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Roaches Love Donuts

eaten donutIt started out as any other morning. A workout consisting of 30 minutes on the treadmill, followed by a hot shower, only to put my pajamas right back on again and enjoy a lazy Sunday morning.

In my house, a lazy Sunday morning typically consists of hot coffee, the New York Times, and breakfast with the Mrs. I do my best to offset the 30 minutes on the treadmill, by inhaling a decadent Boston Crème donut. Today was the day that all changed.

I reached down for my donut, perhaps my favorite part of my lazy Sunday morning, only to find it missing!

It couldn’t have been my wife who took it, she been adamant about sticking to this new diet she’s found online.

Who took my donut??

Just then I remembered my nanny cam! I took a peek at the footage and quickly found out who the culprit was. Witness for yourself:

The culprit that stole my donut was a dirty, rotten cockroach! The thief!

I’ve had enough of dealing with these roaches. My donuts are mine, and I don’t want to share!

You see, these roaches love all foods that are sweet and starchy. Those are all my favorite foods, and I don’t want to share them with anyone, let alone a disease carrying roach that can spread those diseases to me as they crawl all over my food.

It’s time to make a stand and stop sharing my food with roaches! I’m calling Bulwark Exterminating for high quality, professional, roach control.

Charlotte Roach Control

If you are a Charlotte homeowner who is frequently seeing cockroaches in the kitchen, it’s time to take a stand. Professional Charlotte roach control will not only exterminate the roaches that are living in your kitchen or home, it will prevent them from ever coming back with a protective barrier.

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
a1wildlifecontrol.net

Orkin Pest & Termite Control
100 Reagan Drive #3
Charlotte, NC 28212
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com

 

How To Avoid Pests, Clean Bacteria And Get Rid Of Fruit Flies For Restaurant Businesses

Running a restaurant is a dream that many people have, but often the reality is somewhat different to what they expect. Yes, you get the satisfaction of dishing up food you’ve cooked and seeing people enjoy it, yes you will build a regular customer base, and yes you will take great pride in designing your restaurant and making it look great – but at the same time there is an awful lot that can go very wrong, very quickly.

And many of the biggest risks revolve around health and safety. Your business will be built on your ability to provide food that not only tastes great, but that is also clean, healthy and free from germs. If someone gets sick from your food it can completely destroy your reputation, while getting an infestation of rats can actually force you to close down – losing tons of cash for every minute you do.

If you’re starting a restaurant business then, you need to be ready to wage war on all manner of pests from bugs, to rodents to bacteria. Here are some important tips to help you do just that…

Maintaining a Clean Environment

 

The first and most important tip when it comes to keeping pests away from your cooking area, is to make sure that you keep the environment as clean as possible. It’s rotting bits of food – no matter how small – that create smells and attract pests, so that’s what you need to try and avoid.

In order to avoid this happening then, you need to prevent food or spills from creating smells. That means investing in a good fridge and freezer then keeping everything that hasn’t been thrown away in there. It also means making sure that you wipe all your surfaces with disinfectant every single day before going home, and vacuum around the entire restaurant to get rid of crumbs. Make sure that dirty plates aren’t left out, and spray some air freshener on occasion too.

What’s also important is making sure that the area immediately surrounding your restaurant is also clean and secure. Bins for instance commonly attract vermin, so make sure that if you have any outside they are all fully sealed to prevent tempting in the critters.

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

 

Even in a relatively clean restaurant though, you may find yourself attracting fruit flies still which can be a serious annoyance and make your environment look and feel dirty (it’s hardly reassuring for customers).

If you have a fruit fly problem then try taking a small empty pot or can, and putting a few pieces of fruit in the bottom to create a smell. Now cover the top of the container with some cling film, and pierce a very small hole in the top with a pen or a pin. What will now happen, is that the fruit flies will try to get to the food by climbing inside through that opening. Once inside though, they’ll then be stuck meaning that the pot will fill with flies and you can eventually take them all outside at once!

