Stink Bug Facts

Stink bugs are also known as shield bugs as their back look like a shield, they are brown in colour and are most commonly seen around gardens or farms, they lay their eggs under the flower beds, fields, shrubs etc . They are a nuisance around agriculture as they are agricultural pests and eat up leaves and crops. The stink bugs belong to a bug family called Pentatomoidea, Hempitera. Let us look at some stink bug facts:

  • The stink bugs are about the size of pumpkin seeds, they have wings, antenna and six legs. The insects may be of different colours but most commonly they are mottled brown in colour. And the back looks just like a shield and hence they are also known as shield bugs.
  • Scientifically they are classified under the Insecta family, in the order of Hempitera, family Pentatomidea and the Phylum Anthropoda.
  • They feed on crops, fruits, soybeans, tomatoes and other vegetables; they also eat up leaves and are also known as agricultural pests. They however don’t harm human beings directly but are indeed harmful to crops. The stink bugs get their name from the stink they give off if crushed or killed. The stink is also a defence mechanism; they give of stench if threatened too.
  • The stink bugs also feed on other insects and larvae of caterpillars and beetles.
  • The adult stink bugs goes into hibernation in the winter but come out of hibernation at springtime. The bugs hibernate in order to survive the harsh winter conditions and in warm climate, they live up to more than a year.

To get rid of stink bugs it is better to bring in the professionals.  Certified pest control will know how to control and eradicate the pest infestation not only of stink bugs but also of other pests. Some measures one can follow to curb stink bug infestation, is by removing plants or weeds around the house, because stink bugs like to lay their eggs under the leaves or in flower beds. Scattering kaolin clay around the house or kaolin clay solution prevents the stink bugs to reproduce or destroy crops or plants. Stink bugs love light, so they find their way into houses at night, so caulk seal can be used to seal off any cracks or crevices around the house that might act as a potential entry point for the stink bugs. If one happens to crush the bugs it will release foul smell so it is better to use vacuum cleaner to suck up the bugs in the vacuum bag and dispose them off far away in garbage bins. Try using some chemical repellents such as permethrin, tralomethrin, cypermethrin, cyfluthrin, horticultural oil etc around entry ways, cracks, crevices etc but be sure to use protective gloves and breathing masks before using these chemical repellents to avoid inhaling or getting in contact with them.

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Getting Rid of House Centipedes

(From housecentipede.net)

The term “House Centipede” is used to describe two different species of centipedes, but most people are usually referring to Scutigera coleoptrata, the handsome customer you see to the right.  The other, less common house centipede is larger and darker, and found in Australia.

House centipedes are sometimes mistakenly referred to as silverfish.

The common house centipede of North America originated from the Mediterranean and spread to other parts of the world where it made its home in the homes on humans.

This house centipede is typically yellow or gray with brown stripes on its back. It has 15 pairs of legs when it reaches adulthood and can live for up to 7 years. These delicate legs allow the house centipede to run very fast.  It can reach speeds of up to 1 mile an hour (or about 16? per second.)

House centipedes are insectivores, meaning they eat other insects. The primary diet of house centipedes is spiders, silverfish, cockroaches, woodbugs, flies, wasps and anything else they can find.

Most pests are attracted to the homes of humans because of the ample supply of food to be found. House centipedes are attracted to the homes of humans because they eat the other pests that dwell within.

If you have house centipedes in your home, it is most likely that you have a problem with other pests as well.

Some people consider house centipedes to be “useful” to maintaining pest control in your home because they eat other pests, such as spiders and silverfish.  But most people find the house centipede to be… how do I put this… disgusting.  They are freaky looking and terrifying when they scurry across your walls, ceiling, counter or floors.

In order to maintain house centipede control, the main thing you need to do is eliminate sources of moisture in your home.  Most pests are attracted to moist environments because they cannot survive where it’s dry.  By eliminating moisture, you will eliminate other pests and house centipedes will seek other areas in search of food.

