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Stonington offers help to neighbors battling rat infestation | The … – The Westerly Sun

PAWCATUCK Health officials are working to stamp out a rat infestation that started in one home and has spread to the surrounding neighborhood. The Ledge Light Health District, which replaced the towns health department on April 26, met with residents at the police station on Friday to go over preventive and abatement measures.

Eight residents attended the meeting, which was led by First Selectman Rob Simmons and Ryan McCammon, supervisor of environmental health for Ledge Light. Leanne D. Theodore, director of human services for the town, was also on hand to answer questions.

McCammon said the police received complaints last month about rats at 1 Milan Terrace, which is owned by Terrance Holbrook and Ronald Kutz. Holbrook and his sister, Rebecca Holbrook, live there, and it was known she was feeding the rats with bird food. McCammon said she is now in the hospital and not living in the home.

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About a week and a half ago, Ledge Light ordered an exterminator to assess the home, take steps to eradicate the rats, and eliminate other problems such as debris, bird feeders and standing water, McCammon said. The owners were given five days to get an exterminator, two weeks to eliminate debris around the house, and 30 days to remove debris and materials from the interior. Terrance Holbrook is complying with those steps, McCammon said.

Griggs and Browne, an exterminator from Waterford, has been hired for abatement work and has removed about 50 dead rats from the property, McCammon said. Simmons said the town would pay to solve the problem at 1 Milan Terrace, and Theodore said she was working with Terrance Holbrook to assess his needs. Holbrook has physical limitations because of recent shoulder surgery and will need assistance with cleaning up the property, Simmons said.

One of Holbrooks neighbors said she had been dealing with the problem for nine months, and that the town had been notified numerous times.

Mike Magana, who lives at 24 Milan Terrace, said the police had been called many, many, many times. He said he believed the town was negligent and should therefore totally and completely and solely own this problem, including bearing financial responsibility for others whose homes are infested with rats in the neighborhood.

After the meeting, Simmons said the town is taking financial responsibility for eradicating the rats at 1 Milan Terrace so that the work gets done in a timely manner. He said the town would provide some help to those with demonstrated financial need but was not offering blanket funding for abatement to all of the homes in the neighborhood, which is near Route 1 and west of the high school.

The central area where this particular problem originated is 1 Milan Terrace and the people that live there may not have the capacity to deal with the issue and the town will move forward and address the issue regardless of the cost to the town, Simmons said. If in fact there are other property owners who are severely affected by the situation that exists at 1 Milan, then well address those on a case-by-case basis.

Theodore said her department was willing to listen and help. We do whatever we can if there are financial or physical barriers, she said. The town has a small budget to help people we can use it for things like this, its not just for paying rent or gas bills.

Exterminators offer free site assessments and will explain preventive measures. Abatement can cost $50 to $300 depending on how many times the exterminator returns.

Before calling an exterminator, McCammon encouraged residents to start with measures like eliminating bird feeders and birdbaths. Other measures included putting out trash for pickup in the morning instead of the night before, rinsing out recyclables, and making sure garbage can lids are closed securely.

The rats, identified as Norway rats, burrow into holes in foundations and structures to make their nests, McCammon said.

They will burrow around foundations and crevices in houses unless they are sealed, he said. They only need a one half inch hole to get in people should check screen doors, garage doors and weatherstripping for holes, and eliminate food and water sources.

Norway rats typically weigh about -to-1 pound. Their bodies are about 6 to 8 inches long and tails measure about 6 inches long. They have a blunt nose and small ears and eyes. Since they can breed 12 times per year and have 8 to 12 young per litter, rats can populate an area within a very short period.

McCammon said he would visit the neighborhoods around 1 Milan Terrace next week and hand out a packet of information on how to prevent and eliminate rats. Residents can also call McCammon at his Stonington Town Hall office at 860-535-5010. The information will also be available at

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Can you get rid of home pests with essential oils? | Life … – South Bend Tribune

Sometimes the most natural methods work best. You can get rid of mice using a reliable old snap-trap, and nothing takes out spiders like a rolled-up newspaper. But if you want to get rid of spiders and mice with minimal force, essential oils may be the solution for you.

