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5 Low-Maintenance Plants To Keep The Mosquitoes Away

Mosquito

Mosquitoes can be a real issue, especially during the hotter, more humid times of the year. There’s nothing worse than trying to enjoy the weather or go about your day than being hassled by blood sucking mosquitoes.

There are a number of things that you can do to try and keep mosquitoes from eating you alive, such as using mosquito repellent, turning on your fans and lighting citronella candles. However, these are all short-term solutions. For a long-term solution, you should consider introducing a few naturally mosquito repelling plants.

The following are five plants that are not only mosquito repelling; they are also easy to grow and to maintain:

1. Citronella

Citronella

Many people will use citronella-scented candles to get rid of mosquitoes, so it’s only natural that the citronella plant will do the same – except it won’t burn out after a period of time like a candle will. The citronella plant provides a distinctive aroma that covers up nearby smells that tend to attract mosquitoes, which will make it more difficult for mosquitoes to find you. Citronella can be grown wherever frost does not occur. It’s a perennial grass that grows to between roughly five or six feet. If you do live in an area with frost, you can grow the Citronella in a pot or planter and simply move it indoors during the colder periods of the year.

2. Marigolds

Marigolds

The great thing about marigolds is that they will not only provide your home with a natural mosquito repellent, they will also make the area you plant them in look absolutely beautiful. These annual plants contain Pyrethrum, which releases an odor that mosquitoes hate. Pyrethrum also happens to be used often in many different types of insect repellents. Keep in mind that marigolds need plenty of sunlight and fertile soil in order properly thrive. You can also grow marigolds in pots or planters and place them around the home for additional protection from mosquitoes.

3. Catnip

Catnip

Catnip is a perennial herb that is related to mint, and is also quite easy to grow. According to recent studies, it was found that catnip is actually as much as ten times more effective than the chemical known as DEET, which is used in a large amount of commercial insect repellent. However, catnip only has an effect on mosquitoes within a close proximity. Many people will apply crushed leaves for better protection from mosquitoes. You should also keep in mind that catnip plants do affect cats, which means that if you own a cat you may want to consider using a different plant.

4. Ageratum

Ageratum

Like many of the previously mentioned plants, ageratum contains an element that mosquitoes find incredibly offensive and that is commonly used in insect repellents. This component is known as coumarin. Like marigolds, ageratums boast some especially gorgeous flowers. Its blooms are typically blue, but they come in several varieties that include white, pink and violet as well. Ageratum plants don’t need very much sunlight and can thrive with in full or partial sunlight. You won’t need very rich soil either, which is why they are often used in rock gardens, especially because they are a low-lying plant.

5. Horsemint

Horsemint

Horsemint has the same effect that citronella plants do; they produce a strong scent that tends to mask nearby scents that attract mosquitoes. Horsemint has several positives going for it, including that it grows fast, can grow in the shade, can resist droughts and does well in dryer conditions.

Use some of these plants near your deck, backyard, pool area, or other outdoor areas of your home in order to naturally repel mosquitoes.

Nicole loves her beautiful little home that she shares with her husband. She enjoys learning about anything to do with home improvement, from ways to keep the bugs away to the best decking suppliers in Perth, Australia.

Little Brown Bats In Danger Of Extinction

Little Brown Bat

The little brown bat is one of the most common species of bats in North America, and has been the preferred model organism for bat studies, and research. As well, these insectivores have been widely acclaimed by pest management experts, for their natural insect pest control services.

Little Brown Bats In Danger Of Extinction

Unfortunately, recent studies released have offered evidence that the little brown bat population in the North Eastern United States, is experiencing a steady and hasty decline from exposure to White nose syndrome- a disease caused by exposure to a particular fungus; first discovered in 2006. This infliction could result in the complete extinction of these natural exterminators, and the subsequent increase of insect pest control problems in the North Eastern United States; and throughout the rest of North America.

Concerned American biologists are asking the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, to place the little brown bat, once one of the most common mammals in North America and (to date) the most-affected species, on the endangered species list; until a formal review can be completed.

White-Nose Syndrome

The White-Nose Syndrome fungus was first discovered back in 2006, in the caves of New York. It has since spread to some 28 U.S. States. It’s believed that the fungus was brought over from Europe, where WNS didn’t seem to have the same affect as it has on the 26 different species of hibernating North American bats.

