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Peppermint Oil and Mice Control

MouseAs soon as someone discovers they have a mice problem they immediately turn to poisons or traps. Poison is dangerous especially if you have pets or children. In my opinion, most mouse traps are inhumane. They are very messy and unnecessary. However there is a fantastic repellant for getting rid of mice that no one ever talks about.

I’m not sure if there is a lack of good information or people are just skeptical about trying something new. Whatever the case may be peppermint oil is a proven and effective deterrent for getting rid of mice. It has a strong sent that is very pleasing to humans but highly offensive to rodents. Mice depend on there since of smell to communicate, find food, and survive. They cannot tolerate the scent of peppermint oil. So they will have no choice but to pack up and leave.

Here is what you need to know

Although peppermint oil is inexpensive not many regular stores carry it. The best place to find peppermint oil is at Amazon. All you’ll need is a 1 oz. bottle. This will usually cost you a little less than $10 dollars. If you want to keep some on hand at all times and save money, purchase the 4 oz. bottle. This will cost you less than $15 dollars.

How to use peppermint oil for mice control

You’ll want to figure out where you think the mice are hanging out. The best way to determine this is to look for mice droppings. Some of the most common places mice hide out are in storage areas, in drawers, cabinets, and even behind refrigerators.

You’ll want to purchase some standard cotton balls. Apply a few drops of peppermint oil to a cotton ball and leave them in all the areas you think the mice may be. Also, leave some in areas where you think they may be using as pathways.

Peppermint is very strong. So you’ll only need to use a limited amount. Using too much could cause irritation to your eyes and throat. Leave the cotton balls in the designated areas for up to six weeks. To prevent the mice problem in the future continue to replace the peppermint cotton balls every four to six weeks.

Purchasing peppermint oil is simple and easy. However, many people choose to grow their own peppermint inside their house. This is a great cost effective way to keep rodents and mice out of the house.

If for some reason your mice problem continues, it’s always a good idea to contact your local pest control company. Most lawn and pest control companies offer environmentally safe treatments for their clients.

Five Organic and Natural Pest Control Methods That Work

Two Dead RoachesThere is nothing worse than spending your valuable time and money cultivating a garden, only to wake-up one morning to find it riddled with pests – this is quite frustrating.

You have to choices to remedy this situation. One is to use pesticides, and the other is the use of natural, organic methods. We have discovered several pest control methods that actually work and are safe to use.

Soil Covers

Soil covers can be quite effective in areas where the climate fluctuates and pests are wide spread. Soil covers are made of a porous polyester material that is generally white in color. This covering will protect your garden from insects while allowing more than 80 percent of the light through for cultivation.

You can purchase this material in various thicknesses and sizes. In summer, the thinner material allows your garden to breath while keeping destructive pests out. In winter, the heavier weight material keeps pests out of your garden while holding in heat – this is great for areas where winter temperatures can also damage your garden.

Smell Traps

One of the senses, for animals and humans alike, is smell. In the world of organic pest control science has reproduced the scent called pheromones. Pheromone is a chemical produced to heighten the sexual awareness of the opposite sex. So you might ask, what does this have to do with pest control?

In organic pest control, pheromones are used lure pests into traps through their senses. These unsuspecting victims are tricked into thinking a willing mate is at the other end of the smell, but the end result is anything but happy. That is for the pest, not the garden owner.

Traps are only effective when there are a limited number of pests to get rid of. In these cases the pheromone traps are effective for identifying the initial stage of an infestation. Knowing the type of pest that is attracted to your garden gives you a jump on the problem.

Organic Insect Spray

The more common name for this type of spray is “insecticidal soap spray.” Some people have mistaken insecticidal soap spray with herbicidal soap and sprayed their plants with it. This is a fatal mistake because herbicidal soap kills plants.

The organic soap spray is made from animal fats. These fats get under the skin of the insect and kill it. The one thing you must do before spraying your plants is to test a few leaves. In rare cases this spray will burn vegetation. Spray a few leaves and wait a few days to see the reaction. Once you’ve determined your plants are safe, then spray your garden when pests are present.

Homemade Organic Oil Spray

It doesn’t have to be expensive to work. This is the theme for this organic pest control method.

To make this spray you’ll need a quart of water, a couple of drops of ivory soap, a tablespoon of canola oil, and a spray bottle. Just mix all the ingredients mentioned and put it in the spray bottle. Once the mixture is prepared, find the pesky pests and give them a shot of oil. The oil itself will accumulate and smother the pests. The effectiveness of this oil is greatly diminished when allowed to dry.

Organic Botanical Compounds

Botanical compounds can be made from plants that contain elements that naturally repel pests. The pyrethrum provides elements that you can use to make an organic compound that will control a wide variety of flying insects.

All the above methods have been proven effective in controlling pests that are harmful to your garden. Even though we are dealing with natural compounds, they can still kill beneficial insects. Try to isolate your spraying to small areas where pests are doing the most damage.

About the author:

Chris is a blogger for Excel Pest Control a NJ based pest control company.

