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How To Prevent A Hornet Infestation

How To Prevent A Hornet Infestation

What is the scariest insect that you can think of? Chances are that it wouldn’t even occur to you that hornets are very menacing. Yes, they sting, but that just makes them as scary as bees. Do you really think so? First of all, there are several species of hornets. Some are the run-of-the-mill hornets that you expect to become aggressive when disturbed. But there are some that will rival even the most frightening creature that you can think of. An example is the Japanese giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia japonica), which kills more people in Japan than the average bear. Yes, this type of hornet is one of nature’s most awesome and menacing predators. It spews venom that can easily melt the skin. Just imagine how painful that is, and how people have died because they did not get emergency treatment.

Not all hornets shoot skin-melting venom. But it is still better to have a home that’s hornet-free, most especially if you have children around. You can get rid of these creatures through the following methods:

Pest Control without Using Pesticides

1. Entrapment

A vinegar mixture, as well as meats, can be used to create a homemade trap. Check YouTube for how-to videos about creating your own device. Some traps are designed to draw in hornets in general, but others are especially made to ensnare the queen. These kinds of traps are more complicated. Raw meat is often used here, and it’s actually better to get the queen first because without it, hornets will find it more difficult to establish a colony.

2. Cleanliness

Since hornets eat protein-rich foods, you should make it a point to properly dispose of your garbage, especially leftovers. Put food items in a trash bag and seal this before throwing. Make sure that your bin also has a tight cover to prevent hornets and other pests from scavenging.

Getting the Most Out of Insecticide Sprays

3. Spraying

You can also use insecticide sprays to kill hornets. But be sure to have at least 2 cans of Raid ready before you start your assault on these nasty stingers. Get a spray that’s specifically made for hornets. Furthermore, be sure that you don on the proper attire. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and boots. Tuck your pants inside your socks to prevent flying hornets from crawling inside and stinging your legs. Use a bee head net, also known as bee veil or bee hat, to protect your head from the creatures. Since you’ll also be spraying a whole lot of pesticide, you should also wear a mask so that you won’t inhale all those bad fumes.

The best time to attack is during early morning or dusk, when the tiny stingers are just getting ready to start the day or sleep. You’ll get most of them that way. Soak the hive in insecticide, and spray all visible holes. After you’re done and you’re satisfied that the hornets are either dead or dying, very carefully remove the nest. Put the nest in a trash bag and throw away.

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Claire Norton is a freelancer who frequently blogs about insects and their effects on health. Many of her materials have been published by http://www.interstatepest.com/ and other websites that feature insects and household pests.

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February 15, 2013 - 7:06 PM No Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day From Bulwark

Valentine’s Day is on Thursday, so there is still time to either make a few last minute preparations for the big day. Or, if you’re like the rest of us, then there is still time to start making preparations for the big day.

You might be more of a do-it-yourself kind of person who doesn’t believe that making reservations truly comes from the heart. The only real way to show how you truly care is to march yourself down to the market, hand pick each ingredient with extreme detail, wake up early on Valentine’s Day at about 5am and prepare the main course which requires a slow cook time 10 hours.

Or, if you’re like the rest of us, you have babysitters already scheduled, and you have a 6pm reservation at the place for which you have a $10 gift certificate. That means that will either help cover the tip or you can splurge with your own individual desserts.

Here are some of the nicer restaurants around town.

The Melting Pot. If you don’t mind a little bit of adventure and some variety on Valentine’s Day, then try The Melting Pot. You’ll get a four-course fondue dining experience that is guaranteed to delight. Also includes private tables, fine wines and first class service.

Flemings. Do you and your valentine like steaks? If so, then go to Flemings. You won’t be sorry.

Garlic Rose. Italian restaurants are the easy choice for any Valentine’s Day dinner date. We’re far from Rome here in Tulsa, but if you want to try something particularly tasty, then reserve a table at Garlic Rose. The breaks, desserts and pastas are all homemade and as a personal recommendation, consider the Rosemary Crusted Filet.

From all of us at Bulwark Pest Control, have a happy Valentine’s Day… just don’t let this happen to you.

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February 11, 2013 - 5:21 PM No Comments

Dealing With Winter Thaw And Preparing Your Home For Springtime Pests

There’s one more reason why many homeowners hate winter season, aside from the fact that winter can do some significant damage to your house. The strong winds and the amount of ice that winter brings can leave any strong house weaker. There are new cracks in the walls, openings in the roof, and tons of debris to deal with – the perfect welcome mat, really, for springtime pests such as ants, bees, flies, rodents, and a whole lot more.

Dealing with the damages caused by winter and winter thaw is hard and expensive enough. However, you can cut back on the expenses by preparing your home and protecting it against springtime pests. Below are some steps for home preparation.

Look for Damages and Have Them Repaired Immediately

As mentioned earlier, winter thaw can cause some damage to your house. It can knock off roof shingles; cause roofs to collapse, rip open window screens, clog gutters with debris, etc. If you don’t have them repaired, it’ll leave your home very vulnerable to pest infestation come the spring time. Pests could easily gain access into your home though the cracks in the walls, holes in the roof, or rips on the window screens. The clogged gutters serve not only as a breeding place but also as a source of food.

Don’t give them any opportunity to invade your home, so look for damages after the winter thaw and have them repaired immediately. Replace missing shingles and damaged screens, repair damaged roof, and clean the gutters. Check the attic, crawlspace, and basement as well. Seal up any cracks and holes, and make sure that these places stay well-ventilated as well as dry. It’s also important that you replace damaged weather-stripping.

Give Your Garden a Cleaning

It’s also important that you give your garden a good cleaning. Winter thaw can leave behind tons of debris and mud, which increase the risk for accidents. You could easily slip on the slippery ground, causing injuries such as fracture, sprains, laceration, and bruises. In addition to increased accident risk, there are also the garden pests to contend with.

You can prevent both from happening by giving your garden a thorough cleaning. Remove debris and dispose of them properly. As for spring cleaning your garden, you need to wait until the soil’s dry enough that you can’t properly form a ball of soil when you roll them between your hands. Don’t wait too long though before starting to cut the plants back. You don’t want old growth mixing up with new growth. This’ll double your efforts of cleaning the garden.

It’s also important to prune back the bushes and tree branches. See to it that they’re not in contact with any part of your house, particularly the roof and windows, as this can give pests easier access into your house. They can easily use the bushes and the tree branches as a sort of “bridge” and gain entrance into your home.

These steps can help keep pests away after winter thaw. However, if these are not enough and you suspect that pests have already found their way into your home, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with a pest professional. They can give your property a thorough inspection and treat your home for any pest infestation.

 Guest Post:

Jennifer Dallman writes for an Albuquerque pest control company. As a freelance content provider who specializes in pest and pest control, she hopes to teach readers how to protect their homes against pests after the winter thaw.

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February 8, 2013 - 4:27 PM No Comments