Invasive Species - whatcha got?

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Invasive Species - whatcha got?

Posted 21 September 2010 - 07:59 AM

I caught this amusing post on Digg, and found the solution fairly novel. It got me thinking of annoying and horrible invasive species around my area, of note I have been battling a fairly resilient Purple Loosestrife plant outside my back patio, and now I am curious what everyone else faces in their area.

The tales of of Burmese pythons in Florida, flying Asian Carp in Missah-sip, and the same fish being the reason to poison a whole river in Illinois come to mind.

What do you all have? Have you done battle with these foreign invaders? Is anyone winning these wars?

Poison-Laced Mice Airdropped into Guam to Kill Tree Snakes
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"The brown tree snakes arrived in Guam in the 1940s, where they immediately began asserting dominance over the ecosystem [...] scientists have found that the snakes have "eaten to near extinction some native birds, lizards and fruit bats; preyed on poultry; bitten small children; and 'cause[d] power outages by climbing on electrical transmission wires'."

"The tree snakes, however, turned out to inhabit a tough-to-reach part of the forest canopy, thus making extermination efforts more complicated."


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"The best arrangement for dropping thawed, frozen, poisoned, dead, radio-equipped mice from a helicopter into a tree, they indicate, is to attach a paper streamer to some cardboard, and hot-glue the cardboard to a rear leg of the mouse."


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Posted 21 September 2010 - 08:03 AM

Does Digg still suck? I haven't used it since 2007 but when v4 came out there was a MASSIVE exodus from Digg to Reddit. Has Kevin fixed the website?
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Posted 21 September 2010 - 08:04 AM

Digg is different, but it is still part of my news feeds in the morning.
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Posted 21 September 2010 - 08:07 AM

Digg's new revision blows, they completely destroyed their site.
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Posted 21 September 2010 - 08:31 AM

We have the most evil grey squirrel. Carrying some disease they are immune to, they are going round our country wiping out the red squirrel population :(
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Posted 21 September 2010 - 09:15 AM

View Postmodi123_1, on 21 September 2010 - 06:59 AM, said:

What do you all have? Have you done battle with these foreign invaders? Is anyone winning these wars?


Living in the Southwest we have been waging this battle for years.
But hopefully with measures like SB1070 it might eventually get under control.
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Posted 21 September 2010 - 09:51 AM

@Bort - Really? Odd. I remember reading a story back that the hill folk out in Kentucky had an increased incidence of Alzheimers due to consumption of the gray squirrel brains... gave folks something like mad cow.
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Posted 21 September 2010 - 12:24 PM

View PosttlhIn, on 21 September 2010 - 08:15 AM, said:

*snip*

forced.
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Posted 21 September 2010 - 12:31 PM

sex tourists and hippies.
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Posted 21 September 2010 - 05:07 PM

Endlessly removing http://www.plantofth...g/week228.shtml
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Posted 21 September 2010 - 06:46 PM

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 06:48 PM

Living in the southeastern US, we have bugs here that the end of the universe won't even kill. There are cockroaches around here that drink bug sprays as if it were a martini.
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Posted 21 September 2010 - 07:25 PM

@WolfCoder - wtf am I looking at there?

This post has been edited by modi123_1: 22 September 2010 - 06:57 AM

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 08:54 PM

Brown widow spiders -- after Katrina they spread like wild fire. With all the debris both black and brown widow spiders flourished (in 2007/8 they were literally EVERYWHERE you looked) but the brown widow is not native to Louisiana and seems to be taking to its new home. Luckily their reputation as more aggressive than the black widows seems a little over rated (knock on wood) as bites are still very rare. You are still more likely to have a horrible run-in with fire ants (another invasive species) then brown widows.

I have heard that the Africanized bees are here but I hope to avoid any first hand experience with those. -- the bees too seem to like the debris, and with some places sitting dormant for 5 or so years they have really dug-in and rain terror down on survey crews and demolition teams trying to clear areas.


I think there is also some kind of termite or something that has homeowners all worked up. Lots of trees are being cut down and the stumps burned... not really sure what is up though.
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Posted 21 September 2010 - 10:33 PM

Arghh NickDMax, i don't envy your position - nothing worse than dealing with spiders in large numbers. The post i made above is often associated with the following spider
http://en.wikipedia....nnel-web_spider

The reason for this is the cold, moist and shady area's where both the plant and spider thrive. If you have a few of these lizards hanging around you can be pretty sure there is a reasonable supply of funnel webs. I have been attacked by one of those spiders and believe me they are crazy when you disturb their environment.
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