Talkin' Pets News
February 23, 2019
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Adriana Odachowski - Wellswood Animal Hospital
Producer - Daisey Charlotte
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Social Media / Producer - Bob Page
Special Segment Guests - Hour 1 - Randy Kaplan - Senior VP Green Gobbler - discussing their 20% Vinegar Weed Killer
Hour 2 - Susan Hartsler - even , the official Puppy Party Candidate for President
Hour 3 - Lorraine Walston - Owner Woodrow Wear - Power Paws - Socks for dogs
Flies, ants, and mosquitoes caused the most widespread problems among US households according to a recent study by Organic Lesson. The three insects were identified as the top-searched pests across forty-one states, and they also accounted for 34% of total DIY pest control searches in the US. The study analyzed Google's search interest data of 30 common household pests and rodents including flies, ants, bed bugs, mosquitoes, fleas, mice, and cockroaches. The study specifically focused on pest control searches with a DIY intent, such as "bed bug remedies," "mosquito traps," and "how to get rid of fruit flies."
For more details on the methodology and to read the full study, visit: The Most Troublesome Household Pests in Each State (2018)
The Top Searched Pest in Each State (2018)
New Hampshire: Mice
New Jersey: Ants
New Mexico: Ants
New York: Flies
North Carolina: Ants
North Dakota: Flies
Rhode Island: Mice
South Carolina: Fleas
South Dakota: Flies
West Virginia: Fleas
Bed bugs didn't come out as the top-searched pest in any of the state-specific ranking lists but they did account for the third highest percentage of do-it-yourself pest control searches in the United States. Flies accounted for 14% of DIY pest control searches in the US, followed by ants (11%), bed bugs (9%), and mosquitoes (9%).
The states in the northeastern region, such as Maine and New England, experienced more disturbances from rodents like mice, squirrels, and rats. 2018 was a record year for many of these states with local officials and pest control companies recording an unusually-high number of cases due to the warmer-than-average weather. Fleas were more of an issue for homeowners that resided in the southeastern states including Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama. 27% of flea treatment searches in those states were related to eliminating fleas on dogs and cats.
About Organic Lesson
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Gary Ibsen, founder of TomatoFest® Heirloom Tomato Seeds, grower of more than 650 varieties of certified organic, heirloom tomatoes and co-founder of World Tomato Society bemoans the dramatic loss of our honeybees and the wide scale poisoning of our environment.
"Grieving the loss of my friend's honey business, I was inspired to investigate WHY. I felt obligated to ring an alarm bell because I see an undeniable threat to our future food availability and diversity," says Ibsen.
In 1950 there were 6 million colonies of bees in the US. Since 2006 we've lost more than 12 million bee colonies due to what was initially described as Colony Collapse Disorder. We currently have only 2.5 million bee colonies in the US and we are losing and replacing almost all of these in the course of one season.
The honey crop in 2013 was the lowest since records had been kept. Before these colony loss problems began a typical national honey crop was 260 million pounds. This past season the crop was 115 million pounds.
Bees are responsible for about 1/3 of everything we eat from all of the plants that require pollination. Globally, the honeybee in collaboration with a wide variety of other bee species are responsible for pollinating 80% of all flowering plants. Honeybees through their duties of pollination are responsible for $15 billion/year in Ag production.
The most widely used pesticides of this kind are of the family called neonicotinoids. They are water-soluble, taken up by the vascular system of the plant. These pesticides not only kill the bees but also harm the soil, making it virtually inert, causing damage to 200 million acres of farmland and an equal area of urban and suburban land nationally. The effects of these pesticides have been persistent, pernicious, and dramatic and they have had a devastating effect on our global environment.
Tom Theobald, a friend of forty-six years, started beekeeping in 1975, creating the Niwot Honey Farm in Niwot, Colorado. In a couple years he was up to 200 colonies of bees. The largest honey crop he ever had was 15,000 pounds. Before all the problems began an average year's harvest of honey was 6000-8000 pounds. By 1995 Tom started seeing bee losses from mites and over the next few years the losses continued in spite of his management. Theobald then stated to the media, "What we are experiencing is the most massive poisoning of the environment in the history of humanity, and the people who have brought us this catastrophe, those who are profiting and regulating the use of these pesticides, are doing everything they can to make sure people don't know what is occurring."
How Bad Is It?:
- Because of the damages to the environment DDT was banned in 1972. Its highest usage was in 1959 at 80 million pounds.
- The EPA is reporting 4 million pounds of neonicotinoid use annually. This represents only 10% of the actual use. The other 90% is seed treatment which the EPA has chosen not to regulate, but instead hide from public view under what is called the Treated Articles Exclusion.
