The American Black Bear is a well known resident in wooded areas on the east coast of the United States, in Virginia , in Rockbridge County, and yes, even in and around Glasgow. In recent years there have been more bear sightings than ever before. This is largely due to the a growing population of bears and people, who are building their homes in the wooded areas, the natural habit of the bears.
The bears are attracted to residential areas by the smell of food around homes. The most attractants are bird feeders, garbage, and pet food, but grills, livestock food, compost and beehives can also attract them.
Residential bear problems are more common when natural food supplies are limited, usually in spring, or in years when nut and berry productions are low. You know you have a bear problem if you experience turned over garbage cans, trash littered across the yard, damaged bird feeders, disturbed pet food bowls left outside in dog pens or on porches. The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries provide us with some good info on how not to attract the bears to our residences.
If you do spot a bear on your property do not create a problem by approaching, crowding around, or chasing the bear. This applies to bears that have climbed a tree. The best policy is to leave it alone because they have a natural fear of humans, and if it feels cornered will be looking for an escape route. It is best to keep people and pets away and let it come down and/or leave on its own. Also, if you see a cute cuddly bear cub don't even think about approaching it, because be assured mama bear isn't far off and she will get real defensive to protect her baby or babies.
If you are having a problem with bears on your property even after taking appropriate steps to prevent a problem, contact the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries or local law enforcement. For more information check out this website http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/bear/.
There are more then 3,000 different types of mosquitoes in this world; Glasgow, VA. is no stranger to the mosquito. They can be aggravating pest and seem to be everywhere including inside your home.
Adult mosquitoes are attracted to standing water. Standing water can consist of ponds and slow-moving streams; however, ditches and puddles after the rain, shallow water in bird baths or toys in the yard, and damp soil that is prone to flooding are considered ideal breeding grounds for female mosquitoes.
Female mosquitoes are the only one to bite. This is due to needing more supplements in the diet to lay their eggs. The male mosquitoes can live off of the nectar from plants.
If you have been bitten by a female mosquito, most people experience red, itchy bumps. This is mainly due to the female mosquito’s saliva containing an anticoagulant which helps to “suck up her meal”.
So, how do we avoid mosquito bites? While it is hard to avoid mosquitoes all together, there are some things we can try to cut down on mosquito bites and limit their breeding grounds. Some things include:
This information and more can be found on http://www.pests.org/get-rid-of-mosquitoes