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Youve have heard of reflections in photography, but have you have tried refraction? When used well, refraction creates compelling images that will leave your audience both wowed and curious. Ive been approached many times by strangers who are curious about how I photograph with a glass ball. Once youve mastered this type of photograph youll likely get the same audience. Here are some tips to help you do crystal ball refraction photography.
Refraction happens when light passes through an object of denser mass, such as water or glass. When this occurs, light is bent, and there is a distortion. When refraction occurs with a transparent spherical object something magical happens. An inverted image of the scene behind the ball is seen. The lens elements in your camera actually work this way as well. You can use a glass ball as an extra lens element, one you can move around your scene.
There are instances where it works to have an upside down image in the backgroundor inside the ball. If you want to avoid this, the best way to deal with an upside down background is to blur it out using bokeh. An alternative to blurring out the background is to use reflectionsince the reflected image will be the right way up inside the ball.
You should get the ball off the ground so its level with the subject youre photographing. A centered subject in the ball will have less distortionand more impact in the frame. There are always exceptions, of course, as leaf beds or puddles work well when the ball is placed right in them.
The best option here is to use a macro lens or a telephoto lens with macro capability. The macro lens will allow you to get close to the ball, making it easier to create bokeh around the ball. Using a wider angle lens can also workif your scene allows it.
You need to get the correct aperture for your scene. An aperture thats too small wont blur out the background. One thats too large will make it hard to get a sharp image inside the ball. I would choose an aperture of around f/4, it depends on the scene you are photographing, though.
This is very important, especially if you are photographing from a high vantage point. The ball needs to sit on a flat surface, finding a crevice to sit the ball on is better. Once you have placed the ball ensure it isnt going to falland keep your hands near it during this time.
If there is no place to rest the ball you can ask a friend if theyll hold the ball for you. You need to be especially careful on a windy day, a strong gust of wind can move the ball if its not in a secure position.
You should have a well-lit subject in any kind of photo, but its even more important with refraction photographs. A strongly lit subject will shine through the ball with less reflection appearing on the ball. Look to photograph when the sun is behind youor during blue hour shooting towards lit buildings.
A lot of locations that suit refraction photography with a glass ball will also be good for regular landscapes. The question is why photograph a refraction photo when you could take a wide-angle shot of the same scene? Lets take a look at some of the pros and cons of crystal ball refraction photography.
The choice of taking a glass ball is yours to make, I highly recommend experimenting with it, though. The pros really outweigh the cons, and following the tips in this article will help. You may also find weight an issue, so I recommend scouting a location before shooting with the ball. Then return for a second visit with just the equipment you need to take the photo, this will reduce the weight somewhat.
The first thing youll need of course is a crystal ball, you can buy them easily through amazon for 27$. While you wait you can try filling a wine glass with water, youll get the refraction effect this way too.
Now youre ready to get started, so head to a local landmark and start experimenting. The list of subjects is really endless; you can start with a lone tree, a church, or a cityscape scene. If you have any photos that show refraction please add them to the comments below, it would be great to see them.
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What do you call a plant which has flowerless and seedless plant and duplicate themselves with spores? The answer is a fern. This plant belongs to Pteridophytafamily member. Fern use a unique vessel to aid their water circulation. Ferns offering a matching decoration for your garden with their feather-like leaves. This is the reason why a fern becomes a number one favorite plant for a yard decoration.Ferns are originated in a dense tropical rainforest. Before you decide this plant to be added in your garden, you need to get additional information about the differences between indoor and outdoor ferns through this article because there are types of fern which is intolerate with sun and shady environment.
This ferns belongs to Platycerium family. This is a popular type of indoor ferns regarding from its unique feature of the leaves. Its resembling a horn from a stag. If you want to grow them indoor, make sure that you give this staghorn fern enough dampness and humus-rich medium. Staghorn fern using a fronds antler-like rich in spores for duplicating themselves.
