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5 Things Exterminators Check During Termite Inspections …

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So, you're thinking about calling an exterminator to address those nagging worries you have about termites eating your house out from under you. Maybe you think you hear the sound of chewing in your walls (that's probably your imagination), or you just discovered a winged ant in your basement and fear the worst. After all, termites are destructive pests. They're found in 49 of the 50 states (Alaska has been spared the scourge), and cause an estimated $50 billion in damage to buildings and dwellings every year.

Termites are scary because they can cause extensive damage before you ever realize you have a pest problem. They eat wood from the inside out, so their presence is hard to detect unless you know what to look for. Everything will look solid and sturdy until your porch starts listing to the left or collapses completely. Well, it's not quite that bad. Termites actually work pretty slowly, especially when you consider that some nests can harbor hundreds of thousands of hungry mouths to feed.

If you have your home evaluated annually or do the honors yourself (with a few tips from us), you can usually spot an infestation before termites can do much damage to your home's foundation. Termites are sneaky, working in secret areas of your home you seldom inspect very closely. They aren't infallible, though. On the next few pages, let's take a look at five key things a termite inspector will look for to determine whether or not you have a termite problem. Grab your work shoes; we're going on a bug hunt.

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ROTHENBURGER When are we going to do something about the rat invasion? – CFJC Today Kamloops

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Theres some consolation that Kelowna was ahead of us in seventh place, but Prince George didnt even make it on to the list. Just goes to show you that not even rats want to live in Prince George.

Were not talking about native pack rats; its your Norway and roof rats that are the problem. Over the past few years, theyve been gradually moving north; we have the Okanagan to thank for the local invasion. So far, were the northernmost limit of the rat offensive, but theyre also showing up in the Kootenays.

They say rats are smart. Maybe thats why some kids like them as pets. But the wild kinds have no business here they arent native to B.C., though theyve been here since the mid 1800s when they hitched rides on ships.

They can do a lot of damage to crops and buildings. They also carry disease..

The good news, if there is any, is that theyre short-lived. And the shorter-lived we can make them, the better.

The bad news is nobody is going to come along and get rid of them for us, unless its bad enough to call the exterminator. Mostly, its up to us not to give them a good place to live.

Im Mel Rothenburger, the Coffee Shop Mayor.Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

Editors Note: This opinion piece reflects the views of its author, and does not necessarily represent the views of CFJC Today or the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group.

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How to Get Rid of Mice in the House Fast – Best Way to Get …

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on March 13th, 2020

Fall and winter are prime time for rodents trying to make their way into warm, cozy homes, but it's never too early to start mouse-proofing, according to Cindy Mannes, a spokeswoman for the National Pest Management Association.

Not only can they chew through walls and boxes in your pantry, but mice can wreak serious havoc on your home. Particularly, they can gnaw on wires, which can lead to house fires. "And they carry a slew of illnesses and bacteria," Mannes warns. "A build-up of their droppings can worsen allergy and asthma situations, too."

Mouse droppings resemble dark grains of rice, about a quarter inch long. Rat droppings look a little wider and longer about half an inch in length.

Trails of little poop pellets are certainly a major sign that you have mice, but the best evidence might not always be scattered along your countertops. Another tip off could be boxes in your pantry have been chewed through. "You may see debris on your shelf or gnaw marks on boxes or bags of food," says Mannes.

Sorry to break the news: If you see one mouse, you almost definitely have more than one. "They're looking for the same things that humans are looking for in the winter food, water, and shelter," says Mannes. "They've gotten so good at living with humans. When you get one, others will find their way in. Plus, they multiply very quickly."

We've seen all sorts of DIY repellent ideas (including peppermint sprays, dryer sheet stuffings, and cotton balls soaked in oil and cayenne pepper), but you may want to skip the home remedies. "There's no science or evidence behind any of these methods," says Mannes. "And again, mice are so used to living with humans, those smells associated with us are not usually repellent to mice."

Here's what you need to do to eliminate these pesky little critters as fast and as painless as possible.

Before you put down any traps or bait, do a little detective work. "Figure out where they're coming from because putting traps randomly all over your basement floor isn't going to do you any good," Mannes says. Determine where they're living and building nests. Once you've found those places, set your traps around those general areas. Of course, professional exterminators will be able to determine exactly where to put them and how many you'll need.

