Camping can be a fun and inexpensive outdoor vacation for the entire family. It provides fresh air, stunning views and a chance for the family to bond. There are some downsides to vacations in the great outdoors though; pests can be a nuisance and even a danger so come prepared and know what to avoid.
Wasps are a species that includes yellow jackets and bees and they’re common in warm climates. They nest in trees and under overhangs in the late spring and early summer. Sometimes they’ll nest in the ground which is particularly hard to see and therefore more of a danger. They’re attracted to sugar, cooking meat and other human product odors such as perfume and hairspray. While they’re not aggressive, if a nest is upset it can make for a painful situation.
First off, keep an eye out for nests which look like honeycomb cells. There will usually be a few flying around the outside. A small, newly developed nest can be knocked down and the wasps will fly away without harm to you. However, if the nest is large and has many layers then stay clear and don’t bother it since doing so will lead to getting stung. Pack a can of wasp spray if you are particularly afraid or allergic of these pests.
Another common pest that can ruin your camping experience is the mosquito. Unlike wasps that sting as a defense mechanism, mosquitoes sting you to feed off your blood. They’re more annoying than they are harmful and only in remote areas can you contract an illness or disease.
There are many products available to repel mosquitoes and you should bring supplies with you since usually nothing will be available at the campsite. Sprays and lotions containing deet is the most effective for repelling these pests. There are also less effective all natural sprays and lotions available. Citronella candles also help to deflect them but should be used along with topical products to ensure the least amount of contact.
Ticks are common in wooded areas and are best avoided by wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts especially if you’ll be brushing against foliage. These are more annoying than anything else but there is a chance of contracting Lyme disease.
Stay away from dark, dank, secluded areas since dangerous spiders prefer these as dwellings. Most people will not intentionally come into contact with any spider but be especially careful if you see a Black Widow, Brown Recluse or Violin Spider.
Taking a vacation in the great outdoors is certainly enjoyable but be aware of the pests that can dampen your trip.
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Sleep tight; don’t let the bedbugs bite! If you think this expression is just an old wives’ tale…think again. These nasty critters may be lurking in your next hotel stay. Yes, that’s right Bedbugs are on the rise so much so that there is actually a website,bedbugregistry.com, devoted to tracking infestations in apartment buildings and hotels in North America.
Not only that, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) held two National Bedbug Symposiums In Newark, NJ, and Seattle, WA with the intent to educate operators about the pests. In addition, the first bedbug summit was held in Washington last year sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency reporting the infestations reaching nearly epidemic proportions in major cities like New York.
The good news is bedbugs do not transmit disease but living with these insects can make you want to run for the hills. Imagine settling into bed, placing your head on the pillow, anticipating a good night’s sleep only to get your blood sucked out by these crawling insects. The “bed bug renaissance”, as it is so aptly called, is a growing problem in both cities and suburbs.
More about bedbugs…
Bedbugs are small, flat, wingless insects with six legs that feed on blood from animals or people. They turn rusty red after feeding but are usually almost white to brown in color. Bedbugs can be seen by the naked eye and get their name because they love to hide in bedding. These pests can live for 10 months, and can go weeks without feeding.
There is a misconception that bedbugs are associated with an unclean environment. This is not the case. Some of the best and worst hotels in the country have fallen victim to bedbug sightings. Keep in mind that bedbugs, any bug, can hitchhike into your suitcase, purse, or jacket pocket and take a ride to your warm, comfortable, and clean surroundings. Bedbugs thrive anywhere and hide where there are cracks and crevices. It’s not a wonder they have become a nuisance for hotels and other public places such as dorms, hospitals, movie theaters, and maybe even cruise ships.
You may be wondering why you can’t just reach for a can of Raid and kill the varmints. There are a couple reasons. Bedbugs are difficult to get rid of because pesticides are less powerful than they used to be making them safe for pets and children but less deadly for insects. As a nation, international travel has increased, as has immigration from other parts of the world increasing the possibility of insect transport.
