Yellow Jackets are small creatures but at the same time very dangerous for your health. As the name suggests they are yellow in color and more or less resemble to a bee. Getting rid of them need to be done at the earliest as their bite can land you up in hospital. They are considered to be the most violent creature among pests. They are commonly known as Wasps and they are further classified as members of Vespula and Dolichovespula genera. They have yellow and black markings all over their body and just like bees they feed on nectar of the flowers, fruits, trees sap and when they don’t find food outside they tend to enter your house.
Like ants Yellow Jackets also live in colonies and they have a Queen Yellow Jacket and other Working Yellow Jackets. A queen jacket can grow as much as 19 millimeters in length and can lay 10,000 to 13,000 eggs. She then feeds them for 18 to 20 days until they are mature enough to work independently. The female yellow jackets in that sense can be hurtful and she can also be repetitive in doing it. Most of them have venomous sting but it can be more harmful to only those who are allergic to it. Though yellow jackets looks like bees but their nests are built up like spiders. They use fiber from the woods and their saliva to build up their nest and it doesn’t stay for long. Mostly they start building up the nest during summer which lasts only till mid winter. Some of them built underground while others built it above the ground.
Below are some tips to get rid of them
1. Ensure your house is clean
The easiest way to get rid of them is by keeping your house clean. No food should be kept out and if it’s there try to cover it with plastic or cloth. If you have any pet at home try to keep their food inside your home and that too covered unless they are not eating. Always keep your windows closed and if not possible then seal it. Ensure that the garbage bins are emptied regularly.
2. Remove the nest
If yellow jackets built up the nest in your house then it is essential to remove it. This can be done by you or you can take help of professionals and get it done. The best way is either to remove it entirely or poison it to kill the yellow jackets and its larva. They are very scared of flying at night or in cold temperatures. So the best time to remove it is at night or when the temperature is chilled.
3. Use Insecticide
Chemical and Organic Insecticide both can be used to remove the nest. However Chemical insecticide is more effective then organic ones. But make sure you are wearing gloves before spraying it. Also try to wear something thick which would keep you away from its sting.
Above tips will help you to get rid of the yellow jackets.
People often wonder that in spite of eating healthy food why do they come across some unknown disease called E. coli bacteria. Then you start thinking about from where and how did you get it. Thus you should always take care of what and how clean do you it. In such cases Weevils come into picture. They basically come from a beetle’s family. They are small in size say about ¼ inch or 6 millimeters and are purely herbivores wherein they completely feed on herbs, plants and shrubs. They are the main pests for farmers as they tend to destroy their crop.
Like meal worms even weevils tend to feed on grains, cereals, seeds and even in a bag of flour. So check your food before actually consuming it. The easiest way to check whether weevils are present or not is to check out for granules that are stuck together. If you ingest them then you may suffer from E. coli infection. There are three types of weevils such as acorn weevil, granary weevil and rice weevil.
Below are some measures to control them:
1. Keep your house clean
The first and the foremost step to avoid them is to keep your house clean. Weevils can also come from outside by crawling through your ceilings and cracked windows. If such is the case try to seal the cracks with the sealant.
2. Try to cover the leftover properly
They normally feed on food either fallen down or left over. Try to cover the leftover with plastic or keep them in air tight containers. They tend to grow in a moist and humid area. They also tend to come in from the packaged food. If it is infested please throw it away. Please keep a check on your storage at least once in a month because they take a months time to grow into a full fledges weevil.
3. Clean your shelves
Always keep a habit of cleaning your shelves on regular basis. They are also called as pantry pests. Weevils don’t need plenty of food. So they can starve for few days and can reproduce other small weevils. Thus cleaning would avoid them before they start multiplying.
4. Use boric acid
Try to sprinkle boric acid in your stored grains and cereals as they stay away from it. But still you need to keep a check on the same as there are chances of them growing again. Be careful while using it as it can harm you as well.
5. Keep the kitchen dry
Nothing works better than keeping your house clean. Always make a point to keep your kitchen sink clean and dry because it would not only invite weevils but also other pests like spiders and roaches. Throw all the leftovers in dustbin and have a habit of cleaning your garbage bins regularly. If you don’t clean the garbage bin then they would start multiplying in it.
