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AnitaGinsburg posted a blog entry in Anita Ginsburg's BlogPests invading your homestead garden can ruin not only entire crops but also your plans to live off-grid. Managing garden pests is especially frustrating when you don’t know what type of pest is eating up your garden. Identifying your pests is an important first step, before you can take action to protect your crops. Large Animals Animals such as deer, raccoons, rabbits, and birds will all find the vegetables growing in your garden irresistible. The good news is, these larger animals can be easier to control than insects. A 6-foot tall fence should keep out deer and even raccoons. Digging a trench a few feet deep around the garden, and embedding chicken wire can also help discourage burrowing animals, such as rabbits, from getting into your veggies. Finally, adopting an outdoor cat will help keep rodents under control. Insect Pests On the other hand, insects are nearly impossible to keep out with a simple barrier. Identifying the culprits is the first step. First, take note of the type of damage. If there are holes chewed through the leaves, you have some type of chewing insects, such as caterpillars or locusts. Sickly, yellow leaves could indicate aphids; look under the leaves for this sap-sucking pest. If you see squiggly lines on the leaves, you have leaf miners, which are likely the larvae of many different types of flies, beetles, and moths. Natural Pest Control Natural pest control methods include fostering beneficial insects to eat the bad insects munching your veggies. For example, ladybugs love to eat aphids, and praying mantises will capture and eat all sorts of pests, such as grasshoppers. Nematodes are another type of insect that kills other insects. Another way to help control insect pests is to plant bug-repelling plants, such as marigolds, geraniums, or chrysanthemums. You can also plant herbs like basil, garlic, onion, parsley, and peppermint to repel insect pests. Plant these among your vegetables. Insecticides Finally, insecticides can be used. For example, you can mix one part garlic juice with four parts water, and spray it onto your plants. You can also dust your plants with diatomaceous earth. This a fine, white powder made of fossilized phytoplankton. It’s harmless to people and animals, but will cause insects to dry out and die. If your garden is infested with snails and slugs, place a few shallow bowls of beer around the garden; snails love beer, and they’ll crawl in, get drunk, and drown. If these natural solutions aren’t working, you’ll want to contact a pest control service. They can help you identify your pests and understand why your solutions haven’t worked yet. They can also recommend alternative pesticide solutions. Pests are a pain, and they can do a lot of damage to your food supply if they’re not caught and removed quickly. Do some research to learn what kind of pests you’re dealing with and how to keep them out.
BrookeChaplan posted a blog entry in Brooke Chaplan's Green BlogOne of the more common reasons why individuals order a home inspection is to identify minor and significant repair issues that require their attention. Many people order a property inspection during the real estate purchase process so that they can learn more about the true condition of the home, but homeowners may also order an inspection periodically for this same purpose. You may not realize it, but a home inspection report may help you to identify ways to help the environment through various home repair or maintenance projects. Identify Areas of Water Waste A typical home inspector is not a plumber, but he or she will usually review plumbing features. Through an inspection, you may learn about leaks in the hot water heater, pipes, toilet or other features that require your attention. Some inspectors may refer you to a plumber for further diagnosis. If your inspection report indicates a possible leak or other concern, remember that water waste may continue until the issue is repaired. Therefore, it is wise to contact a plumber as soon as possible if there is a need to do so. Pinpoint Energy Loss Locations Likewise, a home inspector may identify unnecessary energy loss in the home. Inspectors will review all doors and windows, and he or she may discover that the seals are damaged and require replacement. An inspector may also review the HVAC system and appliances. Through his or her review of these items, energy loss may be noted in different ways. As is the case with plumbing issues, energy loss may continue until the problem is professionally repaired. Focus on Signs of Pest Damage You may not think that pest damage can affect how environmentally-friendly your home is, but this is not the case. Many pests can destroy your home in various ways. For example, some pests will eat or damage insulation in the walls, and this can result in unnecessary energy loss. They may also damage the exterior of the home to create vulnerable areas that are prone to energy loss. Remember that any damaged materials that require replacement may result in the unnecessary environmental impact associated with replacement materials. If an inspector finds this kind of damage, they may recommend a company like EMCO Pest Control that can help you eliminate pests and better protect your home from future problems. Now that you know more about the many ways that a home inspector may assist you with making your home environmentally-friendly, you may be eager to order a home inspection. By doing so, can get a better idea of what the true condition of your home is and which steps need to be taken to improve its condition.