These ferns are the member of Adiantum family. Maidenhair usually grow ashore and it has a delicate fronds and branched like a waxy hand. Maidenhair is a common plant discovered in a moist environments such as lagoon, pond, stream, and waterfall. Maidenhair requires a high humidity of planting media, therefore you need to prepared all of those things if you want to grow this type of fern. Maidenhair is fragile with the direct sunlight, so indirect sunlight is the best option for keeping this plant.
This type of fern usually grown in a hanging basket in front of your porch. The ideal temperature for this fern is between 60 to 75 degree of fahrenheit. Boston fern or Nephrolepis exaltata can be recognizedwith their dark green leaves and arching feathers. Boston fern cant stand in a lower temperature, so keep them in the previous temperature as it already mentioned before. Misting this plant for a dense collection of plants are also a good idea.
This fern is originated from the Eastern Continent. The reason why I put this fern into Indoor category because Holly ferns blooms in a low sunlight. Therefore it would be a good idea to grow this fern inside your house. The advantage for growing this plant are its deer and drought resistant. The most popular types of this fern are Polystichum lonchitis and Cyrtomium falcatum.
This fern consist of an Asplenium range of brushes dispersed in the genus of Asplenum serratum, Asplenium nidus, Asplenium australiasicum and Asplenium antiquum. The birds nest is an organic fern and its need lot of air nutrients and rain dampness. Make sure give this fern sufficient moisture and keep the away from direct sunlight if you want to add this fern as your additional plant collection.
The Cinnamon fern are rich in sterilized cinnamon-colored fronds and it has green leafy leaves. They need a moist and cool breeze of air to fully grown stage. They didnt requires a complicated treatment. You just need a trimming, wet dirt and fertilizers. And there you are, a beautiful Cinnamon fern will mesmerizing your outdoor garden.
Asparagus ferns are tough and you might want to give attention for this fern because it can also engulfed your whole garden with their branches. The botanical name for this fern are vary, start withAsparagus setaceus,Asparagus aethiopicus,Asparagus plumosus,Asparagus densiflorus andAsparagus virgatus.Dont be deceived for its good names. this fern are not related with Asparagus. Asparagus fern is an ornamental plants equipped with cladodes stems.
The Australian Tree Fern is a unique fern because its similiar with a tree from their physical appearance. They need an adequate water and sufficient humidity. You shouldnt sprinkled over the soil around the follicles. Otherwise, it will die for sure. This fern can grow around 4 metres in width. To grow this fern, you need to give it an indirect sunshine. And dont forget to give a sufficient fertilizer and insectiside if necessary.
Japanese Painted Fern has a scientific names calledAthyrium niponicum. It has a unique blending of silver and green color. This fern loses its feathers when the winter comes. Japanese Painted Fern can grown into 7 to 11 inches. If you want to grow this plant, make sure that you have enough damp soil and humidity. Or, you can plant this fern on indirect sunlight situation. Dont put this ferns in a hot situation of summer otherwise it can burns fronds.
The Ostrich Ferns are originated from Canada and America. This ornamental frond have a sterile ostrich tail like. They can grow to 1,5 metres until 3 metres. It has a gradually strong leaves which can grow up to 10-20 inches. They duplicate themselves by using their spores. If you want to add this fern as your garden collection, make sure that you give this fern daily fertilizers, damp dirt, and sufficient watering. That is a highly recommended action for this type of fern.
Horsetail Fern is a plant with a single genus which is the genus of Equisetum. This genera is covering about 25 species, some of them lived on the land and the other species lived on the swamp. The popular example of Equisetum debile is the Horsetail Fern.
The next kind of fern is cloverleaf. This fern species can be located everywhere. You can found cloverleaf in your garden, lawn or they might be hiding under the rock. This fern species is considered as a plant with the complete body structure consisting of roots, stem and leaves. The example of this fern is the Cloverleaf. Cloverleaf usually has 4 leaves on each plant. 5 leaves cloverleaf is very rare to be found. That is why, you must be very lucky if you accidentally found Cloverleaf with 5 leaves.
The next species of fern is ancient fern. Most of this species is already vanished but there are 10-13 species which are still existed until today. Most of the ancient fern dont have leaves on its stem. They only have tiny leaves called microphyl. The ancient fern photosynthesize inside their stem. The example of the ancient fern is Rhynia sp.