Thus above are some ways to get rid of Weevils.
We often come across a famous character in cartoon called as “Weasel”. They are lightish brown in color and have little fur on their body. Their height varies depending on where they dwell, but normally they are 6 to 14 inches or 15 to 35 centimeters tall. Their belly is white however their upper body is brown in color. They are the most mischievous animal in the animal kingdom, often loved by kids. Some of them are even black in color but they are usually found in high altitude areas.
Don’t go on their height because their preys are very big. They love to hunt animals that are bigger in size as they don’t like to catch prey on daily basis. A three ounce weasel can kill a rabbit weighing three pounds. They like to store food for future use. They love chicken and can kill them in just one instance.
They are small in size but very sharp. Their favorite food is chicken and pig and they can easily hunt them as they are not as sharp and fast as weasel. They can even kill your fish because they are good swimmers. That is the reason that they never starve. You really have to be sharp in dealing with them otherwise they can harm you as well.
Below are some steps through which you can easily get rid of them:
1. Try to track them first
Basically weasels have five toes but the visible footprints are just two. They are mostly in oval form because it helps them to easily enter the tunnel. Thus they can catch their underground prey like cats, frogs and rats. In order to save your pets you need to identify their footprints first. Don’t be in a hurry to catch them as you need lots of patience for the same.
2. After tracking trap them
Weasels are of great trouble to farmers. They tend to attack their chicken thus causing them damage. Thus they really have to take care and be smart enough to catch hold of them. Nowadays they use the simple technique for trapping weasel by using bait and a weasel box.
3. Kind of baits to be used
The weasels are purely carnivores. They love fresh meat with lots of blood on it. They tend to smell the meat and come running towards it. This way you can easily trap them.
4. Best time to catch weasels.
Weasels cannot be caught at any desired time. They are so sharp that you need to have a perfect planning before actually catching them. You will find them roaming around bushes and tall grasses. That’s why they are not easily seen. They are mostly seen roaming around during the winter season by late November or early December. During winter season their coating goes white from brown color and in city like New Hampshire they use their white coating for business purposes.
Thus with the help of above steps you can get rid of weasels.
Upper lip hair is very common amongst women but not many women would be comfortable talking about this. That is more because of the impression that very few women might be like them but the reality is this is common in one out of every two women. Hence its important to be open about this as otherwise there is a tendency to take some short cut treatments or steps which can cause problem in the long run.
Why women have the problem of upper lip hair could be due to several reasons. One of the most common reasons is because of the genetics. Some women tend to have these through generations and hence it just passes on. There is also a possibility of upper lip hair being there because of hormones. It is common knowledge that there are some masculine hormones in women and some feminine hormones in men. The proportion of this differs for different people and hence if some women tend to have more of masculine hormones then they might face the problem of upper lip hair. However, it is important to remember that it is not rare to have such a problem. This is also caused in some women due to hormone change caused during menopause.
Some of the techniques to get rid of this are:
• Shaving is the most common and easy to use method to get rid of unwanted hair. There is a common belief that shaving tends to fasten the growth and also make the hair look thicker and darker. However, these are myths and as such shaving does not have any adverse effects
• Bleaching is another way to get rid of this. Bleaching tends to colour the upper lip hair in the same tone as your skin and thereby make it kind of invisible. However, it is important to try the bleaching on some other body part before applying it for the upper lips to ensure that there is no adverse reaction.
• Hot waxing also helps a woman to get rid of the hair. There are ready heated wax products available in the market; however, if it is not affordable for you then you can use your microwave and a normal wax cream for this.
• Some women prefer to go for chemical treatment for hair removal. However, here again like bleaching it is better to try out the product on some other body part to figure out if you have any allergies to it
• Laser treatments are considered to be permanent cure to hair removal. However, they are pretty expensive and needs to be done only in case of severe problem of hairs. There are professional beauty surgeons who expertise in this and its best to get it done through them.
