Odds & Ends
By Devin D. O’Leary
Funny because it happens to someone else.
Ants in Your Pants
By Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund
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.
Twinkle Light Parade
By Desiree Garcia
Kick off the holiday season with dozens of festive floats, dancers, car clubs, animals, marching bands and more.
Santa Shuffle and Elf Scoot
By Joshua Lee
Watch runners complete a 5K or walk a 1K in a Santa costume.
River of Lights
Enjoy the magic of millions of twinkling lights and dazzling holiday displays at New Mexico's largest walk-through light show.
Third Annual Nelson Mandela Commemoration
By August March
Learn more about the life and ideals of the South African patriot and president who changed the world.
By Megan Reneau
Peer through telescopes at the dark winter sky. Learn about stars, constellations and other night sky objects with astronomers from the Albuquerque Astronomical Society.
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