Why We Choose Dogs Over Rats
Ever wondered why humans like one type of animal over another? There seems to be a clear distinction between “cat people” and “dog people” for example.
But why do we seem to accept hamsters as pets, but despise rats, for instance? After all, they are similar in composition and size. Many of us like small dogs such as Yorkies or Chihuahuas, but can’t stand raccoons, for example. Why is this?
Well, it seems to be a combination of socially constructed norms and biology.
For example, in the 1700s “pocket pets” were in fashion, such as mice and toads. Today, most hire a professional pest control company to get rid of such animals. In addition, it wasn’t until the 1940s until dogs became a standard household pet.
Another reason we may prefer dogs over rats, for example, is because dogs cater to humans’ desire for companionship. This is part of the reason dogs are considered “man’s best friend” and rats or mice are viewed as pests we try to eradicate from our living spaces.
Are you an animal lover? Would you ever consider having a mouse as a pet? Or are you happy sticking with a dog or a cat?
When Insects Become Art
Most of us take measures to keep pests out of our homes. And it’s important to remember that doing so is a job for a professional pest management company.
But what if you wanted insects in your home as art?
This is a concept five artists have been working on across the country.
They have been working with bees, beetles, ants and larvae to create some pretty amazing and creative works of art.
And their tactics to create the art is very innovative. For instance, one artist carefully applies paint to the feet of insects and has them walk (or scurry!) across the canvas. Another artist applies pearls to bees, giving them an ornate, almost glamorous look. Perfect for the Queen Bee! Lastly, one artist uses honeycomb to create sculptures; he’s even used it to create a world map.
We’re not sure how much these pieces of art would cost you, but we are assuming it would not be cheap!
What do you think? Do you find these works of art beautiful or bizarre? Would you want one in your home?
One thing is for sure—it would make a great conversation piece!
Florida Confirms Five More Zika Cases
There is troubling news coming out of Florida—state officials have confirmed an additional five cases of the Zika virus. This brings the total number of cases in the state to 42, which is the most in any U.S. state.
What’s more—four of these cases, including one of the newly reported cases, are pregnant women. It’s important to note, however, that all cases were contracted by people who have traveled outside the country to Zika affected regions.
“As of today, five new Zika cases have been confirmed with one in Broward County and three in Miami-Dade County,” said Florida Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong. “The fifth new case is a pregnant woman. Of the travel-related cases confirmed in Florida, only four cases are still exhibiting symptoms. According to the CDC, symptoms associated with the Zika virus last between seven to 10 days.”
This news is very troubling because of the link between the Zika virus and a condition called microcephaly in babies, which prohibits the brain from forming properly.
Hulett Environmental Services will be staying up to date on updates regarding these Florida Zika cases.
What do you think? Are you alarmed by all the news surrounding the Zika virus?
Bee Sting 101
Have you ever been stung by a bee? The majority of the population has. But, do you know the proper steps to take once a pesky bee has decided to plant their stinger in your skin?
First, you want to see if the stinger is still in place. You can do this by looking for a small black dot at the sting site. If the stinger is still there, do not pinch it! This could release more venom, making the sting site even more painful and irritated.
Next, carefully remove the stinger by swiping a hard object over it like a credit card. You may be surprised to find out that the venom at the sting site releases slowly, usually about 2-3 minutes. So quick removal of the stinger could lessen the severity of the sting.
Once the stinger is removed, clean the area with cold, soapy water and apply ice. If needed, hydrocortisone cream can also calm the reaction.
If you have an allergic reaction, including rash, throat swelling and trouble breathing, seek medical help immediately.
Have you ever been stung by a bee? Did you know how to properly remove the stinger?
If you have a bee problem on or near your property, do not try to address this on your own. This is a job for a professional pest control company.
Woman Almost Loses Sight Due to Insect
Charlynne Boddie from the United Kingdom experienced a very scary, and odd, situation from an insect that flew into her eye.
While walking along the beach on vacation in Cornwall, a bug flew into her left eye. Over the next few days her eye was becoming more and more irritated and painful, which prompted her to visit her doctor who sent her to the hospital for immediate treatment.
So, what happened? It seems the insect flew into her eye and got stuck behind her contact lens, causing a small abrasion.
Keith Malcolm, senior clinical manager at the Queen Alexandra Hospital, said: “Most people would probably be astounded to know that something as seemingly innocuous as a bug flying into your eye can cause blindness. It is uncommon for an insect to cause so much damage but it certainly can happen. If these scratches would have then got infected [it could] cause ulcers. This infection can also spread between a person’s eyes. It’s just as well Charlynne came in when she did, otherwise she could have lost her sight completely.”
Does this story surprise you? Did you know a bug flying into your eye could cause so much damage?
