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My Dog Eats Insects: Safe or Dangerous

white dog eating My Dog Eats Insects: Safe or DangerousPuppies love to play, stalk, and eat insects whether we are watching them or not. Many never outgrow their fascination with little critters. It can be alarming since to us when we consider fast their fun time can turn ugly in a quick gulp. If only we could tell them what to watch out for.

Are Bugs Safe to Eat?

Luckily, many are harmless, and some may even be nutritious. Grasshoppers are high in protein and fat free. However, the occasional bug does pose a small risk if it is one of the few that are poisonous. Bugs that typically prey on animals, such as ticks, mosquitos or cockroaches, are common carriers of parasites that can inflict serious health problems if left untreated, so if your pet is bitten, they may require immediate treatment.

Bug Prevention

We can limit their exposure by keeping dogs in areas that have a minimal amount of pests. Areas around their bedding should be regularly inspected and kept clutter free so that bugs cannot hideout. Outdoor bug prevention may also include routinely raking up leaves, mowing, and eliminating areas that are prone to accumulate standing water.

Dog Care

Walking dogs on a short leash will help you prevent them from any questionable encounters. Annual parasite screenings by a veterinarian will ensure that developing issues are thwarted. Monthly deworming combats parasites contracted from soil and the occasional digested bug.

Ultimately, you are never going to completely be able to protect them. There will always be the occasional run in with a bug since it is a part of a dog’s life to be outdoors in nature. If you’re noticing an unordinary population of crawly things in general, you may need to get your home and yard treated in addition to ordinary maintenance.

If you have any more questions about keeping your dogs and pets safe or to request professional service, contact Clegg’s online or phone us at 888-672-5344.

 

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Non-Chemical Solutions for Pest Control in Your Garden

800px View of flower beds   Longwood Gardens   DSC00828 300x199 Non Chemical Solutions for Pest Control in Your GardenTending to your garden is important to you, and caring for your flowers and plants naturally matters. Creating a beautiful garden takes time, dedication and upkeep. You know the work involved in maintaining a gorgeous bed of flowers and plants, but you don’t want to use unnatural chemicals to preserve their beauty.

Fortunately, there are ways to care for your garden naturally. Here are some alternative options that can make a big difference.

Insecticidal Soaps

Before the popularity of poisonous pesticide came on the scene, insecticidal soaps were the go-to choice of most gardeners. Now that natural options are becoming more widespread, gardeners can avoid using such strong and toxic chemicals.

Insecticidal soaps are made up of potassium fatty acid soaps that are meant to control pests. The soap acts on contact, removing the wax that protects the insect’s body, which causes them to lose much-needed water and die. Essentially, it dries the pest out.

Before covering the plant with insecticidal soap, you’ll want to test it out beforehand. When you’re ready to use it, spray the soap all over the plant, but not where it causes runoff on the leaves. To be effective, avoid spraying your plants with insecticidal soaps during the warmest parts of the afternoon.

Beneficial Insects

Want to use other insects to do your dirty work? You can with beneficial bugs that get rid of your pests for good! You can choose to attract these beneficial insects to your garden, or buy them from a catalog.

Get some ladybugs that feast on mites, aphids and whiteflies. Nematodes dine on cutworms, beetles and root weevil larvae. Praying mantises are larger in size and can eat most garden pests they find.

Coverings

Do you think you’ll want to protect your flowers and plants with a barrier of some sort? You might want to consider a type of covering for your garden. This non-chemical solution offers pest control and climate control: two components that are incredibly important to the well-being of your plants and flowers.

A garden cloche can protect potted plants, plants already in the ground or beginning seedlings. It acts like a greenhouse, shielding them from harsh weather, wind and harmful insects. There are also extendable row covers that can cover a four-foot space. From reusable dome covers to larger-framed portable cloches, you can buy some for your garden, or even make them yourself.

Experiment with these options and choose what’s right for you. Keep your garden protected using non-chemical solutions that save your flowers and plants from unwelcome intruders.

If you have any more questions about ways to care for your garden naturally, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

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Are Roly Polys Good or Bad for Your Garden?

Woodlouse Pillbug 300x225 Are Roly Polys Good or Bad for Your Garden?Roly Polys are also known as pill bugs, wood lice, armadillo bugs or potato bugs. Even though most people think of Roly Polies as bugs, they are actually part of the Crustacean family and are more closely related to shrimp and crayfish than the other real garden bugs.

Children love to play with Roly Polys because they are easy to find and collect, are not slimy, and do not bite or sting. Chickens and other birds find these little guys very tasty and these non-bugs are also wonderful soil conditioners because they process decomposing matter and speed up composting progression.

Pest control experts and master gardeners say there is a down side and sometimes the population must be controlled before the beloved Roly Polys become a pest.

Roly Polys like very moist habitats and are found under rocks and frequently where lawns meet sidewalks and foundations. These critters will not survive without moisture so they are always found in moist habitats with dead plant material for their food.

If there is a lack of dead plant material, Roly Polys are known to eat young and tender plants and some gardeners have declared them the culprits that destroy the marigolds, but other gardeners dispute this and insist that the wrongdoers are more likely the slugs.

Most gardeners consider Roly Polys an asset to a garden as opposed to a pest problem because they work such wonders with the moist decaying material that will be compost one day soon.

Since Roly Polys can live for several years and produce 3 broods per year of between 25 to 200 offspring per event, they multiply fast and that is the downside. Thousands of creepy crawly little critters are unpleasant no matter how cute and fun they are to play with. Because moisture and dead plant material is what sustains them, they reproduce very close to, and sometimes inside a home because they love the area where the garden meets the foundation.

In moist regions where the growing season and the rainy season are one and the same, finding clumps of hundreds of little bug like creatures every time vegetables or flowers are harvested can get tiresome. A trusted pest control expert will know how to achieve the perfect balance of maintaining the right populations of beneficial creatures in any garden habitat without making the human inhabitants cringe.

For pest control services, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

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