Monthly Archives: October 2013

New … CONGO CAGE

In Stock and ready to Ship! This large sturdy ‘Congo’ cage is designed by Exotic Nutrition and manufactured by the HQ cage company. Made specifically for Sugar gliders, but can also be used for Flying Squirrels and other small mammals. The ‘Congo’ Cage measures 52 inches tall, 32 inches wide, and 21 inches deep, and that’s without the stand which comes included with the ‘Congo’ Cage, when you add the height of the stand – which has a shelf to store your pet accessories, the entire thing measures 67.5 inches tall. The bar spacing is 1/2 inch wide and the wire is finished in a heavy powder coated animal safe paint. Ideal cage for housing Sugar Gliders, Flying Squirrels, Marmosets and other small mammals. This is not a bird cage (with lots of small front doors for feed dishes that you have to tie-down to prevent escape) the front panel of the cage has two large front doors, there are 2 small doors on each side of the cage for easy access. The Congo Sturdy Cage comes complete with 3 removable shelves and 3 removable ladders, also included are 2 double feed dishes and 3 removable wood climbing bars. The stand is on heavy rolling wheels, so moving it around is easy. The bottom grill (which is over the pull-out tray) also pulls out making cleaning and placement of oversized toys and branches easy. A pull out plastic tray for easy cleaning is also included. Cage is removable from the stand and can lock-onto the stand for security. Two giant doors in the front for easy access to your pet. Available in: Black. View this item HERE.

by: Sugar Glider Store

Girl Meets Bug – The Insect Cooking Show

Allow me to introduce you to Daniella Martin. She is the host of Girl Meets Bug, the insect cooking show. Her website explains, “She is passionate about teaching people that insects are fabulous food –in addition to being the most environmentally-efficient animal protein source on the planet!” She makes some valid arguments on her site noting that “insects require up to 20 times less food than cattle, meaning that per pound of food they are given, they produce several times the amount of protein.” The bottom line is if you want to help save the world then get on the insect diet. Although she brings some valid arguments to the table I don’t foresee insect diets catching on in the near future. Considering many people have fear of such insects is just the beginning, I have been around bugs my entire life and I wouldn’t for one second dream of letting this yummy “cuisine” anywhere near my mouth. Just check out the clip below, looking at it just makes me wonder how many organisms may be growing out of her. None the less we bid her good luck in the insect eating quest, but please be sure to save some for Smithereen. Special thanks to The Bug Doctor and our friends from pest cemetery for sharing this and other intriguing information with us. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fA_rBNeVtzo

New MADAGASCAR sugar glider cage


The Madagascar Sugar Glider Cage is the only cage on the market specifically designed for pet Sugar Gliders. Large cage designed and manufactured to exact specifications with the highest quality materials and workmanship, manufactured by the HQ cage company, know for their quality and workmanship. Tube frame construction all around outside of cage, and around the top and bottom of cage (including stand). Cage overall height is a full 60 inch tall, cage itself without stand is 48 inches x 24 inches wide x 24 inches deep. Two large front doors (15.5 x 10 inches each) and two small side access doors (5 inches each) high quality stainless steel locks on front two doors, two removable platform shelves (each 24 inch x 5 inch) inside the cage for feed dishes, exercise wheels etc., also comes with two double feed dishes and two wooden climbing perches, pullout heavy duty tray and removable wire grate above tray. Quality heavy duty casters, shelf for storage underneath cage. ½ inch width bar spacing on cage. Cage is finished in a heavy powder coated animal safe paint. Easy assembly & fast shipping direct to your door. This is not a modified bird cage (with multiple small doors that need to be secured), the Madagascar cage was designed to be completely secure. Designed to last the lifetime of your pet Glider. Ships for approx. $35.00 – $45.00 anywhere in the lower 48 states. *manzanitta branches sold separate*

