Helpful Hints Building Owners Need To Know About Pest Control

No matter what the quality of your home is, you should not have to live with annoying pests. This article will help you to make some headway in your fight against pests. The sooner you can take care of the problem, the sooner you will be free of these unwanted house guests.

Have a mosquito problem? If so, then ensure your garden doesn’t have any standing pools of water. Mosquitoes tend to lay eggs in water, which gives their larvae a place to thrive. Inspect the areas near your hoses, garden pots and other areas where there may be standing water.

Buy properly sized pest traps. If you lay a trap for a large animal, such as a raccoon, you will be unable to catch smaller animals such as chipmunks. Many traps use the animal’s weight to trigger a trap door. However, if this animal can’t trigger the trap because it’s light, you’ll basically end up feeding the pest without catching it.

If you’ve got a termite problem, you’ll want a good termiticide. Termiticide comes in two flavors: killer termiticide and repelling termiticide. No matter which you use, it needs a thorough application around the foundation and inside the home. You may need to use a great deal of termiticide if you want best results. It could take more than a hundred gallons.

If you are wondering if you have termites, get a dog that can smell them. If an inspector checks your house on his own, he is only able to confirm that you are about one-third free of termites. A well-trained, termite sniffing dog can find all of them. Dogs cannot be beat. Dogs will immediately pick up the methane gas produced when termites eat wood.

 

PESTICIDES

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THE PROBLEM:

Pesticides can be found in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. They are found in our soil and even in our breast milk. These pesticides are the only toxic substances released intentionally into our environment to kill living things: to kill weeds (herbicides), insects (insecticides), fungi (fungicides), rodents (rodenticides), and others. They are used almost everywhere — not only in agricultural fields, but also in homes, parks, schools, lakes, forests, and roads.

HEALTH:

Pesticides are incredibly harmful to human health. Pesticides have been proven to cause reproductive and developmental effects, cancer, kidney and liver damage, endocrine disruption, etc. People are exposed to pesticides when they breathe air where pesticides have been sprayed, drink contaminated water, or come into contact with areas where pesticides have been used, such as lawns, parks, lakes and more.

Children, whose bodies are still developing, are particularly vulnerable. They take in pesticides at home and daycare and at schools and playgrounds, as kids are more likely to crawl on the ground and put their contaminated hands in their mouths. One of these pesticides, chlorpyrifos, has been found to cause irreversible brain damage in infants when they are exposed to the insecticide during this period.

People and families working on and living near industrial farms are some of the most at-risk populations of these health problems and are some of the least protected workers in the US. Farmworkers often suffer from short-term effects such as blindness, coma, and death as well as long-term effects like infertility, birth defects, and cancer.

 

Natural Born Pest Killers

Natural means of controlling pests can be as effective as the harmful chemicals that contaminate our landscapes, sometimes more so. And they help protect our family, our pets, our communities and the world at large.

mission is to provide you with effective, practical solutions for common household and garden pests, starting with the simplest, least toxic measures and moving to more aggressive, intensive action as needed. From barriers and traps to minimally-processed products derived from natural compounds and plant oils

Home Remedies for Pest Control

Everybody likes cucumbers, right? Not ants. Cucumber peelings — the more bitter the better — make for an effective ant deterrent. Spreading cucumber peels where ants might enter your home will send them scurrying. Big bonus: cucumber peelings present none of the dangers of the chemical pesticide you otherwise might have purchased at the big-box store or commercial nursery supply, the kind that contain known toxins, heavy metals and other inert ingredients. It’s no small point: the evidence continues to grow that synthetic pesticides pose a significant health risk to humans and animals. And still these chemical-laden products are widely used without regard to the dangers. That doesn’t have to be true at your house.

