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Chemicals Aren’t Totally Necessary For Pest Reduction


Just as there are natural predators to common animals, there are natural repellents to common pests. You don’t have to fumigate the entire house, you don’t have to use rat poison, you don’t have to do any of a hundred things which are known to have toxic side-effects. However, you do have to be a little creative, and willing to try new things.

Following, we’ll briefly explore a few ecologically friendly means of pest elimination that won’t make you or your family sick, and will have a clear effect on whatever pest problem you’re contending with.

Baking Soda And Sugar Kills Roaches


Get half a cup of sugar and half a cup of baking soda. Mix these powders together, and put them into something like a salt shaker—though be careful you don’t mix it up with the other condiments! Take your anti-roach mixture and sprinkle it where you know they are, and where you expect them to go. The roaches eat up the sugar, the baking soda kills the roaches.


Citronella, Lavender, Garlic, And Rosemary Repel Mosquitoes


When it comes to mosquitoes, you want to get rid of standing water, and you want to use aromas to push them away. There are smells mosquitoes can’t abide. Bug spray essentially uses chemicals to repulse them, but this can be bad for you and your skin. Meanwhile, you can use essential oils or plant certain flora indoors and outdoors.

Citronella comes in oils that can be burned in tiki torches in strategic places throughout your backyard. Lavender looks wonderful and smells fine. Garlic and rosemary are fine seasonings for a cookout, use them in abundance! Also, you can use plants at the windows and doorways of your home where the bugs enter. Don’t forget the drafty attic!

Mice Hate Steel Wool, Use It To Clog Up Holes; Also: Cats

Rodents use their teeth like humans use power tools. They’ll chew through just about anything save cement, and steel wool. Have you run your nails down a chalkboard and felt your body involuntarily cringe? This is what steel wool does to mice. You stuff it in their holes, they go to bite it, cringe, and back off. Secure it with caulking so the persistent mice or rats don’t simply move it aside.

Once you’ve clogged all their little holes up with steel wool, next totally clean your house as extensively as you can. When you’ve got the whole home clean, be sure you store food in containers that rodents can’t get their teeth on. Plastic tupperware can be chewed through, but it eliminates the smell. This keeps rodents from realizing food hides behind the plastic.

Lastly, once you’ve blocked up all the holes and properly stored your food, get a cat. Cats are the natural predators of mice and positively enjoy the hunt. It’s a win for you, and it’s a win for the cat—unless, of course, you’re allergic to cats; in which case you might need some other tertiary measure. There are humane mousetraps that allow you to catch-and-release, but let the mice go a long way from home or they’ll just come back.

Safeguarding Your House Naturally


You don’t want to make your family sicker through chemicals than they would be through varying diseases that pests carry. A great way to have the best results is to use natural pest control strategies.

Natural foods can kill roaches without making your home toxic. Aromatic plants both indoor, outdoor, and in essential oil form can keep mosquitoes away from you. Mice don’t like steel wool, and cats like mice. Safe solutions exist, and they’re pretty straightforward. Do a little research to find which best fits you and your family, and keep your home pest-free naturally.

Best Houseplants To Repel Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes: They Must Be Undone


You don’t want mosquitoes in your house, and you don’t want them outside your house. Also, you don’t want to use a conglomeration of harsh chemicals to keep the bugs at bay. It’s no good keeping mosquitoes out of your house if the price you pay is some slowly percolating toxic illness from Deet or another chemical.

With these things in mind, it may surprise you to know that there are quite a few different plants which are totally natural, and repel mosquitoes. Many of these plants are extremely pleasant in terms of their aroma, too. Following we’ll briefly cover several plants or plant derivatives that can be grown (or made) indoors, and that can be used to repel mosquitoes.

1. Citronella, Catnip, And Lemon Balm


Citronella can be grown in the home with relative ease. It can also be grown outside. Citronella oil is often used in tiki torches to keep exterior areas clear of mosquitoes. You don’t have to burn citronella tiki torches on the inside of your home, though.

People often don’t realize catnip works well to repel mosquitoes. If you’ve never gotten down and given it a sniff, it’s not an unpleasant smell. Catnip actually has effluvia much like mint. Your cats love it, and the mosquitoes don’t. However, if you are growing catnip indoors, prepare for felines giving it their full attention. This may not be a solution for multi-cat houses.

Lemon balm works similarly to catnip and citronella, can be grown indoors, can be grown outdoors, and is downright disgusting to bloodsucking mosquitos. If catnip or citronellas doesn’t suit you, lemon balm is fine.

2. Rosemary, Basil, Garlic, And Cinnamon

Rosemary has an odor that’s pleasant indoors, as does basil. Also, you can cook with both of these. You can keep mosquitoes from inhabiting the interior of your home with plants that, when in bloom can provide you cooking materials. Garlic does this as well, though it’s a plant that isn’t going to be so effective until it’s been harvested. The same is true of cinnamon.

Rosemary and basil are good for indoors, if you can grow a cinnamon tree and harvest it, spreading the aroma through the home, that will keep mosquitoes at bay; but doing so inside is a bit more difficult than growing such plants outdoors. Since garlic shares much with onions, as you may have thought, it grows underground.