White-Nose Syndrome affects Little Brown bats by altering their hibernation. Essentially, a white fungus will grow on a Little Brown bat’s nose and awaken the bat when it should be hibernating. The bat will use all of it’s energy reserves needed for hibernation, and eventually die off before spring rolls around and the bat can once again hunt bugs. The fungus also affects the little brown bat’s blood pressure, body temperature, and ability to fly and catch insects. It’s estimated that WNS has killed between 7-10 million hibernating bats.

The Little Brown Bat

As this bat’s name would suggest, it’s fur is uniformly dark brown and glossy on the back. The upper body is slightly paler, with greyish fur underneath. This species of bat has thirty-eight, relatively sharp teeth. As is typical for most insectivores, the little brown bat’s canine teeth are very prominent, enabling it to grasp hard-bodied insects; while still in flight. Considered very effective exterminators, a healthy population of Little Brown bats, can consume thousands of pounds of insect pests; each year.

 

Getting Rid Of Fire Ants

Red Imported Fire AntIf you’ve had more-than-preferable experiences with fire ants, you might know that their bites can really pack a punch. They are very aggressive foragers, have exceedingly high reproduction rates, and build unsightly mounds around the yard. Their painful poison and aggressive nature make their presence a danger especially to children playing in the yard. As a common sight and problem in homeowner’s lawns and yards, there are many urban legends and old wives tales surrounding the issue of dealing with and getting rid of fire ant mounds. Well, we’ve tested them all, and here are the sure-fire methods of controlling fire ant populations in your lawn:

Bucketing

Dig up the mound and dump it into large buckets. Once “bucketed,” you can proceed to drown the ants or move them somewhere else, where they won’t bother you or your property. Tips: before you dig up the mound, cover the sides of the bucket with baby powder or cornstarch to prevent the ants from crawling out of the bucket; dig up the mounds quickly; tuck your pants into your socks; if drowning the ants, add dish soap to the water to drown them faster.

Fire Ant SignBoiling Water

This is one of the most common ways of dealing with fire ant mounds. The water doesn’t actually need to be boiling, just scalding hot. It might take three or four applications to totally kill the mound. Tips: use about four gallons of hot water per application; be careful about your application, as hot water can kill surrounding grass and plants.

Granular Baits

This option may be preferable if your lawn has a large number of fire ant mounds. These baits contain small amounts of insecticide that release slowly enough to get to the queen without the workers discovering that it’s poison. Spread these throughout your yard with a spreader, and you should see results in, typically, around five weeks (depending on the bait you use). Tips: slower acting insecticides typically provide longer control; you only need two pounds per acre; use a handheld spreader and not a lawn fertilizer, which would apply way too much.

Individual Mound Treatments

Fire Ant Mounds

These insecticides are also available for treating single mounds. Unlike the baits, these contain fast acting insecticides (since they don’t rely on the workers to carry them home to the mound). For controlling fire ants specifically, the treatments are typically in dry form rather than liquid. Liquid treatments, however, are typically faster, though they require more work and are more expensive. Tips: don’t disturb the mounds before application, as the workers might evacuate the queen to a safer location; use a watering can when mixing and applying treatments; first apply the treatment around the outside of the mound to trap any escapees and then proceed to drench the mound in it.

Fire Ant Stings

If you get stung by fire ants, stay calm. Elevate the infected areas, clean the area with soap and water, and apply antihistamine or use a hydrocortisone cream. Don’t pop the blisters and be patient as the stings heal. Unless you have an allergic reaction, fire ant stings should not pose a threat to your health or life. If you find yourself having trouble breathing or feeling your throat tightening up, seek professional medical care immediately.

Mike Piwonka is the CEO of The Grass Outlet, a Texas sod provider. He and his family-run business are dedicated to making Texas green, one lawn at a time, and providing top quality grass in a time-efficient manner.

Three-Step Roach Elimination Tips

Cockroaches are nocturnal and fast-breeding bugs that can easily adapt to any kind of environment. These bugs do not directly harm humans but they are known carriers of diseases and bacteria. For this reason, the very presence of roaches can put people at risk for various health problems and conditions.

With that said, cockroach infestation is not something you can ignore. You need to take the time to follow certain precautions to prevent them from infesting your property and to completely get rid of them. Although there are chemical pesticides that promise to kill these bugs successfully, you cannot be entirely sure that these products are safe and effective. Here are a few steps to help you prevent a full-blown roach infestation.

roaches

Step 1: Identify Whether You Have An Infestation

Generally, roaches have long elongated, brown-colored body that may or may not have wings, depending on their gender. They are usually medium-sized but in certain areas of the world, they can grow very large. These bugs are easily identified by their spiny legs, oval-shaped bodies, and long antennae.

