~Insects. We all know how useful they are in the garden, and how unnecessary they are inside your own house.
There is a beautiful eco-system that we are taking part in when we become one with nature. Although, when it comes down to our abode, we prefer to feel safe and secure, without any critters. When the weather gets too cold, some of us move the potted plants and trees indoors. After saving our cared for plants, we find our selves faced with new house visitors. Here are some most common bugs to look out for in your homes.
They are not technically considered pests, but when they multiply by the hundreds, they become pretty annoying. Moreover, I felt astonished this month during unpacking my family’s Christmas tree. Apparently, its original carton box harbored many of these red beauties from previous years residing in Maryland. Not having one inkling about transporting hybernating ladybugs to Florida, my eyes bulged out seeing them crawling around under the festive display this year. How they survived years of entrapment, beats me. Pest companies do not consider them a nuisance and let them be. Here is my solution: open the window or balcony and let them fly off. They are much more useful in the garden. Lady Bugs, I implore you to please eat the aphids out there, the more the marrier.
The other two commonly found insects inside the home can be hard to distinguish from each other. Ants and termites are both tiny bugs and the quite destructive to the home structure. Termites damage the house structure and require major treatment to the area, along with wood replacement. There are plenty of differences among these crawlers and the major one to look for is the trail of wood dust behind them. All vegetation is best to be planted away from the house, without branches touching the house walls. Regular trimming is super beneficial to prevent ant invasion. The chopped firewood should be stored outside the home, further from the main dwelling, not to attract termites inside.
Have you heard of them a Palmetto Bug? Ha! Me neither, until we moved to Florida. Turns out there is a sophisticated way to name a common cockroach and not feel aversion to it. We started looking into the different types of them and learned that there are several, including an elegant Palmetto bug, which is an American roach and a small yellow-brown German cockroach. Now, you might look at that list and think, where do German roaches come from? And that is a fair question, but don’t be distracted by its regional identifier. The German roach is, just like its wood and American cousins, an insect found in many different places, not just Europe! To deal with cockroaches or prevent from ever seeing them again you will want to enlist the help of the following ingredients: baking soda, sugar, bay leaves, lemon peel, and lemon juice or borax. If these natural remedies do not help or deter the pests then calling in professional service might help the spread of these critters.
Hopefully, this information will help you keep these insects outside where they belong.