Step Up Your Game In The War Against Pests

It’s bad enough when your partner invites some friends over to your home and you don’t really like them. You can pop out until they have left, or just hide away for a few hours in your bedroom. But what happens when the guests are uninvited, and you both can’t stand them? And these nuisances seem to show up every day without any warning? We are talking about garden and household pests, the ones that love to make our life a thing of misery. No matter how much you try to wipe them out, they always come back for more. This article takes a look at some of the more clever weapons we have at our disposal, thanks to a few clever people. See if you like the sound of them and perhaps your uninvited guests will get a big shock the next time they sneak in under the radar!

Solar Mole Repeller – $10

There are a few misguided people out there who think that moles are cute and fluffy little cuties. These individuals have obviously never had their immaculate lawn turned into a quagmire thanks to those critters. Moles are very sneaky little fellows who will stop at nothing to get to their wormy feasts. If you are at the end of your tether, maybe you should get yourself one of these cools gadgets. This device is totally powered by the sun and does a really good job at keeping those toothy nuisances at bay. It will not harm the moles but emits a sonic pulse that really keeps them far away from your precious lawn and garden. The sonic pulses are pushed out every 20 seconds and reach around 100 square meters. The frequency is 300Hz and reaches deep enough to deter even the most cunning of rodents. You may need a few of these if your garden is on the large side, but the price tag is pretty low. We love this gadget and we think your moles will soon be packing their bags!

Plug In Bug Killer With Nigh Light – $20

If you live in a warmer climate, you probably have mosquitoes at the top of your ‘most hated’ insect list. They buzz around your head just as you are about to drop off to sleep, and when you wake up, you have loads of itchy bite marks all over your poor body. As well as being annoying, these pests can pass on some nasty little diseases. They don’t play by the rules, so why should we? This neat little product will definitely tip the scales back in your favour, it’s time for payback! The Plug In Bug Killer uses the night light to bring the flying nightmares into the trap. It will also attract moths and normal house flies, and it has treats in store for all of your overnight occupants! As soon as they get within a few inches, they are wiped out with a nice but lethal dose of the bug killer. You get a good night’s sleep and wake up to a insect funeral pyre! A cool gadget that your skin will soon love you for!

Pests 0 Humans 2

We think that these two gadgets are a few steps closer to that pest free home, just ensure that your household appreciates the effort you are making on their behalf!

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Today’s featured writer, Kevin Ben, works for one of the leading pest control companies in Alberta.  He’s a nature lover and an ardent environmentalist.

 

How To Deal With A Bed-Bug-Infested Mattress

How To Deal With A Bed-Bug-Infested Mattress

We need to have a good night’s sleep. But this is almost impossible if your mattress is packed with bed bugs. No, you actually won’t feel uncomfortable right after getting bitten. But you’ll feel itchy a day or two after. If your mattress is ridden with the bugs, this means that the minute bloodsuckers will feast on your blood each night. So, you might not get any respite from the itch and overall discomfort until you take care of the problem.

Getting rid of bed bugs on or inside a mattress is more difficult than removing bed bugs from clothing. With clothing and bedding, for instance, you can put these in the laundry. Wash and then place in the dryer for 30 to 40 minutes with the heat at the highest possible setting. This will get rid of the live bugs and even the eggs. What about your mattress? Here are some tips that you can try out.

1. Vacuum. When you notice bugs crawling near or on your bed, one of the things that you can do is vacuum the entire area. The machine will suck up the tiny bugs, especially those that are crowded beneath or on the edges of your mattress. Dispose of the dust bag outdoors and seal it properly to keep the bugs from escaping.

2. Apply heat on the mattress. If you have a steam machine, use this to kill the bed bugs. Make sure that you steam the entire surface of the mattress, including the bottom part and the sides. If you don’t have a machine, you can call a reliable pest control company that specializes in bed bug heat elimination. They have the equipment to treat entire rooms or houses using steam, and the entire procedure only takes a day or even less. So, you won’t get too hassled and this won’t leave any toxic residues as well.

3. Seal the mattress in plastic. Be sure to wrap it nice and tight. Check if there are tiny holes that will allow air in because this will make the method ineffective as the bugs can readily survive with even the smallest amount of air. The affected mattress must be sealed for at least a year since bed bugs can survive without feeding for more than six months. So, you might need a new mattress while the old one is being treated. But before you go ahead and buy a new one, have a bed bug exterminator check your entire house. You wouldn’t want your latest mattress to become another bed bug haven, right?

4. Have your mattress treated by professionals. There are companies that specialize in treating bed-bug-laden mattresses. Ask the pest control company in your area if they perform these kinds of treatments. If not, see if they know of someone who does or go online for contact details.

5. It’s always better to hire the services of a dependable pest control team. Experts have the skills, know-how and the equipment to deal with your bed bug problems at home. Moreover, they can do a thorough cleaning, as well as carry out preventive measures, so that your house will stay bed-bug-free.

Citations:

Claire Pritchard is a freelancer who regularly blogs about bed bugs in Los Angeles. Her personal site is filled with her rants about these bugs and how to get rid of them.