Category: Pest Control

Pests! Why You Can’t Keep Them Off

It seems like pests never run out of ways to invade our houses, no matter how much effort we’ve put into keeping them off. They just won’t go away. Then we become apathetic until such time when these vermin carry out another heinous crime after days or weeks of hiding and plotting. After causing more problems, we again turn our attention to conquering them. After executing measures to get rid of them, they lay low for a while, and back again. They’re an awful bunch of attentions-seekers and trouble-makers. This cycle has to stop.

There are reasons why we’re not reaping the expected results of our labor in driving away these annoying critters and it’s mostly from our own errors and indecisions. Read on, and realize where you could be at fault.

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Yes, you’re doing everything—but are you doing things right?

You are fiercely holding on to a can of pesticide ruthlessly spraying its content into almost all places possible. You’re carried away. Hold your grudges and carefully plan your moves. Just like how these creatures must be strategizing their attacks, you as a human being naturally gifted with logic must plan out your actions well.

Do you know what kind of pesticide you’re holding? Do you really need it? What chemical would kill a rat, possum, cockroach, or spider? Are you killing them or sending them away for good or only temporarily?

It’s not enough to hate your enemies; know them well too. This is how you successfully stop them from bugging you, your family, and your house.

You can’t change your habits and routines

Maybe one or two of your daily routines you thought are “okay” and “normal” have actually been keeping pests attracted to your home, especially to places you don’t want them to be in.

For instance, you’re fond of bringing food to your bedroom. Even if you do clean up after, scraps of food may remain, causing rats, ants, or cockroaches to rummage around the area. Do not leave or store leftover food anywhere; and never leave spoiled food hanging around for long, throw them right away in the proper place. Wash eating and cooking utensils right away after using, and regularly clean your kitchen. Never leave your kitchen or dining area messy, and always store food in the fridge or anywhere out of these creatures’ reach. Another is, leaving trash bins uncovered or letting trash stay in for long. You know pests love trash cans, so don’t let it linger inside your house, even at your lawn.

As much as possible, leave your outdoor footwear outside the house to keep dirt and moisture off your floor. Remove any stagnant water in or around your house to keep mosquitoes and other bugs away. Improper lighting, especially at night, also contributes to pest proliferation in your house.

There are lots of things you may be doing innocently that are making your home pest prevention efforts futile. Change your habits now, unless you really love inviting pests in.

You’re not leaving it to the experts

Some pest issues don’t get solved by a can of pesticide. You need help from the experts. Don’t try to do everything by yourself. In fact, there are things you just can’t do on your own.

1. Your biggest asset is probably your home. Termites can cause serious damage in a short time thus the devaluing of the property.

2. Termites can penetrate the brickwork of your home below ground level giving no clues to their presence. That is why it is important to have your termite inspections carried out with wall, floor and ceiling penetrating radar.

Hire an exterminator. Better yet, hire the right one. Look for a trusted pest control company that can give you the kind of pest prevention service you need. Maybe you’re worried of your termite-infested walls, or the cockroach population inside your home is really getting out of control. Then go get help from the experts on termite inspection and pest eradication. Why stress yourself out too much? Leave the burden to the ones who are willing and capable, and you’ll see the difference.

 

5 Tips On How To Avoid Bug Bites Around The House

It doesn’t seem to matter how clean the house and yard are, I always see a bug or two. After my dog was bit by something near his eye, I decided to do some serious research on how to avoid that happening to him again, or worse, to one of the kids! Here are some tips I found from talking with other moms, some professionals and doing a little reading of my own.

1. Duck tape that scorpion

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I don’t get too many scorpions around my neighborhood, but I thought it’d be a great thing to know how to deal with them just in case I ever ran across one.
Scorpions can sting even after they are dead, so disposing of the body can be just as ‘risky’ as trying to kill it. If you can kill them safely (smashing hard with a thick boot, for example), do so, but do not pick it up with your bare hands or with a thin tissue.

It was recommended by professional exterminator to use the sticky side of duck tape to pick them up. Then, be sure to put the scorpion in a place that small children or pets cannot get to. Try to flush it down a toilet (if the bundle is small enough to flush) or toss it into the big outside trashcan or dumpster, as opposed to the kitchen garbage where curious children or puppies can reach.

