What's bugging you? How do you get rid of those pesky insects and pests? This is the category to take a swat at those creepy, crawly unwelcome invaders.
What's bugging you? How do you get rid of those pesky insects and pests? This is the category to take a swat at those creepy, crawly unwelcome invaders.
Dislodging, solarizing, and spraying are ways to control ivy. The perennial vine in question is shallow-rooted and therefore responds well to manual or mechanical removal as long as all fibrous root crowns and trailing stems get dislodged and disposed of. Spraying with select pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides such as those with the respectively active ingredients dichlobenil and glyphosate give respectively excellent and good results.
Squirrel feeders are one option for keeping squirrels away from bird feeders and other parts of the property. Specifically, squirrels really love nuts, especially those of the black walnut tree (Juglans nigra). It is possible to set up a feeder or feeding corner with a squirrel mix that is store-bought or homemade. Otherwise, it is difficult to keep squirrels away from a feeder or area of the property that has gotten their attention.
First id the small fly and then drying out the breeding area will usually knock them out, either by removing food debris (if that's the source) , plumbing repair(s), reducing sprinkler timer, water on houseplants,cleaning the drain(s) etc.
A professional exterminator is the way to get rid of red ants. The insects in question (Solenopsis invicta) proliferate as South American native arthropods introduced into the United States of America from Brazil in the 1930s. They respond in Latin America to parasitism by ant-decapitating phorid flies (Apocephalus) hatched from eggs laid by parents in red fire ant heads and in North America to home remedies (such as baited boric acid and orange oil-treated properties)…
Alteration of habitat niches, applications of moss and weed killers, and establishment of dense ground covers are ways to get rid of moss and weeds. Moss and weeds establish themselves in problematic soils that engender stress beyond the tolerances of edibles and ornamentals. Mowing and mulching after solarizing and tilling prefatory to replanting with thick grasses and ground covers may -- or not -- be sufficient to keep moss and weeds from re-establishing.
Injecting strong odors, keeping lawns mowed and litter picked up, and obstructing access to food sources are ways to get rid of rabbits. For example, rabbits dislike garlic and onions and like grasses and piles in and behind which to hide. They likewise do not appreciate the use of mesh fences, row covers, or trunk wire cylinders.
Encouraging black ladybug beetles (Stethorus), pruning damaged foliage, removing broad-leafed weeds and leaf litter, and treating leafy undersides with home-made or store-bought sprays are ways to get rid of spider mites. The arachnids in question (Tetranychidae family) may be controlled with such home-made sprays as diluted castile soap; cinnamon, crushed fresh garlic, ground cloves, Italian seasoning; or rubbing alcohol. They likewise respond to such botanical pesticides as horticultural/neem oil against eggs at the summer rate…
Cleaning carpets and floors; eliminating access, food, and hideaways; keeping objects (excluding furniture) off floors; using aerosols, dusts, and sprays; and vacuuming sacs and webs are ways to eliminate black widow spiders (Latrodectus spp). Clutter on floors instead of shelving and debris (such as firewood, litter, and vegetation) near foundations encourage the spider in question's presence.
Call a bee keeper. Bees are not usually a pest but are valuable for continued preservation of the Earth's survival. Without them we will eventually starve. A bee keeper will capture the queen of the hive and take them to a more acceptable place to live. Extermination will likely do more damage to you than the bees and removal should only be done by someone who knows what they are doing. Bees are only a…
Companion planting, crop covers, gloved removal, litter pick-ups, natural enemies, site rotation, and trap cropping are ways to get rid of potato bugs. Potato-feasting bugs often develop quick resistance to insecticides. But they may be controlled by early instar applications of Bacillus thuringiensis var tenebrionis.
Pool covers and fences are ways to keep rabbits out of pools. Rabbit-proof fences typically reach above-ground heights of 2 feet (60.96 centimeters) and below-ground heights of six inches (15.24 centimeters). Built-in ledges, ramps and steps along the sides, buoyant frog-log platforms and scamper-ramps along the edges and pool skimmers serve as rescue devices for thirsty rabbits motivated enough to elude fencing.