Moldy Food

 

Bugs that you can see aren’t the only problem though. Equally dangerous are germs and mold spores. Bear in mind that if you have moldy food in the fridge, just cutting off the edge may not remove all the mold as invisible roots could be penetrating more deeply inside. Practice a ‘better safe than sorry’ policy, and throw out anything that’s moldy or close to the sell-by date. Keep your fridge cool meanwhile to prevent the mold from forming in the first place.

Another way to avoid letting food go moldy, and thus to get longer out of it, is to avoid touching it directly with your fingers. If you normally hold the cheese while cutting it for instance, then try keeping it inside the wrapper instead and only touching the covered area to stabilize it while cutting. Bacteria from your fingers or from your breath can evolve into more serious problems over time, so generally try to minimize contact with food while it’s out of the fridge.

Follow these tips and you should get more life from your food while also reducing the chance of causing illnesses or getting shut down. A little caution will more than pay off in the long term!

Author Bio: Jack Thomas, the writer of this article, is an employee at Abreq, well-known wholesalers of restaurant equipment. Jack is a culinary enthusiast and specializes in making desserts.

 

Does Toxic Mold Cause Bed Bugs? Here Are Some Tips You Need To Know

Mold BedbugsMold and bed bugs are two things that no one wants to see when they crawl in bed for a restful night’s sleep. While bedbugs do not spread disease, they do bite people during the night, which can result in itchy and uncomfortable skin. Molds, including allergenic and toxic types, can also set up residence in the mattress due to the dark, warm and moist environment. Repeated exposure to mold can cause a wide variety of symptoms and illnesses. With the shared environment, many people wonder whether mold can cause bed bugs. Although this is not the case, neither mold nor bed bugs deserve a welcome in your home, much less in your bed.

Causes of Bed Bug Infestation

 

Bed bugs are tiny and can hide just about anywhere. They are nocturnal and only wake up to feed at night. Bed bugs never went away overseas, and as Americans began to amass more and more possessions and the market for used and imported goods has flourished, as has international travel, it was only a matter of time before bed bugs became an epidemic here. In most cases, a bed bug infestation is a result of poor hygiene. However, you don’t have to have poor hygiene to get bed bugs in your house. They can hide in a used book, a moving truck, an empty box, or hitch a ride in your luggage when you come home from staying at a hotel. Your own hygiene can be excellent but you can still end up with bed bugs in your house.

Preventing Bed Bugs

 

You can prevent bed bugs from getting into your house and biting you while you sleep. These strategies can help keep you bed bug free.
Avoid buying used furniture from unknown sources.
Isolate used linens, clothing, books and other items for two weeks before bringing them into your home. Alternatively, bag them up in a heavy black plastic garbage bag and let them sit in the sun all day. The heat will kill the bugs. Examine hotel rooms for the signs of bed bugs before unpacking your luggage or using the bed.

Mold Infestation

 

No matter what the type of mold, it needs a moist environment, something to grow on, warmth and it prefers darkness. A mattress provides all of these. Although mold spores are everywhere within the environment, repeated exposure for many hours every day can cause some people to develop troublesome symptoms. Common symptoms of mold exposure include sinus and nasal congestion, coughing, trouble breathing, wheezing, skin irritation, itchy eyes, and frequent respiratory infections. Babies, young children, and elderly people are at a higher risk of developing symptoms from mold exposure. People with chronic respiratory diseases or immune system disorders are also at an increased risk of mold sicknesses.

Preventing Mold

 

You can prevent mold from overtaking your bedroom and your house. Some things to try include:
-Encasing your mattress in a waterproof cover.
-Using exhaust fans or opening a window when showering and cooking.
-Use an air conditioner and dehumidifier to get rid of excess indoor moisture.
-Clean frequently.

