How to check for bedbugs
Memorial Day weekend is here! A lot of you will be traveling and we will show you how to avoid getting more than you bargained from your hotel. Bed bugs are huge problem in hotels for the past few years since the previous methods for treating bed bugs are no longer available..
Bed bugs can bet brought into the hotel through luggage, boxes, infested clothing, etc. They can also spread from room to room if infested items are shared. Bed bugs regularly catch a ride on purses, clothing and luggage in areas that have plenty of people traffic. Think about movie theaters, airports, transport vehicles, airplanes, offices and dry cleaners.
signs of bed bugs
Bed bugs are large enough to see without any magnifying aid. Bed bugs are flat, small and either black or brownish-red. Although, you aren't likely to see any bed bugs directly since they they are skittish and try to stay away from lit areas. Instead you will look for signs that they have been around. They do shed their skin so you can look for clusters of black or brownish-red dots. Also look for rust colored smears and stains. This is their excrement (gross!) and can be a positive sign of an infestation. Finally, if you wake up and have red marks that resemble mosquito bites or multiple rashes your probably missed the other signs.
where to look for bed bugs
Check the bed
Check the furniture
Check the rest
If you detect signs of bed bugs, contact management and request a room on a different floor. An early bed bug outbreak is most likely contained to one room. If your next room has signs of bed bugs, it is time for a new place to stay.
still nervous about bed bugs?
If you haven't found any signs of bed bugs, but are still anxious about them there are a few precautions you can take.
First, leave your luggage and shoes either on non carpeted flooring or on top of non-upholstered furniture.
Second, don't send your clothes to the cleaner. While washing and drying your clothes at higher temperatures will kill bed bugs, the hampers they travel in are usually not cleaned regularly.
Fragrant plants for Louisiana
Plant these in damp soil. They require little maintenance and do fine with either sun or shade. These plants bloom in late spring to early summer. Their flowers remind me of fireworks when they bloom and are lightly scented.
These flowers on this shrub actually smell like bananas, but don't eat them! These shrubs can be planted as a hedge row, much like ligustrums. They are slow growers so either be patient or buy them full grown. They prefer well drained soil that leans to the acidic side.
This variety of Wisteria is far less aggressive than the Chinese and Japanese varieties while still providing the smell and blooms your want. Be sure to plant this variety where it can climb, because climb it shall. Be careful planting this one where pets or children will play since ingesting the seeds or the seed pods can be deadly.
Also known as Cestrum nocturnum, this plant opens its blooms only at night. It has a sweet aroma. Take care when planting this as it has been classified as an invasive species in some countries so you will have to keep an eye on it and maintain it often. Some people have actually removed it for having too great a smell in large quantities.
Strongly scented, its downfall is it tends to attract insects. I'll deal with it though since it smells great! Almond verbena will bloom throughout the summer and lose it foliage in the winter. It does great and full sun but will also survive in partial shade. When used in a mass planting, almond verbena will provide a wonderful sensory experience. They can also be used to border pathways so their scent can follow you as you go.
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Roach pest control
Roaches, no one likes those disgusting pests. The mere thought of them is enough to make most people feel as if one is on them. Much worse, the idea of cockroaches in your home and what they are on when you are not around will make even the messy of people temporarily clean like they have OCD. We will go through a few ways to keep these insects out of your home and how to kill them if they are in your home.
how to avoid roaches
Roaches are usually brought into a home by either the roach itself or some of its eggs hitching a ride on boxes, furniture, plants, clothing or luggage. Think twice before bringing these items home if they have been somewhere that may have an issue with roaches.
Cockroaches can come from outside your home too. Use caulk, screens and weather stripping to create greater barriers to entry for your home. Stop leaky faucets so there is not water for the pest. Keep outdoor areas near your home free of leaves, wood piles and clutter. An outdoor pesticide applied to the outdoor perimeter of your home will prevent a roach problem before one ever begins. Be sure the pesticide is labeled for roaches and follow the instructions.
The best way to avoid roaches is through proper cleaning and sanitation. If there isn't a huge food supply, the roaches are more likely to choose a different location. A lot of focus should be placed on cleaning your kitchen and bathrooms since that would be the most likely place for roaches to infest. If you have kids, then you have a much bigger challenge since kids are known to leave bits of food just about anywhere.Unfortunately if you live in a condo or an apartment complex, your sanitation is affected by your neighbors. If they keep a dirty home, your home will also suffer.
how to kill cockroaches in your home
First, determine if you have roaches. If you haven't seen any, look for brown stains in the backs of cupboards and pantries. Place cockroach bait traps in bathrooms and the kitchen. In bad infestations, use a liquid pesticide labeled for indoor roach control. If permitted by the label, apply to the floor baseboards around your home to prevent reinfestation. If these are not getting the job done, have a professional pest control company like GreenSeasons treat your home for you.
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