Dilution of bleach in water for pouring or spraying on plants is the way to use bleach to kill weeds. Diluted bleach serves as an effective, efficient home-made herbicide. Cultivators, farmers, gardeners and orchardists who resort to this measure will need to don proper protective equipment, particularly to protect face and skin, and to monitor the treatments since bleach kills all vegetation, non-target and target, in the immediate area.
Altering habitat, involving professional services, and wrecking nests are ways to get rid of digger bees (also known as ground bees). The insects in question count among natureâ€™s beneficial insects even though their nesting below-ground in residential lawns and paths can be worrisome for households that include less agile older and younger members. They do not linger where they cannot access food and shelter and therefore respond to nests being exposed to professionally applied insecticides…
Aerosols for air-borne nests, dust for ground-level nests, and exterminators for intra-structural nests are ways to get rid of wasp nests. The extermination has to be attempted in the early morning, before the active hours of 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It generally is best to have the controls carried out by professionals who have the latest in head-to-toe personal protective equipment.
Ammonia diluted to a 1:1 rate in water and poured into entries and exits can eliminate ground wasps. It is important to don protective clothing from head to foot and to follow proper procedure just before midnight in order to ensure that the entire family is inside.
No, bees generally do not come back to an underground nest which is destroyed by human-controlled fires. But there always may be exceptions to the above-mentioned rule. For example, bees will return if the underground tunnel remains useful or when population levels and viable alternative shelters remain respectively high and low.
Barriers, repellents, sanitation, and treatments are ways to rid a house of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes enter houses whose repair schedules for cracks, crevices, screens, and thresholds are not maintained. They will be drawn to clutter for shelter and food and water for sustenance unless entry points are eliminated, garbage is kept covered and regularly removed, litter is picked up, and repellents and sprays such as lemon-, soap-, and vinegar-based controls are employed.
Getting fleas in one's home can seem extremely overwhelming. The best way to get rid of them is to wash all the bedding in the home, vacuum thoroughly, and purchase a dehumidifier. The dehumidifier works to reduce the humidity, which will kill off adult fleas.
Flooding mounds, following treatment schedules, squishing with boots, shoes or swatters and tilling soil describe ways to get rid of velvet ants. Treatment schedules against the Mutillidae family members in question include earth-friendly methods such as employing horticultural oils against eggs and insecticidal soaps against all other life cycle stages. Less eco-friendly methods, because of environmental mortality, health concerns and non-target mortality, involve dusting mounds and resorting to baits, borax mixed with flour, honey or…
Altering habitat is a way of getting rid of sand wasps. The insects in question (Sphecius specious) prefer niches within bare-soiled, sandy areas. They therefore will be discouraged by sand boxes that are covered when not in use; and soil that is ground-covered, mulched, and sodded.
Spraying, squashing, and starving are ways to kill locusts. Mesh and shade-cloth, colored other than green, can prevent locusts accessing food sources on herbaceous and woody plants. Hitting with glove-encased hands or swatting equipment and removing to burn piles or trash collections handle less numerous populations whereas insecticides may be required for swarms.
Contacting professional colony-removers is the way to rid ground cover of an underlying bee hive. The insects in question number among an environment's beneficial arthropods, be they located above, on, or under the ground. So their removal needs to be conducted by experienced professionals, during inactive hours in bee schedules, such as before 10:00 a.m. and subsequent to 3:00 p.m., and with head-to-toe personal protective equipment.
Applying herbal remedies to collars, extremities, hair, and sock-tops and donning light-colored, smooth-textured attire are ways to repel bees. Environmentally friendly, non-toxic herbal remedies can be home-made or store-bought. Two popular repellents involve benzaldehyde and tea-tree oil or citronella, lemongrass, and peppermint oil.
Environmental education, governmental programs, professional services, and scientific research are ways to control or eradicate invasive bees. Awareness of life cycles and natural histories help people -- from Brazil through the southern United States of America -- know how to avoid interactions with and presences of the aggressive, invasive, non-native killer bees in question. Professional experience is mandatory for any control measures -- which demand head-to-toe personal protective equipment -- when populations appear or linger…
Salt and vinegar are what is in homemade weed-killers. Salt deprives weeds of moistures and puts uncomfortable crystals in the ground whereas white distilled vinegar's acetic acid makes the ground far too acidic for weeds to survive.