Peppermint oil pest control is an effective means of repelling spiders and mice. Spiders smell through their legs, and so theyre very sensitive to oils on the surface. Mice rely on their sense of smell, so they tend to be turned away from distinct essential oil odors. Mice tend to follow pheromone trails left by other mice, and peppermint oil confuses those senses.

As a bonus, essential oils are environmentally friendly and safe for your family and pets compared to toxic chemicals.

How to prepare essential oils for pest control

You have three options for setting up essential oils to repel mice and spiders: sprinkling it directly, spraying it or soaking cotton balls.

If you know where pests are coming in, or have a suspicion such as crevices, cracks, windows, and other hiding places you can apply a line of undiluted oil across that entrance point. You can also create a diluted mix of water and a small amount of peppermint oil and spray it across a wider area. This is particularly useful if youre not sure where theyre getting in and want to cover an entire corner or window.

You can also soak cotton balls in undiluted oil and place them near the entrances you want to block.

Peppermint is the most effective oil to repel spiders. Besides peppermint and spearmint, essential oils for spiders include citrus elements like orange, lemon and lime. Citronella, cedar wood, tea tree oil and lavender can also be effective.

However, consider whether you want to get rid of spiders at all. You obviously want venomous spiders to be far away, but in many cases, especially if theyre outside windows or doors, spiders are effective pest control all their own! There is no better natural insect exterminator than the spider, and no more potent bug repellent than a spiders web.

As with spiders, peppermint oil is an effective deterrent, but you need to keep several drawbacks in mind. Essential oil is not a long-lasting product; it will need to be replaced every few days. And especially in the case of mice, you want to check those peppermint-soaked cotton balls every so often. Once the odor fades away, that cotton will make attractive nesting material for the mice.

You want to make sure you place the essential oils right where mice are entering, rather than where theyre already getting in.

Generally, you want to combine peppermint oil pest control with other measures. For mice, plugging up holes with steel wool tends to keep them out, since they have a hard time chewing through it.

Peppermint oil pest control may seem like a low-impact and simple approach, but it can be very effective. If you place the oils correctly, they should act as a virtual force field, telling pests in no uncertain terms to go the other way.

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Large spider climbs into ND woman’s home, turns out it’s common for our area – Valley News Live

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live): A Horace woman found a large spider on her living room floor and it turned out to be North Dakota’s largest spider species. Your windows and doors may be open because of the warm weather, but you may be letting in other things besides the sunshine.

“That spider in particular we do commonly get, it’s called A Dark Fishing Spider and it is the largest spider we have in North Dakota and I think that is why people get freaked out about it,” said NDSU Extension Entomology Specialist, Pat Beauzay.

Beauzay says they’re harmless and found across most of the U.S. and Canada. The Dark Fishing Spider is mostly seen in the spring and fall. They typically hunt above the water for minnows and aquatic insects.

“When the water dries up they do wander around and can get into people’s homes,” explained Beauzay.

The Dark Fishing Spider can bite if it’s mishandled.

Other spiders you may run into can be the wolf spider or jumping spider, seen on the side of your house. Eastern North Dakota doesn’t have venomous spiders but in Lakes Country there’s the cousin to the black widow.

“We do get the occasional Northern Widow which is a sub-species of the black widow but they are very rare,” stated Beauzay.

Beauzay says it’s best for people to just collect the bug in a cup and release it in your yard.

“Unless its really a pest most insects are very beneficial, they’re pollinators or predators of pest insects,” said Beauzay.

The best way to avoid insects coming into your home is making sure your windows and doors have screens and that there are no holes.

The most common call a local exterminator says he is getting is calls for ants because of the dry weather. If you find a unknown insect, the NDSU Entomology department does insect identification. We’ve put a link to their website in this story.

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HUD officials: Essex Village improvements underway – Richmond Free Press

By Jeremy M. Lazarus

The overhaul of Henrico Countys troubled Essex Village apartment complex appears to be underway.

Under threat of losing $4.2 million in yearly federal housing subsidies and facing pressure from Henrico County and 4th District Congressman A. Donald McEachin, PK Management, which operates the 496-unit, Section 8 complex at Pilots Lane and Laburnum Avenue, has begun making improvements to address long-standing health and safety issues, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In its first step, the real estate management company has fired the senior manager whom company officials blame for failing to ensure proper upkeep of the aging 36-year-old Essex Village and other deteriorating Section 8 properties the company manages in the Richmond area. They include the 132-unit Woodland Crossing complex, 3459 Walmsley Blvd. on Richmonds South Side, another troubled complex where tenant complaints have long been ignored.

