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How to Get Rid of Fleas (DIY)

Wet summer up to scratch for leaping flea population

But it appears that for fleas, the wet, cool weather could not have been better.

Fleas come in thousands of varieties, but the one that affects Canadians the most is the cat flea, ctenocephalides felis. The cat flea prefers dogs, but cats are its second choice and humans will do in a pinch.

September is usually the peak time for fleas, or at least for flea complaints. Vacationers coming back from their annual spell at the cottage bring their dogs back to a house full of fleas that have not had a good meal in a couple of weeks.

They didn’t recognize they had a flea problem before, but when they get back, everybody gets clobbered – humans as well as dogs and cats. The hungry hordes are made up of fleas that were probably in one of the developmental stages when the host dog or cat left. A flea starts out as an egg, then goes through a larva and a pupa stage before becoming a full- blown pest.

Source:https://www.cdc.gov/dpdx/fleas/index.html

During the developmental stages, fleas live on the ground outdoors and a carpet or the floor serves as their nursery indoors. Only after they reach the adult stage do they set out in search of a live host. Newly developed fleas can stay without a blood meal for a considerable period of time.

But once the host is there, the fleas waste no time in getting down to dinner. They will attack humans as well as animals, but once they’ve got enough blood meals, the things will settle down again to the dog and the cat.

Fleas are active outside as long as the temperature stays above 13 degrees. Below that, animals are unlikely to pick up fleas while roaming about.

If fleas have already moved indoors before the snow flies, they will live quite happily in any abode where the occasional blood meal is available.

Fortunately, fleas cannot fly. But they are tremendous leapers. Adult fleas are only about three millimetres long and they have been known to jump 20 centimetres high; their broad-jump record is about 33 centimetres.

So even houses without pets can become infested after fleas that have hitched rides on human ankles fall off and reproduce.

As parasites go, fleas are relatively harmless unless they are allowed to flourish for a long time.

But over the centuries, fleas have been responsible for millions of deaths as carriers of the bubonic plague. Rat fleas – not cat fleas – carried the Black Death that at its peak in the fourteenth century killed one in four people in Europe.

Ridding animals of fleas is relatively simple. There are flea collars, shampoos and powders available, all of which are effective. But a flea- free pet in a flea-riddled house will not remain unencumbered for long.

Professional pest control firms use a couple of chemicals to rout fleas. A non-residual pesticide called pyrethrin is sprayed in the air to kill adult fleas. Diazinon, an insecticide that remains lethal for weeks, is spread around baseboards to kill larva as they emerge from eggs.

There is nothing available that will kill eggs, however, so often the treatment must be repeated to kill larvae that hatch after the insecticide loses its punch.

A vacuum cleaner can also be effective in defending a house against fleas, particularly if a pesticide is sprayed into it first so that fleas sucked into the machine cannot just crawl out again when the power is turned off.

  • Use herbal flea dip

Consider making your own because it’s not a complicated process. Here is how you can do that. Add to just enough amount of water 2 cups of fresh rosemary leaves. Put the mixture into a pot and then boil for about 30-minutes before you strain. Do away with the leaves and add more water (should be warm). There you have it – your herbal flea dip – and you can slowly pour all of it on your pet. It’s advisable that you do this on a hot day because you won’t rinse or dry up your pet but leave it to air dry. As you know, that’s not healthy to your pet when the weather is cold.

At the time the dip dries on your pet, there would be no flea alive on that fur and your pet will be happy too.

  • Buy a flea comb

Every time you use any herbal dip on your pet, ensure that you use a comb designed to remove flea so that you get rid of any one of them that could have remain alive. Brush through with the comb until you’re convinced that the far is free from any flea.

  • Use citrus spray

I am not saying that you should go and by anything, but make it yourself at home. All you need is a lemon, water and a source of heat. Cut the lemon into small pieces and ad them to a pint of water and then boil. In that way, you’ll have made your spray. Don’t spray it immediately but leave it until tomorrow morning. Pour the liquid in a spray bottle and spray it in the invested areas. Don’t ignore the outdoor areas where your pet is fond of. On your pet’s fur, rub it gently. If you do this on a monthly basis, you’ll be able to get rid of all the fleas as well as avoid re-infestation.

The only disadvantage of using this spray is that it can cause stain on your pet’s fur. In addition, it can sometimes cause digestive discomfort in some pets.

  • Spray with white vinegar

This is how you can make a vinegar spray: Get a clean spray bottle, into it, add a quarter of distilled white vinegar, and fill the rest of the space ¾ with water. Because you’re going to use the spray to do cleaning, it’s advisable that you add soap for efficiency though that’s not compulsory.

Use the mixture to clean all the invested areas. If you like, you can just spray it throughout the house and you should do that once or twice a week in order to get rid of those small scrolling insects. That also ensures that your home is a no go zone for fleas and other pests.

  • Have pennyroyal around
  • https://www.amazon.com/American-Pennyroyal-Hedeoma-pulegioides-Medicinal

If you plant this plant around your house, fleas will never even think of coming near. In case fleas already share your apartment with you, you’ve got to plant this because its oil is very powerful and will send them away. Even though it’s a long-term solution, it’s better because it offers a permanent solution, which many of us will go for.

However, if you have pets that love plants, don’t go for this option because it’s not good for the health of any pet too. Again, you should only plant it around if you don’t have children around.

  • Buy Diatomaceous Earth

In case you don’t know what it means; it’s the fossilized algae, diatoms. All you need to do is sprinkle it around the house and the moment any flea tries to cross where the powder is, it will coat, dehydrate and then die. What makes it more effective is that it makes the fleas agitated as well as come out in numbers and in that way, they meet their death. Ensure that you sprinkle the powder in all infested areas then leave it that way for about 24 hours. I bet you’ll watch with pleasure when these wingless intruders start dying after 6 hours. When they’re all dead, vacuum your house thoroughly as you pay more attention to the carpets and mattress edges.

Always use the food grade type when you want to eradicate fleas because it’s non-toxic to humans.

  • Use horse apples

If you can find horse apple, then you’ll be able to get rid of those flea from your home. Call it Osage orange if you like, or monkey ball, but what’s important to know, is that this apple that belongs to mulberry family is an effective repellent and will show those insects the door. Because they too can’t stand it in some way, they won’t be stubborn and they’ll leave your house in peace.

All you need to do is take a horse apple, cut it into pieces and then place them in strategic places like around the house or windows, inside the rooms as well as in the yards. You can leave them there and even forget that they exist because they’re even more effective when they’re rotten.

Getting flea-control tablets or a flea collar for your dog?

My vet has suggested getting flea-control tablets for my dog. They are very expensive. Are they worth getting or will a flea collar do the job?

Fleas spend most of their life cycle living in dry, sandy soil containing plenty of humus. Towards the end of their lives, adult fleas feed on either cat or dog blood and this stimulates the laying of some 1500 eggs per flea completing the life cycle. Effective flea control requires that this cycle be broken.

First, adult fleas must be killed as soon as they gain access to a cat or dog.

Secondly any flea eggs must be prevented from hatching to become adults. To do this efficiently, two products must be used on every cat or dog in a household. There have been many products developed over the years to kill adult fleas. Many have not worked and some have been highly toxic when used incorrectly.

Unfortunately, fleas, like other rapidly reproducing insects, eventually render good ones ineffective and the search is always on for better products. The best technology for adult flea control is droplets placed on the skin at the base of the neck once a month. The tablets suggested by your veterinarian render flea eggs sterile and with long-term usage the total viable flea egg population on your property drops with the result that your animals experience few adult fleas. For cats this product is available in injectable form lasting six months. Flea control is expensive but the treatment of pets for fleabite dermatitis is even more so.

How to control fleas without poisons

Tiny as they are, fleas cause enormous headaches for dog owners. Fleas live inside as easily as outside; they survive in carpeting for up to one year; they have and reproduce in vacuum cleaner bags; and some of them carry tapeworms that can infect your dog if eaten. How to control these pesky parasites eludes many dog owners and severely tests their patience, to the point that many turn to toxic flea control measures that can be worse than the flea infestation. (Note. Flea control measures for cats are sometimes different than those for dogs. Cats lack the ability to break down some toxic pesticides like pyrethrin).

Most owners become resigned to the fact that ridding their dog’s environment of fleas is an ongoing effort. Fleas easily reinfest both the house and the yard. Also, your dog can easily pick them up on a walk. So it’s better to look at this as “flea control” rather than total elimination.

Common flea-control methods include flea bombs, sprays and powders, dips, shampoos, collars, tags, combs, food additives, and spot-on products. Following is a general description of each method, its pros and cons, and my advice for what works best, based on my twenty years of experience as a veterinary doctor and being a dog owner.

Flea Bombs. In cases of severe infestation, flea bombs – aerosol cans that release insecticides – have been one of the traditional methods used to combat fleas. However, the toxic residue makes this method undesirable.

My Advice: A nontoxic system used by the company Fleabusters yields the same overall results without the problems. Fleabusters operates in many cities in the United States. They will come to your home and use a nonpesticide formula to control fleas.

Also, try treating your home using the following methods. just remember that fleas like areas that have a high degree of humidity, so give special concentration to shady and damp areas. Always treat around doorways and comers and anywhere your dog, lies down the most.

  • Use the Williams Flea Trap, a device that combines a small green light to provide heat and light attraction and a sticky pad which captures fleas. Available in hardware and pet stores (see Resources).
  • Make a homemade “flea trap”: You’ll need a night-light, a baking pan filled with water; and an electrical outlet in the flea-ridden area of your home. Plug in the night-light and place the pan beneath it. The fleas will be attracted to the light and heat. When they jump at the light, they will fall into the water and drown.
  • Change the bag in your vacuum cleaner after every use, or vacuum up flea powder into the bag to stop flea breeding.
  • Sprinkle 30 Mule Team Borax (from the detergent section of the grocery store) on your carpets and rugs. (Always test a section first to make sure it will not damage the rug.
  • In the yard, spray a solution of borax and water in all flea-infested areas. Discontinue use if your dog licks the borax-treated plants. Do not use on grass and plants unless you test an area first.

Sprays and Powders. Flea sprays and powders are designed to be “quick kill.” Sprays and powders don’t stay on dogs for long, so they need to be applied more often. This includes both herbal and chemical sprays. Although most chemical sprays are effective, they contain pyrethrin. Pyrethrin, which is derived from chrysanthemums, can be toxic when given in large doses or to smaller dogs or puppies, who may be sensitive. These sprays, however, are less toxic than other pesticide-based sprays on the market because their chemical toxicity breaks down within twenty-four hours. If you use a pyrethrin-based spray, follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

Although some herbal sprays can help m flea control, they vary in effectiveness, and some dogs have allergic reactions to ingredients such as pennyroyal and eucalyptus. If you buy a new herbal flea spray, try it on one paw first. If your dog is allergic to the ingredients in a particular product, you will see reactions such as red and itchy skin, which the dog will bite and scratch at.

