Bed Bug Removal: Home Remedies

Bed Bug Removal: Home Remedies

So what is a bed bug?

A bed bug is a tiny parasitic insect that likes to feed on human blood like a vampire. It got its name due to its tendency of being found in the places where people normally sleep such as under the mattress, on the mattress, or within the frame of the bed.

These bugs are nocturnal insects which means they normally get out at night to do their blood-sucking business, though they are not nocturnal all the time; sometimes they come out during the day.

How do they look like?

They are very tiny wingless insects though they are visible to the naked eye. Adult bedbugs are as tiny as a quarter-inch long and have a rusty reddish-brown body that is almost flat in shape. After feeding on blood their body color changes to a deep red-brown and their body size increases. Newly hatched bedbugs have a translucent body that changes color as they mature.

What effects do they have?

  • They can cause anemia since they feed on human blood.
  • They can cause sleepless nights due to itching after bites.
  • They can cause body rashes on the skin when they pierce the surface of the skin.
  • In some people, they can cause an allergic reaction.
  • They can cause skin infections.

Where do they like living?

  • On or under the mattress.
  • Cracks and crevices on the bed frame.
  • In clothing, curtains, carpets, beddings, rugs, and linens.
  • In dark warm places such as cracks and crevices.


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Organic Pest Control For a Healthier Garden

Organic Pest Control For a Healthier Garden

Organic pest control is the best way to maintain a healthy garden for everyone and everything. Organic pest control will not eliminate all of the insects; after all, some of those insects are beneficial. Taking extra time caring for your plants and being on the look-out for early signs of disease and insect attacks is considered an organic way of keeping things under control. Healthy plants that do not have any stress signs will be able to resist pests and diseases a little easier.

Once your garden has been completely harvested and there are healthy old vegetable vines and similar residue left behind you can turn it over into the soil. Anything diseased or pest-infested should be removed because this provides a breeding ground for pests and pathogens. Some insects like to live in the debris during the winter and will get an early start in the spring when you plant your new garden. Several plant pathogens live in soil all year and this is another reason to remove the bad residue. It is also a good idea to remove any weeds that are close to your garden because insects find shelter in them.

You may think that all insects are the enemy, they are not, and many of them have an important role in the garden. Some insects break down the organic material, some are pollinators and others are called ‘beneficial’ insects because they eat the insects that are the enemy. Some of these beneficial insects include the ladybug, …

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Organic Pest Control in the Home Garden

Organic Pest Control in the Home Garden

When controlling pests organically you need to have a different mindset. There are gardening books and websites that talk about sterilising your soil and eradicating everything that might eat some of your crops. If you choose to work organically you will not be able to do this. There will always be some pest insects in your garden. But that’s ok. They need to be there to ensure that the good guys have something to eat. And you need the good guys there because there will be times when the population of the others grows and something has to get rid of them.


The first step in controlling pests comes in the winter when you are planning your garden for next year. You need to think about which plants you are going to grow to keep your garden healthy. The plants that you can choose fall into two categories. Those that attract beneficial insects, and those that repel the pests.

Anything that has blue flowers will attract bees and wasps. I know most of us have grown up with the idea that wasps are bad. I’m not suggesting that you put up with a whole nest of them in your garden but a few visitors can be helpful. Most kinds of wasp are predatory and the things that they eat will eat your crops. Other colour flowers are useful too. Grow calendula and marigolds around your veggie plot. Their orange flowers attract the bees almost as well as the lavender …

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