When Mold and Bed Bugs Coincide

 

If you have symptoms of a bed bug infestation or a mold infestation, you need to take action. You might need to take drastic measures such as getting rid of your mattress and having a pest control company come into your home to get rid of the bed bugs. Proper air conditioner maintenance can also help with mold control. Being cautious when purchasing furniture and other items for your home can also help prevent bed bugs. These inexpensive tips can help keep you, your family and your home healthy and free of the symptoms of bed bugs and mold exposure.

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Author Bio: Robert had a lot of problems with mold and bed bugs as soon as he moved into his new home. In this very interesting article Robert explained the relationship of mold and bed bugs.

Green Tips On Ridding Your Home Of Silverfish

SilverfishSilverfish. Those disgusting, wiggling, squiggling, silvery insects that come out at night to crawl up your walls and feast upon your books, dry oats, wallpaper glue, plaster, drywall and carpet. We’ve all seen them, whether you knew what they were or not. Silverfish are common household pests that, while not dangerous, can cause considerable amounts of damage to household items (not to mention that they’re just plain nasty and the sight of them can make one’s skin crawl!) However, it’s pretty easy to keep your home’s population of silverfish in check, and can be done without the use of harsh chemicals. Below you will find some green tips and suggestions regarding how you can rid your home of silverfish (or at least keep their numbers to a bare minimum.)

Cleaning Tips

  • Vacuum on a regular basis. This will help get rid of silverfish eggs. Take special care to vacuum around floorboards and hard-to-reach crevices. Afterward, empty your vacuum cleaner contents into a plastic bag; tie the bag tightly and dispose of it ASAP.
  • Wash all surfaces frequently. Use a peppermint or eucalyptus cleaner. This helps repel them.
  • Keep ALL FOOD in sealed containers, such as plastic canisters or glass jars. Silverfish are unable to crawl up the smooth surfaces.
  • Freeze all infested books and garments for a few days in order to kill any eggs which may linger.

Homemade Baits

  • Jar Trap: This tried-and-true old timer’s trick involves wrapping the outside of tall glass jars with masking tape or twine and filling with about ½” of dry oats. The silverfish will be attracted to the oats and crawl up the rough surface of the jar- however, once he’s in, he’ll be unable to escape.
  • Diatomaceous Earth: Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around floorboards and other areas where the silverfish have been creeping. This non-toxic pesticide will stick to the silverfish as they crawl through it, scratching through its protective layers and causing it to dehydrate through the rapid loss of liquid. The result? Those nasty silverfish shrivel up and die.
  • Mashed Potato Balls: Mix mashed potatoes with alum and roll into balls and place on newspaper or pieces of cardboard throughout your house. The alum in the balls will poison and kill the silverfish.

Natural Silverfish Repellents

Some items are considered to be natural silverfish repellents, and can be sprinkled around floorboards, cupboards and drawers in order to scare the silverfish away. Among these include bay leaves, eucalyptus, Epsom salt, whole cloves, cinnamon, and cucumber peals. If you don’t like the idea of simply sprinkling these items around your home, place them in cupcake wrappers and set them out, scattered about your house.

Silverfish may seem like nasty little vermin, but the fact is they are harmless to humans and mainly just like to munch on things like your books, which can be quite the nuisance! Thankfully they are fairly easy to get rid of, although you will have to repeat the process every few weeks as any new eggs that you may have miss begin to hatch. With persistence you can get your silverfish population under control- without resorting to using pesticides to do so.

About the author: Chris is writer for a Long Island pest control company.

 

Five Tips On How To Make Your Yard Pest Free

If you are planning to control the pests in your home, then you must start in your yard. Before infesting your home, pests will make their home around your yard. By controlling the pests in your yard, you will be able to prevent them from gaining access to your home.

Here are some tips on how to control the pests in your yard:

Tip Number 1: Clean the Lawn

The first step in pest control is cleanliness. Dirty environments can provide an abundant source of food for insects, rodents, termites, and other types of pests. Therefore, if you want to prevent pests from infesting your yard, the first thing that you need to do is to clean your lawn.