Wire Fern or Lycophyta are categorized to be extinct. The member of this division has forked shape in their roots and stem. The shape of this plant resembles the pine conus. Therefore, many people called this species as the ground pine.
Adiantum is the next popular fern for your outdoor garden. Adiantum reproduce generatively with their spores which is located on the lowest edge of their leaves. Unlike the other ferns, Adiantum is very easy to recognize. The Adiantum leaves are not long in shape.
Royal fern (Osmunda regalis) is one of the types of ferns people use as planting mediums for popular flowers, such as orchids. This fern lives near the rivers and bogs with acidic soil, particularly in Asia, Europe, and Africa. Royal ferns sterile fronds grow in flower-like spreads, which can reach 12 to 16 inches (30-40 cm) broad. Korean royal courts cooks use this fern in a stir-fry dish called namul.
Whisk fern (Psilotum nudum) is a fernlike plant that has unique thin stems, which resemble chickens feet. The plant grows in tropical Africa, South America, North America, Australia, tropical Asia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Japan, and Spain. Whisk fern is unique because it does not have typical vascular plant organs. This plant is a popular garden plant in Japan, and people grow them between decorative rocks. Hawaiian people in the past used this plants spores to prevent skin chafing under loincloths.
Licorice fern (Polypodium glycyrrhiza) is a native plant of North America, especially in the western areas. This fern acquired its name from its subterranean stems (rhizomes), which taste like licorice. Various Native American groups chew these stems like snacks, and use them as traditional medicines, such as for coughs and sore throat. These stems can also be brewed into licorice-flavored tea. Licorice fern can grow on rock and wood surfaces, and they prefer mild temperature. Many people love cultivating this fern in gardens.
Eagle fern (Pteridium aquilinium) is a fern species that grows in various regions around the world. It is easy to adapt and grow, especially since its spores are light, although this fern prefers subtropical and temperate regions. Eagle fern is also known as bracken and Eastern brackenfern, and famous for its triangular stems. Because it is quick to adapt, eagle fern has become an invasive species in several areas, such as England. It is a popular ingredient in various Korean dishes, such as namul (stir-fried fern) and gosari (dried fern).
West Indian tree-fern (Cyathea arborea) is an ancient fern plant that manages to survive to this day. These ferns live in the Caribbean, and they grow abundantly in El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico. West Indian tree-fern can grow to 27 feet (9 m) high, and the trunk is 3 to 5 inches thick (7.6 to 12.7 cm). The trunk looks hard, but the inside is soft and pale. The top of the trunk is adorned with circular leaf formation (crown), which consists of around 10 leaves. The young plants have rolled trunks, which slowly unfurl when they grow older.
Silver fern (Cyathea dealbata) is a native fern of New Zealand, considered as one of the countrys endearing symbol. The name came from subtle silvery shades on the undersides of the leaves. These ferns grow in subcanopy forests. The young plants love wet hummus, but once they grow well, they can tolerate a slightly dryer condition. Silver ferns have various benefits. Hikers and forest explorers use the silvery leaves as tracks during night excursions. They are also used to make vegetarian-friendly capsules in the pharmacy industry.
Despite the name, Chinese ladder brake (Pteris vittata) does not just grow in China. This fern is native to tropical Africa, Australia, several Asian regions, and southern Europe. This fern is similar to eagle fern, but the triangle shape is less distinctive. Chinese ladder brake is often seen growing on limestone surface. However, it is also seen growing between concrete cracks or brick walls in urban areas. These ferns are cultivated as garden plants.
Giant fern (Angiopteris evecta), native to Malay Peninsula, Indonesia, Polynesia, and northern Australia, is a rare fern with fronds that can grow to 30 feet (9 m) of size. This fern loves warm temperature and moist soil, and it prefers slightly shaded areas. Gardeners love the majestic size of this fern, but the plant has become an invasive species in Jamaica and Hawaii. This plant has difficulties growing with spores, which gives the plant conservation dependent status.