Flea powders are sprinkled on the dog; they are messy and require reapplication every few days.

My Advice: You may have to use chemical control for a serious infestation of fleas. If so, use a pyrethrin-based product that contains Pre-Cor, a substance that retards the growth of flea larvae. This will ensure that fleas in all stages of the life cycle are killed. However, first try natural methods such as the following homemade spray:

HOMEMADE FLEA SPRAY

In a 16-ounce bottle, mix the following.

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • cup Avon’s Skin-So-Soft
  • cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon oil of citronella (optional)

To repel fleas, rub into the coat with the fingers. Apply every two to three days.

Flea Dips. Applied after a bath, flea dips are designed to stay on the hair and skin to repel fleas. Commercial flea dips contain strong pesticides that are effective in repelling fleas, but they are also toxic. My Advice: Use flea dips sparingly, only in cases of severe flea infestation.

Flea Baths. You can bathe your dog with a flea shampoo that is pyrethrin-based, or use a regular detergent shampoo and leave it on for ten minutes before rinsing off. (Flea shampoos can dry the skin, so DO NOT use this type of shampoo unless there is a flea problem).

My Advice: Flea baths work, so go ahead and try them. Keep in mind, however, that shampoos will kill the fleas in your dog’s coat, but it will not repel them.

Flea Collars and Tags. The collars and tags that use chemical pesticides emit toxic fumes that are supposed to get rid of fleas, but unfortunately, both the dog and the owner have to inhale these fumes too. Many dogs react with severe cases of dermatitis, ranging from hair loss and scaly skin to open lesions. Many of the herbal collars tags contain pennyroyal and eucalyptus, which dogs sometimes are allergic to.

My Advice: I don’t recommend flea collars and tags, because I don’t find either chemical or herbal types to be effective. I also don’t recommend tags that repel fleas using sound frequencies because we don’t know how the sound frequencies will affect the dog’s health over a long period of time.

Flea Combs. This specially designed comb with teeth that are very close together allows you to literally capture the fleas as you comb your dog. When you do this, have a glass water nearby with a couple drops of dish detergent in it to dunk the combed-out hair and captured fleas immediately, so the fleas will drown.

My Advice: Use flea combs at least once a day. They work best on short-haired dogs and on those that are frequently groomed.

Food Additives. Food additives have been gaining popularity as an easier way to deal with fleas. The main ones used are yeast, garlic, and a tablet called Proban, an insecticide that I don’t recommend. Proban acts as a systemic insecticide; it is dispersed throughout the body. When a flea bites the dog, the insecticide kills the flea. Since the flea must first bite the dog to be affected by the Proban, this product will only work after the fleas have bitten the dog. Some dogs are allergic to the bite of the flea; this product won’t be helpful if that’s the case. Also, feeding your dog an insecticide can result in toxic problems in the future as well as put stress on the dog’s body.

Yeast has not been as effective as many holistic veterinary professionals had hoped it would be. Recent studies have found no conclusive evidence that it assists in repelling fleas, and I have known only a few dogs that benefitted from yeast in this way

My Advice: I have found garlic to be helpful in repelling fleas, but it must be fed in large quantities or in condensed, high-potency forms such as Kyolic, which I have found to work the best. Give your dog one clove of crushed raw garlic daily for each ten pounds of body weight, or two tablets or capsules of condensed, high-potency garlic capsules for each ten pounds of body weight. (Most dogs will eat tablets out of your hand. A higher dose can be used, but start out with the lower dose to make sure your dog tolerates garlic. High potency garlic is also available in a liquid form that is easy to squirt into the food.

Spot-On Products. A newer item available to fight fleas is a spot-on type of product that is placed on one or two specific areas of the dog’s skin. These products are absorbed through the skin and are systemic; they can also be toxic.

My Advice: I do not recommend spot-on products because I have concerns about how they will affect both the dog’s and the owner’s health.

My two poodles accompany me on house and “farm” calls – to barns, out to the fields, and into homes with other pets – so they are more susceptible to fleas than most dogs. I find that a combination of the non-toxic flea control methods I’ve described keeps my dogs and me healthy and comfortable.

Flea Allergies

Dogs are extremely allergic to flea bites. This syndrome has steadily increased over the last twenty years, and the veterinary profession is trying to understand why. Veterinarians see many cases to flea-bite dermatitis. These dogs often have hair missing from their backs down to their tails. Some dogs are affected by flea allergies more than others, with hair loss extending down their legs, and large bumps and infected areas on their backs. Each case is a little different, and each must be treated individually when seeking to improve the condition.

These same symptoms can be a result of other allergies as well, and it may be necessary to check for other possibilities, including food allergies. Two common foods that dogs are allergic to are soy and corn. Some dog owners have fed their pets diets that exclude such grains (a lamb and rice diet, for example), but it is wise to have persistent conditions looked at by a holistic veterinarian who will search for underlying causes.

The question that must be answered in order to be successful in treating a flea allergy is: Why is the dog allergic to fleas? Once this is determined, treatment can be initiated. There is likely to be an immune system problem, and one has to play detective to find the underlying cause. The possibilities include: vaccine reactions, food allergies, environmental reactions, and genetic predisposition. Often just the symptoms (itching and scratching, pepper like debris in the hair that’s combed out during grooming, and loss of hair down to the tail) are addressed without trying to treat the cause of the immune system dysfunction. A holistic veterinarian will look at the possibilities and try to find a treatment that will address the immediate symptoms as well as the root cause.

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Get rid of cockroaches

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Getting rid of cockroaches

There are few insects like cockroaches that are as are as repulsive, resilient or reproductive as cockroaches. They can live by eating only once a month, if unattained can pair and produce 30,000 offspring in a year and are potential carriers of food poisoning,, dysentry, diphtheria, hepatitis and typhoid .

 

Of more than 400 native species of cockroach the local species are not known to be a pest and stay outside the house. The main problems are the imports species like -the large American and Smoky Brown roaches. The smaller softer-bodied German species reaches 10-15 mm, can go to tiny cracks and crevices of Kitchens and bathrooms are are a real terror.

HABITS

Cockroaches live in dark, warm and moist narrow cracks and crevices and emerge at night to feed. Places like underneath fridges and stoves; around hot water systems, in piles of newspapers or cardboard; pipes, underneath the floor; in the ceiling; sinks and cupboards.

One cockroach a month during night is a call for control. Dozen of them is a infestation requiring expert help. In that case you better move out and call in a professional pest controller.

INSECTICIDES

Permethrin, is an insecticide which has high effectiveness and very low toxicity to humans.

A new generation insecticide called hydramethylnon are less repellent to cockroaches and better at enticing them inside.If the label says the bait contains an organophosphate such as chlorpyriphos you have old bait.

But rememmber- to remove all food and utensils before application to avoid contact with insecticides.

An effortless way is to, try cockroach bombs.

These foggers come in a spray can and usually contain insecticides like permethrin but also insect growth regulators . These hormone work long-term by preventing the insects to reach their sexual maturity.

Researchers say the hormones are specific to insects and therefore are less toxic to humans than other compunds like sugar or salt.

Other than aerosols-as several environmentalists advise against them-you can also go for baits, traps and borax, which is relatively cheaply available from chemists.

Borax can be used by placing a mixture of mixture of five per cent borax in sugar on a small lid where children and pets cannot reach.

Traps can also be used.

Spraying the breeding areas with synthetic pyrethroids such as permethrin, allethrin and tetramethrin.

You can also seal cracks and crevices in cupboards or around around pipes to prevent access from outside.

Co-operation from neighbors is also required as cockroaches revells in garbage, drains and sewers and then tramp inside. Doing it alone in a block of units wont do any good and is a waste of time even if you are scrupulously clean and have killed every cockroach in the place. In serious situations, the whole block is needed to be fumigated. Doing it on only one house is futile.

WHAT TO USE

  • BAITS: Containing hydramethylnon include Maxforce are available. Borax which is also recommended.
  • SPRAYS: They contain permethrin. Some generic brands are Raid, Scotts, and Mortein Low Toxic Insect Killer.
  • BOMBS: Contain insect growth regulator.Example are Zoecon Roach Ban and Mortein Roach Bomb.

When cockroaches find their way home they come with lots of damages beyond your imagination. In fact, their presence means that nothing in your house except metals are safe. You and the whole family is not speared too because they are best at spreading germs especially when they snack on your food.

They’ll damage your items ranging from electronics, wallpaper, books, clothes and much more. What worsens the situation is that getting rid of them can be the hardest of tasks. If that’s your situation, worry no more because. I have the solution to your problem and I will help you to kick them out permanently. Check this out: 9 ways to get rid of cockroaches!

  • Use pandan leaves

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Did you know that cockroaches can’t stand sweet smell? Well, now you know. And because of the sweet smell of the pandan leaves, their presence, will repel and get rid of roaches out of your house. All you need to do is look for pandan leaves and cut each into two, tie them in knots and put them in every place that these intruders are hiding. Having these leaves in your house is also beneficial because your house will smell fresh always as long as you replace them when they dry up.

  • Trap them in a soda bottle

I bet you’ve heard of it but you just think it’s an old method, that can’t work. Well, it works miracles as far as getting rid of roaches is concerned. Get a soda bottle, cut its top, remove its cup, and then have it placed upside down inside the bottle. Have soapy water inside the bottle and leave it there for some few days. Because they love the solution, they will try to reach it, but instead, will be drowned into the solution. This method remains the simplest and most effective way of getting rid of roaches.

  • Get a fragrant spray

Cockroaches breathe through their skin and therefore, they will suffocate in the presence of fragrance hence die slowly. If they detect its presence, they will escape as quickly as possible. I would strongly recommend that you use fabric softener to spray on them. You know that it’s soapy, which makes gaseous exchange through the skin of cockroaches difficult. Of course, nothing can stay alive if it can’t breathe.

Al you need to do is mix a fabric softener with twice the amount of water and pour the mixture into a clean spray bottle. Spray on the cockroaches and all their nesting areas.

  • Sprinkle with boric acid

Can you get boric acid? If you answered yes, then you won’t have more problems with those little intruders. All you need to do is mix the boric acid with sugar –ensure the two mixtures are of equal amount – then sprinkle in the affected areas. If possible, sprinkle everywhere. Concentrate on areas like kitchen cabinets, drawers, bathrooms among other places and items.

