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East Islip home has massive hive with 120,000 bees – Newsday

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An East Islip man heard a buzz coming from the wall of his house. It turned out to be a honey of a tale.

That's bee-cause an examination of a corner wall in Nicholas Sarro's Division Avenue home by leading metro-area bee expert Anthony "Tony Bees"Planakis recently found a hive measuring 7 by1 feet home to an estimated 120,000 honey bees. It's one of the biggest hives Planakis hadever seen.

"It's a lot of bees," Planakis said.

You might've thought the hive would been removed and that'd be that. But, "Tony Bees"said, it was too late in the season to move the mass of pollinators. Set to go into hibernation mode, they wouldn't have time to reestablish new colonies elsewhereand would die off.

So, on the advice of Planakis, Sarro and his wife, Sandra, elected to let the hive remain. For now.

Planakis said he'll move it come April.

"If they were roaches or bedbugs or anything else I would've called an exterminator," Sarro said. "But honey bees? Einstein said if the bees go, so does man. I'm not smarter than Einstein, so I'll take him at his word."

A retired shop teacher in the Brentwood Union Free School District, Sarro, 68, said he and his wife bought the house a week before they got married in 1980. He replaced the windows and the roof and over the years did a bunch of handiwork. Then, a few years ago, his son Nicholas heard a buzz coming from the guest room.

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"He heard this noise, opened the door, and bees were swarming everywhere," Sarro said.

So, Nicholas did what any good son would do: He closed the door, packed a towel into the opening under it, and hung a note.

"Room Full of Bees," Sarro said it read. "Don't Open the Door!"

Sarro said heconsulted withlocal beekeepers from whom he and his wife bought honey and was told since the swarm was honey bees, not a threat like wasps or yellow jackets, he didn't need to destroy the hive. He could move it.

Instead, Sarro decided to let nature take its course.

So, after some ofthe swarm ofbees in the roomdied off from crashing into the windows, heaired out the room to let the others escape. Once they'd gone, he vacuumed up the dead bees andsealed the interior opening to the room, which once belonged to his daughter Kristen but now serves as a guest bedroom.

The hive in the wall? He let it be. Or, bee.

After a while, Sarro figured the hive had died out.

"It was in the dead of winter, during a snowstorm, and I went out to get the Newsday like I always do and all over the front lawn were these little dots [in the snow]. Each was dead honey bees."

That was that, he thought. Except, it wasn't.

Sometime this fall, Sarro wanted to re-roof the house. During the estimate process, hesaid, he and his contractors discovered the honey beeshad returned.

Actually, Planakis believes the hive might've just gone dormant until new bees bumbledupon it.

"He told me the smell of the honey and the wax," Sarro said of the assessment given him by Planakis. "He said that scout bees got the scent and decided it was a good location I guess I should've caulked it," he said, referring to the opening in the outside stucco wall where the bees entered.

Since Sarro needs a new roof, he needed to get the hive removed once and for all. He called around; no one wanted the job.

"Nobody would return his call," Planakis said, "because it was the end of the season and if you move the bees now they're definitely going to perish In fact, when he called me my first reaction was, 'How am I going to convince this guy to wait until April to move them?' If I take them out now, they're definitely going to die."

Planakis didn't get the nickname "Tony Bees" for nothing. A retired NYPD detective, he'd been the cop other cops turned to remove bees on nuisance calls.

Still, when "Tony Bees" took a thermal imaging device to the wall, he was surprised at how big a hive it really was.

"He's got to move it," Planakis said, "because before long it's going to attract other species. Wax moths, honey beetles. Soon, it'll be overtaken and rodents will start coming in looking for pollen and honey."

It'll be a big job, now planned for the spring.

"It's going to take surgery, believe it or not," Planakis said. "That's what it comes down to."

John Valenti, a reporter at Newsday since 1981, has been honored nationally by the Associated Press and Society of the Silurians for investigative, enterprise and breaking news reporting, as well as column writing, and is the author of Swee'pea, a book about former New York playground basketball star Lloyd Daniels. Valenti is featured in the Emmy Award-winning ESPN 30-for-30 film Big Shot.

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Bug Infestation Drove Lansing Woman Up The Wall, But Landlords Efforts To Fix It Fell Short – CBS Chicago

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CHICAGO (CBS) You might want to put down your breakfast. The Morning Insiders have a story that will make your skin crawl.