You must clear your lawn from dead plants, fallen fruits, branches and twigs because they can serve as a food source for insects, such as termites and ants. You must also pull out weeds and trim your plants, for bushy environments serve as a good hiding place for pests.

Tip Number 2: Keep Your Lawn Dry

A wet environment is a good place for pests, since it provides an abundant source of water for them. A moisturized environment also serves a perfect breeding ground for pests. Therefore, it is important that you keep your lawn as dry as possible. You can do this by clearing your yard from standing water.

You can also reduce the moisture level in your lawn by watering your plants earlier in the day, allowing them to have more time to dry. It is also advisable that you provide a good drainage system for your lawn especially during rainy season, to prevent standing water. By keeping your lawn dry, you make it an uninviting environment for pests.

Tip Number 3: Clean the Gutters

Homeowners often forget to clean the gutters. However, if you want to ensure that your yard, as well as your home will be free from pest, you need to clean the gutters on a regular basis. Dirt can clog your gutters. If this happens, there will be standing water in the gutters every time it rains, which can serve as a perfect breeding place for pests.

Tip Number 4: Eliminate Food Sources

Pests will only colonize your yard if it provides an abundant supply of food. By removing the food sources in your yard, you will give the pests no reason to colonize your yard. Therefore, you need to free your lawn from garbage, scraps of food, wood, fallen fruits, pet food, and so on.

Tip Number 5: Keep Pest Attractions Away from Your Home

Wood and compost heaps are some of the pest attractions. Therefore, you need to free your yard from this. However, if you cannot get rid of these things because of certain reasons, then it is advisable that you keep them at least 10 meters away from your home.

Controlling pests in your yard is one way of preventing them from colonizing your home. By following the tips mentioned above, you will be able to keep your yard free from pests.

The author, a former worker at a termite pest control Ipswich Company, has vast experience in the field of quality pest control services. Ask him for any pest control related guidance.

Five Plants That Keep Mosquitoes From Buzzing In Your Ears

Everyone tires of the constant buzzing and biting from mosquitoes. It can be a real pain to deal with mosquitoes when one has a backyard party, is grilling out, or just wants to sit comfortably and watch the kids play. Candles, torches, citronella sprays, and bug repellents work, but only for a little while. There is another, more natural way to keep mosquitoes from ones yard to begin with. Having the right plants in ones yard can keep mosquitoes away altogether. Some plants emit natural odors and oils that repel mosquitoes all the time, not just for a little while.

Lemony Plants

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Plants that give off a lemony odor keep mosquitoes away. Lemon grass, lemon balm, and lemon thyme are all great plants to use to repel the nasty pests. Lemon grass is not easily planted with seeds and is better when grown from the plant itself. Buying a bunch from the local grocery store works fine. Take the bunch and place in a vase of water in a sunny window for about a week or ten days. By this time, roots will begin to grow and the lemon grass can be split into pieces and planted easily. Lemon balm is also known as horsemint. It repels mosquitoes but it is very hard to contain. The plant flourishes even in dry patches of weather. It does not repel other insects including bees. Keeping this plant trimmed back is a necessary part of the upkeep for lemon balm. Lemon thyme is also good for repelling the pesky bloodsuckers, but although easy to grow, it requires yearly pruning.

Catnip

Catnip

Catnip

One of the best deterrents of mosquitoes is catnip. This plant can be grown all over ones yard and can be placed in any soil. It grows very easily on its own. The only drawback is the luring effect that it has on cats. People who own cats should not plant catnip in their yards. Otherwise, catnip is great used as a plant in pots, gardens, and flowerbeds. Catnip oil and crushed dried catnip are also effective against mosquitoes. Using these items can reduce the care needed by the plants and still offer the repelling benefits of catnip.

