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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Home Remedy Fact or Myth: Is a Borax and Sugar Solution Effective Against Ants in the Kitchen?

1280px Modern Kitchen 300x225 Home Remedy Fact or Myth: Is a Borax and Sugar Solution Effective Against Ants in the Kitchen?Ants invading your kitchen is a frustrating experience, leaving your pantry and counter items vulnerable to these hungry insects. If ants are able to access your kitchen, you’ll soon have a steady trail working its way through crevices and doorways. Spraying pesticides around the kitchen is harmful to the entire household so several home remedies have been concocted over the years. By mixing borax and sugar together, you have an effective weapon against ant invasions.

Ant Trail Science

There are thousands of ants in just one colony, making it crucial to find a food source nearby. Ants don’t send out all their members in search of food, but actually appoint scouts to survey the area. If you see one or two ants, it’s important to eradicate them immediately. They are setting odor trails, similar to leaving bread crumbs on the ground to find your way out of a forest. If they find food, the odor trails connect the entire colony to your kitchen.

Sweet And Deadly

Sugar and borax work well together because the solution mixes an attractant with a toxicant. The sugar brings the ants to the solution, encouraging them to stay away from other kitchen temptations. They feed on the sugar and consume the borax at the same time. Although the borax doesn’t work immediately like a spray pesticide, the ants soon die and cut off the odor trail.

Correct Application

This solution turns into a wet paste when initially mixed. Place it on cardstock or cardboard, locating it on the ground and away from kitchen food sources. Keep an eye on the solution because it does dry up within a day or two. Replace it as needed, especially if many ants are foraging from it. Keep children and pets away from the mixture as well.

Perfect For Kitchen

A borax and sugar solution is well-suited to the kitchen environment because it kills off the ants before they return to the colony. If you tried to use this control strategy with a colony, the borax wouldn’t reach the majority of ants fast enough to be effective. You can keep an eye on the solution as well to see the eradication effort in action with a kitchen application.

With diligent observation and a steady solution supply, your ants will find another region to explore. Unfortunately, some infestations are too big, even for a nifty home remedy. For situations out of your control, contact a pest control professional.

For any concerns or questions about ants in the North Carolina area, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344. Keep those ants out of the kitchen for healthy meals every day. 

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Testimonial – Potentially Prevented Thousands in Damage

800px Termite damage 300x225 Testimonial   Potentially Prevented Thousands in DamageTermites are quite possibly the most destructive insects to a human home or business. They have the potential to wreak havoc on anything in the interior of the building along with major structural damage.

When termites strike, quick detection and eradication is imperative. Check out the testimonial below to see how one customer potentially saved thousands.

Joe Eastman did our annual termite inspection last week. In the course of the inspection, he asked me to observe what appeared to be a small leak with some water drips into our crawl space. He suggested that my husband take a look at it when he came home. Well, my husband did so and we called out a plumber. Much to our horror, we had a leaking pipe that had already caused damage in our wall and behind our kitchen sink and dishwasher. It was beginning to cause floor damage as well. It took the plumber 6 hours to fix the problem and the area is drying out as I write this. There will need to be more work done in our kitchen to reconstruct the drywall and sheet rock to the tune of about $1500. Although this is an upsetting event, we are so grateful to Mr. Eastman who probably saved us thousands of dollars of damage. I shudder to think what might have occurred. I want to commend Mr. Eastman for his diligence and for going out of his way to be of assistance to us. We are forever grateful.
- Dr. and Mrs. William Parsons

Learn more about our termite services and contact us here or by phone at 888-672-5344.

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June 2014 News: Who’s Afraid of Spiders?

In the June edition of Clegg’s news: Who’s Afraid of Spiders? Fleas and Ticks: Not Just a Problem for Your Pets; and Termites Eat Wood Year-Round.

Who’s Afraid of Spiders?

Salticidae sm permission from author 051614 June 2014 News: Whos Afraid of Spiders?Admit it-spiders creep you out, right? By some estimates, up to 50% of people are afraid of spiders. Why, you may ask? No one knows for sure! There has been a lot of research done and there is speculation it might be a leftover survival instinct from mankind’s early days. Others believe it may be more of a cultural or learned fear. Maybe all the scary movies with spiders (think of the scene in the Harry Potter series where the spiders, large and small, terrify Ron Weasley) feed the fear, or maybe it started when your brother dropped that spider on your shoulder when you were two. If you are afraid of spiders, the reason doesn’t much matter!

Scientists say there are around 40,000 different types of spiders in the world, and they’ve existed for more than 300 million years. While all spiders can bite, most of those bites cause no problems for humans. There are only two spiders in North Carolina you need to avoid.

