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5 Chemical-Free Alternatives to Treat Ticks on Your Dog
Posted by: Daniel Mackie

Ticks can cause a variety of medical problems for your dogs, including transmitting diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, as well as anemia. With spring right around the corner, it’s time to start making preparations in order to treat and prevent these blood-sucking pests, especially the brown dog tick, which is expected to be in full force this year.


Although there is a wide variety of chemical-based treatments for ticks, they can put your pet in serious danger, so it’s worth the effort to try and utilize eco-friendly solutions. Following are 5 natural treatments that can safely remove and prevent

brown dog ticks from choosing your pet as their next meal this spring.


Inspect and Pluck With Tweezers


Brown dog ticks are able to live their entire lifecycle indoors, so keeping them out of your home should be your first and top priority. After each outdoor excursion with your dog, perform a thorough inspection of their fur to look for ticks, paying special attention to known problem areas around the neck, head, ears, and feet.

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New Study: Bed Bugs Can Survive Colder Temperatures than Thought
Posted by: Daniel Mackie

If your home has been infested with bed bugs, chances are you have searched extensively for home remedies to get them out. Vacuuming, sealing, heating, steaming, and, of course, freezing them are some of the most common treatments used extensively by homeowners, some more effective than others. However, new evidence indicates that bed bugs are, in fact, much more resilient to home remedies – particularly freezing – than previously thought.


The Research


According to a study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology titled “Cold Tolerance of Bed Bugs and Practical Recommendations for Control,”bed bugs have a“freeze-intolerant”defense against the cold that protects them in such extreme environments. This is achieved by lowering the freezing point of their bodily fluids to withstand the sudden decrease in temperature. These findings were based off placing bed bugs of different life cycles in varying degrees of freezing temperatures, also testing their ability to feed after these treatments .

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6 FAQs about Bedbug Heat Treatments
Posted by: Daniel Mackie

Removing bed bugs from a home is no walk in the park. Even after countless treatments, some home owners find they simply can’t get rid of these relentless pests. This can be accounted to a number of factors, but most notably it is the bedbugs’ growing resistance to pesticides that make them so difficult to kill. However, there is one treatment that has taken the pest control industry by storm due to its effectiveness and safety: heat treatment.


Unlike pesticides, heat treatment is much safer for the home and family, and bed bugs have not yet been able to develop resistance to its application. But despite its numerous benefits, many homeowners still have questions and concerns about its safety and application. In order to help you better understand the ins and outs of this revolutionary solution for bed bugs, following are some of the most common FAQs homeowners have about the heat treatment process.

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Silencing Those Noisy House Crickets, Now Easier than Ever
Posted by: Daniel Mackie

Few things are as relaxing as the sound of chirping crickets on a warm summer night. But when that chirping comes from inside your home, it’s not quite so peaceful. House crickets are a major problem for homeowners during the colder months of the year, and although they pose no serious harm to human health, they can be quite a nuisance when you are trying to get some rest. In order to maintain a cricket-free home, following is a description of why these pests enter our homes, as well as what non-chemical solutions you can use to get them out.




Why They Invade Homes


During the warmer months of the year, house cricks prefer to live outdoors, where there is an abundance of plants and insects to feed on. However, when the temperature drops or they feel an immediate threat to their survival from predators, these pests will invade homes for shelter and survival.

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3 Reasons Your DIY Mice Treatments Fail
Posted by: Daniel Mackie

When compared to rats, mice are almost a welcomed pest…the key word being almost. Although they may be more pleasant to look at, mice are just as harmful to health and home as their more unsightly counterparts, as they can contaminate food, spread disease, and cause substantial damage to the structure of your home.


If you have spotted mice scurrying along your floorboards, your highest priority should be getting them out, but that is often easier said than done. Many homeowners find that, no matter how many DIY treatments they perform, these pests just won’t go away. If mice have become a perpetual problem in your home, make sure you aren’t committing one of these three cardinal mistakes:




1. You Use Glue Traps


One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when treating mice is relying on glue traps to do their dirty work. Not only is this method ineffective at treating an infestation, it can also be harmful to humans and the environment.

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