Man fern (Dicksonia antartica) is a type of tree fern which trunk consists of decaying remains of its former growing parts. This fern is native to Australia, particularly Victoria, coastal New South Wales, Tasmania, and Queensland. It grows to 15 to 16 feet high (4.5 to 5 m), but the largest type can grow to 49 feet (15 m). This tree fern can tolerate dry, alkaline, or acidic soil. This fern is great for landscaping a garden, although you can also plant it in a pot.
Java fern (Microsorum ptreropus) is one of the types of ferns that are popular among aquarium owners. This plant can be cultivated in the water or half submerged, and it looks great when floating in the tank. Java fern has several variants, which have different leaf shapes such as trident, lance, and needle. Naturally, they grow on rocks and roots.
When I encounter writing similar to Invormas style I assume the writer has a primary language other than English. I have heard English is one of the most difficult languages to learn. How many languages do you speak, read, and write? I have studied a little Spanish, but am no where near writing instructions for others in that language. English is my only fluent language, and Southern English, at that. I admire greatly persons who master another language well enough to write explanations and instructions for other people. I found the Invorma web site very instructive; the beautiful photographs and explanations of care requirements of the ferns are most enjoyable and exactly what I was seeking. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.
There are numerous assortments of plant plants that can be grown in home patio nurseries for decorative purposes. They look emotional in pots or holders and can be grown inside also. They are astounding for finishing and can truly change the whole garden.
Furniture, wallpaper, mattresses, and clutter provide nesting spots for these small, flat insects. They like to live near people or pets, and they come out while youre asleep to feed on your blood. Bedbugs dont cause disease, but you might have an allergic reaction to their bite. If you scratch too much, the bitten area could get infected. Use antiseptic creams or lotions, or take an antihistamine, to ease the itch.
These insects live on your blood. There are three types: head, body, and pubic. Only body lice spread diseases. Since they crawl, you can get lice through close contact with someone. They lay eggs on you, and the itching starts when they hatch. You can treat them with over-the-counter and prescription medications and shampoos.
A mite that digs into your body and lays eggs causes this condition. You get it from skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. Symptoms include itching at night, a pimply rash, sores, and crusty patches. You can treat it with a prescription medicine that kills the mites called scabicide.
You cant get these bugs from eating pork, unless its raw or undercooked. Both people and pigs carry them, but theyre spread when you swallow the eggs from tainted food and water. You can also get them if you come in contact with the feces of someone who has them. They infect the intestines and brain, which can lead to a disease that causes headaches and seizures, called cysticercosis. Some people get better without treatment. Others need medication or surgery.
People in the U.S. dont have to worry as much about this parasite as people in Southeast Asia do. The bug, also known as N. fowleri, lives in warm freshwater, and it enters the body through the nose. It causes a condition that destroys brain tissue called primary amebic meningoencephalitis. Symptoms include headache, fever, vomiting, confusion, stiff neck, seizures, and loss of balance. Only experimental treatments are available now, so the survival rate is low.
Ascariasis -- belly pain Hookworm -- blood loss Pinworm -- anal itching Trichinosis -- pain, fever, face swelling, pink eye, rash Whipworm -- mucus, water and blood in stool, rectal prolapse (when part or all of the rectum slides out of place)
If youve ever been camping and you came down with diarrhea, gas, stomach cramps, bloating, and nausea, youve likely caught this bug. You get it through food or drinking water, or from contact with the feces of an infected person or animal. The illness can be treated with prescription drugs.
This parasite causes Chagas disease, which can be life-threatening. People get infected from contact with the bugs feces. Symptoms show up quickly as fever, fatigue, aches, headache, rash, loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, and swollen eyelids. Later, it can lead to heart and intestine problems. Doctors treat the disease and kill the parasite with medication.
This bug's also called "crypto," and it affects your intestines. Its spread by contact with the stool of an infected person or animal. People tend to catch it from pool water, especially kids. The diarrhea it causes can last a long time, but it usually goes away on its own without treatment.
