All Creatures Great and Small

War of 1812

During the war of 1812, a British war ship sailed up the Patuxent River in Maryland. The officers went ashore to explore the countryside. When they noticed a hornet’s nest, they asked a young boy what it was because they weren’t familiar with it. The boy told them it was a rare hummingbird nest and if they plugged up the hole and took it aboard their ship, and unplugged the hole, the hummingbirds would fly around the ship all the way back to England. The officers followed the kid’s advice, plugged the hole and took it aboard their vessel, where they unplugged the hole. Shortly after that, people on shore saw the entire crew jump overboard as the pissed off hornets attacked everyone in sight.

Hornets can be true American warriors.


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I have been in the pest management industry for over 40 years. In that time I have used almost every pesticide available to control so-called “pests”. With this experience, I have learned over the years that the pesticides we use are far more dangerous than the pests we are trying to control. As a result, it has become a passion for me to improve the quality of life for humans and the planet, by assisting people to not only become more educated and aware of their environment – but also by learning to manage their home and business with a sustainable and healthier approach to tending to unwanted infestations of bugs. Please enjoy my blog posts, check out my publications, utilize my services, or simply stay in touch if you have a bug question…


One thought on “War of 1812

  1. Interesting story; one i’d not heard. Thanks for sharing. Not to change the subject BUT … since moving into an apartment one year ago we have been waging a fight against ants and rather large sized roaches. I read where you said that roaches can come up the drain. Also that they don’t like peppermint. So I have been putting several drops of Peppermint essential oil down each drain every night. So far, so good.
    Thank you for all your great advice on how to control pest without killing ourselves.

    Posted by Jakki | August 1, 2019, 2:39 pm

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