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Old 04-17-2008   #1 (permalink)
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Automated killing in Pueblo Sacbe

As anyone who has spent time at Sacbe in March, April, and May knows, one of the main detractions to the pleasant life there is the Tabanos that arrive then, and dine on your blood. I can happily announce that Auntieninnie and I have solved this vexing problem. We completed our first Tabano trap today, installed it at my house and within 20 minutes the first two were in the trap. The number of tabanos on my property is low so if it just catches 10 or 15 a day the problem will be solved. Let the rejoicing begin. Photos to follow.
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I will be anxious to see how you trap the little villains. They are my arch enemy here!
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It's a sad day when we get excited about out-smarting an insect but it sure feels GOOD!
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Here it is the wonder machine. Had a few more in it this AM when I left home. Will report numbers again tomorrow.
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¿Qué es un tabano? Is it something like a mosquito?
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I think it is something like a Horsefly.
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They're most likely from the same family as the green head, deer fly, horse fly, gad-fly, etc. These pesky yellow flies inflict a particularly painful bite...the upside is that only the females bite. It appears that one builds up an immunity to the bite...I used to swell up but now I just get a mosquito-like itchy spot.

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They're most likely from the same family as the green head, deer fly, horse fly, gad-fly, etc. These pesky yellow flies inflict a particularly painful bite...the upside is that only the females bite. It appears that one builds up an immunity to the bite...I used to swell up but now I just get a mosquito-like itchy spot.

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Yep, my reaction is not nearly as bad as the first time. I used to have a major adrenaline rush after a bite and would get all antsy and weird! They still itch like the devil though...

So if you guys catch all the tabanos in SacBe, will you be loaning your trap out to us in Paamul?

Just what do you do with them after you trap them, exactly?

EDIT: And they're more like what we used to call sweat bees back in Ohio... tiny little things with a big wallop!

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So if you guys catch all the tabanos in SacBe, will you be loaning your trap out to us in Paamul?

Just what do you do with them after you trap them, exactly?
Loaning???? FlowerBill and I have already been scheming about how much we'll charge for our piezas del arte!

Welcome to FlowerBill and AuntieNinny's Taquiera Tabano en Pueblo SacBe! The menu consists of the following...to mention only a few delicious entres...

Tabano empanizado con ensalada de nopales
Tabano tamales
Tabanos en guacamole con totopos
Tacos de Tabanos Muertos
Huevos Tabanos

...there won't be many vegetarians interested but I think we'll draw the dirty red meat eaters!


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Here it is the wonder machine. Had a few more in it this AM when I left home. Will report numbers again tomorrow.
So, what are you using as bait? I was out there last week and got a nasty bite on my elbow. It swelled up pretty badly, but I'm sensitive.
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So, what are you using as bait? I was out there last week and got a nasty bite on my elbow. It swelled up pretty badly, but I'm sensitive.
FlowerBill is on the road, going back to the Excited States of America so I'll step in and answer for him...

The "bait" is only the swinging ball which fools the nasty little biters into thinking they've come across a victim; once they enter under the net, the only place they can go is UP and that's where the catch bottle is...na na, we fooled ya!

Sorry to hear you got chewed...sooner or later you'll build up an immunity, I used to swell up pretty badly too!

Hope this helps!
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As Lynn said it's the ball that attracts. With a brain that small they operate on instinct. Tabinids (deer flies, horseflies etc ) are insects attracted by motion of their prey. Scent is not a big issue as it is with say mosquitoes. They go to the moving black ball, realize it is not prey and go to leave. Unfortunately for them their instinct is to fly upward and toward light when they leave. Leading them to eventually enter the bottle and become tabino jerky. The trap was very effective at our place. In a couple of weeks we trapped over 60. That pretty much cleaned them out on our lot. Occasionally one would fly in from elsewhere and bother us but there were far fewer than before the trap. Maybe encounter one every day or two versus a constant problem every day before the trap. We were also able to eliminate our housefly problems with a different type of trap. Must have trapped a thousand or more in a weeks time and the problem was eliminated.
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Welcome back FlowerBill! Glad you made it home safely.

Sorry to hear about your fat weiner...we're going to miss her beautiful face in your posts.

Announcement...

KREESIE, FlowerBill's fat weiner, passed away yesterday and we'd like everyone to join us in sending all our love and condolences to FlowerBill, Jackie and Rufus for their very great, great loss. Kreesie, the fat weiner, will be sorely missed.

We love you Flowerbys...from all of your friends at Pueblo SacBe and Playa.Info!

In loving memory of KREESIE...


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Save us a place up there, KREESIE.

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Sorry to hear about Kreesie, basically old age? Still very hard, been there.
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Just finished a b'day fiestita for Nehemias at Lynn's palapa where we were all lamenting the lack of Kreesie stealing chicken from the table. She is definately being missed by the usual suspects.
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