Insecticides and traps are ways to kill yellow jackets. The insects in question can be controlled best in the early summer weeks by setting up mechanical, non-toxic traps and using aerosols or dusts after sunset and before sunrise, during which times yellow jackets are resting underground. Treatment is most effective during sub-50Â°F/10Â°C temperatures -- when the perceived pests cannot fly -- through professional services, with head-to-toe personal protective equipment.
You can avoid mosquitoes by avoiding infested areas where they breed, which can be any standing water as small as in a saucer or puddle. Mosquito larvae can complete their development in just a week. You can avoid mosquito bites by wearing protective clothing and using repellents. Protect your own property by eliminating all sources of standing water and using biological mosquito control methods such as Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis), a bacteria that kills mosquito larvae…
A chlorinated organic compound is what DDT is. Specifically, the organochloride in question carries the abbreviation DDT, for dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane. It has no color or taste and very little odor. Its most famous use is as an effective insecticide with environmental after- and side-effects.
A friend of mine suggested me to dip the veggies in salt water for 3 minutes. I did it the next time I bought cabbage, and guess what IT WORKS! After a minute or so, the worms (2 big ones) were floating dead on the surface. I rinsed my cabbage thoroughly n finally they were completely safe for consumption..
Emission of high-frequency sounds whose cycles are digitized to random variations and whose pitches discourage cockroaches, mice, and rats from feeding and nesting in attics and garages is the way in which the Ultrasound pest repeller works. Efficacy nevertheless requires an absence or paucity of furniture and outlets as well as a lack of such domesticated animals as chinchillas, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, minks, and tarantulas whose behavior and hearing will be impacted.
Depends on product used, target, formulation- can cause internal bleeding, dries out exoskeleton, clogs spiracles (breathing tubes) acts on nervous system, stomach poisons (ingested while grooming) or simply absorbed through their bodies
Applying repellents, contacting professional exterminators, picking up litter and waste, removing standing water, repairing entry points, replacing mulch and screens, and rethinking outdoor lighting (by installing orange, red or yellow night-lights and turning off white light-bulbs 45 minutes after sunset) are ways to get ride of midge infestations. Infestations generally occur from spring through summer. Repellents range from DEET to permethrins to sanitizers for hands.
Injecting strong odors, keeping lawns mowed and litter picked up, obstructing access to food sources, and using repellents are ways to keep rabbits out of the garden. Rabbits dislike alliums such as garlic and onions and like grasses and piles in and behind which to hide. They likewise do not appreciate the use of mesh fences (built 18 inches [45.72 centimeters] above ground and 2 inches [5.08 centimeters] below ground, row covers, or trunk wire…
A beekeeper will try to remove a wild hive (from a tree, or a hole in the ground) by moving the brood (the bee eggs and larvae) and the queen bee into a portable box hive. Foraging bees will return to the box if it is left beside the old hive, and so long as the queen was moved into the new hive. After nightfall, when all the bees have returned, the hive can be…
Encouragement to or introduction of natural enemies accounts for one way to kill aphids without applying insecticides. Aphids function as predators when they feed upon a plant's phloem and xylem sap. They in turn serve as food to such beneficial insects as ladybug beetles, voracious aphid-eating predators and natural enemies.
Ladybugs and ladybug larvae are natural predaors of aphids. There are many gentle pesticides that kill aphids as well, while some people report success with soapy water. The related link below lists some more natural methods for killing aphids.
Horticultural oil against eggs and insecticidal soap against the juvenile and mature stages are ways to get rid of boxelder bugs. The insects in question (Boisea trivittata) can be controlled by both of the above-mentioned organic treatments. The insecticidal soap proves effective regardless of whether it is home-made or store-bought.
Those who practice agriculture sometimes suffer from a lot of losses caused by pests. In order to deal with this situation, pesticides are used to kill those animals that may be causing destruction to crops.
