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Bed Bug Prevention in NYC

Everyone needs to wash their laundry. That’s right! Even if you don’t do your own laundry, it has to be done, doesn’t it? Sometimes, if you’re busy or don’t have the facilities where you live, you will be in search of a laundry and dry cleaning service. As well, if you are simply staying in a city where you’re working, you may be at a hotel, and could use some assistance with washing your clothing. A huge concern over recent years when traveling, or even at home for that matter, is the issue of bed bugs becoming a rampant pest of sorts in homes. NYC [ ... ]

Cockroaches 5 Inches Long in Texas

They’re called water bugs or Palmetto bugs, but they’re actually American cockroaches and they’re huge. They can fly, they run fast and will even come back to life on you after they’ve been smashed. When we lived in Louisiana, they were a real problem especially when it rained or got cold as they’d find any tiny hole to get into your home. We actually set mouse traps for them and they worked! They’re so large, you can hear them shuffling around in cupboards and on tile floors, even though we keep everything really spic and span. Tonight, we just got rid of our 4th [ ... ]

The Cicada are Singing

I love the time of year, in the summer in North America, where the cicada sing! What? That’s what I said!!! Most people think those cicadan noises are annoying, irritating and they complain and fuss… …but I think it’s beautiful! It means summer is here – and to me, that’s so much better than winter being from Canada!!! Honesty, I think the more we appreciate the world around us, the happier and more at peace we are… Who knows…Maybe you’ll be able to easily fall asleep when you admire their song at night, instead of getting all uptight! Next time, just

Decorator Crabs Know All About Local Style

Wow…I just watched a show on Animal Planet this week with Jeff Corwin where he showed us a decorator crab. I had never heard of a Decorator Crab before this week. What they do is grab materials from their surroundings to camouflage themselves. So, they’ll attach seaweed, algae, plants, sponges, etc to the

Hedgehog Treats Galore!

My hedgehog loves treats! I feed her 2 different staple foods, and then supplement her diet with different fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Sometimes, I consider those supplements as treats, but when I really want to treat her, and give her some great nutrition while I’m at it, I give her meal worms and crickets. I know, I know…For many of you, that sounds disgusting, but she LOVES them! Mind you, they are not alive and you don’t have to touch them…just shake a few into the bowl! I don’t keep Kokonut in a closed cage or aquarium, so live crickets are out of the [ ... ]

When On Vacation, Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite!

Exotic Animal Newsflash: Yikes…How gross is that? Right? Well, I was on a friend’s blog today, SunEGrl Loves To Shop, and she was talking about a rise of incidents in Hotels and on Cruise Ships since 2004. I guess, it doesn’t matter if you’re staying at a 2-star hotel or a 5-star hotel, it is just as likely that you could be staying in an infested place! Yuk! I bet you thought that Bed Bugs feed off filthy, dead skin or human waste, right? Wrong! Oh, No!!! What attracts them then? Well, they like exhaled carbon dioxide…And as we all know, we can’t change what we [ ... ]

Fire Ants in Southern United States

If you have never been bit by a fire ant…You don’t want to… I was in Dallas a few weeks ago, and I still have a little bump from where I was bit by a single fire ant, also called red ants, by the pool. I am not kidding! They call them fire ants because it burns when you are bit by them. They pack a wallop! Problem is, you usually don’t get hit by just one. You probably stepped in an ant mound without even knowing it! They are super quick, and all swarm up your legs, or whatever body part is [ ... ]

What’s The Story on the Silkworm?

Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Lepidoptera Family: Bombycidae Genus: Bombyx Species: B. mori I watched the movie “Silk” today with my mother, and it had me thinking about the Silkworm… No longer able to live in the wild due to it’s extreme natural selection for domestication, silkworms make silk…The cocoons they create from their salivary glands protects them during their pupal state. It is legend that the ancient empress Xi Ling-Shi discovered silk when one day she was drinking her tea under a tree when a cocoon fell into her cup. She fished it out and the silk started to unravel out of the cocoon. [ ... ]

Majestic Animals of the Amazonian Rainforest

Some of the most amazing animals with vivid coloration and patterns come from the Amazonian Rainforest… Many of the world’s most endangered animals also hail from the Amazon… *** Amazon Rainforest Animals by Lucien Oliveira Most of the world’s rainforests are located in Central and South America, West and Central Africa, and Southeast Asia. They are very wet areas near the equator that give true meaning to the expression “world of abundance”, an expression that reflects on the variety of rainforest animals. Brazil holds 30% of all tropical rainforests that remain on Earth, and they are represented by Amazonia. The Amazon rainforest animals are part [ ... ]

Are Animals Getting Smarter?

By Tracey Wilson Are animals getting smarter? Not long ago on Utube, I watched some amazing animal videos. In these videos you could see proof of the animal using cause and effect. In one video, a raccoon was captured in a concrete cage, outside. The top of the cage was opened, but he was enclosed on all four sides. The raccoon, with a lot of effort, was able to lean a broken tree limb, which was lying in the bottom of his cage, in one of the corners of the cage. He then used the broken limb as a ladder and climbed [ ... ]