Ahhh- The grass is green, the birds are chirping, and spring is in the air but it’s only February!
I don’t know about you but I really really love wearing shorts in winter, it ain’t pretty but it feels like I’m getting away with something. The problem is that the critters sleeping in the dirt pretty much feel the same way. The doves are cleaning out my bird seed, they think its springtime and the grub worms are churning under my grass digging the sleep out of their eyes.
Nature has some great tools to help control bugs and critters and cold winters is one of them. A few hard freezes goes a long way towards controlling insect survival or not, much the same way a good long drought helps control mosquitoes. I already found a tick on my dog and it’s supposed to be the dead of winter!
Green grass in February makes me nervous and I’m glad I don’t sell firewood for a living but I may wish I was an exterminator and could afford a yardman. I know not to get complacent because the invasion is coming and the invaders are going to be really hungry.
A nice warm spell that brings the soil temp to 70 degrees for a few days will bring out the termites. Swarming by the millions, it is perhaps the ickiest feeling a person can get; especially when they realize the bugs are living in their walls. A good organic treatment in the soil is the best way to treat them at the source, http://www.ehow.com/how_4815780_kill-termites-chemicals.html.
Wasps’ are natures bug controllers, they kill millions of insects including spiders and other wasps but sometimes they just build their nests in the wrong places. http://www.insectidentification.org/bees-ants-wasps-and-similar.asp If you have a recurring problem with wasps , spiders and other bugs building nests on your porch ceiling, try painting it aura blue or in the south “haint blue” http://betweennapsontheporch.net/haint-blue-for-the-porch-ceiling/ or any other sky blue color. This fools the insects into thinking it’s the sky and they won’t build a nest there. And rumor has it that it wards off ghosts.
Avoid spraying chemicals on wasp nests, instead, mix a couple of tablespoons of dish soap in a tall glass with water and douse the nest – the wasps will be dead when they hit the floor. It may take several treatments as wasps that are away from the nest return.
Mosquitos are more than a nuisance they carry deadly diseases and transmit them humans, dogs, and horses. Blood diseases and parasites such as Heart Worm dogs and The West Nile Virus to horses is becoming a larger problem. Preventative medicines such a Trifexis are designed to heart worms, hookworms, and fleas and the great part is that it’s an all-in-one chewable tablet. http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/FDAVeterinarianNewsletter/ucm110414.htm .
Are you a mosquito magnet? Check this out: http://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/are-you-mosquito-magnet
Whatever you do try not to kill the good bugs and there are lots of them.
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