They will eat the powder and die marking the end of your struggle. Even though boric acid is not directly harmful to your health, they can cause food poisoning and therefore before you start the exercise, keep food away.

  • Flour

Flour is among the powders that are harmful to many insects. It would work best if you mix it with sugar as well as boric acid. Sprinkle the mixture in relevant areas to kill the cockroaches and other insects.

  • Spray them with hair spray

I bet you never saw this coming but it works magic on cockroaches. Because they’re sticky, spray them on the invaders and they will be stuck wherever the spray find them. They won’t be able to move any part of their body and in that way; they’ll suffocate or starve to death. The others will not try to step on the sticky place and so; they will disappear. So, next time you see one scrolling around, just reach for your spray, which is present in almost all homes.

  • Use coffee to trap cockroaches

It’s been proven beyond reasonable doubt that cockroaches are attracted by the smell of coffee, and caffeine is poisonous to them. So get some few cups, which you’ll add a mixture of coffee grinds and water to each one of them. Place the cups containing the mixture in jars. After which, place the jars in strategic positions where the roaches are found in large numbers.

The coffee aroma will attract them and in that way, they will enter the jar one by one. Once inside, they are trapped and they won’t be able to escape. After about 3 days, empty the jars and cups then repeat the process until your house is free.

  • Use a mixture of baking and sugar

Get baking soda and add the same amount of sugar to form a mixture that will help you get rid of roaches. Sprinkle the mixture in relevant places throughout the house. Because they love sugar, they will be attracted to the mixture and then baking soda will have its chance to cause accumulation of gas into their system so that they die slowly. Its more advantageous to use baking soda and sugar because it’s not harmful in anyway, which makes the user comfortable even with the presence of children.

  • Cayenne pepper

Cockroaches, like other insects, hate pepper with passion, making cayenne the best natural repellent against them. Into 4 cups of boiling water, add at least one teaspoon of cayenne pepper and allow it to cool before pouring it into a clean spray bottle. You can then spray it in all the areas that you believe are the hiding places of the roaches and you’re house will be free from them.

Now, either depending on the item that you can get easily or on the method that you think suits you the most, just choose from the above list and say goodbye to cockroaches. It’s advisable that you get rid of them yourself so that in case infestation occurs next time, you’ll have been a “professional” in handling them. So, go ahead and do the necessary. Say no to roaches!

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How to Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

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How to Get Rid of Bees

How to get rid of termites

How to get rid of Spiders

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How to Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a type of parasitic insect that feed off the warm blood of human beings. Although there are a variety of insects in the same family as bed bugs, a very specific type, called Cimex Luctularius is known for targeting human beings in particular. Recent years have shown a resurgence in the instance of infestations.

The pests received the nick name “bed bugs” for their preference to dwell in the beds or other places where people sleep. The bugs are mostly nocturnal, so it is during the night when they are most likely to feed. Because of this, bed bugs are not quickly detected in the home.

They are belived to be initially come from bat as bat bugs. When human start inhabiting with them in caves these bat bugs made human as their host and became bed bugs. Bat bugs looks almost identical to bed bugs. The only difference is the length of their hair on upper thorax which can be seen only with a use of microscope.

Bed Bug History ……. Why Are They Back?

Globalization

People are traveling more to countries that are infested.
Lack of education about the signs and existence of bed bugs in society.
Extermination companies have reduced routine spraying for insects.
Bed bug infestation is now a problem in every country in the world.

The blessing of “Don’t let the bed bugs bite” that was given to children at the turn of the 20th century was done because bed bugs were a big problem. Americans’ standard of living was much lower than today and the daily struggle to survive was beyond bugs in your bed.

For a variety of reasons, the late 1990’s put bed bugs back on the map as a real problem. This problem continued to get worse through the turn of the millennium. The amount of cases was growing geometrically and continues to grow at a remarkable pace.

Some of the reasons given include

  1. A significant increase in travel to various countries that never got rid of their bed bug problem and helped bring many of these infestations back into the U.S.
  2. The pest control industry moved to a more environmentally conscious approach where there was little to no routine spraying, thus eliminating what used to be an effective if collateral method of controlling bed bugs and preventing their infestation.
  3. Lack of public awareness. People would have major infestations and either be oblivious to, or deny the existence of bed bugs.
  4. Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers and can readily attach themselves to a traveler’s luggage and travel with them wherever they go. These factors and others have created what we now know as the bed bug epidemic.

Myths and Facts abut bed bugs

1. No on else in the house has nay bites so they are not from bed bugs.

This is not necessarily true as the infestation may only be small and confined to the one room and have not as yet spread to others rooms in the house. It is also important to realize that we will all react differently to insect bites, some will have a severe reaction that cause very itchy bite marks on the body while others may show no symptoms of a bite at all. Two people sharing a bed can show different signs to a bed bug bite.

2. If you have bite marks them you must have bed bugs

This is another myth as the bites may be from other insect pests such as fleas and mites. The fact that bed bugs are becoming a greater problem and are in the media much more has made people aware of their population build up and this can cause them to immediately blame bed bugs for any bites that they find on their bodies.

3. Bed bugs only live in dirty homes.

This is a big mistake to make, these annoying pests will live in the cleanest of homes as all they need to survive is a blood meal from their host and a small crack or crevice to hide in during the days and between meals. A dirty home will only offer them more places to hide and make it more difficult to find and destroy them.

4.Bed bugs are too small to see.

Bed bugs are very small, but they can be seen during all stages of their lives. The egg is difficult to see as it is only about 1mm long and is always hidden in cracks and crevices where they are hard to find. The adult is about 5mm long so is reasonable easy to see with the naked eye.

5. These pests only feed during the night

Their favourite feeding time is just before the dawn when their host is in their deepest stage of sleep and when they are most unlikely to be discovered. But if they are hungry and their host is sleeping during the day then they will certainly come out of hiding for a meal.

6. Bed bug bites are painful

When a bed bug bites, they inject an anesthetic substance into their host so the actual bite is very rarely felt. The bite will normally get very itchy several hours after the bite when the anesthetic effect of the bite has worn off.

7. Bed bugs only live in the bed.

The most common place to find bed bugs is in the bed, but this is definitely not the only place they will be found. In a large infestation they can be found almost anywhere in the room and this includes hiding in the electrical outlets of the room. They like to be close to their host but will travel a reasonable distance if needed. They can hide in the carpet, cracks in any furniture, cracks in the wall and even behind pictures frames, peeling paint and wall paper.

8. Bed bugs jump onto the bed.

Bed bugs are very good climbers but the are incapable of either flying or jumping. They are similar to ants in this respect and even move across the floor at about the same speed as an ant. The only way they can get onto the bed is by climbing up the bed legs, or up the wall and then onto the bed if the bed is touching the wall or if the bed clothes have been thrown off and are touching the floor then this is another bridge they will use to get to their food source.

9. Bed bugs transmit many diseases.

Fortunately for us this is not correct. Bed bugs unlike mosquito’s will not spread disease from one host to another.

There are really two main problems associated with bedbug bites. The first problem is the very unpleasant itchy and raised red welts on their skin where they have been bitten. They bite usually are in row of three. Excessive scratching can cause damage to the skin and this can then lead to the possibility of infections.

Source-Wikipedia

The other side effect of bedbug bites is actually not a physical problem but it is a psychological reaction to the knowledge that these very small bloodsucking insects are present in their beds and are making a feast on their blood while they are sleeping at night.

It is not uncommon for some people to become so distressed that they are unable to sleep at night due to the fear of being bitten again will they are sleeping. These emotional side effects normally start by the victim being kept awake throughout the night by these painful itchy bites, this lack of sleep and then cause the other problems of stress and anxiety that can even lead to depression if this problem is not resolved

10. Bed bugs can go without a meal for a year or more.

This can be the case but only if the conditions are perfect, the room temperature would need to be very low where their metabolism would slow down and they would not need to feed. This is very unlikely to happen in a home where heating will keep the temperature high enough for them to need food more often. Under normal conditions they would only survive for up to two months.

Bed Bug Behavior and Habit

Some of the ways to find bed bugs and the signs of bed bugs infestation is to de-clutter the room. This makes the inspection procedure easier. Beds must be dismantled and all drawers and desks must be completely overturned to expose the hiding insects. A flash light might be handy for looking into cracks, crevices, joints and inside fabrics.

A magnifier and a flash light can be used as a they may sometimes go unnoticed due to their small size.

Source-hirerush.com

Bugs hide:

  • in the seams of your mattress.
  • between the mattress and box springs.
  • in the box springs – they especially like the corners and the airy fabric on the bottom of most box springs.
  • behind your headboard
  • in your nightstand in and under and behind the drawers and on the bottom
  • same with your dresser and dresser drawers
  • in/under your carpet
  • behind wall plugs and switch plates
  • in the ceiling light fixtures
  • along baseboards
  • behind pictures and sometimes in picture frames behind the picture mat
  • inside your walls

Obviously most preffered locations are areas around the bed and gradually they spread to all parts of the room with time.

Electronic appliances like radios, phones etc. should also be checked along with picture frames, electrical switch plates and other places within the room which might offer a protected hiding place for the bugs. A strong coriander-like odor may be noticed in places which are highly infested with bed bugs.

FEEDING:

The appearance of bed bugs differs from childhood to adulthood. The nymphs have a translucent appearance immediately after hatching and are almost colorless. With time, as they progress through the stages of molting, they gradually change color and take on a brownish color. The reddish brown color of an adult bed bug comes only with age and maturity.

Sources: Princeton University, Tribune News Service

The young bed bugs need regular meals to grow into healthy adults. Immediately after hatching, they start feeding on blood.

Although the adult bed bugs can live without food for long durations, the younger ones need to be fed at least once during each stage of molting. It is not possible for them to advance from one stage to the other without proper feeding. Each bed bug passes through five stages of molting before attaining maturity.

The young bed bugs advance from childhood to adulthood within a short period of time.

About 5 weeks of time is enough for a bed bug to mature into an adult. After attaining maturity, they become reproductive and start the life cycle of hatching eggs.

Due to this fast growth, infestation can occur quickly and steadily when left unattended. It may be difficult to find the younger bugs in their hiding places as their body color helps them to camouflage with their habitat.

The young nymph takes on a red color when it sucks blood from the host’s body.

This is due to their translucent body. Their bodies become swollen and larger in size after feeding. Usually the younger bed bugs are 1.6 mm in length when they are born. Source-www.co.marion.or.us

The young bed bugs go through stages of molting which consist of shedding their skin 5 times. At first glance they look similar to their adult counterparts as they molt, but their color and size differ.