"The tried-and-true mousetrap is still very effective," says Mannes, who adds that a little dab of peanut butter on each spring-loaded trap is all you need. Want something a little, um, less out in the open? Try the d-Con Discreet No View, No Touch mousetrap, which conceals the little guy so you can just toss the whole thing ($10 for 2,

You can also go the more humane route with a reusable trap ($13, that doesn't use any glue or poison, so you can release the critter.

Once you handle the infestation inside, you'll want to make sure no additional mice can find their way in. Mice are able to fit through openings the size of a dime. And rats? Well, they can fit through something the size of a quarter incredible! Even if a hole doesn't start out that large, the rodents can gnaw their way to make the opening larger.

The good news: "They can't eat through caulk and steel wool," says Mannes. "Pay really close attention to where pipes enter the house and along basement foundations. Be sure to replace weather stripping, and make sure you've screened the vents and the openings of your chimneys."

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"If they get into the garage, they might just decide to live under your car hood, where the engine is nice and warm," warns Mannes. Once they're under there, they can start eating wires and cause serious damage to your car.

Shrubbery and branches should be cut back from the exterior of your house. "Otherwise, they're like highways for mice and insects to get into your home," Mannes says. Keep stacks of firewood at least 20 feet from the house, as mice like to nest in the piles.

Put cereal and other pantry items into airtight canisters and you're less likely to attract mice, according to Mannes. "Another thing people don't think about: pet food. If you leave it out in a dog bowl all day, that just gives rodents another source of food."

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Everyone has a different threshold of what they're willing to put up with or take on themselves. But, if you get to the point of needing a professional, ask your friends and neighbors if they have any recommendations. Then, call to get an estimate to see what if anything they'd charge for a consultation.

"Also ask if they're licensed by the state and if they're a member of a state or national association," says Mannes. "Those folks are usually taking the time to be credentialed properly and they're learning the latest techniques for treatment."

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Two reports of possible bed bug sightings on campus – The Eyeopener

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By Donald Higney

Ryerson Facilities Management and Development (FMD) has confirmed two reports of possible bed bug sightingsone in the universitys library and another in the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) in the past week.

On March 10, a user under the name Pointless-Hexahedron posted a photo on Ryersons subreddit of a bed bug on the tables in front of the elevators on floor seven of TRSM.

In an emailed statement, FMD is still waiting for the location to be confirmed so they can cordon off the area and conduct a heat treatment, which is the most effective extermination measure against bed bugs.

Then on March 4, The Eyeopener received a video of a possible bed bug sighting on the 10th floor of Ryersons library.

This time FMD confirmed the reporting and stated in an email statement that they immediately arranged for an inspection to be conducted by Orkin pest control services trained canine unit.

The inspection was completed and there was no bed bug activity in the reported location, FMD stated.

The Eye also sent the video to two pest control companies, Addison Pest Control and Bed Bug Exterminator Pro, both of whom confirmed that it was a bed bug in the video.

In November 2019, rows of desks were blocked off on the 10th floor from a previous report of a bed bug sighting. In March 2018, there were also confirmed sightings of bed bugs in the Victoria Building.

According to FMD its important to remember that the presence of bed bugs is unrelated to cleanlinessbed bugs travel very easily, often on personal items such as backpacks.

FMD recommends community members to contact them with a photo if they think they see a bed bug, along with the details about the location.


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Snakes: Control & Bites | Ehrlich Pest Contro

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on March 12th, 2020

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It is rare to encounter a snake problem in the U.S. As shy creatures, if you see one, it is likely that they will simply be passing-by as quickly as possible. They tend to avoid contact with people so will steer clear of you and your pets.

Most snakes are extremely timid creatures and are only likely to attack if cornered or provoked as attack is, in most instances, simply a form of defense.

Problems with snakes will need to be dealt with using very specific skills. If you have concerns regarding a snake issue, especially non-native imports we would urge you to contact your local Department of Natural Resources or the National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC).

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Learning and teaching snake awareness to you and your family is an important part of protecting you and them from snakes. This awareness of snakes and snake bites has a three pronged approach:

The most common snakes species that you may encounter in the U.S, include:

For your own safety and that of the snake, you should never touch them and whenever possible, please try not to be alarmed.