An apartment in south suburban Lansing has been overrun by pests, but the tenant says its not her fault.

CBS 2s Tim McNicholas discovered the phone call she made that got results, and it wasnt to her landlord or an exterminator.

Lisa Beckers apartment is crawling with uninvited guests; some already dead, some scurrying to their demise at 3002 Bernice Ave.

Becker and her son go through a lot of tissues squash the bugs, but they can only handle so much.

Sometimes I see three, and sometimes I see two, her son said.

Various bugs have pestered Becker on and off for three years. She said SCL Management has made some efforts to kill the bugs, but the problems kept coming back, and in the past few months the situation got worse.

Becker claimed a mouse appeared in her apartment last week.

CBS 2 spotted more roaches in her buildings hallway, and the laundry room two floors below Beckers apartment.

It makes me feel uncomfortable, Becker said.

She wound up calling the Lansing Building Department. The commissioner contacted the property manager, and then an exterminator got on the case.

It turned out an untidy tenant below Becker had an even worse pest problem.

Management moved that person out, and the exterminator treated the apartment below Beckers, but she said It caused the infestation to get worse, and everything to move up.

Thats when Becker contacted CBS 2. We called the building commissioner again, and within hours the exterminator returned to work on Beckers unit.

The exterminator said he already planned on going back.

Its actually a little bit of a weight off my shoulders now, so maybe I can actually sleep a little bit better tonight, Becker said.

Becker said the maintenance crew started to seal up some of the cracks in her walls, and the exterminator said work also is being done on the unit below.

The Lansing building commissioner said, in buildings with a few apartments or more, its on the landlord to take care of the pests.

I want it to be over and done with, Becker said.

The commissioner said hed follow up to make sure the bugs go away for good. CBS 2 will do the same.

CBS 2 reached out to building management and didnt hear back.

Becker has withheld part of her rent for the past two months due to the bug problem, but that might not be the best idea.

For a list of dos and dont when it comes to nasty apartment conditions, check out our handy guide.

Meantime, another woman who complained about pests in her apartment got some satisfaction after CBS 2 got involved. Angela Blakely told the Morning Insiders the conditions in her Arlington Heights apartment were beyond horrendous, due to an infestation of gnats, ants, roaches, and spiders.

After her story aired, her landlord let her out of her lease with no penalty. She packed up and moved on to a new pest-free home.

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How to Beat the Albino Wyyyschokk in Jedi Fallen Order –

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Even the Star Wars universe isnt free of massive, terrifying spiders. Located on Kashyyyk, the Albino Wyyyschokk is a massive white spider that is guarding some valuable upgrade. One of the hidden bosses in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, this giant bug is quite a challenging foe especially if you meet up with him as youre progressing through the campaign. Thankfully, there are a few tricks you can use to take down the Alino Wyyyschokk.

When you approach the boss room, sprint past the entrance to the other side of the room. If you just walk in the spider will pounce on top of Cal and deal damage to him. Once you run into the room, immediately turn around and get ready to block. The Albino Wyyyschokk has the same move set as its normal counterparts, it just hits harder and has a bigger health bar.

The weak point for this boss is its large backside, so use your Slow effect right as it lunges towards you. Sprint behind it and land a quick 2-3 hit combo and then back off. You want to be patient with this spider and play defensively. Its attacks have a fair amount of range, making it easy for the Albino Wyyyschokk to stun lock you. Remember you can block its normal attacks so save your Slow for whenever it glows red.

This means its initiating an unblockable attack, which you exploit by Slowing the creature and running behind it. Another great time to punish this creature is when it fires the three web balls at you. If you can dodge them, theres a brief window where you can smack it in the face a few times. Just be ready to quickly block because it will strike back.

If you play patiently and only strike when it either launches projectiles or is Slowed then this boss should quickly fall. Try to go into the boss with at least two Stim Canisters, otherwise, youll be in for a tough battle.

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Pool: Snakes and the perils of nature | Opinion – Longview News-Journal

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About 6% swerve. Snakes were the most commonly hit.

Since then Ive seen small road-kill alligators and wondered how their inclusion would have altered the results. In all cases, trucks, buses and SUVs were more likely to run over animals than motorcycles and passenger cars.

