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Infestation Prevention in the Home January 20, 2016  bug zapper,  citronella,  DEET free,  insect repellent,  mosquito repellent,  natural,  zika Gary Crass 0

Infestation Prevention in the Home
12 Tips to Keep Your Home Bug Free


1 Keep it Clean

Make sure your home is clean and dry. There’s nothing more bugs like than a place that’s moist and dirty. They will breed anywhere they can that has water and/or organic matter from dirt or clutter.

2 Don’t Leave Food Trash in the House

If you can, keep all food trash outdoors. Make a habit of bagging and walking the morning and evening trash out to an outdoor trash can that has a tight fitting lid.

3 Clean all Trash Cans Every Day with Antiseptic Soap and Water or Antiseptic Spray

Make sure your trash cans indoors are clean—If you can smell it, it’s not clean, and most importantly, if you can smell it, insects can also and will be attracted to it and breed there. If you don’t have the time to do this then use an antiseptic household spray like Lysol to quickly disinfect each trash container, then clean them thoroughly twice a week.

4 All Trash Cans need to have Tight Fitting Lids

Make sure the lids on your trash fit very tightly; they need to be airtight or close to it. A fly or mosquito, for instance, can easily squeeze their bodies inside a crack in order to get into a can or any other space that has an appealing smell. If trash cans are damaged, replace them. The damaged cans can be used to store non-organ trash like old car parts, broken household items or hoses.

5 Get Rid of Clutter around the House

No newspapers, dirty clothes or rags. We sometimes don’t consider non-eatable items organic, but newspapers are and dirty clothes have organic material from our bodies and often dirt from outdoors. Dirt and mulch in your household planters can also attract insects. If you see bugs hovering around your indoor plants you might want to consider placing them in an outside patio or placing them all in one well lit room and using a bug zapper to control the insects.

6 Store all Food in Airtight Containers and refrigerate

Make sure that all food is sealed and refrigerated. Don’t leave food on counters overnight. Clean the inside of your refrigerator each month with a little antibacterial dish soap and a sponge. Try not to leave old food stuff lying around, bugs can sense these items and will be attracted to them.

7 Clear the Table Immediately after Meals

Make the habit of putting all food away after each meal. Insects are attracted to the delicious smells at breakfast, lunch and dinner time so do not give them any more incentive to hang around.

8 Wash Dishes Immediately

After you clear the table—keep that momentum going and clean the dishes. This is the best way to get it done immediately. If not, you give bugs the opportunity to have their own meal off your plates. The idea here, like all of the above suggestions, is to keep bugs from being attracted to any organic material.

9 Keep Pet Food in Air Tight Containers

Spot and Tiger may not like it, but it’s important to keep their food covered up so as to not entice bugs to dog and cat bowls. Also, make sure to clean your pet’s food and water bowls out every day and do not let left over bits of canned cat or dog food stay in bowls, especially overnight.

10 Make Sure Sink drains and Floor Drains are Cleared and Clean

This is one of the most important places in your home to check for infestation, but unfortunately most people never bother to check these out. Open up the drain—take the drain cover itself off and scrub it clean with an abrasive cleanser and brush. Then slowly pour a gallon of very hot water mixed with a cup of bleach down the drain slowly making sure to rinse the sides of the drain. You can do the same for all sink drains in your house making sure to pull out any debris such as hair. If drains are slow or stopped up, use a drain cleaner or call your plumber before you use this cleaning method.

11 Check Laundry Drains, Tub Drains and Sink Traps and Make Sure they’re Clean

As in number 10 above, use the water and bleach cleaning method but make sure debris is cleaned out first.

12 Repair or Replace any Damaged Screen Doors or Screens on Windows

Make sure screen doors are in place and screens are on all the windows (20 mesh or better is the best for keeping out bugs). If screens are damaged make sure to have them replaced, most hardware stores can do this for a nominal fee or you can do it yourself with a kit and simple tools. You can also patch them yourself with household cement or clear nail polish. You can also use a screwdriver or scissors to push the wires back in place.

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The Amazing Life of the Mosquito January 20, 2016  bug zapper,  citronella,  DEET free,  insect repellent,  mosquito repellent,  natural,  zika Gary Crass 0

The Amazing Life of the Mosquito
Where They Breed

One of the biggest misconceptions about mosquitoes is that they can breed in ponds, streams and lakes. Fact is, they cannot and do not breed in any flowing water. Streams can produce a mosquito breeding area but only in the stagnant water of a stream bed that’s drying up. Any pond that has stagnant water along its shore line can produce mosquitoes also.

Oddly enough, artificial ditches and wheel ruts made by human activity as well as old tires filled with water and other water containing containers make perfect mosquito breeding environments. Amazingly, a small wheel rut can produce over a thousand mosquitoes in less than 2 weeks. The life cycle of a mosquito is considered the time a mosquito hatches from its egg until it comes out of the water as an adult, a life cycle for most mosquito species is usually 1 to 2 weeks. Any stagnant water that stays around for at least 1 week can provide mosquito breeding.

Mosquito Life Cycle

How They Breed

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in rafts (up to 200 eggs that are connected and float together) or as single eggs depending on the species. Most eggs will hatch in 48 hours; some species will freeze, go dormant for the winter and then hatch in the spring. After the egg hatches they have 3 more stages:

Larva: In this stage of development the mosquito larva lives in the water and either comes up above the water to breathe or uses a tube at its bottom to breathe while it hangs down from the surface of the water. Larvae (plural spelling) ingest organic matter and microorganisms in the stagnant water they make their home in. They shed their skin similar to reptiles, doing this 4 times and becoming larger each time they shed.

Pupa: During this stage of development the mosquito does not eat but is very mobile and can flip its tail to get away from predators. The mosquito turns into an adult during the pupal stage. When this part of the life cycle is finished the adult mosquito breaks through the skin.

Adult: The new adult mosquito floats on the top of the water so it can dry out; the wings must be spread and dried completely and its thorax and other body parts need to dry and harden before it can fly away. The new adult mosquito will not be ready to mate and feed on blood for at least 2 days.

The amount of time each stage of life lasts is dependent on the species and the temperature. Depending on these two factors, an entire mosquito life cycle can be as short as 4 days or as long as a month.

How They Find Humans and Mammals to Feed On

Mosquitoes want our blood to feed their offspring after they become impregnated, so it’s really a matter of perpetuation of the species for them. The attraction for animal and human blood is actually so strong that mosquitoes can sense human presence from a hundred feet away. Research has shown that mosquitoes are first attracted to CO2 emissions from people, which initiates the hunt for blood. They sense the CO2 at between 10 to 50 meters, then at 5 to 15 meters they sense you visually and at less than a meter, they can sense your body heat.

How We Can Use Information About the Mosquito to Eradicate Them

Now that we know a little bit about the mosquito’s life style, we can use this information to find ways to get rid of these pests. The best way to do this is to prevent them from breeding. They like both artificial and naturally occurring stagnant water to breed in, so it’s important to remove these from your property. Here’s a check list to remove possible breeding pools:

• Make sure outdoor pet water dishes are replaced with fresh water at least 2 times per week.
• Any low lying water areas on property need to be regraded to prevent pooling.
• Remove old tires and anything that can hold water.
• Remove refuse from clogged gutters and drains.
• Make sure water is changed out at least once a week from bird baths.

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