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10 Chemical-Free Pest Control Tricks

10 Chemical-Free Pest Control Tricks

Pest control can often be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. It often seems like no matter what we do, the pests just keep coming back, and they seem to bring all of their relatives with them! More and more people are trying to get away from using chemicals to get rid of pests, because of the risks that come with these dangerous chemicals. But, do the natural pest control methods really work?

Yes, many of them do. In addition to making sure all countertops are wiped down, leaky faucets fixed, and putting dry goods in sealed jars, there are certain steps you can take to get rid of pests naturally. Here are tips for getting rid of these 10 common pests without using any chemicals!

1. Mosquitoes

Make sure that there is no standing water near your home, including children’s pools, buckets that hold rainwater, etc. Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water, and this is where they breed, all too quickly. If there is any uneven ground in your yard, fill it in with draining top soil.

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2. Spiders

Believe it or not, spiders are your friends. They help to keep other insects away, so try not to kill spiders (unless they are venomous, such as the brown recluse or the black widow). Get rid of the webs and egg sacs with your vacuum cleaner, and catch spiders and release them outdoors.

3. Cockroaches

It can be difficult to get rid of roaches without using chemicals, but you can get bait and traps that contain Boric acid. Another alternative is electronic pest control with devices such as plug-in Pest Free, Green Shield, or VictorPest. Look for these rather than other chemical compounds to get rid of roaches.

4. Termites

Here is a pest that is of grave concern to many homeowners. If you notice signs of termites, such as weak wood, shed wings, and termite tubes, you have an infestation. Contact an exterminator for the best ways to get rid of the infestation.

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5. Fleas

Don’t concern yourself with the airborne and hopping fleas. Instead, concentrate on killing their eggs that are in carpets, upholstery, and other fabrics. Launder items in hot water and bathe your pets regularly to keep the fleas away.

6. Crickets

If you hear crickets, locate the sound. Then, put a piece of duct tape, sticky side up, on the floor in that area. The crickets will be attracted to the tape and they will stick to it. Then, you can simply throw them away.

7. Houseflies

The best ways to deal with houseflies are the old-fashioned ones: sticky fly paper and fly swatters. You don’t need to spray anything on flies and you don’t need chemicals. If you are overwhelmed with flies, you may need to resort to a chemical bug spray, but make this your last resort.

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8. Ants

You can eliminate most indoor ant problems by setting traps or bait that have Boric acid. Packaging is usually noted as Orthoboric acid, just so you know what to look for. To get rid of ants outdoors, try sprinkling corn meal on your lawn. They will eat it, but can’t digest it, and it will blow up inside their stomachs, killing the ants.

9. Moths

If there are moths in your home, chances are that there are larvae a well, which will eat fabrics. Pheromone traps work well for catching flying moths. Once you have trapped the moths, wash fabrics with extremely hot water to kill off any larvae, or put the fabrics in the freezer and kill the larvae with extreme cold. Use mothballs to keep moths away for good.

10. Centipedes

These creatures thrive in damp areas, so make sure that you dry out garages, basements, porches, sheds, and any other damp areas around your home. Fix cracks in the foundation as well as plumbing leaks and look into getting a dehumidifier.

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Featured photo credit: splitshire.com via pexels.com

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Last Updated on June 8, 2018

10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

Let’s face it.  We are living in a digital age, and there is absolutely no turning back. One of the biggest influences on society these days is social media. It affects us both positively and negatively. Social media was originally designed for people to share interesting facets of their lives with their friends, but it has become so much more than what it intended to be. It is now a medium for information to pass around the globe. In many cases, people first learn about current events through Twitter or Facebook before hearing about them from conventional news sources.

We also rely on technology for nearly everything we do. People these days seem as if they can’t go anywhere or do anything without their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. They need to be in constant contact with others via electronic devices.

However, there is also a downside to be too connected to social media and electronic devices. We are too dependent on them, which make us oblivious to what we are doing to ourselves. Being too connected can have a negative effect on our lives and the society as a whole. Here are 10 true illustrations that show how our society is negatively impacted because of the use of technology.

1. Facebook is eating away at your time.

Facebook is eating away your time

    How much time do you usually spend each day on Facebook or other social networking sites? Is it hindering your productivity? Do you find yourself wasting time to a point where you don’t even know where it goes? If the answer is yes, Facebook might have eaten away at your time.

    2. We’ve become “Likeaholics.”

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    Likeaholic

      When you are posting something on Facebook, are you doing it just to see how many of your friends will give it the proverbial thumbs up? This illustration shows that some people are treating “Likes” on Facebook as if it was a drug they needed to inject into their bloodstreams.

      3. Our electronics have priority over our lives.

      priorities

        Given a choice between your dying phone battery or you dying, which will you choose? In this case, the man in this illustration chose to charge his phone over to sustain his own life. As a society, we need to be more careful of our priorities.

        4. Our devices are ruining intimacy.

        lack of intimacy

          Have you and your loved one ever spent time together where each of you is on your phone instead of communicating face-to-face with each other? Has society reached the point where we can’t even be intimate with each other without being on our phones at the same time?

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          5. Families aren’t spending quality time together.

          mother baking

            Here is a mother making holiday cookies, but what are the kids doing? They are not making cookies with their mother. Instead, every one of them has their faces buried in their own electronic devices. Television used to be what parents use to babysit their kids. Now, it’s a tablet, phone, laptop or video game that does the job.

            6.  We’d rather record someone than help them.

            drowning

              A lot is happening in this illustration. A black man is drowning and asking for help. One person has a gun pointed at him. The other person has their iPhone pointed at him and is recording the scene, but is not interested to help this man.

              7. Society is sleeping, it’s sleeping its life away.

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              sleeping your life away

                Time is money. After we have wasted the long period of time on social media, we are losing the most valuable currency we have – our time in this world.

                8.  Despite all the technology we have, we still want what someone else has.

                wanting what someone else is having

                  There’s an old saying that goes, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” This illustration shows that despite all that we have, we are still not satisfied with our lives.

                  9. Sensationalism still sells.

                  free expression

                    With the information overload that exists today, the media still looks for sensationalism. Here’s a woman who feels she has something important to say, but the media only cares about her because she is naked. Would the news media still have microphones in front of her if she wasn’t standing there topless?

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                    10. In the end, with all of this, we are still killing the planet.

                    gun to mother earth

                      This last illustration argues that despite all of our technological gains, we are still polluting the earth as if we have a virtual gun pointed at Mother Nature. As we build bigger cities and higher technology, how much more damages can we continue to do before putting our lives at risk?

                      Featured photo credit: Michael Summers via flickr.com

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