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5 Effective Pest Control Methods

5 Effective Pest Control Methods

Pests pose the serious threat to every living thing, be it human, animal or plant. There are many different kinds of pests including fungus, mosquitoes, flies, rats, fleas, termites, feral dogs and hence any living organism that has a harmful effect on humans, their surroundings, stock and food supplies. Pests can be controlled or at least reduced to a suitable extent by maintaining good hygiene. People should be made aware of throwing trash in the bin, keeping benches, cupboards, lawns, floor and other household items clean, and removing stagnant water from pools, roads, tanks, buckets, gardens, objects such as old tires and other water-holding containers left lying around which could collect water. Listed below are five types that can help you get rid of pests.

Effective Knowledge

You need to identify the types of pest that you are dealing with and their lifestyle. Only then you can make strategies to control them. Make no mistake in identification to save your cost and time on improper tactics. Learn where these pests are growing and their potential threats. If you’re unable to deal with all this hassle, then there are companies for this in almost any area, for example, pest control Tulsa, that help you evaluate the identity of pests, their habitat and accordingly help you prevent them from further growing and eliminating their existence if necessary.

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Organic Pest Control Method

When it comes to limit the damage caused by insects and small animals, many people go for natural methods to target only pests and not harming other plants or animals in the process. In this way, potent and efficient predator traps and baits are used to kill pests. Sodium fluoroacetate (FCH₂CO₂Na) is a biodegradable poison mixed into baits to eradicate a range of pests. It is the most cost-effective method of providing pest control over difficult territory. Other products used in organic pest control are oil sprays, parasitic nematodes, floating row covers, insecticidal soap, etc.

Biological Control

This technique is mainly used in greenhouses but can be practiced outdoors too. In order to control pests biologically, natural enemies of the pest such as predators, parasites, pathogens are introduced which geographically interfere with their ability to breed and infect the pests with a fatal bacterial disease. Certain beneficial insects feed on larvae of pests reducing their further growth. This method is environmentally safe for your plants, your family, and natural wildlife as compared to the potential hazards of pesticides. However, the success of this process depends on the correct use of appropriate species under proper conditions.

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Chemical Pesticides

There are thousands of chemical pesticides used today in homes, offices, stores, farms and many other places. Pesticides are hazardous, and they contaminate land, air, food, and water. Sometimes they are too dangerous for the people using them and other living organisms nearby too. Pesticides are available in solid, liquid and aerosol form, grouped according to the type of pest they kill such as insecticides are to kill insects, bactericides for bacteria, herbicides for plants. Pesticides can kill a detrimental animal through oral entry (through the mouth), respiratory entry (through breath) and dermal entry (through the skin). Before using a spray by yourself, always remember to read the label on a pesticide, and avoid contaminating uncovered food, drinks, utensils and other usable items lying around. If you find difficulty in handling pesticides by yourself, call pest control service providers to help you do the task.

Hygiene Control

There are fewer pests found where places are found clean, therefore, leave no venue and food for pests to grow on and reproduce. Control pests at home and offices by practicing good hygiene. Always clean up after meals, throw leftover food and residue in the trash bin secured in wraps. Wash and dry the dishes after use, keep all cupboards, floors, stoves and other household items clean. Always keep your food in a lid fitted container, flush the toilet after each use, seal all the septic tanks, drains and holes around pipes, make sure communities are disposing of all trash and burying it regularly or recycling it, clear weeds and debris from a garden, use fresh mulch and natural fertilizers. There will be far less chance of using pesticides if relevant hygiene factor is address properly.

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If you want pest free resident, simply maintain a clean and healthy living. The use of pesticides to discourage pests should always be the last possible option.

Featured photo credit: Vijay Putra via pexels.com

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Last Updated on August 15, 2018

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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Why is it important to train up our core strength?

There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

One Exercise, multiple benefits

There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

What will happen when you start doing planks every day

    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

          5. You’ll improve overall balance

            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                How to hold a plank position

                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                  • Prolapse
                  • After prolapse surgery
                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                  • Previous childbirth
                  • Overweight

                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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