, 2017

Zika is still around, and it is making its way into states that are located farther north. The first pregnant woman from the state of Nebraska has contracted the Zika virus. Luckily, the woman did not contract the virus while in Nebraska, nor any region of the United States. The woman had contracted the virus while vacationing in Mexico.

The woman is from Omaha, and while she was in Mexico she started feeling ill. The woman was experiencing all of the symptoms that are associated with the Zika virus. These symptoms include fever, joint pain and rash. To top it all off, at some point during the woman’s vacation she had learned that she was pregnant.

The woman’s regular obstetrician conducted her first screening for the virus, which had confirmed that she did indeed have the Zika virus. Her regular doctor then followed protocol by letting authorities with the CDC know about the woman’s case of Zika.

So far, doctors don’t believe that there is good reason to become alarmed over the state of her unborn child. According to data collected from the mother’s most recent ultrasound, her results gave the indication that her baby was fine, and free of malformations. The CDC is also forcing the woman to have her baby submitted for testing once she gives birth.

In the aftermath of Zika’s initial jolt, in America, ten percent of women delivered babies that had birth defects. Of course, babies may wind up having birth defects despite the defects not being visible on the ultrasound monitor. At the moment, health officials and lawmakers are focusing on education as the primary tool to prevent the spread of Zika. Whatever you do, don’t travel to Mexico or farther south this winter.

Have you traveled to Mexico or farther south since Zika became an issue?

 

 

 

 

The Interesting Insects That Thrive On Trees

April 18th, 2017

There exist a variety of different insects that choose to call trees their home. Some of these bugs are sap-sucking or bark-devouring insect pests that you don’t want to have anything to do with. Then there are others that are just too interesting to ignore. One such tree-dwelling bug that has been of interest to scientists for many years is the Charophytes vicina, or the “CV” for short.

The CV is just one of the ten species that comprises the group of insects known as spittlebugs. This insect used to be considered a part of the Machaerotidae family. Now the strange insect is considered to be a part of the Clastopteridae family, which is a notable group to be a part of.

The species in this group are only a centimeter in length, and they are good jumpers, which is probably so that they can jump from tree limb to tree limb. These little bugs feed by piercing the stems of plants in order to access the plant’s nectar. Other than these basic facts, scientists still don’t know much about these sap-eating bugs. Except for that the nymphs live in cone-like structures located on the plants. These cone-like shelters are apparently made with the nectar, but mostly insect secretions, which often contain nectar of course. Eventually the nymphs little cone-shelter will become too big as a result of an uninterrupted period of time when the nymphs packed on secretions it its new cone-home.

The Museum Art Gallery holds ten specimens that belong to the same family at the above-described insect. Many of the museums specimens include several from the Northwest territories, as well as one potentially undescribed species. So now you can see the unique insects for yourself.

Have you ever heard of the types of insects mentioned above?

Some Ants Can Risk Their Lives In Order To Save Others From The Same Group

April 17th, 2017

Let’s say that you are an ant, and you are out and about picking berries with your best friends, as I am sure you often do, and you notice a dangerous presence looming. Before you realize what is going on you take a look around and you can see that your ant-friends are either dead or injured. What do you do? Do you go running as fast as you can in the safest direction? Do you attempt to carry back your wounded? Or would you gather up the remaining members of your team so that the remaining members can communicate a plan that will save everyone’s life?

The last option, which involved quick communication and planning, is probably not an option available to ants, because many mammals are not even smart enough to work effectively and efficiently in groups. So, if you answered with a “plan”, that was not the best option, and you were definitely wrong. However, I bet you also thought that ants do not have the intelligence or social skills necessary in order to save the lives of their brothers and sisters. If this is what you thought, then it is difficult to fault you; after all, what is the most complicated procedure that you have ever seen an ant perform. It goes without saying that ants are not the smartest animals in the world, but researchers have, in fact, noticed ants staying behind in battle in order to bring their wounded to safe areas in order to prevent any further damage.

So do these ants save the lives of other ants all of the time? The answer is “no”. The ants being described are officially known as Megaponera analis. These ants dwell mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, and they prefer to eat termites. The only problem with ants hunting termites is that ants are not much stronger than their termite prey, and it is not uncommon to have several ants left injured after a fight with a single termite. Naturally, this particular group of ants had to adapt to their environment before the local termite population destroyed them all. The ants did this by preventing as much loss of life as possible when it collected the wounded despite the dangerous conditions. So when it comes to feasting on termites, ants may be the least selfish of all insects.

Have you ever witnessed a battle between a termite and an ant? If yes, who won?

How to Dispose of a Stink Bug

April 14th, 2017

Deadly Fungus Is Slowly Destroying Some Midwest Bat Populations

April 13th, 2017

You may have heard of a deadly fungus that is attacking bats all across the United States. Now it looks as though the epidemic that is hitting US bats is more serious than initially thought. A recent survey conducted near the caves of Missouri has shed some light on how devastating this disease is to the bat population.

According to Shauna Marquardt, a biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Columbia, many bats were absent this winter from the various caves found throughout Missouri. This is of course a result of the deadly fungus affecting bats, which is called white nose syndrome. The Northern long eared bat is particularly vulnerable to the fungal illness.

All the caves in Missouri that once housed long eared bats are now free of all such bats. In order to protect the prized rare long eared bats, the United States Wildlife Federation is keeping the know locations of still-living long eared bats a secret.

More important than anything else is the fact that this recent bat epidemic is so serious that it can have negative implications for other forms of wildlife in the future. The loss of bat life is so pronounced that it could cause a domino effect that could disrupt the ecosystem and have potentially deadly results on other forms of life that share an environment with the long eared bats. Also, the disappearance of so many bats could cause nocturnal pests to increase. And not just nocturnal pests, but insect pests like aphids and other insect pests that harm crop production could now be allowed to increase their populations, which could mean disaster for rural farmers.

Have you ever spotted a Northern long eared bat before?