However, you can keep garlic and cinnamon outside, harvest it, and spread the aroma through your home. Lastly, rosemary, basil, garlic, and cinnamon are common herbs used in cooking. If you regularly prepare food with them, you can naturally keep mosquitoes from you.


3. Essential Oils From House Plants


You don’t necessarily have to grow plants indoors to experience their mosquito-repellent benefit. Many don’t realize they can repel mosquitoes via essential oils.

This represents a fine little shortcut. Essentially, you go to a Spouts or Albertson’s grocer, pick up some essential oils, and use them as you would cologne. The cinnamon essential oil can be dabbed on your wrists and neck, it will make you smell delicious, and keep the mosquitoes away.

Think about it from the mosquito’s perspective. A drop of cinnamon oil is the size of a mosquito, roughly. Can you imagine a bathtub full of cinnamon oil? Wouldn’t the aroma make your eyes water? It would be impossible to handle. Well, a drop of that on your skin has the same effect on mosquitoes. They just can’t stand it.

Naturally Repelling Pernicious Insects


Mosquitoes don’t have to be repelled through chemical bug sprays. You can keep them away from you naturally and smell positively delicious at the same time. Essential oils from common houseplants can be directly applied.

Additionally, you can plant house plants like citronella, lemon balm, rosemary, and catnip in your home. Find the plants you like, and which you are willing to husband. Place them strategically in the home near windows and doors, and mosquitoes will avoid you of their own volition.

Food Quality and Safety From Common Household Pests

Household pests like cockroaches, ants, rats, fleas, bed bugs, etc. are common problems, especially in autumn, summer, and monsoon, as they like to hibernate in winter. In most cases, we ignore their presence as they don’t directly annoy us, though it's not entirely true. Getting rid of these pests is a real problem if you don’t know how to do and what to do.

Hiring pest control services can be a costly affair; rather, you can maintain some healthy habits on a regular basis to keep the creepy crawlers at bay. If you live with children and pets keep a strict eye on your food, don’t let them eat contaminated food as their digestive system is much more sensitive than adults.

If you ignore pests like rats and cockroaches, it may cost you a lot in terms of health and wealth. Rats roam around some of the nastiest places, that is why their body is always greasy. If you have a rat infestation in your home, you may find signs of greasiness along their path. Food safety must be your top priority as the health of your family members is directly related to the quality of food cooked from your kitchen.

Pests carry pathogens

Household pests are not at all innocent, so compromising with them cannot be an option. They can attack and contaminate food, damage your property, and spread many diseases. Some of which are maybe fatal for humans. Wherever these pests move, they leave faces; if those got mixed with your food, your health might deteriorate. So, quality control is must for cooked food.

Rats carry many diseases, some of which are-

  • Salmonella
  • Leptospirosis
  • Rat-bite fever
  • Colorado Tick Fever
  • Cutaneous Leishmaniasis
  • Tularemia
  • Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV)

Among the above-mentioned diseases, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV) is an infectious rat borne disease that may be transmitted through urine and saliva of rats. Victims may experience long term effects of this disease with enormous discomfort. Another worth mentioned rat borne disease is bubonic plague, which is also termed as Black Plague it occurs when fleas from rat’s bite humans. They are also potential sources of allergens. It affects most of those who are suffering from asthma. Their dropping and other micro-body parts may result in sneezing, rashes, and itching in humans. Those diseases may result from direct biting.

Similarly, cockroaches also carry pathogens of harmful diseases, some of them are-

  • Typhoid
  • Salmonella Typhi
  • Poliomyelitis (causes Polio)
  • Dysentery

The main causes of cockroach diseases are their faces and body parts. If these somehow got mixed with your food, you may experience any of the above-mentioned diseases. Cockroaches are easier to detect than rats, though they like to hide, but they are not pro in this. Their crave for food forces them to be seen in your kitchen.

If you have pets like dogs, cats, birds, etc. you may face a flea problem. Flea bites are extremely itchy and poisonous to humans. Flea borne diseases are not as common as rat and cockroach borne diseases.

Some of the serious flea diseases are-

  • Bubonic plague
  • Murine typhus
  • Tungiasis
  • Tularemia
  • Allergies (from flea bites
cats

Fleas are known to transmit tapeworm that primarily attacks pets. Keep your pets safe from fleas, use flea proof products recommended by your doctors. Change their bedding material once a week. Wash them regularly with shampoo, and don’t forget to apply anti-fungal powder.

Another annoying household pest is mosquito. Females mosquitoes bite to perform their special biological phases (reproduction), male mosquitoes generally do not bite, but in case unavailability of their food (sap), they may bite you. Not only their bites are painful, but they also transmit harmful diseases like:

  • Malaria
  • Dengue
  • Yellow fever
  • Zika fever
  • Rose River fever
 These diseases can be fatal if not treated in time. So, if you have mosquitoes remove them immediately before its too late. Children are more sensitive to mosquito bites than adults.
harmful diseases

Warning signs

Look out for signs of infestation regularly. It only takes a couple of weeks to spread an infestation, which may be cockroach, rat, bed bugs, or any other infestation. Cockroaches and rodents are quite shy in nature; they don’t prefer to be seen in the daylight. So, if you want to look for them, night is the ideal time.

