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Old 07-06-2014, 11:04 AM   #71
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It's not a fact; it's your opinion, based on your experience. My experience is different.
I bet if you polled folks from the south, and folks from up north, the majority of snake haters and purposeful killers of snakes reside in the south.

I am not saying its only the south. But I am saying its generational and many people here would prefer a snake less world.
Fact.

I have lived here 20 years. I have met exactly one person in all these years that would give a snake the benefit of the doubt and allow it to leave on its own. The rest would have chopped of his head on sight.
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Old 07-06-2014, 12:27 PM   #72
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Old 07-06-2014, 01:12 PM   #73
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"I don't like spiders and snakes, but that ain't what it takes to love me...." courtesy of Jim Stafford.

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Old 07-06-2014, 01:48 PM   #74
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I live in the varmint and pest capitol of the world: The South. We have all 3 varieties of venomous snakes and most types of venomous spiders. What do I hate? Pests that cause PAIN. That would be those nasty German Yellowjackets, fire ants, and horse/deer flies. I've been stung by yellowjackets right through my clothing. The stings are so intense that they cause muscle cramps and itch for a week. Being bitten by a horse fly is like someone pulling a chunk of your skin out with pliers. And they're relentless....they never give up until they bite you or you smash them first. And fire ants. I have no idea how such a small insect can produce such an irritating stinging sensation. Here in the south, one bout with the fire ants and you never sit down on a lawn or the ground again without inspecting the premises VERY carefully!
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Old 07-06-2014, 02:05 PM   #75
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I live in the varmint and pest capitol of the world: The South. We have all 3 varieties of venomous snakes and most types of venomous spiders. What do I hate? Pests that cause PAIN. That would be those nasty German Yellowjackets, fire ants, and horse/deer flies. I've been stung by yellowjackets right through my clothing. The stings are so intense that they cause muscle cramps and itch for a week. Being bitten by a horse fly is like someone pulling a chunk of your skin out with pliers. And they're relentless....they never give up until they bite you or you smash them first. And fire ants. I have no idea how such a small insect can produce such an irritating stinging sensation. Here in the south, one bout with the fire ants and you never sit down on a lawn or the ground again without inspecting the premises VERY carefully!

We have all of those, other than fire ants, in the Midwest as well. Our yellowjackets must have been the German ones, the stings last forever. Horse flies and deer flies are prevalent in both Canada and Mexico! And I got chiggers from sitting on the grass in Florida, itchy, but not like the yellow jacket stings.


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Old 07-06-2014, 03:54 PM   #76
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Almost everyone in my family is highly allergic to bees and such - needing to have allergy kits type of allergic. And they are all allergic to the cillian antibiotic family. Except me. Guess I got lucky - or unlucky.

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Old 07-06-2014, 05:13 PM   #77
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We seem to have an abundance of tarantula hawks (wasps) this year. UGH. They're enormous (2" in length), can be aggressive, and have a very painful sting. I haven't seen any in the back yard yet today, maybe they have moved on. I sure hope so, my 3 yr. old grandson was here yesterday and I couldn't even let him go play in the yard.

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This part from the article did kinda give me a funny visual, though...LOL
"The wasps are "nectivorous," and they have been known to become "flight-challenged" after consuming fermented fruit."
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I live in the varmint and pest capitol of the world: The South. We have all 3 varieties of venomous snakes and most types of venomous spiders. What do I hate? Pests that cause PAIN. That would be those nasty German Yellowjackets, fire ants, and horse/deer flies. I've been stung by yellowjackets right through my clothing. The stings are so intense that they cause muscle cramps and itch for a week. Being bitten by a horse fly is like someone pulling a chunk of your skin out with pliers. And they're relentless....they never give up until they bite you or you smash them first. And fire ants. I have no idea how such a small insect can produce such an irritating stinging sensation. Here in the south, one bout with the fire ants and you never sit down on a lawn or the ground again without inspecting the premises VERY carefully!
Horse Fly? Did I hear Horse Fly? They are considered the State Bird of Maine. Just ask Bakechef! They have a season of their own in Maine.
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We seem to have an abundance of tarantula hawks (wasps) this year. UGH. They're enormous (2" in length), can be aggressive, and have a very painful sting. I haven't seen any in the back yard yet today, maybe they have moved on. I sure hope so, my 3 yr. old grandson was here yesterday and I couldn't even let him go play in the yard.

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This part from the article did kinda give me a funny visual, though...LOL
"The wasps are "nectivorous," and they have been known to become "flight-challenged" after consuming fermented fruit."

Oh dear, hoping for no stings for you and yours. This was cool reading! Thanks Cheryl!


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Good Heavens! I didn't even know such a creature even existed.
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