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How to Get Rid of Human Pests

Fed Up Woman

Ever have that annoying relative or intrusive friend who somehow found their way into your home, and just won’t go away? Perhaps you were being nice in allowing them to stay for a bit until they got back on their feet, or maybe they invited themselves over and never left. Maybe your spouse invited them to stay temporarily, and that temporary arrangement ended up being permanent. Sometimes humans can be just as big a nuisance as insect pests, though unfortunately there is no exterminator to call to rid your home of pesky houseguests who have overstayed their welcome. You can, however, employ methods to make your unwanted visitor think that leaving of their own accord is a fine idea.

Make Their Life as Uncomfortable as Possible

Just because someone decided they’re now living with you doesn’t mean you have to cater to them. If they expect you to cook and clean up after them, stop doing those things. Make them buy their own food and cook their own meals. There are no laws stating you have to be nice to unwanted roommates, either – so cut out the nice act and make them feel uncomfortable. Make them ask for everything – never let them think they have free access to anything in your home. Let them know that you’re being put out by having them there. After all, they have no problem making you feel uncomfortable in your own home, so why should you act any different?

Stop Feeding Them

If your unwanted houseguest expects you to provide meals for them, stop. Simply stop cooking for them, or stop inviting them to join you and your family while you eat. Make them buy their own food and prepare it separately. After all, you are not obligated to feed someone just because they decided they now live in your home. Put your foot down and stop catering to them. They’ll start to get the hint – or at least they’ll get the hint that you are not their own personal chef.

Change the Locks on Your Door

If the person in question is not on your lease or mortgage and was never invited to live permanently with you, don’t be afraid to change the locks on your door. Of course, this only applies if you’ve given them a key. Rental laws in some states can be shady, so read up on those beforehand to make sure you’re not breaking any – if the person has been staying in your home for a certain amount of time or has received mail at your address, they could be considered a resident, whether they’ve paid rent or not. However, if you aren’t breaking any laws by doing so, by all means, change the locks on any outside doors and refuse to give the freeloader a key – if nothing else, they’ll be forced to knock before being allowed to enter into your home.

Stop Cleaning Up After Them

If you’ve been cleaning up after a freeloader – doing their dishes, their laundry, picking up their messes – stop. Just stop. This can be difficult, especially if they are a messy person and you are a neat freak, but the longer you continue to clean up after them, the longer you enable them. Force the moocher to be responsible for their own actions.

It can be hard to run off an unwanted roommate, but it’s not impossible. If you ever find yourself in the position where a friend or family member moves in temporarily and ends up overstaying their welcome, you can use these tricks to enact a little human “ pest control” to make them want to leave!

5 Ways To Kill Bed Bugs

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There are many opinions on the best ways to get rid of bed bugs. They are hard to kill, not because they are exceptionally strong creatures, but because they are excellent at hiding and it is virtually impossible to find all of their hiding spots. For this reason, several techniques have been developed that work, but have some unsavory side effects. Also, the effectiveness of some is in question due to the simple fact that these critters are great at finding places to hide away from the danger until it is safe to come out again. What are the options, and how do you know which one or ones will work best for you?

Pesticide Sprays

This may very well be the most common form of bed bug extermination, and maybe one of the least effective. The problem with spray, other than the fact that is exposes you and those you love to dangerous chemicals, is that is only works where the spray is. You can spray mattresses and other places where the bugs are known to have been, but they can hide in walls and come out through air vents. You can spray into the vents but how far it will go, determining how effective it is, is questionable. Still, due to the cost effectiveness and the fact that success is often had, spraying for bed bugs is a popular option that should not be ruled out completely. It should always be done by a professional however, not only to increase effectiveness but also to ensure safety.

Mattress Encasement

Encasing the mattress in plastic is an option that actually works pretty great for killing the bugs on the mattress. The plastic is effective at suffocating them. However, any bugs that are not on the mattress are not going to be handled and will still be free to roam and suck.

Pesticide Dust

This is an alternative to sprays that is most effective when used in conjunction with the spray. It tends to stick around longer, so it is not ideal for areas with heavy human traffic. However, it is perfect for settling into cracks and crevices that bed bugs creep out of and catching them as they enter. The dusting must be light however, or else the bugs will simple go around the powder.

Freezing

Freezing is a safe and non-toxic way to get rid of bed bugs. The bugs are killed on contact with the temperatures of -108 degrees Fahrenheit. The process is dry and all furniture can be used immediately.

Heat Treatment For Bed bugs

Heat treatment for bed bugs is an option that does require leaving ones home for a time, and some furniture and electronics must be removed, but it is in an option that is ideal for major infestations. According to Bed Bug Finders, LLC, the reason for this is that it does the job and does it well. There are two different methods, one using steam heat and the other using thermal heat. While there can be a bit of an inconvenience, each type of heat treatment for bed bugs is highly effective.

Killing bed bugs is not an easy task. They are sneaky and hard to detect with the human eye. Hopefully these suggestions will give you some options should you ever have to deal with them.