These bugs love to dwell in warm, dark, and moist areas. They can also feed on anything they can find; thus, they can be found even in the most unhygienic places. If you want to look for these bugs, it is best to look for them at night. You can use a flashlight to avoid spooking them. The signs of infestation may include:

  • Live roaches
  • Dead bodies of roaches
  • Discarded shell casing- these are small exoskeletons that are dark-brown in color
  • Droppings- their excretions usually look like pepper and coffee grounds. Larger roaches may have cylindrical feces which may look like mice droppings only smaller.
  • Odor- these bugs generally emit pheromones that have a distinctive and powerful musty odor. If the infestation is very serious, the smell can get pretty bad as well.

Step 2: Locate Entry Places And Starve These Bugs

After identifying whether your home is infested with roaches, the next thing you can do is to find out where they enter your home. In doing so, you can seal off the possible entrances to prevent further infestation. To find possible entry places, you need to look for cracks or holes. They can also come into your home through your drains. You can seal off these entrances using fibrous materials or by caulking them.

The next thing you need to do is to deprive these bugs of their basic needs. The best deterrent against roaches is by eliminating food and water sources. To do so, you must keep your home clean and sanitary. Regularly sweep and vacuum indoors, and make sure you clean up after meals. You must also seal all your foods in tight plastic containers.

Step 3: Eradicate Existing Roaches

Once you determine that your home is infested with these bugs, you must immediately take action. Do not wait until the infestation grows out of hand. Remember that roaches are fast-breeding bugs; thus, you might suffer from a full-blown infestation if you do not take the necessary pest control solutions. Here are some natural roach control solutions which you can apply on your own:

  • Boric Acid Powder: This is one of the most effective solutions against pest infestation. You can sprinkle the powder in the entry places of roaches and in areas where roaches are commonly found, such as behind the refrigerator, pantry, cupboards, and kitchen sinks. This solution is toxic for roaches, but it can also be toxic for humans as well. For this reason, make sure to keep boric acid powder away from children and pets.
  • Baking Soda: This is a very effective solution against roaches. When these bugs ingest baking soda and then drink water, they will eventually burst. This is a tested solution to remove roaches from your household.
  • Roach Bait And Trap: You can use a slow working poison and mix it with food that attracts these bugs. When the bugs eat it or bring it to their nest, it can efficiently kill all the cockroaches. Be careful in using such techniques though, since it can have an adverse effect on children and pets when they accidentally ingest it.

You can also use traps to entice roaches and trap them using an adhesive. To create a roach trap, you can make a solution of soap and water. The soapy water will create a thin film on the roaches’ skin where they have breathing pores. In doing so, it will block their airway, causing the bugs to suffocate to death.

The author, Kris Lim, is a writer for home improvement websites where she offers tips and advice on how to make the home a more comfortable living environment. Her works have also been used by pest control companies, such as Rove Pest Control.

Top 3: Ways to Keep Bugs Away In Winter

During the cold months many bugs try to worm their way indoors to stay warm. Rather than spend the entire season living with unwanted intruders, you can keep those bugs at bay with a few simple tricks. These tips won’t take much time to enact, and they can do wonders to keeping your home bug free.

1. Don’t Leave Food Out

Bugs often come into your living space following the lure of food. Leaving food on the table, kitchen counter, and on the floor can be an open invitation to bugs. If you must keep food on the counter for easy access or to let it ripen, keep it in a sealed cloth or plastic bag. Also, make sure to keep the garbage cleaned regularly as bugs like to crawl in after leftover food particles.

On a side note, many bugs go crawling at night to get a drink of water. Whenever you come across a house spider in the bathroom at three in the morning, know that it’s just trying to sneak a drink from your water faucet.

2. Lay Down Diatomaceous Earth

As an option other than pest control, which will spray inside the house with insecticide, you can sprinkle diatomaceous earth along the wall and corners of the interior. You can also sprinkle this along window sills and in entryways. Diatomaceous earth is made up of microscopic fossils of ancient single celled and algae organisms. This earth is extremely sharp and will cut up any insects that crawl over it. However, it is so fine that it won’t cut a person. Be careful of inhaling this product by accident, as it can cause breathing difficulties. It’s safe to sprinkle on the ground in areas where you don’t tread very often. If you have a dog that likes to sniff around inside the house, you may also want to avoid using diatomaceous earth.