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How to Get Rid of Spiders Naturally and KEEP them Away for …

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on March 10th, 2020

When seasons change, many homeowners find themselves wondering how to get rid of spiders in the home. The solution is a combination of addressing their favorite hiding places and avenues into your home, plus a hefty dose of the homemade Spider Spray recipe below.

Its not that spiders suddenly move indoors in fact, some scientists claim you are always within three feet of a spider. But weather changes often lead us to start our Spring or Fall Cleaning or to swap out seasonal clothing and decor, and those activities send spiders scurrying for safety.

The most important thing to know about how to get rid of spiders is that its a process. Youve got to remove places where they can hide first, then get rid of any spiders or cobwebs you see next, and finally, keep them from coming back by using homemade Spider Spray.

Skipping one of these steps by just sweeping away cobwebs and spraying, for instance, but not dealing with their favorite hiding places means youre eliminating the spiders you can see. That works fine for a while, but eventually, theyll come out of hiding probably just as youre going to bed.

Spiders dont like attention. Theyll scurry away when they hear you coming, hiding in clutter or places theyre not likely to be disturbed. Like cockroaches and mice, they love piles ofunattended junk.

Some spiders prefer damp, dark areas like basements and seldom-used closets. Others like warm, dry places like attics and the spot behind window treatments you rarely open. If you want to keep spiders out of your home, youll need to make a regular habit of cleaning those areas.

Some common spider-attracting places:

Running the vacuum through the center of the room and dusting horizontal surfaces isnt enough to deter spiders from making your home their home. You already know they love to build webs; your job is to make sure that they cant.

TIP: Use a weekly cleaning checklist for every room, and youll never miss cleaning a cobweb again.

At least once a month, clean the following to get rid of spiders and keep them from building cobwebs:

Every four months when seasons change is a good time to deep clean seldom-used areas of your home. The seasonal tasks below will help get rid of spiders in such areas, which helps keep them from exploring the rest of your home.

Decluttering and cleaning will both do a lot to get rid of spiders inside your home. You should also take measures to keep outdoor spiders from coming inside, too.

The steps below, combined with the homemade Spider Spray recipe, will do the trick.

Spiders dont like peppermint or vinegar, so use a combination of the two against them. This Spider Spray recipe also helps prevent other household pests like ants and mice. Its an essential part of getting rid of pantry moths, too.



Particularly bad infestations, like those found in older homes where spiders have had plenty of time to breed in the walls, may require a professional exterminator. These days, many professional exterminators offer non-toxic solutions, so be sure to ask.

Once the infestation is under control, the above methods can prevent future problems. Or theres always this way to get rid of spiders in the house.

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Types of Home Inspections Buyers Should Know – NerdWallet

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A standard home inspection provides you with a detailed report on the home youre hoping to buy, but it doesnt tell you everything.

Depending on the age, location and condition of the home youre considering, you may need additional inspections. Radon testing, termite inspection, mold inspection and foundation inspection are among the most common of these specialized types of home inspections.

Heres what a home inspection includes, and why your inspector might recommend or you might want one of these different inspections.

Home inspectors typically conduct a visual inspection of all parts of the property that are readily accessible. That leaves out anything thats not easily viewed (or even visible), like some types of pest infestation, as well as any areas that are hard to safely reach (think wells and chimney interiors).

Parts of the home that are commonly included in a home inspection:

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Depending on what they find, your home inspector may suggest some of these additional inspections. They may also recommend that a knowledgeable tradesperson evaluate any issues identified (having an electrician look at faulty wiring, for example).

Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that results from the gradual breakdown of radioactive elements in the Earth. It is released from well water, building materials and soil, and can enter your home through cracks. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the surgeon generals office estimate that, after smoking, radon exposure is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. And its everywhere according to the EPA, roughly 1 in 15 homes has an elevated radon level.

According to the EPA, roughly 1 in 15 homes has an elevated radon level.

Long-term (over 90-day) radon testing is generally recommended; but when youre trying to close on a home, you dont have the luxury of waiting three months. What can you do?

First, ask the seller if they have any previous radon test results. If they do, these results can give you a point of comparison. Either way, you can get a new short-term test done. A professional radon inspector may be able to report results within days of completing a 48-hour test. Alternatively, you can use an off-the-shelf kit to test radon levels yourself, but youll have to send the device off to a lab and wait to get the results.

