weed control-Tips and prevention

September 15, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

Weed control-Tips and prevention

Weeding is one of the most maligned jobs in the garden, but there are many ways that we can make life easier for ourselves and cut down on the amount of work needed to keep the garden weed free.

Start a compost heap
By starting a compost heap, you will be able to make your own rotted compost to use as mulch on your borders. It’s also a great way to recycle garden waste and saves taking it to your local ‘green skip’. Remember not to add flowering weeds to your heap, as the seeds may germinate in the compost when it has been spread on the garden!

Use a ground cover material
Areas that are to be newly planted can be covered with a permeable membrane to act as ground cover material, once the ground has been thoroughly prepared. This will allow water in but keep the light out and stop the majority of weeds from growing. Planting can be done through the membrane by cutting a cross in it and to finish, the area can be covered with bark or gravel.

Cover unwanted ground on the vegetable garden
Large areas of ground that are not needed on the allotment can be covered with black polythene sheeting, old carpet or ground cover material. This will smother weeds and stop them growing until you are ready to cultivate the ground.
Check that this is okay if you rent an allotment as some do not allow this. It can be unsightly.

Mulch
Spreading mulch on your garden is one of the most useful jobs that you can do for a number of reasons.

It acts as a soil conditioner. The worms and weather will take the mulch into the soil, adding to the amount of organic matter and nutrients available to your plants.

If applied after large amounts of rain, for example in spring, mulch will help to keep moisture in the soil for longer and cut down on watering through any dry weather.

Mulching acts as a weed suppressant and, due to the crumbly texture that it creates on the soil surface, makes any weeds much easier to remove.

It’s a great way of recycling if you make your own compost or have a good supply of well rotted farm yard or stable manure.

Hoeing
Hoeing is a useful form of weed control in the vegetable garden. Regular hoeing between rows will kill annual weeds and keep on top of perennial weeds as they regrow. Choose a dry day when the soil surface is dry and hoe as often as possible!

Prepare new ground thoroughly before planting
Make sure that any perennial weed roots such as Dock Leaves, Dandilions and Thistles are removed as new areas are prepared for planting. These should not be composted but put out with your household waste or dried out and added to the bonfire. Composting them or chopping them up will only make new plants!

Use ground cover plants
There are many plants that can be used to cover the ground and act as weed suppressants in areas that you may not want to garden often. Ask at your local garden centre for advice.

Herbicides
Weed killer or herbicide as it is correctly known, can be used with care in your garden. There are different types of herbicides for use in different situations.

Selective: Selective weed killers are used to control broad leaved weeds on lawns without harming the grass. Verdone is an example.

Contact: Contact weed killers will kill all plants that they are applied to. In ideal conditions, results can be seen within a day but they may not kill weed roots so perennial weeds such as Docks and Dandilions may re grow. Weedol is an example.

Systemic: Systemic weed killers will also kill all plants that they are applied to. Usually, they are slower acting than contact weed killers but will kill roots as well as top growth. Tumble Weed is an example.

Residual: For use on drives, gravelled areas, paths and waste ground where you do not want to replant. Residual weed killer usually contains a contact weed killer as well as a residual one which will prevent new weeds from germinating. They usually stay active for three months in the soil. Pathclear is an example.

Weed killers that are available as ‘ready to use’ (RTU) have been diluted and can be used straight away, or for larger areas concentrates can be purchased to dilute with water in a sprayer or watering can.

Tips for using weed killers
Spreading mulch on your garden is one of the most useful jobs that you can do for a number of reasons.

Choose a dry day with no wind. Make sure that the weeds are dry before you spray so that the solution sticks to the leaves.

Try to spray early in the day or last thing in the evening when there are fewer insects on the wing.

Choose the right spray for the job.

There is no need to drench the weeds – just spray a little on each one and it will work. Drenching the weeds or using ‘double strength’ is a waste of money!

If you have a large area to spray, invest in a small sprayer so that the correct amount can be applied. Using a watering can is less economical.

Make sure you mark your sprayer or watering can ‘WEED KILLER ONLY’ to prevent them being used for pesticides or to water plants.

Buy little and often and always store herbicides responsibly.

Use ground cover plants
There are many plants that can be used to cover the ground and act as weed suppressants in areas that you may not want to garden often. Ask at your local garden center for advice.

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General Tips for pest control:

September 5, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

Prevention- Pest Control:

TIP 1
Inspect your roof for leaks and make sure that all your gutters and downspouts are in good working order and that splash blocks and pipes divert water several feet away from your foundation.