Seeking to usher in a new era at Essex Village, PK Management has increased the pickup of trash and hired a new exterminator company to address problems with mice, roaches, bedbugs and other pests, said HUD spokeswoman Lisa Wolfe.

Ms. Wolfe said PK Management also has begun employing off-duty Henrico Police officers in rotating shifts to provide coverage 16 hours a day to improve security. The company also has provided a single entry and exit from the complex after dark.

Parking lots also have been resealed and re-striped; playground equipment has been repainted and new additions added; and a new tot lot is being created on an unused basketball court, Ms. Wolfe said.

In addition, PK Management is preparing to spend $500,000 to replace siding on three buildings in July and also has hired a plumbing contractor to determine why raw sewage keeps bubbling onto the complex grounds after heavy rains and to make recommendations to end the problem, Ms. Wolfe said.

PK Management also has inspected all units and is making plans to address deficiencies, with HUD inspectors monitoring the efforts, Ms. Wolfe said.

HUD takes the issues raised about the complex very seriously, she said, and our agency is taking the appropriate steps to ensure families at Essex Village have housing that is decent, safe, sanitary and in good repair.

She noted that HUD officials have been increasingly concerned, particularly after the complex failed its January inspection. It had come close previously, but never dropped into the red zone of failure before.

State HUD officials first toured the complex March 29 and met with residents, and then began connecting with Henrico County officials who had been pressing HUD since the fall of 2016 to force improvements at Essex Village, deemed the countys worst complex.

County inspectors had reported 140 violations of the property maintenance code, but reported having trouble getting HUDs attention until March, when HUD representatives finally met with county officials.

By that time, Deputy County Manager Douglas Middleton was going public with his complaints and Congressmen McEachin was issuing his first statement calling on HUD to step up enforcement. Both appeared to be unaware that HUD gave the complex a failing rating and was demanding that PK Management come up with an improvement plan.

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Rat Mob! Rodents Swarm in Myanmar Villages – Live Science

Ledge Light addressing rat infestation in Pawcatuck neighborhood – (subscription)

Stonington Ledge Light Health District is taking steps to eradicate an infestation of rats at a blighted Milan Terrace home that has resulted in rodents moving to adjacent homes.

The health district, which took over the duties of the towns health department last month, will hold a meeting for neighbors of the home at 5 p.m. Friday at the police station to discuss measures that homeowners can take to help eliminate the rats.

Ledge Light Supervisor of Environmental Health Ryan McCammon, whose office is in Town Hall, said Wednesday that last month police had referred neighbor complaints to him about the rats at the 1 Milan Terrace home owned by Terrance Holbrook and Ronald Kutz, trustees.

He said when he first visited the home last month he saw evidence of rats burrowing outside the home. He has also learned that a woman, who was living at the home but then needed to go to the hospital, had been feeding the rats.

McCammon said it took him some time to contact one of the owners and get a chance to inspect the inside of the home, which he did last month. Approximately 10 days ago Ledge Light issued a public health order for the owners to have a licensed exterminator assess the situation and take steps to eradicate the rats, and eliminate other problems such as debris, bird feeders and standing water, all of which attract rats. The towns director of planning and blight officer, Jason Vincent, also is reviewing the situation.

McCammon said he visited the home Wednesday and bait traps have been deployed at the home by a licensed exterminator and other steps have been taken to comply with the order.

But now that the food supply has been eliminated, he said the rats have spread out into the adjacent neighborhood.

He said he has alerted 20 to 25 residents on Milan Terrace, Frank Street, Swan Street and the adjacent section of Route 1 about Fridays meeting.

He is urging neighbors to remove bird feeders, bird baths and debris that attract rats. He said trash should not be put out on the street until the morning of collection and garbage cans should be securely covered.

He said these are all low-cost measures that can be taken with hopes of avoiding the hiring of a firm to install bait traps. McCammon said Ledge Light alsois ready to advise residents who need to hire a licensed contractor. He has also talked to the towns Human Services Department about possible financial assistance for those who may need it.

Even with these steps, McCammon said it could take weeks for the rats to go away.