They can be particularly menacing because they need regular meals of blood. Hosts are particularly at risk from the younger ones due to this constant need for feeding and can suffer from severe itching. Medication is quite often required to cure the itching.

The Best Offense is a Good Defense

1) Be careful not to bring bed bugs infested items into your home.

When traveling, inspect :

  • luggage
  • clothing
  • bedding
  • furniture
  • airplane carryons
  • ship
  • train
  • bus
  • After returning from vacation, thoroughly vacuum your luggage.
  • When staying in hotel rooms, take a flashlight with you to inspect the bed frame and mattress for tell-tale signs of bed bugs.
  • Before bringing in second-hand furniture, beds, or mattresses to your home, thoroughly examine the items to make sure there are no bugs hiding in corners, joints, and seams.
  • Bringing cloths from your laundry remove cover outside your home.
  • When you coming from cinema before you entering bedroom put your dress in the wash machine.

Hotels and motels can be easily infested due the the amount and variety of people coming from different countries.

Once a female bed bug takes a blood meal, she will start a local infestation. Upon the introduction of bed bugs, they can spread room to room throughout a whole building.

One of the best ways to prevent bed bugs from entering your home is to establish preventative measures which will deter the bugs from ever causing you discomfort in the first place.

Bats, swallows, chimney swifts, pigeons, or other animal hosts that occupy your home can also transmit bed bugs although these are a bit different from the common human bed bug. For example, Bat bugs can feed on humans. One can recognize bat bugs by the long hairs on its body.

Non-Chemical Control of Bed Bugs

If you have found out that your sleeping area has been taken over by an army of blood sucking free loaders, you don’t have to lose hope. There are plenty of techniques by which you can eliminate these pesky bed bugs. These techniques are not damaging to the environment or your body, which are important considerations to make in any attempt to eliminate bug populations.

The Bedding

Get rid of the mattress if it is laden with bed bugs.

  • If you notice blood spots or dark marks on your bedding, immediately check all areas of your bed, mattress, and bedding for bed bugs.
  • Put all covers and clothing into large plastic bags and dump the clothing and other laundry straight into washer from the plastic bags. Immediately dispose of the bags. Hot water should be used to wash the clothing and other laundry for 20 minutes or more. Also, dry at high on the dryer.
  • Keeping your rooms extremely clean helps you spot and kill bed bugs.

Steam applications

Bedbugs cannot cannot survive in extremely hot conditions like above 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

Steam cleaning therefore either with a steam cleaner or using expert service can be effective treatment to kill them in the bed or mattress itself and is effective for abut 3/4 inch deep on mattress, carpet on cracks

Steam will kill all life stage of the bed bug including the eggs, but it cannot control the problem alone and must be used with other control methods.

When considering a steam machine for killing bedbugs choose one that will produce steam with a low vapour flow but with a high temperature and preferable one that will produce “dry steam” as this will have the benefit of a quick drying time. It is also best if the unit has a continual flow feature. Otherwise you will have a lot of down time as the machine goes through the cooling and reheating phase.

The pressure of the steam should be low otherwise the bed bugs may be blown across the room without being in contact with the steam long enough to be killed and this will only help in spreading the problem even further. Use a machine with multiple jet stream heads for the best results. It is best to not use a brush head as these may flick the bugs and eggs away without killing them.

It is vital when using steam to kill bed bugs that the head should be in direct contact with the area being treated. If the head is held above the surface the temperature of the steam will drop very quickly and may not be hot enough when it finally comes into contact with the bed bug to kill it, only a few centimeters too high will render the steam to cold to kill bed bugs.

When steam is employed to kill bed bugs you will need to remove any items that moisture can damage and also provide good ventilation to prevent a build up of humidity that can encourage mould growth.

Every corner of the room must be checked and cleared along with the furniture. Cushions, cupboards, drawers and mattresses must be overturned to ensure that there are no hiding bugs or eggs. Even the bedding can be sanitized using this method of steam cleaning. Steam cleaning is eco friendly also as it does not produce or leave and toxic chemicals behind.

 

  • Glue traps can be used to monitor bed bugs, however, they are not effective for bed bug control.
  • Delicate materials can be placed into the freezer if they will be harmed by the heat in the drier and the washer. Bedbugs can also die from cold temperatures below freezing, but the chilling period must be maintained for at least two weeks.
  • If possible keep all parts of the house lighted at all times because bed bugs thrive in dark and dirty places.

Diatomaceous Earth for Bed Bugs

Diatomaceous Earth for bed bugs is an all natural product that is made from very small fossilized water plants. This is a chemical free way to control these tiny pests that can also help to control other insect invaders such as ants, earwigs, cockroaches snails.

The way this product kills these insects is that the edges of this material is razor sharp and when these insects come into contact with it, their waxy covering is scratched away. Diatomaceous Earth is very dry and the moisture in the insects is evaporated and they will die within 48 hours.

Diatomaceous Earth for bed bugs does take time to control an infestation of bed bugs but one of the best things about using this product is that it will not evaporate or disappear until you remove it yourself, this means that as long as it is left where these bed bugs are found, it will keep killing them.

Since bed bugs may only feed once in 10 days they may continue to hide and not come into contact with the Diatomaceous Earth until the next time they want some of your blood, so it is best to leave it in place for as long as possible so it can continue to eliminate bed bugs that may try to re-infest your home. Also any newly laid eggs need time to hatch before they new born bed bugs can start to move around and come into contact with the DE.

How to apply Diatomaceous Earth for Bed Bugs

When applying DE it is advisable to search for any likely hiding place that these pests may live in. Use a puffer bottle to puff the powder into any cracks, crevices or other hiding places. It is also a good policy to use spackle or caulk to seal over these cracks to permanently stop them from using these places as a home.

If your floors are cover with carpet, then you can sprinkle some DE into the carpet to control bed bugs, you may need to reapply after vacuuming the room.

The Diatomaceous Earth that is used in maintaining swimming pools is not going to work as a bed bug killer. Even though it has the same name and comes from the same source it is not fine enough to do the job, so if you intend to use it to eliminate bed bugs, please use the correct type of DE.

Is Diatomaceous Earth Safe for Pets?

This is an important question if your have pets in your home, and fortunately the answer is that it is safe to used around pets. It will not only kill bedbugs but can also be used to control ants, silverfish, fleas, cockroaches carpet beetles and crickets.

Watch this video below to see how this substance kills bed bugs.

Bed Bug Traps

Bed bug traps are one way of knowing if you have a bed bug problem and they are used to trap these tiny pests so you can correctly identify them so you can then start on the best control method for your circumstances.

Bed bugs are able to track down their food supplied (that’s your blood) by several methods. They can sense your body heat and zero in on where you are, or they are also able to sense the carbon dioxide that you exhale every time that you breathe, and this is their road map to your position in the home.

So knowing these facts about the bed bug we are able to make a bed bug trap that will attract them and capture them.

One method that does not require this is using the Climbups traps that go under the legs of the bed. These traps have a rough exterior so the pests can climb up but the interior of the trap in so slippery that they cannot get out, and are effectively trapped. From here you can collect them for proper identification.

Attracting Bed Bugs

Another trap that is very simple to make and use is one that uses CO2 as the bait. This is because carbon dioxide same as your breathing does attracts them .

The bed bug is able to climb the outer part of the trap but is then not able to escape.

Traps that use dry ice are for short term use only as the dry ice will soon disappear and the trap will be useless until more dry ice is added.

With these types of traps you can put a fine layer of talc powder on the inside of the trap that will make it extra slippery so they are unable to climb out. You can also add some Diatomaceous earth in the traps and this will kill the pests.

Still other traps use pheromones that attract these pests by appealing to their behavior of aggregation, or living together.

Other use Sugar/yeast mixture to produce CO2 to attract bedbugs.

While these traps will catch some bed bugs, they are not designed to eliminate these pests from your home, their main objective is to capture a few for correct identification so you know what sort of insect you are dealing with, and you can then design the best strategies to kill them.

Contact-kill treatment of Bed bugs.

“Contact-kill is a mixture of cyfluthrin, pyrethrins, and piperonyl butoxide.

Lambda-cyhalothrin is also used which function barrier which slow kills bedbugs once they cross it,

It is usually microencapsulated, to make it safe to pets and humans after it dries.

Deltamethrin is another chemical that is also injected into larger crevices. Lambda-cyhalothrin and the deltamethrin are aare strongest for 2 weeks following their application, but usually are effective for up to 60 days.

Gentrol and Phantom are also used. Gentrol contains (S)-Hydroprene, an insect growth regulator (IGR) as the active ingredient that disrupts the normal growth cycle of bed bugs are other insect like cockroaches, stored product pests, drain flies and fruit flies.

Phantom uses chlorfenapyr an active ingredient known as . It is non-repellent and relatively last longer.

If you use these bed bug sprays you won’t worry about these pesky pests again. Each spray complements the other and is used to form an effective defense against bed bugs. Any effective defense against bed bugs requires an effective strategy. Here is ours.

Bed Bug Defense Strategy

Our strategy consists of four elements designed to eradicate, and keep bed bugs out of your home:

  1. Attack – Kill bed bugs and their egg where they live. OK this really isn’t a defensive move, but as they say, sometimes the best defense is a good offense.
  2. Secure – Wall off your home from intrusion. Keep bed bugs out so they won’t make themselves a guest in you home again.
  3. Prevent – Keep bugs out of your bedding
  4. Repel – Keep beg bugs from hitching into your home.

Step 1: Attack Bed Bugs Where They Live

You can use non toxic bed bug spray. Be sure to clean out every place bed bugs can hide. As you’re cleaning look for signs of bed bugs. Little black dots are a good tell tale as are tiny rice sized eggs or discarded bed bug skins. Use a flash light to make the job easier. Clean and Spray where bed bugs are found,this includes:

  • corners of rooms
  • cracks and crevices on walls
  • floors and on furniture
  • mattresses
  • box springs
  • bed rails
  • headboards
  • bed frames
  • baseboards
  • night stands
  • bed room furniture

Vacuum all of these areas. Thoroughly vacuum your bed, the box springs, the mattress, and frame. Take your bed apart, stand the box and mattress on end for easier access and inspection. If you can, remove plates from electrical outlets, and using a non conductive attachment (e.g. plastic), vacuum inside the electrical box. We’re aiming remove bed bugs from all those hidden areas in your home. Once you have vacuumed, remove the bag and put it in your outside trash.

Step 2: Secure Your Home From Bed Bug Infestation

Now that you’ve hit the bed bugs where they live and gotten rid of most if not all of the pest, it is time to secure your home from future infestations. The first thing you’ll want to do is eliminate their hiding spots within your home.