3. Use Essential Oils

Plants in nature create essential oils to help protect themselves from insects. We can use the same oils to keep them out of our homes. Create sachets soaked with these essential oils and place them in your closets, clothing drawers, or even cupboards in the kitchen. Some of these oils also smell quite nice, such as lavender and eucalyptus, which are both good for repelling insects. Clove oil can also help repel bugs for months at a time. Another good oil to consider is citronella, which is commonly used in candles to help repel mosquitoes when eating outdoors.

These tricks are easy ways to keep bugs from invading during the cold season. You can set up the diatomaceous earth and the essential oils within a few minutes and then forget about them for the rest of the season. It’s also easy enough to keep food from sitting out in the open to keep from drawing insects into your living space.

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San Antonio Pest Control does it again!

Another 5 star review for Bulwark your San Antonio pest control professionals:

Fidel & Brit, Thank you. – kchermak13- Aug 15, 2009

My husband and I are beside ourselves with the experience that we had with Bulwark. From our initial phone call speaking to Brit. to the service that Fidel provided the very next day! Both team members were very informative. Fidel was not only professional but took extra time to educate myself and my husband on matters that didn’t pertain to pests. I felt very comfortable having him in our home and look forward to seeing him in two months! Thanks again for protecting us!

Kelly and Brandon McIlhenny

And its not just Fidel and Brit that are getting compliments this next 5 Star Pest Control Review goes to Zach

Wonderful Service from Zach! -Jonathan – Aug 4, 2009

We recently purchased our home and Bulwark serviced the previous owner. They sent us a great letter in regards to continuing the previous service. This enabled us to know what had been previously done to the house. So easy! To top off the great service, Zach came out and made a great impression. He was professional and helpful. We look forward to the next time Bulwark and Zach come to the house. Thank you for making good customer service so easy! With a newborn, kids, and dogs we need all the simplifying we can get!
The Stehlings.

Thank for the great reviews and as always we appreciate our techs as much as you do.  We like win-win-win relationships.  The customer wins because they get great service and a pest free home.  The tech wins because his work is appreciated by the customer and the owners.  The owners win because they get to pay their techs and keep food on their family’s table.  Everyone is happy!

When you want a quality pest control service in San Antonio just think of  Bulwark, the San Antonio exterminator with the most reviews and the highest reviews.

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Javier says:

“Bulwark has been our only pest control by choice since we moved into our home back in 2004. Thanks to Steve who regularly services our home has provided us with unmatched customer service and pest control protection. Bulwark has always come out when we needed them and in between regular schedules too. The professionalism of Bulwark and its employees like Steve reflect well on the company and the service it provides. Steve is always friendly, very nice, and takes the time to do his job right. He is trusted and asks questions to provide our family with better service. I highly recommend Steve, and thanks for a job well done! The Valdezes”

Brandi says:

“Cody from bulwark pest control came and sprayed inside my house and outside my house. He was very nice and answered all my questions. He also was able to do all the little extra stuff (like spray under my shed) that i asked him to do. My husband and I were very satisfided with our visit on 6-13-09. The manager George was very friendly and helpfull to metoo. The people at Bulwark are good people and they care about the their customers happiness and concerns. I am very happy I went with Bulwark.”

Beverlee says:

“Our tech is Juan, he is very professional and really knows his stuff. He is always neat, clean and respectful of us and our home. He is friendly and always has a smile. We have very little problem with any type of critters, but when we do Juan takes care of them! Thank you Juan and keep up the good work.”

Ants are marching in San Antonio

No one wants their home to be over run with ants. These little black ants are difficult to control once inside your home. They will start showing up in your bathroom, your bedroom drawers, your kitchen and your food pantry. Can you imagine opening a cabinet and seeing a herd of black ants covering that bagel you were going to eat for breakfast? Not a good way to start out your day.
If you live in the Greater San Antonio area there is a pest control service called Bulwark Exterminating. They provide San Antonio Pest Control services. A family owned pest control company that has been in the pest control business for over 10 years. Offering EcoSmart products, Termidor, and In-Wall Treatments. Their company is based on good moral and ethical values. Compared to other San Antonio Pest Control companies they offer fair prices and high quality service. Find customer reviews on their sites and get your Ants and other pest under control.

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