Introducing Another Tree Pest: Stipplers

Trees are having a hard time these days. There have been numerous imported pests that have scourged certain tree populations, in particular ash trees. Recent hot summers have led to more forest fires that have burned up huge patches of forest across the country. Erratic weather has led to flooding and storms that can drown or uproot trees. And, as the population expands out from city centers, more forests are cut down to accommodate new homes and to make room for those homes.

As even this brief portrait describes, it’s been a tough period for trees, and that’s only the overall story. There are far more problems than the ones that make the news.

Many of us care deeply for trees. We know trees are beautiful, life-giving, oxygen-creating, living things that deserve attention, respect, and assistance. That’s why we want to publicize more of the problems facing trees so more of us can do something to help.

To begin with, it’s important to recognize the limitations of what an individual can do. Unless you’re a park ranger or a firefighter, you probably aren’t going to be able to do much to stop the forest fires out west. You won’t be able to single-handedly reduce the spread of the suburbs or reduce the use of timbers.

What you can do, though, is watch out for the trees under your care and provide them with the assistance they need to flourish. That can involve a reasonable amount of work on its own, depending on the circumstances of your property. For instance, you may want to consider changing the soil if it isn’t particularly high quality. You may also need to provide water in moments of drought, particularly for trees not native to an area of low rainfall.

And then, there is keeping up with the pest risks. One of the lesser-known pests that attack trees are the stipplers. According to Hamlin Tree Care, these come in two forms: lace bugs that you’ll identify by their lacy wings, and spider mites that can be hard to see with the naked eye. Either way, you’re most likely to know you have a problem based off what you observe happening to your tree. The leaves of your tree will become bronzed or bleached with small holes in them. The leaves will then fall off the tree.

If you have a sycamore, oak, walnut, or hackberry tree, this is a very serious risk that can cause serious health problems for your tree. It may even reduce the lifespan of your tree, since it can’t get the nutrients it requires.

This is, of course, only one of the threats out there to the trees in your yard, your town park, and across the country. We have to do more to be more vigilant of pests on our trees, since that is one thing we have ultimate control over. The more healthy trees we have in our communities and in our country, the better. And taking care of your trees is a great way to start helping out.

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How to prove the accident wasn’t your fault

Anyone who gets on the back of a bike knows they can be dangerous. While we all accept that risk, that doesn’t mean we have to accept the blame for every accident that happens. Motorcycle accidents are particularly harmful, but it’s important to remember it’s usually NOT THE BIKER’S FAULT.

Those who ride probably know that already, but what they probably don’t know is that many cops will just assume they are at fault and they will have to prove otherwise. To do that, they don’t just have to ride smart. They have to think and act smart as well by following these tips.

Tip 1: Don’t be reckless

Every biker loves the thrill of the ride, but you have to be willing to drive safely. If you’ve been observed constantly swerving between lanes, it’s unlikely you’ll be believed that the accident wasn’t your fault. The more proof you can give that you have been a safe driver, the better. Which is why you need…

Tip 2: Keep your record clean

If you’ve got a record of accidents, speeding, or worse infractions, you’re almost certainly going to have trouble defending yourself, no matter how obvious it is someone else is at fault. With a clean record, however, you’ve got proof you handle your vehicle safely and carefully. That means you’ve got a case already built that you’re likely not the one causes the accident. Especially if you’ve…

Tip 3: Complete a safety course

Once again, this is more evidence in your corner that you are not at fault because you are a safe and careful driver. Taking the time out of your busy life to complete a safety course is an excellent way to prove not just that you are safe but that you care about safety. Yes, it’s true that this is rarely expected of car drivers, but that doesn’t matter here. You’re assumed guilty from the start, so you have to go that extra mile.

A safety course also proves you care about your driving more than having a clean record. With a clean record, you might have just gotten lucky, with a course, you made an effort. All that is pretty compelling, especially if…

Tip 4: The other driver was being reckless

Here, as with tip one, you have not just to act well but be observant. After the accident, try to work back through the events before the police arrive. Figure out what the other driver did to cause the accident and get the story clear in your mind. If you were driving well, have a clean record, and have a safety course on record, the police are likely to take your story as true, and if not, you’ve got a strong case to argue against their assessment.

There you have it. Just four tips, but they could make all the difference whether you lose your license or not after an accident. Keep them in mind as you ride, especially tip 1. The safer you drive, the less likely you’ll have to worry about the rest later.

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Fire Hazards in Residences

Your home is your shelter and security, so it doesn’t make sense if it is in danger of igniting. You, as a property owner, has the responsibility of ensuring the safety of your home against fires. In fact, you are legally bound to this responsibility. According to the website of Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., fires are under premises liability.

Premises liability states that a property owner is liable for the accidents and injuries that have occurred in its premises, especially if there is negligence involved. This can translate to huge financial burdens, including property repair costs, medication costs, and compensatory costs for those you have unnecessarily inconvenienced.

The first step to avoid fires in your residence is to know the hazards that can actually cause residential fires. They are enumerated below.

Direct Fire Sources

The most obvious fire hazard is, well, fire itself. There are many fire sources inside the house, and if you are negligent enough, they may spell disaster. The most common ones are candles, lighters, and matches. Make sure that you do not leave these materials unsupervised, especially when they are near children or flammable objects.