Since bed bugs are small and flat, they can hide in very small and narrow spaces. Our job it to now eliminate as many of those spaces as possible. Inspect your bedroom and adjoining rooms. Patch any holes or cracks in the walls. Even nail sized holes are large enough for bed bugs. Also, caulk and seal your base boards to the wall. Your aim is to eliminate access to the tiny gap between base board and the wall.

Inspect any wall paper and make sure the seams are sealed to the wall, if not, you may find bed bugs taking residence behind the paper.

This can be a tedious job, but it is very important. Take your time. If it takes several days to complete it is OK.

Once you have sealed up you home, it is time to lay down a protective bed bug barrier. For this I would recommend using a residual spray. That continues to kill bed bugs for several weeks after being sprayed.

The idea is to lay down a barrier, which if the bugs cross, will kill them. Spray along your baseboards, the corners of your walls, and in general, anywhere surrounding your bed. As bed bugs crawl to your bed, they will come in contact with the residue, and it will kill them.

Step 3: Prevent Bed Bugs from Taking up Residence in your Bedding

A good preventative measure to take is to seal up your mattress and box springs in a protective cover. You can purchase covers for your bedding as well. These ensure that any bugs, living or from eggs, inside your mattress or box springs never can get out to feed. They will eventually starve to death. Also, the covering means that bugs can no longer make your bedding their home. Between this and the measures you took in step 2, the bed bugs have no place to go. Eventually they run into the residual spray and die.

You may balk at the purchase price of protective covers, but when compared to the cost of purchasing replacement bed springs and a mattress, their cost is small.

You can also install traps to capture any beg bugs trying to get to your mattress. The Climb up Insect Interceptor Bed Bug Trap is placed under all four bed posts and traps any bugs trying to climb into your bed.

Since there are two wells trap bugs, you can tell whether the bugs are coming from your bed, as they are trapped in the center well, or from your home, as then they are trapped in the outer pitfall.

 

Step 4: Repel Bed Bugs from Your Belongings

A leading source of bed bugs is through luggage or used furniture. You can reduce the risk of carrying bedbugs into your home by treating your luggage with Bedbug repellant. Usually they are Bed bug killing spray that also target mosquitoes Fleas etc.

 

Repellents only last for a couple of weeks, so we recommend treating your luggage prior to each trip.

A better way is to use Ultrasonic Insect repellant They also keep rats mice squirrels etc away. It is portable and work by plugging it to electric socket. The range of ultrasonic frequencies repel most pests.

You’ll create a natural barrier around your luggage, and bed bugs will be less apt to try and hitch hike on your luggage.

Other Contact kill Home remedies

Alcohol– Alcohol also has the insecticidal properties on Bedbugs because of its dehydrating property. The only reason they are not so popular as Bed bug killer because they act only when directly sprayed on them or else they evaporate.

Boric acid– Boric acid powder is used for multiple pest control and can be used or bedbugs also. be sure not to use it on beddings or other area human may also come in contact.
Walnut tea- If you can get and sprinkle this tea powder it on affected area it will drives Bedbugs out out and kill them.

Tea tree Oil– This Oil has proven to be a insecticide. You can add few drops of it in water use it to spray in the home or wash your clothes carpets e and affected item with this Oil.

Fine silica gel– Crush some Silica gel and put on all the cracks and places you suspect are their hiding places.
repair your house. Silica gel is sticky so bed bugs get stuck and wont be able to breath or stave to death.

Repair your house-All the cracks and holes in your house will always be a hiding spot for pests. You may use all elimination method but some may reside deep in these cracks So it will be best after your bedbug removal methods to repair your house to fill all those deep cracks and Holes in your house

Exterminators for Killing Bed Bugs

Several companies have ventured into offering bed bug extermination services. Most of these companies use the same principles of preventing infestation. They are also best equipped in helping with getting rid of bed bug infestations.

Such companies use powerful insecticides that can penetrate the cracks and crevices in the house, the furniture and the beddings to destroy their breeding grounds and disrupt their life cycle. It is important to ask the professionals to use only safe pesticides that may not pose danger to the occupants of such a home.

You can also visit the National Pest Management Association. They also have listings of the locations of pest control professionals capable of taking care of your bedbug problems..

If done correctly, whether by DIY or through a professional getting rid of bed bugs is a vital step in keeping a home safe and protecting the life of its occupants. For those who suspect that their homes are infested, it may be better to seek the services of professionals as opposed to DIY because they have the expertise to kill all the bed bugs plus their eggs.

Also see-

How to Get Rid of Fleas (DIY)

Get rid of head lice

Get rid of Mosquitoes

How to Get Rid of Mice

How to Get Rid of Bees

How to get rid of termites

How to get rid of Spiders

Get rid of cockroaches

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Get rid of Mosquitoes

Did you know that mosquitoes cause more human suffering than any other organism on the planet? Over one million people die from mosquito borne illnesses each year.

Fortunately in the United States, diseases such as Malaria, a disease that reportedly kills one child every 40 seconds is well under control.

However, mosquitoes are the cause and transmitters of many other debilitating illnesses that are alive and thriving in the US such as Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus and Zika Virus.

The temperature is on the rise and the spring rains are pouring. Have you prepared your house and safeguarded your family and pets from the most deadly animal in the world?

Before we go into the mosquito killer products available lets first look at some interesting facts about mosquitoes. The more we know about them, the easier it will be to kill them.

Mosquito Life Span

Mosquito Hatching Time

Every time a female mosquito decides to lay eggs in a source of stale water, around 200 eggs are deposited. These mosquito eggs are special in the fact that they have floats that allow them to stay above the water and will hatch within a couple days. These specialized eggs are not resistant to drying out, however. Often times, a pack of mosquito eggs can be confused for dirt or muck floating around in water. The science of a lifespan of a mosquito is very interesting in nature; the insect goes through 4 stages throughout it’s lifetime.

First, the mosquito hatches from the egg and turns into swimming larvae. It takes around 24 hours for the eggs to hatch if the temperature is right, and then the eggs will hatch into water where they will start searching for food. In fact, baby mosquitoes spend the first 10 days of their lives under water. A female will lay over 100 eggs at a time, but depending on the water source, there can be thousands of eggs present.

These baby mosquitoes eat tiny microscopic organisms living in the water they hatched in. These insects have no legs and move around with a tail-like structure. Mosquito larvae have a detailed head and brushes on their mouth which they use to feed with. These young insects must come to the surface to breath through their spiracles every few minutes. As you can see in the image below, eggs are laid in pools of water, sometimes even ponds, that are thriving with microscopic bacteria that the emerging baby mosquitoes will use as food.

Mosquito Life Expectancy

Many readers and individuals wonder what the average lifespan of a mosquito is during the summer months especially since they are so pesky and arouse so many problems. Depending on the species and the environment that the mosquito is living in, the maximum age of a mosquito varies greatly.

For example, an average lifespan of a female anopheles mosquito is generally under 24 weeks. The stages of egg, larva, and pupa mosquito’s life lats between 7 to 14 days, while the adult stage generally lasts a full 14 days. During this time, the female mosquito will be on the search for future mates and places to lay eggs after finding a blood source. The blood from a host is required to nurture the eggs in a pregnant mosquito fly.

The female mosquito is ready to mate almost immediately after becoming and adult fly.

The male mosquito can take up to 3 days for the reproductive parts to become fully developed enough to mate properly. Breeding and eating are the two main goals of these incredible specks of nature, practically in that order too.

On the contrary, a male mosquito generally will not live longer than 10 days. The only purpose of a male mosquito is to pollinate flower and mate with the females.

Another interesting fact that not very many people know is that these insects will usually not fly more than a mile from their hatching environment. It is said they can fly up to 5 miles from birth, but they are reluctant to move and don’t want to waste energy flying 1 mile per hour towards a goal.

Others ponder at how long do mosquitoes live indoors or simply during the colder months. Depending on the food source and the current temperatures of the house or shed that the flying insect may find shelter in, the lifespan could be shortened to a few hours.

If the temperature is below 50 degrees, they will start hibernating. Mosquitoes love warmer weather and will shut their bodies down for the winter. Any eggs laid will also go into a hibernation mode until it is warm enough for them to hatch.

Are mosquitoes choosy as to whom they bite ?

Science supports personal experience in this matter: mosquitoes are partial to certain people. Their preferences appear to be dictated by biochemical factors. Mosquitoes are drawn to carbon dioxide and amino acids respiratory and metabolic by products that are given off in different amounts by different people, and that increase for any given person as the level of physical exertion increases.

Mosquitoes also like heat, and since dark colors absorb heat, whereas light colors reflect it, they flock to dark clothing and hair. Because of all the metabolic variables, culicidologists those who study mosquitoes cannot say whether the insects similarly prefer dark skin to light. Haute cuisine for a mosquito, then, might take the form of a jogger in black Lycra at the close of his or her run.

How high do mosquitoes fly?

Mosquitoes typically fly less than 25ft from the ground. If they fly closer to the ground, they aren’t subjected to the wind conditions as much as they would be if they were flying higher. However, in saying that, there has been reports the the Aedes Aegypti have been found breeding in tree holes 40ft above the ground. They have also been found in apartments in Singapore on the 21st floor.

When are mosquitoes most active?

Peak activity for mosquitoes in the United States for most breeds is during dusk hours. However, there are approximately 175 mosquito species in the U.S and their activity levels and habits vary significantly. For example, the Aedes Aegypti prefers an indoor environment and is more likely to bite during the day (it doesn’t have to battle weather conditions inside the home). Conversely, the common house mosquito will avoid activity during the day to protect itself from sun exposure which can dehydrate and kill them and they commonly seek out damp, shady areas until dusk returns.

Do mosquitoes die after they bite you?

No, mosquitoes don’t die after biting humans, well they do eventually but not directly after one blood meal. If a mosquito is successful enough to bite multiple victims, they can lay eggs multiple times – as many as five clutches of more than 100 eggs.

What eats mosquitoes?

You will be glad to know that mosquitoes have their own natural predators that prey on mosquitoes such as bats, birds, lizards, spiders, fish and humans, we might not eat them but we can be their worst nightmare – especially a human armed with one of the best mosquito killers such as a dangerous mosquito fogger….look out mosquitoes!

Mosquitoes are incredibly resilient and adaptable and it would be extremely difficult to completely eradicate an entire species. Mosquitoes have been on Earth for millions of years and are likely to stick around for millions of years to come. You may be surprised to know that some mosquito species actually provide value in our ecosystems.

Not only are they a nutritious food source to certain animal species, mosquito larvae also feed on carcasses of insects in the water making nutrients such as nitrogen available for the surrounding plant community. Some female mosquitoes even pollinate plants ensuring plant reproduction.

