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We have identiﬁed around 85,000 species of ﬂies, and we’re still counting. They breed so rapidly that it takes only eight hours for certain eggs to hatch, and they adapt to virtually every environment. Fortunately for us, many ﬂies starve to death, while others are eaten by birds, ﬁsh, and other insects—another reason for using nontoxic pesticides. Sometimes we forget that we are at war with the ﬂy and think if we ignore it, it’ll simply go away and die soon. ” we say when we see it buzzing around the kitchen.
Monoculture and habitat destruction also account for why so few feral bees, out of around 5,000 native species, are seen on our farms. In 1970, a pesticide called carbaryl (Sevin) killed o¤ so many bees in Oregon and Washington that 2 billion of them had to be imported to pollinate the fruit trees. Today, transporting hives into certain areas (migratory beekeeping) has become a necessary and standard practice. Even that practice has become threatened by the inadvertent introduction of mite parasites of bees.
Cedar-ﬁlled bedding for pets makes a good ﬂea repellent. Spread fresh eucalyptus branches around the house for a day or two to make the place inhospitable to ﬂeas. If you can ﬁnd them, black walnut leaves are an excellent repellent. Even better, plant a black walnut tree in your yard. Pay attention to the health of your pet. Exercise is extremely important for animals. This means at least a vigorous twenty-minute walk each day. Try feeding your pet a diet of fresh foods: grains, raw and cooked greens, fresh meat and liver, and a teaspoon of sa›ower oil (for linoleic acid) daily.