I remember talking about this phenomenon to a friend. He said he would never hit a turtle, but a snake is a different matter. I was a bit shocked. Why run over a snake on the highway, miles away from your own home? It seemed gratuitous cruelty to me.

Some people think its their duty to kill snakes. Others seem actually shocked to learn that snakes come up out of the greenbelt near our neighborhood and into their yard.

An online service allows people to communicate in several adjacent neighborhoods. A few times Ive seen warnings posted by people who discovered that snakes live in the greenbelt. They felt obliged to tell people to be safe.

While I dont share the same insouciance as the noted herpetologist I once met who actively goes rummaging through brush piles to uncover snakes, neither am I terribly worried by them.

One summer I was watering the yard in the gathering dusk. I went to turn off the water only to find a brown snake coiled up on the pipe behind the faucet. I had let some ivy grow up in that area and didnt see it immediately.

I dont know what kind of snake it was. It could have been a rattler; it could have been a rat snake. I didnt try to kill it but the next day I took the weed eater to that area and cleared away all the ivy.

Last week, on a warm day between two cold fronts, I noticed a snake crawling near the inside wall of my garage. I followed it to where it curled up in a corner near the overhead door.

I knew it was likely a coral snake, but I wasnt quite sure. I took a photo and sent it to my exterminator. By the time the reply came back it was indeed a coral snake it had slipped away.

Its not that I couldnt have handled it safely I have one of those trash pickers you squeeze to lift things from the ground but I didnt. The shovels and hoes are in a shed and not immediately at hand, but Im certain I could have found means to end its life.

Yet I didnt. Its out there eating lizards and rats. Im kind of partial to toads, though. I would kill a snake to keep it from eating the toads that live in my yard. But toad protection didnt hop immediately to my mind.

Ive lost two cats to the greenbelt. I buried the remains of one, killed by coyotes. The other might have been done in by a venomous snake, for he simply vanished.

Our surviving cat has become an indoor-only pet. We sometimes let her into the closed garage in warm weather because she likes the heat. We call it her sauna.

She used to be a great hunter when she was young. I wouldnt want her to tangle with a coral snake, so until the first freeze she wont be using the sauna.

The snake got free this time. It shouldnt press its luck.

Frank Thomas Pool is a writer and a retired English teacher in Austin. He grew up on Maple Street in Longview and graduated from Longview High School. His column appears Tuesday.

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Look Out for Pack Rats and Mice this Winter – Green Valley News

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Though our winters in Southern Arizona are considered mild, you may soon see signs of pack rats and mice seeking warm shelter and an easy meal.

Rodents are notorious for chewing through electrical wiring and wood, leaving their droppings in kitchen drawers, cupboards and other out-of-the-way places. They can also carry health risks like the Hantavirus. Here are tips for identifying and managing them.

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Pack rats, aka wood rats, are native to our desert region. They will collect toys, food wrappers and other small items and bring them back to the nest.

Most active at night, pack rats often live in attics, basements and inside walls where they hope to avoid human contact. They have large ears, white feet and bellies, and are usually around six to eight inches long.

Much smaller mice

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Much smaller than adult rats, mice are also nocturnal and can wreak havoc by chewing through wire or PVC water pipes. They build nests in walls, behind appliances and in other dark places with access to food and water.

Rodent Prevention

Seal up cracks, gaps and small holes around your foundation, siding, windows and doors. Rats can fit through a hole the size of your thumb. Mice only need holes about the size of your pinky finger. Move woodpiles, logs or compost bins away from your house.

For help with pack rats, mice or other pests, contact Bills Home Service for your free pest control estimate at 520-625-2381.

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Mum disgusted to be told ‘eat mice’ after complaining to landlord about rodents – Mirror Online

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A disgusted mum was told to "eat" the mice which had invaded her home for around one year after complaining to her landlord.

The mother-of-two, who does not want to be named, told landlord Orbit of the problem but received cryptic and anonymous text messages from an unknown number, that the company has said did not come from them.

And screenshots, seen by Coventry Live , show the messages read: "We won't be helping with your mouse problem. Eat them instead. Orbit."

"Yum mouse sandwich..."

The mum, of Coventry, West Midlands, reported the texts to police.