Common infestation signs are:

  • Presence of scattered droppings in your kitchen.
  • Presence of large droppings with a stinky smell.
  • Small holes in furniture.
  • Increased cracks and crevices in your kitchen.
  • Gnawed goods or packaging.
  • Greasy animal footprints
  • Musty smell
  • Urine stains and smells
  • Seeing live cockroaches and rats around your kitchen.

How to keep your food safe?

  • When it comes to food safety, you must clean the kitchen regularly with a disinfectant.
  • Close the lid of your containers.
  • Seal all the cracks and crevices
  • Don’t lave spills.
  • Close the dustbin
  • Leave no gaps between the doors

Removing the attraction

  • Clean the food storage area regularly
  • Examine all the food, both raw and cooked before eating processing
  • Clean all the spillages with a disinfectant
  • Do not store foods on the store
  • Before opening, check the packaging of the food.
  • Secure the bin before leaving the kitchen
  • Don’t leave food and drink overnight
  • Do not accumulate cardboard or other discarded material as the pests may hide within them.
  • Clean your dustbin every day
  • Fix leakage in the water supplying pipe
  • Remove all stagnant water sources like a container that may house mosquitoes.

How to remove those pests?

It is difficult to keep all the pests away in spite of taking various measures. After an infestation, it is necessary to check it ASAP so that it may not spread further. There are two major ways to remove pests. One is a natural way, and another is a chemical way. Natural ways are safe, effective, but time taking whereas chemical ways, i.e. insecticides are faster but sometimes harmful to health.

#1 Natural ways 

There are various natural ingredients that repel different pests as effectively as insecticides; these are known as a natural insect repellent. Here we have listed some of the most effective natural insect repellents.

a. Citronella oil

Citronella oil repels insects, specially mosquitoes and ants. They don’t like the strong smell of it. If you sprinkle a little amount of citronella oil in your curtains and bedding material, mosquitoes won’t come near you. This is a completely natural product, does not possess any harm to human health.

Natural ways

b. Lavender oil 

You can add 30 to 50 drops of lavender essential oil into 500 ml water, mix it well and sprinkle it near the target area to keep mosquitoes and fleas away. You can directly apply it to your skin as it is natural and doesn’t contain any chemicals.

Citronella oil

c. Lemongrass oil 

Lemongrass oil is a wonderful ant repellent. Sprinkle it around the cracks and crevices from where an ant colony is crawling, leave it overnight. The ants will change their course as they don’t like the strong smell of lemongrass oil. It can be mixed with rosemary oil that creates a strong smell which keeps mosquitoes at bay. It also repels water bugs and cockroaches.

Lavender oil

d. Clove oil 

Clove oil is very effective against cockroaches and mosquitoes. You can sprinkle it the same way as citronella oil. It is believed to work best among the natural insect repellents.

Lemongrass oil

e. Mint oil 

If you want to repel your ant colony, naturally purchase mint oil. It required a small amount to work. You can apply it directly to the cloths as it does not have any staining property. You can sprinkle it on your kitchen floor, keep it overnight, and get rid of the painful mosquito bites.


Clove oil

f. Thyme oil 

Thyme oil is very effective in repelling mosquitoes and cockroaches. Sprinkle it around your dustbin and kitchen floor to get the best results.

Mint oil

g. Neem oil 

Neem oil repels mosquitoes, ants, cockroaches, and rats. Instead of using costly insecticides, you can apply a small amount of neem oil to keep these pests at bay.

Thyme oil

h. Vinegar 

Another natural pest repellent is vinegar; in most cases, it is used as bait to kill pests like cockroaches, ants, and rats.

Neem oil

#2 Chemical control 

There are four major types of chemical control, those are-

a. Spray 

Which can be directly applied to the pests to kill them. Sometimes these sprays are harmful to humans, specially those with asthma or other respiratory illness. Sprays are considered as one of the fastest pests killing methods. Sprays are effective in case of large infestation. But in case of rat infestation, sprays won't work, whereas it works like magic in cockroach and mosquito infestation.

Chemical control

b.Powder 

Powders are less effective than sprays. It contains diatomaceous earth and other poisonous materials. It needs to sprinkle on the target area from where you wish to remove the pests.

Spray

c. Bait 

Baits are effective in removing cockroaches and rats, but it won't work in case of mosquito infestation. Baits are available in different forms like powder, tablet, gel, liquid, etc. Baits are also efficient in removing ant colonies.

d. Trap

Traps are effective and free from harmful chemicals as these are specially designed to catch those target pests either alive or dead. Traps are useful for catching rats, cockroaches, bed bugs, and mosquitoes, but those are not effective in catching ants.

Foods are the main attraction and reason for infestation. Keep your foods secure, out of the reach of these pests. Do not apply any insecticides directly on your food as they contain poisonous chemicals specially designed to kill the pests. In case of a large infestation, hire an exterminator to tackle the situation. Do not apply insecticides on your own without proper information.