- Of that 90% only 5-10% actually goes into the plant. The remainder goes into the soil and groundwater where it can remain poisonous for years.
- Neonicotinoids are 5,000 -10,000 times more toxic than DDT for honeybees.
- About 40 million pounds of neonicotinoids are used each year. This represents the toxic equivalent of approximately 400 BILLION pounds of DDT each year.
The End Result:
The groundwater throughout the US has been poisoned at many times the threshold established for the onset of environmental damage. The result is water contamination at toxic levels, the effects of which are cumulative and irreversible. This not only kills honeybees but many other species which are also in steep decline. The world's insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a "catastrophic collapse of nature's ecosystems", according to the first global scientific review. More than 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction.
The loss of our honeybees is just an indicator of a much broader crisis. Between the agrichemical industry priority for profits with disregard for the consequences, and the corporate lobbying of the government to influence politicians and EPA regulators, we are all being poisoned for profit. Fines for these corporations do not adequately address the problem. What we need to do is prosecute those EPA and corporate decision makers as the criminals for knowingly poisoning us, and the planet.
Looking into the future, our planet must produce more food in the next four decades than all of the farmers in history have produced in the past 8,000 years. As Theobald said, "We need to involve the younger generation, or our children will inherit these problems."
Tom Theobald, created the Niwot Honey Farm in 1975, was co-founder of Boulder County Beekeepers Assoc. and the last county bee inspector in Colorado (a position created in 1889 and retired in 2000). Tom had interviews that can be seen on UTube, with Dan Rather
PETA has once again made a statement in the animal world. What are your thoughts on this statement…
#SteveIrwin was killed while harassing a ray; he dangled his baby while feeding a crocodile & wrestled wild animals who were minding their own business. Today’s #GoogleDoodle sends a dangerous, fawning message. Wild animals are entitled to be left alone in their natural habitats.
Do you agree with PETA or disagree on this tweet?
When Becky Evans started studying cat-human relationships, she kept hearing, over and over again, about how cats are psychopaths. On one hand, anyone who has looked into the curiously blank face of a catloaf knows exactly what that means. But also, exactly what does it mean to apply a human mental diagnosis to felines? We let these clawed creatures into our homes and our beds, but we still have trouble understanding them on anything but our own human terms.
Evans, a psychology graduate student at the University of Liverpool, recently devised a survey for owners who think that their cats are psychopaths. The survey asks owners to describe the allegedly psychopathic behaviors, and so far they have included bullying other pets, taking over the dog’s bed, and waiting on the kitchen counter to pounce on unsuspecting family members. In short, pretty typical cat behavior.
These answers get at the tricky semantics of calling a cat a “psychopath” when it is just … a cat. There’s always an implicit comparison when we talk about cats as aloof little jerks, says Mikel Maria Delgado, a postdoctoral researcher on cat behavior at the University of California at Davis. And that comparison is with dogs, which humans have spent thousands more years domesticating and molding in our image.
Cats communicate not with facial expressions but through the positions of their ears and tails. Their emotional lives can seem inscrutable—and even nonexistent—until you spend a lot of time getting to know one. Dogs, on the other hand, have learned to mimic humans. They do that thing where they pull their mouths back into something resembling a smile. They hang their heads in a way that looks super guilty. Just as humans have shaped the physical appearance of dogs, we’ve bred them to be extremely attuned to human social cues. Dogs that repeatedly raise their brows to make cute puppy faces are more likely to be adopted out of shelters.
A common charge against cats is that they do not care about their owners as anything more than a source of wet food. In studies of pet-owner relationships, scientists have found that dogs are more “attached” to owners. These studies frequently rely on protocol called the Ainsworth Strange Situation, in which the pet explores an unfamiliar environment alone, with its owner, or with a stranger. Dogs are more at ease with their owners rather than with strangers. Cats can’t seem to care less about the human there.
Maybe this says something about pet-owner attachment, but Delgado noted that dogs are used to their owners taking them to new places. Cats are territorial, and they might only leave the house to go to the vet, so what looks like indifference to their owners might just be overwhelming anxiety about a new, strange environment. Plus, the Ainsworth Strange Situation was developed by Mary Ainsworth to study parents and infants—another example of us judging cats on human rather than cat terms.
Also, not all cats. There are terrifying cats, but there are also cats who just want to snuggle all day. The survey, Evans hopes, is just the first step in devising a way to measure psychopathy in cats. She’d like to eventually study cats in their natural habitat—their house—so as not to rely on the word of their owners. The ultimate goal of the research is to devise a test for shelters so they can better match cats with owners. Whether it’s fair to call a cat a psychopath, we naturally do it, and it affects how well new owners and their cats will get along. _____________________
It must have been a "ruff" morning for a duo of dogs in Lakeville, Minnesota that called 911 more than a dozen times while their owners were gone, prompting police to respond to their home.