If test results are elevated or youre not confident about DIY testing, look to the National Radon Proficiency Program or the National Radon Safety Board to find a pro. Both of these groups credentialing programs are accepted by the EPA, which is helpful since not all states license radon inspectors. Professional radon testing costs a few hundred dollars, on average.

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More commonly called a termite inspection, a wood-destroying organism inspection ensures your future home doesnt already have six-legged tenants. Termites, wood-boring beetles and carpenter ants are among the most concerning culprits, though WDO inspectors will also look for dry rot caused by fungi.

Many states require a WDO inspection to close on a home, and even outside those states, cities or counties may demand one. If youre using aVA loanorFHA loan, a WDO inspection may be required regardless of location.

During a WDO inspection, the inspector will look for signs of active infestation (shed termite wings), signs of past infestation (soft wood) and potential trouble spots (crevices or gaps that could let in pests). Youll get a report with detailed findings, as well as suggestions for addressing any issues that come up.

To locate a licensed inspector or exterminator, the National Pest Management Association is a good place to start; the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors also licenses WDO inspectors. Termite inspection costs can vary, but are generally around $100.

The EPAs recommendation about mold testing is essentially if you see mold, youve got mold and you might need to go straight to remediation. But if youre concerned about what you cant see (or smell), a home mold inspection may be in order.

A mold inspector uses a moisture meter to detect dampness in drywall, insulation and other building materials. They may also take air samples from inside and outside the home.

To find a certified mold inspector near you, try the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors. Mold inspection costs vary based on home size; you can expect to pay from $200 to over $600.

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A home inspector will look at the houses foundation and note potential issues like drainage problems, nearby tree roots, cracks or other indications of movement. If anything looks worrisome, the inspector may suggest having the property examined by a residential structural engineer.

A structural engineer can provide a comprehensive inspection of the foundation, diagnose the causes of any issues and explain how they can be addressed. Before you hire an engineer, check their credentials with your states licensing board you can find a comprehensive list of links on the National Society of Professional Engineers website. Foundation inspection costs vary depending on where you live, but are generally about $500.

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Its Always Sunny: 10 Worst Examples Of Charlie Work, Ranked – Screen Rant

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It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia features quite an interesting cast of characters. They are selfish, loud, offensive human beings who have no regard for anyone but themselves. Yet...we can't help but laugh at their insane antics week to week.

One of the longest-running gags on the show has to do with Charlie Kelly and what they deem as "Charlie Work." Basically, "Charlie Work" has to do with any job in the bar that nobody else would ever want to do. As Charlie himself put it, "Well, Charlie Work is, like, you know... like basement stuff, cleaning urinals, uh, blood stuff, your basic slimes, your sludges, anything dead, or decay, you know - I'm on it, I'm dealing with it."

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With that being said, we think it's high time to rank the absolute worst examples of Charlie Work, from the not so bad to the downright despicable.

This is by far the tamest example of Charlie Work on the show, but it still counts since it is yet another example of grunt work that the rest of the gang refuses to do.

Charlie may have equally invested in the bar when it was first bought with his two best friends, but they keep him in charge of things like this instead of acting as a fellow boss. He's a glorified janitor, and even that's a stretch. Changing kegs should not be something a fellow bar owner does.

This was in the early days of Charlie Work, where instead of just outright killing the rats with his own hands, Charlie would frequently set up traps around the bar for them with cheese and/or glue.

Once again, this is something that should be out of Charlie's wheelhouse as a bar owner, but the gang has him acting as their own personal exterminator instead. This just proves that even in the earlier seasons, they had little to no respect for Charlie.

This is what we mean when we say Charlie is a glorified janitor. It is pretty standard for janitors to keep the urinals clean at a bar, which means it falls under Charlie Work.

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The worst part about this is how disgusting most of the patrons are at Paddy's Pub. So you know that means they aren't concerned with keeping the bathrooms relatively clean when they use them.

So, Charlie is dealing with the disgusting, repulsive messes the customers leave behind in the bathrooms. Yikes.

During the episode, "The Great Recession," Charlie attempts to prove his worth by telling Dennis and Mac everything he does to take care of the bar on a daily basis. This way, they won't fire him.