There are several effective and economic ways to get rid of unwanted hair and its better to be frank and openly discuss the problem to get the best solution
Tapeworms are thin and long parasites resembling similar to noodles. Yes, imagining them can make you sick the next time you have noodles. They can grow up to 50 inches long and survive in both pets as well as human beings. A human being with severe tape worm problem can die because of abdomen failure due to choking of intestines. However, such a drastic consequence is rare.
Tape worms are very common amongst pets and if you would have to rate the top 5 reasons of bringing your pets to animal doctors, tape worms would rank in the top two. Tape worms normally infect cats and dogs and spread infection from there. They breed in the anus of the infected cat or dog and when the animal has potty, eggs of the worm reside in the stools. They can live in the stool for several months without dying.
The most common transmitter for tape worms are flies. They tend to sit on animal stools and get infected to carry this on to other animals or human beings. Pets have a tendency to rub their bodies against hard surfaces or trees to overcome their itching. That is where they tend to come in contact with the infected flies. They can also get infected by accidental consumption of these flies. Even human beings may not realize if they have consumed flies sometimes!
Other important source of infection for both pets and human beings is consumption of raw meat or semi cooked meat. You need to watch out for pork, beef or fish which may not have been cooked properly and hence may transmit the worms to you. It is important to ensure that the meat is properly cooked even when you are eating outside at any food joint.
However, it does not mean that vegetarian human beings cannot be infected by tape worms. Consumption of foods outside in open eateries or in not so hygienic conditions can also lead to such infection. This is because flies are most common in such areas and they infect the food that you consume
The most common symptoms of such infection are abdomen disorders, loose motions, nausea, etc. There are common medicines available in the form of dewormer which tend to make the worms weak and disables them to survive in the pet’s stomach. They lose their ability to stick to the intestine lining and come out with the potty of the animal. Keeping your house free from flies also helps avoid further infection. One simple cure for human beings from this infection is to consume fresh garlic. This tends to kill the worms in your stomach because of the heat that it creates
While there is a doctor available to cure such common diseases anytime, it is best to take the necessary precautions to avoid from getting infected. These are not very painful diseases but cause problem in the long run and hence it is best to be cautious.
The only insect which is there in everyone’s house is ants. They are those small little creatures which can be found everywhere. In short they are omnipresent. They are small in size and are very hard working and active. They are categorized into various categories but the famous among them are the Sugar Ants. As the name suggests they are ants which feed themselves on sugar only and getting rid of them is not an easy task. Their behavior is bit irritating because the moment you spill anything on the table or floor they gather in groups. They basically leave into colonies where there is one queen ant and other working ants. They basically feed on anything that is sweet. They can feed on anything but mostly you will find them crawling near sweet food.
They are basically harmless creatures but the only problem with them is that they infect the food making it unfit to eat. Their nests are very tiny and they keep on migrating from one place to other. You can find them near your couch, attic, closets and mostly in kitchens.
Below are some measures to control Sugar Ants
1. Keep the kitchen dry
Nothing works better than keeping your house clean as it is rightly said that cleanliness is next to godliness. Always make a point to keep your kitchen sink clean and dry because it would not only invite ants but also other pests like spiders and roaches. Throw all the leftovers in dustbin and see to it that there is no sweet left on the floor. Try to wipe the dish drains even if you feel lazy.
2. Use bleach for your counter tops
Sugar ants love dwelling in dirty areas. So if possible try to bleach your counter top every night before you go to sleep. It would not only sanitize your kitchen but also let away the bad odor of rotten food. If there is no dirty surface there are no chances of Sugar Ants coming in that place.
3. Mop the floor regularly
Every lady generally has the habit of mopping the floor once at least in a day. Ideally it should be mopped twice but if you don’t have time try to mop it at least once in the morning. This exercise is must during summer because ants tend to make a permanent place during that time. Generally it should be mopped once you are done with your food but if it’s not possible try to mop it once in a day.
4. Trash bins should be regularly emptied
If you have the habit of keeping the trash bins at your home without empting it then you are in danger as it will not only invite the sugar ants but also other pests. Always try to use a hard garbage bin instead of a small and weak one. Try to throw away the garbage to the nearby local bin and empty it on a regular basis.
Thus above are some ways to get rid of Sugar Ants.
