Farm and Garden Show Monday August 27, 1-2 pm
On Monday's Farm and Garden Show host Linda MacElwee will be interviewing Jessa Guisse, a pollinator habitat restoration specialist from the Xerces Society. Xerces is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. They will be discussing, among all things to do with pollinators, Xerces' new book called Attracting Native Pollinators:Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies.
Here are links that Jessa sent after the show:
www.xerces.org (Xerces homepage)
www.xerces.org/pollinator-conservation/ (everything about pollinators)
http://www.xerces.org/plant-lists/ (pollinator plant lists)
http://www.xerces.org/bumblebees/ (info about Xerces’ Bumblebee Citizen Science Projects)
http://www.xerces.org/dragonfly-migration/pondwatch/ (info about Xerces’ Dragonfly Citizen Science Project)
www.greatsunflower.org (San Francisco State Bee Count Citizen Science Project)
http://nature.berkeley.edu/urbanbeegardens/ (non-native pollinator plant lists)
the MP3 archive from the show will be forthcoming soon!
Thanks for listening!
p.s. a listener/calller sent me this info in regards to insect zappers;
Zappers are designed to kill mosquitos, horseflies and other biting insects, but it is more likely they kill their natural predators. The UV Light of the Zapper will attract mosquitos to your yard; however mosquitoes are attracted to C02 and H2O of the breathe of humans and animals, making us the target. Zapper’s unless they have a CO2 emitter, seldom get the mosquitos to enter the light chamber and get zapped.
When an Insect is "Zapped" they expel a mist of insect parts up to seven feet in the area around the Zapper which can become contaminated by bacteria and viruses http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly_zapper this is especially dangerous when using near a food preparation area, walking through the area or breathing in the mist.
Beneficial bugs, such as pollinator’s moths, bees, beetles, ants, wasp, dragonflies, and mosquito eaters are attracted to the UV light. Some of these insects reduce the number of mosquitos naturally. www.ehow.com.
A Science Daily Article 2007 stated, 71 billion non-target insects are killed each year by Zappers. (I could not find this article again, but here is an article from 1999) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/06/990604080148.htm
When it comes to insect control it is best to invite to our yards their natural predators, other insects, birds, frogs, toads and lizards to name a few, all of which depend on one another as a food source. It is important to get the word out to neighbors to clean standing water weekly for mosquito abatement, clean out rain gutters, fountains and animal troughs.