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 FLICKA helpful negative off topic

Puppy Rental

2016-08-27 05:10 PM

Most dogs love riding in cars so transporting them to parties wouldn't be upsetting. Playing with children is better than being kept in a cage.

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 REX OF SB helpful negative off topic

Help with Spider ID

2016-08-27 05:09 PM

Thank you, FLICKA. Actually, one spray wasn't enough, and the exterminators do make regular visits. Before I allowed any spraying, I did go over a list of the spray ingredients that were being used and was able to determine that out of all the ingredients, none were harmful to people or pets when used properly.

It's all well and good to try cinnamon, boric acid, cayenne pepper and other old-timey remedies, but the simple fact is, THEY DON'T WORK. They might be effective for a day or so, but soon the ants, fleas and other critters find other ways of getting into your house.

And it is nice being able to leave the dog food dishes down without ant infestation.

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 FLICKA helpful negative off topic

Help with Spider ID

2016-08-27 04:46 PM

REX, I still respect you, and always will! When a home is covered with fleas and ants getting rid of them, especially fleas, can be a real challenge. Sounds like one spray did it for you, not like having it done every few months.

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 FLICKA helpful negative off topic

Cartoon Funnies

2016-08-27 04:28 PM

I think this one is especially good. Thanks

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 915FILMS helpful negative off topic

Help with Spider ID

2016-08-27 03:54 PM

Rex & 901 – If there ever was an example of "my mind's made up, don't confuse me with facts”, you two embody it. Facts are in science, not opinion.

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 COMMENT 725902 helpful negative off topic

Osprey Catching Lunch

2016-08-27 03:45 PM

Great photo. Looks like the fish is a yellow fin croaker sometimes referred to as a Roncador or just "ronkie" for short. Very common in these local close to shore waters.

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 COMMENT 725901 helpful negative off topic

Help with Spider ID

2016-08-27 03:34 PM

REX by now you must have noticed that the new "liberal-pogressive" is neither. They just KNOW they are right no matter what the facts are! The ends always justifies the means in their world, and if anyone dares to contradict or question their position the are called "politically incorrect" and often many other names some so vile as to not be appropriate to write here. Instead of being "politically correct", these narrow minded and biased folks are politically and socially INTOLLERANT of anyone else and any differing views while displaying a smug "holier than thou" attitude!. What is ironic is they claim to be champions of diversity and to be "progressive" when they are far from that and routinely berate anyone who holds a contradictory point of view.

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 COMMENT 725893P helpful negative off topic

Help with Spider ID

2016-08-27 02:21 PM

Three neonicotinoids, including imidacloprid, are currently banned in the EU. Imidacloprid was the first of the neonicotinoid chemicals to come on the market in the US and has been in wide use since 1994 on crops from corn to vegetables. The global production of the substance in 2010 was 20,000 tonnes, making it one of the world’s most-used pesticides.
“We have been saying for several years now that the EPA has enough information and data available to them to take strong action and to severely reduce the amount we are using these chemicals,” said Larissa Walker, who heads the pollinator programme at the Centre for Food Safety. “The new report supports the need for the EPA to really reduce and restrict the use of these chemicals.”
A ban on the use of such chemicals would not be enough on its own to revive the honeybee population, which Walker said have also been affected by habitat loss, disease and parasites. “But this is one factor we can control immediately,” she said. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/06/hone
ybee-populations-decline-pesticides-united-states-epa-study-imidacloprid

A new study of male honeybees shows that two insecticides --- banned in some European nations but still used in the United States --- can significantly reduce the drones’ ability to reproduce.
The study, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the leading biological research journal of the Royal Society, found that thiamethoxam and clothianidin, two chemicals from the neonicotinoid family of insecticides, reduce living sperm in male honeybees, called drones, by almost 40 percent.
“We’ve been able to show for the first time that neonicotinoid pesticides are capable of having an effect on the male reproductive system,” said Lars Straub, a doctoral student at the University of Bern in Switzerland and the lead author of the study.
http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/Insecticide-can-cut-bee-sperm-by-nearly-40-8531408.php

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 COMMENT 725892P helpful negative off topic

Help with Spider ID

2016-08-27 02:16 PM

Pesticides have been linked to a wide range of human health hazards, ranging from short-term impacts such as headaches and nausea to chronic impacts like cancer, reproductive harm, and endocrine disruption. Acute dangers - such as nerve, skin, and eye irritation and damage, headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and systemic poisoning - can sometimes be dramatic, and even occasionally fatal. Pesticides can cause many types of cancer in humans. Some of the most prevalent forms include leukemia, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, brain, bone, breast, ovarian, prostate, testicular and liver cancers. In February 2009, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry published a study that found that children who live in homes where their parents use pesticides are twice as likely to develop brain cancer versus those that live in residences in which no pesticides are used.

