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The Best Ultrasonic Pest Repellers For Mice, Roaches, & Insects

Either as a last resort or as part of an integral pest management plan, ultrasonic pest repellers can save you a lot of nuisance and additional pest control costs.

Whether you have an ant problem, roaches terrorizing your home, or mice trotting down your kitchen floor, ultrasound may help you ward off these little buggers.

Especially if  you’ve tried everything such as traps, powders, Hot Shot mixes, Dupont gels, and baits and whatnot.

It must be noted that they’re not an end-all cure but these little gizmos do offer some advantages (provided that they work, more about that in a bit). read more

non-lethal ant control

How To Get Rid Of Ants Without Killing Them

So, you have an ant problem and you want to make it go away in a humane, natural way?

Kudos to you for not wanting to use harsh chemicals that hurt or kill them. By doing using so you will be protecting the environment, your kids, pets, and your own consciousness.

Whether you are a Buddhist, animal lover, PETA enthusiast, or just in favor of natural solutions, getting rid of ants in the house naturally without poisons is possible.

An effective, environmentally safe approach consists of the following steps. read more

How To Get Rid Of (Resistant) Head Lice

We’ve conquered polio and smallpox. We’ve put a man on the moon and explored the depths of the oceans. We’ve mapped the known universe and the human genome. Yet we still haven’t found a way to get rid of head lice.

In fact, head lice are actually getting tougher (they’re becoming increasingly resistant to common treatments) and thus less susceptible to treatment.

Experts put the prevalence of louse infestation down to three factors:

  • ineffective treatment,
  • incorrect use of treatment,
  • and headlice gaining resistance to insecticides.

Head lice mutate quickly because of their fast reproductive cycles (a female can lay an egg every 4 hours). read more

How To Keep Your Pool Algae, Frog, Mosquito & Snake-Free

Living in Florida has its pluses; like much lower cost of living compared to a state like California, where I grew up, and Florida does not levy huge taxes on its citizens like California does, either. Two primary reasons why I eventually settled here.

One of the things I quickly learned while moving here are the effects of an abandoned neighborly swimming pool. Or to paraphrase; a pool of pests.

This brings the frogs (feed on mosquitoes), which brings the water-moccasins (venomous snakes, which feed on the frogs). The frogs croak loudly whenever they are disturbed, at any hour of the day. read more

What’s This Bug? 1/16 Inch Flying Bugs Found In Coffee

tiny flying bug with banded body
tiny flying bug with banded body
What:
Tiny flying bugs measuring about 1/16″ long.
Tiny Flying Bugs with Banded Bodies 2 Where:
“The brownish tinge to the pictures is from a paper towel stained with coffee as my wife found them in coffee left over from the day before.  We have seen a few of these flying around in the kitchen and have searched everywhere to see where they are coming from.  No luck.
We live in South Florida and it has been fairly cold here for the last week or so.  Possibly, that is relevant to identification.”
Tiny Flying Bugs with Banded Bodies 3

Do you know what type of bugs these are?

Let us know below.

Got an ID request yourself?

Are little insects bugging you? Are you itching to know which bug you are dealing with?

  • Send a clear picture to dd2 [@] live [dot] nl.
  • Mention size. For instance 2 mm.
  • If possible with something for scale in it. Or something on the background. A remote control, a coin, or a banana if  you must.

  • Mention where you encounter the bugs. For example; in your living room in Carlsbad, California.
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    What’s This Bug? Moth Cocoon That Looks Like Dust?

    what's this bug that looks like a dust cocoon
    is this some kind of insect larva?
    is this dusty thingy a bug or cocoon?
    dust with hairs?

    What:

    I thought at first it was just a huge piece of dust, but looking closer, I realized the dust looks more like hairs.

    Where: 

    I am currently fixing up an abandoned house that the windows are all boarded and there is no air conditioner. I just found this on one of the window frames on the metal.

    What else:

    I do have a problem with a lot of bag worms all over the outside and inside of my house. I thought it could be a cocoon of a moth.

    And if it is does it have anything to do with the bag worms? read more

    31 Ways To Get Rid of Slugs And Snails In The Garden

    Snails and slugs are a nuisance to gardeners worldwide. Your spring vegetable and herb garden offers a banquet to these pesky mollusks, which largely remain hidden during the day, and emerge to feast on your plants during the night.

    When you go outside in the morning to check on your garden, the chewed leaves and stems of your prized garden plants provide evidence that they were out while you slept.

    How do you control these garden pests?

    Here are the most common ways to keep your vegetable and ornamental crops safe. Get rid of slugs and snails on your fruit trees, your greenhouse, your orchard, and organic herbs. read more

    12 Ways To Protect Your Baby From Mosquitoes

    Mosquitoes are maddening enough for adults: think how much worse they torment babies. With their delicate skin and lack of mobility, babies are perfect prey for bloodsuckers.

    Moreover, babies and children are typically bitten more by mosquitoes than by any other type of insect.

    Here are proven tips on how to protect your baby from mosquitoes.

    1. Keep your baby away from mosquitoes

    Timing and location are essential. Your primary aim should always be to keep mosquitoes away from your baby as well as your baby away from mosquitoes.

    That means keeping babies inside at peak biting times (usually dawn and dusk), and staying away from pools of still water where mosquitoes breed. Also flower gardens and unconvered foods attract skeeters. read more