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Veteran musicians join forces to open Festival Jam 2017 – Salina Journal (subscription)

Four veteran musicians plan to set a good tone for Festival Jam 2017.

Formed about nine months ago, Backwater Mafia will perform a high-powered, 15-minute set combining blues, southern rock and contemporary country with a rock edge.

Were going to come out there and get the festival rockin, said Clark Voodoo13 Cumbo, a guitarist for the Salina-based band.

The bands drummer, Marty Ruthless Hoppock, said he and his fellow musicians will strive to create a good mood in the crowd as the opening band at this years Festival Jam, the traditional Thursday night kickoff to the Smoky Hill River Festival.

Were well-rehearsed with what were doing, so it should come off well, Hoppock said.

Backwater Mafia is scheduled to begin its set at 6 p.m. today on Eric Stein Stage at Oakdale Park, although festivalgoers who want to see the Jam from the beginning probably should be in place by 5:45, as things often kick off about 5:50 p.m.

In case any festival veteran needs a reminder, Festival Jam is a showcase of 16 local and regional bands performing in a variety of genres, from rock to country to blues. Each band performs a 15-minute set, then clears the stage for the next band.

The longtime festival event, sponsored by S.M. Hanson Music and owner Steve Hanson, traditionally draws more than 10,000 people to Oakdale Park.

I have a friend who graduated the same year I did in 1980, and almost every year since then shes specifically taken time off her job just to come to Festival Jam, said Cumbo, who has worked in sales at S.M. Hanson Music for about six years. For me, its all about seeing bands and musicians I dont ordinarily get to see a lot.

In his many years as a guitarist and vocalist, Cumbo figured hes performed at Festival Jam five or six times, each with a different band. Cumbo, Hoppock and the bands other guitarist, Tim Sick Sickler, an area truck driver, previously played in another local band and decided to remain together after that band broke up.

A month after the other band broke up I contacted Clark and wanted to do something again, said Hoppock, who in his day job works in the chemical department at Power Vac in Salina. We just had to find a bass player.

Cumbo found a bassist in another musician friend, Jim The Exterminator Countryman, who worked as a supervisor for Orkin Pest & Termite Control.

Jim came in the store, and I asked him if he was playing with anybody now, Cumbo said. He said no, so I asked if hed like to be in a band with us, and he said yes.

Cumbo said what sets Backwater Mafia apart from other local bands is experience Hoppock is the youngest member of the band at age 41 and Cumbo, who is 55, has been playing professionally since he was 15. All four band members also sing lead vocals.

The band also tries to find songs people have heard of but arent played live that often, Hoppock said.

Well do Backwater by the Meat Puppets or Stealin by Uriah Heep, he said. Songs that are on classic radio but dont get much play. Once people hear the song, though, theyll recognize it.

Band members plan to perform three songs in which Cumbo, Hoppock and Sickler each sing lead vocal. Although theyre keeping their lineup a secret until showtime, theyve had months to pick their best material and plan to take advantage of their opportunity.

Just because I work at (Hansons) doesnt mean I automatically get to play, Cumbo said. Everyone has to send in audition tapes and bios. Were just honored and privileged to open up the Jam this year, and we plan to set the stage for the rest of the night.

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Bullet Ant – Ask The Exterminator

Summary: Bullet ants are known for their nasty stings. The pain of their stingers is 30 times worse than a bee or wasp sting. Certainly enough to take your breath away.

Curious about the bullet ant and why its name sounds so dangerous? It is said that getting stung by one of these little guys is like getting shot by a bullet. The bullet ant is distinguished from other ants by its harsh sting and large size. It is the largest type of ant in the world. It can grow up to an inch in length and is typically either red or brown in color. The bullet ant likes to nest at the bases of trees. It is also known as the 24-hour ant because the pain from the sting is said to last 24 hours.

This scary critter derives its name from its sting, which has been proven to be the most painful sting out of all the invertebrates in the world. Imagine getting stung by a big, ugly wasp and think of the pain it brings. Now imagine a sting 30 times more painful. This is the equivalent of the bullet ant’s sting. In fact, the Schmidt Sting Index describes it as similar to fire-walking over charcoal with a 3-inch rusty nail in your heel. I definitely would not want to be around this insect when it gets mad.

