Recently I got a call to help a homeowner with some ants. She had three pest control companies come by and none of them were able to identify the ants, yet they all treated her house. The problem persisted. I identified the ants for her as Liometopum apiculatum, which are not common household ants in New Mexico, but they do occur. If you don't recognize them, it is impossible to control them. They make nests hundreds of feet from where they are seen and in her case, it wasn't even on her property. The ants were climbing a tree on her property and getting on the roof from branches that were touching the house. The ants feed on the honeydew secretion of various homopteran insects such as aphids, scales and mealy bugs, so they do like sweets. I suggested she make a sweet bait with two tablespoons of honey, mixed with a teaspoon of boric acid, and place it in areas in the house where she sees the ants foraging. I also recommended she pest proof her house, including trimming all the branches on the tree so they don't touch the house. She followed both my recommendations, and her problem was solved.
A map of local, sustainable living resources
Luxury green machines and the trickle-down effect
The bokashi method turns food scraps to fertilizer in a matter of weeks
On average, each U.S. citizen produces 4.5 pounds of garbage every day, of which 60 percent goes into landfills. According to Rodale’s Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening, three-quarters of a household’s waste is compostable. Not only does composting minimize landfill impact, but it is an awesome free fertilizer for your garden and house plants.
Activists take on regulators
As citizens and environmental advocates from across the globe prepare to celebrate Earth Day this week, activists in the Land of Enchantment are squaring off against state construction regulators over building codes. Environmentalists are accusing regulators of side-stepping the law by refusing to comply with a New Mexico Court of Appeals ruling concerning the codes.
Talking veggie fuel, wind power and off-the-grid living
Ed O'Donnell is hard to categorize. He's well-known locally as a vintage Volkswagen mechanic and for being an avid proponent of using vegetable oil as an alternative to big oil. In 2001, O'Donnell purchased a plot of land somewhere outside the city limits; there, he maintained an off-the-grid lifestyle by scavenging nearly everything he needed to build and power his home. O'Donnell spoke with the Alibi about repurposing discarded items, wind-generated electricity and the current state of the vegetable oil-powered vehicle phenomenon.
“Green” doesn’t have to mean “local”
Locavore fundamentalists might call it blasphemy, but there's no reason a meal made with local foods can't contain ingredients from the other side of the world. What's wrong with imported oyster sauce on homegrown broccoli? Why not use curry powder on your homegrown lamb? Much less defensible are lamb from New Zealand (since we grow tasty sheep here at home) and strawberries flown in from Chile (because we can't wait for summer) and carrots from anywhere else (because they grow everywhere).
An interview with Turner Classic’s Ben Mankiewicz
Turner Classic Movies is sponsoring its annual TCM Classic Movie Festival in Hollywood April 25-28. In order to build up buzz for this fan-service festival filled with films and famous celebrities, the network honchos have organized a special “Road to Hollywood” tour. Touching down in 10 cities across America, the tour features cinema from Hollywood’s golden era (Forbidden Planet, On the Waterfront, Cabaret, Rio Bravo), hosts culled from TCM’s on-air talent pool (Ben Mankiewicz, Leonard Maltin, Robert Osborne) and big-name guest stars (Eva Marie Saint, Angie Dickinson, Liza Minnelli, Robert Wagner).
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meets- Record Store Day promo
Thelander’s “Photoetched Rail Yard Exposition”
ALT’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof rings true
This isn’t the screenplay. Elizabeth Taylor isn’t here, and Paul Newman isn’t involved. Tennessee Williams’ play is represented here as he wrote it—and not as Hollywood portrayed it. The Albuquerque Little Theatre wants you to know that the stage version is the best version and from my vantage point, their boast is dignified and true.
Conference offers platform for New Mexican ingenuity
It is that special time of year when winds blow strong, flowers begin to bloom, and TEDxABQ accepts applications for speakers with big ideas.
Soup and nostalgia at Annie’s Soup Kitchen
A paean to grunge
Prostitution is a dangerous way of life, often characterized by violence and drug abuse. The violence is so widespread that roughly 68 percent of prostitutes will be sexually or physically assaulted while working. One group aims to reduce the violence by providing support, including a list that tracks dangerous johns.
13th Annual Words Afire! Festival
The Drunken Botanist explains the herbal origins of your favorite drinks
If you pick up a copy of The Drunken Botanist expecting a cocktail book featuring plant-based recipes, you're in for a surprise. It’s really a collection of booze, botany and mystery, all presented in the framework of plants, trees, fruits and fungi.
The birth of a New Orleans original and where to find it in the Duke City
The po’ boy sandwich is special. Not only for its elusiveness in our fair city, but as the tasty little vertex of two great American endeavors—1.) sandwich eating and 2.) sticking it to “the Man.”
Danny Boyle’s twisty film noir tries to psych us out. Or does it? ... Yes, it does.
“Hannibal” on NBC
NBC’s bloody brilliant “Hannibal” may not reverse the network’s tragic ratings tailspin all by itself. But it’s already a huge improvement over the last show to inhabit the Thursday night 9 p.m. timeslot. Given that show, “Do No Harm,” only lasted three episodes, though, that’s not saying a lot. Still “Hannibal” is one of the best new shows of the midseason, and one of the few to challenge ratings-hog rival CBS at its own game.
10 shows in 30 days in 500 words
Dear Best of Burque, you sure are a Lot of Worque.
We all love our Burque, but sometimes we forget to say so out loud. For 20 years and counting, the Weekly Alibi has told the Burque Monster that we love it by counting up thousands and thousands of votes and boiling them down into the definitive things our readers love about living here. Some things are different, some things stay the same. You can think of it as a love letter. To the Burque.
South of the border political drama sells audiences on the idea of revolution
Your knowledge of late-’80s Central American politics isn’t really an issue when it comes to the new political drama NO. In fact, the less you know about the rule of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, the more thrilling the film will be. If your closest connection to the material is Dennis Miller’s “Pinochet Countdown” contest from “Saturday Night Live,” then you’re primed and ready to watch NO spoiler free.
Tidbits from Around the Dial
Saint Strikes Back—Leslie Charteris’ long-running book series character “The Saint” is returning to TV. The Robin Hood-esque super-spy/super-thief was brought to life, famously, by Roger Moore in the ’60s. A 1997 movie version starring Val Kilmer failed to revive the franchise. But now a new weekly take is being lensed. It stars Adam Rayner (“Hunted,” “HawthoRNe”) as do-gooder Simon Templar and Eliza Dushku (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dollhouse”) as his on-again-off-again love interest. No word on where it might be airing, but producers are screening it this month at the MIPTV market in Cannes.
mixtape for CNM
Thriving and writhing at El Pinto
Stanley Crawford and the center of the universe
Stanley Crawford, novelist, memoirist and garlic farmer is telling me about the experience of driving back to his home near Dixon after a day of shopping, movie-going and dinner in Santa Fe. He talks of leaving the barrage of consumer goods and emerging into the Rio Grande canyon; the feeling of being suddenly surrounded by rocks and juniper and piñon.