Archive for August, 2012

Ants in the Pants!

Posted by on Thursday, 16 August, 2012
Dallas Cowboys Training

Dallas Cowboys Training (Photo credit: C. Strife)

 

With the NFL season quickly approaching, all of us in Austin are getting more and more geeked for Dallas Cowboys’ football.

Earlier this summer Dallas Cowboys fullback, Lawrence Vickers, had an unfortunate ant situation. While stretching, he felt that something was wrong with his pants.

ANTS! 

Ants in Your Pants

Ants in Your Pants (Photo credit: Barnaby_S)

The fullback, who is allergic to ants, noticed two big ants in his pants. He rushed off the field with his hands covering his groin, which left many reporters wondering if he had been injured.

When Vickers was asked about the ordeal, he said “I was stretching and then by the time I got to the special teams period, which is a couple of periods after, I guess they worked their way all the way in there, and once they got to where they wanted to be. They just started stinging.”

“I was just holding myself, and you don’t just be grabbing on yourself because ants are on you. People are gonna make fun of you. I don’t care as long as they got off me. I don’t care about people knowing about ants in my pants.”

Some Interesting Facts About Ants

    • Ants are found on every continent except Antarctica
    • Most ants are red or black, but a few tropical species are green with a metallic luster
    • The largest ant ever measured was 2.4 inches long, with a 5.9 inch wingspan
    • The Harvester Ant’s venom is more toxic then a rattle snake’s or scorpion’s venom
    • The Fire Ant queen produces over 3,000 ant eggs a day
    • Click here for more fun facts

 

Ant Video

Watch a great video on ant pest control by ant guru Adam: http://blogpestcontrol.com/2009/07/ant-video-pest-control-for-ants 

Ant Problems? 

Bulwark Exterminating
209 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 291-1200
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

A Wildlife Pro
3803 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 914-7287
austintxanimalcontrol.com 

Terminix
1905 Kramer Lane,
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 236-5008
terminix.com

 

Source: ESPN.com

 

Africanized Bees Still a Problem in Texas

Posted by on Thursday, 9 August, 2012

OUCH! 

Side view of the africanized honey bee

Side view of the africanized honey bee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

A Pflugerville, Texas man is in stable condition after being stung more than 300 times by a colony of Africanized Bees yesterday. The 40-year-old warehouse worker was trying to move a cabinet when he disturbed a massive colony containing some 125,000 bees.

It is unknown how the man escaped the aggressive bees, but he was immediately taken to a local hospital after the attack and is expected to make a full recovery. Three other people were also stung, but were not seriously injured.

A beekeeper removed the 125,000 bees along with 120 pounds of honeycomb.

Africanized “Killer” Honeybees

Africanized honeybees, also know as “killer bees,” are a hybrid of honeybees from Europe and southern Africa. In 1957, the hybrid bee was accidentally released in Brazil by a beekeeper. European and Africanized honeybees can only be distinguished by molecular analysis.

Small swarms of Africanized bees are capable of taking over honey bee hives by invading the hive and establishing their own queen after killing the honeybee’s queen.

Aggressiveness

These Africanized bees are ten times more likely to initiate an attack or sting then a common European Honeybee. What makes Africanized honeybees more dangerous is that they are more easily provoked, quick to swarm, attack in greater numbers, and pursue their victims for greater distances.

For a few facts on these Africanized bees, and the distances they are willing to travel during and attack, see an illustration at: http://pestcontrolseo.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/killer-africanized-honeybee-migration-through-the-united-states/

On the Move

English: from http://nationalatlas.gov/article...

Africanized honeybees are moving north at a rate of 100-300 miles per year. They are now common in most of the state of Texas, including the cities of Austin and San Antonio.

Bee Problems?

If you are experiencing a problem with bees of any kind, contact your local pest control company. Due to the ways bees carry pollen, dust pesticides are an effective way to quickly eliminate a bee problem.

If you don’t have an Austin exterminator here are a few suggestions:

Bulwark Exterminating
209 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 291-1200
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

A Wildlife Pro
3803 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 914-7287
austintxanimalcontrol.com

Terminix
1905 Kramer Lane,
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 236-5008
terminix.com

For Austin Bee Removal

Austin Bee Removal
(512) 220-0280
http://austinbeeremoval.com/