While going over his daily chores, he tells them he burns their trash to be "eco-friendly." He goes further by saying the entire bar runs on trash so he's constantly burning it instead of throwing it in the dumpster.

Poor Charlie doesn't realize that not only is that the opposite of eco-friendly, but it makes the bar always smell like trash.

During the episode aptly titled, "Charlie Work," Charlie is attempting to prepare the bar for health inspection. We get to see his unorthodox ways of ensuring that happens in this episode, including a new tactic he had come up with to get rid of the rats.

Apparently, he created a rather dangerous system that results in carbon dioxide filling the basement. He does this leading up to every inspection to get the rats out of the bar. The problem is, this also puts himself -- as well as the rest of the gang -- at risk of dying of carbon dioxide poisoning. Only Charlie would concoct a plan like this.

Who could forget the episode where we learn just how exhausting and disturbing Charlie's process of killing rats actually is? During this episode, Charlie seems to be slaughtering entire generations of rats with a bat with nails poking out of it.

While committing rat genocide, the rest of the gang tries to find ways to cheer him up and give him a break from Charlie Work. But, of course, it backfires a bit, and in the end, they gift him a new rat bashing bat. The funniest part? He was really touched by that gesture.

This is definitely one of the more risqu and disgusting aspects to Charlie Work. In the men's bathroom, there is a certain hole in between two stalls that allows men to have anonymousrelations. Yeah...pretty gross, if you ask us.

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So of course, patching up said hole falls under Charlie Work. He has done this throughout the series more than once, and usually, it somehow gets uncovered again. This is a whole new level of awful, even for Charlie Work.

While this may not seem like it should be amongst the worst of the worst of Charlie Work, let us explain why. In the "Charlie Work" episode where Charlie must help Paddy's Pub pass a health inspection again, he goes through quite a lot just to get it right. This includes dealing with disgusting bathrooms, getting rid of dangerous stools in the bar, and creating carbon dioxide in the basement.

He does this all while helping the gang complete the scheme they had started that morning. Hats off to Charlie for miraculously getting the bar an A even with all of that going on.

In the episode titled "The Gang Finds A Dead Guy," it is Charlie who must help clean up after they find the deceased man. This episode, like most, is for those who appreciate darker humor, and they really hit the nail on the head with that.

Charlie, after the man who died has been moved, must hose down the entire booth where he sat when he died. It's definitely macabre, not to mention really gross, but the gang had no qualms about deeming it Charlie Work.

As we've talked about, It's Always Sunny is not for those who are easily offended and can't handle some dark humor. So when the gang believes Charlie's mom has cancer, a whole series of events take place that eventually leads them to Dennis and Dee's mom's grave.

Frank has convinced the gang that there is money buried with their mom, so he gets them to dig up the grave, and makes Charlie open up the coffin. It all ends up being a ridiculous ruse of Frank's, but of course, it is Charlie who gets the brunt of his so-called prank. The guy just can't catch a break.

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Consider the benefits of roaches – NWAOnline

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I received a big reaction from what some are calling the Roach Column, all of it from guys.

There were a couple of fellows who had used roaches for fish bait, but most were like the reader who said, "Maybe you can catch fish with them, but I'm not about to use 'em."

Vertis said "Yuck!" after reading it, adding, "I wouldn't eat a fish that ate a roach."

However, deep fat-frying sanitized those roach-eating fish, so when we were kids, we ate every one of them.

I have read there are cultures in China and other countries who deep fat-fry roaches, and gobble them like popcorn. The Chinese buy theirs from roach farmers, who raise them by the millions, and they are used in several Chinese cities to eliminate garbage.

After I read that, I realized El Dorado's old garbage dump, which was alive with roaches, was environmentally sound, since the roaches gobbled up tons of waste food and extended the life of the dump.

There are an estimated 100 roach farms in China, turning out six billion roaches a year to be eaten, used in the manufacture of cosmetics, and medicine. Roach farming in China is growing because of the benefits they bring.

Still, it might make for a good horror movie. The escape of several billion roaches would be like a brown wave rolling over the countryside. But the Chinese think of everything; one farm has a moat around it filled with fish, and escaping roaches are gobbled up. The fish get larger, and the Chinese harvest them along with the roaches.

