Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Riddle of Death

Any scientists or naturists in the house? Can you figure this out?

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My only working theory is that perhaps my concrete emanates some sort of toxic gas. This is exactly the kind of comic book science that musicians are known for.

Anyone like to contribute theories? Comments? Snide remarks?

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31 comments:

  1. First: Nice hibachi.

    Second: No, you shouldn't walk barefoot on your patio... there are bees everywhere.

    Third: Yes, clearly your patio is toxic. Or, you're part of that new M. Night Shyamalan movie, which looks awful. So really either way you're screwed.

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  2. Well maybe you have a neighbor that just recently sprayed their house and these bees were there... Or the queen bee was killed and these bees are dying because she is dead (which I have heard happens). I find dead bugs all the time because my husband sprays all the time.
    For sure walk with shoes because even if they are dead they can still sting you. Doesn't that suck!!!
    Hope that helps..Not really scientific but just from what I see at my house.. At least they are outside not inside. I once had them come in through the kitchen vent above the stove. Scared the crap out of me...

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  3. Phillip: I like your moxie.

    Krismutt: This is a good theory...except this has been going on for over a year now. And it's not just bees. I've seen dead wasps, hornets, flies, etc.

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  4. Have you seen any dead crawling insects (ants, pill bugs, earwigs)? If the curse is selectively killing the flying insects you should be OK walking on your patio, just as long as you don't take flight.

    If indeed the carnage is just flying insects it could be that someone is using a spray that selectively chooses airborne insects, possibly the city/neighborhood. It is known that some places do that to keep the mosquito population down.

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  5. Maybe it's your singing.

    just kidding you know...
    maybe it's your creepy, sneaky "fly on the wall" voice.

    In all seriousness - there might be a parasite living somewhere in your yard or in the neighborhood, but also like like krismutt said, it's probably just ongoing insecticide and pesticide spraying.

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  6. Or a parasite. Don't walk barefoot.

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  7. They could be bugs who have landed because they're dehydrated and weak and then become stranded on your hot patio without a water source. I've seen that sort of thing happen with crabs who wander away from the water just a little too far.

    But the best bet is the pesticide theory. Or maybe your house is just emanating death rays or something. ;)

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  8. Anonymous: You're right, I haven't seen anything but flying bugs on the patio. No crawlies. So you and Krismutt may be on to something re: the pesticides. But how often would they have to spray for that to happen? And would I be safe breathing air that's chock full of pesticides?

    Holly: Maybe I've just discovered my super power: killing bugs with my voice. I suppose it's really not that "super."

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  9. Hey it is I the Anonymous that posted earlier (who is including a name this time). To answer your question about you being safe breathing air that is full of pesticides, think of it this way, would you feel better breathing air chock full of bugs...

    I think that some areas do routine spraying during certain times of the year (peak bug seasons), but it could happen more or less often.

    Now that I think of it you have recently had all those dead bugs and howling coyotes. A foreboding omen of some sort?? You decide....

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  10. wouldn't the city contact you or at least send out a letter or something telling you that they sprayed for bugs?

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  11. OMJ *.* have you got direct contact with miley cyrus and jonas brothers ? *-* im a brazilian fan of them *OO* we wanna they go to make a show here :DD if you can say to miley , joe , nick and kevin : 'brazilian fans love you guys so much and are exiting for them make a show here' , haha (: tank you mike ! xoxo , ana :*

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  12. What a random comment above me....

    Anywho, maybe you're living on a random toxic waste dump. I keed, I agree with Anonymous' comment. Do your neighbors have the same issue?

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  13. That was a random comment. Mike, you up for a few shows in Brazil?

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  14. Where I live they come around with big trucks that spray for bug every once in a while at night and it kill for days because if the filmy crud gets on something and they land on it they die.

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  15. That's really weird. I'd be freaked out. You should step on the dying bugs to put them out of their misery.

    Maybe something was sprayed by someone close that caused them all to be dying? But you said it's been going on for years so that's really weird. I'm stumped.

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  16. I'm not sure why you asked for a naturist. Would naked people make the bugs decide to die elsewhere?

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  17. I think you have toxic flowers...if you have flowers. I didn't really see any but I'm just assuming there are some in the general vicinity.

    As for why they are on your patio, I can't explain that one. Personally if I was dying I wouldn't want it to be on concrete.

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  18. Mike some people spray every couple of weeks. My neighbor has a company come out twice a month to spray around the house. That could be the case where someone has a professional company coming out and spraying trees, bushes, under the eves of the house (where our wasps love to build their nests). If it bothers you, you could call the city and ask if they are spraying the area and that you are concerned because of all the dead bugs. Not that calling the city is an easy task..
    Other than the bees I would be happy these things are being sent to their dome. Those are nasty things. Ever been stung by a wasp? Man those hurt.

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  19. DONT WALK ON THE PATIO WITHOUT SHOES. it could be a number of things. the same thing happens to me but with wasps and bees dyeing my lawn. I cant walk in my lawn with out shoes otherwise I will get stung. the same thing might happen to you. Talk to your neighbors and see if they are doing something to kill the bugs if so then at least you know what's killing them and if you should worry about your health. I personally would watch out for all the things with stingers because it hurts because they don't have any control as to how much venom they stick in to you when they are dead. As for any animals you have try to keep them off of the patio because they can still get stung and if it is some parasite floating around you don't wont to try and find out if it can cross the species barrier. But all in all you don't seem to be effected by it so there shouldn't be to much to worry about. maybe the coyotes will die on your patio. Wired? you decide.

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  20. Wow,I have no idea why, but that is un"bee"lievable...

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  21. Hey Mike,

    Well, our neighbors and I have had issues with carpenter bees (contrary to popular belief, they don't necessarily pollinate but are very destructive to wood on your house because they create holes). Particularly the mothers because they have their babies in those holes.

    So maybe a neighbor took the liberty of spraying and that happened to benefit your side of the property. It's not cool to see them die, but in order to protect your property? I'll take that.

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  22. mike!
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  23. that is so weird

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  24. Mike,

    I blame the coyotes, or the CIA.
    :)

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  25. Think of it as a good thing. Like now you don't have to worry about the pests. But on the other hand its like your house is the crypt keeper for bugs.
    I would wear shoes unless you want a dead bug in your foot. *Insert "Fly on the Wall" joke here*

    As a plus the totally made my crappy day better. Made me laugh I give you kudos for that.

    ~Much Luck

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  26. Hey, Mike

    Ask you local gardener if he sprays anything around the house.

    Or maybe there is one of those sonic insect repellers around somewhere, blasting those pesky little varments out of the sky like Luke Skywalker. Or have you checked on your roof to see if there is a tiny signpost signaling flying insects that the memorial deathfest is located at your patio!

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  27. I spy Mike in the background...

    http://oceanup.typepad.com/oceanup/2008/05/miley-cyrus-lig.html#more

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  28. Anonymous: I'm so glad somebody caught the "naturist" comment! :)

    Larry: I think you're on to something.

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  29. Mike, the same thing began happening on my patio soon after I first read this.

    Ah, one of life's great mysteries.

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  30. sleep on your patio every night.

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