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Birds line nests with cigarettes butts to repel pests:
Ever heard anyone say “smoking is for the birds?” FireShot Screen Capture #028 - 'Birds line nests with cigarette butts to repel pests, scientists claim - Telegraph' - www_telegraph_co_uk_science_science-news_9723213_Birds-line-nests-wi

Well, turns out they could be right. Researchers in Mexico have found birds using cigarette butts to line their nests. Apparently they help repel mites in the nests.  Evidence suggests that it is only smoked cigarettes and not un-smoked ones that have these properties, and the birds can tell the difference!

Nicotine is a chemical that is contained in modern pesticides. These new insecticides are virtually harmless to humans but not to insects. Unfortunately they have been blamed for the demise of bees and other useful insects. This isn’t really surprising as if you spray a field of flowers (rape seed for example) with an insecticide then insects will land and feed on those flowers. I say spray but most of the modern insecticides are in the seeds when the crops are planted.

Read the full article  – Birds line nests with cigarette butts to repel pests, scientists claim – Telegraph.

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