5 Organic Pesticide Recipes For Your Home Vegetable Garden

Growing vegetables in your garden supply fresh produce your family while providing you full control of what is used and of their maintenance. Pest control is crucial to steer away pesky insects from gorging on your plants. Pesticides are an excellent choice, but they contain harmful toxins, leaving chemical residue on your yields.

Thankfully, there are homemade organic pesticide alternatives, which you can make from items readily available at your home. With these five natural pesticide recipes, you can now stave off unwanted visitors from your feasting on your vegetable garden the safest way possible.

#1 Neem Oil Insecticide

Neem oil is an extract from the seeds of the Neem tree (Azadirachta Indica), which originates from India and other parts of South Asia. For hundreds of years, it has traditionally used as an insecticide but also used as a raw ingredient for wax, soap, oil, and an array of cosmetic products.

How It Works

Neem oil disrupts the insect’s hormones, hampering their normal feeding habits. It disrupts the life cycle of insects, includes all other phases of their growth (the egg, larvae, and adult.)

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp liquid soap
  • 1-liter water
  • 2 tsp pure, cold-pressed Neem oil

Get a spray bottle and mix all the ingredients. Spritz the mixture on affected foliage of your vegetable and plants. Typically, one to two treatments are ample to free your greens of the pesky insects.

Don’t worry as the oil is safe to humans, pets, birds and is biodegradable. Make sure to use this in moderations as it can jeopardize the bees. They are crucial in the pollination process of some of your vegetables. So, It’s essential not to drive them away.

#2 Garlic and Cayenne Pepper Spray

If you’re dealing with more robust insects, time to use a more powerful organic pesticide. Combine the power of garlic and cayenne pepper into a mixture and get rid of leafhoppers, aphids, borers, slugs and cabbage loopers in a breeze.

How It Works

Most of these small critters simply don’t like the odor of garlic and cayenne pepper. Both ingredients contain substances that irritate them.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups, water
  • 1 tbsp liquid soap
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 tsp powdered cayenne pepper
  • 1 small peeled onion

Put the water, chopped garlic head and onion and powdered cayenne pepper (flakes or fresh one would also do) in a large saucepan. Bring it to a boil and let it stay for 24 hours. Strain the mixture and pour it in a spray bottle. Spritz it in the affected plants as needed. You can store the liquid in the fridge and use it for up to one week.

Alternatively, you can also partner garlic with various home products such as salt, vinegar, baking soda, and horseradish. All would still be effective as organic pesticides.

If making a spray isn’t for you, why not plant garlic between your vegetables instead. Its veggie friends won’t mind its smell, but inspects will surely refrain from your garden.

#3 Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth is a kind of powder derived from the sediment of fossilized algae, called diatoms, found in bodies of water. It has a variety of uses around the home but can also serve as an effective insecticide.

How It Works

Diatomaceous earth has abrasive features and the capacity to absorb lipids from the insects’ exoskeletons. Eventually, it forces dehydration and death among the insects who got in contact.

Ingredients

1 bag Diatomaceous Earth

Sprinkle diatomaceous earth on the foliage, or dust the soil around the plants. Make sure to reapply it after every rain to get its full effect.

#4 Oil Spray Insecticide

Natural and essential oils are a staple part of every home. While they are widely used for their primary purposes, natural oils (mineral, vegetable, etc.) and essential oils (citronella, lavender, etc.) are also efficient in steering pests away.

How It Works

These oils coat the insects’ bodies and cut their oxygen supply, eventually suffocating them to death. They are commonly in fighting a wide array of insects such as thrips, mites, aphids, and mealybugs.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of natural or essential oil
  • 1 tbsp of soap
  • 0.5 liter

Shake the oil and soap to get the standard oil you can use for staving off these little creatures. Dilute 3-4 tsp of the mixture in half-liter of water and put in a spray bottle. Spritz it directly on the affected plants.

Don’t overuse it, however, especially on hot weather. Too much oil can be harmful as it may burn your plant’s foliage when exposed directly to the heat of the sun. Applying it once a week is good enough to keep pests away.

#5 Tomato Leaf Spray

Are you growing tomatoes in your vegetable garden? Why not use it to protect its veggie neighbors? Tomato leaves are effective against many herbivorous insects and have many properties enough to keep them away.

How It Works

Tomato plants have a natural glycoalkaloid called Tomatine (Solanum Lycopersicum). The substance has antimicrobial, fungicidal, and insecticidal properties. While safe for plants and humans, it is toxic for most insects.

Ingredients

  • Tomato leaves
  • 3 cups, water

Fill a cup with tomato leaves and add two cups of water. Let it stay for 24 hours. Then, strain it and add another cup of water. Pour the liquid into a spray bottle and spritz it on the foliage of the affected vegetables.

We hope this guide in helping you find new ways to keep the pesky insects away while ensuring that your vegetable prodauce is healthy. If you need further help with your pest problems, make sure to visit Wave Pest and know more valuable information on how to keep your home and garden critter-free.

