The Perils of bedbugs

Annoying bed bugs cause so much hassle and stress

Cimex lectularius (bed bug)

Gross and annoying bedbugs. (Photo Credits)

Bed bugs are not just plain gross and annoying, they too can get the better of owners of homes and properties that they infest.

Just like this man who had been reported to set his house on fire because of bed bug infestation as reported by WMUR-9. Pest Control San Diego CA

“An affidavit released Wednesday by the state fire marshal said Gracyalny admitted to investigators on the scene that he set the fire because of the infestation. Gracyalny reported that his wife was suffering from bites, and that he worried the bugs couldn’t be destroyed any other way.”

Read the rest of the report here.

Getting rid of not just the bed bugs

A landlord meantime threatened to make a tenant leave because of bed bug infestation.

“When an exterminator showed up last month at the door of Ashley Cunningham’s apartment, he noted a pest infestation so bad that he could see bedbugs crawling across her daughter’s playpen from across the room.  She immediately threw out the playpen and the unit was sprayed, but it wasn’t enough. Two days later, Cunningham and numerous other tenants in Emerald Street South complex, near Hunter Street East, were served with notice they will be evicted if they don’t help get rid of the pest problem. “

Read the rest of the story here.

In Detroit, a man accidentally set himself and his apartment ablaze because of bedbugs.

“The 30-yr-old man whose name has been withheld, was revealed to have sprayed rubbing alcohol on his couch and body at about 4:30am, in one last desperate attempt to get rid of the bed bugs in his home. After the alcohol ritual, the man was reported to have lit a cigarette to enjoy, and in a bid to burn one of the critters with the smoldering cigarette, he touched the lit end of the cigarette to the alcohol soaked couch, which immediately caught fire.”

Check out the rest of the story here.

When bed bugs becomes too much of a problem, professional help is vital.

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Natural ways to free a dog from fleas

DIY Flea Control

Flea

What can be done about fleas? (Photo Credits)

When a dog is plagued with fleas, its health and that of his humans get endangered.

Effective over-the-counter Flea control solutions though can come with a high cost.

Living traditionally shared a recipe of an all-natural anti-flea spray.

“Are You Poisoning Your Pet with Toxic Flea and Tick Products?  Commercial pest control products l trigger adverse reactions in dogs and cats, causing premature death.  The Natural Resources Defense Council released a report called Poisons on Pets: Health Hazards from Flea and Tick Products   which demonstrated a link between chemicals commonly used in flea and tick products and serious health problems in both people and pets. Unfortunately, there is no chemical based pest control product that is without the potential for side effects.”

Get the recipe here.

All Natural

Dogipedia also shared several natural solutions to rid dogs of fleas. San Diego, California

One of the most frustrating situations to deal with is when your dog get “infested” with fleas – in no time your entire house will get infected. So it’s imperative that dog owners know exactly what to do to prevent and stop fleas right away before hell breaks loose (further).  Sometimes it may not be the case of your dog’s skin having fleas developing on, it could also be that your dog has picked up the fleas from other doggie friends during their interaction. It could also be possible that fleas happened to already be in your household rather than on your dog and your dog just happens to be a victim as well.”

Read more here.

Delicious and Chemical-free

Farmer’s Almanac also shared a recipe of this time an anti-flea dog treat that pests cannot resist.

Roll dough onto floured surface to about ¼ inch thick. Use knife to cut dough into squares, or use cookie cutters to make special shapes. Place cut dough onto large, ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, or until edges are brown. Allow to cool 2 hours, then store in plastic bags or airtight containers.”

Get the ingredients and full procedure here.

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Termite Trivia

Termite 101

Termites

They are more than just pests that destroy wood. (Photo Credits) 

Termites can sometimes be plainly seen as wood-eating pests that get the better of structures.

But these insects are more than that.

There is a whole lot to know and find out about termites.

For instance, it is not general knowledge that termites could be an ingredient to Hot Sauce as shared by the website Food Beast.

“In Kumarakapay, villagers make a special hot sauce they call kumache. While the base of kumache is made from yucca and hot peppers, what makes it special is the finishing ingredient of red ants and termites. Before finishing the sauce, natives go out and break up ant hills to harvest the insects by hand so that they’re as fresh as possible. The villagers have been making the special hot sauce for years, selling it to tourists looking to try something new and bold. However, the production of kumache is very limited, because yucca too expensive to harvest.”

Read more about Kumache here.

Same Reputation

In India termites have the same bad reputation. Carlsbad, Ca    

Time for instance published an article about Termites destroying India’s government records.