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2. Watch out around sources of water

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When I vented my frustration of finding bugs in my clean house, I was made aware of an interesting fact. Sure, bugs are attracted to food left on the ground, but more so to sources of water. That was what was leading insects to my house. I have watered grass, a pool, and a house full of water sources and plants that are regularly watered.

My dog, who loves sticking his face in my bushes, very likely was bit when he disturbed an insect that made its home near the plant bed’s water source! Lesson to learn from here: be extra aware around sources of water.

Tip: If you have to move a plant, do some gardening or work around a pool or fountain, wear some think gloves and be extra cautious!

3. If you move it, wear gloves!

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If there is a pile of wood or a plank that has been sitting for more than a few hours in a single spot, make sure you wear a pair of thick gloves if you have to move it. Insects tend to gravitate towards organic material (which, unfortunately, our homes are made of!). If you have tools that are in dark sheds for weeks, watch for bugs, especially spiders, when you go to move it. Dark, quiet, undisturbed areas are ideal spots for creepy crawlies to hide.

The scary thing is that some of these creepy crawlies bite! Make sure that the children you’re your spouse know to be wary when moving things that have been in one spot for a while: pool toys that were stored all winter, tools and garden supplies, even an outside dog bowl can be known to attract insects under it.

4. Use a light!

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Usually, insects are most active at night. If you absolutely must go in a dark area, make sure you have footwear on and use a light! For particularly scorpion heavy areas, a portable black light flashlight is very handy. There is a substance in their exoskeleton that will glow under a black light.

Either way, make sure you illuminate the places you go at night, especially where you place your hands and feet. Watch out for spider webs, as well, as the spiders are active and hunting at night. You don’t want to get bit in the face by a spider on the web you walked through!

5. Exterminate on a regular basis.

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Many people, including myself, only exterminate once or twice a year, if that. After doing some research, I learned that the products that professional companies use only last about 60 days and the stuff found in the stores, last even less time. Many times, that is not enough time to take care all the bugs and any eggs that might have been laid.

There are also many species of bugs that, once inside the home, will hide within the walls of the house. They may stay there weeks or months without leaving. If you spray around your home and the insects do not venture out within the 60 day window, you may miss hundreds of little critters hiding just out of site.

Tip: find a company that will do regular pest control services on a monthly or bimonthly basis. It would be ideal if the company you choose does an in wall treatment, as well extensive inside and outside treatments.

Avoiding bug bites around the house is not as difficult a task as one might think. It is just a matter of taking a more proactive approach and becoming more vigilant until you can find a pest company that can eliminate those biting pests.

Author Bio:  is an aspiring novelist, with books in the works for both children and adults. While away from the computer, she enjoys running and doing yoga. She is also rediscovering her joy of swimming and biking and has a couple sprint triathlon races in sight.

Creepy-Crawly Health Threats And Where They Often Hide Inside Your Home

It is repulsive to see insects crawling out of your kitchen or bathroom sink. Although this may seem like a scene from a horror movie, it is actually a common occurrence in real life. A number of homeowners experience this type of problem, which can really make the skin crawl. So, why are insects and other harmful creatures living in your drain pipes? Are these creepy crawlies drawn to other areas inside your home as well? Why and where?

Factors That Attract Animals to a House

A variety of bugs, as well as rodents, often find themselves living in your home because of three main factors – food, shelter and warmth. They will be drawn to the scent of food from inside your home, and they’ll get to anything that’s uncovered. They’ll even rummage through your garbage. Some animals don’t eat the same thing that you do. What they prefer is you or your pet, which is the case with blood-sucking pests, such as mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. Animals that have also been displaced from their homes might move in to yours, while others seek a place that’s protected from the elements. This is why it’s very important to bug-proof your house.

Harmful Creatures In Your Home

Some insects are just a nuisance, but others could endanger your health. Bugs that you should watch out for include -

o Mosquitoes - These insects are tiny but they can transmit very dangerous disease-causing organisms, such as those that cause dengue hemorrhagic fever, malaria, and many types of encephalitis. These minute bloodsucking beasts find their way inside your home via open doors and windows and are most abundant in places where there is stagnant water. Watch out for them in bathrooms and kitchens. But they could fly anywhere while looking for prey.

o Fleas and Ticks - An infested dog can bring fleas and ticks inside your home. You might also unknowingly bring these inside your house after being in the woods. Ticks can cause many serious illnesses, like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, while fleas can bring about the following diseases – murine typhus, anemia, and the plague. Kill fleas and ticks inside your home. Also, maintain your backyard well to deter these pests from hanging around your property.