It is also important to close off all entry points to your home.  Put screen on windows, seal cracks in your walls, etc. More and more house centipedes will keep coming in search of food unless you block off the entry points.

This article comes courtesy of House Centipede.  For more information please visit that web site.

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How To Get Rid of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are one of the most resilient pests on the planet. It is estimated that they have lived on this planet for over 300 million years and that they have evolved very little in that time. In other words, cockroaches today look exactly like the cockroaches 300 million year ago.

Once you’ve seen cockroaches in your home, chances are you have been infested. Prepare for a difficult battle! Getting rid of cockroaches can be a very difficult task.

Here are some quick tricks you can use to maintain cockroach control:

1) Sprinkle boric acid where ever you’ve seen them, especially in areas where they take refuge. Boric acid is toxic to roaches and it will kill them once they’ve come into contact with it. Be careful if you have children or pets because boric acid can be harmful to them as well. 

2) It is also believed that you can make your home made roach trapsby mixing equal parts baking powder and sugar with soda. Put the mixture in a shallow dish and place it near the location of the roack sightings. The mixture is fatal to roaches and they will die once they’ve ingested it.

3) Eliminate their sources of water! Cockroaches can live for months without food, but like most creatures they require water on a daily basis to survive. By limiting their access to water you can achieve sucessful roach control! Make sure you fix any leaking pipes, dripping taps, pools of moisture, etc..

4) Maintain a clean environment. Like many other household pests - such as ants, spiders, silverfish, etc - cockroaches are attracted to environments that are unkept, dirty, and in disarray. It is crucial to clean your home and keep it clean if you want to win the fight against cockroaches.

 

Keeping Cockroaches GONE FOREVER!

There are many sprays and pesticides on the market for getting rid of cockroaches, but many of them will not help to achieve permanent cockroach control. Although many of them will succeed in achieving temporary relief from cockroaches, they will always come back if you haven’t corrected the conditions in your home that attract roaches in the first place.

The primary conditions that attract cockroaches are:

  • A dirty, unkept environment
  • A source of food
  • A source of water
  • Suitable places for them to hide and breed

The key to success is altering these conditions so that roaches can no longer thrive in your living spaces. If conditions are less than idea, they will simply move on to another environment where they find it more suitable.

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Garden Slug Control

Garden Slugs

Garden Slugs

Slugs are one of the most damaging, persistent garden pests to eradicate. There are numerous garden slug control methods available commercially, but some of them can be harmful to birds, animals, and friendly garden insects.

This page offers a few ideas for natural slug control methods that may be a more suitable alternative for your garden.  >> Click here for a complete step-by-step guide on how to get rid of slugs.  <<

Natural Slug Control Methods

Watering Schedule

Probably one of the best ways to get rid of slugs is to alter your watering schedule. Slugs have very delicate bodies that require a moist environment to. Slugs are abundant in the garden because it contains a great source of food and it is usually very moist from watering.

If you have a slug problem, make sure you are not watering your garden in the evening. Water in the morning instead. This simple method can reduce garden slug damage by 75%.

The Beer Trap

An age-old trick for controlling slugs is to use beer as a trap. Set a small amount of beer in a wide and shallow container or bowl and bury it in your garden soil so that it is level with the ground. Slugs will crawl into the beer bowl and drown in the beer.

One downside to this method is that the beer can be diluted by rain, attracting fewer slugs into the trap. In addition, rain can cause the trap to fill up and spill beer into your soil, attracting more slugs without trapping them. In order to avoid this problem, create a tent-like structure above the trap so rain cannot fill the beer container. Make sure you leave room for the slugs to enter.

Copper Wiring

Another slug control method is to attach small strips of copper around the sides of flower pots or raised beds. The copper acts as a barrier that slugs won’t cross. Make sure there aren’t any leaves or branches hanging over the side that will allow slugs to bypass the copper.

The copper wiring method has worked well in some gardens and not at all in others.

