Your Home Can Be Pest Free
Controlling common pests is something that many people hate to think about, but eventually will need to know how to do. A bit of know-how goes a long way in terms of making a pest problem manageable. The advice and insights found below can make what may seem to be a daunting dilemma something that you can tackle with ease.
If you're a pet owner, your pets may be the reason pests keep coming back. Take the time to keep your pet's food bowls clean. If any water from their dish is spilled, wipe it up immediately. Store pet food in plastic containers rather than the paper bags they come in. All these things can attract bugs.
Keep your home as clean as possible. Even though this will not keep pests away, you at least will not be giving them an incentive to stick around. Many pests can smell food from a good distance away. If you want to do whatever you can to reduce your pest problem you should be diligent in keeping your house tidy.
Borax powder is known as a natural pest control. It can be used to rid your home and yard of many different kinds of insects, including roaches and ants. Avoid using borax around children and pets. Instead, place borax along baseboards and under cabinets to quickly rid your home of these pests.
If you see damaged wood in your home, look at it closely for what kind of damage it is. If you see that the soft parts of the wood are gone but that the annual rings are intact, you likely have termites. Other forms of damage would be from other forms of insects.
Bedbugs have a habit of hiding in tiny places, which makes them hard to eliminate. All holes should be sealed before beginning any type of extermination. This will help you to be sure that the bugs won't pop out of the holes after you try and exterminate them.
If you live on a farm and have a problem with mice, or even rats, consider getting a couple outdoor cats to provide natural pest control. Make sure the cats have not been declawed, and have access to every part of the outdoor buildings. Make sure to provide food and water to the cats because they will still catch mice even if they are not hungry.
Be sure to close up any openings by which rodents could enter your home. This is especially important before winter, when rodents will be looking for a warm spot to take shelter. Look for cracks and holes of all sizes around the windows, vents and foundation of your home. Some small rodents need less than a quarter inch to squeeze into your home.
Do you feel like you can take a proactive stance when it comes to the pests in your home now? Go ahead and start implementing the advice you've read, and you will notice how much of an improvement it brings. Continue to learn, and you will take back your home.
Your Worst Nightmare: Cockroaches May Soon Evolve to Become Impossible to Kill
Following a six-month study period where they were unable to reduce cockroach numbers, researchers found that the insects' resistance went up to six-fold within one generation.
A new study, conducted by researchers from the Department of Entomology at Purdue University has found that German cockroaches are developing cross-resistance to numerous insecticides, following a six-month study period where they were unable to reduce cockroach numbers. Instead, researchers found that the insects' resistance went up to six-fold within one generation.
Speaking about it, lead author of the study Michael Scharf said in a statement, "We didn’t have a clue that something like that could happen this fast."
The results of the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports saw Scharf saying, "This is a previously unrealized challenge in cockroaches,” adding, “Cockroaches developing resistance to multiple classes of insecticides at once will make controlling these pests almost impossible with chemicals alone.”
In the course of the study, researchers trained different treatments of three insecticides, abamectin, boric acid, and thiamethoxam – in numerous cockroach-infested apartments across Indiana and Illinois.
In one treatment, three different insecticides were rotated each month for three months and then repeated. In a second, they used two insecticides from different classes for six months. In the third, they chose one insecticide to which cockroaches had low-level starting resistance.