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What's bugging you? How do you get rid of those pesky insects and pests? This is the category to take a swat at those creepy, crawly unwelcome invaders.
Get Rid of Carpenter AntsSome people believe you can't get rid of them yourself, but you need to call an exterminator.Others use a product purchased at Home Depot or similar store, which is a small bottle of carpenter ant liquid concentrate killer that you mix with water in a pump sprayer.One such c…
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Answer might be fly poop. Answer If it's a WOOD window frame, with small holes visible in the wood surface and the "black sand shaped particles" are piled up in small areas, then you should consider checking for termites. Termite trailings are usually visible as small piles of particles rese…
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Having a slightly smoky smell from cooking and grilling non-sweet food outdoors, mowing blades to the shortest height and relocating nectar- and pollen-rich plants to other sites not in conflict with honey bee homes and routes are ways to rid grassy yards of beneficial honey bees.
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I think what you are seeing is what we here call "boatmen." Once in a while, I find one or two in my pool, and I scoop them up and kill them. And they also bite and are tricky swimmers. I've noticed that if I'm low on my chlorine, they're around. In which case, I add more immediately. They actua…
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Here are a couple of answers (copied from previous question and answers)1. They live in your yard and fly into your pool and also fly out. If you look real close you will see a small air bubble on them. Simply spray a "small" amount of Wisk laundry liquid over the pool and this will prevent the air …
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Superchlorinate with 12.5% swimming pool chlorine and brush entire pool 2 times per day until green completely gone. Run filter 24/7 then back wash or clean filter. Maintain at least 5.0 10.0 ppm residual of chlor. until problem solved. k
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Its dumb! Put it like that.   Extremely dangerous, in some instances fatal. Mothballs consist of 100% Naphthalene or a form of Benzene. Inhalation of vapors causes headaches, respiratory distress, eye irritation and many other symptoms. Ingestion causes toxic poisoning leading to liver damage…
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By violent means - which have equally "violent ends"* - the gardener or cultivator may get rid of frogs (order Anura) within the garden. The frogs may be rendered hungry by removing their mosquito and slug food sources. Just remove as much moisture as possible. Stop supplemental watering. Break dow…
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Yes, acid will decompose a dead animal in a roof vent pipe. Lye or refined lye caustic soda will dissolve organic materials without hurting the pipes. But the best way to remove the obstruction would be the hook end of a coat hanger, the retriever head of a sewer snake, or the treble hook of a stron…
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If you are talking about BEES, they are not attracted to the light of a bug zapper. Bees are good for your garden and the flowers in it.If you MUST move them, call a professional BEE KEEPER, who knows what to do with out harming the bees.You need to find out first if they are honeybees, and if so, a…
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One answer might be found in the records left by old time bee hunters. Rather than set up hives and raise domestic bees, rural folk used to hunt beehives. They would catch a few honey bees and mark them somehow, like a light dusting of flour, or some other way of making them stand out. Then they wou…
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Contacting an area beekeeper is the way to eliminate honey bees since honey bee populations are declining and many of our food sources will dwindle away without bees to pollinate them.
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Wasps are nesting in your hot tub because there is a food source nearby. To get rid of them (you can't move them, you will have to kill them) you will need to hit them with with some type of pesticide that has an organophosphate mode of action, and a fogger. Malathion works well and is usually avail…
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Getting Rid of Ground Bees Given the current bee crisis - and the huge reduction in bee populations across the country - many beekeepers will come get the bees/beehive for you. You just need to call them. The first rule is do not do anything until it is dark, when the bees are back in the hive. T…
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Ridding the Lawn of Weeds Weed prevention is the best way to go. When your lawn is healthy, then you will have fewer weeds. I have tried many, many different things, and what worked best for me was something called "Weed and Feed" that you spread on your lawn. Do this in the early spring after raki…
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kill them all dround them all in pesticides
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Find Someone Who Raises Bees Most people who raise honey-bees are more than willing to come get the hive for you at no cost. Your biggest problem will be finding out how to locate them in your local area. Though it might take quite a bit of effort to locate someone who raises bees, the first poster…
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Answer A bug bomb is usually a can of pesticides in a type of aerosol can. How it works is you set it in the center of the room, turn it on, leave the room for a few hours and the pesticide fills the air. The can will have exact directions and how long to stay out of the room. They are inconvenie…
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Cleaning the entire room, steam cleaning the carpeting, vacuuming everything, and washing all textiles are ways to eliminate bedbugs from carpets. Bedbugs will be most tenaciously resistant in terms of the proliferation of their tiny eggs so that everything must be scoured and vacuumed in order to f…
