MCCULLOUGH: Bug-eyed over bugging out
These insects live in the thatch of turf grasses and feed on the lower parts of the plants, including the crown, and use their piercing mouthparts to suck the sap out of the grass. Adults are about 1/8 to 1/5 inch long and are black with white markings on the wings, which may be long or short. What attracts them to the yard: These are very common insects found all across the United States in many different types of turf. Chinch bugs are sunshine-loving insects and will rarely be found in shady areas. Signs of chinch bug damage are discolored or dead patches of grass. These may first be noticed along a driveway, curb, sidewalk or foundation because the heat emitted from these provides a conducive environment for the bugs.
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For those who missed out on all the bull-baiting bravado in Pamplona, Spain this summer, listen up. Theres more bull battling fun to be had out there and the running course is closer to home. Running with the bulls is now a great American sport with big money to be made for those willing to brave the beasts in Cave Creek, AZ. This is the third year now that adrenaline junkies have taken to the bullpen in the Grand Canyon state for $10,000 in prize money in what is now the Run with the Bulls weekend fest. The daredevil smack down lets loose October 25-27 in Cave Creek, just outside Phoenix, in Arizona. Contestants of all shapes and sizes pit themselves against a ranchers dozen of the biggest, baddest bulls, dodging bulk and horn on a quarter mile course through 12 races. Runners vie to win at least $500 for each of the races and compete for a $5,000 grand prize awarded for the most points scored by a runner over two days, six races on Saturday and six races on Sunday. But its not just the bulls that are in focus.
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Im looking to stay put, maybe overnight. But oh, how woefully unprepared am I. As I began to research what to put in this little bag, I quickly found there is an entire industry built around this, and you can be as prepared as youd like to be. It all depends on how much you want to spend. Now heres what I intended to put together: A small canvas bag about the size of a shoebox with a flashlight, knife, first aid kit, emergency blanket, maybe a couple of protein bars, a few other essentials. But a little Web surfing quickly showed me that my little kit was childs play in the world of whats known as survivalism. First of all, apparently, a small, hand-held bag simply will not do. You need a large tactical assault backpack in black or Army camo.
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