Mosquitoes may serve a purpose, however their annoyance greatly outweighs their value and are the cause of death for millions of humans around the world; don’t feel guilty if you want to reclaim your outdoor residential area by killing off the mosquito population!

How to Kill Mosquitoes ?

Mosquito Fogger

Do mosquito foggers work? The simple answer is yes. A mosquito fogger is a very effective mosquito killer. If you are looking to control and/or eliminate your insect problem, an insect fogger is an ideal solution to this common frustration.

A mosquito fogger is a device used to disperse a variety of liquid chemicals into the air which is designed to repel or kill mosquitoes and other flying insects. Mosquito foggers are able to reduce these chemicals into microscopic particles, up to as much as 7 times finer than mist. The particle size is so small that it enables the fog to spread and float through the air and penetrate into deep foliage to seek out mosquitoes where they live and hide.

Suitability

Mosquito foggers are suited to those who experience high populations of mosquitoes and other pesky, flying insects living around their homes or campsites and who need to get in and treat those really hard-to-reach areas such as under decks and front porches or penetrating deep shrubbery.

If you live near a lake or creek or in an area with high rainfall which enable mosquitoes to breed and you wish to exterminate mosquitoes relatively quickly with highly effective results, a mosquito fogger is an ideal mosquito killer for you.

Thermacell

Thermacell is a company commanding a large footprint in the mosquito repellent market and rightly so. Thermacell manufacture unique products that are proven to combat mosquitoes, black flies and noseeums. Their products have been put under rigorous scientific testing by the United States Department of Defense, and have been found to be effective in mosquito, black fly and noseeums prevention. Thermacell products are also used by the United States Army in combat theatres such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.

Suitability

Thermacell products are portable and easy to operate and are suited to those where portability and affordability is at the top of their list. If you are a regular camper, hunter, hiker or general outdoor enthusiast, the Thermacell lantern or portable device is for you. If you are a keen gardener or outdoor entertainer and you prefer not to invest and/or operate a mosquito fogger or large mosquito trap, and want a lower cost solution, Thermacell products are for you.

Mosquito Traps

The benefit of using a mosquito trap over a mosquito fogger is the minimal human effort required to operate it. Mosquito traps typically use a mosquito lure such as Octenol which mimics the human breath to attract and trap the mosquitoes in where they die. It really is a set and forget device so the biggest consideration you will need to address when purchasing a mosquito trap is the location of where your trap needs to be set up for maximum effectiveness. Identify areas around your home that either have standing water where mosquitoes breed, or dense foliage where mosquitoes live and ideally this is where you will need to place the trap.

Once you have your trap set up and you feel like it’s not working as effectively as you hoped, try another location. Factor in wind conditions and direction as mosquitoes may choose to fly upwind, downwind or crosswind in their search for a blood meal. Mosquitoes much prefer damp, shady areas as opposed to sunny spots, so keep that in mind when setting up your trap.

Suitability

A mosquito trap is the preferable option for anyone who spends time outdoors, has access to electricity and prefers a set and forget device.

Other Mosquito Killers

Larvicide

Summit 20-Pack Mosquito Dunk

Summit Responsible Solutions Mosquito Bits

GreenStrike Mosquito Preventer

Bug zapper

Indoor Pest trap

High power trap

Repellent sticks

Mosquito spray

Mosquito Coil

Indoor Ultrasonic pest repellent

Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites

  1. Aloe Vera

We all are aware of the fact that Aloe Vera is able to heal numerous health conditions, but do you know that it is also extremely beneficial for treating mosquito bites? Just apply some gel from an Aloe Vera leaf directly on the mosquito bites and you’ll be guaranteed of getting relief from the swelling and itchiness instantly.

  1. Ice

When we apply ice on the bites, the nerves which are accountable for conducting the prickling sensation get numbed by the cold shock and thus we get temporary relief from the pain, as well as, itching. However, it is important to know that ice packs will not be able to alleviate the irritation permanently. Also be sure not to apply the ice on your skin directly; rather, wrap them with a piece of clean cloth. Ice works the same way marking an “x” does, it overrides the nerve cells near the bite and tricks your brain into thinking that it doesn’t itch any more. This is a perfect way to stop itching an annoying mosquito bite.

  1. Baking Soda

We use baking soda in our daily life for various purposes. Also known as sodium bicarbonate, it is a very useful mosquito bite therapy. At first prepare a paste by mixing 1 tablespoon of baking soda with an appropriate quantity of water. The resulting solution should be a pretty thick paste, but thin enough to still stir and mix. After applying the paste on the mosquito bite, leave it there for 10 minutes before rinsing it off. Repeat this method several times a day if needed. A quick tip is to make a large batch of the solution and cover it with tin foil or plastic wrap to ensure that it doesn’t dry out.

  1. Honey

Due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial characteristics, numerous individuals use honey as a home remedy for many health conditions. It is being used for hundreds of years for various healing purposes which support its use as a useful therapy for bug bites. All you need to do is apply a small drop of honey on the itchy bite which should be enough to give you instant relief. If you can, local honey is the best option, since it was created with the pollen of local flowers, it will be more in tune with your immune system and be able to produce significant results faster. Start asking around your town for local honey, since it can be a cure to a multitude of many other problems. Instead of buying stale and treated store-bought honey, go for some itch reducing honey that was made from the same plants the mosquitoes drink out of.

  1. Green Tea Bags

Among the most effective home remedies for mosquito bites, mention may also be made of green tea bags which you can apply directly on the afflicted area. Being rich in anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory characteristics, green tea will give you instant relief from the inflammation caused by the bug bites and will also accelerate the healing process by acting as an astringent. If needed, any type of tea will work and even Lipton’s ice tea can help reduce the swelling associated with the itchiness of a mosquito bite.

  1. Peppermint

Peppermint causes a cooling sensation which reaches our brain faster than the itching and thus it is an amazing remedy for mosquito bites. The human brain is able to process only one among the two sensations every time and the cooling agents take precedence more often than not. Remember those little mints that Sonic used to hand out that were so delectable they had to include more than one? Yeah, you want that kind of mint, the kind that will completely take your mind off and distract you from your mosquito bite in the mean time.

  1. Witch Hazel

Another important remedy for bug bites is witch hazel which is a plant-based astringent. Combine baking soda with witch hazel for preparing a paste which will aid in drawing out the excess fluid, thus easing the swelling. Witch hazel has been an effective ingredient in curing all types of ailments throughout the past decade, and bug bites just seem to be a perfect victim for this herbal remedy. Witch hazel can be bought at almost any major superstore, but you may have to ask around since it wanders in department depending on the store. In fact, Witch hazel and Aloe Vera seem to have a lot in common, so it is often recommended to use witch hazel as a replacement for Aloe Vera cream when in a pinch trying to get rid of itchy mosquito bites.

  1. Onion

Sliced or minced onion will reduce the inflammation and also soothe the itching. Furthermore, the mosquitoes will be repelled by the strong smell of the onion which should come as a welcome relief for us. Now, for many people, the smell of onions is absolutely repulsive and disgusting and they would never mess with this method. I recommend trying it for 10 minutes before knocking it because it seems to be very effective on many people if you can get past the horrendous smell. Then again, some people love the smell of onions. Consider chewing bubblegum while chopping the onions to prevent involuntary tears.

  1. Banana Peel

One of the many natural home remedies for mosquito bites are none other than banana peels! After you have consumed a scrumptious banana, simply rub the inside of the fruit’s peel on the afflicted skin where the bug has bitten. The itch will likely be relieved immediately! On top of this, you will also smell fantastic. The idea is that there are special compounds inside the banana’s peel that reduce the inflammation of your skin due to the allergic reaction of the bite.

  1. Hot Spoon

A fast and easy solution to prevent a bug bite from itching will be to hold a spoon underneath a sizzling faucet till it becomes hot and then apply it on the bite for a few minutes. The proteins that trigger the itching are broken down by the warmth of the spoon, thus stopping the ache and soothing the skin.

  1. Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is one among the well-liked home remedies for mosquito bites that may be utilized to ease the itchiness and eliminate the chance of any type of infection.

Absorb the alcohol using a cotton swab and then put it to the contaminated areas of the skin. Initially, it could cause some itching; however, you will quickly feel comfy from the irritation. Mouthwash may also be used as an alternative of rubbing alcohol. Just remember that this can dry out your skin very easily, and thus moisturizer should be used after each treatment.

  1. Toothpaste

Toothpaste can also help in easing the irritation triggered by the mosquito bites. Just massage some amount of toothpaste into the affected parts of the skin. For quicker results, use toothpaste which is extracted from mint because of its anti-inflammatory qualities which makes it one of the most effectual home remedies for mosquito bites. An alternative to the toothpaste method is to simply mix some baking soda or a dilute solution of vinegar in with the toothpaste. The itching caused by the allergic reaction will quickly go away and you will be itch free in no time.

Also see-

How to Get Rid of Fleas (DIY)

How to Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

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How to Get Rid of Mice

How to Get Rid of Bees

How to get rid of termites

How to get rid of Spiders

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How to Get Rid of Mice

House mouse is a rodent well adapted to living in homes, farms commercial establishments or open fields and agriculture lands. They are not native to the United States but arrived with the early European settlers.

They are one of 19 species of rats, mice and voles that inhabit Arkansas. House mice are prolific. Females can produce as many as 13 litters in a year, averaging between four and seven young per litter.

House mice cause an inestimable amount of damage to foodstuffs and structures, particularly wall and attic insulation, electrical wiring and other building components. House mice contaminate food with their hair, urine and droppings.

Additionally, mice and their parasites transmit a number of diseases to humans, including salmonellosis (foodpoisoning), rickettsialpox, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, leptospirosis, ratbite fever, tapeworms and organisms that cause ringworm.

They can be differentiated from young rats. Young rats will have larger hind feet and head size proportionate to the body.

Habits and Feeding Behavior

Studies states a mouse can travels an area of diameter 10 to 30 feet (3 m to 9 m) in its daily activities. They seldom need to or normally go farther to obtain food. They can get water from the food itself that enable them to survive without freestanding water, and they drink when it’s available.

So a removing water source and food with moisture can help in inhibiting their numbers. Because of their limited movement and feeding behavior, house mice can be difficult to control in some situations. House mice eat many types of food but prefer those high in fat, protein or sugar. They relish bacon, chocolate, butter, peanut butter and nutmeats.

House mice readily eat new foods. A single mouse eats only about 3 grams of food per day (2.4 pounds per year) but destroys considerably more food than it consumes. Mice have a habit of nibbling on many foods and discarding partially eaten items.

Mouse Signs

Mouse tracks.

