Reduce Pests by Cleaning the Yard

Sanitation is a crucial step in reducing problems caused by pests and diseases. Just like people, trees and flowers will need a healthy environment too. We ensure to get fresh air, water and live in a clean home so as to reduce the chances of getting ill, but we tend to neglect the yard by leaving fallen fruits, dead branches, plants, and weeds in the garden. The fallen leaves and fruits are an ideal location for pests to survive. The shrubs and plants provide the pests with hiding places by increasing humidity and reducing airflow, and this could even cause fungal infections. To mitigate this risk, you have to clean up your yard regularly. The living environment for human beings also provides the necessary conditions for pests to satisfy their life requirements. For this reason, it is crucial for homeowners to reduce the pests access to some possible elements like water, food, and shelter around the home to keep the living space hospitable. Pest management is a process that involves understanding and identifying the pests’ behavior and what they like most then using the information to get means on reducing them. One common feature among all pests is that they like living in dark places like under the rocks where they live as a group. The harborages are mostly sites that are protected from air movement. They also love places where food is available, and the temperature is suitable for their survival. If you have a hip of rocks in your yard, you are likely to be attracting them. They also enjoy living under wood where they make holes,...

Mice Causing Problems During The Winter Season

As the winter season approaches, homeowners may start to witness rodents in their houses. One of the pests that attack homes during this season is mice. The risk of mice increases as the temperature drops which comes with a lot of problems. One of the reasons the rodents population undergoes a large boost during winter is because they are looking for shelter to protect themselves from cold. During the warm season, the mice live outdoor like in the bushes, hollow logs, and tall grass. When the weather turns cold, their food sources disappear, and they need to look for places to survive until spring. Mice run for warmth and food in homes and other structures that are not temperature controlled like garages and sheds. For this reason, even if you might have a mice problem during summer, you will not notice a large number of them until it is winter because they spend a majority of time indoors. Cold causes building materials to contract and this can cause holes and cracks that were not there during the warm season, making it easier for the mice to sneak in. Mice manifest themselves in different ways. You will spot droppings, tracks or chewed plastics and furniture. They also emit musky smells, and you can hear noisy movements especially at night. The signs can help you get the nesting areas. The nests are mostly made of shredded fibers or any other chewable materials. You will find them in hidden and undisturbed areas like crates or wardrobes, shoe boxes, kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Mice will make nests in the uncommonly used cabinets since...

Taming Spiders in and Around the Home

Spiders are found in many places. There are different species found in and around the home. These spiders are of different species and are not identical. The only thing spiders have in common is that they have eight legs. Spiders are known to eat insects and act as a natural exterminator. However, despite these wonderful things they do, people are still afraid of them. The fear of spiders comes from the belief that they are all poisonous while that is not the case. Most spiders are harmless to human beings and can be kept as pets. Spiders can make fascinating pets, but you need to know how to deal with them. Here are some tips on taming a spider and having it as a pet. If you want to have a spider as a pet, you should first catch one. Before you go looking for one, educate yourself on the different spiders around and the venomous ones to prevent any accidents. Most spiders found in homes and their compounds are usually harmless. When going to catch a spider, ensure you have a jar to put it in and avoid having more than one spider in a jar since they will kill and eat each other. You can look at the best spiders to keep as pets online, and you can ask at the pet store. Ensure you have a cage for your spider. You can keep them in jars as long as they have breathing holes that are big enough to let air in but small to ensure they do not escape. Spiders do not need a lot of...

Stinging Insects and How to Protect Yourself From Them

There are many kinds of insects. Most are considered harmless while others are known to sting. Stinging insects use stingers that were initially used for laying eggs. In most insects, they are found in females while in arthropods, they can be found in both males and females. Stingers are delivered for either defense or to paralyze prey. Every year, thousands of people are treated for insect stings. These insects are mainly active during summer and spring. There is a need for people to be informed about the types of stinging insects and how to prevent them. Common types of stinging insects include bees, wasps, mosquitoes, stinging caterpillars, and other insects. These insects are commonly seen during warm seasons and care should be taken to prevent one from being attacked. Other examples of stinging insects include spiders and scorpions even though they are not considered to be true insects because they are arthropods. Stinging insects usually have venom in their stingers. Depending on the kind of insect, one can have a mild or adverse reaction. Some of these insects have venom that is deadly to humans. These include scorpions and spiders. Other insects may have little amounts of venom in their system but can still cause serious damage when they attack in large numbers. It is not unusual to hear that a person has been stung to death by bees and wasps. There are protective measures in place that can be taken to prevent this from happening: Hire trained professionals to inspect and destroy any hives and nests that in and around the home. Trying to get rid of them...