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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Meet The Flintstones

Thanks to a friend, we are trying some "natural" pest control for our vegetable patch in the sky. I hate to use pesticides, and we haven't used any so far on the roof. We've had a small infestation of flying ants (definitely not termites) and other odd-looking, as-yet-to-be-identified bugs. Ok, ok, a couple of shots of Raid to stop them in their tracks, literally. Mmmm....and it smells so goooood.

So we got a pair of brown anoles - a male and female. We promptly christened them "Fred" and "Wilma" because they look so....prehistoric. Ancient. Reptilian. There are a hundred places for them to hide in the deck. Not sure where they're pitching their trailer.

Here is a poor shot of Wilma. They are tricky critters to photograph. Very quick and spry, and they don't like to stay in one place for very long at all. At least not yet. Perhaps they'll warm up to us soon.

Fred is more shy and won't stay still long enough for me to snap even a bad picture, so the pic below is one copied from the net. We've seen Fred several times since letting him loose, but haven't seen him do this yet. I guess, why bother, when you already have a babe around?

We have noticed a decrease in the quantity of bugs lately. Raid? Or the Flintstones? Time will tell.

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