Some mosquitoes carry this parasite, which causes malaria. The disease kills more people than any other of its kind. It feels like the flu, and it causes body chills, fever, and sometimes nausea or vomiting. A doctor has to look at someone's blood under a microscope to tell if they have it. Early treatment is best. Certain prescription drugs can cure most types.
This parasite causes a sexually transmitted disease called trichomoniasis, the most common curable STD. Most infected people dont have any symptoms, but some may notice itching, burning, or irritation of their penis or vagina. Its treated with antibiotics.
Doctors arent sure how you get this parasite, which infects your large intestine. Some people have stomach pain and diarrhea, but others have no symptoms. Its common in all parts of the world. Your doctor can prescribe medicine to help you get rid of it.
This bug makes its home in meat, water, and infected cat feces. It causes an illness called toxoplasmosis, which can feel like the flu. Pregnant women and people with weak immune systems can have serious symptoms, like cysts in the muscles, brain, and eyes. Usually it isnt treated, but a doctor can prescribe medication for a severe infection.
This roundworm's days of spreading disease are nearly done, thanks to health groups that teach people how to avoid getting infected. People catch the bug by drinking water from ponds infected with larvae. The worms mate and grow in the stomach, then burst out through a blister on the skin. Symptoms can include fever, swelling, and pain near the blister, but it usually takes a year after infection for warning signs to show up. Theres no treatment.
Parasites do a whole lot of bad, but some researchers are trying to find out if they might be used for good, too. Studies of worm therapy, in which you swallow parasite eggs to treat disease, show it helps relieve symptoms of colitis, Crohns disease, type 1 diabetes, and asthma. Its still experimental in the U.S.
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Siverfish are only considered a nuisance pest when they get into homes. There they are difficult to control but they are notharmful to humans nor spread disease. Instead, silverfishare known for damaging material goods, such as books, wallpaper, photos, clothing, and dry foods in the kitchenpantry.
Silverfish are particularly attracted to under-sink areas in the bathroom or kitchen, where the environment ishumid and dark. They may also live in walls, closets, or crawl spaces. They remain hidden during the day, but at night, they emerge to forage forfood.
Fun Fact: The latter half of the silverfishs Latin name, saccharina, refers to the insects fondnessfor eating materials made of polysaccharides (complex carbohydrates), such as cellulose and starch, which are found in paper products, fabrics, andfoods.
They resemble a fish due to their shiny silver, scaly bodies that taper gradually to the rear.Their bodies have no obvious segmentation, and are easily identified by thetwoslender antennae stemming from their headsand the three tail-like appendages on their back-ends. They are smaller and thinner than cockroaches, and a different color than the similarly-sizedearwig.
Silverfish have rather stubby legs, butdont let that fool you.They arecapable of moving very, very quickly, especially when startled. This is when most people see silverfish: when the pests late-night feasting is interrupted and they scurry backto the dark corners of your home. Their rapid side-to-side movement resembles a swimming fish, which is said to be the source oftheirname.
In the home, silverfish are often found in bathtubs, sinks, or washbasins. Though silverfish usually stick to more humid places, they may also invadethe kitchen pantry and targetflour, cereals, and othergrains.
I live in Florida and silverfish seem to thrive here. After reading your article and all if the comments, I can tell all of you that none of what you said works. I have tried all the remedies mentioned and the silverfish are still ruling and ruining my home. I too am a quilter with lots of fabric in the house. I do use bags the can be sealed and the air removed to store finished quilts. I put cedar blocks in the boxes where other quilts are stored. This works to some extent. After being in my home for six years, I have now gotten an infestation of large black spiders. They have been dying by shoe power. I will be spraying in interior of the house in just a bit to try to get rid if them. I am really at the end of my rope for all if the bugs here. Palmetto bugs my tush! Call them what they are, cockroaches. Rant over.
I know this sounds crazy, but after reading an article written by a world famous scientific about the predacious habits of earwigs, I've stopped killing them. Early one morning, turning on the bathroom light I discovered an earwig chowing down on a silverfish. We've had a heavy infestation of huge carpenter ants. We could even hear them chewing on our deck. I managed to capture an earwig and released it at the entrance to the ant's nest. Into the nest it went and out came a river of ants. We haven't had an ant problem since. No pesticides required.
