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Tipsy Seagulls Drunk On Flying Ants

seagulls drinking

 

Booze for the Birds

 

flying ant

In southeast England, seagulls are acting out. They’re crashing into cars and roaming the streets just like the drunkard. They’ve been aggressive towards people, even sweeping down and stealing food right out of people’s hands. The reason for the unruly seagull behavior is a drunk-like state cause by one of their favorite snacks; flying ants.

The formic acid secreted by flying ants is what causes the seagulls to “get drunk.” The recent increase of buzzed birds comes because of the weather which has boomed the insect population. More insects, means more grub for the seagulls.

“Gulls love flying ants and as they come out of the ground the birds will feast on them early in the morning and late in the evening,” said RSPB spokesman Tony Whitehead.

Reactions to the Gulls

This isn’t just a few drunken seagulls, people. It’s a larger population of seagulls that are reacting to the ant buzz. Rebbeca Nesbit, an entomologist with the Society of Biology told BBC News, “As I started driving up the hill, the seagulls were all over the place, pecking in the road. It reminded me of Alfred Hitchcock’s [film] The Birds because there were so many of them – I’ve never seen it before.”

Rehab Efforts

In the English city of Gloucester the City Council has taken steps to try and rehabilitate the city from the ruckus of these unruly birds. Residents are encouraged to put their trash in “gull-proof” bags to keep the seagulls from growing through it and littering the streets.

Author Bio: has never gotten tipsy from flying ants, and finds the idea of eating any bug truly revolting! When I’m not writing about drunk seagulls for Bulwark Exterminating, I’m jamming out to the boys of One Direction.

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November 6, 2013 - 9:21 PM No Comments

Oklahoma Bats Dying

Bat showing symptoms of White-nose Syndrome

Across 28 affected U.S. states, an estimated 10 million bats have died because of a deadly white fungus associated with White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). In the last couple years it has been determined that the deadly disease has spread to the state of Oklahoma and the result could be devastating to the State’s bat population.

White-Nose Syndrome In Oklahoma

In May of 2010 disease surveillance discovered the presence of the white fungus associated with White-Nose Syndrome in northwest Oklahoma. Since then, the disease has spread throughout much of the state. This is very bad news for the 23 different species of bat that call Oklahoma their home. It’s important to note that WNS only affects hibernating bats; as 16 of the 23 species of Oklahoma bat are classified as hibernating.

White-Nose Syndrome affects hibernating bats by covering them with a white, fuzzy fungus. This fungus will alter the bat’s hibernation schedule, causing them to awake during the colder winter months in which they should be preserving their energy. The affected bats essentially burn through all of their energy reserves too early, before they can hunt for insect prey, and die of starvation. The white fungus can also spread to a bat’s wing membranes, and bodies, affecting their ability to fly, regulate body temperature, and blood pressure.

The hardest hit bat in Oklahoma is by far, the Cave Myotis. Other species of bat that scientists are extremely concerned about include: the Indiana bat, the Gray bat and the Ozark big-eared bat because they are considered federally endangered. At this time it is unknown how many bats have perished in the State of Oklahoma, but across the 28 affected U.S. states; it’s feared that the number of dead bats is approaching the 10 million mark.

The Importance Of Oklahoma Bats

Most of us in Oklahoma think of bats as rabid, blood-sucking, creepy, devil birds. The truth is that bats play massive roles to our ecosystem; resulting in a highly beneficial economic role as well. Bats in Oklahoma eat thousands of pounds of insects each year. Some of these insects are considered pests; damaging crops, and causing extensive agricultural damage. In Oklahoma, the avoided-cost value of bats (reduced cost of pesticide application) is estimated to range from $6 million to $24 million per year.

Saving Oklahoma Bats

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and other state authorities are well aware of the White-Nose Syndrome threat and have put together an Oklahoma bat coordinating team. This team’s goal is to educate the public about WNS, monitor Oklahoma caves, help stop the spread of WNS, and eventually find a cure to the deadly bat-killing disease. There is currently no cure.

You can do your part to help stop the spread of WNS by engaging in a decontaminating protocol, outlined here whitenosesyndrome.org, while spelunking and exploring caves. Do not touch any bat you find inside a cave, whether dead or alive.

Report any signs of WNS, like sighting several dead bats or seeing bats with white fuzz, to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation as soon as possible: mhickman@zoo.odwc.state.ok.us or (405-990-4977).

