Few things are as relaxing as the sound of chirping crickets on a warm summer night. But when that chirping comes from inside your home, it’s not quite so peaceful. House crickets are a major problem for homeowners during the colder months of the year, and although they pose no serious harm to human health, they can be quite a nuisance when you are trying to get some rest. In order to maintain a cricket-free home, following is a description of why these pests enter our homes, as well as what non-chemical solutions you can use to get them out.
During the warmer months of the year, house cricks prefer to live outdoors, where there is an abundance of plants and insects to feed on. However, when the temperature drops or they feel an immediate threat to their survival from predators, these pests will invade homes for shelter and survival.
If you are an avid gardener, you understand how soil-bound pests can be detrimental to your plants. Unfortunately, to eradicate these agricultural menaces, people often utilize chemical-based treatments such as pesticides. Although effective, pesticides can be harmful not only to your plants, but to humans and pets as well, not to mention the long-term effects they have on the ecosystem.
In order to effectively prevent and remove pests from their gardens without resorting to the use of chemicals, many people are turning to organic solutions, one of which are nematodes. Beneficial nematodes are one of nature’s most effective pest controllers, and because they
are so easy to use, even the most inexperienced of gardeners can reap their garden-
Nematodes are microscopic roundworms that naturally occur in soil, but they can also be purchased and introduced into an environment. These genetically and ecologically-diverse organisms occupy more varied habitats than any other animal group in the world and serve a variety of functions in nature – controlling agricultural pests is one of their most valuable qualities.
Bed bugs have become an increasing epidemic in cities across the U.S and Canada. One reason for this increase is how easy it is for them to enter your home unnoticed. They can hide in your luggage after travel, latch on to your clothes as you go about your day, or enter on that second hand couch you just bought. Once they enter your home the reproduction begins, which if gone unnoticed can lead to an infestation.
The problem is that bed bugs are very small and difficult to detect and even more difficult to exterminate without professional assistance. Over time, more and more bed bugs will reside in your home until you begin to notice little bite marks covering your body. The good news is there are plenty of professional services and home remedies you can use to get rid of bed bugs once they enter your home.
When the cold of winter hits, there’s nothing as satisfying as pulling out your warm wool sweater and socks and sitting by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book. But this year you notice something peculiar: your stored clothes are covered in holes!
Moth larvae have long been known to feed on clothes that are left in storage for long periods of time, especially those made of natural fibers such as wool and cotton. For many people, the only effective solution to their moth problem is to use moth balls or other chemical-based solutions and hope the pesky creatures will eventually go away.
Fortunately, there are natural and non-toxic solutions to preventing and treating moths in your home, which eliminate the need of harmful chemicals and don’t jeopardize the health and safety of your family. If you noticed moths have destroyed your favorite winter clothes this year, or you want to prevent them from becoming a problem in the future, use the following guide on how to spot, treat and prevent these nuisance pests.
Bed bugs are no longer just part of a popular childhood rhyme. Lately, the tiny bloodsuckers are becoming an alarming problem in all major Canadian cities, moving from home to home and disrupting the bedroom comfort of Canadians nationwide. Here we take a look at the extent of the bed bug problem in Canada and possible solutions to permanently eradicate it.