Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Hordes of icky-sounding pests invade Alabama

And for once, thankfully, it's not about possums!!
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- The little black bugs buzzing around central Alabama aren't as nasty as their name suggests: Fungus gnats.

First believed to be lovebugs, the dark-winged pests have been invading homes and businesses in the Birmingham area for days. They can get through the smallest cracks in doors and windows.

But an expert said the bugs won't hurt anything — they're just a nuisance.

"They live in the ground and eat roots, but don't cause any damage," said Xing Ping Hu, an extension entomology specialist and assistant professor at Auburn University. "They feed on molds and fungus." [...]
Well, now...that explains where all my bleu cheese and chanterelles went!
Hu said the pesky fungus gnat, from the Sciaridae family, thrives in humid weather. Most should die within the next few days, she said.
That Sciaridae bunch has always been trouble.
"These bugs are not only a problem in central Alabama; they're a problem in Georgia and Florida as well," she said. "They are not uncommon, but the population has never reached so high."

She blames the consistent rainfall over the last few months for the swarms of fungus gnats in the Birmingham area.

When exterminators began encountering the bugs a couple of weeks ago, their immediate thought was that the pests were lovebugs, so named because of their habit of mating in midair. [...]
Ahem...well. I never recall Herbie doing anything like THAT.

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