Buy a very small cheap transistor radio, put it on a hard rock music station on the loudest volume it will go and insert it into one of the mole holes as deep in there as you can and the mole will leave your yard from the loud hard rock music.
Detrimental and fatal are the effects of vinegar on plant growth. Specifically, vinegar is acidic. Acetic acid keeps plants from absorbing available nutrients and water. In sufficient amounts, it also lowers soil pH to the point that available nutrients become inaccessible for intake -- for distribution upwards -- by the plant's roots.
Controlled burns, digging up by garden tools or gloved hands, soil solarization and sterilization with weighted-down black plastic sheeting, and use of home-made and store-bought herbicides are ways to kill weeds. Solarizing and sterilizing the soil against above- and below-ground weedy plant parts may precede planting dense, lush, mulched, thick ground covers and proceed from previous bulldozing, clear-cutting, or roto-tilling schedules. Home-made weed killers pose the same problems as store-bought herbicides in that often drift…
Controlling habitat, destroying shelters, eliminating food sources, and favoring natural enemies are ways to kill a groundhog. The mammal in question (Marmota monax) cannot survive without burrows from which to forage for berries, grasshoppers, grubs, insects, nuts, snails, or wild grasses and to verify whether spring is imminent or undergoes a six-week postponement. Given the dedication of people to the "outdoor rooms" which their properties constitute, food is less controllable than burrows, whose sustainability ensures…
Home-made -- as 1 part dish soap to 2 parts water -- or store-bought insecticidal soap allows household members to rid a kitchen of aphids. The insect pest in question (Aphidoidea superfamily) will do the equivalent of drowning or suffocating when sprayed with the effective, environmentally friendly, quick, safe treatment.
Destroying dens, encouraging eagle populations, putting up combination electric and net wire fences, protecting food sources, and removing carcasses are ways to get rid of foxes. The mammals in question (Canidae family) do not remain or survive in habitats where food and shelter are absent, scarce, or unacceptable or where such natural enemies as cougars, coyotes, eagles, lynxes or people have the upper hand. Any wildlife that is perceived -- correctly or incorrectly -- as…
Electrical switching centers, called 'synapses' are found throughout the nervous systems of humans, other vertebrates, and insects. Muscles, glands, and nerve fibers called 'neurons' are stimulated or inhibited by the constant firing of signals across these synapses. Stimulating signals are usually carried by a chemical called 'acetylcholine' (a-see-till-ko-leen). Stimulating signals are discontinued by a specific type of cholinesterase enzyme, acetylcholinesterase, which breaks down the acetylcholine. These important chemical reactions are usually going on all the…
Yes, cinnamon repels ants. The spice in question (Cinnamomum spp), in stick form, discourages entrance by functioning as an inconvenient, uncomfortable obstacle and, in ground form, is too large to be digested. Ants tend to avoid encounters with strong odors since no colony appreciates the introduction of potent scents, such as those remaining on bodies from interactions with cinnamon, into living quarters.
Early spring and late winter are the times of the year for ridding lawns of moss. Moss must be controlled while the weather still is cold. Warmer weather will be accompanied by the spore releases that re-establish or solidify mossy presences in lawns.
Try Capstar pills. They work great and in a short period of time. I just got a dog from an animal shelter and they informed me that my dog (like so many strays) was flea infested. They gave him Capstar and that solved the problem. Its the only product they use.
Choosing the most appropriate product, following product instructions and wearing proper protective clothing are three ways in which the disadvantages of pesticides may be reduced. The disadvantages of pesticides tend to be the effects on non intended populations and environments. So the most appropriate product is the one that solves the pest problem with the least amount of human and environmental harm. Specifically, some pesticides target particular pests and ignore all else. Others affect whatever…
Diatomaceous earth is a non-poisonous way of controlling sow bugs. Specifically, diatomaceous earth comes from crumbling into powder fossilized water plants. The sharp-edged dust cuts open and therefore dries out the sow bug's outer skeleton (cuticle). If ingested, it will shred the bug's insides.
Lemon and vinegar are natural methods by which flies and gnats can be eliminated. It is important to keep food in closed containers and remove crumbs and orts from counters and floors. Cleaning bathroom, kitchen, and pantry areas with lemon and vinegar leaves refreshing smells and serves as effective insect-dispersers.
