Posts Tagged ‘Tampa Bay Area’

A Fun Day At The Skyway

We awoke today with one thing on our mind and that was to go the Skyway Bridge area and  walk around the grass flats. My son and I have done this since he was in diapers and we still enjoy it today.

If your going south on I275, just as you travel through the toll booth, look to your left. There you will see a line of mangrove trees and on the other side of those trees is the waters of Tampa Bay.

Inside the mangrove trees

We usually take the dog but not today, it was just for us. We chased crabs and picked up snails and even crept around the mangroves some, just to see whats in there.  We stayed away from the birds as we did not wish to disturb them.

 

 

 

It was a fun in the sun day…too much sun. I am cooked, stick a fork in me cause I am done! Thats why I am not writting too much here…its Aloe time, lol.

 

 

 

 

 

Seeya until next post on the Beucher & Son Pest Blog

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The Florida Carpenter Ant

This information comes from the University of Florida website, Pest Ant Species.  For more information on Florida ants, this is a great place to start.

I remember, years back, the only way to eliminate a carpenter Ant colony was to follow the ants to where they nested. This took incredible time and patience. Now adays with modern pest products that are designed for this kind of creature, its not so bad. I believe that I have been bite or stung by just about everything out there and the Carpenter Ant is one nasty little “fella” that I really hated to get attacked by. ~ Jim Beucher

Foraging Characteristics: Florida carpenter ant is a large to very large, orange and black ant.  C. tortuganus is similar but paler with less color contrast. Gaster of latter often with light spots, background color variable, and head looks narrower.  Both species have many sized workers that follow loose foraging trails (individuals following each other are widely dispersed or solitary).  Workers can emit formic acid.  Mainly nocturnal.  Female reproductives similar in appearance to large workers but with wings folded over back. Male reproductives with small heads and large wings. Males darker than workers but similar in size to smallest workers.

Nest Sites & Characteristics: Single queen per nest. Nest in dead tree branches, rotting logs, tree stumps, piles of lumber, or under yard objects (potted plants, trash cans etc.) in voids such as curtain rods, hollow porch columns, wall and attic insulation, timer boxes, and pump housing. Do little excavation and will nest in existing voids and in attics. This species does not do structural damage, but may be a sign of preexisting damage. Satellite colonies common.

Diet:  Hunt live insects and scavenge for dead insects. Tend sap-sucking insects, collecting honeydew.  Forage for sweets and protein in homes.  

 Detailed Description: 5.5-11 mm (1/5–4/9 in) long. No sting. Twelve-segmented antenna without club.  End of abdomen with circular ring of hair. One petiolar segment.  Thorax evenly convex. C. floridanus: Antennal scape flattened at base and broad throughout. Legs and antennal scapes with numerous long, coarse brown to golden erect hairs, shorter than those on body. C. tortuganus: Major worker head longer than broad.  Tibia of all legs and antennal scapes without erect hairs.  Body hairs abundant, long, and golden. About 15 Camponotus species occur in Florida.  A small dark species, C. planatus is becoming more widespread.  Subfamily Formicinae

Most Common Complaint: Foragers in yards, porches, patios, and occasionally inside homes.  Swarming reproductives may be seen inside homes when nearby. Alates often mistaken for termites by homeowners. Ants may bite if handled.  Baits have effect if placed near trail at night.  Restrict access to structures. If colonies are located they can be controlled with insecticidal applications.

Flight Season: Spring to fall.
Distribution: Widespread.

Origin: Native

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Art and Lice

15th C.              A walrus ivory, double-sided comb from 15th century France, called the “King David” comb, resides in the Hunt Museum. The ‘H’ shaped comb is 16 cm wide and 12 cm high. It has one row of coarse teeth and one row of fine teeth. “It is decorated on both sides in low relief with carved scenes depicting the story of King David and Bathsheba. One side shows King David sitting by a fountain and playing a harp with three women, this is surrounded by floral decoration. The other side shows David, Bathsheba and her husband, Uriah the Hittite, and two female attendants.” The Hunt Museum is located in Limerick, Ireland. [Anon., 2005a]

c. 1400             A ivory double-sided comb from northern Italy is located in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The center panel of the comb has a bass relief carving. [Anon., 2009a]

 c. 1450            A painted and engraved, ivory, double-sided comb, the “Fountain of Youth,” was found in the upper Rhine region of Germany. It depicts  medieval adults, and a fountain. The comb is held in the Victoria and Albert Museum (no. 231-1867). [Anon., 2009b]  