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Use a pesticide "bomb" in the house to kill them. Then buy outdoor pesticides to spray around the houses windows, doors, and foundation to keep them from returning. I use an item you can buy at Lowes or Home Depot. It's really a mouse trap, it has this really sticky substance on it and when someth…
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Answer You need to hire a professional Bee Removal Company. I actually had this problem. A man came to my home. Suited up in protective gear. He first had to break through the wall. Then after killing the swarming "Live" Bees he then had to Remove The Hive. Which, by the way, was massive. Ther…
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There are a few reasons as to why they may be doing this. If it was one dog I would take a guess that it was allergies, however it is rare for two dogs in one family to have allergies. My second guess is they have have gotten into something they shouldn't have which could cause the skin irritation.T…
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Natural and Inexpensive Weed KillerHave you looked into corn gluten? It is an effective herbicide without nasty chemicals. For more information, go to: http://wihort.uwex.edu/turf/CornGluten.htm2,4,D is a broadleaf killer.It will not kill your grass at the labeled rates which is 1 ounce 2,4,D to 1 g…
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Honeybees don't hibernate but remain in their hive when it is too cold to fly. Workers that are alive in the fall stay alive throughout the winter. They surround their queen forming a "bee ball" made up of constantly moving bees. This movement creates warmth that keeps the hive from freezing. For an…
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Answer They are swarming around because something is attracting them. They need a food source and a water source and you are providingg them with one or both of these needs. Check your gutters to see that they are clean and draining correctly as dirty non-draining gutters are frequently the caus…
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Apart from killing them one by one when they land on you, here's a better idea: Give them a medium such as a water supply in which to reproduce. When the eggs hatch, pour the water out. I also use a spray bottle filled with about 25% soap solution with water to kill the adults. It makes their win…
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If you don't want gnats around, you have to cut off their food supply. This means fruits and vegetables have to go in the refrigerator or a bin the bugs can't penetrate. Make sure house plants stay damp, but not wet, and they must have the proper drainage. Gnats just love over-watered house plants. …
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Destroy a Beehive on Roof Most people see a wasp nest and call it a "Bee hive". If you really do have bees, they will make a nest inside some enclosed area. If that's the case, call a beekeeper or exterminator to remove them. The beekeeper may do it for free. If you have a wasp nest then call an ex…
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Ultrasonic Repellers No, ultrasonic mosquito repellers do not work. Extensive tests have been run on them. The facts is, mosquitoes don't even have ears. ... i agree they dont work but mosquitoes can defenetly hear. they dont have ears as such but they have complex hearing organs.
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They have all proven ineffective long term for any pests.
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Citronella, cedar, verbena, geranium, lavender, pine, cinnamon, rosemary, basil, thyme, allspice, and peppermint all claim to keep mosquitoes at bay. But the only proven method is DEET.
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Trimming the vine down to ground level before applying herbicides to the cut in order to infiltrate the uptake part of the severed remainder is a way to kill kudzu.
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Controlling nightlights, monitoring leaks, and sealing cracks are ways to eliminate earwigs (Dermaptera insect order) from birdhouses without harming potential nesting birds. Birds like to feed upon nutrient-rich earwigs, which are attracted to damp, rotting wood; house and yard nightlights; and she…
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Homemade Weed KillerYou can make a homemade weed killer using white vinegar, salt and dishwashing liquid. Most people call this a weed killer, but it is actually a vegetation killer. It will kill anything it comes in contact with and will change the composition of your soil. If you spray it on your …
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No combination of volts to amps in cattle prod type devices kills pernicious weeds such as thistles. Volts and amps are linked by a mathematical principle, known as Ohm's law, that states that V=IR, where V is voltage, I is current (amps) and R is resistance. In general, biological systems -- especi…
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put warm water and get rid............. i had a nest under a building where i worked... we couldn't get to the nest, but we knew where the wasps were escaping and i put an echo blower, just used the sucktion on it and sucked the wasps as they left the nest.. i also put a shop vac and vaccumed up th…
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At this time to my knowledge there is no such thing as a weed killer that is selective enough not to kill grass. Your best bet is to find a weed killer and spray it directly on weeds while trying to avoid the grass. Pulling out any weeds in your spare time will also help. Killing weeds before they s…
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Glue boardsYou may purchase glue boards from most Home Improvement stores and retailers. If you catch anything other then mice, i.e. your pet, birds or other animals, baby oil or warm water should get them off of it.Cat mint which is an herb is supposed to deter mice. Place plants in pots or hang up…
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Try Davesace site or mosquitocontroltrap site. Both have some replacement parts or might be able to special order or refer you.