Everyone loves the little creature who is none other but the sweet squirrel. You can almost find her anywhere, in any climate and especially in the morning roaming around your house. If you have the habit of keeping food outside and not storing it at proper place you can be at danger since they love munching food. Not necessary they love food or fruits but they can feed on any damn thing. They also tend to eat the furniture creating nuisance for everyone. They love hanging around cables and tend to destroy them. Thus they can cause lot of troubles if proper care is not taken. They generally create holes and thereby keep entering your house.
They normally start building nests during winter and early summer season. Their kittens can vary in numbers say from one to eight and they normally feed them till two months. They generally love eating hard fruits but if they are not available they also have barks of trees and shrubs.
SOME MESURES TO GET RID OF THEM
1. Locate the entrance
The first and foremost step is to locate the place from where these devils enter. If you found any hole then try to seal it with some hard wood or cover it with cement. If they try to come in from some cable lines then try to put 2 foot piece of PVC pipe which will ensure that their footing is destabilized. However before executing it consult it with your cable guy.
2. Trim the trees
If you are nature lover and love your house surrounded with woods then it’s the right time to trim your trees. Try to keep a distance of minimum 18 to 20 feet because the squirrels can’t jump so long. Unless they are not those flying squirrels your home is safe.
3. Keep your home clean
The best and the easy step to get rid of them is to keep your home clean. If there is nothing for them at your place they would never enter your home. Try to keep the food trays clean specially the fruits tray and fallen seeds as whatever is left in the tray the squirrels enjoy it the most. Also keep your garbage bin clean as it’s the best place for them to party.
4. Trap them
If nothing works then the easiest way to get rid is to buy a trap. There are variety of traps available in the market but choose them as per your budget and need. The famous among them is Havarat Live Trap. You can use any type of food to lure them but they love peanut butter the most. You can apply it on a piece of bread and keep it in the trap. Once they are caught you can easily throw them out of your house.
5. Squirrel Repellents
You can use squirrel repellents to get rid of them. They need to be applied on the food they feed on. But read the instructions as they are sometimes effective and sometimes not.
Thus above are some simple steps to get rid of them.
We have seen so many horror movies on spiders during or childhood days that is because spiders are considered to be the most dangerous and scary creature. It is not only because of its ugly appearance but also because of its venomous bites. Not all of them have the feature of venom but yes there are a few of them who follow it. The effects of spider bite vary depending upon the species and the amount of venom that they have infused in you. It can be simple itching and swelling for few days or can also result in hospitalization for breathing difficultly and diarrhea.
Some spiders like the wolf spider, hobo and black widow can be really dangerous as their bites are very painful. Spider food consists of insects like ants, flies and bees. Spiders generally don’t bite but if someone tries to attack them then they may use their venom to protect themselves. They also use it to catch their prey and once they go dead he can easily have it.
Below are some ways of dealing with spider bites
1. Catch hold of them
Treatment of every spider bite is different so doctors would always advise you to catch hold of him as you may not know about its species. You may use glass, bowl or a jar to catch it. Make sure that he goes to the bottom of the container to avoid his escape. Show it to the doctor and accordingly he shall deal with you.
2. Apply cold compress
Never try to wash the wound with water because it would start spreading the venom at a faster pace. Instead make use of the cold compress on the infected area. Immediately seek doctors attention if you are still not feeling well. They may start with some anti venom treatment.
3. Use insecticides
The easiest way to avoid spider bites is by spraying insecticide whenever you see them. Make sure that you are wearing gloves while spraying it as it can be dangerous. Also the clothing should be thick to avoid the bites. Chemical or Organic insecticide either of them can be used depending upon the species.
4. Get rid of insects
Spiders only feed on insects. So if they are at your home they would always be welcome. Getting rid of ants, flies and bees are the primary step to get rid of spiders. So keep your house clean by storing food at proper place and keeping the garbage bin clean regularly.
5. Keep the outside surrounding clean
Cleanliness should not only be inside your house but should also be outside. Make sure that the trees are trimmed regularly and their branches don’t enter your window. Garbage bins are cleared regularly. There is no debris around as they feed on them as well. If it’s not possible to do it daily should be done once in a week.
Thus with the help of above steps one can get rid of spider bites.