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Fleas and Ticks: Not Just a Problem for Your Pets

Tick LoneStar 300x284 June 2014 News: Whos Afraid of Spiders?Fleas and ticks aren’t picky. Both fleas and ticks normally live outdoors and look for warm-blooded animals as hosts. They can easily move inside by entering your home through open doors or windows, come in with you or your pets, enter your home on mice or rats, or even be carried in on items you bring inside. Once indoors, they may jump onto furniture, rugs or carpets to lay eggs. In no time flat, you may find you have a flea or tick infestation. You don’t even have to have pets.

Treating a flea or tick infestation is a three-step process, and all steps need to be completed at the same time for maximum effectiveness. If you have pets, they must be treated, and your lawn and house must also be treated.

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Termites Eat Wood Year-Round

Termite damaged baseboard Fayetteville small 300x225 June 2014 News: Whos Afraid of Spiders?While most people are more aware of termites in the spring when the swarms come out, these insects are active all year. If you have not had your home inspected for termites this year, make an appointment and get it done. Our pest control professionals are happy to inspect your property for signs of termites and recommend a treatment plan if we find any signs of these destructive insects. If we don’t, we’ll offer suggestions for preventive treatment to ensure you don’t have problems in the future. Just give us a call and schedule an appointment.

 

 

How to Deal With a Black Widow Spider

800px Adult Female Black Widow 300x225 How to Deal With a Black Widow SpiderSpiders perform essential tasks in nature, such as controlling insect populations when they feed. Although spiders are beneficial, there are some species that are harmful to humans. Black widow spiders are one of the top venomous arachnids in the United States. They prefer the outdoors for web-spinning, but they can migrate indoors for shelter. If you come upon a black widow, it’s best to have a smart strategy to remove it before it can harm young children or pets.

Bug Catcher Vacuum

If you want to get rid of a black widow, but want to stay far from it, try using a bug catcher vacuum. These inexpensive plastic tubes have a motor and vacuum attached to a handle. You place the tube near the spider and press a button. The vacuum sucks up the spider, allowing you to capture and dispose of it as necessary. You can even look at the spider up close as it sits in the transparent tube without any threat of harm.

Chemical Pesticides

A black widow found outdoors may find its way into your home. If it isn’t near any desired plants, such as edibles, you can spray spider pesticide directly on the arachnid. However, don’t miss the target. Sprays aren’t effective if you spray the spider’s surrounding habitat. They simply walk over the application. Cover the spider and web with chemicals and it will die relatively quickly.

Old-Fashioned Shoe Solution

Although it’s a messy alternative, some people still prefer a swift crushing to remove the spider from the house. Using a sturdy shoe and a fast swing, crush the spider with the sole. Remove the spider carefully to avoid contact with any venom. If possible, rinse the shoe sole off to completely clean it of spider parts. You don’t want anyone being exposed to possible venom in the home.

Discouraging Infestations

You don’t have to deal with a black widow if you take some precautions against them. Keep outdoor clutter to a minimum to avoid an infestation. Use caulk to fill crevices in the home. Spiders often use these cracks for shelter or passageways. Periodically vacuum dark corners inside the home, especially near the ceiling, to remove black widows that may be too small to actually see yet. Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control can come out to help you find the best management strategy to keep your family safe.

If you have any questions about black widows or spider infestations, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344. We’re happy to evaluate your needs at home with a personal inspection.

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Controlling Flies at Your Factory When the Windows Are Open

800px Fly   Muscidae 300x200 Controlling Flies at Your Factory When the Windows Are OpenRegardless of a factory’s business, from clothing manufacturing to food distribution, employees and products need to be free from bothersome insects. Disease and distraction are two negative aspects of flies infiltrating a factory. If they tend to fly through open factory windows, and installing screens is not an option, there are other ways to stop flies from inviting themselves indoors.

Light Traps

Current theories hold that flies use lights, such as the sun or moon, as navigational aids. You have surely seen flies, mosquitoes and other insects hovering around an outside light on a summer night. Using this theory against flies, add a light trap to your factory’s ceiling or wall. Because it’s often brighter than other lights, flies race to it. The trap has a sticky film, effectively holding the fly indefinitely.

Exhaust Systems

Blowers placed above a window release a lot of air to deter flies. Supermarkets use this machine for doorways, for instance. If you have a limited amount of open windows, the exhaust system keeps all insects out of the factory. It may even add a cooling effect for employees as they move about their work stations. For factories that have food inventory, this system may be worth the investment.

Sticky Traps

Try hanging sticky traps in open windows that are well above the factory floor. These traps attract flies, sticking them permanently to the surface. You will have to replace the trap periodically to keep fly control consistent. There are even spooling fly traps that have a convenient roll of sticky tape. The tape can blend in with the windowsill to make it less obvious to employees or visiting vendors.