The Chinese also produce a roach extract for growing hair and to treat intestinal disease. "The greatest effect of roaches are that they have great immunity, which is why humans will absorb benefits after eating them," said a roach farmer, noting that in China roaches are dubbed Little Strong because they can live for days even after being cut in half.

The Chinese are doing research using roach extract to see if it can cure cancer and other diseases, since roaches have such strong immune systems. Wouldn't it be a hoot if a disliked little insect leads the way in curing cancer? Maybe looking ahead, considering all the new diet plans, there may come a time when your doctor prescribes a diet heavy with roaches.

Another Chinese farmer estimates his farm sells several million roaches a year, some to a cafe down the road that has them on the menu. According to some western observers they are pretty tasty--as you bite down there is a crunch like you are eating celery, then a sweet taste, which probably takes some getting used to. I would imagine that it wouldn't be that hard, if you understood Chinese, to find a recipe for roaches in dipping sauce.

The Chinese say roaches are a good source of protein, and with the earth's population continuing to grow, we are probably going to need every source of protein we can come up with.

Who knows, maybe eating roaches is something like eating crawfish. I can remember catching crawfish for fish bait, but the idea of boiling one, peeling the tail, dipping it in sauce, and eating it never crossed my mind.

One of our neighbors, who spends way too much time in Louisiana, loves to suck crawfish heads. How far is that from eating roaches? Or snails? I know you don't eat raw snails, but you do eat raw oysters. The first man to eat a raw oyster had to be really hungry.

Maybe roaches are getting a bad rap. Take crickets. They are bugs just like roaches. Maybe if Walt Disney had created Jiminy Roach instead of Jiminy Cricket, we would have a different opinion. As animated roaches march across a kitchen cabinet dressed in little pink suits with top hats, standing on two of their six legs twirling canes, you would be smiling and enjoying the show.

Roaches are little vacuum cleaners who tidy a messy kitchen. You make a late-night peanut butter sandwich and drop bread bits on the floor and presto, while you are sleeping, they come roaring out from under your refrigerator and gobble up every crumb.

You're probably thinking roaches carry every disease known to man, but they don't. In fact, roaches can't be tagged with any diseases.

It's interesting to note how the sight of a single roach scampering across a dirty kitchen floor will make you call the exterminator. I'm not sure if spraying chemicals around every baseboard in your house to kill roaches is a good idea. We have stopped spraying, but even if roaches are good fish bait and harmless, I don't want them camping out in our house. We use glue traps that pick off spiders as well as roaches. They come in but they don't come out.

Think of the numerous items of Chinese origin we embrace. Who would have thought we would allow tiny needles to be inserted into our bodies, but we routinely use acupuncture. The Chinese also serve a lot of raw fish, eel, and octopus.

There is big money in Chinese roach farming where roaches sell for between $15 and $20 per pound. Buddy and I caught thousands of roaches at the El Dorado garbage dump. We'd be rich now if we could have figured out a way to ship roaches to China.

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Ypsilanti library to reopen Thursday after closure for bed bug treatment –

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YPSILANTI, MI -- The Ypsilanti District Library on Michigan Avenue will reopen Thursday after bed bug treatment and inspection forced its closure Wednesday, March 4, officials announced.

One bed bug was found around closing time Tuesday night, Assistant Director Julianne Smith said in an emailed statement Wednesday. Officials opted to close the building all day to allow for pesticide treatment and a vacated building.

Exterminators used Temprid and RapidFreeze to treat the building, Smith said. Both pesticides are commonly used in bed bug treatment.

The branch, located at 229 W Michigan Ave., also closed in October 2019 after a bed bug sighting, Smith said. No additional evidence was found by the pest control company. A team of bug-sniffing dogs also found no further trace.

Ypsilanti District Library has an on-call exterminator and the dogs inspect the building quarterly, Smith said.

It is very unfortunate that this happened, but it certainly isnt unheard of. Bed bugs really dont want to be in libraries they much prefer access to sleeping bodies, Smith wrote. That said, they are hitchhikers and will travel on clothing or luggage or the belongings of people. No one wants to get bed bugs, but its important to know that bed bugs are not known to transmit disease. They are also not associated with any concept of 'dirtiness or social class.

Bed bugs have never been found in the library collection, Smith said.

This story has been updated with additional details.


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