Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Frogs And Skeeters...!

Mother Nature has a way to protect some of her critters that many of us would like to share. This is about one of them

Now many of know that the skeeters can be bad after a lot of rain, especially if you live on the coast. Some folks can really get eaten up by the little blood suckers, while others may seem to not be bothered much. As this article from listverse explains, humans aren't the only ones bothered. Mother Nature comes to the rescue of some, but not all.

Natural Repellent


Photo credit: Froggydarb
Mosquitoes are the bane of every terrestrial animal. They kill more people through disease every year than any other animal on earth. Every year, 725,000 people die from mosquito-borne illnesses. Even snakes have to put up with the vicious biting insects. No animal is safe from their bite—except frogs. Yes, frogs secrete repellents that makes them virtually immune to mosquitoes, which is good for the frog since they share a lot of the damp swampy environments that mosquitoes love. No other vertebrate that we know of is resistant to mosquitoes. Researchers are currently testing different formulas to see which one works best. Right now, frog juice isn’t quite as effective as the chemical repellents we use, but it is all natural and better for the environment. Unfortunately, frog juice stinks to high heaven, so we may not be wearing it any time soon.

Ya know, after all the rain we've had and the skeeter problem around my house, I would wear some frog juice no matter what it smelled like.

Coffee out on the patio this morning. Got your skeeter spray?


Mamahen said...

Guess I never thought about snakes n frogs being bitten skeeters. Sure wish I could trade you some of those warmer temps tho...i'm just not ready for 39-40 ° mornings

linda m said...

Very interesting and it all makes good sense. The stinkier you are the more you repel. I will wear my deodorant tho when I join you on the patio. I only want to repel mosquitoes not you all. How about I bring some bagels and cream cheese.

Sixbears said...

One good thing about the cold north -the bugs die over winter.

Chickenmom said...

Just hate those skeeters! Nothing worse than trying to sleep when you hear one buzzing around your head! Bagels and cream cheese are a favorite!

JO said...

I guess we are all of the same mind when it comes to those nasty biting skeeters.
Just think how many of those poor frogs will have to die now to find the right chemical. UCK!

Not much time for coffee this morning heading out for Sedona and somewhat cooler temps but I bet plenty of skeeters.

HermitJim said...

Hey Mamahen...
One of those things I reckon we never think about.
Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Linda M...
I'll bet we all would appreciate the thought of the deodorant, not that you need it. Wonder if it attracts bugs?

Thanks for the visit this morning!

Hey Sixbears...
That is a good thing, no doubt. Sometimes it happens here in the deep south, but not often.

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Phyllis...
That buzzing is worse than the actual bite I think. Drives me crazy!

Bagels are good! Bring 'em on!

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Jo...
I hope that you find a place to camp that's skeeter free. Have a safe trip!

Thanks, sweetie, for stopping by this morning!