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How does natural insect repellent work?

How does natural insect repellent work?

What Is Natural Insect Repellent? Natural insect repellents contain substances made from plant oils (leaves, stems, barks, or flowers) that are applied to skin or clothing and are used to deter insects. These plant oils include oils of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), citronella, peppermint, lavender, and cedarwood. Many people prefer these oils to traditional DEET-based products because of concerns about DEET exposure, especially for small children. However, any substance, natural or manmade, can be unsafe for children or allergenic to sensitive people, so be sure to carefully read labels for any natural insect repellent before applying to children or sensitive individuals....

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Do Fake Wasp Nests Really Work?

Do Fake Wasp Nests Really Work?

Wasps are a persistent backyard pest, buzzing around especially when food is present, and most people will do anything to get rid of them. Aside from their annoying qualities, wasps also deliver painful stings. Unlike some bees, wasps don’t die after stinging once – they keep their stingers and can attack again and again. But despite their aggressive behavior, wasps are beneficial to the environment.  Without using harsh chemicals, what can you do to prevent wasps from invading your porch or play areas? Fortunately, there is a passive way to help that doesn’t involve toxic materials: fake wasp nests. When...

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How are termite patterns different from carpenter bees? Can they be treated the same?

How are termite patterns different from carpenter bees? Can they be treated the same?

Termites and carpenter bees are two types of wood damaging insects that are notorious for their destructiveness. In nature, they’re harmless parts of the life cycle of a forest, munching on or burrowing into decomposing wood. But when they find their way into homes or burrow inside porches or decks, these pests can pose a serious problem that have been known to do more than $5 billion in damages per year.1 There are a variety of different species of termites, but they all create similar damage. How do you know which bugs are invading your home, and what can you...

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5 tips to Ensure a Mosquito-free Yard and Home

5 tips to Ensure a Mosquito-free Yard and Home

According to Pests.org, mosquito season runs into mid-October, and depending on how warm this year is, it could stretch into November. With that in mind, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy your property bug- and mosquito-free by trying our 5 top tips. Nip Them in the Bud Getting rid of mosquito larvae is the first step you should take if you want to get mosquitoes under control before problems start. Standing water is the most common breeding ground for these insects. Eliminate standing water from sources you can easily remove—for example, a birdbath or planter. If water collects in...

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How to Make Carpenter Bee Repellent at Home

Chemical Free DIY Prevent Carpenter Bees

How to Make Carpenter Bee Repellent at Home

DIY Carpenter Bee Repellent Spray There are natural do-it-yourself carpenter bee repellents that are effective in deterring carpenter bees. The DIY version can save you money and eliminate chemicals that could be harmful to people, pets or the environment. Photo Credit: gardenerspath.com  It is well known that carpenter bees tend to avoid certain strong smells –citrus is one of them. Using just a leftover slice of citrus fruit you may already have in your kitchen can be very useful to keep carpenter bees at bay. How to make a citrus spray Making your own citrus spray repellent can come in...

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