Wintry weather is at long last nearly over. It’s almost time to think about getting outside again. That’s when the young ones can run free, you can fire up the grill and the family can enjoy the yard again. But spring and summer are prime time for insects and other pests as well. Flies, mosquitoes, ants, fleas and roaches are the customary intruders. Here are some strategies to help you put a stop to pest problems before they even get going.
Flies need moist organic matter to breed. They like food, food residue, trash and worse. The first step in controlling flies is cleanliness. Don’t leave food out, keep it wrapped and sealed. The same goes for trash. The second step is to keep flies out of the house. Keep doors and windows closed. Keep screens repaired. If necessary fly traps are available.
Mosquitoes need standing water to breed. Eliminate standing water everywhere you see it. Clean the gutters, get rid of old tires, dump the buckets, bird baths, wading pools and potted plants at least once a week. Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating. Keep screens and doors repaired. Use an insect repellent containing DEET, but read the label before applying it to children.
Outdoor ants, like flies, are always looking for food. Again, cleanliness is the key. If the ants can’t find any food, they won’t be a problem. Keeping floors and counters clean will pay dividends. An additional way to slow down ants is to seal your property completely. Caulk every crack and crevice you can find. If necessary, ant baits are available. These baits contain a slow-acting poison. The ants carry the bait back to the nest, feed it to the colony and in due course… the colony dies. Finding a bait the ants will eat, and possessing enough persistence, are key.
Controlling fleas is a little more complicated than controlling the other pests mentioned. Good flea control depends on treating the animals you own, the yard and the home… at nearly the same time. The rationale behind is that if you don’t look after all three, one will certainly re-infest the other two. Many products exist for pets. The Advantage, Revolution, Frontline type products are very effective. Boric acid pest control products work very well for carpets, upholstery, and cracks and crevices. Ask your hardware store about products for the yard.
The first line of defense against roaches is…sanitation… again. Few pests, including roaches will hang around if they’re starving. Caulking up cracks and crevices will prevent them from entering your house. If you do have a few roaches in your house, roach baits are quite effective. Be sure to place them in corners or against walls because roaches will follow walls.
If you live in a location where you have to deal with many of these pests, an experienced pest control professional can be invaluable. Ask what pests they specialize in. some specialize in insects, some concentrate on both insects and other pests such as rats, mice, bats, squirrels and more. When you find a good pest control expert, build a relationship with them. You’ll need them in the future.
Hello everyone and welcome back! Today we look at the Golden Bug Net one of the rewards from the Angler. If you combine this with the Flower Boots you can march back and forth on a patch of grass and endlessly destroy and respawn the grass and catch any insects that might pop out of it , as the Golden Bug Net can destroy the flowers and grass without harming a thing! ENJOY!
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