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Borax, a powder detergent you can find in any grocery store, works well. Sprinkle it in your carpets and floors, leave for the better part of a day and then vacuum. It's messy, but it kills fleas. Call an exterminator for the fleas in the house, get a pet collar for your dog/cat and spray t…
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Treat your pets with frountline or advantage,they seem to work the best. Spray your carpets and furniture with an aerosol that contains a IGR (insect growth regulator). This type of spray will kill the adult fleas and also prevent the flea larvae from developing. Any other sprays are a waste of mone…
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Fleas Spend the money and go to a vet and get either Frontline or Advantage flea drops. If you can, bug bomb your house with flea specific spray. If you can't use the bombs, spray everything. Carpet powder for fleas helps. Do all cracks. Frequent vacumning helps. The biggest thing is the flea dro…
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Depends on the climate. This is not an environmentally-friendly way to kill weeds. Salt buildup will prevent a large number of plants from being able to live in that soil. It can take a long time for the salts in the soil to disperse, especially in climates without much rainfall and on flat areas.
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Answer 1 Unless the label says it will not harm your lawn, Roundup will kill the Bermuda grass, try using Weed B Gone, it will not harm your lawn, but keep away it from desirable plants. Answer 2, Additional Info Answer 1 is not incorrect, as RoundUp is a systemic herbicide, and will damage o…
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Controlling Aphids Organically Farmers who use organic practices to control pests can buy products that are made from natural sources to spray or dust the infected plants with. They can also use a method of planting called companion planting. Using this method, plants that benefit each other are …
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If they used chemicals to remove the bees, the honey is going to be contaminated with them and should not be eaten. If they used physical means to remove the bees and hive, then place the comb in a large pan, mash the comb up to insure that all the cells are open and GENTLY heat it up, slowly. The…
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Dislodging, solarizing, and spraying are ways to control ivy. The perennial vine in question is shallow-rooted and therefore responds well to manual or mechanical removal as long as all fibrous root crowns and trailing stems get dislodged and disposed of. Spraying with select pre-emergent and post-e…
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Not long--they pretty much melt if it rains
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Squirrel feeders are one option for keeping squirrels away from bird feeders and other parts of the property. Specifically, squirrels really love nuts, especially those of the black walnut tree (Juglans nigra). It is possible to set up a feeder or feeding corner with a squirrel mix that is store-bo…
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Homemade insecticidal soap and store-bought deltamethrin or permethrin are ways to rid the home of springtails.
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The advantage of using chemicals to kill insects and weeds is speed, cost and ease of application. The disadvantage of chemicals is overspray and runoff, as well as the lingering chemical on the produce.
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A non-chemical way of eliminating aphids (and the ants that serve as bodyguards in exchange for aphid-excreted honeydew) involves washing the plant with soapy water.
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Applying corn gluten or vinegar as home-made remedies, removing the yellow flowered heads to prevent germination, treating with broadleaf weed killers, and uprooting by hand or by trowel are ways to get rid of dandelions.
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Professional removal -- with head to toe personal protective equipment -- is the way to get rid of bees without killing them. An individual may have the removal done on her/his own after completing a Master Beekeeper Volunteer Training Program or through professional apiarists. A professional beekee…
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Answer find the standing water source where the larvae grow and kill them. I found that a 50/50 mix of water and Listerine mouthwash sprayed on hedges, lawn, tables, etc., kept them away for ages.
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There si no such pest but for cricket control out of doors which is where they are most likely coming from there are some very effective broadcast baits you can spread out by hand. they are very safe to use and very fine so other animals should not be a concern.
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Yes, there are mulches that will discourage nesting ground bees. Ground bees dislike such non-organic mulches as pebbles applied as 3-inch (7.62-centimeter) covers.
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any soap will, if you leave it on for about 15 minutes but it is very importlant to throughly rinse it off the dog, to avoid skin irritation...also if you include some garlic powder in their food, it repells fleasGarlic is actually known to be bad for dogs, so I would avoid adding it to their food i…
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Encouraging nectaring/pollinating competitors and removing debris are ways to protect plants from love bugs (Plecia nearctica). Love bugs feed upon decaying materials as larvae and nectars as adults.