Habitat reconfiguration, manual removal, mechanical barriers, and pesticide treatments are ways to kill locusts. The insects in question exist as the swarming stage of short-horned grasshoppers (Acrididae family). Their presence reflects the availability of longer, well-water grasses and turfs whose habitat may be altered with decreased irrigation and increased mowing and whose life cycles and natural histories may be disrupted with manual and mechanical removal, pesticide schedules (of which beta-cyfluthrin is the least toxic), and…
Diatomaceous earth applications, feces removal, and litter pick-up are ways to eliminate whipworms in yards. Impervious flooring in outdoor structures for domesticated animals and regular topsoil changes join in making it difficult for whipworms to access hosts and deposit eggs. In the event of invasions, everything from gravel to pavement to topsoil may need to be scoured and substituted to make the 6 inches (15.24 centimeters) of subsurface soil in which whipworms thrive inhospitable.
Reconfiguring habitat and using mothballs and netting are ways to get rid of pest birds. Birds frequent locations because of avian-friendly access to food, shelter and water. Netting protects crops and mothballs repel many a forager even though extreme hunger tends not to be discouraged by anyone or anything.
Exceeding biologically determined ranges of acceptable temperature is the way that hot water kills weeds. All plants move through their life cycles and natural histories in response to certain high and low limits to heat, light, moisture and nutrient exposures. Hot water, by breaking down cells and organs remains an effective torture and treatment for life on the third planet over from the Sun.
Dusts, sprays, and traps are ways through which yellow jackets can be eliminated by non-professionals and professionals. For eliminating in scattered, small numbers insecticidal dust may be applied to aerial and subsurface nests while lure traps with fresh meat, heptyl butyrate, and water may be stagged in late winter to early spring. Pyrethrin or pyrethrum sprays tend to work but require personal protective equipment from head to toe.
Habitat reconfiguration, manual and mechanical removal, and treatment schedules are ways to remove weeds. Habitat reconfiguration means minimizing the amount of disturbed soils in which weeds can grow and pursuing cultivation schedules which alter moisture and nutrient levels in ways friendly to built or cultivated environments and unfriendly to weeds. Manual and mechanical removal refer respectively to glove-encased hand-pulling and lawn hoeing, raking, tilling equipment whereas treatment schedules of controlled burns, extreme trims, and regular…
Professional removal -- with head to toe personal protective equipment -- is the way to get rid of bees without killing them. An individual may have the removal done on her/his own after completing a Master Beekeeper Volunteer Training Program or through professional apiarists. A professional beekeeper association or a state extension office will be starting points since there are individuals and organizations that will do the removal for free or travel expense coverage.
Cleaning spills, clearing orts, covering or refrigerating fruits (especially bananas), repairing screens, and sealing cracks are ways to get rid of fruit gnats by obstructing populations from becoming established indoors. Employing apple cider vinegar-filled bottles/bowls and disposable-glued pheromone or ultraviolet light traps and keeping drains clean end establishing and established presences. Additional controls may include tolerance of natural enemies outdoors (chickens, crickets, frogs, predaceous wasps, spiders) and use of pyrethrin spray.
Removal of nests and tunnels is the way to get rid of mud bees. The insects in question (Crabronidae or Sphecidae family) locate tunnel-looking nests near spider populations since adults paralyze arachnids to feed larvae. Nest removal must be followed by a stiff-bristled brush-scrub with soap and water since nest remnants may attract carpet beetles and site-shopping mud bees.
Professional removal is the way to get rid of bumble bees in wood. The insects in question (Bombus spp) prefer to nest at ground level under a flat, low-lying object -- such as boards, decks, stones, tarps -- or in abandoned mammal holes in the ground. Head-to-toe personal protective equipment and professional equipment and training will be required since bumble bees will avoid confrontations or sting like fury.
A schedule of controlled burning, extreme pruning, regular spraying, severe mowing, and tarp-guided suffocation are ways to get rid of Japanese knotweed. The stubborn invasive in question (Fallopia japonica, Polygonum cuspidatum) has to be controlled in term of above-ground shoots -- whose young stages are edible -- and below-ground rhizomatous roots. Its elimination oftentimes requires either hiring a professional service or letting goats graze the shoots and pigs the roots.
