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Pest Control Tips -Make Life Easy!

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.

Insects:

 

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

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 www.gardenfurniturecentre.co.uk for his gardening needs.

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September 16, 2013 - 4:47 PM No Comments

Wasp Ruins My Labor Day

Stinging wasp activity, like that of the pesky yellow jacket, happens to peak during the late summer; and boy did I find out the hard way. I was stung… No, I was attacked!

Wasp Sting

Wasp Ruins My Labor Day

It was a typical Labor Day holiday. Like most Americans, I was spending my holiday outdoors, at a park, with my family. Among the sweet soda and grilling hotdogs, something sinister was lurking.

While enjoying my outdoor Labor Day picnic, I feel this small quiver underneath my blouse. I brush at it, thinking nothing of it at first, when I realize that ‘quiver’ inside my blouse has legs… and a bad temper! It’s a wasp who was flying happily along, and somehow flew inside my blouse, and it definitely does not want to be there. The wasp starts stinging. OUCH!!!

I started running around, frantically screaming! The people around me must have been wondering if I was on bath salts or something. Each time I slap at the wasp, my blouse shakes it loose. The wasp falls a little lower into all-new sections of my body; and the wasp would get mad again, and sting again!

Eventually the wasp made its way out of my clothes; or maybe I just mashed it. Either way, I was in pain. I began to swell up and itch. Needless to say, my fun day was over.

So much for a happy Labor Day!

Wasps

wasp

One of the scariest and most notorious stinging pests is definitely the mighty wasp. There are about 30,000 species of wasps in the world. They all range in color and size. The most common is definitely the yellow and black stinger, but they can also be brown, orange, bright red and metallic blue. Unlike bees, wasps can sting multiple times, but only the female wasp is able to sting.

In nature wasps are some of the most beneficial stingers. Most insects are preyed upon by at least one species of wasps. The adult wasp will eat only nectar, but will hunt out insects to feed to its young and growing larvae. Wasps are even used in the agriculture business as a way of controlling the pest population, because they will only prey on other pests and not cause harm to crops.

Wasps can be either solitary or social. We commonly see solitary wasps on flowers. All solitary wasps are fertile, and after laying an egg have no interaction with their larva. In social wasp colonies, generally, only the queen will be fertile. Nests are built in holes underground, in trees and plants, along riverbanks, and preferable in sunny spots.

Castes systems amongst wasps are not predetermined like in other bees. A female can earn her way to royalty by dominance and behavior. Some become queen, by being able to eat all of the other fertile females’ eggs and some by simply producing the most eggs.

Author Bio 

 is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control services. When I’m not playing with my two adorable nieces, I’m rocking out to the newest One Direction song.

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