by: Sugar Glider Store

The Sociable & Not-So-Sociable Glider

Sugar gliders have probably grown in popularity because they are gentle, intelligent, have interesting family dynamics, and can interact and bond with people. They are also protective and territorial, which can lead to attacks on other sugar gliders that cause serious injury or death.
Sugar gliders are social animals and are happiest when they have the companionship of other sugar gliders. To reduce the possibility of injury and excessive breeding, place females together in small groups. Neutered males also work well with other neutered males and females. Lastly, a single male and female can be placed together, but breeding will quickly follow. A female can produce up to six to eight joeys a year and, unless you neuter the males, inbreeding and overcrowding will occur, which can lead to congenital abnormalities and fighting.
Sugar gliders are scent-oriented creatures. The easiest way to create a bond is to introduce them to their owner’s own scent and touch. This can be achieved by carrying the sugar glider in a fleece pouch, under a shirt or in a shirt pocket throughout the day. Threats offered by hand and gentle touches expose them to contact. In the evening when sugar gliders are most active, they enjoy being out of their cage and interacting with people. They run, jump, flip and glide. While they cannot be trained to fetch, sit or roll over, they will beg for treats and glide to people when treats are offered. Sugar glider faces are very expressive and they are able to make many wishes known by their nonverbal cues and their unique vocal sounds.
Once bonded to their owners, sugar gliders will mark, groom and cuddle with those close to them. Bonded sugar gliders do not try to escape touch. They sit by the cage door and call out for their owner. Instead of running away from contact, they typically run toward their owner. If they are scared or lonely, they seek out their owner for comfort and support.
Sugar gliders love their owners just as much as dogs or cats do. Considering all of this, it is no wonder so many people have also found companionship and love with their sugar glider and are willing to invest time and money to provide for all its needs. Visit the Sugar Glider Superstore now!

by: Sugar Glider Store

What’s That Smell?

– National Pest Management Association

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I have procrastinated on writing this blog post for a while. So this morning, I did what all good procrastinators do – visited Facebook. I justified my dalliance by telling myself I might find inspiration for a subject to cover there; I didn’t really believe it but I felt better about my transgression. Well, how fitting was it that the first two posts I saw from friends in different parts of the country were about stink bugs? I saw numerous complaints about these fall invaders and lots of misinformation about them, so, thanks to karma, today’s topic is stink bugs!

I read one post that suggested stink bugs were transported from another country to eliminate ladybugs. Incorrect. Stink bugs did come from Asia, but they were not purposely brought here. They made landfall in America in 1998 and were first found in eastern Pennsylvania. They have now been reported in 40 states. For those of you fortunate to live in one of the ten states that haven’t laid eyes on these ugly things, they look like a blend of a dinosaur and a bug. They are brown, gray or dark green and have a distinct shield-like shape.

Unfortunately, they have wreaked havoc on numerous crops; so much so that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is researching what natural predators they have in Asia that we can unleash here, so that those higher-ordered bugs can eat the stink bugs and save our peaches and apples and such. The cycle of life, I guess. (Don’t worry, though, the USDA won’t send a new insect species out into the wild without making sure it’s safe to do so!) While the stink bugs cause devastation to our crops, they don’t really cause problems around residential settings – unless of course you count utter fright and disgust. However, these smelly bugs are currently inviting themselves indoors as they are looking for vacation spots to overwinter. If they have selected your home as their Club Med for the cool months, don’t despair. These slow moving creatures can be easily removed with a tissue or vacuum. But, be careful not to squash them because if you do, you will learn how these insects earned their names. Their smell has been aptly described as a blend between rotten eggs and smelly feet.

Some people report having hundreds and even thousands around their home. If you are inundated, a pest professional can assist. While I am thankful to China and Japan for many of our imports, these beady-eyed, pre-historic looking creatures are something I could do without!

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Bed Bug Prevention Tips for College Students

Bed Bug Prevention Tips for College Students:

  • Fully inspect your suitcases prior to re-packing for a return to school, especially if you have traveled during the summer. Be sure that any clothes that may have been previously packed in the suitcase have been washed in hot water.
  • Before putting your sheets on your dormitory bed, inspect the mattress seams, particularly at the corners, for telltale stains or spots. Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in sofas/chairs. If you see anything suspect, immediately contact a university facility manager.
  • If you are considering bringing “secondhand” furniture to campus, properly inspect it to ensure that a pest problem, such as bed bugs, is not the reason for its “secondhand” status. If you see anything suspect, do not bring it to your dorm, apartment or house.
  • Repeat these steps after every return trip to and from campus, whether it be for weekend get-aways, trips home and especially when returning from holiday and Spring Break.

New Sugar Glider Food Released !


Exotic Nutrition Pet Company releases new Sugar Glider Food…
Quick & Easy INSTANT-HPW. Finally available … an easy way to prepare and offer the popular HPW Sugar Glider Diet plan at a low cost. Your Sugar Glider will absolutely LOVE the pure vanilla bean flavor of INSTANT-HPW. Contains all of the ingredients in the original HPW Diet including Honey, Eggs, Wombaroo High Protein Supplement, Bee Pollen, Flax Seed Oil & Omega 6 & 3 Fatty Acids.