We’re glad to hear that Charlynne did not lose her sight—and we’re also glad that her experience is very rare!
If this story has you worried about bugs on your property, contact a professional pest management company.
CDC Issues Travel Guidance for Olympics over Zika Fears
Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world are expected to travel to Brazil this summer for the Olympic Games. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued travel guidance for pregnant women planning on going—stay home.
This is because of the suspected link between pregnant women who contract the Zika virus and a very severe birth defect in babies called microcephaly. And Brazil is one of the major regions with active Zika transmission. In fact, it’s believed that over 1.5 million people in Brazil have the Zika virus. Plus, more than 580 babies in Brazil have been confirmed to have microcepahly, and there are an additional 4,100 cases under investigation.
The advice for pregnant women to avoid traveling to Brazil for the Olympics goes for a woman in any trimester of her pregnancy.
What do you think? Do you think pregnant women will heed the advice of the CDC? Whether pregnant or not, would you be skeptical about traveling to Brazil this summer over Zika fears?
Hulett Environmental Services will be keeping a close watch on new findings about the Zika virus and any additional advice from the CDC.
Termites are not to be taken lightly. Many people often wonder—how much damage can these tiny pests cause? The answer: a lot. So much so that it’s estimated termites cause 5 billion dollars worth of damage to structures in the United States, per year. What’s even scarier is that much of this damage and repairs is not covered by homeowners insurance. So, as you can imagine, a termite problem can cause major financial strain.
Just how do termites cause all this damage? By chewing through anything they can, incusing support beams, walls and even floors. And these pests are busy—they feed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are often called “silent pests” because homeowners don’t realize they have a termite problem until there is noticeable damage to their home.
Needless to say, it is critical for homeowners to have an annual termite inspection by a professional pest control company that specializes in termite control. And if you notice any signs of termites, notify your pest controller right away. Remember—termites are always at work, so the sooner you remediate the problem the better.
Have you ever had an experience with termites? Were you aware of just how destructive these pests can be?
Florida Scientists Working to Fight Zika Virus
It’s been reported that the state of Florida has the highest number of Zika virus cases in the country. Luckily, all of these cases were contracted outside of the United States.
But a team at Scripps Florida is working diligently to provide much needed relief to this global health crisis.
“It’s a fairly tractable problem compared to some of the other things that we work on,” said Michael Farzan, a virologist at Scripps Florida, where a dedicated Zika team is working on creating a vaccine or an injectable antibody that could potentially block the virus.
This could start to put an end to the growing epidemic of people who are contracting the virus, which is primarily transmitted through the Aedes aegypti mosquito. In most people, symptoms, if present at all, are fairly minor. The real concern is over pregnant women who contract the virus due to it’s suspected link to microcephaly, a birth defect in babies causing brain developmental issues.
All of us at Hueltt Environmental Services are rooting for the Zika team at Scripps Florida, and hope they can come up with a solution soon!
What do you think? Do you think a Zika virus vaccine will be developed in the near future?
Trading Meat for Mealworms
There has been a lot of buzz recently about a rising trend in cities and restaurants promoting the consumption of insects over other proteins that are less sustainable.
The latest example of this trend comes out of Toronto, where a local market sells items such as mealworm flour, organic cricket flour, chocolate mint cricket pies and peanut butter mealworm balls.
Is your mouth watering yet? We don’t blame you if it isn’t!
What’s more, these products are not cheap—a bag of 113 grams of mealworms, for example, costs $17.99. This seems like a tough sell, especially when a bag of potato chips can cost less than a dollar!
While shoppers at this market may not be buying these products, they are definitely curious.
“At this point we’re doing more sampling than actually selling,” store owner Brad McMullen said. “Edible bugs are a trending thing now.”
What do you think? Have you ever eaten any insect food products? If not, would you be willing to try?
We think we may stick to pest management …. Not pest consumption!
Behold: The Bee Beard
This story is truly un-BEE-lievable.
“Bee Bearding” is a popular carnival act in China, and the name of this act is exactly as it suggests: people create beards on their faces using live bees. This odd sport … if you can call it a sport… is even something that people compete for to earn a place in the Guinness World Records!
Before we explain further, we must warn … do not try this at home!
China’s Luang Liangming, an apparent expert in “bee bearding” has achieved a Guinness World Record for his most recent stunt: he managed to wear the heaviest beard made of bees ever recorded.
Incredibly, his beard of bees weighed in at just over 140 pounds!
He achieved this odd feat by using 60 queen bees to attract approximately 637,000 bees to latch on to his face.
This is amusing, but clearly very dangerous! What do you think? Is this one of the weirder Guinness World Records you’ve heard of?
Remember, if you have bees around your home do not try to address the problem on your own. This is a job for the experts!