Even the rodents are happy this time of year at Paratex.
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To all our customers and friends, thanks for your continued support and have a great new year.
It's GNARLY-TOOTHED, FOUR-LEGGED, BEADY-EYED, FUZZY-BELLIED SCURRIER - and, we have a lot of them in the Pacific Northwest.
While we have been trying very hard to capture a pink-eyed snout beetle and hold it still long enough to take a good picture it has been simply too fast for us - or anyone else for that matter. Hence, we commissioned a professional artist to render an artist description. Beware if you see the real thing.!
They claim the pink-eyed snout beetle is SO FAST it is almost impossible to take a picture. But, we will keep trying. We looked on the internet for something that seemed like what was described to us and this is the only thing that even came close. We'll keep trying so expect something closer to the real thing soon.
While we are working to provide our followers with a picture of the destructive pink-eyed snout beetle (they are so fast it's hard to catch one) we thought we'd show you a picture of an interesting weevil that is really quite attractive. As you know a snout beetle is technically a weevil. And, a weevil is technically a beetle (and so forth and so on). The metallic Eurhinus Magnificus does not have pink eyes, but it does have a long snout. And it is quite attractive actually. You are more likely to find it on a plant in Costa Rica than anywhere in the Pacific Northwest so don't worry about it - just enjoy it.
The US Census Bureau released the results of an American Housing Survey in June of this year and Seattle had the dubious honor of being the rattiest major city in American. The leader with the most mice was Philadelphia and the city with the most cockroaches was Tampa. New York City scored fairly high in all three categories.
There are a number of bugs with red eyes so look at them carefully. That doesn't mean you found a pink-eyed snout beetle. The one below is an Eastern Boxelder Bug. This one was found in Maryland lounging on a sidewalk. They are also easy to catch (in case you want one). The pink-eyed snout beetle on the other hand (the one most feared around Puget Sound) has only pink eyes and never red. And, you wouldn't find one lying around on a sidewalk. They are faster than greased lightening.
Paratex continues its hunt for the pink-eyed snout beetle. It is probably one of the most difficult pest to control in Puget Sound homes and businesses. Here is a picture of a similar beetle with a snout - but not the evil pink eyes. If you find one lurking around your place give us a call.