It’s Been A Year Since #DeadRaccoonTO, But We Will Never Forget

#DEADRACCOONTO

This post is a tribute to Conrad, the brave and silent hero we all never knew that we needed.

If you don’t know, Conrad (as affectionately named by citizens of Toronto) was literally a dead raccoon, found on the downtown streets of Canada’s largest city, whose presence, in some weird and hilarious turn of events, began a social media firestorm.

This July marks the year anniversary of #DeadRaccoonTO and to honor Conrad, and keep his legacy alive, we’ll do a quick highlight of his rise to social media stardom.

9am:

A man named Jason tweets to Toronto Animal Control that there is a dead raccoon on the sidewalk and Animal Control responded, also via tweet (whoa, 21st century!):

“Thank you for letting us know. This was reported a short while ago and Animal Services has been notified.”

#DeadRaccoonTO

So, Conrad was resigned to lay there, man-bits exposed, until his imminent removal from the sidewalk until….

12pm:

In a strange turn of events, someone left a note by the raccoon’s lifeless carcass:

#DeadRaccoonTO

It reads: “Rest dear Raccoon. Help is on the way from the city.”

2PM:

Conrad’s body still lay strewn on the sidewalk and more condolences began to appear. Including a rose and sympathy card, with attached Sharpie for people to write messages.

Which, naturally, they did…

#DeadRaccoonTO

#DeadRaccoonTO Card

Some Time Later:

In the most bizarre and entertaining chapter of this narrative: SOMEONE PRINTED A REGAL PORTRAIT OF A RACCOON, FRAMED IT, AND PUT IT BESIDE CONRAD.

#DeadRaccoonTO

Be still my beating heart. This is one of the funniest things I have ever seen. Not only did this person see the raccoon, THEY TOOK THE TIME TO GO AND PRINT A PHOTO (assuming that they just didn’t have one on hand), AND FRAMED IT.

I mean, the citizens of Toronto are truly winning at everything.

Also, As all of this is occurring….:

As all of this is occurring, Conrad and the hashtag #DeadRaccoonTO are garnering a good amount of attention on social media.

The sender of the original tweet, Jason, had come back by and noticed that the raccoon had not been removed and sent an additional tweet:

“Toronto It’s now after 3 pm and I guess Animal Services hasn’t been by, because someone’s having some fun now”

This caught the attention of City Council Member, Norm Kelly, who tweeted:

“Please have staff pick up this raccoon at 819 Yonge St.”

And when Animal Control STILL hadn’t picked up the body, fired off this sassy tweet:

“Residents are being asked to keep their green bins open tonight in honour of #DeadRaccoonTO.”

The hashtag exploded with responses:

“I don’t really understand how the magic that is #DeadRaccoonTO is happening, but it is fantastic that our city can come together for this.”— @sachasayan

“sleep well my sweet prince, people loved you and remember you #deadraccoonto”-@heyhahn

“Someone has added a donation box beside the dead raccoon. #DeadRaccoonTO”— @KrisReports

11PM

AND FINALLY, after nearly fourteen hours of lying strewn on the sidewalk, Animal Control arrived to remove Conrad…

But not before everyone had a chance to say goodbye in a way befitting of the glue that pulled Toronto together…

#DeadRaccoonTO

A candlelight vigil.

#RIP CONRAD. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.

10 Rock n’ Roll Songs That Are Totally Bugged Out!

If you’re like me, the only association that you ever made between insects and rock n’ roll were the roach motels that leather pant donning rockers frequented because they didn’t want to smash up their own VCR sets.

But did you know that there are literally hundreds of rock songs whose content and namesakes are inspired by insects? Yeah, neither did I.

For the sake of saving you from perusing the internet for hours in search of these speaker blowing ballads (because you’re TOTALLY interested and because I really have nothing better to do), I compiled a list of ten insect inspired songs by bands that have achieved moderate to “sign my boob!” success.

And they are…

1.AC/DC: Fly on the Wall

What is a list about rock n’ roll if you don’t mention AC/DC?! I hope you appreciate that incredibly realistic (ha!) fly cartoon buzzing around the screen as much as we did. (PS. Was the point of this video and the presence of camera trench-coat man totally lost on anyone else?)

2.Aerosmith: Joanie’s Butterfly

I’ll give you a second to wipe those tears from your eyes after you listen to such a moving (sure, that’s the appropriate adjective, right?) ballad. I’m sorry if you like this song. I’ll give Aerosmith credit where credit is due (that song from the movie Armageddon was the absolute anthem of prepubescent school dances), but this song kinda blows.

3.Alice Cooper: Earwigs to Eternity

Short, sweet, and with a lot of bizarre vocals: Alice Cooper’s choice to name this song “Earwigs to Eternity” makes just about as much sense as his sense of style.

4.Black Sabbath: Wasp

“Turns your body to a corpse. Turns your body to a corpse. Turns your body to a corpse.” Now, that is some freaking poetry. Thanks Black Sabbath for helping me finally find a background song for my nephew’s birthday slideshow.

5.Dave Matthews: Ants Marching

Okay, I know Dave Matthews isn’t really a “rock n’ roll” band but, after the grey cloud cast over the world by the last song, I thought everyone needed something a little more upbeat. I mean, a bunch of dudes gathering around to like, totally jam out is like, totally super sweet bro.

