Just when all of you might have thought we could not come up with a better story than last week we found this great tidbit from the Huffington Post.

Who knew????

Gives a whole new thought about whoopee cushions that’s for sure.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/01/30/cockroaches-farts-animals-methane-global-warming_n_2581674.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

Mentioning whoopee cushions makes us realize fart humor has been around for a long time.  Not as long as cockroaches but almost.

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Every now and then it is fun to go searching on the internet for weird, yet true, stories from other pest control companies and we found a doozy today.  We don’t make these things up.

These are real questions/happenings.  Ready?

How many mice will there be when the eggs hatch?

Unlike some pests, mice are mammals and do not lay eggs. Those small dark-colored pellets our customer was asking about were actually mouse droppings!

Do you spray for mice?

There is no spray deterrent for mice.

How do you trap for stray cats?

Not our job. It is best to contact your local Animal Control if you are having problems with any feline friends.

Similarly, if you found two stray kittens living in your basement yesterday but can only find one today, it’s still best to call Animal Control to figure out how to lure the other out of its hiding spot.

Will you spray me for parasites?

We do not treat humans or pets for parasites. You must call your doctor for any necessary diagnosis or treatment to be prescribed the proper medication.

In addition, we cannot always check out your bug bites to identify what they were caused by. Please seek the assistance of a medical professional!

Ratatouille?

Some time ago, a small cafe in the downtown area had a big rat problem. While servicing the restaurant, our technician noticed a tail poking out of the soup in a large stockpot.

“Oh my! What is in that soup?” He asked the line cook.

The line cook reached into the stockpot and fished out a dead rat. The rat had climbed into the giant pot of soup and drowned without anyone noticing.

The startled cook gasped, “I’ve been serving this soup all week!”

Unfortunately, he said this in front of a counter full of people, and customers began rushing out the front doors of the cafe.

Moral of the story: if you’re a consumers, do your homework before eating out; if you are a restaurant owner, always maintain a healthy environment and call us if you think you have a pest problem!

Coastal Pest Control is here to help you with any pest control problem you might have except cats and parasites on humans.

Bet you stay away from soup in a restaurant for a while too.

Every now and then we find it necessary to digress away from what we do in pest control and share with you something you wouldn’t want to find in your backyard.

This past weekend crazy people went bounty hunting for these bad big boys and girls.  This one takes the cake and more.

http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/10/16452817-how-do-you-weigh-a-21-foot-long-python-australian-zookeepers-weigh-atomic-betty?lite

Have you ever considered what being a cockroach means to a cockroach?

CLICK BELOW and see a cockroach love story.

Do you love cockroaches?

A desktop PC once owned by Geoff Capes, has been found to have the extraordinary power of bug zapping.

Computers have not been previously known as an effective bug killer, but research has shown that this individual PC has been killing flies, wasps and moths for the best part of 1 year. Current owner, Jon Marshall explains:

“I had to open up the PC to install a new hard drive, but when I opened up the case, a whole mound of sodden, rotting flies and stuff rolled out of the shell. It was disgusting.”

“It was absolutely full, there must have been a thousand of these bugs.”

The apparent reason for the infestation is said to be caused by the fan. It seems it was wired incorrectly and was sucking air in instead of pushing it out.

“Y’see, the problem here is, ” said Mark Camode, PC Analyst, ” that the fan was sucking in the little creaturesbugs. Now, this is quite a powerful fan (it has to be, these P4’s overheat like buggers) and a fly would have had no chance.”

The computer has since been buried.

 

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Neurologists at Northern Michigan University have released a study that confirms the ability to capture the final brain activity of most insects at the moments just before death.

Working predominantly with Black Flies, a species that can outnumber the entire human population in a town as small as Newberry Michigan, Professor Haywood Jabuzov, Russian immigrant and director of insect neural studies at NMU, says that brain activity heightens as stress is introduced to the insect.

“If a fly for example, knows he is about to be swatted, that sudden introduction of stress spikes the fly’s adrenalin and also his brain activity. The neural activity is so intense, we can pick up on those small brain waves with our external monitors”, says Jabuzov. No one was willing to ask a follow up question because Jabuzov, who hadn’t showered or shaved or changed his formerly white lab coat in days, was creeping everyone out.

NMU’s study also shows repeating patterns of brain activity for certain pre-death stress situations. Translating the patterns, Dr. Jabuzov says that an English equivalent can be offered for illustration purposes. “Of course, they can’t speak English, but their neural responses indicate a sophisticated form of communication.”

