Consumer alert : Insects and stale food deliverd by Swiggy

Consumer complaint as posted by Mohanmadadam, Vajrapulkotturu Mandal, AP on Feb 06-2020 in Indian Consumer Complaints Forum with photos

I had ordered on swiggy {order id: [protected] } on 04.02.2020, after receiving the order when i opened the package I saw that the sweets were stale and there is an INSECT on one of the sweets, probably old stock . I immediately contacted swiggy via chat and explained the situation also taking photo of insect and product, and they said they could provide 50% only instead of 122 I actually paid. after lot of explanation they raised their bar to a coupon of 100. I told them that it is no where my fault that food is spoiled/stale and you can pickup the food back and refund the total amount. After about an hour of painful texting and chatting with many executives, they said to mail the inquiry to their email support. I did, and got a generic sorry response. I have sent many emails to the team for a solution but didnt get a response after the first one. Now every time I chat with swiggy executives, they say to send mail, to which, they are not replying. I know that the quantum of amount is less, but I would like to use this platform to expose the behaviour of swiggy and get my refund. Why should i pay for someone else mistake/carelessness.


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How do ants work together ?

Whether you see them walking in a straight line, carrying your food as a team, or building a colony together, it’s no secret that ants are very organized and somehow have some sort of secret way of communicating that we can’t see. Some say it’s similar to why men don’t understand women, but we’ll leave that to the scientists to decide. Surprisingly this “secret” communication they use actually has nothing to do with speaking. One way ants communicate is by releasing pheromones that are universally understood by ants to symbolize different things, such as calling attention to food and enemies. They are able to do this by smelling the scent through their antennae and leaving a trail. Like the story of Hansel and Gretel they leave a trail of breadcrumbs, or, in this case, if an ant finds food, they leave a trail pheromones for the other ants to follow.  Not only do ants communicate through smell, but also by touch. Ants will lightly touch an ant with their antennae to indicate something important. Although ants may not speak to each other, that doesn’t mean they never communicate by sound. When ants aren’t in a good position to send pheromones, like being trapped for example, ants with make a sound by rubbing their leg against a part of their body to make a scraping noise, usually as a distress call. Ants can work together because they, like humans, are among the few animals that can communicate in a way that allows them to be connected, sometimes in a way far beyond what humans do.

Managing Dengue and Chikungunya

Household lizards are poisonous or not?

(1) Introduction: We live in a house and think that it is the house related to myself only. But we do not think that there are other creatures also in our house. There are many creatures living in our house with us. We can see them when we look at the walls of our house and other things lying in our house. We see many insects in our house. There are many rats and cats and house bee and a lot of creatures living in our house with us. Lizard is one of them.

(2) Body Structure and nature of lizard: Lizard is a simple and very beautiful creature living in our house with us. It does not give us any harm to us directly. We can see this creature on our walls of our room. We can see it creeping on our walls and other places too. It is very small in size. It gives us no harm but gives us many advantages by eating many harmful insects.

(3) Advantages of a lizard: As we know that lizard is very harmful creature to us. It is very harmful to us. If it falls in our food, it is very harmful. But there are many advantages that this small creature gives to us. It eats many other harmful insects found in our house. So in makes our house clean and fresh. If there are no insects in our house we will be very healthy because we fall sick because of many insects.

(4) Disadvantages of a lizard: Lizard is very harmful to us. If it falls in our food and we take it we may surely get death. We read a lot of information and news related to this small creature. It may create different kind of diseases. It may bitten us and harm us in our body. It is very dangerous if we take any kind of food in which a lizard has fallen and got rotten in it.

(5) Steps to save from its harms: There are many steps that we can take and save from this small creature.

(1) WE should cover our food everyday without failing. If our food is covered, the lizard cannot enter in it and our food will be saved. 

(2) Clean our house: We should clean our house daily. If our house is clean and is fresh, there will be no lizard. So our food will be safe from it.

(3) No bread crumbs: Bread crumbs attract lizards. If we are careful about it. We clean our house. Then our house will be safe from all kind of small pieces of breads.

(6) Conclusion: in this way we can say that lizard is a very small creature found in our house. It is harmful and advantageous to us. If we want to live happily, we should be careful about our life and about our residence. Lizard is harmful but we can save from its harmful effects by being careful and alert.