Removing Temptation

Keeping your factory clean is one of the best ways to deter flies even with open windows. Keep trash covered and taken out consistently. Any snacks, especially fruit, should be covered or put away. Lunch rooms need to be wiped down right after meals to prevent flies from feasting on crumbs and spills. Flies are attracted to different items, based on their species. While some look for trash items, others prefer fresh fruits. By deterring the flies with no food source, they’ll look for other areas to visit.

Allow Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control to survey your factory today. Contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344 to start your pest control strategy. Your employees will feel better about their work environment while preventing any flies from invading outgoing products.

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Cockroaches: The Truths and Myths About Them

449px Cockroach closeup 224x300 Cockroaches: The Truths and Myths About ThemMost people would agree that cockroaches are the creepiest of the creepy crawlers. You catch sight of them out of the corner of your eye as they go scurrying off somewhere. Finding a roach in your kitchen sends you on a cleaning spree that means pulling everything out of cupboards and off the counters. There is a lot of information out there about these critters, some of it true but some of it myth.

TRUTHS

Headless Wonders
It is true that a cockroach can live without its head. They can live up to a week without their heads because they have an open circulatory system and can breathe through holes in each segment of their body. However, without a mouth they cannot drink water and eventually die of thirst.

Not A Drowning Victim
Cockroaches can hold their breath for as long as 40 minutes. If you try to drown them, they can be held underwater and survive for up to half an hour. Holding their breath for long periods of time allows roaches to regulate their water loss, so they have developed the ability to hold their breathe for long periods.

Basics
Cockroaches have been around for a long time. It is believed that cockroaches first appeared in the Carboniferous Period, which makes their species more than 280 million years old. There are a little over 4,000 varieties of roaches worldwide. The two most common types are the German and American cockroaches.

MYTHS

Cockroaches Live Only in Dirty Houses
Most people believe that roaches only live in dirty houses. Colonies of roaches can be found in the walls of even clean homes. However, the colonies of cockroaches are typically larger in dirty homes, because they find more bountiful food supplies in dirty homes.

Party All Night Long
Many believe that cockroaches are active all night long. While they are nocturnal animals, roaches are only active for about 4 hours each night, although, these creepy houseguests can be seen at other times of the day and night.

Lights Out!
Cockroaches prefer the dark; however, they are not actually afraid of the light. The reason they scurry when the lights come on is that the light means that humans have arrived on the scene.

UNDECIDED

Nuclear Cockroaches
You have heard it many times. Cockroaches are going to be the only survivors of a nuclear war or that after testing of nuclear weapons that the only survivors were roaches. Some scientists believe that they will survive, while others argue that they will not survive.

For cockroach treatment and eradication, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

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Fleas & Ticks: Not Just a Problem for Your Pet

Fleas and ticks aren’t picky. Both fleas and ticks normally live outdoors, but they can easily move inside by entering your home through open doors or windows, come in with you or your pets, enter your home on mice or rats, or even be carried in on items you bring inside. Once indoors, they may jump onto furniture, rugs or carpets to lay eggs. In no time flat, you may find you have a flea or tick infestation. You don’t even have to have pets.

More About Fleas

Flea OrientalRat 300x204 Fleas & Ticks: Not Just a Problem for Your PetMost people with pets notice the telltale signs of fleas when their dogs or cats begin scratching more frequently, chewing on themselves or losing patches of fur. You can easily confirm the presence of fleas by combing your dog or cat with a narrow-tooth flea comb. Live fleas and eggs will be visible in the fur you comb out. While Fido may be the typical host for fleas, these pests are more than happy to use humans for a meal. Since the fleas often make themselves at home in your carpeting, you may recognize you have a problem when you suddenly find unexplained bites on your feet and ankles.

The most common symptom reported from flea bites are red, itchy areas, however fleas may also carry tapeworms that can be transmitted to dogs, cats and children, and they have been known to transmit Typhoid Fever and the Bubonic Plague, though these diseases are not common in our state.

More About Ticks

Tick LoneStar 300x284 Fleas & Ticks: Not Just a Problem for Your PetWhen the weather warms up, ticks also become very active. Ticks can come inside on your dogs or cats, or may attach themselves to you or your clothes. Ticks may transmit diseases such as Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever through their bites. Several types of ticks may be found in North Carolina, however not all of them carry the same potential diseases. If you find a tick that has attached to your skin, remove it carefully (see detailed instructions on how to remove a tick) ensuring you get the entire tick and wash the area with soap and water. If you see any signs of a bullseye rash at the bite location, or if you have any other symptoms, contact your doctor and let him/her know you were bitten by a tick.

