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Pests like rodents, insects and raccoons, are a common problem faced by every household sooner or later. Although they are an unwanted burden and a bother you need not worry! Some easy yet effective tips mentioned below can help you get rid of these creatures.

There are different tricks to tackle different types of pests. So be sure to read the correct guide for your unique problem.



Ants infesting house

Ants: To keep ants away make a mixture of sugar and borax, one cup each. Make the mixture in a glass quart jar and punch holes in the lid of the jar. Now sprinkle this mixture in each and every corner of the house, outdoors and indoors. Borax poisons ants and to attract ants to it you need to have sugar in the mixture. Carpenter ants are attracted to damp wood. These can be avoided by making sure that there is no leak in windowsills, the roof or pipes.

Cockroaches: To get rid of cockroaches sprinkle the borax mixture in the bathroom cabinets and also in the kitchen. Don’t sprinkle in areas within the reach of children and pets.

In the event you have wasps, bees, hornet or any other insect use insect spray or even hair spray will do the job.

Fleas: Vacuum rugs thoroughly before spraying the house. After you are done cleaning throw away the dust bags.

Mosquitoes: make sure you keep the bird bath’s water clean. Make it a habit to change it every three days. This will prevent mosquitoes from collecting.

Centipedes: If there are centipedes in your house this mean there are other insects present as well. This is because centipedes prey on other insects so if they are in the house, it is for the other insects.

Termites: Holes in the wood indicate termite presence in the house.

If you live in a multi-unit area individual efforts won’t pay off. These pests can travel from one apartment to the others. An entire building sweep is required. An effective pest control company can be a good choice for to get rid of the pest problem.

Raccoons and Rodents:


trapped grey squirrel

  • Mousetrap: Peanut butter and raw bacon are two useful baits. For peanut butter apply it on the trigger of the trap and make sure it has hardened before you set the trap. Tie bacon on the trigger of the trap.
  • Raccoons: mustard oil is a useful repellent for raccoons. Wait for the raccoon to leave and then cover the entry point. Seal all possible openings that they can enter through. Keep poison in holes and cracks of the house. You can also stuff them with some wool, steel or a scouring pad.
  • Use a compound mixture to seal the spaces and holes coupled with fragments of steel wool.

The suggestions made here are a sure thing to get rid of the pest problem. These useful tips help you keep pests and hence your worries away! Try them and you will be amazed at how useful they all are.

The author Ben suggests useful tips to keep your house free from pests. Ben writes for Eclipse Pest Control- Brisbane Pest Control, which is an effective pest control company.

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November 13, 2013 - 3:19 PM No Comments

Tipsy Seagulls Drunk On Flying Ants

seagulls drinking


Booze for the Birds


flying ant

In southeast England, seagulls are acting out. They’re crashing into cars and roaming the streets just like the drunkard. They’ve been aggressive towards people, even sweeping down and stealing food right out of people’s hands. The reason for the unruly seagull behavior is a drunk-like state cause by one of their favorite snacks; flying ants.

The formic acid secreted by flying ants is what causes the seagulls to “get drunk.” The recent increase of buzzed birds comes because of the weather which has boomed the insect population. More insects, means more grub for the seagulls.

“Gulls love flying ants and as they come out of the ground the birds will feast on them early in the morning and late in the evening,” said RSPB spokesman Tony Whitehead.

Reactions to the Gulls

This isn’t just a few drunken seagulls, people. It’s a larger population of seagulls that are reacting to the ant buzz. Rebbeca Nesbit, an entomologist with the Society of Biology told BBC News, “As I started driving up the hill, the seagulls were all over the place, pecking in the road. It reminded me of Alfred Hitchcock’s [film] The Birds because there were so many of them – I’ve never seen it before.”

Rehab Efforts

In the English city of Gloucester the City Council has taken steps to try and rehabilitate the city from the ruckus of these unruly birds. Residents are encouraged to put their trash in “gull-proof” bags to keep the seagulls from growing through it and littering the streets.

Author Bio: has never gotten tipsy from flying ants, and finds the idea of eating any bug truly revolting! When I’m not writing about drunk seagulls for Bulwark Exterminating, I’m jamming out to the boys of One Direction.

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November 6, 2013 - 9:21 PM No Comments

Video- Don’t Share Your Halloween Candy With Roaches


This Halloween, instead of sharing your candy with those disease carrying cockroaches, keep it all to yourself. Enlist the services of a cockroach control professional!

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October 29, 2013 - 5:54 PM No Comments

How Serious A Problem Is A Bed Bug Infestation?

