Sunday, August 13, 2006

What happened to the forums at 'Bugs?

Some of you may have noticed that the 'Bugs Forums are not working. Unfortunately we've had to close the Forums at LivingWithBugs.com, probably for good. The Forums were open for about a year, since July, '05. We closed them this week because they were starting to pose a significant security concern.

It seems that Forums, in general, are being targeted these days by unscrupulous hackers whose sole purpose is to post backlinks and advertisements to their "shady" sites (porn, prescription drug, gambling, etc.) in an effort to enhance PageRank. I was spending about an hour a day deleting spurious posts and registrations. This blog will be easier to manage but unfortunately it is less interactive for users (which makes it more secure). You can still ask questions and post comments using the "comments" button below.

Our plan now is to use this 'Bugs News in much the same way that the Forums were used. First, we'll post common bug questions and answers, suggestions for safely "bug proofing" your home, and garden projects that will make pest control easier. We'll also post site updates here. If you have a question about pest control send it to us in an email and we'll post it here along with our response. Send your questions to getinfo@livingwithbugs.com.

The original LivingWithBugs site is still open so stop by for a visit.

JD



Saturday, March 11, 2006

Our New 'Bugs

Elizabeth and I own LivingWithBugs.com which is a website about insects, mites, spiders, etc., and how to deal with these critters in safe and responsible ways. I am a retired entomologist (entomology = study of insects) and Elizabeth is retired from our state department of agriculture where she was a horticulture inspector.

We are both interested in teaching and helping homeowners and gardeners to understand and appreciate the role that insects, and their kin, play in our "home and garden" lives. Sometimes they help us but sometimes they don't and occasionally may even be a threat. We strongly believe that the more people know about "bugs" the more often they will reach for the camera rather than the can of Ra**!

In the future we'll post here about the uses and misuses of pesticides, keeping deer out of the garden, building a rock wall to encourage slug predators, how pesticide "efficacy" research is conducted, and anything else that pops up. For specific information about insects see our main 'Bugs website.

Jack DeAngelis, PhD