Seriously? Poisons shut down bio functions and cause death. DE looks like shards of glass under a microscope. On insects like fleas, cockroaches, and silverfish, DE works to puncture the body which then dehydrates the insect and the bug dies, eventually. None of this is likely painless for beings that actually feel pain. We only have to worry about being humane to animals that feel pain. Insects do not feel pain. Besides, insects are bugs. Step on them!
There are thick paper wrapped DE (diatomaceous earth) packets that are readily available on Ebay and probably in some hardware stores. They are approx 3x4 inches and you can just place them on bookshelves and in drawers or file cabinets. The silverfish are attracted to the paper and come in contact w/the DE which kills them. Since I have been using them the unnerving numbers of silverfish I've had in my home have been reduced to none. I believe Borax is actually DE. You could probably make your own by wrapping DE in wallpaper squares and gluing together. DE packets are effective and so much neater and easier to work with than glue traps. And as our resident retired Pharmacist mentioned, spiders in the home will help keep down bug populations.
I line all my clothes closets, linen cabinets etc. with cedar...works like a charm. works in drawers and boxes out in the garage. I usually put down some paper or tissue if I'm putting clothing on top of the cedar. I have no problem with the little buggers!
Another type of Bay Leaves kills insects and that is laurel leaves. They look like bay and are a type of bay. They contain cyanide so don't put them where you can smell them or you'll get a sore throat. I used to collect bugs as a kid and used them in my killing jar.
You could try using cinnamon sticks. You could place them in a pretty bowl, basket, or tray with your bay leaves and/ or cloves (like a potpourri arrangement). I also wonder if a simmering potpourri pot would work?
People have approached me (ex-Pharmacist, retired) about these and I often tell them they're quite pretty and if they're somewhere they can do no harm then treat them as a pet! It does beg the question though: why are people so hell bent in getting rid of spiders in the home?
My Grandmother always used Borax powder to get rid of silverfish. A big box is reasonably priced and I suspect that it works the same way as the DE powder does. I have used this up in my attic where I have seen these nasty critters. I poured it on the long beams around the perimeter of the house. I don't know if I got rid of all of them but I don't see many anymore in the living area. I also put the borax in the back of my cabinets in the kitchen and along the wall behind my dishwasher and stove. I poured it in a line in front of the dishwasher and used a hairdryer to blow it under to get it to the wall. Worked like a charm.
I too have successfully used borax as a cost effective pest deterrent for silver I should, ants, etc. Works very well. It dehydrated them and you just vacuum it up. If you mix borax in sugar water the ants eat it, take it back to the colony and eliminates them all.
I appreciate this comment about using Borax to handle the "Invasion of Silverfish" and other insect pests. Silverfish are in hog heaven on cotton and linen fabrics that have been sprayed with aerosol starch while ironing. They lay their eggs in or on a substances where there is a guaranteed food supply for their young. "Sizing" applied by fabric manufacturers to keep their cotton and linen fabrics crisp and appealing to the consumer, is another substance that silverfish feed on. I, like the majority of Quilters, have an abundance of fabrics in my stash or trove of goods. I also have a cache of hundreds of magazines as well as books, that I've purchased used from local charity thrift shops; garage and tag sales; and online. I consider calling fabric, threads and reading materials "used" if they were not purchased from a retail store. There are no assurances that the fabrics have not been in the presence of insects like silverfish, and usually one who is buying preowned fabrics, wouldn't consider asking about silverfish. Most buyers are concerned with damp, mildew basement or tobacco odors. And if the thought or hint of insects being anywhere near the fabrics, it's usually cockroaches that come to mind. I do not launder my fabrics before I use them. So, in order to prevent any outbreak of of infestation from eggs layed in the fabric folds, I always place purchased fabrics in a plastic zipper bags used for food storage just as soon as I'm able too. Until then, the purchases remain in my garage until I place them in the bags for my sewing room. It's not enough to keep fabrics in plastic tote containers, insects are able to wiggle in and out of the tote's lids. I use small quart sized zip lock bags or sandwich size zip lock bags for fat quarters. The 1 gallon sized zipper bags are adequate for 1-2 yards of folded fabrics. And the 2 gallon sized zipper bags are perfect for larger sized measures of fabric. My fabrics are not used as a display or decor items, so it matters little to me if they're kept in plastic.