About the Author:

Anthony Ball is a Content Marketing Manager with Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control services in Tulsa, OK. Bulwark is fully operational in seven states, including twelve major cities. While Bulwark provides pest extermination for common insects such as ants, roaches, crickets and spiders, the company’s differentiating aspect is great personalized service. Bulwark uses the finest and most effective products in the world to solve common pest problems.

 

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August 16, 2013 - 4:55 PM No Comments

Crime Prevention: The Tulsa Way

A Tulsa couple recently awoke to the sound of shattering glass and something, or someone, rummaging through their garage. Knowing it was an intruder, the husband patiently waited for the unknown burglar to emerge on the property. As soon as the burglar was spotted, the homeowner wasted no time in tackling him to the ground and hogtying his hands and feet behind his back.

He then called the police to report the incident, but here’s where things get comical. The homeowner, husband of Denay Houston (who elected to stay semi-anonymous), realizing he would be late for work, left the criminal tied on his front lawn and left to go to work. And to think the story gets even better. Denay Houston is nine months pregnant.

So, basically, a man waits for a robber to show him. He tackles said robber, ties him up, calls the police, leaves him on his front porch, and leaves to work before he would be late. Have you heard this one before? You probably have.

This opportunistic resident witnessed a major supply of drugs coming into port. He quickly took matters into his own hands, apprehended all those involved, even tying one of them to a giant searchlight. He must have had more pressing matters before the police would arrive, like wanting to admire the view of the city from a 40-story building. Check out the clip below.

Can you blame him? That view was amazing! Or, what about this concerned citizen. He actually witnessed a high dangerous bank robber stealing an enormous amount of money. He wasn’t quite able to apprehend him in the end, but he too had more pressing matters to which he had to attend. Like, getting married. We can all get behind him on not sticking around. “Happy wife, happy life”, right guys?

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July 9, 2013 - 9:53 PM No Comments

Guide To Univar’s 2013 Annual CEU Training In Tulsa

 

Tulsa

Tulsa (Photo credit: KB35)

Univar’s 2013 Annual CEU Training – Tulsa, OK

If you are a pest control professional, and need some continuing education units to maintain your pest control license, plan on attending Univar’s 2013 annual CEU training. The training will be Thursday February 28, 2013 at the Clarion Hotel in broken Arrow, Oklahoma. If you have any question about the Annual CEU training, contact Deb Chamber at (918)-630-3222.

Nearby Hotels In Tulsa, OK 

If you happen to be traveling to Tulsa/ Broken Arrow for Univar’s CEU training, your best bet for a hotel will be the Clarion Hotel; where the actual event will be taking place. Rooms run about $69.00 a night on average.

Clarion Hotel
2600 North Aspen Avenue
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
(918) 258-7085
clarionoftulsa.com 
 

Other Hotel Options:

 

Hampton Inn Tulsa/Broken Arrow
2300 West Albany Street
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
(918) 251-6060
hilton.com
 
Quality Inn
2301 West Concord Street
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
(918) 258-8585
qualityinn.com
 
Towne Place Suites Tulsa Broken Arrow
2251 N. Stonewood Circle
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
(918) 355-9600
marriott.com 
 

Nearby Restaurants in Tulsa, OK 

 

Memories of Japan

In the mood for some sushi between training sessions, try memories of Japan. The salad with ginger dressing and avocado rolls come highly recommended, and you can get out of the restaurant spending $10-$15 a person.

Memories of Japan
2409 West Kenosha Street
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
(918) 259-8686 
 

Charleston’s

For a great steak, and some of the best croissants you’ve ever eaten, hot up Charleston’s.

Charleston’s
251 E Hillside Dr
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
(918) 355-9177
charlestons.com 
 

Los Cabos 

Los Cabos is known for their great southwest atmosphere, and decent Tex-Mex. The beef enchiladas come highly recommended, as do their margaritas. If you go during peak hours, expect a 45 minute wait to be seated.

Los Cabos
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
(918) 355-8877
loscabosok.com 
 

Shiloh’s Restaurant

The closest restaurant to the CEU training will be Shiloh’s. For a hearty, stick-to-your- ribs meal, look no further than Shiloh’s. Good quality homemade cooking, that serve’s breakfast all day.

Shiloh’s of Broken Arrow
2604 North Aspen Avenue
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
(918) 254-1500
shilohsrestaurant.com 
 

Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ

Need a hot beef injection in the form of ribs, pulled pork, and brisket? Look no further than Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ. This just might be the best BBQ in the area. Make sure you combo-up so you can take home some leftovers after your training.

Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ
333 W Albany St
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
(918) 355-0000
okjoes.com 
 
 

Other Options:

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
The Olive Garden
Louie’s Bar and Grill
Pei Wei Asian Diner
Red Robin

 

Other Activities & Events- Tulsa & Broken Arrow 

Bassmaster Classic- if you get to Tulsa a few days early, check out the Superbowl of fishing; which is being held at the Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees and The Tulsa Convention Center February 22-24, 2013.

Blue Dome Entertainment District- This Tulsa hotspot offers nine blocks of restaurants, boutiques, bars, and nightlife.

Tulsa Performing Arts Center- catch a performance of Tulsa ballet, Tulsa opera, or Tulsa symphony.

Philbrook Museum of Art- This prestigious museum of fine art is housed within the former 72-room mansion of Tulsa oilman Waite Phillips.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino- Play a hand or two of poker, or try your luck on the blackjack table.

Gilcrease Museum- Learn all about the American Indian legend, frontier lore and the romance of the American West

Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum- If you are traveling with you family for the CEU training, bring them to see all the diverse animals at the Tulsa Zoo.

Explore Route 66- take a drive and enjoy the history, the scenery, and the quaint shops on this historic road.

See You In Tulsa! 

If you are a pest control professional, and live near Tulsa, OK, we hope to see you at Univar’s training. Stay in Tulsa or Broken Arrow through the weekend (Thursday Feb. 28- Sunday Mar. 3), and enjoy the city.

 

Tulsa Pest Control:

Bulwark Exterminating
507 S Main St # 201
Tulsa,OK74103
(918) 582-2629
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
OK Wildlife Control
Tulsa, OK
(918) 739-4382
oklahomawildlifecontrol.com
 
Mosquito Defense Systems LLC
4136 S 70thEast Ave
Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 622-6844
mosquitodefense.net

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January 15, 2013 - 6:16 PM No Comments

More West Nile Fatalities in Nearby Texas

 

Mosquito Alert

Mosquito Alert (Photo credit: Travis S.)

With West Nile Virus infections at their highest levels since 2004, Tulsa, OK residents are becoming increasingly alarmed by all the mosquito related deaths in and around the state.  Eighty percent of the nation’s reported West Nile cases stem from Oklahoma,Texas, and Mississippi.

On Monday, a Fort Worth,TX resident passed away due to an illness caused from The West Nile Virus. It is the second such fatality and 159th confirmed West Nile case in Forth Worth, which is some 282 miles from Tulsa. The victim was in his or her 80’s. According to public health officials, the elderly and the young are most vulnerable to the virus.

The Mayor of Dallas issued a public health emergency as 190 confirmed cases have been documented in DallasCounty, leading to 10 deaths. Public health officials are urging the public to take preventative measures to avoid contracting the virus.

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Preventative Measures

  • Use insect repellents containing DEET
  • Avoid the outdoors from dust until dawn
  • Dress fully covered
  • Eliminate stagnant water around property
  • Mosquito Dunks
  • Pest control professionals

Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Muscle weakness
  • Body-aches
  • Rash
  • Tiredness
  • Tremors
  • Headaches
  • Stupor
  • Convulsions
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes

Mosquito Control

 

The most effective way to remove mosquitoes on your property is to kill their larva. Mosquito dunks, or larvicides, are dropped into water killing larva and stopping mosquitoes from laying their eggs. Treatments last for 30 days and cover 100 square feet regardless of depth. Pest control professionals can also spray your property frequently to help control the mosquito population.

Culex mosquitos (Culex quinquefasciatus shown)...

Culex mosquitos (Culex quinquefasciatus shown) are biological vectors that transmit West Nile Virus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For General Pest Control

 

Bulwark Exterminating
507 S Main St # 201
Tulsa,OK74103
(918) 582-2629
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

For Mosquito Control

 

Mosquito Defense Systems LLC
4136 S 70thEast Ave
Tulsa,OK74145
(918) 622-6844
www.mosquitodefense.net

The Skunk Whisperer, Inc
9521 B Riverside Parkway #343
Tulsa,OK74137
(918) 261-4444
totalwildlifecontrol.com

OK Wildlife Control
Tulsa,OK
(918) 739-4382
oklahomawildlifecontrol.com

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