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Is DEET bad for you?

Is DEET bad for you?

Should you use DEET or choose a DEET-free alternative to keep bugs at bay? The debate tends to be a hot one these days. First, a little history. DEET is the name for N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide, an active ingredient in many insect repellents. It was initially developed by the US Department of Agriculture for the military and then was registered for commercial use in the US in 1957. DEET was one of the first chemicals widely used to protect against mosquitoes and, because of its effectiveness, has been a popular choice ever since. (1,2) This is an example of a product that...

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Carpenter Bee Infestation: Droppings, Sawdust & Stains

Carpenter Bee Infestation: Droppings, Sawdust & Stains

Have you ever wondered about the brownish stains near carpenter bees’ nests? This unsightly stain is carpenter bee poop. Unfortunately, this unsightly stain is from carpenter bee droppings – to be blunt, carpenter bee poop. These stains are just another reason to treat those nests and prevent future carpenter bees from invading your home! Carpenter bees like to keep a clean nest. In order to do that, the females dig tunnels using their mandibles to vibrate against the wood grain to carve out small granules that resemble sawdust. Then the bees push out their excretions and the wood shavings to...

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Do Carpenter Bee Sprays Work? Expert Advice.

Do Carpenter Bee Sprays Work? Expert Advice.

Why Carpenter Bee Sprays Don’t Work Imagine this... It’s a perfect summer afternoon and all you want to do is sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. As you relax into your cushioned lawn furniture, you suddenly hear buzzing. buzzzzz. buzzzzzz. buzzzzzzz. You try to ignore it, but the bugger is persistent. Soon one swat turns into a full-fledged hunt to eliminate the annoying pest -- a carpenter bee. In a rush of frustration you hop in the car and go to your nearest hardware store. You pick up a bottle that guarantees death to all pests, including the dreaded...

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How to Create a DIY Carpenter Bee Trap

How to Create a DIY Carpenter Bee Trap

If you are a hands-on kind of person, building a carpenter bee trap might be the perfect project for you! In a few steps you can create your own DIY version of a carpenter bee trap. First you’ll want to gather all your materials. For this project you will need: 4x4 cedar or pine post anywhere from 5” to 8” in height. Untreated wood works best! Standard mason jar 6” wide plank of wood anywhere from ½” to 1” thick 1/2” Drill bit Drill Circular saw or hand saw 2 nails Hammer Eye hook screw Metal chain or wire for...

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Pesticides: How to Avoid Them by Using Chemical-Free Solutions

Pesticides: How to Avoid Them by Using Chemical-Free Solutions

Pesticide - it’s a big word that can have an even bigger impact. These days ‘pesticide’ seems to be a catch-all word for any chemical we spray to get rid of insects or weeds. To be a bit more exact there are two main types of pesticides: herbicides and insecticides. Herbicides are designed for plant/weed intruders, while insecticides are used against unwelcome insects. Pesticides are classified by their chemical basis. The most common classifications are organophosphate, carbamates, miticides, pyrethroid, and neonicotinoids (Rohrich, 2017). The use of these pesticides can be different from product to product. Some kill the insect or...

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