Marigolds

Marigolds

Marigolds

Marigolds are a colorful way to repel mosquitoes, but the bright color attracts wasps. Be careful when planting marigolds to make sure that they are away from patios and windows. Putting them near fence lines and the back of a property are great ways to repel mosquitoes without inviting wasps too close. Putting these flowers in pots that can be moved around is also a great idea.

Citronella

Citronella

Citronella

Citronella plants are one of the most common plants that people use to repel mosquitoes. Citronella oil is used in candles, torches, lamps, and many other mosquito repelling products. The citronella plant is easy to grow, and the plant works better at keeping mosquitoes away because it has more of an odor than the oil that is used in mosquito repelling products.

Spices

Herb & Spice Garden

Herb & Spice Garden

Rosemary, basil, and sage are all great deterrents for mosquitoes. Some repel other pests like flies, beetles, and ants. Spices are great to plant in ones garden or in pots that can be moved around the patio. Using spices regularly and growing them yearly helps eliminate pests like mosquitoes from ones garden and yard.

Using the right combination of plants in ones yard is a great way to help keep pesky insects like mosquitoes from plaguing ones family year round. Finding the right combination to use in planters, pots, the garden, and at entryways is easy with the right information. Potted plants can be moved around next to chairs and tables for maximum protection. Choosing the plants that serve the families needs the best without inviting unwanted pests is the best method.

About the author:

Chris is a blogger for Excel Pest Control a NJ based pest control company.

Asian Cockroaches In Charlotte

Asian cockroaches are becoming more of a pest control problem in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. There are a couple reasons for the recent establishment of these roaches in Charlotte. Here’s what you need to know:

Asian Cockroach

Asian Cockroaches In Charlotte, NC

 

First discovered in Florida in late 1968, heavily infested areas have now been discovered in Charlotte and surrounding areas in North Carolina. It’s not only North Carolina that is venerable to these roach pests, as much of the south-eastern United States is housing these imported cockroaches.

Many Charlotte residents don’t know that they have Asian cockroaches because they are commonly confused with the German cockroach; another common Charlotte pest control problem. Even though Asian cockroaches look conspicuously similar, German cockroaches are darker in color than the Asian cockroach. The Asian Cockroaches’ wings are also narrower and longer.

Because invasions of 30,000 to 250,000 Asian cockroaches (per acre) are common, large areas around infested Charlotte homes will (likely) require aggressive pest control services; to effectively eliminate the problem. Furthermore, if the area surrounding the property remains untreated, it could result in an Asian cockroach re-infestation.

Asian roaches enter Charlotte homes through gaps in doorways and windows. They’ll directly fly to your walls while avoiding baseboards and other typical German cockroach harborages.

To learn more about the Asian cockroach, click here.

Charlotte Pest Control For Asian Cockroaches

 

Out of all the different species of cockroaches, the Asian cockroach just might be the most difficult to control. One of the reasons these roaches are so difficult to control, is because they can fly. In fact, Asian cockroaches have been known to fly well over 120 feet. This means, that even if you treat the roaches on your Charlotte property, new roaches can fly in from areas that haven’t been treated with pesticides. Re-infestations can be common unless other preventative measures, like eliminating water and food sources, are taken.

The Asian cockroach is vulnerable to all pesticides, but some are more effective than others. Stay away from residual sprays. Residual sprays around the perimeter of structures are usually ineffective because there are numerous infested areas in lawns, mulch, and wooded areas. Instead, opt for toxic baits. Toxic baits applied to infested areas outdoors have provided the most reliable control. Cockroach baits have been registered for use outdoors.

Charlotte Roach Control

 

No matter the type of cockroaches infesting your home, a roach control professional can help exterminate them.

