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Controlling Killer Bee Swarms – Pest Control

Controlling Killer Bee Swarms

Killer bees have been in the United States for several years. They have attacked animals and humans and even experienced beekeepers are cautious of their power. The ancestors of the bee lived in Africa and were introduced to North and South America in 1956 when Brazilian scientists attempted to create a hybrid bee with the honeybee. The Africanized Bee is aggressive, easily agitated and acts like it has a bad attitude. The first bee found in the United States was in 1990 in south Texas. Cold winters are currently slowing the northward travel of the bee, but the Africanized bee seems to be adapting and it is not known how far north the bee may eventually travel. Need Professional Pest Control Help?
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A colony may attack any threat within 100 feet and will pursue for up to one-fourth of a mile. They generally attack when the colony is threatened, when load noises, strong fragrances, shiny jewelry or dark clothes are perceived as threats. There point of attack is the face and ankles. If attacked, a person should run straight and protect their face. The bees are slow and you can generally outrun them. Do not try to hide underwater because the bees will wait for you to surface.
Some people believe it is possible to control killer bee swarms by using narrow frequency band directional sound beams. Experiments need to be performed to see if swarms can be stopped or diverted by this technology. This is going to be extreme pest control.

The important thing is to find whatever narrow range of frequencies will stop the swarm to just stop flying. If a frequency was found that makes the swarm uncomfortable, they might very well stop flying or at least be able to be directed away from their victim. Since we know that the buzz has to include signals to other bees to encourage the whole swarm to attack, a correct signal should be able to stop the attack or at least confuse the swarm into stopping to regroup.

The equipment required to test this theory would be an old warehouse, a beekeeper, bees and sound equipment. Microwave transmitters could be used to try and influence the swarms and lasers and infrared equipment could observe how the interactive sound waves and airflows affect the swarming. More information here on this website

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Welcome to Historic Essex, NY

Nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains along the shore of Lake Champlain is the historic Town of Essex, one of the most unspoiled ensembles of Federal and Greek Revival village architecture in rural America. The hamlet of Essex, founded in the 18th century, was listed in its entirety on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Essex has no shopping centers, fast food or franchised lodging. Essex’s quiet integrity, sense of history, intact architecture, beautiful location on Lake Champlain, antique, craft and other shops and many fine accomodations, richly reward the independent visitor seeking an alternative to over-commericalized resort communities.

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History of Essex, New York : An Introductory Sketch

In 1765, William Gilliland, an Irish soldier turned successful colonial merchant, moved his family

up the Hudson river from New York city to the wilds of northern New York, where he had purchased large tracts of land on the west shore of Lake Champlain between Split Rock and the Boquet River. Within a decade his farming communities, which included present-day Essex, were well established.

In 1777 the revolution reached Essex. The young settlement lay directly in the path of Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne’s march from Canada to Saratoga. Gilliland, who sympathized with the American cause, also became involved in the bickering between Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold, thus earning Arnold’s lifelong enmity.

By 1778 the settlements were in ashes. In the period of displacement following the war, Gilliland returned, now joined by a growing stream of young settlers and entrepreneurs eager to carve out new lives and fortunes on the northern frontier. Soon forest products, iron, leather and textile manufacturing, stone quarrying, ship building and lake commerce made the little harbor town of Essex prosperous – a principal port on Lake Champlain. By the early 1800’s two shipyards were flourishing near the South Bay. If the Revolution had nearly finished off Gilliland’s settlement, the War of 1812 contributed largely to its growth. At least 250 bateaux and two sloops – the Growler and the Eagle – were produced in Essex yards and used in Commodore MacDonough’s American fleet.

Before 1790 a ferry service had been established between Essex and Vermont. First driven by sail, the boats later were powered by horses on a treadmill, still later by steam. The commercial center of Essex was a natural stopping place for travelers; the first tavern was built in 1786 and was quickly followed by at least a half dozen other inns and taverns, two of which still stand on Essex’s Main Street.

The opening of the Champlain Canal in 1823, connecting the northern producers to the urban markets of the south, tremendously stimulated economic growth in Essex. Shipyards hummed with activity; dozens of Essex -built canal boats joined the sloops which whitened the lake with their sails. Shipbuilding, lumbering, the mining and processing of iron, lake commerce and agriculture provided prosperity for the population of 2,351 counted in the 1850 census.

Essex’s maritime-dependent economy collapsed with the coming of the first railroads to the Champlain Valley in 1849. By 1860 the population had fallen to 1,633. It never regained its; previous level; the 1980 census showed only 880 people in the town.

With the declining population there was little demand for new housing. With the cessation of economic growth no new buildings were needed or could be afforded. For the most part what was standing in 1860 had to make do; it was used and preserved. As a result Essex today retains one of the most remarkably intact ensembles of pre-Civil War architecture in New York State.

The early nineteenth century middle class merchants, shipwrights, hotel keepers and lawyers, shoemakers and tailors of Essex were conservative, canny and fiercely individual. They tended to be conventional in their tastes, while at the same time knowledgeable and particular in the quality of their workmanship. The town they built and the structures they left behind are tangible evidence of their concern for both their private and public lives.