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Getting Rid of Lice Pest Control for People

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Lice are a pest of the scalp and can cause your scalp to itch so that you are always scratching your head. If people are always making comments about you scratching your head, you may have a lice problem. You may need pest control for your head.

Lice are small parasite like insects that live on the hair of people. They usually infect grade school age children and are more likely to affect girls than boys. They subsist by sucking small amounts of blood from the scalp of their victims.

Some facts about lice: even though they may seem disgusting and itch a lot, they are not a major risk to your health. However, they are easily spread from person to person. Also, the lice bites cause the itching sensation, and scratching of the scalp may cause further irritation, leading to severe situations where skin infections will result from the irritation.

Lice are treated with non-prescription shampoos and lotions. In this situation, the shampoos and lotions can be thought of as pest control products for people. And in severe cases, prescription strength medication is sometimes prescribed by doctors. The medications are usually like antibiotics and come with directions that should be followed exactly using the complete treatment before stopping. Sometimes a hair rinse to untangle hair is required. It normally takes a seven to ten day treatment to completely kill all the lice and eggs.

To remove lice, the eggs that are at the base of the hair must be combed out with special combs with fine bristles immediately following a bath while the hair is still wet. The hair should be washed with shampoo every 3 to 4 days for two weeks. All bedding and clothing used by someone with lice should be washed in very hot water.

All items that cannot be washed or thrown away should be sealed in an airtight bag for two weeks. Carpet and upholstery should be vacuumed regularly. Hair products should be treated with alcohol or shampoo for one hour. Hair dryers should not be used since some anti-lice medication is flammable. Regular shampoos should not be used with lice treatment products. Pest control chemicals should not be used because they may be poisonous. If a lice treatment is used three times with no results, another type of pest control should be used. You should not use multiple lice treatments at the same time because there can be interactions between them.


Nontoxic Pest Control

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Even though pesticides are the most effective detriment to pests, they are toxic and can be harmful to pets and family members. When used outdoors, pesticides can be hard to control in the wind and may wind up traveling to unwanted areas. Used inside the home, they can be very dangerous due to their persistence to stay on surfaces or get into the air conditioning units and are distributed throughout the home. Another option that many people have started looking into is nontoxic pest control.

The safest way to stop pests is with prevention, but it is not always possible to be 100 percent effective in prevention, so we must look at nontoxic pest control to supplement the by preventions.

There are three preventive pest control methods. The first is sanitation, keeping things as clean as possible. Insects and other pests are attracted to food sources. If dirty dishes and food droppings are left on the table and floor, then they will act as an open invitation to pests. Just because you can’t see anything doesn’t mean that there are not microscopic particles or food caught under edges of cabinets and appliances.

The second preventive pest control method is screens. Screens on doors and windows keep insects out of the house and screens on crawlspaces keep pests from getting underneath the house where they can really create a cozy home for themselves.

The third preventive pest control method is caulking. This closes off small areas that insects can pass through. Be especially thorough around water sources such as kitchen and bathroom.

Nontoxic pest control products fall into four categories. The first category is traps. Traps are specifically designed for many pests such as cockroaches, mice, flies, rats, gophers and moles. Home and garden stores generally have a supply of all types of traps. The kind you get will vary by the pest, for example, the best mouse traps will only catch one animal at a time.

The second category for nontoxic pest control is pheromones. These are insect scents that attract insects into a trap where they die. Pheromones are specific to each species, so you need to know exactly what pest you are dealing with.

The third category for nontoxic pest control is biological. Biological means using one desired organism to defeat an undesired organism. These can be plants or other insects depending on the specific problem you are having.

The fourth category for nontoxic pest control is repellents. These are nontoxic substances that target specific pests and keep them away. They may either be chemical or plant based substances. …


Flying Ants vs Termites

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Flying ants vs termites: “How I can tell them apart?” is the big question that has been a mind boggler to many, especially homeowners who know about the destruction termites can do to their homes.

So, once and for all, let’s put this question about flying ants vs termites to rest by taking a look at the differences between the shapes and behaviors of these similar looking insects. And while we’re on the subject, let’s also find out how dangerous they are and what you can do to get rid of them.

Flying Ants vs Termites that Swarm

Like termites, most ants are social insects that need to duplicate their entire colonies to help propagate their species. In general, the ants you see in your daily live are but a fraction of the colony they’re a part of; a colony can have tens, even hundreds, of thousands of members.

As a colony member, an ant or termite by herself would be completely lost and not live very long. One such ant or termite is to its colony like a cell is to your body. And so all those tens of thousands of members make up one huge animal, so to speak.

A colony can grow substantially, and when it reaches a certain size the workers create new queens, fertile winged females that are able to mate with kings (males) and lay eggs, thus beginning a new colony.

Termite queens and ant queens look very much alike to the untrained eye. Yet, there are substantial differences. For instance: ants are faster on the wing. In a flight competition of flying ants vs termites, the flying ants would definitely win the race.

How they Fly…

Once you know the difference in their flight, the question of flying ants vs termites will be less of a riddle.

Let’s look at the differences:

Flying ants take off like a jet plane, with no hesitation. They start out quickly and fly straight to the strongest source of light. They move fast, giving the impression that they know where they’re going and mean business.

Flying termites on the other hand, look like they are struggling to stay in-flight. They, too, follow their attraction to the strongest available light source, but compared to flying ants, they seem to flutter helplessly through the air.

Both being part of the food chain, the majority, if not all, of both the ant and termite swarmers will die. They become a meal to other insects, like dragonflies and ants, and animals such as various small birds and lizards. Obviously this happens when the swarming occurs outside, in the open.

But, termites can swarm inside of our building structures as well. And when they do, most people, especially homeowners, freak out. Not knowing the difference (flying ants vs termites), many people mistakenly think they’re dealing with an excessive amount of flying ants and dismiss the problem. This, obviously, is a serious mistake.

You need to learn to recognize the difference. To do this, you’ll need to take a closer look at their bodies.

Physical Differences

Like all insects, ants and termites have three body-parts, namely: a head, a chest (thorax), and an abdomen. With ants, the three body sections are very distinct and the abdomen is noticeably separated from the thorax. Ants’ bodies have a waist-line.

But that’s not so with termite bodies. Take a closer look at termite bodies and you will not see such a clear distinction. In fact, the head, chest and abdomen of termites appear to be fused together into one solid union and there is no waist line.

Now the difference in body count:

If you could count the number of flying ants vs termites that swarm, you’d find the termites swarmers outnumber the flying ants by a very significant margin.

Chances are slim you’ll ever actually see ants swarm, though, because for one, they usually swarm outside, and two, their numbers of swarmers is almost too small to really catch your attention. Take fire-ants for example: Before their flight you’ll suddenly notice an increase in their activity around the fire ants’ mound, as a few hundred swarmers (i.e., the queens and kings) will reach for a high point (any blade of grass will do) to launch in the direction of the sun. (But you have to be right by the nest to see all this.)

In contrast, termites put on a grand show that’s hard to miss. If you’ve never seen termites swarm inside a building you may find this hard to believe — termites swarm in extremely high numbers, sometimes in the tens of thousands!

That’s why flying termites most definitely hold the record in this category. Their swarming activity has been described this way: “It was as though all of a sudden there was a dark cloud filling the room, and I felt like they were going to attack me.” This description is typical for the diurnal, black colored Eastern Subterranean termites. Yet it’s nothing compared to the nocturnal swarming activity of the much larger, brown colored Formosan Subterranean termites that swarm by the hundreds of thousands.