1491                 The earliest known representation of human lice is from a woodcut in the first edition of ‘Hortus sanitatis’ (The Garden of Health), which was compiled and published in 1491 by Jacob Meydenbach, Mainz. [Mumcuoglu, 2002] The drawing shows a kneeling man being de-loused by a standing woman using a brush. A crude cartoon-like representation of three oversized lice, each an oval with legs, are seen running around the water bowl. [Anon., 2005b]

c. 1500            Two intricately carved openwork, double-sided combs of boxwood, one with ivory inlays, were made in northern France in c. 1500. They now reside in the French Musee National du Moyen Age, Paris, France. [Anon., 2009c] 

1546                 Bhatkal (North Kanara District), India was in ruins by 1720, except for ten small temples covered with copper and stone. Khetappayya Narayana Temple, which was built in 1546, contains sculptures depicting the social life of the period.  In one panel, a man relaxes on a cot while his wife caresses him and picks lice from his long hair. In another panel, a child is being fondled by his father, while the mother is busy picking the lice from the husband’s head. [Kamat, 1987] 

c. 1555             Tintoretto (1518-1594) painted “Susanna and the Elders” in c. 1555. The painting shows a ivory double-sided comb among Susana’s luxury items. The painting is held by the Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna. [Kren & Marx, 2009] 

c. 1598             Caravaggio (1571-1610) painted “Martha and Mary Magdalene,” in c. 1596. The painting, which shows a double-side comb, is held at the Institute of Arts, Detroit. [Kren & Marx, 2009] 

17th Cent.        17th century physicians still followed Aristotle’s dictum that lice were born from sweat by a “spontaneous generation” phenomenon. [Aristotle, 350 BC]  However, their patients continued to treat themselves by delousing. This is often shown in 17th century paintings, especially in Dutch “genre painting”. [Cabotin, 1994] [Mumcuoglu, 2002] [Johansen, 2007] 

17th C.             Sculptures representing trained monkeys delousing humans can be found in Lisbon, Portugal. [Anon., 2004]  

1631                 Dirck Hals (1591-1656) painted Moederzorg (Mother’s Care), which shows a mother grooming a child’s hair by lamplight. This was one of the earliest Dutch paintings using this theme. [Wheelock, 2004] 

1648                 Quiringh Gerritsz van Brekelenkam (1622-1679) painted “Woman Combing a Child’s Hair” in 1648. The picture shows the use of a delousing comb. [Wheelock, 2004] 

1651                 Gerard ter Borch (1617-1681) painted “The Stone Grinder’s Family” in 1651. The painting shows a woman delousing her daughter while her husband grinds a steel blade under the eye of her son. [Johansen, 2007] 

1652                 Gerard ter Borch (1617-1681) painted “Woman Combing a Child’s Hair” in 1652. The picture shows the use of a delousing comb. [EID, 1999] [Anon., 2008]           

1658-60           Pieter de Hooch (1629-1684) painted “A Mother’s Duty,” which shows a seated mother delousing the hair of her kneeling child. The painting is located in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. [Johansen, 2007]

1669                 Caspar Netscher (1639-1684) painted “Woman Combing a Child’s Hair,” which now resides in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The painting shows a woman combing a young boy’s hair, while (nearby) his sister makes faces in a mirror. [Dunder, 2009]

1670-1675       Bartolome Murillo (1617-1682) painted “The Toilette” in 1670-1675. The painting depicts an old woman searching for lice in the hair of a seated young boy who is petting a dog. [Kren & Marx, 2009] 

1673                 A tortoiseshell double-sided comb and engraved case made in Jamaica in 1673 are now located in the Victoria and Albert Museum (no.  524-1877). [Anon., 2009d] 

1690                 In 1857, the British Museum acquired an elaborately engraved tortoise shell comb with two rows of teeth, from the Bernal Collection. The comb was engraved “Port Royall in Jamaica, 1690” [Bohn, 1857]

Handmade oil painting reproduction of Looking for Lice, a painting by Jules Pascin.

An ex-voto shows a mother intent on picking lice from her daughter’s head as her sister sits nearby. Outside the door, a boy — perhaps their brother — falls from a tree. The ex-voto thanks the Virgin Mary because, despite his mother being distracted, the boy escaped serious injury.

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