Top 10 Eco-Friendly Pest Control Tips

Managing Pests Without Chemicals

Top 10 Eco-Friendly Pest Control Tips

If you want to save time and money on pest control, you’re in luck. We’ll be taking a look at the following ten natural pest control tips that you can take advantage of. Before we cover them, we’ll discuss the harmful effects that it can have on the environment and your health overall.

Even professional pest control services are using chemical treatments that are considered safe and eco-friendly. This wasn’t the case years before. Pest control can be a challenge, but these tips will be great to use if you don’t want to deal with any harmful chemicals or expensive pest control services.

Pesticides and its impact on the environment

Pesticides can be harmful to plants, soil, and wildlife residing in an area affected by pests. Also affected by pesticides is the water supply where humans and animals drink from. These are a couple of reasons why pesticides should not be used and a more eco-friendly solution should be better used.

What are the health risks associated with pesticides?

There are short-term and long-term health risks that are tied to pesticide use. You can also be exposed to them for lengthy periods of time before experiencing some symptoms (and long-term effects). These include but are not limited:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Limb numbness
  • Allergic reactions
  • Respiratory issues including asthma
  • High risk of cancer

Top 10 Natural Pest Control Tips

1. Keep your home clean

It’s true. A clean home will be the least favorite place for many pests to hang out. It’s as simple as vacuuming your floors, washing your dishes, discarding food scraps into the rubbish bin, and more. Pests like roaches and fruit flies won’t be invading your home any time soon.

2. Proper fruit and veggie storage

Any fruits and vegetables left out in the open will be a place where pests will congregate. For that reason, you want to put them in the fridge. This is another place where roaches and fruit flies will swarm (and they certainly love the sweet stuff).

3. Remove standing water

Whether it’s underneath the sink or anyplace outdoors, standing water will be ground zero for mosquito infestations. Get rid of any standing water that exists and fix those pipes if they appear to be the source for standing water underneath your sink.

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4. Use cornmeal to kill ants

Ants don’t have the digestive system to handle cornmeal. If they eat it, they’ll basically starve themselves to death after a few days. It’s the perfect ant killer without having to use harmful chemicals.

5. They’ll wake up and smell the coffee

To humans, the smell of coffee is pleasant. To pests, it’s one of the worst smells ever encountered. You can use your discarded coffee filters with the grounds intact and place them in areas where pests may enter. They’ll turn away at the first encounter.

6. Mint tea bags work too

Another scent that is unpleasant for pests is mint. It’s fresh and tasty for humans. But it’s an effective pest control method if you want to ward off any pests such as ants, roaches, and more.

7. Come for the beer, stay forever

If you have some beer containers that aren’t open, use this to your advantage. Open a can and apply petroleum jelly on the outer rim. Not only will the smell of beer attract pests closer, they’ll try to get in only to be stuck by the jelly barrier.

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8. Apple cider vinegar & plastic = The best trap

If you are looking for a great trap for fruit flies, you’ll need a small dish, apple cider vinegar, and plastic. Fill the small bowl with apple cider vinegar and wrap it with plastic. Punch a few holes and watch it go to work.

The fruit flies will enter the bowl and never get out. It’s one of the tried and true ways to get rid of fruit flies without spending extra cash.

9. Lavender is the perfect pest repellant

Lavender is another sweet smelling scent that pests hate. You can include dried lavender or spray lavender oil in areas where pests may enter. They dare not want to go to the other side after one whiff of it.

10. Other herbs work good as well

Whether it’s sage, rosemary, or something that smells nice, it’s a pest’s worst nightmare. If you want to put these to good use, put them in an oil and spray it in areas where pests might want to set up shop.

Conclusion

These top ten pest control tips will save you time and money. Plus, you get to have a little fun getting rid of these unwanted critters. You won’t have to deal with expensive services or harmful chemicals.

However, professional services may be needed in case an infestation gets out of control. For the best protection against pest, these tips listed above will be your best option. 

5 Ways PayPal Can Help Your Business

PayPal Can Help Your Business

PayPal is a fast and effective way to earn international currency. Matthew Jones shared in his book Mobile Profits that according to a survey carried out in 2010, small to medium businesses who offered PayPal services on top of credit card facilities showed up to a 14% increase in sales.

Adding PayPal to your business can definately help your business to grow. Sofield, Nielsen and Burchell explained in their book, PayPal Hacks, that PayPal is seen to be the future platform which will help businesses both save time, and improve profits.

How can PayPal can be used to help your business?

5 Ways Paypal can help your business

5 Ways PayPal can help your business

1. PayPal is easy to set up

It is easy for a small business to set up a PayPal account. By registering the account, linking it to a bank account and then verifying the account, a merchant can be in business quickly.

As soon as the account is verified, a business is able to either attach a PayPal option to a website, or submit an invoice to request payment. PayPal offers a fast and effective way to set up a business and begin transacting.

There are no start up costs to set up PayPal, and customers are only charged after they receive money into the account.

2. PayPal is international

Caroline Bullock, for BBC News, reported that when trying to set up a business that reaches an international audience, many businesses found that they struggled.

Not all countries use international credit cards, and not all people own credit cards. PayPal enables companies to sell their goods internationally without the worry of how to accept payment.

For those who offer services such as consulting, design or writing. PayPal enables businesses to work in foreign countries. For accepting payments which can later be transferred to a local bank account.

With PayPal, merchants can accept payments from 203 countries.

PayPal can help your business

3. PayPal is easy for customers

Pymnts explain that one of the biggest struggles online businesses have is getting a transaction from shopping card to close of sale.

They found that when customers take a longer time to finish or complete a sale, there is more time for buyers remorse or regret.

PayPal is quick and easy to use, with no need to add in card details, or even delivery details. This reduces time between point of sale and purchase.

4. PayPal is safe for customers

PayPal is a safe way to operate making payments on small websites or blogs. This is true for the following reasons:

  •  Although many customers understand that large companies have set up safe and secure facilities for making use of credit cards, customers are aware of the dangers of giving out banking details online. Submitting credit card details to a small entrepreneur, artist or blog might feel risky. However, PayPal eliminates this risk.
  •  PayPal also acts as a buffer between client and merchant, meaning that if a product doesn’t arrive as instructed, PayPal will investigate and offer a refund. This ensures that customers feel safe when supporting small businesses.

5. PayPal saves you time

One can sent invoices directly from your PayPal account. And all activity will saved in the account thus one can check. With rapid payments and PayPal taking care of admin, you are free to spend time marketing or growing your business.

With an easy set up process, the ability to attract international customers, an easy to use customer platform, safety features and the ability to invoice or record transactions.

PayPal enables you to set up an international business which is safe and secure for customers. Small and medium businesses are now free to expand into a globalized marketplace.

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Update 09/092017

Due to limited support and manpower Ircn.org is now only providing limited support for the script.

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ircN 8.00.20100904 released – 09/04/2010

A new version of ircN 8.00 has been released. Mostly bug fixes, fixes to the setup dialog for 64bit OS’s, updated popup design, ircN->extras->hidden added. Should work okay with mIRC 7 but certain themes might be displayd incorrectly due to mIRC implementing UTF formatting, working on a fix. Also the backup module was removed by default, a newer version will be on the site for download soon.

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