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Slacker and Steve - Bug Related Incident 4/26

April 26, 2016

In an attempt to kill bees, a Connecticut man set fire to his shed Sunday afternoon. Initially the man attempted to kill the bees with a mix of fuel and oil, but then the owner of the home decided to set the mixture on fire. The fire spread to his shed, completely destroying the structure, Fire Marshal Roy Shafer said. The 8 feet by 10 feet shed stood 50 feet from the home but the blaze didn't spread to the house. Shafer said nothing was inside the shed.

 

You’ll hear them from a mile away. This spring, billions of cicadas will come up from underground, creating a symphony that the east coast hasn’t heard since 1999. Cicadas are large, clunky insects with translucent wings and wide set eyes. They are divided up into different broods, or year-classes, based on when they emerge. There are twelve broods of cicadas in total. While some broods come to the surface every 13 years, most of them take 17 years. Think of it like high school. Only instead of having a reunion every 10 years, these rambunctious bugs get together every 13 or 17 years. And every 221 years, a brood of 13-year-old cicadas and a brood of 17-year-old cicadas co-emerge, bringing twice the fun. These particular cicadas are Brood V. They spend the first 17 years of their lives underground, feeding off of plant roots. And over the next few weeks they’ll finally emerge. Scientists think these super long hibernations might be an evolutionary tool the bugs developed to avoid predators. By coming out all at once, they essentially flood the market on cicada meat. Birds and other predators would have a hard time making even a dent in their population. After spending their first week above ground as wingless nymphs, the cicadas will grow into adults, ready to slip out of their exoskeleton (leaving behind a menacing brown shell) and find a mate. And that telltale roar of clicks is their mating call.

 

A high school in western Maryland is getting pest-control treatment after a poisonous black widow spider was found in the girls’ locker room. Allegany County Public Schools spokeswoman Mia Cross says a student killed the spider Thursday at Allegany High School in Cumberland. A pest-control company confirmed a school administrator’s identification of the spider. While no other live spiders were found, the gymnasium and locker rooms have been closed and will be treated this weekend. The entire school will be closed all weekend, and Cross says no weekend student activities are affected.

 

A New York woman got a lot more with her motel stay in Virginia than she bargained for...a little something extra was under her pillow. No, we're not talking bedtime chocolates. We're talking bed bugs! "When I got up, I see spots of blood on my pillow," Janie McFarland said. "So, they had been biting me on my neck and they were on my face." Yeah, she found more than 40 bed bug bites all over her body! "I pulled the sheet back even more and there were bed bugs from the head to the foot of the bed just scurrying around on the sheet." So now she's suing the motel owner for $5 Million! The motel claims exterminators regularly take care of all kinds of pests there, so there is no problem. But a federal judge ruled there's no evidence that bed bugs were on the list of pests being controlled. "They didn't check the beds until the day after I left. That's the first time in two years." Meantime, she's happy to go to court. McFarland declared she's "teaching them a lesson that basically other people have probably complained and they didn't do anything about it." So now a jury gets to decide what's bugging her, and which side is the real pest!

 

Whether it was a cicada, a spider, a roach, or a bee, what was your bug related incident?

Slacker and Steve - Bug Related Incident 4/26

This spring, billions of cicadas will come up from underground, swarming the east coast for the first time since 1999. Yuck! Whether it was a cicada, a spider, a roach, or a bee, what was your bug related incident?