Faith Stewart 

You Think You May Have Bed Bugs. Now What?

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You may feel a little itchy, or notice some bug bites on yourself. So you might be worried that you have bed bugs. Here are some things that you need to know about your situation:

It may not be bed bugs

Yes, you heard that right. Zocdoc.com, a medical site, recently ran a question of somebody who asked “Been waking up with little red, itchy bumps on my skin around my ankles and on my stomach. I keep washing my sheets but the bumps are still there. Does that mean that I am allergic to my detergent or do I have bed bugs and they don’t wash out?”

The site advised that the person get the bumps checked out with their primary care physician, and thought that the bumps could be from bed bugs. But if you are in such a situation, you definitely want to also get a bed bug specialist in to check out the situation and see what’s what. It could very well be bed bugs, and the longer you wait, the more they can multiply.

Did you know that according to Bed Bug Central, the typical female bed bug can lay one to five eggs a day, and up to 500 eggs in her lifetime? And those bed bugs will lay eggs, too, potentially resulting in thousands of bed bugs?

Ignoring the possibility of bed bugs will not make them go away

Given how quickly a few bed bugs can turn into hundreds or even thousands of bed bugs, you need to call in one of the top bed bug experts as soon as you suspect that you have the pests. Really, you have nothing to lose by doing so. If the bed bug experts tell you that you have bed bugs, you can work on getting rid of them with the help of a bed bug removal expert. If you don’t have have them, you can breathe a sigh of relief and look to see what else it might be.

The way many bed bug pest control professionals work is that they bring in a bed bug dog to sniff around and see if your home or business has them. You see, dogs have a must better sense of smell than humans, and the dogs that are trained to sniff out bed bugs can have a very high accuracy rate. When you team a bed bug dog with a trained pest control professional that knows what he or she is doing, you will get an answer very quickly as to your question about bed bugs.

Now, if you do have bed bugs, there are a variety of treatment possibilities, and the bed bug experts can talk with you on the situation. Bed bug companies like Bed Bug Finders LLC use safe heat treatment, while other companies freeze out the bed bugs, and others use chemicals. What is important is that you feel comfortable with whatever treatment is used, and that it works for you. Good luck!

Lisa Swan writes for a variety of home and business websites, including Huffington Post. She lives in New York City.

How To Get Rid Of Nuisance Crickets

Imagine that your backyard is filled with hundreds of crickets that are chirping in the dead of night. Do you think that you’ll be able to get enough sleep? The repetitive noise that a single cricket makes is tolerable, and it can even be considered as quite enchanting since it is one of those nighttime sounds that call to mind quiet family picnics or barbeques. You might even prefer the sound over the clamor of city noises. But what if your backyard is filled with too many crickets that are all chirping at the same time? That can really be a huge nuisance. But getting irritated by the noise made by these insects is the least of your worries. If you love your garden or if you want to protect your home, you have to take measures to control the cricket population in your area.

Why Crickets are a Nuisance

- Crickets can be noisy.

As mentioned, a hundred or more crickets can create a raucous noise that could disturb your sleeping habits. A cricket problem can be a huge headache especially if you have a child or a baby at home who wakes up at the slightest sound.

- Crickets eat vegetation.

Crickets like to eat all sorts of ornamental plants. Your once lush landscape could die after the crickets have eaten most of your plants. You also need to prevent a cricket infestation if you have garden plants and fruit trees.

- Crickets can invade your home too.

Inside the home, crickets can also do a lot of damage because they also consume many types of textile and paper products. Crickets that have found their way inside your house can definitely cause damage to your furniture, clothes, as well as wallpaper and other fabrics.

How to Get Rid of Them

Before you consider a pest eradication method, you have to be aware that crickets are a vital part of the food cycle. These animals are an integral part of the ecosystem. Understanding their value to the environment will make you realize that you do not have to totally eradicate them. Instead, you can utilize pest control methods that will help in controlling their population. Below are a few suggestions.

1. Using insecticides

There are several forms of bug sprays that are readily available in the market. Most of these are easy to apply — just find your target and spray. But using a bug spray is best if you only see a cricket or two inside your home. When dealing with a serious infestation, ask for help from pest control experts. These people can apply stronger chemicals, such as cyfluthrin, propoxur and pyrethrins. Because these are more concentrated substances, exposure can also pose serious health risks.

2. Using traps and baits

You can create your own cricket bait with molasses, a bowl and some water. For more ideas about how to make a homemade cricket bait, do some research online. You can also use sticky traps to catch the bugs that have found their way into your home.

3. Preventing an infestation

As they say, prevention is better than cure. Cricket can be drawn to your property if your landscape or garden is not well-kept. These insects are attracted to moisture, mulch, dense vegetation, weeds and garbage. By eliminating the features that attract these bugs, you also reduce the possibility of a getting a bad infestation.

Claire Lassiter’s specialty is pest management. She usually discusses the health effects of having pests around, but you’ll find her talking about Bentonville cricket control at times too.

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