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
a1wildlifecontrol.net
 
Orkin Pest & Termite Control
100 Reagan Drive #3
Charlotte, NC 28212
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com
 

North Carolina Carpenter Ant Prevention

Carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus)

Carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus) (Photo credit: Futureman1)

One of the most common and most destructive ant pests in the Charlotte, NC area is the Carpenter ant. In North Carolina, the Carpenter ant that is most frequently pestering homeowners is the Black Carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus). This species of Carpenter ant is also referred to as the Pennsylvania Carpenter ant. Whatever you want to call it, this ant species can be very destructive.

Carpenter Ants

 

One of the largest groupings of ant species is the Carpenter ant. They are most well known for their ability to tunnel through wood; and this is one of the primary reasons confuse Carpenter ants for termites. Carpenter ants do differ from termites, in that they do not eat the wood in which they tunnel. North Carolina Carpenter ants reach lengths of about 1/4 inch long, but a few ½ long ants have been spotted.

Normal Carpenter ants have black heads and abdomens, but have a dark red thorax. The Black Carpenter that North Carolina homeowners see is very similar in appearance, but is black all over. It’s important to note, that sometimes these ants can also have wings.

Carpenter Ant Destruction

 

Like I mentioned before, Carpenter ants build their nests in wooden structures in your home and on your property. Unused, rotten, or decaying wood seem to be the ant’s favorite nesting choices; but old, cracking furniture is also susceptible. This nesting behavior can be destructive.

Carpenter ant nesting habits destroy the integrity of wooden structures, including that of your house or furniture. These ants vigorously chew through wood, building tunnels for their nests. If you see piles of sawdust near a wooden structure on your property, it’s a good sign you have a pest problem… And that pest could be a Carpenter ant. It’s about this time you should have your home inspected by a licensed pest control professional.

Carpenter ants tending treehoppers

Carpenter ants tending treehoppers (Photo credit: cotinis)

North Carolina Carpenter Ant Prevention

 

  • Get rid of vacant wood. Whether it’s an old decaying tree stump, abandoned construction materials, or a wood pile; get rid of it! Carpenter ants love to build their nest in this wood.
  • Fix leaks and eliminate standing water. Just like you and I, Carpenter ants need water to survive. Do not make it readily available.
  • Eradicate sources of food. Carpenter ants love to eat proteins, starches, and sweets. Clean up crumbs and food debris from around your home, and tightly seal food containers.
  • Close up wooden cracks with sealant. Cracks in tree stumps, wooden furniture, etc. are an open invitation for Carpenter ants to build a nest. Put up a closed sign by sealing up those cracks with a wood sealant or epoxy.
  • Get professional ant control. One sure-fire solution to keep those destructive Carpenter ants away is to hire an ant control professional who specializes in pest control for Carpenter ants.

North Carolina Pest Control For Carpenter Ants

 

If you suspect you may have Carpenter ants around your Charlotte, NC property, do not wait until it’s too late before you get some help. Waiting will only further damage the integrity of anything that’s made of wood which is located on your property. Get professional ant control!

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
a1wildlifecontrol.net
 
Orkin Pest & Termite Control
100 Reagan Drive #3
Charlotte, NC 28212
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com
 
 

How To Stop Wasps Buzzing Round Your Barbecue And Garden

German wasp (Vespula germanica).

The garden is an extension of the home, and in the right weather conditions it can be the best part of a home. Whether you like to work, study, exercise or relax in the garden, it seems that being surrounded by nature is good for the soul. Gardens are also great places to socialize and eat, and what could be better than a barbecue on a fine summer day with family and friends?

When we’re trying to make the most of our garden it’s very unfortunate when tiny insects ruin our fun, and while flies and other insects might be undesirable and unhygienic, wasps strike the most fear into our heart.

The Sting

 

Bees have a sting, but they have a good reputation, as happy bumbling insects carefully making honey for our toast. Their sting can make you very uncomfortable, but it’s hard to be angry with a bee when you realize it took its own life, kamikaze style, in order to dispatch that tiny sting.