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth is the sharp, jagged skeletal remains of very small shellfish. It is used as a slug control method because the sharp edges of the diatomaceous earth can lacerate the soft bodies of slugs and snails, causing them to dehydrate.

One problem with diatomaceous earth is that is virtually ineffective when wet. It can also be very irritating to eyes and lungs, so it needs to be used with caution.

Lava Rock

An alternative to diatomaceous earth is lava rock. Lava rock has an abrasive surface that most slugs will avoid.

Killing Slugs Manually

Many of the above slug control methods have been used with mixed success - for some they work very well, for others they don’t work at all. If you are one of the unlucky gardeners that just can’t maintain slug control, you may have to try hunting them down one by one.

One popular slug killing method is to mix a solution of 3/4 household ammonia with water, shake it up in a spray bottle and hunt them down individually. The ammonia is harmless to plants but the slugs die almost instantly when hit. Go out at night with a flashlight when slugs are most active.

The main downside to this method is that it takes a long time. Many slugs will still enter your garden from outside and it can be very time consuming to turn over every leaf looking for slugs.

Further Reading

For a complete steep by step guide we recommend the following link for how to get rid of slugs.

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Get Rid of Silverfish

Silverfish (sometimes called fishmoth) are a very common household pest throught North America, Europe, and Australia. They have no wings and take their name from the fish-like movements they make when they run.

(For information on how to get rid of silverfish, please scroll down the page)

Silverfish are not poisonous to humans, nor can they bite, but they can cause significant damage to your home is left unchallenged. They typically feed on books, wallpaper, photo albums, and textiles - if you see small holes with irregular shapes appearing in any of those items, it is likely that silverfish are the culprits.

Silverfish can be found in many rooms in your home because they seems to wander great distances in the night. Usually they are found in the bathroom, the attic, or any other dark, moist environment. In some cases, hundreds of thousands of silverfish have been found living in roofs and walls of buildings during demolitions.

The scientific name for silverfish is Lepisma Saccharina.

Silverfish are commonly mistaken for firebrats and vice versa. These two species are very similar in appearance and share a very common diet - the main difference between to two is that firebrats prefer warmer temperatures and are usually found near furnaces, boilers, or ovens. Firebrats also have longer tails and are usually more reddish brown in appearance. Silverfish, however, can often appear to be brown in appearance, as well as blue, silver, white, or beige.

Silverfish or Firebrats

Silverfish or Firebrats

How to Get Rid of Silverfish

banner125x125The key to getting rid of silverfish is to change the environment in which they live and prevent them from easily accessing a source of food. Silverfish are typically most active at night and seek refuge in moist, dark environments at night. In many cases, if your home has silverfish, it is very likely that your home provides them with these ideal conditions.

In order to get rid of them, and keep them gone forever, you must fix any problem areas in your home that offer them an environment of high moisture. The most common problem area is under the sink, near the toilet, or any other water source in your home.

There are many products and chemicals available on the market for getting rid of silverfish. Here is a list of commonly suggested chemicals:

  • Boric Acid
  • Drione Dust
  • Cyonara

Silverfish Paks are also available as a method for silverfish control. They are designed to go inside rarely-worn clothes, on book shelves, inside curtains, in closets, attics, or dark places.

Like many of the suggested chemicals or poisons, it is suggest that you keep Silverfish Paks away from children and animals.

Suggested Reading

For a complete guide on how to get rid of silverfish without using chemicals or pesticides of any kind, check out Bob Haskins’s website on Silverfish Elimination. It provides a step by step guide on how to modify the environment in your home in order to eradicate silverfish for good.

Bob Haskins’s guide will show you how to:

–> Kill adult silverfish with homemade traps so that you can break the silverfish breeding cycle
–> How to prevent new silverfish from getting in your home
–> Prevent silverfish from accessing their sources of food
–> How to modify the conditions of your home so that it’s no longer ideal for silverfish

Getting rid of silverfish is easy (if you know what to do).  We recommend Bob Haskins’s guide on Silverfish Elimination.

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