Existence of Round worms is one of the most common diseases not only in pets but also amongst human beings. This is more particularly observed in developing countries which typically face problem of proper sanitation.
Proper knowledge of how the round worms get transmitted as well as some precautions to avoid their spread can help to avoid suffering from this painful disease.
Pets are easiest prey for round worms because of the natural surroundings in which they are brought up. Cleanliness and hygiene of pets is very important to ensure that not only they suffer from it but also don’t spread to their masters.
Animal droppings are most common breeding ground for round worms. Hence pets like dogs, etc which have a habit of feeding on animal feces tend to contract this disease very fast. Apart from this, round worms also spread when an animal eats another which has this disease. This disease also spreads through coughing. A typical round worm grows up to 30 cm in human beings and about 10 cm in animals.
According to one study, there is a 4 out of 10 chance of every pet being infested with round worms at least once in their life. Hence it is important to take necessary precautions right at the beginning which would help avoid this dreaded disease. Some of the common precautions are:
• Hygiene of pet to be maintained
• Ensuring the place where the pet stays is cleaned periodically and also undergoes pest treatment once in a while
There are other ways of identifying early stages of round worms so that early medication can be started. Some of these are:
• Diarrhea, dehydration and weight loss
• Poor growth of the pet and losing appetite
• Presence of worms in pet’s feces
Once the pet has been identified to be infested with the disease, its important to take early measures for treatment. Some common treatments are:
• Round worms spread fast from parent pets to their babies. Hence one way to avoid spreading this is to vet the parent pet during their pregnancies so that it does not pass on
• Rats are the most common medium through which round worms pass on. It is important to keep the place where the pets stay to be away from rats. This would help reduce the chances of these parasites spreading fast
• Don’t take your pets for a walk to places where other animals might have defecated. This is most common cause in developing countries where lack of sanitation facilities causes human beings also to defecate in the open
• There are many kinds of oral medication available for treatment of round worms. Information on such treatment should be kept handy
While round worms are just one other form of disease that a pet can go through, it is also the easiest disease to be avoided if necessary care and precaution are taken. Special care should be taken for puppies and kittens.
Rodents belong to the category of mammals because of its teeth and jaw. These are the most common pets that encumber most of the households. Because of their teeth they are able to bite fibrous materials like wood. So you may think how strong their teeth and jaw structure is. There are many types of rodents like squirrels, chipmunks, rats, etc. however they are different but the ways to get rid of them is more or less similar. Here are certain ways to get rid of them. However your first look should be on which type of rodent are you dealing with.
Squirrels: prevention is the best way to get rid of squirrels. You can do this by just avoiding them to come near to your or your belongings. Squirrels have got many enemies. If you kill squirrels by poisoning them, the the animals who feed on squirrels will also be killed. So this is not an effective method to get rid of squirrel. All you need to get rid of squirrels is to keep your house clean that is to observe proper sanitation at home. Bird seeds are squirrels favouriate, so do not keep them near your house. If the squirrels do not find enough food near your house they automatically will leave your area without you doing anything.
Gopher: you have two ways to get rid of gopher. You can either use a gopher trap or you can let him feed on something poisonous. Gophers are usually found in tunnels. So you can set up trap there to catch gophers. Trapping is more effective than killing the gopher through poison. Because if you use poison, the other animals that feed on gopher will also die. Thus you may land up killing other animals which you are not supposed to.
Mice: mouse trap is the beat way to get rid of mice or rats. Some people believe that the live traps are more effective. But they are effective only when you have few rats at your home. These method do not work if there are more number of rats at your home. Another way to get rid of rats is to make use of lethal mouse trap. Not only they kill rats but also they are very economical. You can save a lot of money by making use of these traps as they are reusable.
Groundhogs: you will have to make use of fumigant gas cartridge while dealing with groundhogs. All you have to do is to find the places where these groundhogs hide themselves and then spray this fumigant gas into it. You can make use of any gas like carbon monoxide to kill groundhogs. One think I would like to make it clear is that gopher and groundhog are not the same. You can find this difference by their burrows. The burrow of gopher is smaller than that of groundhog.
Thus you can see that though the rodents are different but the ways to get rid of them are more or less similar.