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5 Weird Facts About Cockroaches

roach pl1When you see a cockroach in the home, your first instinct will likely be to kill it so that there aren't other roaches inside. While they aren't all that pleasant to look at, there are some facts about roaches that are somewhat odd and interesting. If you kill a roach, make sure it's crushed completely. Roaches can live for about a week with the head missing. Roaches have small holes on the sides of their bodies that they breathe through. This means that they don't need a nose or mouth for them to breathe. The roach will die because it doesn't have a way to eat or drink. You've probably seen roaches scurry along the floor or other surfaces in the home at a high rate of speed. Most roaches can race along at three miles an hour. Since they run so fast, they can often spread bacteria and germs in...
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Pests for Which to be Grateful This Thanksgiving

beetle plAdmittedly, the word "pests" doesn't connote benefits. However, certain insects have merits for us and our environment. In fact, scientists have identified 29 helpful bugs. 1* Here's a look at some critters and their life-giving attributes. Impressive Credentials If a beneficial bug were to write up its resume, here are some abilities it might profess: pollination decomposing matter ingesting bugs that harm food sources creating useful byproducts controlling insect populations increasing crop yields 2* Below are eight hardworking insects, including some that sustain our very lives. Spider This insect consumes several types of pesky bugs, including aphids, caterpillars, mosquitoes, mealybugs, roaches, flies, earwigs, fleas, mites, moths, centipedes, and whiteflies. Spiders spare farm crops from obliteration by other pests. In fact, if spiders became extinct, our lives would be endangered by famine. Ladybug This beetle feeds on aphids, mites, mealybugs, whiteflies, and Colorado potato beetles. Both adults and larvae have voracious appetites....
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Treat Your Winter Home for Pests

Impact pest controlIf you would like to treat your winter home for pests but don’t know how to get started, you are probably searching for answers that will point you down the right path. Insects, rodents and other invaders can get into your home and cause damage if you don’t take steps to stop them. They can contaminate your food and create other health issues that you will need to avoid. If rodents get into your walls without detection, they can chew on your wires and create a fire hazard, and some people won’t know about the problem until it’s too late to prevent it. Luckily, you can do many things when you want to safeguard your home, and the following information will help. Pest Prevention Learning how to prevent pests from taking over your home is the No. 1 way to keep yourself in the clear. When you are ready to begin,...
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Preserve your perfect pumpkin from pests

One of the things that you might enjoy about the fall season is a pumpkin on the front porch and the fond memories of carving your favorite jack o’ lantern. There are other things that like your pumpkins too, such as rats, squirrels and a variety of insects. Now that you have handpicked the perfect pumpkin, how do you protect it?  Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can keep these pests and others away from your pumpkins so that you can enjoy them longer than a few days. One way to keep pests from gnawing on your pumpkins and to keep them from rotting as quickly is to coat the outside with a thin layer of petroleum jelly. Hairspray or acrylic finish spray also works to keep pests from biting the outside of the pumpkin. Keep your pumpkin in a dry shaded area as sun and rain exposure will...
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How to Keep Rodents Out of Your Home This Winter

rodent plLike most creatures, rodents will be seeking refuge from the winter’s cold weather. Your home naturally becomes a major attraction for these annoying pests. The warmer indoor temperatures and abundance of food are simply too irresistible. Here are some tips to help deter rodents from invading your residence. Seal Points of Entry These critters can contort their body to fit into some extremely tiny openings. Even a dime-sized hole enables a mouse to quietly slip into your home. Once a rodent gets inside, it is only a matter of time before an infestation occurs. The best approach is to carefully inspect your home for cracks and gaps. You can use caulk or silicon to fill in the open spaces. Keep Food Covered Rodents are constantly on the prowl to find reliable food sources. Crumbs will certainly lure rodents to your kitchen and bedroom. Develop a habit of keeping your residence as...
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