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Robert Ariail

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    An Alaskan midge.

  2. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 12 months ago

    ‘Should we eat her here, or carry her back to the swamp?’ asked one Texas mosquito to her friend.

    ’We’d better eat her here. If we carry her back to the swamp, the big girls will take her away from us.’

  3. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 12 months ago

    We have a service in my area that sprays yards every three weeks with a compound made of natural plant oils. It doesn’t kill the bees, butterflies, or birds and last summer and this summer we had to leave the yard to get bit by mosquitoes. My neighbors were so impressed they signed up this summer and it has made our yards much more enjoyable over the last two years.
    That said – frogs, bats, praying mantis, and many other friendly creatures are a great inhibitor of mosquito growth. In Austin, Texas, the Congress St. bridge disgorges millions of bats every night and in the week my wife and I were visiting that wonderful town of music and food we saw nearly no insects and absolutely no mosquitoes.
    Frog populations in my area have declined since my childhood here. Summer roads used to be covered with the flattened dried out bodies of frogs mashed by cars. It was unusual to NOT see or hear frogs at night. Now, it is very rare to see frogs/toads unless you go to protected areas and/or wildlife refuges.
    Pollution, chemical yard and bug treatments, and over fertilization has ravaged frog/toad environments. Tadpoles eat mosquito larva and frogs eat mosquitoes. The more beneficial creatures we fail, the more we allow the bad creatures to grow in population and risk to our neighbors.

  4. ReasonsVentriloquist

    ReasonsVentriloquist said, 12 months ago

    It’s time we passed The Guacamole Act! And fast!

  5. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    Remember- mosquitoes lay their eggs in shallow pools of water, so be sure to drain any you might find on your property. And if you maintain a habitat where mosquitoes’ natural predators (frogs, spiders, bats, etc.) can hang out, they’ll thank you by eating what bugs you!

  6. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, 12 months ago

    Looks like our state bird here in Maine. I noticed our frog population was down this year significantly, perhaps due to another warm winter which meant less water runoff, so a lot of local ponds didn’t fill up enough for frogs, but was apparently enough for mosquitoes. Normally they attack mainly tourists, but this year they’ve turned on the locals as well…

  7. Cynthia

    Cynthia GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    I got citronella oil. That’s what my friend’s mother rubbed on us when I was a kid, it’s non-toxic and it smells like candy.

  8. Stipple

    Stipple said, 12 months ago

    Frogs gone here also, used to play with them as a child.
    Dragonflies are doing well, more of them than ever to eat the bugs the frogs and bats no longer eat, frogs and bats both being dead anymore.

  9. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    ^to those above, amphibians and many reptiles ARE in serious trouble, as are birds, bats, and many valuable insect species, it’s not just climate change, but all the elements of “change” read “DAMAGE” to the environment by idiotic abuse by humans out for economic profit, ignoring their impacts.

  10. swr

    swr said, 12 months ago

    @The Wolf In Your Midst

    purple martin house are a good idea in those parts of the county were you get them, we are a bit to north here. but our state spares no expense to eradicate our state bird, we usually get buzzed by the choppers once or twice a year in the slough behind the house.

  11. ReasonsVentriloquist

    ReasonsVentriloquist said, 12 months ago

    " remember that millions of bees, honey bees, thousands of colonies wiped by round-up sprayed on neighboring fields"
    Cite source please.
    And keep in mind that the colony collapses have been blamed on everything from Allah’s will to Zoroaster’s revenge!
    Each and every claim thus far has been shown to be “crack pot conspiracyist.”
    The colony collapse issue is extremely important, even Monsanto would pull back if there was proof that their process was fatal to bees. After all, Man can not live on even corn bread alone.
    We agree that corporations NEED to be regulated. We NEED a Constitutional change that addresses the “immortal citizen” created by the 14th amendment. For one reason, an “immortal citizen” can see the potential, 200 years hence, of owning all water sources. They will act in their self interest to take advantage of that opportunity. If the reward is Trillions of dollars, they can justify to their board, the expenditure of hundreds of billions of dollars to buy whatever is needed (including governments).
    I know I sound to some like a crack pot conspiracy ist. That’s fine, because I see the “forces of good” triumphing over these “forces of not good.” And I am acting towards that better future!

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