Six plants that repel mosquitoes


Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Also known as horsemint, this hardy perennial repels mosquitoes by giving off a strong, incense-like odour, similar to citronella grass. The smell, however, does not deter bees and butterflies. Lemon balm is extremely aggressive—it’s fast growing, drought resistant and reseeds itself easily. Try containing it in a planter that can be moved to a seating area when you want some relief from pesky mosquitoes.


Marigolds (Tagetes spp.)
As a popular annual, marigolds are always found in flower beds and containers during the summer months, but their mosquito-repelling ability hasn’t been widely advertised. Many gardeners use them in the veggie garden to deter other insects, but as a mosquito repellent, marigolds are powerful. It’s not surprising since their distinct smell is unbearable to insects—and even some people.

Plant marigolds in containers as you normally would, but then place the containers anywhere in the garden where you want a mosquito-free zone.


Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
We all know that cats love catnip, but this perennial also has a quite a reputable history as a medicinal herb. One trait that this plant is less known for is its mosquito-repelling ability. The natural oil within the leaves has been proven to be ten times more effective than DEET at repelling mosquitoes.

 Plant catnip around your patio and deck, but remember while you’re repelling mosquitoes, you may be attracting a few of your feline neighbours.


Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Basil is one of the few herbs that give off a scent without the leaves having to be crushed or physically disturbed. There are many varieties of basil, but the ones with the most mosquito-repelling powers include lemon basil and cinnamon basil. For a quick, natural insect repellent in the garden, take a few basil leaves and rub them on your skin. The oils will deter any nearby mosquito from bugging you while you work.


Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Mosquitoes and many other insects don’t like the smell of lavender. This trait makes lavender a welcome addition to any garden, especially considering how attractive this plant is when it blooms. Aside from planting lavender around seating areas to deter pests, try making your own natural insect repellent with lavender leaves


Citronella grass (Cymbopogon nardus)
Many natural insect repellents found on the market contain citronella oil, which of course is derived from a natural plant source—citronella grass. When candles and lanterns containing citronella oil are burned, the fumes repel mosquitoes. 

This tropical perennial, native to Asia, is a member of the Poaceae grass family and can grow up to six feet tall. Handling citronella can cause skin irritations or allergic reactions when the grass blades are broken, so make sure you wear gloves. In addition to its mosquito-repelling abilities, it’s also quite an attractive ornamental grass. Plant it along walkways and seating areas to allow its strong fragrance to deter mosquitoes

Role of pesticides in bee decline

Neonicotinoids and bees


The European Commission has adopted a proposal (Regulation (EU) No 485/2013 ) to restrict the use of 3 pesticides belonging to the neonicotinoids family (clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam) for a period of 2 years. An Appeal Committee vote on 29 April 2013 returned an inconclusive opinion where: 15 Member States supported the proposal, 4 abstained and 8 voted against. Since no qualified majority was reached, procedurally, the responsibility on deciding whether to adopt the proposal was with the Commission.

Scientists call for evidence-driven debate


An international panel of scientists including Professor Lin Field from Rothamsted Research, which receives strategic funding from the BBSRC, is today calling for an evidence-driven debate over whether a widely used type of insecticide is to blame for declines in bees and other insect pollinators.

An EU ban on certain neonicotinoid insecticides was introduced in December 2013 because of fears they are harming pollinating insects. Pollination by insects is critical for many crops and for wild plants but at the same time neonicotinoids are one of the most effective insecticides used by farmers. Potential tensions amongst the agricultural and environmental consequences of neonicotinoid use have made this topic one of the most controversial involving science and policy.


A restatement of the scientific evidence on neonicotinoids has today been published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The restatement, from a group of nine scientists led by Professor Charles Godfray and Professor Angela McLean of the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University, clarifies the scientific evidence available on neonicotinoids, to enable different stakeholders to develop coherent policy and practice recommendations

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Fascinating facts of Mice


  • Mice have scales on their tails which they use to help them climb up things which is why they are so adept at climbing

  • A group of mice is aptly referred to as a “mischief”

  • In the wild, a mouse will eat almost anything they come across!

  • A mice can jump or fall down from a height of 12 feet without injuring themselves

  • Mice trails can be easily spotted because a mouse will use the same route repeatedly to go back and forth every day to where it wants to go

  • Mice don’t like to travel too far from a nest – they usually only go about 12 to 20 feet away from it


  • House mice can breed throughout the year

  • Mice can get pregnant again within 48 hours of giving birth to a litter – this is why it’s important to have same sex mice as pets

  • Male mice are referred to as Bucks

  • Females are called Does

  • Baby mice are called Kittens or sometimes they are referred to as Pinkys