If the problem you’re having really is mice the first thing you’ve probably noticed is their droppings. These can be anywhere from 1/8″ to 1″ in length and are dark with pointed ends.

The next thing you might detect is the smell of their urine — which has a very distinct odor. You’ll also probably hear them gnawing, running around or making squeaking sounds. These sounds could be very faint and you might have trouble determining their location.

You’ll also see evidence they’ve been around in the form of small holes gnawed in the sides of boxes or bags. Of course, you know without a doubt you have mice when you see them scurrying about.

They are constructed of shredded fibrous materials, such as paper or burlap, and appear as a ball of loosely woven material usually 4 to 6 inches (10.2 to 15.2 cm) in diameter.

9 Ways to Get Rid Of Mice Fast!

  • Clean your home

  • Please don’t misquote me. I am not saying your house isn’t clean. It’s only that mice will come to places where they can find shelter, food and safety.
  • I therefore mean that if you can make your home unsafe for them and deny them food, they won’t be able to stay.
  • Apart from keeping the kitchen clean 24/7, always wash the plates immediately after meals and for the food leftovers, dispose them off into a dustbin and cover it. The idea is to deny them access to any trace of food and in that way, their chances of staying around is minimized.
  • Keep trash cans at a distance

Mice love the smell that comes out of trash cans and they’ll trace it. The best thing to do therefore is to keep it as far away from your home as possible so that they won’t find a reason to visit your house.

  • Block all their holes

If mice have taken residence in your house, there must be holes – both interior and exterior – that must be blocked immediately. It’s advisable that you start blocking the interior holes in order to give them a chance to live through the exterior exits.

I have mentioned that they love to feel safe and therefore if you start blocking their holes, they’ll feel that their safety is compromised. Be sure not to trap them inside by blocking all interior and exterior holes at ones. They’re experts at chewing holes and within no time, you’ll see them using new holes again.

When on a mission to block the holes, start by identifying them and clean them thoroughly before sealing them with an appropriate material. The most recommended materials are kitchen pads, copper scouring pads or steel wool. If you asked me, I would not recommend steel wool because it would soon rust and hence leaving the holes open again.

Ensure the pads are scouring and what’s more, cover them with a strong material from outside or else mice will pull them out and get their way in again.

You need to be on the lookout after the exercise to be sure that there are no mice activities around the house. If they persist, it means you dint seal all the holes or they have dug new ones. Repeat the process as you keep on checking if the already sealed holes remain so.

Sometimes, the holes might be too big to seal using the pads. In that case, repair the wall or floor, which is another way of blocking the holes.

To prevent rodent entry, their capabilities need to be understood. Their physical abilities are impressive. Mice can:

  • Enter openings larger than 1/4 inch (0.6 cm).
  • Easily run along or climb wires, ropes, vines trees etc to entre into a building.
  • Climb almost any rough vertical surface of metal, plastic or wood products.
  • Crawl along or through underground pipes or utilities, augers, conveyors, conduit and or communications lines.
  • Gnaw through lead, aluminum sheeting, plastic , vinyl, fiberglass, rubber, wood, or weak concrete.
  • Jump on to an nto an elevated surface as high as 18 inches (46 cm) from a floor.
  • Travel considerable distances crawling upside down along screen wire.
  • Survive and reproduce at temperatures of 24 degrees F (-4 degrees C) if adequate food and nesting material are available.
  • Look for dried snake poo

You can get rid of mice by simply scaring them away using a dry snake poo. As you know, mice and snakes are not bed fellows and whenever mice sees or smell any sign of snake, it will disappear from that area as fast as its ability can allow. Get a dried snake poo from a nearby zoo or reptile center and place it strategically in the areas frequented by mice or near the entrance of their holes.

  • Keep a cat in your house

Cats are the best pets to take care of the mice. Even though you give them food, many of them enjoy hunting their own and mice are their favorite dish. Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor cat, most of them love hunting mice.

Mice as well, know that cats are enemies and the moment they spot them, they will hide until the cat is gone or will try to run away depending on what tactic they think is appropriate at the time. Sadly, they don’t have the ability to run faster than the cats, which might mark the end of its days in your house if not on earth.

Unfortunately, for some reasons, not all cats see it necessary to hunt mice and they might even make friend with them. Why would have such a cat in your house anyway if it can’t help with animals like snake, mice and other pests?

  • Have dogs in your home

Having dogs around is an effective way of getting rid of mice quickly. Even though cats are also good when it comes to getting rid of mice, they’re at risk of contracting diseases that either are spread or caused by their prey. Dogs are therefore the best pets to deal with mice because their immune system is on point and they’ll easily put up with any disease that their prey might cause them.

  • Zap with beeps.

An ultrasonic sound emitting electronic device is a pest repellant that produces sounds intolerable for rodents, but normal for cats or dogs.

  • Organic mice repellant

These are all natural 98% bio-based mice repellant but safe for children. They have pleasant smell and can also act as air-fresheners.

Glue boards. This mean of getting rid of mice is good because it allows catching many mice simultaneously, but is not so widely used due to humane reasons – mice are left to die of starvation and stress. You must also take care that your own pets do not get into such traps instead of mice. Glue boards can be easily bought in hardware stores or online.

  1. Poison. This method is considered to be even more effective than traps. However, it has some drawbacks. Mice poisons may be toxic for humans and make children and pets ill. Another disadvantage is that mice often die afterwards in inaccessible areas and produce bad smell. If you have decided to use poison anyway, stick with one in a tamper-proof station and do not put it anywhere where your children or pets can reach it.
  2. Mice repellent sprays. They are also designed to drive mice away from your home without killing them. Despite being safer than other methods, such as poisons, zappers or traps, this one also has disadvantages. As sprays do not kill rodents, mice infestation may still persist even after their using.
  • Attract mice predators

If mice have decided that, you’re going to share your residence with them, find away to bring their predators into your home. The best one would be owls because they not only love to feed on mice, but also know how to hunt them. Make or buy a shelter box and place it on top of a tree.

In few days’ time, an owl will have come to stay there and hunting will have began. Be sure the shelter box doesn’t contain anything that can harm owls because if that happens, you’ll be on the bad side of the authorities and the fine to pay is hefty.

  • Use a humane trap

You can find a trap that will allow the mice to enter inside but not come out. You can set a trap that catches them in a box so that you take them away without killing them. Ones they’re under your custody, take them far away from home so that they can find somewhere else to reside.

  • Use peppermint oil

You can get rid of mice by using natural repellents like peppermint oil. Those little animals cannot tolerate the smell and they will leave. It’s readily available at the local health food stores and grocery stores.

Ones you’ve gotten peppermint oil, place 2 drops on a cotton ball and put it on entry points that mice are likely to use into your house. Place the cotton ball near the main door of your house, at the ventilations and near the windows. Again, you can as well place it near their holes.

For a permanent solution, grow peppermint plants in your compound especially near the entry points. Because of the smell, mice will never consider your home as a place for them.

What Isn’t Recommended

There are a number of commercial products that are ineffective at controlling house mice populations or are not recommended around homes because of their hazardous nature.

  • Frightening devices producing ultrasonic sounds are commercially available, but their effectiveness is unsubstantiated by scientific research. Therefore, these are not recommended as a solution to rodent problems. Loud or unusual noises may temporarily frighten house mice, but mice soon become accustomed to new sounds heard repeatedly.
  • Repellents, such as mothballs or household ammonia, may temporarily move mice from one location to another but do nothing to remove the mice. A product called Ro-pel is registered for use in repelling mice from gnawing on trees, poles, fences, garbage and other objects, but will do nothing to remove mice.
  • Fumigants typically are not an option in homes. Some fumigants are registered for use in rodent burrows. House mice burrows are often small, difficult to find and cannot be fumigated efficiently or economically.

Tracking powders can be effective at mouse control but are not recommended around homes. When mice walk over a patch of toxic powder, they pick up some on their feet and fur and later ingest it while grooming.

Tracking powders are useful in situations where food is plentiful and good bait acceptance is difficult to achieve. The concentration of active ingredient in tracking powders is considerably higher than food baits using the same toxicant. Therefore powders are more hazardous. Many, if not all, are Restricted Use Pesticides.

How to get rid of mice in the walls

  • First of all, you do not want any more mice to show up in the first place, do you? Then go on, and check your home for any possible entry points for mice. As soon as you find one, seal it with some steel wool. Mice will have hard time chewing on that! But no matter what you are sealing with, make sure it is not easy to chew on.
  • You should place some snap traps and glue boards along the walls and possible entry points, and put some peanut butter as bait (mice love that stuff). Don’t forget to check your traps daily, or when you hear the “SNAP” sound!
  • You can make a good use of repellent, such as…dried snake poo. Yes, you can ask for it in the zoo, reptile center or your local pet store (they sell “pet” snakes, don’t they). By placing it around problem areas, mice will be terrified.
  • If you actually adore these little creatures, you can use a Humane Trap. It’s the kind of trap that catches the mice in the box without leaving a chance for it to get out. It’s alive and still good, and all you need to do is to take it for at least a mile away from your home and release it.
  • Actually, don’t use poison under any circumstances, leave it to the professionals. Otherwise, you’ll end up filling up the house with stench of decomposing mice bodies inside the very walls you were trying to get them out of.

And, when handling dead mice, always use gloves. Wrap them in paper and place them in a plastic bag, then dispose of it by putting in a tightly sealed trash container.

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How to Get Rid of Fleas (DIY)

How to Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

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How to get rid of termites

How to get rid of Spiders

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How To Get Rid Of Hiccups

Everyone knows what it is like to have hiccups. For some, they can be quite troublesome especially when they occur unexpectedly. There are many possible scenarios for hiccups to occur. It can occur during meal times or after taking a swig of beer or any other alcoholic beverage.

Sometimes you just begin hiccupping without any reason at all. Hiccups happen when the diaphragm experiences spasms. When these spasms occur, you can hiccup for a few minutes or even up to an hour. As you might have experienced before, hiccups can be quite a bother if you don’t get rid of them immediately.

Common Remedies to Relieve Hiccups

So, you have been experiencing hiccups on and off and it has already started bothering your productivity levels. What can you do to get relief from it? Well, here are some tips that you might want to keep in mind just in case your hiccups come back.

