If your home has been infested with bed bugs, chances are you have searched extensively for home remedies to get them out. Vacuuming, sealing, heating, steaming, and, of course, freezing them are some of the most common treatments used extensively by homeowners, some more effective than others. However, new evidence indicates that bed bugs are, in fact, much more resilient to home remedies – particularly freezing – than previously thought.
According to a study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology titled “Cold Tolerance of Bed Bugs and Practical Recommendations for Control,”bed bugs have a“freeze-intolerant”defense against the cold that protects them in such extreme environments. This is achieved by lowering the freezing point of their bodily fluids to withstand the sudden decrease in temperature. These findings were based off placing bed bugs of different life cycles in varying degrees of freezing temperatures, also testing their ability to feed after these treatments .
If you have been carrying out pest control practices this winter, you are one step closer to a pest-free spring. But the real battle has just begun: spring is one of the worst times of year for pest infestations, and as insects and rodents begin to awaken from their nests to reproduce and look for food, your home may be their next target.
The best way to maintain a pest-free home this spring is to take precautionary measures starting as early as December. If you wait until the sun comes out, it will already be too late, for pests will have awakened from their hibernation, and you could be forced to deal with an expensive extermination. Following are simple, yet essential tips you can start implementing today to keep pests out once spring arrives.
Spring cleaning can feel like a daunting task, but the reward of a clean home is well worth the effort.
The most common creature-based phobia in the world is arachnophobia – the fear of spiders and other eight-legged crawlers such as scorpions. One look at these creepy, scary bugs and it’s no wonder why: they spread their webs everywhere, skitter around on their hairy feet, and are part of your darkest nightmares.
When spiders begin to infest a home, people will often take any means necessary to get them out as quickly as possible. However, unlike other destructive and disease-infested pests such as termites and rodents, spiders aren’t as bad for your home as you might think. In fact, they can actually help control pests and prevent the spread of diseases they carry in your home. Following are some of the key benefits that spiders provide for homeowners, and several
reasons why the occasional eight-legged guests might be one of your best natural defenses against invasive pests.
What makes pests such a nuisance is they are incredibly difficult to discover and even harder to kill.
Earwigs are one of the most misunderstood insects that roam our planet. With an appearance fit for a horror movie, it’s no wonder why the mere mention of their name sends chills down the spine. The truth is, earwigs are not only completely harmless to humans, but are actually beneficial insects that feed on nuisance bugs in homes and gardens. However, as with any pests that invade your home, it’s preferable to keep them as far away as possible from your kitchen, pantry, and other risk areas. If you notice earwigs begin to invade your home, use these simple prevention and treatment tips to keep them out.
Most people won’t realize they are the victims of an earwig infestation until it’s too late,
as the pesky critters are great at hiding and sneaking throughout homes. It could take countless hours to inspect every room of the house and look for signs of infestation, so why not go directly to the source?
The holiday season is a time filled with decorating, music, and spending time with family. It’s a time when we come together to give thanks and show our appreciation for the friends and family in our lives. However, it’s also a time when pests are looking to infest your home. During the holidays, our homes are filled with food, warmth, and Christmas trees, making them an ideal nesting place for invasive pests. The fastest way to ruin a holiday gathering is seeing rodents, insects, and mites scurry through your home as your family sits down for dinner or opens presents. In order to maintain the holiday spirit without inviting unwanted guests, follow these simple tips to keep invasive pests out this winter.
There are more than 20 types of insects that can come into your home with your Christmas tree, including aphids, bark beetles, mites, bark lice, and spiders.