TIP 2
Prune all your trees back at least several feet from your roofline and trim bushes one foot from your exterior walls, porches, garage, carports, outbuildings, etc. “Shape” your bushes at the bottom to allow air circulation around your home or business adjacent to your foundation.

TIP 3
Make sure that there is no standing water collecting in or adjacent to your crawlspace/foundation. Often a crawlspace is lower than the surrounding exterior grade and it acts as a sump allowing water seep in. Correct the exterior drainage or install a French drain and pump on the inside if necessary.

TIP 4
Make sure your foundation vents are secure and operating correctly for ventilation. If your ground is naturally damp in your crawlspace install a plastic vapor barrier to reduce airborne moisture. Make sure your crawlspace door and all other doors and windows are “tight”.

TIP 5
Do not stack or store firewood, building materials and other items against your foundation. This will provide food for wood destroying insects, capture water and provide harborage for all types of pests. Seal obvious construction and utility gaps in your foundation.

TIP 6
Don’t allow standing water to buildup in unused pots, containers, boxes, etc., take old tires to the dump.

TIP 7
Secure and latch all your garbage containers and store them several feet away from your home or business. Make sure that you have your garbage removed from your home and outside containers regularly.

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Ants-Prevention and control

September 4, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

Ants-Prevention and Control

1. Know the popular hangouts

It’s probably not surprising to hear that ants most frequently infest kitchens. After all, kitchens are full of food and water, everything ants (as well as all other pests) need to survive. Bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, basements, inside walls, and in/around air conditioning and heating units are also known to attract ants.

2. Eliminate water sources

Reducing moisture and standing water around your home can go a long way to help prevent ants. Repair leaky pipes, and routinely check under sinks for areas of moisture. Consider using a dehumidifier in damp basements, crawl spaces or attics. Outside, ensure that downspouts and gutters are functioning properly so that water flows away from the home’s foundation.

3. Eliminate food sources

Keeping your kitchen tidy will help to discourage ants from coming indoors. Wipe down counters and sweep floors regularly to eliminate crumbs and residue from spills. Store food in sealed pest-proof containers, and keep ripe fruit in the refrigerator. Wipe down sticky jars, especially any containing honey, syrup, soda or other sweets. Finally, use a lid on trashcans and dispose of garbage regularly.

4. Don’t discount your pets

Cats, dogs and other pets can inadvertently invite ants into your home. Their food and water bowls are an attractant for pests, so be sure to keep pet bowls clean and clean up any spilled food or water promptly. Opt to store dry pet food in a sealed plastic container rather than the paper bags they often come in, which can be easily accessed by ants and other pests. Inspect dog/cat doors to ensure that pests cannot get through. Remember that ants can fit through even the tiniest openings.

5. Block off or eliminate access points

Take time to inspect the outside of your home for easy access points. Trees and bushes should be trimmed away from the home, as branches can provide highways indoors for ants. Seal any cracks and crevices on the outside of the home with silicone caulk, paying special attention to areas where utility pipes enter.

6. Don’t go it alone

Without the proper training and tools, battling ants can be an uphill battle. What’s worse, an infestation can continue to grow if it is not properly treated. Some species of ants can cause serious property damage (like carpenter ants) and others (like fire ants) can pose health threats to your family. Even species that are considered nuisance pests (like odorous house ants) can contaminate food.

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Tips for Bed bug control

September 1, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

Tips for Bed bug cotrol:

1.Make sure you really have bed bugs, not fleas, ticks or other insects.
You can compare your insect to the pictures on our Identifying bed bugs Web page or show it to your local extension agent. (Extension agents are trained in pest control issues and know your local area.)
2. Don’t panic!
It can be difficult to eliminate bed bugs, but it’s not impossible. Don’t throw out all of your things because most of them can be treated and saved. Throwing stuff out is expensive, may spread the bed bugs to other people’s homes and could cause more stress.
3. Think through your treatment options — Don’’t immediately reach for the spray can.
Be comprehensive in your approach. Try other things first. Integrated pest management (IPM) techniques may reduce the number of bed bugs and limit your contact with pesticides. If pesticides are needed, always follow label directions or hire a professional. There is help available to learn about treatment options. (4 pp, 480 K, About PDF)
4. Reduce the number of hiding places — Clean up the clutter.
A cluttered home provides more places for bed bugs to hide and makes locating and treating them harder. If bed bugs are in your mattress, using special bed bug covers (encasements) on your mattress and box springs makes it harder for bed bugs to get to you while you sleep. Leave the encasements on for a year. Be sure to buy a product that has been tested for bed bugs and is strong enough to last for the full year without tearing.
5. Regularly wash and heat-dry your bed sheets, blankets, bedspreads and any clothing that touches the floor.
This reduces the number of bed bugs. Bed bugs and their eggs can hide in laundry containers/hampers Remember to clean them when you do the laundry.
6. Do-it-yourself freezing may not be a reliable method for bed bug control.
While freezing can kill bed bugs, temperatures must remain very low for a long time. Home freezers may not be cold enough to kill bed bugs; always use a thermometer to accurately check the temperature. Putting things outside in freezing temperatures could kill bed bugs, but there are many factors that can affect the success of this method.
7. Kill bed bugs with heat, but be very careful.
Raising the indoor temperature with the thermostat or space heaters won’t do the job. Special equipment and very high temperatures are necessary for successful heat treatment. Black plastic bags in the sun might work to kill bed bugs in luggage or small items, if the contents become hot enough. Bed bugs die when their body temperatures reaches 45°C (113°F). To kill bed bugs with heat, the room or container must be even hotter to ensure sustained heat reaches the bugs no matter where they are hiding
8. Don’’t pass your bed bugs on to others.
Bed bugs are good hitchhikers. If you throw out a mattress or furniture that has bed bugs in it, you should slash or in some way destroy it so that no one else takes it and gets bed bugs.
9. Reduce the number of bed bugs to reduce bites.
Thorough vacuuming can get rid of some of your bed bugs. Carefully vacuum rugs, floors, upholstered furniture, bed frames, under beds, around bed legs, and all cracks and crevices around the room. Change the bag after each use so the bed bugs can’t escape. Place the used bag in a tightly sealed plastic bag and in an outside garbage bin.
10. Turn to the professionals, if needed.
Hiring an experienced, responsible pest control professional can increase your chance of success in getting rid of bed bugs. If you hire an expert, be sure it’s a company with a good reputation and request that it use an IPM approach. Contact your state pesticide agency for guidance about hiring professional pest control companies. Also, EPA’s Citizen’s Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety provides information about IPM approaches, how to choose a pest control company, safe handling of pesticides, and emergency information.
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Tips for ants control

August 31, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

Tips for ants control:

1. Know the popular hangouts

It’s probably not surprising to hear that ants most frequently infest kitchens. After all, kitchens are full of food and water, everything ants (as well as all other pests) need to survive. Bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, basements, inside walls, and in/around air conditioning and heating units are also known to attract ants.

2. Eliminate water sources

Reducing moisture and standing water around your home can go a long way to help prevent ants. Repair leaky pipes, and routinely check under sinks for areas of moisture. Consider using a dehumidifier in damp basements, crawl spaces or attics. Outside, ensure that downspouts and gutters are functioning properly so that water flows away from the home’s foundation.

3. Eliminate food sources

Keeping your kitchen tidy will help to discourage ants from coming indoors. Wipe down counters and sweep floors regularly to eliminate crumbs and residue from spills. Store food in sealed pest-proof containers, and keep ripe fruit in the refrigerator. Wipe down sticky jars, especially any containing honey, syrup, soda or other sweets. Finally, use a lid on trashcans and dispose of garbage regularly.

4. Don’t discount your pets

Cats, dogs and other pets can inadvertently invite ants into your home. Their food and water bowls are an attractant for pests, so be sure to keep pet bowls clean and clean up any spilled food or water promptly. Opt to store dry pet food in a sealed plastic container rather than the paper bags they often come in, which can be easily accessed by ants and other pests. Inspect dog/cat doors to ensure that pests cannot get through. Remember that ants can fit through even the tiniest openings.

5. Block off or eliminate access points

Take time to inspect the outside of your home for easy access points. Trees and bushes should be trimmed away from the home, as branches can provide highways indoors for ants. Seal any cracks and crevices on the outside of the home with silicone caulk, paying special attention to areas where utility pipes enter.

6. Don’t go it alone

Without the proper training and tools, battling ants can be an uphill battle. What’s worse, an infestation can continue to grow if it is not properly treated. Some species of ants can cause serious property damage (like carpenter ants) and others (like fire ants) can pose health threats to your family. Even species that are considered nuisance pests (like odorous house ants) can contaminate food.

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