From time to time, most gardeners tend to face hungry-for-plant pests.
To be honest, this isn’t really much of a problem. It only becomes one when they rise to unacceptable numbers! Gardeners have become very aware of the dangers of using pesticides, which is why they look for alternative tips to prevent these little critters from their gardens.
How to Control Pests in the Garden
Some Insects Are On Your Side
While pests take a bite out of your valuable garden, there are some insects that feed on pests. These insects are parasitic wasps, damsel bugs, lady bugs, minute pirate bugs and lacewings. How cool of a preventative measure is this!
If you want to attract these insects in your garden, your garden should have protein rich pests lurking in your garden.
Have Your Garden Fight Back
Did you know that some plant varieties are prone to the issues of pests? For example if you’re facing the problem of squash bugs taking over your squash plants, you can opt for Royal Acorn and Butternut for your garden. These two vegetable plants are probably two of the most resilient varieties against pest infestations.
Another example may be the infestation of your garden by Colorado potato beetles. If this is what you are facing, then you should plant the ‘King Harry’ potato in your garden. This plant has leaves which can be described as too hairy for the beetles to eat.
Use Physical Barriers
Another very useful method of preventing pests is to have a physical barrier between insects and plants. You can always buy yourself a floating row cover for your most susceptible plants. This is a spun-bound fabric, which uses wire hoops to form a structure over the top of the plants. While using these you should always remember to remove the cover when your plants start to form flowers so they can have access to pollinators at this stage.
If You Need Reinforcements
By employing these strategies, you wouldn’t find yourself using Google for ‘local landscaper near me’ that often. However, for better protection against pest infestation in your garden, you can visit our website for professional advice and free estimates 24/7. Together we can beat those critters!
Bed bugs bites and its treatment.
Bed bugs are small, brownish insects that survive on human and animal blood. Their bodies become reddish and swollen when they have fed on blood. Bed bugs are active mainly at night and they bite humans and animals when they are sleeping.
Fortunately, the signs of bed bug infestation are very visible and you can identify them as follows;
- Itchy red areas on different parts of the body particularly areas exposed while sleeping,
- Blood stains on your bed sheets and pillow cases,
- Dark brownish spots of bed bug excrement (feces) on the bed sheets and mattresses,
- Musty odor that is released from the bed bug scent glands.
Although, bed bugs do not transmit any kind of disease but it is recommended to see a dermatologist if you find too many bites on your body, or you notice an infectious discharge i.e. pus from these bites or you notice some kind of allergic skin reaction.
Your dermatologist may prescribe you one of the following based on the symptoms he notices;
- In case of a severe allergic skin reaction the dermatologist may administer an anti-allergic injection of antihistamine, corticosteroid, or epinephrine (adrenaline).
- In case of an infectious discharge from the bites the dermatologist would recommend an antibiotic. However, if the infection is mild, he may recommend an antiseptic medication.
- In case you develop extreme itch the dermatologist might recommend you a pill or an anti-itch liquid/cream that you would be required to apply on your skin, on and around the area where the bites are.
However, if you don’t notice a serious skin reaction then you can treat these bed bug bites at home with soap and water. If the bites start to itch, you can apply a corticosteroid cream on and around the bites. Corticosteroid is an over-the-counter drug and you don’t need a doctor’s prescription to purchase it.
How do professionals kill bed bugs?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), United States of America has registered more than 300 products for use against bed bugs. Most of them can be used directly by the consumers but some can only be used by trained professionals.
However, most homeowners hire trained professionals to exterminate bed bugs and to get rid of them comprehensively and to avoid any future recurrence.
Bed bug exterminator cost.
According to Home Advisor the pricing of extermination depends on a number of factors and they are as follows;
- Size of Extermination Space,
- Extent of Infestation by Bed Bugs,
- House Location,
- Treatment Type.
Extermination Space: Exterminators can charge in several different ways. They can charge per room, per square footage of the house or a fixed flat rate. Typically individuals would end up paying $1000-2500 for this kind of service but if only one room has been infested you can pay as low as $250-300. However, if it is a big house and most of it has been infested, then you might end up paying as much as $5000 or maybe even more.
Level of Infestation: Infestation of moderate level will cost you around $200 per room. However, a room with heavy infestation may cost you as much as $400.
House Location: The cost of extermination would vary a lot depending on which state you are living in. For example, bed bug extermination in New York is quite expensive. Moreover, in states with more frequent and rampant infestations you may end up paying three times more than others because of the increased demand.
Treatment Type: The price of extermination would also depend on the type of treatment you sign up for. Of the many types of extermination treatments, the following four (04) are the most popular;
- Heat/Thermal Treatment ($1-3/square foot) – Average Spend ($2,000-4,000)
- Fumigation ($4-7.5/square foot) – Average Spend ($5,000-50,000)
- Chemicals and Pesticides ($100-500/room)
- Steam ($250-1000/room)
There are some very popular extermination companies in the United States of America and that too with a proven track record. Most of them also give a guarantee period, as low as 30-days. Some of them are as follows;
- Orkin (30-day Guarantee)
- Terminx (30 to 90-day Guarantee)
- Ehrlich (30-day Guarantee)
- Arrow (30-day Guarantee)
- Thermapure (100% Effective)