Some tribes in the Amazon have an interesting ritual for the males of their societies. Adolescent boys go through a rite of passage into adulthood that involves bullet ants. They are stung by hundreds of these painful insects in order to prove their manhood. A young man must stick his hands into gloves that contain a couple hundred bullet ants. He must keep his hands in the gloves for at least ten minutes.

You may be wondering who would willingly handle the bullet ants to place them into the gloves, considering they are more painful than root canal. The ants are found among trees, and great care is used when picking them up. The tribe’s medicine man drugs the ants to temporarily allow them to doze off. While they are dazed, he places them into the gloves, ensuring that the stingers are facing the inside layers of the gloves. The medicine man also helps the initiates by dancing with them during the ritual as a distraction to their pain.

During the ten minute ritual, a young man feels sharp pricking from the stingers, but nothing too painful. However, the aftereffects of the stings are far worse. The venom shoots quickly through the blood of the body and into the muscles. The muscles become extremely weak, the entire body shakes, the lips swell and the eyelids begin to droop. The young man sweats profusely and drools uncontrollably. He will not be aware of his surroundings and may become very confused. These effects can last as long as 3 hours.

After the worst part is over, the pain still does not subside. The young man’s hands swell two or three times their normal size and remain swollen for at least another twelve hours. The sharp pains continue to come and go. The effects of the bullet ants will not fully dissipate until 24 hours after being stung. If a young man can handle physical pain induced by bullet ants, it is felt he will certainly be capable of handling anything. Some tribes even require men to commit to this ritual not just once, but 20 times before becoming a tribe warrior. I’d rather go to the marines for my training, thank you.

The toxin the bullet ant gives off from its stinger causes all of these effects. This toxin is called poneratoxin which causes slow, but harsh contractions of muscles. After being stung by a bullet ant, animals have no control over relaxing or contracting their muscles. They can only wait until the venom wears off and for their bodies to return to a normal state.

Tribal peoples of Central America also use bullet ants in their cultures. They can be used as an aid against rheumatism. Bullet ants are used to seal wounds. The ants have strong mandibles, or jaws are placed over an open wound. The ant’s mandibles seal the wound tightly, and the saliva of the bullet ant provides an extra layer of protection for the wound.

The good news is that bullet ants do not live in North America. However, you may encounter some when visiting a zoo or when traveling abroad, especially to Central or South America. In the off chance you experience a bullet ant sting, have someone take you to the emergency room immediately. You cannot drive because of the pain that will hit you about ten minutes after being stung. Also, take an antihistamine. Many people are allergic to bullet ant stings and may suffer severe allergic reactions, including anaphylactic shock.

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Ant-Man Shrinks Into Action With 3 New Animated Shorts – Marvel (press release) (registration) (blog)

Published Jun 7, 2017 By Marc Strom

Ant-Man continues to prove hes one of the biggest heroes around in three new animated shorts!

Scott Lang, a.k.a. Ant-Man, goes from his daughters science fair to warding off an alien invasion and more in these new tales. Want to learn more about how they all came together? Then check out our interview with Ant-Man voice actor Josh Keaton!

These are just the first three of six shorts coming your way, Marvelites, and you can catch them all on Disney XD starting this weekend! Science Fair will debut on Saturday, June 10 starting at 7:58 AM ET, with Alien Invasion and Soup Time following in every four hours at 11:58 AMand 2:58 PM.The next three shorts will follow on Sunday, June 11 with Exterminator at 11:28 AM, followed by Proton Cube at 5:28 PMand finally, Not a Date at 8:58 PM.

Published Jun 7, 2017 By Jenn Fujikawa

Good things come in small packages as Marvel Animations series of cartoon shorts is kicking off this weekend with Marvels Ant-Man on Disney XD. The debut of these six new action-filled shorts gives viewers a peek into the life of Scott Lang as he battles Yellowjacket, finds common ground with Wasp, and creates a giant piece of cheese. You know, the typical super hero life. talked with the new voice of Ant-Man Josh Keaton, whose previous roles include many familiar video game voices and most recently, Shiro on Voltron: Legendary Defender. We spoke with Josh about taking on the exciting task of voicing of the Ant-Size Avenger, and whether saving the world or helping with homework is the more difficult task. Have you always been a Marvel comics fan?