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To get rid of mice without using any traps or poison put stickers all over the walls of your house because the mice are afraid of them and will actually try to get out of your house if you put up the stickers. LAB TESTS SHOW THIS ACTUALLY WORKS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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You can use humane deterrents that also keep away rats, dogs, cats, raccoons etc.
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Smell, taste and texture are what make cinnamon repulsive to ants. Specifically, the ant in question (Formicidae family) has small jaws that are not conducive to consuming cinnamon in any form -- paste, powder, stick. The spice in question (Cinnamomum spp) is strong in form, fragrance and taste. A…
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Removing by hand and using mulch are ways to control weeds in an asparagus patch.
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First id the small fly and then drying out the breeding area will usually knock them out, either by removing food debris (if that's the source) , plumbing repair(s), reducing sprinkler timer, water on houseplants,cleaning the drain(s) etc.
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New AnswerI would not give a dog garlic, as the first answerer stated. Garlic can be toxic to dogs. An excellent home remedy / chemical-free remedy is diatomaceous earth. It is a fine powder that can be sprinkled on your dog, on his bed, in his food, or anywhere else you don't want fleas and other b…
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Keep in mind that wasps are a good thing some times. If you don't have a problem with the wasps, just leave them alone. They're excelent polonators and they usually don't sting people. First you have to find the wasp nest. A wasp nest looks like a big ball of cardboard like material (it's actually …
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Answer find the puddle of standing water they come from and poison it Or you try to find them and squash them You will never totally get rid of mosquitoes; however get rid of all standing water. Gutters are a prime spot for them to lay eggs, so make sure you clean them also. If you have large a…
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Answer I think if you put some lilac where the smell is, it might take it out. But I'm not sure. Actually, there are several good ways to remove the odor. First and least expensive, if available to you, hang your clothes outside in the sun and air to "air out" for at least a day. Maybe more if t…
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Answer Pesticides will also kill your beneficial organisms including your earthworms. Use good above ground sanitation that promotes good air circulation. Sprays of Bt can be used if they are eating a lot of your vegetation. Bacillus thurigenisis also: you can use milky spore or benefical memato…
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It depends on what kind you get. Invest more and get more in return. Research the reveiws on the product first. Ive got one, and its a 2 story house, and it works like a charm. Theres no more mice in my house, and it got rid of all the insects inside my house too. what is the brand name?
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Southern Pine Beetles. They will infest pine trees causing them to die and any trees near them they will infest also. The best treatment for them is to set fire to the forest and destroy any infested trees. The fire doesn't damage the healthy trees but will wipe out any infected tree and all the pin…
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snakes hate the smell of garlic, and they need places to hide, so don't keep anything piled up in your yard, and keep your grass cut low. Dave is my name here is my answer keep it in a corner cut its head off with a axe you can get one at Canadian tire that's how i got rid of a three coloured deadly…
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Answer They do not like the scent of human hair. Try cleaning out your hairbrush and spread the hair around the plant. You can get more hair from a barber. I have heard that pouring human urine around a plant will repel them as well. There is also a product called "Invisible Fence" that you can s…
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There is a difference between boric acid and borax, which is the laundry additive. Boric acid is usually found at drugstores or pharmacies, and borax (the most common brand name sold is 20 Mule Team) is found in grocery stores. I've provided a link to an article that explains how to make a borax ant…
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Plant some DANK KUSH mah bah, works everytime
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If you can find their nest, spray their next with an insecticide. It's best to kill off the army's bunk first! To attract the ants, mix in a bowl: boric acid (about three tablespoons), a half-cup of sugar, and one cup of warm water. The boric acid is fairly safe for humans to handle with as long as …
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Approved chemicals for organic insecticides are rather limited, but usually work quite well on many types of pests if used correctly. They fall generally into the following categories: Soaps and DetergentsHorticultural OilsExtracts made from PlantsNaturally occurring Minerals such as SulfurCertain B…
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Fleas are nasty little critters. They suck your cat's blood, which can lead to anemia [source: Miller]. Fleas are also pretty prolific, spreading from pet to pet, and from pet to carpets and furniture. This kind of propagation can lead to allergies and other health problems. Fleas can be especially …
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Means, motive, and opportunity are what cause a gnat infestation. The insect in question will infest any area which offers entry points (such as breaks and cracks around doors, roofs, walls, and windows), food sources, protection for environmental stress and natural enemies, and shelter for mating a…
