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Re: “Things That Bite in the Night: Brown recluse and hobo spiders are getting a bum rap

People do move around and bring non-native species with them. I bought an old dresser from a thrift store in Portland Oregon that had webs behind the drawers that weren't noticed before the purchase. I put my things in the drawers after I had trusted my boyfriend had dusted it off well. But he had not! I ended up getting bit on my left breast by a brown recluse that was in my bra! I had never as a native Oregonian seen one before, but I took a picture of it and its fiddle mark identified it. I went to then smash it and Ive never seen a spider run so fast! It hid in a crack. I asked my boyfriend to get it out and flush it down the toilet so it couldnt bite anyone else! I wish so badly I wouldve saved it to show the Dr! He only saw the redness and prescribed antibiotics. He said if it had been a brown recluse bite it was like winning the lottery. Odds against it since they arent native to Oregon. The venom attacks epithelial tissue, hence the irregular heart beats I experienced. The first symptom was redness and extreme itchiness. I pulled the drawers out of the dresser to find many webs! I scolded my boyfriend. The thrift store had gotten furniture donated from a recent arrival from Texas. Brown recluse live to hide in dressers. They can survive a very long time without food as well. Look out for yourself.

Posted by Ciara D. Doney on 06/17/2018 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Backyard Scorpions: We've got some of the stingers in these parts, but don't worry

I've been finding them in my house and garage for years, always around this time of year. I live South of Glide, right beside a creek.
I read that they love crickets and I find them, too. Most of the ones I find are dead or nearly so. Maybe because I have indoor cats. I even found one in a glass ceiling light cover. I also read that chickens help to control them outdoors. A chicken 'adopted' us last fall so I'll see if I see a reduced number this year.

Posted by Reenie Lafferty on 06/13/2018 at 5:19 PM

Re: “What? You've Never Seen a Skink!: an introduction to this sexy, sexy lizard

My cat had one cornered in house. It must have slipped in under front door. I live just south of Redding, CA. I had no idea that such a creature existed!

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Posted by Deborah Martin on 06/01/2018 at 6:22 PM

Re: “The Lighter Side of Banding Eagles

Eastern coyotes are starting to "wage war on humans"? What "war" exactly are you referring to? I'd like to see the science on this.

Posted by Maggie Howell on 05/31/2018 at 9:54 AM

Re: “What? You've Never Seen a Skink!: an introduction to this sexy, sexy lizard

I was just honored to witness a blue tailed skink. Had to run in the house and google it. Amazing little critter, and that bright bright blue tail. Beautiful. I live in Roseburg Oregon.

Posted by Sue Trammell-Redlich on 05/28/2018 at 8:58 PM

Re: “It's Irrigation Time!

With a fresh water supply crisis on the horizon why are we creating a water tourism industry as a economic basis ?…

Posted by Tommy Tunes on 05/28/2018 at 6:46 AM

Re: “It's Irrigation Time!

And there is a Billion Dollar a year water tourism industry that's wanting higher river flows too and is putting pressure on everything and every one to put more water back into the river , not to mention the growth in urban development figuring a 40 % increase in the area over the next 10 years , so it not just about the endangered species .... Look up the YouTube Video called " The Importance of Sharing the Water " it pretty much says a water right is a engendered species , and along with what the districts farm efficiency plan suggests that over time they will Force farmers to try and implement Drip Irrigation systems to conserve water for Urban development and water tourism . Watch the farmer in this video , he makes it clear that Drip Irrigation will be the Target .... and besides that the Farmer in this Video is made to look like the Water Waster .…

Posted by Tommy Tunes on 05/23/2018 at 6:55 AM

Re: “It's Irrigation Time!

What about the water loss in Wickiup Dam My God that's got to be sitting on a Lava bed and massive acre feet being lost not to mention evaporation ?????? Might as well line that too !!!!!

Posted by Tommy Tunes on 05/23/2018 at 6:43 AM

Re: “What? You've Never Seen a Skink!: an introduction to this sexy, sexy lizard

saw my 1st at the arboretum in jacksonville, fl today. scampered off when we sat nearby but crawled back out to his sunny spot after a minute or 2. i wonder how he gets on with the others. neato site, btw.

Posted by Stacie Disbennett on 05/19/2018 at 5:11 PM

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