5 Reasons You Must Consider A Pest Control Company For Your New Home

A pest problem, no matter how big or small, should not be taken lightly. Pests can do all sorts of damage to your health, your safety, and your home. If left untreated, a pest problem can blow into unmanageable proportions that would likely cost you more than what you would have spent if you took care of it right away.

Still not convinced why you must consider a pest control company for your new home? Here are a few reasons that may motivate you:

#1: Pests Are Dangerous to Your Health

If you move into your new home and discover that it has pests that you weren’t aware of, you can complain to your realtor and have them pay for pest control services. It’s best to do this as soon as you can because pests pose a hazard to your health and safety, such as in the following cases:

Cockroaches and flies spread germs that can contaminate food and cause illness

Some pests may cause or exacerbate allergy or asthma symptoms

Rats can cause rat-bite fever and leptospirosis

Mosquitoes may carry diseases such as the West Nile and Zika viruses

Larger mammals like raccoons and possums can carry rabies

Pests can transfer fleas to your beloved pets

Some spiders may carry venom that causes significant damage to health

Hornets and bees can sting and cause fatal allergic reactions

Pests can carry numerous types of bacteria and viruses that can cause severe illnesses and diseases. If the problem is ignored, you may be increasing your chances of contracting one.

 #2: Pests Cause Damage to Valuables

Rats, in particular, love destroying stuff. If you’re unlucky, they may end up chewing something you really care about, like a book or a photo album. Aside from rats, other pests like termites, carpenter ants, and carpet beetles have a knack of eating up furniture, carpets, and things in storage.

#3: Pests Can Damage the House Itself

Common pests can cause significant damage to the structure of your home. Some pests can chew through wood, electrical wiring, drywall, and other material that makes up your house. Here are examples of pests that cause structural damage to the house:

Termites. Termites are the biggest contributors to structural damage in the homes of millions of Americans every year. The common species of termites are Formosan termites and eastern subterranean termites. These aggressive creatures, often mistaken as ants, swarm houses during the spring and summer months. They eat the cellulose in wooden structures and can do so in surprisingly rapid successions, causing significant damage to walls, siding, roofs, beams, and more.

Carpenter Ants. Other types of ants may be harmless, but the carpenter ant is another story. Carpenter ants survive off insects and organic material. Unlike termites, carpenter ants don’t eat wood. Instead, they remove the wood to make a network of hollow tunnels inside wooden structures. You can easily spot a carpenter ant infestation if there is sawdust near wooden structures wherein they have made their colony’s nest.

Powderpost Beetles. Homeowners can spot a powderpost beetle infestation if they find frass (which has a dust or flour consistency), which are their larvae’s waste. This species of beetles like to nest in hardwood which have pores that they can easily lay eggs in. Similar to the carpenter ants, powderpost beetles create narrow tunnels in wood and cause significant damage to wood’s integrity.

If you don’t want to pay for more expensive repair costs in the future, take care of the problem as soon as possible. It may take a while to notice the colony growing in your wood, which is the reason why a regular pest control visit is recommended, which is especially true for older homes and those that are made primarily of wood.

#4: Pest Control Services Can Get Rid of the Problem Entirely

Band-aid solutions might do the trick for the meantime, but it still wouldn’t get rid of the problem by the root. DIY solutions such as bug spray, mouse traps, and poisons are okay if the problem is minimal. However, seeing more than a few pests in the house indicates that there may be a colony in or near your home.

In that case, wasting your money and effort on DIY solutions won’t cut it. Instead, hire professional pest control services to get rid of the problem for you. A pest control company will come in and assess the severity of your problem and offer you safe and effective solutions. That’s it. Easy as pie and no guesswork.

#5: Professional Pest Control Can Save Resources

If you hesitate about hiring a pest control company for your new house, think about the resources you spend on DIY solutions: time, money, and energy. You may be wasting time thinking about possible solutions that may or may not work for your case, money on pest control products that aren’t guaranteed safe to use, and energy on using these DIY solutions--but to no avail.

See evidence of a pest problem? It’s time to call in the professionals. Certain proof that you can look out for are:

  • Sawdust or unfamiliar powder near wooden structures.
  • Rat and insect droppings. Research what pest droppings look like to know what type of pest you have.
  • Carcasses of pests. These may be found near window ledges or in basements.
  • Odd smells wafting in the air. Musty, oily, or strangely sweet smells may indicate the presence of pests.
  • Strange sounds in the walls like the sound of scurrying or squeaking.
  • Nesting in corners and hard-to-reach places like behind large appliances.
  • Destroyed stuff particularly those that are made of organic material.
  • Holes and chew marks on the walls, floors, or objects.
  • Damage to the wood indicating the presence of termites or beetles.

Conclusion

Pests are a major problem for any homeowner. If left unsolved, it can lead to more severe implications. These five reasons should be enough for you to get a pest control company for your new home. Remember: the earlier you take care of it, the faster you get the problem out of your mind. Alsochek out our article on How to Get Rid of Fleas Fast? The Complete Guide by PestWiki.