6.Jimi Hendrix: Hornets Nest

This song sounds like my emotions and subsequent flee/chase montage that ensues after encountering a hornets nest IRL.

7.Pearl Jam: Red Mosquito

I don’t like mosquitoes either, Pearl Jam, but maybe if you’d take that wad of cotton out of your mouth that you seem to be singing through, your point could be communicated a little more clearly.

8.Rolling Stones: Spider and the Fly

This song is about chasing tail. Plain and simple. Apparently Confucius wrote the songs Wikipedia page stating, “By the end of the song, one is left wondering which person is the spider and which is the fly.” Okay. The Stones have only ever preformed this song on tour twice, so that alone should tell you something…

9.Smashing Pumpkins: Bullet with Butterfly Wings

Be still my teenage angst beating heart. This song is by no means Beethoven’s 5th but, my moody, self-involved teenage self will always have a place for it in her ice-cold heart.

10.U2: The Fly

Welcome to the Bono show. Does U2 even have other members? I don’t know the guy, and I know he does a lot of charity work, but I just feel like he’s a guy who might refer to himself in the third person. No one wants to be that guy…

Thanks for reading, rocking, and reminiscing. We’ve already called the ambulance because we know your mind has just been blown. Until next time, stay crazy kids.

**MIC DROP**

From Pests to Pokemon…Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

The year is 2016 and if you haven’t been living under a rock for the past week, you’ve probably heard of Pokemon Go, the new mega-sensation that has taken the world by storm, forcing nerds and common-folk everywhere to band together in a way we never thought possible…

Acting as the glue that now holds our once fragile society together, Pokemon Go reached 21 million users in the United States alone barely a week after its release. This makes the game the biggest in United States history and I look forward to the day that I can tell my grandchildren, tears shining in my eyes, that I was here to see it all.

But wait, how does this relate to pest control? Are you on the wrong blog? Did your paid subscription* to the greatest pest control blog of all time somehow get cancelled?! Nay! You are here, you are safe, deep breaths now. But back to the question, how does this relate to pest control? There are actually a few parallels…

Basically, the entire premise of Pokemon Go is centered around catching/controlling an inhuman species. Sound familiar? Except in Pokemon Go, the inhuman species sometimes looks like this…

Scary Pokemon

It’s okay, you can look now, it’s gone. Actually, mostly they bear resemblance to what pests look like IRL (in real life, come on, Geek 101). Like these lovely little critters who, like IRL pests, seem to be the only thing lurking around your neighborhood (my fellow gamers will feel me on that one):

Pokemon Examples

Since it is apparently too difficult to just put a Charizard by my mailbox, most of your time will be spent catching these common pests, I mean Pokemon.

In fact, much of the inspiration for Pokemon comes from real world bugs. There is an entire genre of the creatures based on traditional insects:

Bug Pokemon

Pretty cool, right?

Despite it’s near worldwide success, people are giving Pokemon Go the most credit for offering people a reason to get out and take part in the living world. You know, nature? That green place that is outside of your window? By doing so, people are slowly becoming more active in and appreciative of the environment/living organisms around them!

In theory, not only are you getting to live out your life-long dream of becoming a pest control superstar, you might actually be able to remember what it’s like to be a functioning member of society and finally get a glimpse of that mythical entity, the Sun!

So, thanks Pokemon Go. There might still be hope for us after all.

Pokemon Celebration

*JK, TOTALLY FREE — DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE

Super Smart Scientists Discover “Spidey” Gene That Could Propel Pest Control

Meet super smart scientist Dr. Joanne Yew, an Assistant Professor of Chemical Ecology and self-professed “chocolate fiend”:

Joanne Yew: Spidey Discoverer

She and her team have been working diligently at the University of Hawaii at Manoa to find a solution for the pests that continue to lay waste to local agriculture.

To do so, they have isolated a gene in vinegar flies that controls the insects ability to achieve a waterproof coating. According to their findings, once they isolated and removed this gene, which they have nicknamed “spidey,” the flies suffered several repercussions:

1.Their lifespans were shortened by nearly 50%

2.They lost a significant amount of their waxy coating

3.The majority ended up getting stuck to surfaces from which they could not detach

In a sense, they become their very own flytrap. Woah, science! This inability to control their adhesive qualities led to the naming of the gene:

“This last feature was reminiscent of the comic book character Spider-Man, which is why we named the gene spidey,” explained Yew (Aka. Remember when Peter Parker hadn’t quite figured out that whole web thing?)

Unable to move among their food source, it is theorized that the pests will die out before they can cause significant damage to crops, creating an entire new genre of pest control. Yew and her team hope to isolate the gene in Oriental, Mediterranean and melon fruit flies in the future, since these are the species that are most prominent in the area.

It is Yew’s hope that if her future research proves successful, a variation of this practice could be used to control disease carrying bugs, like mosquitoes.

But…she also says that it would take at least four more years of government funding and research before any of this can be used in a practical application.

Slow and steady wins the race. Keep doing your science spidey thing Dr. Yew!

Yew Spidey Researcher