"Police are investigating reports of malicious communications after a woman received harassing text messages between Wednesday 30 October and Friday 1 November which caused her distress," the spokesman for West Midlands Police said yesterday.

However, Orbit said it did not "recognise them [the text messages] as communication from any of our employees".

It said it would be willing to investigate if a formal complaint was made and added that it would be assisting the tenant with the mice issue.

"I had a text message from a number claiming to be Orbit telling me they won't help with my problem and that I should eat them [the mice] instead," the furious mum said.

"I couldn't believe what I was reading.

"I tried to ring the number back but it was like it had been disconnected."

Not only has the tenant been left distressed by the disconcerting text messages, she is concerned the mice are affecting her eldest child's health as they suffer from asthma.

She says she reported the problem to Orbit and was told she needed to hire a private team to deal with the infestiation.

She did, and says the private team then warned her that she would need to get her landlord to fill in the holes left by the mice or they would be back.

She added: "I rang Orbit and didn't hear anything from them about the maintenance work.

"The mice were starting to get braver, running across the kitchen floor while I was in there with the kids."

Orbit said contractors made appointments to visit the tenant's home "on four different occasions" but they had been unable to gain access.

The mum said her youngest child has recently been suffering unexplained seizures and she was at the hospital when she claims the unarranged visits were made.

Adam Reid, head of responsive repairs at Orbit, said: "Our contractors made appointments to visit to [the woman's] property on four different occasions but have been unable to gain access.

"We have therefore not been able to investigate this issue. Whilst the issue of pest control is usually the responsibility of the tenant, we are now assisting to resolve the problem."

Paul Richard, group customer services director at Orbit, said: "Orbit has a values-led culture and our employees take great pride in their work. These statements are completely out of line with those values and we do not recognise them as communication from any of our employees.

"We of course take allegations against any of our employees extremely seriously and will investigate fully should the woman make a formal complaint to us, which she hasnt done to date."

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How to get rid of rats from your home – The Times

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When a rodent bit her husband on the foot, Jayne Dowle realised she had a problem

The first time I heard a scrabbling noise behind the Rangemaster, I put it down to the oven cooling after a particularly vigorous bread-baking session. I accused the squirrels of shredding paper, and blamed the rattling in the kitchen ceiling on the hot water pipes. I even told one friend, alarmed at the scratching noise in the cooker hood, that jackdaws often squabbled in the chimney. At worst, I thought there might be a few mice.

Until I discovered my unwanted house guests, I was in a state of denial. Rats? No way. Yet it was hard to ignore the problem when one, hiding in my husbands boot, bit him on the foot. A few days later the cat killed another; a clatter of chairs,

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Cockroaches on the rise in Calgary – CityNews Calgary

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That second-hand couch you bought online could be carrying cockroaches into your home.

Theres been a noticeable increase in Calgarys cockroach population according to Bill Martin, owner of Martins Pest Control.

He says the rising number of roaches is due in part to the sharing economy.

All it takes is a couple of roaches taking up residence in that old recliner your neighbour passed your way.

People are trading furniture and things like that and whats going to happen is that people are bringing things into their home that theyre not expecting to have, says Martin.

The sharing economy isnt the only reason why cockroaches are finding new homes to thrive in. Martin also points to the rise of online shopping with parcels and packages arriving from all over the world. As well, ease of travel to destinations with more pests is contributing to the problem.

Cockroaches arent the only pests to deal with at this time of the year. Bedbugs and mice are also known to start showing up in homes and businesses as the weather gets colder.

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School’s mouse infestation forces closure of the kitchen for more than a week – Gazette Live

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A school's kitchen has been shut down for over a week following an infestation of mice.

Northfield School and Sports College in Billingham first reported the problem to parents on Tuesday, November 5.

Over a week later and pupils are still not receiving hot meals.

Stockton Council said they were working with the school to reopen the kitchen "as soon as possible".

A message has been sent out to parents from headteacher Richard Henderson who apologised for the "inconvenience".

He said the kitchen was closed as "a precautionary measure" on the advice of Environmental Health officers.

Cold food, prepared off site and brought into school, could be provided, he said.

Alternatively, pupils could take in their own packed lunch.

"I am sure you will appreciate we would always take a precautionary approach in situations like this," he added.