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How to Get Rid of Fleas in Yard Effectively & Fast

I haven’t met anyone who basically enjoys the presence of fleas. Have you?

Personally, I have dealt with these annoying little creatures many times and I understand why everyone would like to know effective and fast ways on how to get rid of fleas. I have tried different methods and luckily, I have found the best ones on how to eradicate them successfully.​

The aim of this article is to help all readers who are undergoing the same situation. When you follow the guidelines I am going to share with you, obvious improvements will be observed in a matter of days. I will also show you different ways to combat them, naturally and chemically.

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Safety First: 6 Ways To Keep Pests and Predators Out Of Your Garden

Predators have a nasty way of finding their way into your garden and eating your food. Even worse, they may attack animals that may be beneficial to the health of your garden.

If your garden is used to supplement your food supply, you can't afford to let vermin like this affect your home. That's why it is important to find ways to keep predators out of your garden for good.

The following methods are just a few ways you can do that. Some are non-lethal and will avoid killing any animals. Others are lethal. Whichever method you choose, make sure to commit to it fully.

However, you should also be adaptable enough to try a new procedure in case the one you chose isn't working. In this way, you can keep your garden safe.

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The Most Effective Ways to Kill Spider Eggs

Pests can cause a massive infestation on the plants if prompt action does not take place. However, there have been several options to resolve such issues immediately. Precise application of pesticides or insecticides has been proven to control unwanted and harmful insects on your crops or plants.

Just so you think you have already terminated all the pests that harmed your plants, another kind paves its way to damage them yet again. The worst thing is when they seem unnoticeable but the effect is quite evident. What do you think these are?

Identifying Infestation on Plants

Plants are vulnerable from various types of mites and pests. Unfortunately, these species do not only feed on to your plants but also take shelter to lay eggs. So, if you notice that there are insect eggs on your plants or they seem to be, a destructive host is certainly responsible for it. And to be able to prevent this infestation and completely eliminate the host and its eggs, you have to identify its kind.

If the weather condition is dusty and dry or perhaps, at its hottest temperature, you have got to be observant about the possible insects or pests that could live off your plants. Did you notice any white webbing on the plant? Have you seen any yellow blotches on the leaves? If you answer YES on both questions, there is only one kind that could have caused it – spider mites.

What are Spider Mites?

Spider mites are classified under the kingdom of arachnids. They are relatives of the eight-legged animals such as spiders, ticks and scorpions. They love to live on the underside of the leaves and feed themselves by eating and piercing them through. Eventually, as these spider mites suck up the plant fluids and the feeding keeps on, the leaves would turn yellow, dry up and fall off.

Spider mites are microscopic species so they are extremely difficult to find and recognize. But if you find the weather condition hot and dry, you may spot these mites under the leaves. And you’ve got to be keen during this time of the year. In early spring when the temperature is warm, they would mate and female mites can lay eggs as many as 300 only in a couple of weeks!​

Why You Should Kill the Spider Eggs on Your Plants

As what was mentioned, when spider mites mate and take shelter on the plants to lay eggs, it only needs less than a week for the spider eggs to wreak havoc. The hot and dry weather is favorable for these pests. And it only takes 5 days for the eggs to hatch and transform into an adult. Hence, you should be prompt and take and immediate action to protect your plants before they evolve and start with the whole life cycle again. Otherwise, heavy infestations would build up and your garden or houseplants would be put to risk.

These pests also have their favorite crops and plants to live on. They can infest over 100 species of plant but they are very particular with miniature roses, fruit trees, bananas, and vegetable crops such as melons, squash, and watermelon. Peas and beans, ornamentals, strawberries, broad-leafed weeds, mint, frangipani and potted begonias are also they favorite targets. They can cause direct damage or excessive loss of leaves wherein if not resolved, it can harm all your crops or plants eventually.

If you have any of these plants at home, you should watch out for these mites and take extra precaution.​

5 Effective Ways: How to Kill Spider Eggs and Spider Mites

Now that you have identified the primary background or history of these pests, you probably have known now how to get rid of the spider mites and their eggs permanently. You can also try some of these effective ways.

#1

To prevent further damage on your plants, remove of cut off the parts that are already badly infected.

#2

If the entire plant seemed to have been badly infected, it would be better to remove it completely.

#3

Chemical control would also be effective but make sure that the one that you will use would only eliminate the mites or pests while keeping the plant unharmed. Here are some of the miticides you can use:

  • Neem Oil – It is an effective solution for spider eggs and spider mites infestation. It does not kill the pests instantly but rather delays and interferes the reproduction and metamorphosis in arthropods. It is made from the nuts of a Neem tree.
  • Pyrethrum – It is one of the best pesticides to get rid of spider mites and their eggs effectively. It is derived from a plant related to chrysanthemum. However, since this has been quite common to control these mites, some spider mites can resist its effect. That is why you should still be observant of your plants and take more preventive measures.
  • Cinnamite – It is made from cinnamon oil. If you target to kill the spider eggs from the spider mites, the cinnamite would also be a good option but this needs consistent application according to the proper timing and schedule. It does not terminate the eggs instantly but it surely eliminates them. It should be used every 3 days over a 2-week period. If proper application is accurately followed, newly hatched eggs will also be eliminated.
  • Rosemary – You can use this oil together with water and spray this solution onto the infected plant. Rosemary oil has been proven to effectively kill spider mites without harming all the other beneficial species of mites.