“Anup Surendranath, the professor at the Indian capital’s National Law University spearheading the research project, said that prisons across India responded to record requests by claiming many documents had been “lost or destroyed by termites.” Among the missing files are the 2001 mercy pleas of four men convicted in the 1992 Bara Massacre, a mass murder carried out by Maoist insurgents in the Eastern Indian state of Bihar.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Termite 101

Pestworld also gave a closer glimpse at termites as it published little known information on this specie.

“Colonies of termites are difficult to detect because most species build their colonies underground and move through subterranean tunnels. However, there are some species such as Conehead termites, found in Florida, that forage over top of the ground, similar to ants. This allows these termites to spread easily and quickly if left unchecked.”

Read the rest of the infos here.

Have you ever seen a termite mound?

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All about Organic Pesticides

 

Advantages of using Organic Pesticides

Organic lettuce, Las Terrazas

Make your garden and home produce safer to consume with organic pesticides. (Photo Credits)

Organic Pesticides is one of the safest and easiest ways to get rid of home garden pests.

Aside from it being a more affordable, it can even be made at home.

Purposefully Simple shared a recipe of Homemade Garlic Pepper Spray which can be used on garden pests.

“When the goop has sat for long enough strain it so that you only have the juice left. I used a piece of cotton fabric to squeeze the juice out of the goop and a funnel to get the juice in the spray bottle. I also covered my hands in plastic sandwich bags because I didn’t have any gloves. It worked but I definitely recommend gloves if you can get ’em and I definitely DON’T recommend using your bare hands.”

Get the ingredients and procedure here.

Homemade and Organic

Homesteading Freedom also shared four recipes that households may choose from. Ace1 Pest Control    

“Homemade natural organic pest control is less expensive than buying and applying pesticides, and it’s safer for your garden, your family, the natural wildlife and the environment. With homemade remedies you know what is going into your garden. Many homemade sprays are used with good results controlling harmful insects. Long before the invention of harmful chemical pesticides (yes, the kind that is linked to cancerous cellular activity), farmers and Homesteaders came up with multiple remedies for removing insect infestations from their garden plants.”

Check out the recipes here.

Affordable and Effective

DIY Gardening and Better Living also posted homemade organic pesticide recipes.

“Spider mites, aphids and other pests can cause considerable damage to flowers and food plants (that is fruits and vegetables). These creatures attack your garden in swarms, literally draining the life from your crops and often inviting disease in the process. Many chemical pesticides can prove unsafe for the environment or may make crops unsafe for consumption, however. Thankfully, there are many homemade, organic options for you to turn to in your “war” on pests.”

Read about them here.

What organic homemade pesticide do you use in your garden?

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Natural Mosquito Repellents

Prevent Mosquito Bites Naturally

Aedes albopictus feeding

Make your own chemical-free natural mosquito repellent. (Photo Credits)

Mosquito bites are not only annoying, it could also bring about dangerous illnesses such as Dengue virus, Zika virus, and even Malaria.

There are a lot of ways to stave off mosquitoes, but mostly those are ridden with dangerous chemicals. But there are natural options.

Tip Hero shared a fancy-looking solution. Exterminator       

“Nothing ruins a summer BBQ or picnic like an invasion of mosquitos. For an all-natural way to get mosquitos off the guest list at your next outdoor gathering try this simple Mosquito Repellant Mason Jar. The active ingredient is Lemon Eucalyptus Oil which is recommended by the CDC as an effective all-natural bug repellant.”

Check it out here.

Get rid of mosquitoes without chemicals

Natural News meantime says that Lemon Eucalyptus oil is a great mosquito repellent.

“One very effective essential oil for mosquito repellent is lemon eucalyptus oil. This safe, natural plant oil contains p-menthane-diol, a plant compound that has been proven to be more effective than the leading chemical alternative, DEET (diethyltoluamide). This is great news for those who want to repel mosquitoes without poisoning their own bodies. (DEET is a chemical poison in itself and can cause severe allergic reactions.)”

Learn more here.

Simple homemade solution

Tip Nut for its part shared recipes for natural repellents.

“if you’re interested in experimenting with homemade mosquito repellents, here are a few different recipes that you can try. Most of these have been sent in by readers and they’re all easy enough to make (thank you for sharing guys!). A few are made with assorted essential oils but there is one shared by Jennifer that uses simple ingredients (garlic cloves, mineral oil, water and lemon juice) so the expense is really minimal.”

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How do you prevent mosquito bites in your home?

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