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o Cockroaches - These creatures are the ones that often come out of kitchen or bathroom drain pipes. Roaches inhabit sewers and compost pits, and they can spread all sorts of organisms, including E. coli and salmonella, and worsen allergies. These critters are also very hard to totally eradicate, especially if they are already established in your drainage system or sewage. If scenes of horror movies are unfolding right in front of you because of roaches creeping out of your pipes, drains or sinks, consult experts. Team Electric Plumbing professionals say that they can help you update your drainage system to minimize future problems. This is important because a well-maintained plumbing system can help discourage roaches, as well as other dreadful pests, like rats, mice, and flies.

o Spiders and Scorpions - These arachnids are harmful creatures because they can sting and inject venom into your system. Generally, their poison won’t harm humans. However, their venom could be poisonous and life-threatening to very young children, the elderly, and adults that are very sensitive to insect stings. You’ll often find them in attics and basements. Spiders also like to hide inside boxes, laundry, and shoes.

Other areas where you’ll often find pesky bugs are – inside neglected pantries or cupboards, in closets or drawers, in garages, in trash cans or recycling bins, in attics, in walls, and in baseboards. Be wary of insects because not only are they a nuisance, but they can also threaten your health.

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Claire Willows is a freelance writer. Through her blogs, she shares her experiences regarding her DIY and home management projects.

Pest Control and Prevention Tips for Commercial Properties

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Commercial properties often need help with pest control and prevention just as much as residences do. Insect and rodent infestations pose a threat to the health of business owners and their employees as well as affect a company’s reputation for being clean and professional. Pests that can be seen scurrying around tend to make a negative impression on clients and consumers. It’s understandable that there are already numerous duties to attend to when you own a business, but pest control is a responsibility that shouldn’t just be pushed to the side and forgotten about. There are several easy-to-follow tips that will help businesses to ensure they maintain a pest-free property and a healthy work environment.

Keep Up on Property Maintenance

A commercial property needs to be kept up in much the same way as you would a household. No matter who is designated to take care of these tasks, it’s important for a business owner to oversee that they are being done properly, not only for appearance, but also for building preservation and pest prevention. All cracks and holes discovered in the foundation and around doors and windows, however miniscule, should be sealed and secured to avoid allowing insects and rodents easy access indoors. It’s also a good idea to install screens on the windows of businesses that prefer to leave their windows open during pleasant weather.

When considering the construction of a new building, keep in mind that nearby water sources (fountains, ponds, etc.) are a magnet for many kinds of insects and are sure to attract them on a consistent basis. If your property already has these types of landscaping features, make sure they are cleaned out regularly to get rid of stagnant water. The same goes for maintaining drainage pipes and gutters that are in close proximity to the building.

Develop Employee Awareness

Employees should be responsible for keeping any food and drinks they bring onto the premises properly stored and in firmly closed containers that aren’t susceptible to pest intrusion. Any establishment that deals with food service especially will require that all products are appropriately put away and secured as well. It’s well known that even the tiniest food crumbs left out will be an invitation for pests to come right on in. All kitchen and break room surface areas need to be sanitized frequently and the trash taken out daily (preferably to dumpsters that are located far enough away from the building).

Keep a Consistent Schedule with a Pest Control Company

Different pests make their presence known at various times of the year, making year-round pest control a necessity. One of the most effective ways to make certain your business isn’t plagued with creepy crawlers is to have regular pest treatments scheduled throughout the year. A professional pest control company will assist you in achieving a pest-free property with thorough inspections and a treatment program as needed.

Make sure your commercial property and business reputation isn’t suffering from an infestation that could easily be avoided with the proper pest control and prevention techniques.

About the Author

Tiffany Olson is a blogger who has a special interest in home related topics. She enjoys sharing information with the public via blogging and social media. In her downtime she enjoys making art, reading and traveling.

Bug Movies From The Twenty-First Century

Bugs have long been the culprits of horror flicks, and for good reason: most people find insects to not only be creepy and crawly, but absolutely terrifying. The 1950s and ’60s saw a slew of B-flicks featuring gigantic bugs as evil monsters that trampled through countless American towns, as horror flicks (and B-flicks in particular) soared in popularity. The 1980s saw a revival of the bug-themed B-flicks, with movies like The Fly and Tremors becoming box-office hits. But did you know that bugs continue to play the villain’s role in modern horror movies? Below is a list of five horror movies from the 21st century featuring monstrous insects that will – literally – make your skin crawl.