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A professional exterminator is the way to get rid of red ants. The insects in question (Solenopsis invicta) proliferate as South American native arthropods introduced into the United States of America from Brazil in the 1930s. They respond in Latin America to parasitism by ant-decapitating phorid fl…
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There are a number of ways to kills weeds. The best method and hardest to do, is to pull the weeds from the ground keeping the roots intact. This prevents the plants from continuing to grow and from spreading more seeds. Another method is to use chemical weed killer you can buy at most hardware stor…
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pesticides cause cancer and death
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Heat-cleaning and drying bulbs before storage, plant rotation, sanitation, and weeding are cures for stem eelworms. The pathogenic nematodes in question (Ditylenchus dipsaci) move into and remain in soils where bulbs are not subjected to a three-hour heat bath in 44.5C (112F) water and super-dried…
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Keeping the lawn litter-free, mowing regularly, removing food and waste, and spraying with diluted vinegar are ways to rid the yard of gnats. Gnats frequent a yard which offers them food, opportunities for mating and raising young, and shelter and will not stay long in a lawn which provides none of …
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Cleaning spills, clearing orts, covering or refrigerating fruits (especially bananas), repairing screens, and sealing cracks are ways to get rid of fruit gnats by obstructing populations from becoming established indoors. Employing apple cider vinegar-filled bottles/bowls and disposable-glued pherom…
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Directing a stream of hose water and spraying insecticidal soap are ways to get rid of white bugs on plants. The answer assumes that the white bugs are aphids, cottony scale, mealy bugs, or white-flies. The insecticidal soap may be home-made or store-bought, with the former involving 1 tablespoon of…
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The answer is that getting rid of a heavy infestation inside your house may take some time and may have to run a coarse of two to four weeks before all are dead. This is because of the hard to kill pupae stage of the life cycle. While in this stage it is protected from insecticides because of the h…
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Answer Be very respectful of where their nest might be located and try to give them extra space while they are raising their young. They will not harm you and are only attempting to protect their nest. A tennis raquet is very good.
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You don't want to kill a nest of bees. They are a declining population. Smoking them out or calling for a beekeeper should be your first reflex.
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Removal of nests and tunnels is the way to get rid of mud bees. The insects in question (Crabronidae or Sphecidae family) locate tunnel-looking nests near spider populations since adults paralyze arachnids to feed larvae. Nest removal must be followed by a stiff-bristled brush-scrub with soap and wa…
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Call a specialist as honey bees are protected by law.
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You can also use physical means to repel raccoons. The easiest way may be to close off any avenues for them to access your attic, garage or other storage space. If they have made their way into a space, waiting until their kittens are grown is a smart move since they will leave on their own. At that…
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You get rid of a beehive by contacting professional beekeepers for removal since a hive that has no apparent activity may be sheltering some other wildlife population.
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Encouraging black ladybug beetles (Stethorus), pruning damaged foliage, removing broad-leafed weeds and leaf litter, and treating leafy undersides with home-made or store-bought sprays are ways to get rid of spider mites. The arachnids in question (Tetranychidae family) may be controlled with such h…
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Cleaning carpets and floors; eliminating access, food, and hideaways; keeping objects (excluding furniture) off floors; using aerosols, dusts, and sprays; and vacuuming sacs and webs are ways to eliminate black widow spiders (Latrodectus spp). Clutter on floors instead of shelving and debris (such a…
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The best way to get rid of cockroaches is to kill the whole colony. there is no point spraying one or a few because cockroaches reproduce very fast, especially the German Cockroach which is the major pest out of all the cockroach species.
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For one house flies are the most dangerous of all animals because they land on animal wastes and other harmful materials. I suggest that you get rid of them. ANSWER House flies are NOT the ,most dangerous of all animals. Mosquitos are are the most dangerous as they carry malaria and that kills thous…
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They are hard to find on the shelf. maybe a feed store or a larger restaurant supplier. You don't want a zapper for indoors though. you would use a light trap. For outdoor use there are plenty of places that will mail order and they come in many sizes. Locate on exterior where they won't actually dr…
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Call a bee keeper. Bees are not usually a pest but are valuable for continued preservation of the Earth's survival. Without them we will eventually starve. A bee keeper will capture the queen of the hive and take them to a more acceptable place to live. Extermination will likely do more damage to yo…
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