Josh Keaton: Absolutely, my favorite comic book character is Spider-Man. Ant-Man is a new thing for me, I didnt go into this knowing as much about him so I had research more about the character, I started reading more about Scott as the process was going on. How did you decide to approach the character of Scott Lang, did you use past iterations of Ant-Man (Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes!, Marvel StudiosAnt-Man movie) to get his character just right or is this your own new variation on Scott Lang?

Josh Keaton: Im definitely putting my own spin on it, I like a lot of the stuff that other people who have played him have contributed. I like Paul Rudds snarkiness, Ive been a fan of his for a long time. Its not necessarily a recreation of any particular performance, Im taking elements of what Ive read about the character and how I feel he would be. Is there a particular way you get into character to voice a superhero? Most superheroes have alter egos so its really two characters in one but here you have Scott Lang, Ant-Man, and also Giant Man, so you get three characters in one.

Josh Keaton: At the end of the day its all Scott. Hes got the mask on but hes very much the same character in and out of the suit. Theres not a lot hes trying to hide, if anything hes trying to prove himself to the rest of the Avengers and trying to prove that hes not a bad guy. Hes a likeable guy and he wants to be liked. Youve voiced Shiro in Voltron Legendary: Defender. While Shiro is a born leader, Scott was pretty much thrown into the action. How does that manifest itself in the way you approach voicing Marvels Ant-Man?

Josh Keaton: It helped the process that I wasnt as familiar with the character as I have been with other superheroes that Ive played. Shiro is larger so theres a physicality that I get into when voicing him, and Ant-Man is more like an everyman. There are definitely some parallels between the characterstheres a huge amount of loyalty that you can find in both. Its really more of a mental place to get into, rather than physically preparing to get into the role. With these shorts you get a quick but concise look into Scott Langs world. What do you think fans will like most about these shorts?

Josh Keaton: One of the things that I really love about the shorts is the fact thatmuch like the fact that he can shrink and growhis problems and the enemies that he faces also shrink and grow. I mean, hes fighting this massive force of nature in one, and then in another one hes fighting the exterminator thats going to kill his ant buddies. Its just a run of the mill exterminator that is just as much of a supervillain to his ant buddies as a much bigger supervillain would be to the rest of the world. He still has that loyalty to his little buddies that he does to humanity. Wasp is clearly superior when it comes to plan of attack against enemies, do you think Scotts faltering helps his character?

Josh Keaton: Absolutely. Hes able to poke fun at himself. He knows that hes still kind of figuring stuff out, things are going to go wrong and he just kind of deals with it. Theres definitely a relaxed-ness to him, even under fire. Theres even a little bit of crossover with Spider-Man, theres that humor that comes out under fire and Scotts always down to make the joke. Yellowjacket ruining kids science projects is the ultimate in villainy, do you think Scott has a more difficult time fighting the bad guys or helping out Cassie with her homework?

Josh Keaton: How much more evil can you get than messing up kids science projects? I think its a little bit of both. I have two young kids and I barely have time, so if I had to add fighting supervillains to my schedule, I dont know how Id get it all done. What would you like to say to the fans wholl be tuning in this weekend?

Josh Keaton: Thanks for watching, thanks for supporting Marvel and everyone who worked so hard to make these!

Catch Josh Keaton as the voice of Ant-Man in Marvels Ant-Man when the first of six of the two-minute shorts titled Science Fair, will debut on Disney XD on Saturday, June 10 starting at 7:58 AM ET, with Alien Invasion and Soup Time following in every four hours at 11:58 AMand 2:58 PM.The next three shorts will follow on Sunday, June 11 with Exterminator at 11:28 AM, followed by Proton Cube at 5:28 PMand finally, Not a Date at 8:58 PM.

Published Jun 2, 2017 By Christine Dinh

True Believers, Peter Parker is heading back to TV screens once again! Weve got a sneak peek on the upcoming Marvels Spider-Man animated series premiering later this summer on Disney XD above!

The new series, Marvels Spider-Man, tells the story of an unsure (but courageous) teen who has to figure out how to be a Super Hero from the very beginning. Its aback-to-basics approach to the web-slingers origin story. Take a look at the first look above where Spidey takes on Scorpion, and check out a look the latest Peter Parker/Spider-Man below.