Electronics

Items that rely on electricity, such as appliances like television sets, equipment like computers and printers, and other devices like mobile phones, have always been known to cause fire accidents in residential areas. This is particularly true for those that are defective. But those that are not defective can also cause fires, especially those that directly involve fire and heat, like stoves.

These items should be regularly maintained to avoid fires. Those that involve fire and heat should also not be left on unsupervised.

Flammable Objects

On their own, flammable objects are not fire hazards, but they can become the catalyst for large residential fires if they are near fire or heat. Again, as a property owner, you should be responsible to avoid this, by making sure that fire and heat sources are not near flammable objects, especially unattended ones, like curtains near candles, mittens near stoves, carpets near extension cords, and blankets near outlets.

Wiring Systems

It cannot be stressed enough that electricity is a major factor in many fire accidents in residences. This includes wiring systems, outlets, and extension cords. The easiest to handle are the cords, because you just have to make sure that they are intact, and the outlets, because you just have to avoid overloading and overusing them. The wiring systems of your house are entirely different beasts, so you should call a professional to regularly check them for defects.

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Why Am I Always Tired?

Being too tired all the time can be a hassle. It can affect your level of productivity at school or work and interest in physical and social activities, and may even lead to emotional and psychological problems such as depression. But why are you always tired? The reason may be as simple as not getting enough rest, or it may be as complicated as having a medical condition. Below are just some of the conditions you may have if you feel tired constantly.

Anemia

Anemia is characterized by a lack of red blood cells, which are the distributors of oxygen around the body. It may result from poor nutrition, vitamin deficiency, or excessive loss of blood during menstruation. This can have various effects on you, such as nausea and exhaustion for no apparent reason.

Chronic Fatigue

Chronic fatigue occurs when a person experiences extreme fatigue or tiredness despite having adequate rest and having no other medical condition that can cause the exhaustion. The website of GastroCare LI has listed several symptoms of the condition:

  • Difficulty concentrating and focusing
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Feeling anxious for no good reason
  • Frequent headaches or joint pain
  • Sore throat
  • Depression

Depression may not just result from being constantly tired and generally disinterested about everything, because it may be the very thing that causes your tiredness and disinterest in the first place. Mental problems such as depression may greatly alter habits, particularly those that involve eating, sleeping, and willingness to participate in activities. These aspects will have a ripple effect in the life of the depressed individual, including in terms of energy.

Diabetes

Simply put, diabetes involves a glucose problem, and glucose is the primary fuel of the body. Because those with diabetes cannot effectively use glucose, their body may not function on its full potential, resulting into tiredness and weakness.

Sleep Apnea

The condition known as sleep apnea occurs when a person experiences breathing problems in his or her sleep. This may result into waking up constantly just to gasp for air and generally have an unsatisfying sleep. Of course, if the person didn’t get adequate sleep, his or her body has not been properly rejuvenated, resulting into constant feelings of tiredness, especially if the sleeping disorder is not being treated.

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Holding Medical Professionals Accountable for Errors Resulting to Birth Injuries

Because of modern medicine, doctors and mothers now have options that will make giving birth faster and less painful. In every procedure, however, are trade offs which present dangers, about which, it has been discovered, many mothers are never told about.

These dangers often result to birth injuries which, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), number to 28,000 annually; those that result to children’s death, however, reach almost 9,000. The sad reality is, these dangers are nothing more than consequences of negligence, which means these can be prevented.

Some very common examples of acts of negligence are hospital practices that lead to medical errors, a doctor’s too much dependence on modern medical devices, a doctor failing to dedicate the time to prepare for proper birth and a doctor dangerously performing a rush delivery.

Based on a 2006 study that was reported to the National Vital Statistics Reports for the Center for Disease Control, the most frequent birth injuries resulting from negligence include:

  • Cerebral Palsy. Damage to the brain before or at birth which causes impaired muscle coordination. There is no known cure for this type of birth injury.
  • Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI). Refers to damage to the bundle of nerves that run from the upper spine to the hand. This injury can cause temporary or permanent disability.
  • Cephalohematoma. This happens when the blood between the skull and the skin’s inner layers pools unnecessarily.
  • Caput Succedaneum. Due to too much pressure during delivery, swelling of the scalp is its usual result. This injury, though, is not life-threatening and usually heals on its own.
  • Bone Fracture. A result of a difficult or complicated delivery which affects the collar bone or clavicle the most. This injury usually heals on its own.

Thousands of birth injury lawsuits have been filed in the past, all citing negligence as the cause of errors. According to the law firm Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., “While any injury to a child can have serious consequences, birth injuries are among the most worrisome. Because of how early in life a birth injury happens, it can permanently affect a child’s development and impede the child’s ability to enjoy a healthy, happy life. Furthermore, the costs that birth injuries often cause families to face, including those for medical treatment and physical therapy, can be astronomical.

Birth injuries can occur for many reasons, but in far too many situations, the negligence or carelessness of medical practitioners was at fault. Medical professionals whose negligence causes innocent children harm should be held accountable for their actions or lack thereof. Fortunately, many families whose children suffer birth injuries are able to hold these professionals accountable and get the compensation they need.”

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