Symptoms and Treatment of Bedbug bites
Out of sight during the day, bedbugs lay in wait to inject an anesthetic type substance that numbs the flesh so you don’t feel their bite. They also insert an anticoagulant to keep your blood flowing as they suck. You may notice welts later on along with blood or feces stained sheets. The first sign that a bedbug has bitten you is an itchy, red bite mark on the skin, usually on the arms or shoulders.
Bedbug bites don’t normally need to be treated but if too much scratching occurs, you may need to apply a local antiseptic lotion or antibiotic cream. See a doctor if inflammation results or you are allergic to certain medicines. You may need a prescription for a cream with corticosteroids or an oral antihistamine.
What can you do to prevent a bedbug breeding ground?
If you are traveling to a hotel or returning home you might be interested in some of the things you can do to stop the spread of bedbugs. Here are just a few:
- Vacuum your suitcase.
- Wash all your clothes in hot water after you return.
- If you know you have bedbugs in your home, wrap your mattress and box spring with a plastic cover or better yet, replace it.
- Place the bed legs in cups of water. This may keep the pests out of your bed.
- Fill cracks in walls where bugs can crawl from one room to another.
- Check your room for bugs by peeling back the bed sheets and examining the mattress.
- Check behind the headboard if possible for black spots of excrement, shed skins, or the bugs themselves.
Is the media making a big deal out of a small bite?
Although the bedbug population is on the rise it is “miniscule”, according to the president and CEO of the AHLA Joe McInerney. There are 4.4 million hotel rooms in this country and out of that number; very few cases of bedbugs have been reported. Mr. McInerney believes that the only people making a big deal out of the bedbug problem are the media.
This may be true but if you are anything like me, you’ll want to check out bedbugregistry.com just to make sure your next destination hotel isn’t listed as one with reported cases. Nothing ruins a vacation faster than waking up with bed bug bites on your arms and shoulders. I’m not sure what’s worse, the bite or the thought of being the subject of a bedbug’s eating frenzy.
So heads up to those of you who travel and oh, by the way, you might not want to leave your purse on the seat next to you in the movie theater either. You might just bring home an uninvited guest!
Mark Rosenberg, M.D.
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About the Author
Mark Rosenberg M.D. is director of the “Institute of Anti-Aging” in South Florida. He is a highly sought-after speaker for lectures on topics such as integrative cancer therapy and anti-aging medicine. Dr. Rosenberg is avidly involved in supplement research and is nutritional consultant for Vitalmax Vitamins.
Fleas: The Unwanted Guests in Your Home.
Fleas are a common cause of irritation and infestation in your home. These unwanted guests can be found in your home and in large quantities. Out of the total flea population found in your home, about 80% of the fleas are still at the egg or larvae stage. These fleas can be found attached to your furniture, carpet, mats and anywhere in your home. The adult flea contributes to just 2% percent of the total flea population in your house. The remaining 18% of the flea population thrives in pupae stage. During this stage fleas are not harmed by any of the pest control products. Pest control products only affect fleas once they get out of the pupae stage. Wonder how many fleas you have at home!
Pest Control Against Indoor Flea Influx
Fleas are a notorious cause of irritation and disease in your home. They also affect your pets. Fleas are the menace that you would like to get rid of forever. For this purpose there are various pest control products which are available for prevention as well as elimination of indoor infestation by fleas. Though there are numerous flea control products available, all are not safe. One must choose a product that is safe for children and pets. Moreover a good pest control is also water safe for fabrics.
Majority of people and even professionals use flea spray for flea prevention and elimination. The reason behind flea spray is its safety factors. The safest flea or pest spray is labeled as “indoor flea”.
A flea spray solution contains two types of substances: an adulticide, it is an insecticide which kills fleas; the other substance is the insect growth regulator (IGR). An average insecticide would not help you in getting rid of the fleas. An IGR inhibits the maturity stage of the fleas by not allowing them to grow.
Pest control measures also include treating your carpets with Nylar. Nylar is an effective pest control measure against roaches and fleas. It inhibits the growth of fleas and leaves residual for up to 3-6 months. Nylar is available in aerosol formulations and liquid concentrate.