#4

Regularly water the plants outdoors with a hose. The pressure coming from the nozzle can wash the mites and eggs away.

#5

You can also try using organic salts. The spider mites cannot resist fatty acids and potassium salts. If you opt for this, you should apply this late in the afternoon. This allows the wetness to remain on the plants.

Conclusion

Taking good care of your plants requires extra effort particularly when harmful insects or pests, such as spider mites, start to infest them. You surely don’t want them to be entirely damaged and hence, effective methods should be carefully applied. This detailed guideline would surely help you resolve this issue.

Let us know what other effective steps you have done to kill these spider mites and their eggs. Place your comments below!


Source Links:

  1. http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Spider-Mites​
  2. https://www.planetnatural.com/pest-problem-solver/houseplant-pests/spider-mite-control/

What is the Best Care You Can Provide for Ficus Benjamina Bonsai?

Helpful Tips on How to Care for a Ficus Benjamina Bonsai

Indoor plants are one of the nicest decorations at home that could just perfectly blend with your interiors. Well, of course, not all types of plants or flowers are appropriate as a home decor.

Some plants do grow twice the size when you first bought it. It can just keep on growing until it gets awkwardly big for your home. So if you need a plant decoration for your apartment, office or room, the best choice would be compact and moderate plants. Bonsai, perhaps.

If you end up with a choice of getting yourself a Bonsai but you are a beginner at it, Ficus Benjamina would be the excellent option. I know how difficult it is to choose the best one among the overwhelming list of Bonsai plants. But, trust me, taking good care of a Ficus Benjamina won’t be much of a problem at all.

What is a Ficus Benjamina Bonsai?

Ficus Benjamina, also known as weeping fig, is one of the most popular kind of Bonsai plants. It usually grows on tropical regions and often kept as an indoor plant. Their strong-pillar trunks are developed due to the aerial roots that most Ficus bonsai trees can produce. These aerial roots grow vertically from the branches right down to the soil. However, growing aerial roots is not like any usual planting process. It requires 100% humidity which can be done with a glass cover or fish tank. Construction with transparent sheets will also do.

​The aerial root growth definitely sums up the whole process. That is why the Ficus Benjamina Bonsai incredibly resemble a miniature tree which becomes quite appealing for most homeowners.

In natural conditions, a Ficus Benjamina can grow up to 30 meteres or 98-feet tall along with drooping branchlets and glossy leaves. The leaves are described with special pointed tips. They can be of different sizes which can grow from 6 to 13 centimeters or 1 to 20 inches. The trunks commonly have smooth grey bark.

The Ficus Benjamina is truly a beautiful decorative plant that you can place by the door or window sills. However, if you are suffering from asthma or you are sensitive from the common allergies, it is best to avoid this plant.​

As they are commonly placed indoors, Ficus Benjamina can be the ultimate source of allergens. It actually ranks third as one of the sources of allergy after dusts and pets. It also contains latex which can be harmful for latex allergy sufferers. So, if you are one of the latex allergy patients, do not take this plant inside your house. Too much exposure with this plant can risk your health. It can cause anaphylactic shock.

Suffice the Care Needs of Your Bonsai

If you are clear from any of these common allergies and you are allowed to take a Ficus Benjamina Bonsai at home, how can you maintain its healthy growth? Take a look at these helpful care tips.

  • Position – This is an indoor plant which cannot endure colder temperatures but only up to 15 degrees Celsius or 59 Fahrenheit. But if the temperature goes above that, you should place your Bonsai under a full sun, either inside or outside the house. These plants love humidity, though they can still endure lower humidity because of their waxy and thick leaves. But then, the best condition would be of 100% humidity for the Bonsai to develop aerial roots.
  • Watering - Water your Bonsai regularly to keep it moist. Soft water with a room temperature would be ideal to use. Daily misting or spraying is also recommended to keep the humidity, but do not drown your plant. If you do so, harmful fungal issues might occur. In winter, it may require more water if it is in a warmer condition. If it is in a cooler place, you do not need to apply more water. Just keep it slightly moist as possible.
  • Fertilizing – You can use organic, mineral and liquid fertilizers. It is advisable to apply some fertilizer twice a month during spring and summer. During winter and fall, you can fertilize the tree monthly.
  • Pruning – If you want to keep the tree in its perfect compact shape, pruning is essential. If you notice that leaves are getting abundant, perhaps 6 to 8 leaves, prune back to 2 leaves. To reduce the leaf size, you can also consider applying defoliation once a year.
  • Repotting – Repotting a ficus should be done once every two years. You should be careful when you do this process. If the pot is congested with fibrous roots, take out the 30% of the root length. The roots that circle the pot should be cut down. Loam, clay, sand or a basic soil mixture is recommended for the soil.
  • Wiring – Wiring is necessary to reshape branches. Thin to medium strong branches are easy to wire, but you have to be extra careful when you do this. If thinner or medium strong branches are wired for too long, it might acquire wire marks, or worse, might damage the bark. On the other hand, strong branches are not as easy as the softer ones. They need guy-wires to shape them perfectly.
  • Propagation – Propagation or reproduction is safe to do any time of the year. However, the best season for growing would be mid-summer and air-layering in spring or between April and May.
  • Check the Leaves – The leaves can also indicate if your tree is not healthy. If they are yellow, old and too little, the tree lacks of nutrients or fertilizers. Too much water may have also caused this condition so it would be best to stop watering for the meantime. Overexposure from the sunlight can also cause dry and yellow leaves. You can neutralize this with a light shade. If you notice some brown spots on the edges, the room temperature might be too high, the air is dry or it is overfed. The leaves should always be green, strong and tough.

