Dealing With Bugs

Technology has come to the rescue too many times to count in my life. It is the same with pest control. I was thinking about this the other day as a fly landed on my guest’s plate during a dinner party, much to my chagrin. I decided to explore a resolution to my offline bug problem and encountered an interesting history.

You can go far back over 4,000 years to find the first bug fixes, which were chemical pesticides. We have to give the Sumerians credit for using sulfur and the people of India for identifying poisonous plants. However, it was a bit of a wait for several more thousand years for a revolution to take place in the all but nonexistent new industry. The needs of farmers in the 18th and 19th centuries resulted in pyrethrum and derris pest control while a hundred years later we got DDT and herbicides added to the insecticide mix. Now it is all about natural and biological treatment.

What does this tell us? That creepy critters and bugs and such have been around for a long time and have not been wanted. They eat plants and destroy crops, suck blood, cause welts and allergic reactions, and instigate a bout of terrible itching. And then there’s the most feared creepy crawly of them all, the spider. People are always looking for ways to get rid of spiders. No one likes them, even when they are used to eat larvae or otherwise control an enemy population.

Technology has taught us why bugs abound. They have breeding grounds, that need eradication when possible, and they like to feed. Find the source of their nutrition, and banish it for good. Stagnant water and unwrapped trash are also culprits. Waste management is a burgeoning field. Then there are crop dusters that do a lot of effective dirty work, but it is up to the researchers to make sure that cancer is not a consequence.

There is great hope now that biological control agents have come to the fore and will replace past processes. Predators, parasitoids and pathogens are part of the new science. It is also called a “bioeffector” approach that relies on natural mechanisms like herbivory that controls weeds and insect-attracting wetlands. Orange oil is used now as an alternative solution to termites. It is less expensive, less toxic, but not less effective.

Technology has drawn upon history of man at war to discover that pest control can depend on introducing bugs’ natural enemies. It’s tricky to bring in these warriors in a kind of new population importation or what is called augmentation of an existing species. Conservation of these foes is often called upon such as ladybugs aphid colonies. These cute little crawling things are predators of the most voracious kind. Also think about dragonflies that come face to face with mosquitos. Finally, mention must be made of parasitoids that lay their eggs on an insect’s body. They can be food for developing larvae and the host is killed in the process.

This is an entire field of discovery that benefits mankind in multiple ways in agriculture and the reduction of rampant disease. Funding is an important factor in keeping the advancements going. Crowdfunding could be the way of the future for natural pest control.

Windows Open Source Software: What’s in Store For You?

Windows Open Source Software

Open source software is changing the way the public accesses computer programs.  It is easy to spend hundreds of dollars on programs.  For those who have the need or desire to access software programs, the open source concept comes as a pleasant way to do so and all for free.  Windows is a participant in open source software and here are some that they have to offer.

FeedReader and FeedBurner are RSS and Atom aggregators that offer state-of-the-art, user friendly applications to access information on your computer.  It has an auto-faced reader and is actually a pioneer of the desktop feed readers.

Firefox is actually another open source software program that is available.  It is a freeof charge web-browser that has a number of features and more than one thousand add-ons which can be used to customize your computer tastes.

FileZilla is quite popular in the Windows open source software arena.  It is an FTP client and server that is known for being not only reliable, but quick as well.  It efficiently stores files that can be easily accessed and offers security as well.

Miro is a media player that operates on an open source software concept.  It allows you to access television and also is a video player.  It is the leader in HD content video players.

If you like editing photos, you might be interested to learn that paint.net is a free program for editing photos and images as well.  It makes it possible to edit layers, special effects and other advanced and powerful tools.

We all know the frustration of an inbox that is totally out of control.  But who wants to pay for a clean-up service?  Enter the free program, Thunderbird.  Thunderbird not only helps you mange inbox disasters but also offers a sophisticated means to organize it and other features as well.

There’s Firebird too.  What Firebird is a database that offers a number of ANSI SQL features on the standard level.  It runs on Windows as well as on Linux and platforms of Unix as well.

Content managing programs are plentiful in Windows open source programs.  CMS Made Simple is really easy and is used by many families as well as businesses who just want to have a hassle-free site that is easy to set up and run.  Drupal is another one that has a ton of features and supports a wide variety of websites.  If you are looking for a powerful website managing program, Joomia is a good choice and is user friendly too.

WordPress is perhaps the most well-known of the open source software options that Windows has to offer in content management and publishing.  It is not difficult to use and is very effective.

Basically, if you want it, you can find it when it comes to Windows open source software programs.  There are tons and tons to choose from and most offer easy installation and simple operations as well.  And one of the best features is that if you find you don’t like a program, you simply just don’t use it.  Since they are free, you really have nothing to lose.