Tune in to Disney XD to catch episodes of your favorite Marvel animated series! Stay tuned to for all the latest news and updates on all things Marvel.

Published May 25, 2017 By Christine Dinh

Earths Mightiest Heroes unite once again to fight the foes no single hero could withstand alone as Marvels Avengers: Secret Wars (previously Marvels Avengers: Ultron Revolution) debuts a fourth season with a one-hour premiere on SATURDAY, JUNE 17 (11:30 a.m.12:00 p.m. EDT), on Disney XD, and on the Disney XD App and VOD (12:01 a.m. EDT). Disney XD will also present a series of six shorts featuring the newest Avengers Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, Ant-Man, Wasp and Vision in a flashback sequence that introduces their powers, beginning FRIDAY, JUNE 2, on Disney XD, the Disney XD App, Disney XD YouTube and VOD.

Picking up right after the events of season three Ultron Revolution, the fourth season finds Tony Stark trapped in another dimension. While the Avengers muster all of their knowledge and strength to try and find a way to bring him back, they are attacked by a new Cabal of villains who scatter the mighty heroes across space and time. With the help of the Black Panthers new team, including Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, Ant-Man, Wasp and Vision, the Avengers must reunite in time to save the universe.

The multiplatform schedule is:



The series stars: Mick Wingert (Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy) as Iron Man, Fred Tatasciore (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness) as Hulk, Roger Craig Smith (Wreck-It Ralph) as Captain America, Travis Willingham (Regular Show) as Thor, Troy Baker (Marvels Ultimate Spider-Man) as Hawkeye, Laura Bailey (The Super Hero Squad Show) as Black Widow, Bumper Robinson (The Game) as Falcon, David Kaye (Ben 10) as Vision, James Mathis III (Marvels Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H) as Black Panther, Kathreen Khavari (Big Little Lies) as Ms. Marvel, Josh Keaton (Ben 10) as Ant-Man, Kari Wahlgren (Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy) as Wasp and Grey Griffin (The Tom and Jerry Show) as Captain Marvel.

Produced by Marvel Animation, the series creative team includes executive producers Alan Fine (Marvels The Avengers, Iron Man, Thor), Dan Buckley (Marvels Avengers Assemble, Marvels Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.), Joe Quesada (Marvels Avengers Assemble), Cort Lane (Marvels Ultimate Spider-Man), Eric Radomski (Spawn, Marvels Avengers Assemble), and Jeph Loeb (Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.); co-executive producers Stan Lee (Spider-Man) and Stephen Wacker (Marvels Avengers Assemble); supervising producers Eugene Son (Marvels Ultimate Spider-Man), Danielle Wolff (Marvels Ultimate Spider-Man), and Harrison Wilcox (Marvels Ultimate Spider-Man); and supervising director Jeff Allen (Marvels Avengers Assemble).

Stay tuned to for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.

Published May 17, 2017 By Christine Dinh

***SPOILER ALERT: Dont listen in if you havent seen the most recent episode of Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!***

In the latest episode of This Week in Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we chat with director Billy Gierhart about the fiery finale for Season 4! Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return to ABC for a fifth season soon.

Download episode #63 of This Week in Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from! Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return to ABC for a fifth season soon.

Go behind-the-scenes of Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with a new podcast series for the hit show on ABC! Every week well talk with a different member of the cast and production crew as well as Executive Producers examining the twists and turns of the most recent episode, as well as taking a look at the creation process behind this exciting series! Dont miss Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tuesdays at its new time, 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC, and catch a new episode of This Week in Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. right here every Wednesday!

Published May 15, 2017 By Marc Strom

Old friends return and our heroes weight their options as Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. races towards its fourth season finale!

First, see more of Robbie Reyesa.k.a. Ghost Rideras he reveals more about the changes Aida has gone through. Then scroll down as Fitz and Simmons go back and forth on just how they can stop Aida in the first place!

Catch an all-new Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tuesday at 10:00 PM ET on ABC, and keep up to date by following @AgentsofSHIELD on Twitter and Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

Published May 15, 2017 By Jim Beard

Marvel recognizes the passing of prominent actor Powers Boothe, whose brief stay in the Marvel Cinematic Universe remains one of strength and stately impact to its fans.

