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Fend off grass seed feeders

by on July 10, 2013

Trying to grow grass can be the bane of anyone’s existence as Ridgewood pest control experts all know firsthand. You find yourself putting more effort into your Ridgewood lawn than some people put in at the gym, so darn it! You want results! But after weeks of strategically placing grass seed throughout your yard, you might be wondering why your Ridgewood lawn looks so thin and the birds look so fat. Little did you know that friendly flock of flyers is just waiting on their next free meal.

The easiest and possibly thriftiest solution to protect your grass seed, according to Ridgewood pest control experts, is to buy garden ornaments that will scare the birds away. You can choose non-moving knick-knacks such as owls or snakes, but if the birds are smart, they might figure out these are just decoys. A better option might be to use brightly colored flags or pinwheels, something with a lot of color and movement, which will scare the birds away.

If your local flock seems resistant to the simplicity of this solution, Ridgewood pest control specialists say it might be time to step it up a notch and pull out the big guns – straw mulch, a solid seed covering and a pat down. Try placing the seed under ¼” of soil and patting down with a shovel. Help keep the seed under the dirt and out of the birds’ mouths by camouflaging it with a straw mulch mixture. Birds do not typically eat straw, though they may steal a few pieces for their nests.

If all else fails, Ridgewood pest control professionals suggest loosely covering the seed and ground with a plastic tarp might just do the trick. Avoid this scheme in the summer months, however, when the heat of the plastic will impede seed growth.

Birds do love their seed, but don’t be discouraged. Pest control pros say using one or all of these methods will eventually have your birds flying off to filch someone else’s feed.

Lice. It’s enough to make anyone’s skin crawl. Despite the stigma, lice are actually attracted to clean and oft-washed hair, so don’t feel like it’s a hygiene issue if you or your child happens to become infested. There are ways to prevent lice, but if it’s too late and you don’t want to subject yourself or your child to chemicals to eliminate the lice, there are natural Ridgewood pest control remedies available.

Of all the things in the grocery store you thought would kill lice, you probably never thought of mayonnaise. Yup, mayonnaise is the best natural solution to a lice infestation. Pest control experts say you need a brand new, never-opened jar of mayonnaise that is room temperature (not refrigerated). Taking handfuls of this goopy lice-killer, cover the entire head of hair, including behind the ears and down the neck a ways to ensure all the lice are affected. Cover with a shower cap to stop the mayonnaise from dripping on clothes or furniture and leave on for two hours.

Once the two hours are up, remove and dispose of the cap and wash your hands thoroughly before beginning to wash the hair. You may need to shampoo your hair several times to get all the mayonnaise out, but be sure NOT to use conditioner. Once the hair is free of gelatinous condiment, move on to another household item – vinegar. Rinse your hair and scalp with vinegar to loosen the smothered eggs and rinse with hot (but not scalding) water. This will help get most of the nits in your hair down the drain, but there still may be some left behind. Using a nit comb, eliminate the remaining stubborn nits that are still present.

After this process is over, don’t be overly confident that you won’t have to go through it at least once more. Lice are stubborn and can be very crafty in avoiding measures taken to eliminate them from the head of hair they now call home. If you’re the one with lice, have someone look through your hair for you. Make sure you’re positioned under good lighting and that your hair is dry. Have your hair searched in tiny sections and especially around the ears, nape of your neck and all “hair edges.” If nits are found, they need to be picked off with fingernails or a nit comb and placed in a bowl of vinegar or hot soapy water that has ammonia added to it.

Some Ridgewood pest control specialists say that if there are more than a few nits left behind, a vinegar “wrap” might help reduce the rest of them. Simply saturate a towel with half vinegar and half water and wrap it around your head, leaving it on for an hour. Repeat the above steps to ensure the nits are completely gone. If you find nits in eyebrows or eyelashes, coat with Vaseline. It is important to check your head every day for the first few days. If lice are found, repeat the whole process until they are completely gone.

Prevention and Elimination of Slugs and Snails

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Anyone who has ever had a garden probably knows that seeing a slug or snail is cause for much more worry than just the general icky-ness they present. These slimy insects can wreak havoc on a garden, especially those gardens that include fruit plants or trees, which slugs and snails seem to prefer. Since slugs [...]

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Pest Control: All you ever wanted to know about slugs and snails

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Although snails and slugs look harmless enough (just kind of gross and slimy, maybe), they are actually quite destructive to domestic and commercial gardens. They can cause so much damage that it is best to have an effective pest control regimen in place to stop the damage before it begins. First you should know a [...]

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The Basics of Dust Mites

May 15, 2013

For weeks now you’ve been hacking, coughing and sneezing. You have no idea why all of a sudden you wake up feeling groggy and miserable and have frequent headaches. You haven’t changed anything in your diet or your regular routine, so what could be the cause of all these health problems. Pest control experts suggest [...]

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Pest Control Tip: De-Grub Your Lawn

May 1, 2013

Think grubs are something that happens in other people’s back yards? Think again! Pest control experts estimate that grubs cause more than $ 234 million in damage annually. And those are just the people who actually do something about it. So what are grubs? Most people are familiar with Japanese beetles. These insects are serious [...]

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Get your home ready against Ridgewood pests in any season

April 17, 2013

Each season brings new Ridgewood pests. Some are a threat all year long while others tend to see our homes as protection during inclement weather. Whichever season is approaching, there are step you can and should take at the advent of every season to make sure your home will not be susceptible to Ridgewood pest [...]

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Pest control Tip: Beware of mites!

April 3, 2013

Anytime we spend any appreciable amount of time outdoors, we should be aware of the possibility of bringing home a few new friends with us, including mites. However, the great outdoors isn’t the only place we encounter mites, say Ridgewood pest control experts. These microscopic bugs can be found literally everywhere. These insects have small [...]

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Pest Control Tip: Make Your Garden A No-Feeding Zone For Deer

March 20, 2013

Who doesn’t love watching deer graze in a field? These serene creatures seem harmless enough and while we enjoy watching them do their thing, we just enjoy it more when it is not in our own backyard. According to Ridgewood pest control experts, it is extremely difficult to stop deer from destroying your landscape. They [...]

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Pest Control: Maybe Roaches Aren’t So Bad?

March 6, 2013

There aren’t many people who like roaches, much less find them useful in any significant way. In fact, most of us would put in an immediate call to our Ridgewood pest control technician. However, these creepy, bacteria-covered bugs might actually be life savers if research scientists have anything to do with it. Researchers are examining [...]

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