Burning below-ground plant parts and damaging and destroying internal fluids and tissues are ways that lye kills weeds. The herbicide in question (sodium hydroxide) raises soil pH levels to unsustainable ranges of 13 or 14 on a scale of 0 to 14, where many plants hover between 5.5 and 7.0. It will require personal protective equipment, from head to foot, by its user and surveillance of immediate and subsequent effects since lye damages and destroys…
June is the best time to kill squash bugs. That month offers the most chances for successfully controlling populations in that year and from henceforth. It serves as the time of depositing accessible copper-colored, oval, shiny eggs for the insects in question (Anasa tristis).
Aphids and ladybugs are examples of how insects can control other pests. Aphids gather ant populations to select sites in gardens and yards by secreting honeydew in exchange for bodyguardiandship. Ladybugs prey upon such garden and lawn pests as aphids, mealybugs and scale.
Interfering with habitat needs is the way to get rid of outdoor gnats. The insects in question need dark shelters, organic debris, and standing water. They will not stay where their eggs are exposed to horticultural oils, their larval and mature stages are subjected to insecticidal soaps or treatments, and their sources of breeding and feeding are wrecked by containerized trash, litter removal, and water supervision.
DDT is a pesticide that was used in the past to control insects and to prevent them from damaging crops. The problem with DDT is that it accumulates in the environment and remains in the muscles of animals and fish. When birds consume too much DDT, such as by eating fish, they are unable to make hard shells on their eggs, resulting in very few new babies being born in certain bird populations, such as…
I will suggest that although some people think rats are dirty, filthy, disgusting, stupid, and ugly, and oh that hairless tail, and while you think hamsters and gerbils are way cuter, then I need to infer you that domestic rats are very sanitary. As a pet, they are very clean and sanitary, can be trained to use the litter box, are low-maintenence, are extremely intelligent and smart, and are very gentle, so they make good…
Most bug sprays set up barriers to keep insects from getting to the warmth, the smells, and the moisture that they like about human skin. These sprays build their barriers around smells and tastes that are offensive to insects. The smells often may not be picked up by human noses. But the tastes can.
Pesticides and herbicides are the respective ways that farmers control pests and weeds. Farmers also practice crop rotation and roto-tilling and use resistant varieties and row covers. Between crops, they will have ground covers to keep pests from overwintering and weeds from re-establishing.
Yes, vinegar can kill weeds if it is weakly diluted in water and if the area of application is compact enough. But its effects will be non-selective and potentially fatal for any edibles or ornamentals in the treatment zone.
Yes, Riddex electronic pest repeller repulses squirrels (Sciuridae family). But it requires a certain range of effectiveness, beyond which it has no impact and within which other controls -- such as removing food sources and sealing cracks -- need to be implemented.
Applications of pre- and post-emergent herbicides, manual and mechanical removal, proper fertilization and irrigation treatments, and regular mowing schedules are ways to control weeds in Korean grass. The grass in question (Zoysia tenuifolia) does not suffer from the weed-killer intolerances of centipedegrass and St. Augustinegrass. Its dense growth tends not to encourage weeds even though it may have problems with such other environmental challenges as nematodes and thatch.
A good and safe material for ant (and roaches) is a combination of Sugar and Boric Acid. Most Roach powders are Boric Acid. For ants the Boric Acid is consumed with the Sugar. For Roaches, the Boric Acid gets on their feet/bodies by contact. The roaches are fastidious about cleaning themselves and ingest the powder in the process.
Insect-repelling and vinegar-based sprays on clothing can discourage gnats from flying around a person. Another helpful household hint is making sure that nothing in the way of food sources, mating spots, or resting spaces is being espied by the pest in question.
The introduction of natural enemies is a non-poisonous extermination method which easily kills aphids and plant louses. For example, the presence of ladybug beetles (Coccinellidae family) may be encouraged or introduced. The insects in question serve as efficient, voracious devourers of aphids and plant louses.