  • Water – When you start hiccupping, you should go and get a glass of water and drink it. Have someone cover your ears while drinking. This has been proven to help get rid of that disturbing hiccup so you can continue with your work. This technique doesn’t require much effort on your part which is why many have been using it to get rid of their hiccups wherever they may be.
  • Hold Your Breath – If drinking water didn’t do the trick, the next step would be holding your breath. Try holding your breath for a few seconds. This technique helps in managing your hiccups in various situations. Although for some, they end up with an upset stomach but only for a little while the effects are guaranteed to relieve them of hiccups.
  • Be Scared – Having someone scare you has been an old school remedy for hiccups. You might find this a weird way to solve your hiccups but you are sure to hear stories on how getting frightened help curb this problem easily and i.;u’ithe results are found to be quite successful.
  • Stick Your Tongue Out – This is yet another remedy that you might feel foolish for doing but it has been found to be quite handy when it comes to getting rid of hiccups. Of course, you have to think twice on when you will be using this technique because you might end up feeling ridiculous especially when doing it in a public place.
  • Paper Bag – Breathing into a paper bag is said to help remedy your hiccup problem. The change in carbon monoxide can help alleviate the symptoms of hiccups so you can go on with your work or your meal.
  • Eating Food – There are some types of food that can help disperse that hiccup problem of yours. For some, eating a teaspoon or tablespoon of sugar can help get rid of their hiccup. For others, eating peanut butter seems to take effect when it comes to alleviating hiccups. To be fair, the act of swallowing appears to do the trick when it comes to solving hiccups.
  • Honey – If you have some honey in your cupboard, it would be better to swallow at least a spoonful of it to soothe the nerves on your diaphragm.
  • Ice Cold Water – If drinking ordinary lukewarm water doesn’t do you any good when it comes to relieving your hiccups you might want to get ice cold water instead. The cold temperature is sure to shock your nerves which can help stop your hiccups from continuing.
  • Lemon – Another helpful hiccup remedy is lemon. This works by biting into a slice of lemon when you have a hiccup. The taste of the lemon may be enough to divert your hiccup.
  • Sugar – Just like swallowing honey can do the trick to relieve you of hiccups so too can sugar. Place the sugar on the edge of your inner tongue and swallow. The sweet taste may be enough to rid yourself of the hiccups that have been plaguing you.
  • Marshmallow – If you love eating marshmallows then you will certainly enjoy eating it even more especially now that it is one of the tricks used to get rid of hiccups. You don’t have to do acrobatics just to get rid of your hiccups. This may just do the trick in relieving you of that pesky hiccup you have been having for a few minutes now.
  • Surprise News – For some individuals, getting a surprise news while hiccupping can remedy it. One example is telling someone that you are pregnant or that you won the lottery. Many parents have been snapped out of their hiccups by their kids using this technique and it might work for you too.

These remedies have proven to be quite efficient in their purpose but you need to keep in mind that the results may not be the same with everyone. A severe case of hiccups may have some underlying health issue that needs to be checked by a specialist. If you have been having hiccups for some time now and no home remedy can get rid of it, it might be best that you have a specialist take a look at you.

You can take advantage of any of these household remedies whenever you or someone else is hiccupping. Of course, you need to use one remedy at a time to see which one works best for you.

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How to Get Rid of Bees

As we all know, bees are very important insects because they make our environment thrive. They have always assisted in pollination in our crops, flowers and trees around our homes as well as in the forest.

However, their number can sometimes increase to unnecessary amount or they may invade your home, house or garden. In that way, it will be necessary that you find a way to get rid of them.

Contact a beekeeper

If you intend to remove a beehive of wild bees in an attempt to get rid of them, contact a beekeeper to advice you on the way forward… or if possible, let him do it himself because chances are high that he knows how to. It may be a bit stressful though because not all beekeepers can eradicate bees and so; you might call several of them before you succeed in finding the one who will get the job done.

Pest control firm

Pest control firms can as well help you a great deal. They have the best professionals who will handle wild bees without any difficulty. What’s more, they have all the necessary equipments at their disposal to help them get the job done. In case the bees are inside your house, allow the experts from a pest control firm an access to whatever room they need to work from.

Get rid of attractive scents

Bees have decided to make your home their place too because of the presence of attractive odors. Using colognes and aftershave will actually attract honeybees to your compound due to their sweet smell. It’s most probable that if you ensure that there is no presence of any sweet smell around, you’ll not see them again. Maybe you like using freshening spray outside your house. I would advice that you refrain from doing so when bees have made it a habit to fly around most of the time.

Repellant

You can repel bees by sprinkling cinnamon powder, or placing Moths balls or Plants like Citronella, Mint, and Eucalyptus. They all have smell that repel bees and keep them at distance.

Bee Removal DIY

The process of removing bees can be extremely daunting and even dangerous for those who are not trained to do it. We always recommend you hire a professional bee removal specialist to take care of your problem, but we will tell you the necessary information for you to remove them yourself if you choose to.

The number one concern we have is safety, but if you follow this guide you should be able to considerably minimize all the risks involved. Remember, this task should not be taken lightly as it can be dangerous. If the hive begins to swarm, then it becomes a hazard for the entire neighborhood and not just for yourself.

You may have to remove certain obstructions like walls, couches, or whatever is in the way. You need to have a decent view of the hive, so you can remove or destroy the entire hive structure. You should be relatively sure that you killed the queen. After the hive is all taken care of you need to prevent another hive from forming in the feature. Make sure that all the entrances to the hive area are removed.

Common Bee Poison

Garlic

Sprinkle it around your home with much focus on the exact area where they seem not to get enough of. The smell of the garlic powder makes the environment offensive to the bees and they will leave immediately.

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

You can as well use diatomaceous earth, an organic pesticide that will kill the bees. Apply the powder around the areas that the bees alight and you won’t see them again a kills the bees.

Sevin

Sevin pesticides normally come in a dust formulation. To get rid of the bees, use either an electric blower or gas motor to apply sevin in the nest. Even though they won’t die immediately, the dust will eventually kill all the bees that were present in the nest during the time you forced dust inside. If you can’t find gas motor or electric blower, you can as well use garden hand-duster dispenser to force the dust into the nest.

Pyrethrine spray

In case the bees attack, it would be a very dangerous situation and that calls for a quick action, which is more lethal. Pyrethrine spay will get the job done in few seconds. Its aneuro-disruptive toxin will act fast and it has the ability to remain effective for more than a week after application.

Getting Rid of Bees: Prepare

There are a few things that you will need to before you begin the removal process. The first thing you should do is identify the type of bee and the size of the hive. The bigger the hive, the more difficult the removal process is going to be. Clothing-wise you will need to make yourself a makeshift beekeeper’s suit. You will need most of the following things:

  • Duct Tape – Use this to tape any areas where different articles of clothing meet. For example, the area between your shirt and gloves.
  • Gloves – A decent pair of gloves that will be bee sting resistant.
  • Long Sleeved Shirt or Jacket – Something that is thick enough to protect your arms from wasps or bees.
  • Long Jeans – Something that will completely cover your legs.
  • Face Protection – Something that will protect your face, including neck, mouth, and eye areas.
  • Hat – Something that covers your head completely.

Once you have all the clothes that you will be using, make sure you read our guide to assembling the suit. You will want to make sure you have all the necessary tools for the job. The mandatory one is a good, fast-acting bee poison. You will need at least two canisters of the stuff, and make sure that it is fast-acting. The rest of the tools will depend on the type of job you are going to be doing, but they can include any of the following:

  • Bee Poison – You want something that is fast-acting. We recommend using something that will target the nervous system of the bees and stop them dead in their tracks in 15 seconds or less.
  • Crow Bar – Something that you can use to expose the bee hive.
  • Saw – Sometimes a crow bar will be impractical, and it might be necessary to use something a bit more powerful like a saw. This will let you cut a hole directly into the wall.
  • Vacuum – A high powered shop vacuum might aid with the removal of a larger hive.
  • Garbage bags – You will want to have these on hand to dispose of the hive as fast as possible.

Bee Removal Safety Plan

Safety Warning: Do NOT attempt if you are allergic to bees, around small children, elderly, pets, or alone.

Once you are sure you have all the tools you need to accomplish the job, the next step is just a really quick plan. An effective plan should have plan of attack, plan of retreat, and a quick overview with your partner so they know what to do.

The plan of attack will be covered in greater detail in the next step, but it is pretty simple. You want to approach the hive quickly, but quietly, trying not to disturb the hive. Once you are at their entrance, spray the poison directly into the opening, and hopefully you will be able to poison the whole hive without any trouble. There is a chance that it might be necessary to remove a section of the wall that the bees have built their hive in. It should be done as quickly as safety permits.

The process of removing a wall to reach the hive can be extremely dangerous. All the bees will be on alert due to the vibrations from the saw. If the hive becomes a swarm and you are starting to get stung, it is important that you know exactly how you are going to retreat ahead of time. Execute your retreat plan should things become unsafe.

Make sure that your partner knows to watch your back at a distance. They are there to warn you if the bees have another exit, or to warn you to pull out if it becomes too dangerous. They should also have a can of the bee spray that you guys are using.

Step By Step Bee Removal Guide

  1. Prepare – Make sure you have all the necessary equipment from start to finish.
  2. Clear the Area – Make sure that there are no elderly persons, children, pets, or people with bee allergies around or in the house that you are working on. The bees might find a way into the house when their hive is attacked. For example, there should not be an infant inside the house directly opposite of the wall you’re working on. The bees might run from the poison directly into the house. Also, check your neighbors’ yards and make sure their kids are not outside.
  3. Plan – Make sure you and your partner know what what is going to happen at each step. This should not take longer then a few minutes, but it can save lives.
  4. Get Dressed – Everyone involved should be wearing some sort of basic protection, but you do not have to get fancy. A jacket, jeans, gloves, face protection, and some duct tape work wonders.
  5. Attack – Approach the hive as quickly and quietly as possible. Bees are sensitive to vibrations, so step softly. Once you reach the entrance that the hive is using start spraying the poison into the hive, and don’t stop until bees stop coming out. Constantly re-evaluate your situation. Make sure you have enough poison for the job, and try and estimate the size of the hive.
  6. Evaluate – Time to take a quick break for a few minutes. Step back and judge what’s going on. Make sure that the hive is dead and that any bees did not escape somewhere else, especially into a home. Once the poison has had a few minutes to really penetrate the hive it is now time to remove it.
  7. Remove the Hive – This part can get a bit messy. You might have to remove sections of the wall to remove the hive. You could just seal the entrance if it was a tiny one, but we recommend that you remove it. Once you have a clear view of the hive spray any remaining survivors. When it is safe just remove the hive into a garbage bag and seal tightly.
  8. Cool Off Period – The bees are gone, but there were probably some out gathering pollen. They will be returning throughout the day, and they might be upset that their hive is gone. You can go inside and take off your protection gear.
  9. Rebuild – Give the remaining survivors at least 24 hours to clear out before resealing the wall. Make sure not to leave any gaps to allow another hive to come in and rebuild.

Also see-

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How to get rid of Spiders

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