Nylar is among the best flea prevention methods. It rids your home of visible adult fleas.
An effective pest control measure for fleas can be buying electronic flea traps. These are an effective alternative to pesticides. A flea trapper kills adult fleas prowling for a pet. The trap emits attractive heat, light and infrared from the light bulb. The fleas get attracted to it and are killed as soon as they touch the screen. It is one of the permanent and safest pest control measures for your home, especially against fleas.
You should use a vacuum cleaner at home. It is the worst enemy of fleas. When used regularly it ensures that your furniture, carpets and sofas remain flea free.
Flea Stoppers is an effective pest control measure against fleas. It is a formulated mini granular orthoboric acid specially made for fleas. Just sprinkle this flea stopper freely on your carpet and to kill fleas and their larvae in the carpet. Flea stoppers are effective even when the carpet is washed or soaped.
Pest Control for Pets
Fleas mainly breed on mammals. Pets in your home provide as a haven for them. You should check and clean your pets for fleas too.
You should flea comb your pets regularly. Dip the comb in an enzyme cleaner and then comb your pet. You should restrict the entry of the pet in your bedrooms. Wash all pet beddings and rugs to ensure good pet hygiene as well as preventing the fleas spreading. You should bathe your pet too, to prevent fleas from settling on it.
Pest control measure act as an effective flea prevention measures. You should always check your home for fleas and take immediate steps to eliminate them.
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By Franke Mor
Termites and white ants is soft-bodied social creature of the scientific order Isoptera. They damage your home at a steady rate. It is easy to distinguish these termites from ants by comparing the abdomen base of the two. In termites, abdomen broadly connects to the thorax while in ants there is a slender petiole (connection) connecting these segments. Additionally antennae of termites are threadlike or beadlike whereas antennae of ants are elbowed. As termites feed primarily on wood, it is necessary to have some basic termite information or else they may damage your home.
Today, we all opt for eco friendly techniques for almost everything we do. However, when it comes to end termites, the clock is not on your side. Nobody wants to see his or her house damaged up to the extent of leaving it. Therefore, it is necessary to prevent your house from the termite attack.
There are several natural methods available for combating termite infestation. However, these methods are not a silver bullet. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, a popular phrase applies to this situation. If there is no issue of termite problem at first place than there is no need to worry. One of the best ways of preventing your home from termites is to move the things first.
Inspect your home regularly to prevent termite infestation. Monitor your home carefully and Keep a tab on the termite damages. As termites need water to survive ensure that there are no water leaks at your home whether outside or inside. Keep a check on the plumbing, replace old taps, and pay attention to drips and leaks.Use boric acid powder or solution to do away with the problem of termite. It is effective and easily available at hardware stores, home improvement stores and some drug stores. Follow these three termite prevention tips:
- Paint or spray wood on the outside of your home
- Treat wood with boric acid before use
- Apply or spray it to get rid of termite colony.
There are two important termite treatments that helps you get rid of termites:
Green Termite Bait Systems
This system is installed in the outdoor of your property. As wood attracts termites, these systems have wooden base. As the termite approaches the wood, a poisonous lace replaces it on which the termite feeds. Now, termites carry this poisonous food to the whole colony. It is a termite capture device and is available on many stores.
It is one of the most economical ways to get rid of termites. It uses termite products like termidor as a barrier. Fripnoil is an active substance in termidor. It attracts the termites towards itself and termites that enter the affected area die slowly.
If you own a property made of wood then getting rid of termites is one of the top most priority. It is an important that most of the people faces, whether they own a house or not. Pest control takes advantages of this and thus at times charge unreasonable prices at times.
Commonly, these companies use chemicals to control termites. Today, a wide variety of eco friendly chemicals helps in controlling termites. These chemicals are safe and effectively solve the problem of termites. There are various ways of controlling termites. If you opt for environmentally friendly method, you can replace chemicals with eco friendly solutions.
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