If the test fly is about to be swatted from above and escapes to the right, the neural translation, according to Jabuzov, is “Oh Sh*t, TURN RIGHT”. Similarly, if the fly escapes to the left the translation would be, “Oh Sh*t, TURN LEFT”. If the fly is successfully swatted, it’s simply “Oh, Sh*t”. For other tests using electronic pest control, the response is slightly different, translating to something like, “Pretty blue light, AARGH”.

Jabuzov admits that the studies are incomplete and that his department could use more government funding. Critics ask why anyone should care what a pest’s final thoughts are. “So long as their dead” said one reporter. Baiting Jabuzov with additional sarcastic questions, one reporter snickered, “Hey Doc, if you’re so smart, what’s the last thing to go through a bug’s mind when he hits my car’s windshield?”

You know the answer to this……

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We thought you might find this article interesting!  Could be a good report for a kid in school too.

(ISNS) — When ants are confronted with information overload and face too many decisions — about where to live, for instance — they revert to the wisdom of the crowd.

Despite having a brain smaller than the point of a pin, one ant species uses an elaborate system of sending out scouts to look for new homes. The scouts report back, and then the whole colony votes, according to researchers at Arizona State University.

The ants use chemistry and crowdsourcing, wrote associate professor of biology Stephen C. Pratt and graduate student Takao Sasaki at Arizona State University, in the current issue of Current Biology.

“They have tiny brains, but nonetheless, they are able to do quite a bit with them,” Pratt said. Honey bees also have small brains but each brain has about a million neurons, which collectively have “quite a lot of processing power.” Bees use a tail-wagging dance to communicate.

The ants involved in the ASU study, Temnothorax rugatulus are red, about one-tenth of an inch long, and live in crevices between rocks in forests in the western U.S. and parts of Europe.

The colonies themselves are not very big, usually a few hundred workers, Pratt said, and if an animal knocks a colony over, the roof falls in, or if they need more space,  the ants have to move.

But the ants live in areas in which the potential number of possible nest sites is overwhelming. One ant can’t cope with making the decision. No one is in charge in an ant nest.

“They distribute the task among colony members,” said Sasaki.

That’s where the crowdsourcing comes in.

According to Pratt and Sasaki, the ants send scouts to check out some potential home sites. The scouts look at such things as the size of the entrance and how big the cavity is. If the ant likes what she sees, she returns to the colony.

She sends out a pheromone message, “Follow me,” and another ant will join her in what is called tandem running. She takes her colleague out to view the potential site.

If the second ant likes what she sees, she goes back and repeats the process, bringing back another ant. If she doesn’t like it, she merely returns to the colony. If enough ants like a site, the colony reaches a quorum, essentially choosing the new home.

The scouts pick up their nest mates and carry them to their new homes, usually taking the nest queen along with them.

Sasaki built an experiment in which one ant had to make the decision from two potential sites and then from eight. Half the potential sites were unsuitable in both experiments. He was forcing the ants in the laboratory to do what ants in the wild would not, send one ant to make the decision for the colony, Pratt said.

Individual ants, confronted with two choices, had no problems picking the most suitable site. When faced with choosing among eight, however, an ant often selected the wrong place.

The two researchers tested a whole colony with the same choices, letting them send out more than one scout. The colonies, acting as a crowd, did equally well in both experiments, picking suitable sites 90 percent of the time.

“It’s a shared decision,” Pratt said.

Part of the advantage of the colony system, Sasaki and Pratt hypothesized, is that each scout visited only a few potential sites, minimizing the information it must process, while an individual ant, assigned to do it alone, had to visit them all and was the victim of cognitive overload.

Evolution has produced the system that best increases the possibility of colony survival.

Honey bees have a similar system, said computer scientist James Marshall, from Sheffield University in the U.K. He models social insect behavior.

What we are seeing, he said, is something like how the human body functions: millions of cells organized into one super-organism. In the case of the bees and ants, all the insects in the hive or nest form one individual organism.

“Here, it is very much of a group benefit,” Marshall said. “Like super organisms, the interests of individuals are the same as the interests of the group.”

“Cognitive overload is a growing issue for human decision making, as unprecedented access to data poses new challenges to individual processing abilities,” Pratt and Sasaki wrote in their journal article. “Human groups also solve difficult problems better when each group member has only limited access to information.”

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Joel Shurkin is a freelance writer based in Baltimore. He is the author of nine books on science and the history of science, and has taught science journalism at Stanford University, UC Santa Cruz and the University of Alaska Fairbanks