It's happened to the best of us. You're unwinding after a long day at work on the couch, cozied up with a glass of wine and feeling utterly relaxed when suddenly a gross spider or centipede scurries across your coffee table. Gone is that feeling of relaxation, replaced with formication and unease. While some earthy types might be okay sharing their home with pests, the majority of us want them out. If you're in a situation where pests are disturbing your sense of ease and contentment in your home, then ask yourself these three questions before taking action. Is It Something I'm Doing? Most pests will take up residence in your home regardless of your housekeeping skills. However, there are some situations where to be put it bluntly, it might be your fault. For example, unswept hardwood floors and dusty ceilings can create a paradise for some types of spiders. Messy kitchens where food particles are allowed to accumulate can create a paradise for ants and roaches. The best first step is a day of hardcore cleaning in your home. While not guaranteed to get rid of your pests, it might help. Is It Fleeting? There are some periods throughout the year where we see an increase of spiders and centipedes, such as late spring and early fall. This coincides with their mating habits. Some infestations are in fact fleeting and will go away on their own. However, if you've been repeatedly seeing pests for longer than two months, you might need to take action. Can I Eradicate Them On My Own In A Safe Way? The short answer to this is "no." There are lots of commercial insecticides available at home supply and hardware stores, but most professionals dislike them for two reasons. First, they're generally not as effective as the chemicals used by the pros, sometimes rendering them a complete waste of time. Second, the average person doesn't take precautions for safety, such as wearing a mask and removing pets from the area. Eradicating insects is generally a job that is best left to the professionals like those at Allstate Pest Control, especially if you want those pests gone for good. After you've considered these things, you'll be able to make a decision about how you want to deal with your pest problem. No one wants to share their home with creepy unwanted guests, but thankfully, there are steps you can take to solve the problem.
HannahWhittenly posted a blog entry in HannahWhittenly's BlogThe green trend is spreading across the globe, as our world continues to change and feel the consequences of modern life. More and more people are realizing the benefits of less harmful products, including the pesticides that protect many of our foods. Numerous companies are investing in this trend because people continue to buy the eco-friendly goods deemed less harmful for human consumption. Due to the sensitivity many people have expressed over concern for their environment, more natural pesticides are becoming favorable and demand is increasing worldwide. Organic pesticides are harmless to the environment, while also being free of other harmful components for human consumption. Here is how the science of organic pesticides are changing. Green Chemistry Green chemistry allows for the engineering of products without excessive amounts of hazardous substances. For example, chemical equations are being altered so as to make harmless water the byproduct of many chemical reactions instead of harsh chemicals such as ammonia. Synthetic Chemicals Synthetic chemicals tend to make up most of the common pesticides used in food production across the world. However, it is difficult to regulate these man-made chemicals, an alarming concept for consumers. Government regulations are beginning to encourage the production of products that use green chemicals instead of synthetic, allowing the consumer to better understand these chemicals and make informed decisions about what they are purchasing. Methods Used to Make Chemicals More Green Chemicals are becoming more green in many ways. Reducing formaldehyde, eliminating ozone-depleting gases, and developing sustainable methods for the production of less harmful chemicals are all practices that are being explored by scientists in order to make the world a safer place for both humans and the environment in which they live. By reducing the effects of creating chemicals, pesticides are becoming more green, and reducing and eliminating the harmful byproducts of the chemical processes that go into the traditional method of creating pesticides are making these chemical compounds safer. Both through individual effort and the efforts of those who battling to protect the earth, along with governments around the world, green pesticides are becoming more and more common, creating a safer environment. Even in local businesses, pest removal is becoming less harmful and more humane. ICE Pest Control and Wildlife Removal, a pest control company based in Toronto, says they are always working on natural ways of removing dangerous animals and insects. Everywhere, more and more companies are doing more to fix the problems associated with harmful chemicals and sprays. Organic pesticides are one way of creating a more sound environment for consumers interested in a more natural and green way of life. These pesticides contain no GMOs, added chemical compounds or colorants. The result is a safe, natural, and green product that continues to protect crops as traditional pesticides have before. By using up-to-date equipment and experts in the related fields, research is always expanding and developing new methods to attain these green chemicals.