1. Dragon Wasps

 

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When a scientist’s father goes missing, she enlists the help of the US Army to search for him deep in the Belizean jungle. What ensues is conflict with a strange guerrilla army controlled by a mysterious and mystical warlord and… giant, mutant wasps. That have a thirst for blood. To protect themselves, the protagonists rub themselves with coca leaves –and thereby experiencing the “effects” of it – as well as use blocks of cocaine as explosives. Made in 2012, this movie is one of the most recent of the bug B-flicks.

2. They Nest

 

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Also known as Creepy Crawlers when it was released in the year 2000, this movie tells the story of how a Maine island becomes infested with rare, lethal cockroaches which bear strange pincers that enable them to eat their victims from the inside out. A doctor who recently moved to the island from the city must battle the bugs, while trying to convince the local folk to believe him. Although only rated PG13, this movie is pretty disturbing and is not for the squeamish.

3. Mansquito

 

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Also known as Mosquito Man, this 2005 flick follows the story of a convicted murderer who transforms into a mutant mosquito after a DNA experiment with a scientist goes awry. The “mansquito” goes on a killing spree which leaves his victims sucked dry and soon – horror of horrors! – the lead female scientist – who happens to be romantically involved with the cop who originally arrested the convict and is the only person smart enough to solve the case – starts to transform into a mosquito herself!

4. Ice Spiders

 

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This 2007 flick stars Vanessa Williams and Patrick Muldoon, in a horrifying tale of a government experiment gone awry. When a ski team arrives at the Lost Mountain Ski Resort to train for the Olympics, they are thrilled that a retired Olympic skier is going to help them train – until a local scientist arrives with the news that giant spiders – which have been produced by a top secret government project – have escaped, and are devouring everything in sight. Snow, ungodly webs, and Olympic hopefuls battling horrible humongous CGI spiders –what could be better?

5. Mongolian Death Worm

 

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This made-for-TV movie from 2010 starring Sean Patrick Flanery tells the story of an American oil company that awakens a nest of deadly “death worms” when they set up an experimental drilling facility in the deserts of Mongolia. Of course, the creatures breed and spread, devouring everyone who crosses their path. Only one man can stop them – an adventurer and treasure hunter who has dedicated his life to seeking a legendary tomb that is fabled to be protected by the horrendous Death Worms. The hero faces a major dilemma: he knows in his heart he must kill the Death Worms, but doing so would destroy his life’s work. Of course, not destroying the worms could lead to the worms destroying him! What to do, what to do?

Bad acting, bad special effects and geographically inaccurate scenery makes for a splendid time for those who enjoy low-budget flicks, which is exactly what “Mongolian Death Worm” is.

While these movies were all made for TV, it’s simply because the days of watching B-flicks starring giant mutant bugs at the drive-in have passed us by. Still, who says we can’t continue to watch –and enjoy – some hokey bug flicks?

About the author: Chris is a blogger for a Jersey City Pest Control company. Chris used to enjoy interesting and quirky movies but now that he has children he sticks to Disney and Pixar films.

How To Get Rid Of Wasps In Your Yard

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One of the biggest pains when you want to make the most of spending time in your garden or around your pool can often be the presence of wasps. Wasps are unusual creatures in that unlike bees, they can be very aggressive because stinging something doesn’t cause them to die, and they can sting multiple times. This can make them quite a nuisance, and they tend to be prolific breeders in even cooler countries during the summer, so unlike other dangerous animals like tarantulas, scorpions and snakes, you aren’t safe from them even in places like Toronto or London! While the sting of a single wasp is only life threatening if you have an allergy, it can be extremely painful even if you aren’t allergic, and if you are attacked by a swarm it can be very dangerous even if you aren’t sensitive to the venom. For this reason, if you see a wasp nest or suspect there might be one somewhere on your property, it is important to deal with it.

Wasps only use their nests for one season and don’t return to them after their winter hibernation period. However, they can really spoil your outdoor time in summer and can also threaten the health of your family; or at the very least cause a very painful sting, means it is usually best to dispose of them.

Do Any Signs of Wasps Mean You Have a Nest?

