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Author Topic: DC area  (Read 464 times)

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Re: DC area
« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2018, 07:39:36 pm »
For me black squirrels in this area are jarring to see.  They look extremely foreign to me, like something from another continent. It's sort of like seeing a native iguana running around in Ohio.

They are weird looking.

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Re: DC area
« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2018, 05:28:08 am »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNwHNYXSCGg

Fighting the Invasive Stinkbug | National Geographic
I wonder why they're called stinkbugs?  I squash them all the time and  they don't stink at all.  They have an odd smell, but don't stink.
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Re: DC area
« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2018, 01:48:08 pm »
Stinkbugs are kind of like skunks.  They only release the odor if they are disturbed.  I've never smelled them either but they say never to smash them.  If I can't get them out of the house I flush them.

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Re: DC area
« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2018, 03:32:01 pm »
Stinkbugs are kind of like skunks.  They only release the odor if they are disturbed.  I've never smelled them either but they say never to smash them.  If I can't get them out of the house I flush them.
I pick them them all the time with tissue paper and squash them.  A faint green slime comes out of them, which I've held up to my nose on several occasions to see if it really smells bad, but can't say it does.  OTOH, maybe all my senses are deteriorating.  I know my hearing and eyesight are.

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Re: DC area
« Reply #19 on: September 01, 2018, 05:07:45 am »
seriously?

They stink like a xxx xxx.
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Re: DC area
« Reply #20 on: September 01, 2018, 10:44:52 am »
That's one stink to one no-stink.   JoFrance, can you squash one and break the tie?

BTW, how did the "DC Area" thread morph into stink bugs?   :laugh:

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Re: DC area
« Reply #21 on: September 01, 2018, 11:52:21 am »
I wouldn't crush them outright. Not in the house, at least.

Many insects release pheromones and other essences when you crush them (example: yellow jackets) that are a war cry or attraction magnet.

And the name "stink bug", really? More people than not think they stink!!!

I usually just carry the bug in a piece of tissue back outside and release it, or flush it down the toilet. That's my "best practice".
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Re: DC area
« Reply #22 on: September 01, 2018, 02:39:17 pm »
I did hear that if you crush them they attract more.  Its my fault, ID.  I brought up stink bugs.  The DC area thread was about hot weather, and bugs are part of it IMO.

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Re: DC area
« Reply #23 on: September 01, 2018, 04:41:40 pm »
The entomologist in the video link that Unix posted said that many people don't think that stink bugs actually stink, but said if you keep one in your hand for some period of time  (which only an entomologist would do) your hand will smell bad afterwards.  The video showed a stink bug excreting drops out of its hind parts.  Maybe that's what would get on your hands and smell bad.  I'm not going to find out.  I'm sure they're going to continue to be a real PITA when they come indoors when it gets cold outside.

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Speaking of Bad Bugs
« Reply #24 on: September 02, 2018, 02:02:36 pm »

Video:
One bite from this tick could ruin red meat for the rest of your life

If this tick bites a cow and then bites you, it could trigger an immune system reaction that causes an allergic reaction every time you eat beef.

Similarly if it bites and pig then you and you eat pork.

They've already spread across most of the eastern half of the U.S.  And they are still spreading out more.

They've caused red meat allergic reactions in only about 5000 people so far, but those reactions are nasty -- bad skin rashes.

If those ticks manage to bite millions of people, it could have a profound impact on the beef and pork industries.

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-tick-bite-can-make-you-allergic-red-meat-2018-8

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Re: Speaking of Bad Bugs
« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2018, 04:06:11 pm »
If this tick bites a cow and then bites you, it could trigger an immune system reaction that causes an allergic reaction every time you eat beef.

Apply for every meat animal - cow, pig, chicken, kangaroo :) , lamb, goat...

And you would be permanently vegan. Not a bad fate.

Seriously, that's really weird. That reminds me of the medical jargon on old Star Trek where they create "retroviruses" that somehow reverse long term conditions.
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Re: DC area
« Reply #26 on: September 07, 2018, 03:23:47 pm »
I'd never want to be a vegan.  If you eat a little bit of everything, you can't go wrong in life.

Back to DC area, how's the weather now?  We're finally cooler after temps in the 90's here in NJ.  I'm so happy!

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Re: DC area
« Reply #27 on: September 08, 2018, 05:07:38 am »
I'd never want to be a vegan.  If you eat a little bit of everything, you can't go wrong in life.

Back to DC area, how's the weather now?  We're finally cooler after temps in the 90's here in NJ.  I'm so happy!
60's for the next couple of days.  Fall will be here soon.  Kids back in school.  Life goes on.
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Re: DC area
« Reply #28 on: September 08, 2018, 02:30:10 pm »
Nice

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