The birds and the bees, and then some


April 28, 2021



As the busy season for pest management professionals (PMPs) gets under way, so, too, does the busy season for strange pest stories in the news. For example:

  • The dove is a sign of peace: Police officers in Carrollton, Texas, had to take a cruiser out of commission for two weeks when a dove decided to nest and lay eggs on its windshield. The report is per KRLD NewsRadio 1080, an AM station serving Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas. Whether the nesting was done out of protest or opportunity was not determined.
  • Borrowed Buick’s backseat bees: According to NBC’s “The Today Show,” the Las Cruces, N.M., police got a call from a man who returned to his car in a parking lot after grocery shopping, only to encounter an estimated 15,000 honey bees in the back. The car had its back windows down. Luckily, an off-duty firefighter, Jesse Johnson, is also a beekeeper. He was able to safely relocate the bees to his property. A store security guard was stung, but that was the only reported injury.
  • I’m tired of these monkey-fighting snakes on this monkey-fighting shelf (with apologies to Samuel L. Jackson): This headline from WAPT, the ABC-TV affiliate of Jackson, Miss., encapsulates it all: “‘He’s slithering, oh my gosh’: Woman spots snake on shelf at a Target.” The black rat snake was cozied up to some cans of baked beans in Apex, N.C.
  • Protecting the synchronous fireflies: While the previous stories focused on critters that were in places they weren’t supposed to be, this story, from Atlas Obscura, is about protecting Lampyridae beetles in their natural habitat.


About the Author

Heather Gooch

Heather Gooch is the editor-in-chief for PMP magazine. She can be reached at or 330-321-9754.

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