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Interestingly, while most animals are either social or lone, wasps come in both varieties. You get some wasps who live alone in solitary nests, which can be in plants or even in holes underground, and others who live communally in nests they form out of paper mixed with their saliva over time. Solitary wasps can be an annoyance, and can sting just as badly as social wasps; but they will not bring lots of friends with them, and their habitats won’t cause you any issues. Wasps living in communal nests, however, can be a very big problem if their home is in your garden, loft or the eaves of your house (all common places where wasps develop communities).

How to Dispose of a Wasp Nest

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To kill the wasps in your nest you need to use quite potent pesticides, designed to kill wasps specifically. If you use the wrong kind of poison, like ones used for cockroaches or spiders, you will just end up with some very angry wasps buzzing around; and that is never good! You also have to watch the nest and assess the best way to approach it and withdraw from it based on how the wasps access the nest. If you are not confident about doing this and don’t have suitable clothes to wear, it is generally better just to call a professional pest control company who will take the wasps out for you and remove the remaining nest. They will also be able to make sure that all of the specimens have been killed so you aren’t left with homeless wasps parading your garden!

Ryan Hall, the author of this post, has years of extensive experience in pest and wildlife control and this becomes quite apparent through his blogs. He works at SWAT Wildlife, a renowned pest control company in Toronto. His hobbies include surfing and bowling. Log on to www.swatwildlife.com/ to know more about his company.

Pest Control Tips for Contamination-Free Pantries and Cupboards

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Finding an insect here and there in your kitchen isn’t a pleasant experience, but it’s probably nothing compared to discovering your pantry or cupboards and all the food in them has been invaded by bugs or rodents. Taking preventive pest control methods into your own hands will go a long way in keeping uninvited guests from helping themselves to your stored products.

Inspect and Clean

It’s recommended that you clear out your pantry and cupboards at least once a year and closely inspect all food for any signs of pests. Cereals, pasta, bakery mixes, pastries, powdered milk, dried fruits and pet food are commonly vulnerable to contamination from Indian meal moths, ants, roaches, beetles, weevils and mice. After checking each product that you’ve had stored, dispose of anything that shows evidence of being tampered with or that has been left unsealed in an outside trash receptacle. Then all shelving should be vacuumed out and carefully cleaned with soap and water.

Keep an Eye Out While You Grocery Shop

Many times, the pests you find living in and feeding on the dry foods in your pantry and cupboards have been unknowingly brought home from the grocery store. Examine all packaged and boxed products for any openings or suspicious looking punctures and tears. Small holes are especially indicative of little critters since that’s all it takes for several kinds of insects to be able to find their way in. It’s easy to forget about certain products once you put them up in a cupboard or on the back of a pantry shelf, so it’s important not to purchase more than you think you’ll use in a reasonable amount of time. It doesn’t take too long for some insects to reproduce, and food that has been sitting for awhile is the perfect place for creepy crawlies to take up residence.

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Store Food in Sealed Containers

An effective way of maintaining your pest control efforts in the kitchen is to always store non-refrigerated food in tightly secured containers no matter how impenetrable you may think the original packaging is. You would be surprised to find out what the sharp teeth of many pests can cut through. Glass, plastic or metal storage is perfect for keeping most foods and ingredients in and will even preserve their freshness for longer. Just rolling up bags, especially those containing pet food, is an open invitation for insects and rodents to come right on in.

Consistently Clean Kitchen Surfaces

Cleaning up spills and vacuuming up crumbs right away will go far in preventing pests from entering your home. Make certain the areas around all appliances are free from any specks of food that would attract a scavenging intruder.

Being conscientious about your food storage and the cleanliness of everything in your kitchen will help ward off the nightmare of finding that bugs or mice have made themselves comfortable in your pantry and cupboard products. If you begin to notice any indication of their presence, it may be best to have a pest control company come out and prevent any further infestation.

 

About the Author

Tiffany Olson is an avid blogger from California who writes regularly about pest control problems and solutions.

Good Year For Tent Caterpillars In Arizona

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Good Year for Caterpillar Growth

Caterpillars are a docile, and calm creatures, but in Southern Arizona, they’ve aggressively began to take over the desert. Most caterpillar species are solitary, but tent caterpillars are an exception. They gather in communities and build their white, silky, camps in between tree branches. Each cocoon-like home houses many of the caterpillars, and in Southern Arizona, these little guys have completely taken over in the insect world. The number of tent caterpillar homes all over southern Arizona deserts and forests is astonishing. Scientists say it’s like walking into a “science-fiction movie.” These guys have a strong appetite for tree leaves, and anything green. Many of the local residents have been freaked out and begun to worry about just what this invasion may mean to them and their community.