You can also refer to the video below for further guidelines.

Conclusion

If you are planning to get a Ficus Benjamina Bonsai for your home, proper care and maintenance should be applied. You should be aware how this plant actually grows in order to provide the care it needs. The guidelines and helpful tips mentioned above are some of the steps you should follow.

I hope this article helps you as much as it did to me. If you have any other questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to share them in the comment box below!


Source Links:

  1. http://www.bonsaiempire.com/tree-species/ficus
  2. http://tipsplants.com/plants/house-plants/ficus-benjamina
  3. http://guide.makebonsai.com/bonsai_species_guide_training.asp?SpeciesID=5018

Orange Tree Have Thorns: Should I Really Worry

“Thorns are part of roses, but oranges, I do not think so.” I have heard this statement so many times already and I would just smile each time. This article will discuss if you should worry if your orange tree have thorns on them. We will also tackle if you should use pruning saw or other means to cut them.

Are Thorns on Orange Tree Normal?

To simply answer this, yes. However, you have to acknowledge the fact that thornless trees are also common.

Common Characteristics of Thorns

The thorns are normally seen in the stems, particularly in the part where your buds and leaves start to grow. They are also frequently green and short. You may see long thorns though but it is just because they grow from roots or from the shoots of the plant.

The latter type of thorn should be removed. You can do assess your plant by checking the source of the thorn. If you can see them coming from the unions of graft, cut them off. Normally, this is located 6 inches from the soil.

You have to understand, however, that hybrid orange plants are sometimes void of any thorns at all. The cultivation of orange trees gave rise to thornless species. As of today, some thorny orange plants and trees are producing fruits that are surprisingly sweet as well.

Why Do Orange Trees Have Thorns?

Animals and insects feed on plants. As they feed, it is inevitable that they would get damaged especially while they are still growing. They are then said to develop thorns so as to protect them from getting smashed up. To cut this long explanation short, the thorns are there for their own survival.

It was said that as these plants mature, the thorns eventually becomes little because the plant is already strong to withstand physical bouts.​

​Orange Trees with Thorns

They say that if the orange tree was grown from trees, they will be the thorniest ones. Since they would start as babies they would need more protection from herbivore attacks according to experts. On the other hand, if the orange tree started from an adult orange tree’s budding then it will not grow long thorns as much as the other one.

Unfortunately, it has been observed that the more thorns your orange tree has, the less desirable the fruit it will bear. People also notice that thorny orange trees sometimes do not bear fruit.

From a friend who is an arborist, I have learned though that there is a certain phase in which the orange tree can really be or is expected to be thorny and fruitless. It can go from months to weeks but this is just a phase. As the foliage develops, it will soon have blunt extensions and bear fruit in the long run.

Apart from their specific origin, there are particular trees that have thorns. The most popular type is the trifoliate orange trees. This specific type of tree has convoluted thorns on their branches of about 2 inches long. Unlike the others, the fruits that trifoliate oranges produce are not sweet and they have many seeds inside.

Generally speaking, Rutaceae is the family of orange tree that normally has thorns. This family has 2,000+ species of mostly shrubs and trees. Citrange, tangerine, bergamot orange, mandarin, and other citrus sinensis fruits are expected to bear thorns.

There are some situations though that may cause orange plants and trees to bear thorns. For example, if the orange tree is dehydrated or the orange plant has been in a pot for so long, they would grow prickly stems in the long run.

Is it Okay to Remove the Thorns?

If the thorns of the orange tree are hurting you and if you have the luxury of time to get rid of them, I do not see any reason why you should not prune your thorns. It will not be detrimental to the health of your citrus tree, don’t worry.

Here’s a good video that will teach you how to prune citrus tree:

Make sure that when you are pruning your orange trees, you make use of proper protective equipment so as not to hurt yourself. It is also important to learn proper techniques so that you can enjoy long-lasting effects. Lastly, ensure that the tools you are going to make use of are effective and it will not make the task more stressful since this is not as enjoyable as you take care of your bonsai trees.

Conclusion

There are indeed types of orange trees that have thorns and there is nothing to be worried about. You may prune them if they are hurting you or you can make the most out of it by providing safety homes for animals and insects.

I hope you learned something from this article, if you did, please do not forget to share.


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