Wasps, on the other hand, can dispatch as many stings as they like without feeling any consequences, like a fighter jet with an endless supply of fuel and ammo. This is why we’re scared of wasps, and why we dance around, ducking and diving when they are present.

 

Eliminating Wasps From Your Garden

 

Before you use harmful chemicals to tackle the wasp problem, consider the repercussions. Wasps are part of the natural balance, so if you wipe out every wasp in the area you may find that other insect populations will grow without them. This could mean your flowers or vegetables get chomped by a growing caterpillar or aphid population. You should also consider the impact of poisons and pesticides on wildlife and plant life in the garden, as well as any pets or children who spend time in the garden.

There are a number of ways to stop wasps from ruining your barbecue without massacring them with pesticides. One of the easiest and most efficient solutions is to simply draw any wasps to another area of the garden.  Jars of jam or other sweet, sticky food will attract wasps and keep them off your dinner.

There are a few insectivorous plants which can solve a wasp problem, including Sarracenias. They attract wasps and other insects, before trapping them, smothering them and consuming them. The Venus Fly trap is one of the better-known insectivorous plants, but it can’t eat wasps.

Think twice before using traps and other devices to hold wasps prisoner – when they are trapped they can emit a pheromone which will alert other wasps in the area to their plight. It can lead to more wasps descending on the area and the problem getting worse rather than better.

Of course, you should take hygiene precautions to ensure that flies and other insects cannot get to meat, salad, and any other food at your barbecue. Don’t let wasps ruin your barbecue. Don’t be scared, just grab a jam jar and position it at the other end of the garden and get back to flipping those burgers!

 

Alan Derry is a pest control writer and a wasp enthusiast writing on numerous topics to do with them for more information see Sankeys pest control in Brighton 

 

Tips On How To Prevent Pests From Invading Your Garden

Garden overlooking spectacular English countryside

Garden Pests

There is nothing quite as disgustingly irritating as seeing pests of any shapes or sizes scurry across your beautifully pruned lawn. Whilst rodents, insects, moles, squirrels and other pests can invade your garden at any time of the year, there are certain steps we can take to make life harder for a pesky pest in its quest to wreak havoc in our beloved gardens.

Take a look at some of the ways you can help prevent pests from invading your garden.

Keep Rubbish At Bay

There is nothing that rodents, such as rats and pests such as cockroaches, love more than rummaging round for decaying rubbish that has been left outside in the garden. The smell of food, whatever it may be, will attract rodents and pests, which will rapidly multiply in numbers unless the rubbish is dealt with accordingly and taken away.

This potential problem is easy to rectify or avoid by simply ensuring that all rubbish left outside your home is securely inside a sealed container that is impossible for any unwanted pests to enter.

Cover Up Compost

Similar to the irresistible odor of rotting food in unsealed bins floating into the air, the smells generated from unsealed compost heaps will inevitably attract pests and rodents. To avoid the likes of rats, mice, foxes and cockroaches congregating in your compost heap, take the sensible precaution of covering all compost up with a tightly sealed cover.

Trim Back Branches and Trees

Many insects live in the boughs and branches of trees and bushes and whilst this is not usually a problem if these insects are confined to our gardens, if they manage to make their way into our homes, it may become problematic.

You can limit the chances of tree-born insects making their way indoors by trimming back trees and bushes so that they are well away from the house, as overhanging branches that are in contact with the walls of houses is an open invitation for bugs galore.

Place Bird Feed in a Suitable Bird Feeder

Throwing the crusts of the children’s sandwiches and other unwanted food onto the lawn to feed the birds is just crying out to invite the likes of rats, foxes and pests into your garden. Instead of throwing food into the garden willy-nilly, place bird feed in a controlled feeder will ensure that only the birds reap your generosity and not every fox, squirrel, rat and mouse in the neighborhood!

Jessica Jones works as a pest controller and often uses supplies from turfland.co.uk to keep her garden pest free.

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