I buy bulk sized quantities of these storage bags. And I reuse them after I've emptied the individual ziplock bags, and before I would use a new one. And I don't worry about moisture build up in the bags because it's not my intentions to save or collect fabrics. And should I have my own garage sale or tag sale, the fabrics are kept in the bags when I put them out for sale. It's an assurance that I provide to buyers, that indicate that I don't have an infestation in my sewing room.
I tend to see a lot of silverfish around my house. A home inspector advised me to get rid of wallpaper as much as possible throughout my home. I've done this and noticed it helped greatly. Apparently it's a delicacy for silverfish...
I am appalled that you would recommend glue traps to eliminate any pest. These are the most horrendous ways of dealing with "unwanted guests." No matter what the species, the creature, whether it is a silverfish or a mouse, gets stuck on the trap and spends a long time trying to get off it. In the meantime, it suffers greatly. Please to do not recommend these traps for any elimination of a pest.
Should a mouse, or other animal, get caught on a glue trap, it can suffer incredible pain in trying to free itself, as well as losing fur and sometimes skin. It may even try to chew off the appendage that is stuck. This kind of horror belongs only in horror movies, not people's homes. I beg you, please to not advocate the use of glue traps for any removal of a pest. There are better ways to get rid of silverfish, moths, mice, etc. I can not tell you how disturbed it makes me feel to think of a creature being stuck like this.
Thank you for expressing your concerns so passionately. We do NOT advocate the use of glue traps for vertebrate pests, such as mice and rats, under any circumstances. However,for invertebrate pests, there are sticky traps that contain pesticides, which ensures that the insect does not suffer for too long in the trap. We have edited the article to reflectthis.
I had an infestation in my garage of silver fish. I put out Ant Traps, that come already filled with insecticide and it killed all of the silverfish too, along with any ants that happen to come into the garage. I haven't had any since.
Oh good grief!!!! You bleeding hearts will be the destruction of the world. These pests are a health hazard to everyone. They make people & other animals sick (pain, death) so why be concerned with inflicting these pests. Get rid of these pests!
Dace, any of a number of small, slim, active freshwater fishes of the carp family, Cyprinidae. In England and Europe, the dace is Leuciscus leuciscus, a relative of the chub. Usually found in moderately swift streams and rivers, the European dace is a rather small-headed, silvery fish attaining a usual length and weight of 2530 cm (1012 inches) and 0.50.7 kg (11 1/2 pounds). It lives in schools and eats both plant and animal material. The European dace is a good bait fish. Though it is not highly valued as food, the dace is sought by sport fishermen because it is a shy, somewhat difficult fish to capture.
In North America, the name dace is applied to various small cyprinids. The redbelly daces (Phoxinus) are well-known, with a southern (P. erythrogaster) and northern (P. eos) species. The southern redbelly dace, found in clear creeks from Alabama to Pennsylvania and the Great Lakes region, is an attractive fish sometimes kept in home aquariums. It is 57.5 cm (23 inches) long and is marked with two longitudinal black stripes. The northern redbelly dace, similar to the southern, is found in creeks and bogs in the eastern and central United States. These and other daces are noted for the rosy to bright-red colouring assumed by the male during the spring breeding season.
Other North American daces include: the redside and rosyside daces (Clinostomus), which are black-banded fishes about 12 cm (4 3/4 inches) long found in the eastern and central United States; and several species of the genus Rhinichthys, among them the black-nosed dace (R. atratulus), a fine-scaled, black-banded, 7.5-centimetre-long fish found from New England to Minnesota, and the long-nosed dace (R. cataractae), a widely distributed species with a comparatively long snout. The creek chub is often known also as the horned dace, because of the hornlike projections that develop on the head of the male during breeding season.