Boothe felt the pull of Shakespeare and the Bards stage at an important time in his life, and became an actor after leaving his boyhood Texas farm for the lights of New York City in the early 1970s. Work on Broadway led to film and TV roles, and in 1980 he cemented his face and voice in the minds of millions of viewers when he played cult leader Jim Jones in a landmark TV movie, The Guyana Tragedy.

Still relatively young and with an Emmy Award under his belt for the role of Jones, Boothe struck out into a career of varied challenges, winning parts in such favorite films as Southern Comfort, Red Dawn, Extreme Prejudice, Tombstone, Sin City, and Nixon. Unsatisfied with limiting himself to film and TV, he also lent his forceful voice to video games where he moved even closer to the world of comic books.

In 2012, the actor filmed a brief scene for Marvels The Avengers in which he played an unnamed figure on the World Security Council. Fortunately, Boothe jumped at the chance to expand upon the part in 2015 on Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. There, the figure in shadows became Gideon Malick, a wicked Hydra leader that the actor poured all his experience and expertise into playing, making Malick a villain known for his cunning and cruelty even as audiences came to better empathize with him.

Powers Boothe continued to act right up until the end, and leaves behind an incredible range of roles, one any actor in the profession would be envious of.

The Marvel family is saddened to hear about the loss of our longtime friend, Powers Boothe. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.

Published May 15, 2017 By Ben Morse

Recipe by Jenn Fujikawa


12 ounces dark chocolate 1 cup Cocoa Rice Krispies Cereal 4 packets Strawberry Pop Rocks teaspoon kosher salt

Step 1: Prep a quarter-sheet pan by lining it with a Silpat or buttered parchment. Set aside.

Step 2: Melt the chocolate over a double boiler, stirring until smooth.

Step 3: Take off the heat and stir in the rice cereal.

Step 4: Pour the chocolate mixture on top of the prepped baking sheet. Use an offset spatula to spread evenly into a large rectangle.

Step 5: Place the sheet into the freezer to set.

Step 6: Take the sheet out and let warm to room temperature for 5-7 minutes then sprinkle the Pop Rocks and kosher salt. *

Step 7: Break into pieces to serve.


If you want to decorate it to look like Darkhold, cut out a Darkhold d symbol template, approximately 6-inches tall. Place over the chocolate and use the template to sprinkle the Pop Rocks into the d shape onto the chocolate to serve.

Published May 15, 2017 By Marc Strom

Fox has unveiled the first trailer for The Gifted, and you can check it out right here on!

Following a family who discovers their children have powers, the new series from director Bryan Singer is coming to Fox this fall.

Stay tuned to and follow The Gifted online with @thegiftedonfox on Twitter and the official Facebook page!

Published May 12, 2017 By Ben Morse

Ingredients Needed:

1 cup Baking soda cup citric acid cup Epsom salt cup corn starch 1 tbs coconut oil (cooled) tsp water 2 tsp lavender essential oil Few drops of food coloring

Other Tools:

2 Bowls Bath Bomb molds Whisk Spoon Wax paper Fluffy Towel

Step 1: Combine dry ingredients & liquid

(The mixture should begin to clump together when you squish it)

Step 2: Pack mixture into molds

Step 3: Removing the bath ball

(If the mixture isnt packing well, place the mixture back in the bowl and add a tiny amount of water)

Step 4: Let bath bomb dry

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Ant-Man Shrinks Into Action With 3 New Animated Shorts – Marvel (press release) (registration) (blog)

Angry man dumps nearly 100 bed bugs at Maine City Office forcing … – WILX-TV

AUGUSTA, ME (AP)– A municipal office building in Maine has reopened after officials say a disgruntled man slammed a cup full of bedbugs on the counter, releasing about 100 of the pests.

Augusta officials told that Kennebec Journal that exterminators are confident all the bedbugs were killed before the City Center building opened Monday.

City development director Matt Nazar said a man came into the citys General Assistance office on Friday seeking help with bedbugs at his apartment. Nazar said the apartment was already being sprayed and the man didnt qualify for assistance finding other housing. The man became angry and returned with more than 100 dead and live bed bugs that he threw on the counter.

Nazar said the man told police he wanted the government workers to experience what he was experiencing. Nazar called it an extraordinary bit of misdirected anger.

Police have not said if the man will be charged.

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Angry man dumps nearly 100 bed bugs at Maine City Office forcing … – WILX-TV

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