Treating Fleas & Ticks

Treating a flea or tick infestation is normally a three-step approach, with the steps taking place at the same time. If you have pets, there are various treatment options available, with some being more effective than others. In our experience, a flea collar is the least effective option, while a systemic product provided by your veterinarian is the most effective. Your lawn should also be treated to prevent a reinfestation. Finally, you must treat the inside of your house with an insecticide to kill the fleas and ticks. We recommend washing your pet’s bedding and drying on high heat. You should also remove the vacuum bag (or empty canister contents into a bag and seal) after vacuuming the carpets and place it in the outdoor trash sealed in a plastic bag to ensure any live fleas or eggs are gone. After the inside of your home is treated, you should vacuum every three days for the next two weeks, discarding the vacuum bag each time. Read more about getting rid of fleas and ticks in your home.

Questions about fleas or ticks? Ask us!

Steps to Take When You Notice a Tick on Your Pet

Australian Shepherd 600 Steps to Take When You Notice a Tick on Your PetIn many regions in the US, while stroking and petting your pets, small foreign objects will be discovered that are often ticks embedded in the animal’s skin. At about ¼ inch in diameter, a tick body is hard, round and almost flat.

The first time a tick is discovered, it may be confused with a scab, but most small scab-like things on pets turn out to be ticks. Pets spending any time outside in untreated areas are very likely to get ticks.

In the South East US, ticks are inevitable unless the pet never wanders from untreated areas. Ticks cannot be ignored, they carry Lyme disease and the bites become infected. Once a tick is discovered, there is a recommended process, and it is important to be prepared before the tick is removed.

A small jar of alcohol, tweezers and rubber gloves should be within reach.

Most dogs and some cats enjoy the stroking and contact involved with tick exams. Rubber gloves are important because ticks do carry Lyme disease and rubber gloves are protection. When a tick is found, complete the following process.

  1. With one hand separate the fur hair so the tick is completely visible.
  2. Using the other hand, grasp the tick with the tweezers and slowly pull straight out. The tick will not move once embedded in the animal. Tick removal is not painful if there is no infection.
  3. Drop the tick in the jar of alcohol. The tick will still be alive and you can see the little legs kicking. The alcohol will kill the tick. If the head or part of the head is left in the animal, that is fine, it will be broken down without any problems. The important thing is to pull out the tick body which is full of the fluid that will make the animal sick.
  4. Examine your pet for more ticks and repeat the process.
  5. At each tick removal site, treat with a dab of anti-biotic ointment or touch with hydrogen peroxide on a cotton swab.

During tick season, examining your pet frequently for ticks is important.

Pest control experts are able to help protect you and your pets from tick bites. A schedule of professional applications will not only help protect your home and garden from ticks and fleas but will also prevent infestations of other dangerous or annoying pests.

For pest control services, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344 for a free pest control evaluation and quote.

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How to Find the Source of the Fruit Fly Infestation

400px Fruit Fly 200x300 How to Find the Source of the Fruit Fly InfestationFruit flies can infest a home at any time of the year, but the situation becomes especially problematic during the summer. Rather than chemically eradicating them, population reduction of fruit flies is most effective when you find and remove the source of the infestation. When you know where the most common sites of infestation are, you can take measures to prevent future fruit flies.

Clean the Kitchen

The kitchen is most likely where fruit flies began their infestation because they need a source of water and sugar for breeding. Rotting fruit is a favorite of these pests. Clean up any rotting fruit or food that is left out on your kitchen counters or dining table. Clean off all the surfaces and the drains to get rid of any food particles. As soon as you note fruit going bad on your kitchen counter, throw it away in a sealed bag. This will keep the fruit flies from breeding around it in the trashcan, which is another potential site of infestation.

Check the Trash

Another common breeding ground of fruit flies is in the trash. Open trashcans are worse because they allow fruit flies to escape easily into the kitchen. Use a garbage disposal to discard any food waste and rinse out cartons, bottles and boxes before throwing them into the trash can. Even the dregs of a beer bottle can invite a fruit fly infestation. If you have to throw away food scraps, put them into an old coffee can or jar with a lid and seal the container. This will prevent fruit flies from getting into your garbage and multiplying around your home. Keeping your trash clean could stop the pests in their tracks.

Wash the Dishes

Dirty dishes left on the counter or the sink could invite fruit flies to the after party for your dinner. Wash all dishes and put them in the dishwasher as soon as the meal is over. The food, wine, beer or juice left on plates, bowls and glasses are a feast to the fruit flies who are looking for a quick, sweet snack around your home.

Clear the Drains

When you run your garbage disposal, ensure that all the food put into it has cleared the drain. Periodically, clean out the garbage disposal to ensure that no food particles are left behind. The moist environment of the drain coupled with the food bits left in a garbage disposal creates an ideal environment for fruit flies.

Getting rid of the problems that cause fruit flies in the first place is often the best way to deal with these pests.

If you have any more questions about fruit flies or want more help clearing your home of these or any other pests, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

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