It turned out the Papillion and the hound are the newest “pawtners in crime.”
“We were dispatched to a 911 hang up call at a residence in Lakeville,” said Officer Michelle Roberts of the Lakeville Police Department.
Officers Roberts and her partner Officer Emily Bares have checked out their share of 911 hang up calls, but not like this.
“It was just kind of weird usually people come to the door, seeing two dogs go hyper is not something I see all the time,” said Officer Bares.
The officers rang the doorbell, walked around the house and were about to clear the call when they learned these pups had been hounding dispatch.
“Shortly after clearing, dispatch advised us they had multiple additional 911 calls and all they could hear in the background was dogs barking,” said Officer Roberts.
And those 911 hang up calls continued - 16 times! The only suspects were the doggone residents.
Officer Roberts was able to get ahold of the owner and got in the home through the garage.
“Went upstairs to his office to where the cell phone was, it was on his desk, it was on emergency call only, so in theory a dog could’ve called 911, and pushed the phone with its paw,” she said.
Remy and Bomber had apparently taken matters into their own paws.
“Our assumption is the dogs were having a rough day and it was the dogs that were seeking assistance through 911,” she said.
Maybe we’ll never know the reason behind their call and maybe we don’t need to know.
“Anytime we can laugh and talk about dogs calling 911, if that’s the biggest news of our day that’s a good day,” said Officer Roberts.
The owner told FOX 9 he was stunned about all of this and that he couldn’t believe the pups could do something like call 911. But one thing’s for sure, he won't be leaving his phone out again anytime soon.
A Florida man says he did what he had to do to protect himself, his dog, and his Fruitland Park neighborhood when faced with an overly aggressive coyote.
The coyote was killed and his dog is getting frequent check-ups to make sure rabies is not an issue.
Ben Pool says he hears coyotes often, rarely sees them.
Things were different, however, on Friday.
"My dog and a coyote were standing face to face, fixing to go at it," Pool says.
Pool was able to get the two animals apart...then the coyote attacked him.
"He came at my legs, first, I smashed him in the side of the head with the cup. He came at me again, I smashed him again and then he jumped up at my face, when he did that I jumped back, smacked him in the side of the head, he screamed and he went down," Pool says.
Pool managed to get himself and his dog up the street and home, but says the coyote was relentless.
Coyote sighting were once minimal but these days have become more frequent throughout the U.S.
After years of coming to the aid others, first as a medic and then as a police officer, San Diegan Adam Bavario was rescued by heroes of his own.
Bavario suffered what's referred to as a "Widow Maker" heart attack, because of its high fatality rate, collapsing at his San Marcos home in September 2018. As he lay on the floor, Bavario was brought back to consciousness by his dog, an all-white boxer named Roxy, who nudged and licked her loving caretaker's face until he woke up.
Bavario crawled to the couch and dialed 911. An ambulance rushed him to Tri-City Medical Center, where a skilled cardiologist was able to place a stent in his heart within 27 minutes, a record time.
Now Bavario has a second lease on life, thanks to Roxy and Dr. Karim El-Sherief. He's made healthy lifestyle changes since the attack, ensuring he'll be around to enjoy more time with his son and his beloved pup.
"Dr. El-Sherief said I'm a walking miracle," said Bavario. "I live every day as a blessing and I don't take life for granted."
One furry bandit with a penchant for peanut butter is lucky to be alive after a rescue nearly three stories up.
Joe Milo was headed to a landscape job at about 9:30 Friday morning when he saw a raccoon 25 feet in the air, on top of a light pole on Olsmar Street in Palm Bay.
"(I was) driving down the road and happened to look up, and (I) saw the guy with a jar on his head," Milo said.
But a closer look revealed a much more concerning predicament.
The raccoon's head was stuck in a plastic peanut butter jar as it was perched high off the ground.
Milo quickly called Wild Florida Rescue of Brevard County.
"When he has a jar on his head, it's hard for him to breathe, so eventually he may have gotten dizzy and just fall off," says Crystene Prokop with Wild Florida Rescue.
Since the raccoon was on top of the power pole, Prokop called Florida Power & Light, which sent a lineman to help.
He made his way up in a bucket, slowly toward the mammal in a mess.
The lineman's first try didn't work — the raccoon slipped away slightly down the pole. But on the second attempt, the worker managed to slip it into a crate.
On the ground, they teamed up to wiggle the plastic jar off its head.
"It came off without any soap or anything," Prokop said.
The little guy was freed and took off across the street, gratifying the man who spotted it.
"He's free now, good to go!" exclaimed Milo with a big smile.