Studies by the National Cancer Institute found that American farmers, who in most respects are healthier than the population at large, had startling incidences of leukemia, Hodgkins disease, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and many other forms of cancer.

There is also mounting evidence that exposure to pesticides disrupts the endocrine system, wreaking havoc with the complex regulation of hormones, the reproductive system, and embryonic development. Endocrine disruption can produce infertility and a variety of birth defects and developmental defects in offspring, including hormonal imbalance and incomplete sexual development, impaired brain development, behavioral disorders, and many others. Examples of known endocrine disrupting chemicals which are present in large quantities in our environment include DDT (which still persists in abundance more than 20 years after being banned in the U.S.), lindane, atrazine, carbaryl, parathion, and many others.

http://www.toxicsaction.org/problems-and-solutions/pesticides

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 COMMENT 725885 helpful negative off topic

Sashay

2016-08-27 01:38 PM

What a sweet senior dog. Rescue dogs are the best as they look at you with their eyes and say thank you! Hope she finds a forever home sweet girl.

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 COMMENT 725884P helpful negative off topic

Help with Spider ID

2016-08-27 01:36 PM

Buy borax powder at the garden store for ants and termites. Sprinkle it where they are or across their paths - they will disappear. You can also dissolve borax laundry crystals in water and spray. I believe this is both organic and harmless to pets and people.

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 COMMENT 725882P helpful negative off topic

Maria

2016-08-27 01:01 PM

Black cats are the best! Congratulations to you and Maria for finding each other.

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 REX OF SB helpful negative off topic

Help with Spider ID

2016-08-27 12:43 PM

@876: You're absolutely right. Modern-day pesticides aren't a fraction as harmful to the environment as the alarmists make out, but of course some people will just never understand that, a la "my mind's made up, don't confuse me with facts."

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 COMMENT 725879 helpful negative off topic

Sashay

2016-08-27 11:54 AM

What a beautiful face!!! Very well written, I hope some lucky one gets the privilege of taking her home soon. I am full up, pet wise, at the moment. Thank you for watching over her in the interim.

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 COMMENT 725876 helpful negative off topic

Help with Spider ID

2016-08-27 11:40 AM

Spraying for black or brown widows is smart, and the products they use are diluted to 99.5% water and won't harm anyone.
Americans are so paranoid about everything today, we are living longer than ever because of rodent and insect diseases being kept in check by rodenticides and pesticides.

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 COMMENT 725874 helpful negative off topic

Help with Spider ID

2016-08-27 11:27 AM

Lavender essential oil can help neutralize the poison in venomous bites and bug bites. Use generously on and around bite until you get to doctor. In case of snake bites too, use until hospital. It's been used for eons, and is a great all purpose essential oil to keep on-hand for things like this. Great use for burns and also a few drops in a saline bottle for sinus sprays even helps one deal with the wildfire smoke in the air these days.

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 COMMENT 725861P helpful negative off topic

Maria

2016-08-27 10:39 AM

Love that last picture. Many more happy years for you both!

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 COMMENT 725858 helpful negative off topic

Help with Spider ID

2016-08-27 10:30 AM

Hey D8 - Arbico also has lacewings, which do wonders for any spring aphid issues in one's garden. And ladybugs too!

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 COMMENT 725846 helpful negative off topic

Maria

2016-08-27 09:14 AM

I love Maria! Thank you for giving her a good home!

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 COMMENT 725841P helpful negative off topic

Help with Spider ID

2016-08-27 08:51 AM

That last picture is so beautiful. Nice composition, OP!

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 LEAHKING helpful negative off topic

Puppy Rental

2016-08-27 08:30 AM

Montecito pet shop on the mesa has puppies sometimes, you could stop in there and ask...

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 COMMENT 725825P helpful negative off topic

Tiny Lizards

2016-08-27 06:48 AM

22P - try Amdro ant stakes from OSH. Gone in 3 days.

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 COMMENT 725822P helpful negative off topic

Tiny Lizards

2016-08-27 12:52 AM

Sign me up to foster some lizards if they truly eat ants. My house has been infested for weeks now and I am at a loss. They are climbing all over the house, and all over us no matter what we do to dissuade them. Help!

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 COMMENT 725821P helpful negative off topic

Osprey Catching Lunch

2016-08-27 12:48 AM

I have watched many a bird swoop down and catch fish out of the water, and it never fails to amaze me at how accurate and sharp they are. Some of the clumsiest birds out there still do it every time.

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 COMMENT 725819P helpful negative off topic

Help with Spider ID

2016-08-27 12:34 AM

Spiders of any kid make me jumpy and I have often wondered what people with fine outdoor furniture do about them.

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