The number of reported bed bug infestations in North America has risen steadily since a point in around about 1995 when these creatures, which had been considered all but a thing of the past since the forties, began to make a comeback. They are small reddish brown bugs that like to live inside houses and tend to house themselves and their very small, sticky eggs in things like sofas, beds, cushions and even soft toys. There are different species, some of which prefer to feed on certain animals (for example ‘bat bugs’) and one in particular which considers human blood its favorite food. These are the ones you are most likely to have a problem with in your own house.

Don’t Only People with Dirty Houses Get Bed Bugs?


It is a common misconception that bed bugs are only found in dirty places. It is blood that they feed on, and nothing else, so they don’t prefer to live in dusty or dirty places like some other insects – as long as there are people to bite, the bugs are happy enough. The idea that they are more common in dirty places is probably more down to the fact that in places that aren’t clean or well maintained it is unlikely that anything will be done about the bug infestation too quickly, so it could be from places like these (for example seats in old movie theaters or even on subway trains) that people end up picking up bugs on their clothes. Once the bugs make their way into your clothes or luggage, they can set up home in your nice clean house. This means that if you do discover that you’ve got bed bugs, this isn’t a comment on the hygiene of you or your house.

Are They Dangerous?


Bed bugs are more a nuisance than they are dangerous. They are not known to be able to pass any diseases on to people, and their bites, though they can leave blisters, are no worse than mosquito bites. Of course, the idea that in your sleep there are insects crawling around sucking your blood is not a pleasant one, and nobody wants bed bugs sharing their homes, but it is not a cause for panic if you do find them. It is however very important to have them exterminated as soon as you possibly can by a professional pest control company, because otherwise you are going to continue to suffer from the bites and the infestation will only get bigger.

You are also of course risking passing on the bed bugs to other people, which isn’t very nice! A pest control specialist will be able to rid you of your bugs safely and quickly using pesticides and also in some cases using techniques where the bugs living in items are sealed up in plastic so that the insects all suffocate (this can be a good way to kill bugs hiding in things like teddy bears). You should not attempt to fight the bugs yourself as it is really a job for professionals who have the right equipment and poisons.

Author Bio: Frank Coleman is a car enthusiast, but considers his wife and three children to be the most important thing in his life. He works as an exterminator in Toronto at Home Hardware Pest Control, providers of complete pest control services.

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October 7, 2013 - 4:04 PM No Comments

How To Effectively Manage The Pests In Your Garden

Garden Pests

If you’re an avid gardener you will know that not all sides to nature are pretty. Pests are impossible to avoid completely but pests can be managed, providing that the gardener is adequately prepared. There are many methods of garden pest control and a common method is known as integrated pest management, abbreviated to IPM.

A Basic Definition Of IPM

IPM is a relatively common sense approach which involves a gardener understanding when a problem might occur and why. With this knowledge, a driver can try to prevent the pest problem from occurring in the first place and keep a close eye on their garden when pests do appear. Ideally, integrated pest management methods would prevent pest damage using the most economical, non-hazardous methods available.

How To Prevent Pests Appearing In Your Garden

IPM isn’t a single method of pest control, it is an ongoing preventative process. In order to prevent pest problems from occurring in the first place, research the insects that affect your area and avoid planting seeds that are susceptible. You should also grow trap crops to divert any garden pests from your plants. If there are any insects which would benefit your crop, encourage them to live in your garden. Always be sure to remove any plants which are diseased and during the Autumn, remove any falling leaves. If you allow leaves to rest on your crops, this provides shelter for pests.

Monitoring Pests In Your Garden

Keep a very close eye on your garden for the first signs of pests. If your plants contain holes, begin to wilt or change color, this could be the sign of pests. Always be sure to check under the leaves for pests. Before treating a pest problem, try to determine where it came from. Different pest solutions apply to different problems. If the issue is a disease, insecticide will not help.

Considering How Much Action To Take

It is important to consider whether the problem is a one off, temporary or permanent so you can treat the issue accordingly. If you have only seen one pest, that doesn’t mean you need to go mad and stock up on pest control problems. Is the pest doing harm to your plants? Once you remove the pest, will be problem be gone? It is important to put your pest problem into perspective and act appropriately rather than panicking at the first sign of an insect.

Keeping Pests Under Control

Once you have established that you do have a pest problem that needs to be tackled, try to treat the problem with minimal chemicals until you have to. A great natural way to avoid pests is to divert them using crops or sticky bands. You may find that removing pests with your hands quickly resolves the problem. When you need to use pesticides, be sure to get the right one. For vegetable crops, you will need a pesticide that is suitable for human consumption, look out for a non-toxic label on the bottle.

Joe Thompson is a gardening enthusiast and blogger. He often visits for his gardening needs.

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September 16, 2013 - 4:47 PM No Comments

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