Our professional staff formulated INSTANT-HPW to replicate the original HPW diet plan used by Sugar Glider owner’s worldwide. Exotic Nutrition’s INSTANT-HPW delivers an enriched diet plan that includes all of the ingredients found in the original HPW(High Protein Wombaroo diet), without the fuss, high cost of purchasing individual ingredients … or mess involved in it’s preparation!

Simply add bottled water, blend, and it’s ready to feed, or freeze into ice cubes(Freezes soft)… to offer at a later time. Amazingly simple to prepare and flavored with pure vanilla bean powder that Sugar Gliders can’t resist!

INSTANT-HPW can be frozen after mixing and stored for up to 6 months frozen. It will store in it’s original powder form at room temperature for up to 1 year.

When freezing, pour into ice cube trays for individual portions; offer one cube per day (per 2 gliders) along with Exotic Nutrition’s Premium Sugar Glider Pellets or Glider Complete Diet. Place frozen cube on top of the pellet diet (2 tablespoons of either PREMIUM SUGAR GLIDER PELLETS or GLIDER COMPLETE DIET along with one cube of INSTANT-HPW for 2 Sugar Gliders, half that amount for 1 glider). Remove any uneaten food after 24 hours and replace with fresh. When mixed with water and not freezing, simply pour 2 Tablespoons of the liquid INSTANT-HPW over 1 Tablespoon of either Premium Sugar Glider Diet or Glider Complete (per Sugar Glider) and serve. After mixing with water, it can be stored refrigerated for up to 1 week, mix well before each feeding if storing this way.

Packaged in resealable heavy-duty pouches.

MIXING INSTRUCTIONS: Measure 1 cup bottled water with 1/2 cup INSTANT-HPW powder. Blend for 1 minute, then feed, store refrigerated or freeze into cubes. Fresh fruits and vegetables can also be offered along with the INSTANT-HPW and Pellet Diet.
When feeding GLIDER COMPLETE … it is not necessary to add fruits & vegetables, since this food already contains dried fruits.

INGREDIENTS:
Dried powdered honey, dried powdered whole eggs, whey protein concentrate, soy protein concentrate, ground cereals, powdered bee pollen, maltodextrin, dextrose, lysine, methionine, vegetable oils, flax seed oil, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D3, E, K, nicotinamide, pantothenic acid, biotin, folic acid, choline, inositol, calcium carbonate, dicalcium phosphate, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, copper, iodine, selenium, natural flavorings.

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by: Sugar Glider Store

Rhonda’s Mouse Problem

– National Pest Management Association

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

As I have mentioned before, friends and acquaintances often entrust me with their secret pest problems. I often “pinky promise” that I won’t reveal their challenges with rodents, roaches, or bed bugs because, all too often, people are embarrassed by their unwelcome invaders. Well, yesterday, I got a panicky call from a friend who had a mouse in her house. She was awoken in the middle of the night by her cat chasing a mouse in the bedroom. Yuck! That’s the stuff nightmares are made of! As her husband was out of town, she valiantly trapped the mouse in her husband’s closet. (Payback for being out of town when she needed him most?) She then used an entire roll of duct tape to seal the gap at the bottom of the closet to trap the critter.

Her husband was concerned about potential damage the tape would cause to the closet’s new paint job. My friend was worried about the mouse’s impact on her mental health. I think she had the better argument. Just saying.

She called me to detail the late-night escapade. She explained that she felt a bit safer as the mouse was trapped in a sealed closet. Did I dare tell her that the mouse was likely not alone? Did I burst her perceived safety bubble by explaining the mouse could chew through the tape barrier or create an escape tunnel by chewing through the drywall? No. I couldn’t. Instead, I suggested she contact a pest professional to determine where the mouse was gaining access into her home as I know it’s important to prevent entry by future rodents, not just deal with the visible ones. She was reluctant as she had heard that rodent problems were somewhat unmanageable. I disagreed but anxious to help, I offered my husband’s services to come and get the mouse from the closet. (While I am The Bug Lady – I don’t do pest control myself. I am smart enough to leave that to the pros and instead, I help with public education about pests.)

Well, my husband assisted with the mouse that was in the closet and this morning my friend called me for guidance on choosing a pest management professional. Coincidentally, she actually saw a mouse going into a vent on the outside of her home and my lesson on removing entry points was made crystal clear! Mice can enter homes through openings as small as a dime! I hate saying I told you so, but well, Friend, I told you so! Glad your mouse problem is now behind you. Sleep well…

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