Potential problems linked with a rodent infestation include food poisoning, tick-borne diseases and other health issues.

Mice can also carry fleas and mites and cause extensive damage to wires, insulations and furniture.

The father of a pupil at the school, who wanted to remain anonymous, said the issue was a health concern.

"Parents have been advised to send children with packed lunches which means they aren't getting a hot meal which should be provided," he said.

"It's the middle of winter and the kids should be getting hot meals, not cold packed lunches.

"And now the mice are entering the classroom areas causing huge health concerns around furnishings.

"It's a massive infection control risk."

According to the British Pest Control Association, field mice tend to move indoors in the winter and will eat almost any stored food.

"It is important to get rid of field mice quickly, as they are adaptable, highly mobile and breed rapidly," said advice on the website.

Teesside Live contacted Stockton Council regarding the issue.

A spokesperson said: "The council is working with Northfield School to bring the kitchen cooking facilities back into use.

"The work is under way and the kitchen will reopen as soon as possible.

"While this is being carried out, arrangements have been put in place to ensure that the pupils continue to receive a catering service."

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Rat catchers make 130 St Jamess Hospital visits in just three years –

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A pest control company has been called to St Jamess Hospital more than 130 times over the last three years to pick up dead rats, rodent droppings and dead pigeons, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show.

The data obtained by the Irish Mail on Sunday shows that the number of call-outs per month has increased, with construction under way next door at the 1.7bn National Childrens Hospital.

The hospital, which is being built on a 12-acre site on the St Jamess campus, has been mired in controversy over spiralling costs.

Excavation at the large site has been under way since 2017 and construction is progressing steadily having started earlier this year.

But apart from rising costs, which are likely to surpass 2bn, it is also having an impact on its nearest neighbours. Dead birds and dead rodents have all been collected from the hospital over the past three years, the documentation shows.

Rat droppings were found in the hospital on several occasions and rat traps have been laid consistently over the past three years. Suspected rodent sightings, dead rodents, laying rat traps and follow-ups to see if any rats had been caught were the subject of 52 callouts, or 40% of the pest companys work overall, while calls about ants represented 27% of its workload. A cat was reportedly seen in the hospital on another occasion and, while a cage was laid, no cat was caught.

In August 2018, giant ants were reported and a partial insecticide treatment was carried out in a hallway. The patient room was not treated as a patient has low immune system, state the hospital notes.

In 2017 there were 30 call-outs, another 49 call-outs last year, and up to October this year, a pest control company was called a further 45 times.

This year, the most calls recorded were in July, August and September, with a higher number of calls in those months than for any month in 2017 or 2018. Insecticide was sprayed in the hospital on multiple occasions for wasps, ants, woodlice and fruit flies.

Pests of all descriptions have been a recurring problem at St Jamess hospital for a number of years. In 2015 and 2016, a pest control company was called some 100 times over both years, after activity was reported in areas including a dialysis room, an endoscopy theatre and on bedside tables in hospital wards. Over this period, some 35,000 was spent on call-outs.

However, the hospital has refused to release the costs for the past three years to the MoS, saying this information is commercially sensitive.

Experts told the MoS that it is common for rat infestations, in particular, to rise in winter months and that both site excavations and the construction stages can both attract rats to an area.

Richard Faulkner, advanced technical field consultant for Rentokil, told the MoS: Rat infestations are typically more common at this time of year. During autumn and winter, the rodent population begins to move indoors to escape the cold weather, so this is usually when Rentokil experiences its highest level of call-outs.

Rats can be a serious issue for home and business owners, as they can spread disease, damage property and contaminate food. They can also introduce disease, carrying parasites like fleas, lice and ticks into a premises. Mr Faulkner continued: Construction works can also frequently disturb rats that may already be present in that location.

The demolition of existing old buildings can displace the rat and mouse populations and if the rodents have nowhere else to go, they can try to find shelter in nearby residential or commercial buildings.

As the construction sites themselves become more developed, they can become an ideal habitat for the rodents.

Another issue on sites can be the opportunities packaging and stored materials offer rodents. Rats burrow and make their nests under shelter such as timber stacks, piles of rubbish and untended vegetation.

The increase in construction workers and other tradesman on site bringing food with them and creating litter will make the area even more attractive to rats.

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