Home pest control methods should be safe as well as effective. A good strategy, like the Integrated Pest Management program you might use in your garden, is one that’s safe for your family. But controlling insects indoors requires more than just knowledge of natural remedies, like cucumber peels, and their application. It means buying and using products made of non-synthetic ingredients including natural oils, naturally occurring compounds and other non-toxic ingredients to get rid of bugs. It also requires a certain amount of vigilance. Keep an eye out for problems and don’t ignore conditions that could attract pests. Consider your family’s well-being with every step you take. Buy products that can be trusted, products that not only claim to be natural and safe but are  natural and safe. Buying “natural” insect control at the hardware or big-box store can be a gamble, even when you check labels carefully.

Insect barriers, like the cucumber peels mentioned above, act like barbed wire to keep ants and other crawling insect pests out.

Garlic, a natural insecticide for everything from mosquitoes potato beetles, makes an effective barrier for your home. Grind it up with water and apply where ever insects might enter. Garlic-based products, safe to use in kitchens as well as in the vegetable garden, are more concentrated than home preparations, yet over time carry a less detectable odor.

Other natural barriers include cayenne pepper, cinnamon, powdered charcoal, bone meal, talcum powder or chalk. Different pests have different aversions, so you’ll have to see what substance works best with the creatures you’re trying to prevent from sneaking into your home.

Certain plants, grown around the periphery of your home, can also serve as barriers. They not only look nice, but will also deter pests. Plants known to repel ants and aphids include spearmint, peppermint and pennyroyal.

Barriers for fly control: Plant mint and basil around doorways and under windows. These plants repel flies even as they add sweet scents that we human enjoy.

If you find cracks or other entries into your home being used by ants, douse them with boiling water. If you discover where they are creeping into your house, squeeze some lemon into the hole or crack.

Barriers also work for snails. Sand, lime, copper or ashes deter their movement. so use these borders to keep snails away from sidewalks and entries.

Specialized products, some certified for organic use, are available for keeping out deer and rabbits, rodents, even the neighborhood cat.

 

The Best Natural Products for Do-It-Yourself Pest Control in Your Home and Garden

Bugs, creatures, and critters are a part of life. In fact, the average home has more than 100 different species of flies, spiders, beetles, ants, and other bugs living within the walls, according to a 2017 study published in Biology Letters.

Though that fact may give you a case of the heebie-jeebies, most of those bugs are totally harmless. In fact, a few of them may indeed be helpful to your home. But, if you’re hoping to have a bug-free house, there are ways to get just that while still being friendly to the environment. Here are a few products and methods for do-it-yourself pest control to rid your home and your garden of creepy crawly insects for good.

Home Pest Control

The best pest control for your home starts by not letting them inside in the first place. And that begins by shoring up any bug and pest-friendly entryways.

For Clothes Moths: Non-Toxic Moth Traps

The last thing you want is for your clothing to get invaded by moths. Stop the little guys in their tracks with a non-toxic moth trap. The trap hangs right in your closet and attracts moths with natural pheromones. The pest control product is easy to use and lasts for up to three months.

or Bed Bugs: Eco Defense Bed Bug Killer

Though there’s no great way to prevent bed bugs, you can kill them in a non-toxic way with Eco Defense Bed Bug Killer. The organic formula kills bed bugs on contact and won’t stain your fabrics.

 

Best pest control tips and what to look for in summer

Keep cockroaches, rodents, vermin and critters away from your home this summer with these expert pest control tips.

How to get rid of cockroaches

Summer time often means great weather – or, really, really, really hot weather! In these conditions all sorts of pests thrive, from dangerous snakes to annoying cockroaches. You want to ensure your house is pest-proof so you and your family stay safe and healthy

Prevention is always better than cure

When it comes to pest prevention, there are a range of different tips and tricks homeowners can implement that can reduce the likelihood of unwanted pests all year round, at little to no cost at all.

Adding rubber door stops for insect control

Adding rubber door stops to is one of the easiest ways to prevent pests from getting into the house. Available at hardware stores, they’ll prevent pests and vermin getting into the property, beneath doorways which often act as entry points.

Remove vegetation

Vegetation against the wall edge of your home is one of the most common causes of infestations. Pests such as ants, termites, cockroaches and spiders gain entry to the property because they’ll use the vegetation as a bridge straight into the home.