Resident Thoughts

John Palting of the University Of Arizona Department Of Entomology describes the general feeling among the local residents of Southern Arizona. “A lot of people are creeped out by it – but it’s just caterpillars and a bunch of silk and caterpillar poop.” The white tents also have dark spots in them, which are just caterpillar poop, but all together these silk tents are giving local residents the creepers.

Palting seems quite unbothered by this natural phenomenon but some of the residents have mixed-feelings about the caterpillars and their sci-fi looking homes. “They are kind of cool and kind of creepy, all at the same time,” says Pamela Selby-Harmon, officer in charge of the post office in the mountain village of Summerhaven. She also describes it as “… one of those love-hate relationships. You love the caterpillars, but you don’t like the damage to the trees. But Mother Nature has a lot more going on than we do as far as planning.”

Mother Nature’s Future

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How will the unusual amounts of caterpillars and their tents affect the environment? Only Mother Nature knows for sure, but Palting shares his thoughts on how the environment will deal with this “sci-fi” situation.

“The tents will probably break down with the summer rains and be pretty much gone by mid-summer.” For other wildlife, “the population generally means that the parasites will also have a good year and take the population back down. Such are the checks and balances of nature,” he says.

In regards to Madame Selby-Harmon’s concerns about the trees, Palting states, he “[hasn't] seen it where they kill a tree. They take the first crop of leaves, and the trees leaf out again.” So thankful it looks like the trees may survive the invasion.

So thankfully Mother Nature seems to have this caterpillar invasion under control, and it looks like there will not be an apocalypse anytime soon for fellow residents of southern Arizona.

Author Bio:  is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. When I’m not playing with my two adorable nieces, I’m on the tennis court chasing that little green ball around.

4 Gadgets That Will Help You Kill The Horrible Bugs Inside Your Home

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Do you know how many insects are inside your home right now? If you look around you might be able to see a few of them, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Most of them are hiding from you inside your walls, or underneath something and out of sight. Sooner or later they will strike, so you want to do something about them now. When they start crawling around you have no idea what their horrible little legs will be touching. They could end up touching you.

You don’t have to let your home be overrun by thousands of insects. You don’t have to be scared to leave food out for 10 minutes because ants will appear out of thin air. If only there was a way to get rid of spiders you wouldn’t need to spend an hour standing on the couch until you worked up the courage to attack them with a newspaper. We’re going to save your life by looking at some cool gadgets that will finally help you get rid of those bugs for good.

Vacuum For Insects

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Are you one of those people that won’t go anywhere near an insect? You don’t mind anything that can’t fit inside your hand, but it’s those little things you don’t like because they’re so unpredictable. Before you know what is going on they could be climbing inside your clothes. If you don’t want to touch them you can relax, because you can pick up an insect vacuum that will suck them up while you stand well away from them.

An Electronic Insect Repellent

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How did you get rid of insects in the past when they were walking around everywhere? Did you just cross your fingers and hope they would go away? If you stick an electronic insect repellent inside your plug socket it will send out special ultrasonic sounds, but don’t worry because you won’t have a clue what is going on. These sounds will be sent out at different frequencies and they will mess with the insects’ nervous system, so they won’t come into your home again.

Cleaning Your Bed

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Can you imagine how many bed bugs are on your sheets at this exact moment? I know you don’t want to think about it, but there will be a huge amount of them waiting to tuck you in tonight. If you get a UV bed bug cleaner you will be able to get rid of them whenever you want. The gadget will blast the bugs with UV light before sucking them off your bed. You will definitely feel a little bit cleaner when you jump under the covers after using the machine.

Catch Flies Out Of Thin Air

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It doesn’t really matter when there is one or two flies inside your home, but once a lot of them start flying around it can get pretty annoying. There is an easy way to get rid of them and you just need to hang a special fly catcher from the wall. The light it gives off will attract the flies and when they get inside the gadget they will stick to the walls. After you catch enough flies you can take out the sticky pad and throw it away then start all over again.

Don’t Share Your Home Any Longer

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Now that you know how to get rid of those insects you don’t need to put up with them any longer. You will have your home all to yourself which will make you feel a lot better from now on. Let us know which one you hate the most in the comments below because I think spiders will get the most votes.

Mark Ross, the author of this post, often helped lost animals and birds get back to their wild and free surroundings when he was a child. Currently, he works for a well known company offering services such as bird control in Toronto.

Here Comes Trouble – Caterpillars… And What To Do About Them

Through the eyes of a child, cataloging the many shapes, sizes, and colors of caterpillars is a fascinating exercise in basic entomology, but for an adult, the sudden appearance of caterpillars in the landscape can be a bittersweet discovery. Having caterpillars may indicate that your landscape has become a breeding ground for butterflies, but it may also spell doom for any host plants nearby, since caterpillars are voracious eaters.

There are many solutions for caterpillars in the landscape, ranging from patient observation to applications of targeted insecticides, depending on the stress level these Lepidoptera larvae cause to you and your plants. Before you break out the big guns, though, it may behoove you to observe the caterpillars at work to assess the true extent of the problem.

Types of Caterpillar Trouble

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Before you deal with an unknown caterpillar, it’s a good idea to try to identify it in order to avoid some of the brutal stings many species are capable of dealing. Stinging caterpillars typically bear their barbs openly, emerging from their backs like stiff, brightly colored weapons, but a few may have barbs that look more like long, wiry hairs. Never handle a suspected stinging caterpillar with your bare hands – these larvae carry real poison and can inflict real damage on humans. Fortunately, the stinging caterpillars are uncommon in home landscaping.

The tent caterpillars are a special group that creates huge silken webs in trees, often encompassing many leaves and small branches as they mature. These pests can seriously injure trees and bushes with their feeding, which usually occurs inside the tent. A single, small tent of caterpillars in the landscape is unsightly, but can be easily tolerated by a mature plant – many in a single tree early in the season can cause devastating defoliation. If tent caterpillars appear in the fall on deciduous trees, they can often be ignored, since your tree is already preparing to shed the foliage where the caterpillars are feeding.

Other notorious caterpillars, such as hornworms, are voracious eaters and capable of destroying entire plants in a few days. These caterpillars may appear suddenly in groups, chewing their way out from the center of an infested plant and spreading further apart as they mature. Although caterpillars are usually picky eaters, choosing just a few hosts to feed upon, those few chosen plants may be in serious jeopardy if caterpillars are numerous.

Dealing with Caterpillar Infestations

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Many birds and insects think caterpillars are tasty and will flock to gardens where broad-spectrum pesticide use has been discontinued to help with your caterpillar problems. If the caterpillars don’t seem to be thinning within a few days of their appearance, you may have to intervene. Sometimes, the caterpillars in your landscape are simply too numerous for their natural enemies to contain, or those enemies may have not yet realized that a cache of caterpillars is active nearby.

In either case, you can help out by hand-picking caterpillars from plants. It is sometimes tedious work, but removing caterpillars from affected plants (remember to wear gloves) and dunking them in a bucket of soapy water can be strangely therapeutic when these pests are threatening your favorite plants.

When hand-picking, it’s important to check for caterpillars at the same time each day, looking deep into the canopy of affected plants, until you have a difficult time locating even one caterpillar. Continue to monitor for caterpillars weekly, in case a new brood has hatched.

If hand-picking caterpillars is impractical, or you are a little more squeamish than you’d like to admit, a biological spray called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is available for use by homeowners. This product is derived from a soil-borne bacteria of the same name that releases a specific protein when it enters a caterpillar’s gut, increasing the gut’s permeability. It kills caterpillars over a few days, so don’t be shocked if they aren’t immediately falling from your plants after you’ve sprayed.

Bt is effective on all kinds of caterpillars, but has a short life and may need to be reapplied every week until the caterpillars are all gone. It can be harder to treat tent caterpillars with this product, but if you tear each bag open and spray the caterpillars directly, you will increase Bt’s effectiveness.

Very tall trees or widespread problems with caterpillars may require a pest control expert. Caterpillars in trees are difficult to treat without special equipment that can reach accurately into the canopy. Pest control specialists use a variety of chemicals against caterpillars, make sure that you specify that you want to preserve beneficial insects if you need to call in the cavalry.

Terry Jenkins is a freelance writer on a wide range of topics including gardening, pest control, and occasionally home improvement.

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