Winning the Fight Against Mosquitoes

Winning the Fight Against Mosquitoes

Your yard should be a place of enjoyment instead of having to fight against mosquitoes every time you step outside. Most products purchased at stores for mosquito control contain chemicals that aren’t good for you or the environment. There are ways that you can control the mosquito population without the use of deadly chemicals and sprays.

Water Control

Standing water is the breeding ground and is the first thing you should remove from your property. If you have a yard pond for decoration, you should add goldfish and other types of mosquito eating fish to it. They will consume the eggs and larvae which can help control the population.

Build or Purchase a House for Bats

Bats can eat thousands of mosquitoes a night which can be a very effective way of getting rid them. This form of mosquito control will not endanger your yard or the environment. Some birds are also good for mosquito control. Purple martins and swallows should be coaxed into your yard by building special bird houses for them. Ducks and geese also enjoy feasting on mosquitoes.

Garlic

The use of garlic can also help you from getting bit. You can eat it raw, rub it on your skin, or even attach busted cloves to different parts of your body. Mosquitoes can not stand the smell of garlic making it an efficient repellent.

Essential Oils

There are many different oils available for the control of mosquitoes. Thyme oil, soybean oil, and tea tree oil are just a few that are quite efficient. Mint, black pepper, and cinnamon oil are also good products to try when trying to control mosquitoes. The use of chemicals in our society has been overused for many years and leeches into the ground water, rivers, and lakes that we use for drinking water. Taking care of out water resources is important for the future of our children.

Calling in a Professional

A professional service that offers all natural mosquito control will use sprays and repellents to keep your yard free of mosquitoes. They will treat your yard to control the mosquito population this autumn so you will be able to spend evenings enjoying your yard, cooking out, working in your garden, or just relaxing.

Everyone knows that mosquitoes are more than just irritable. They also transmit many different diseases. Children, the elderly, and those with poor immune systems are the most susceptible to these illnesses, but everyone can be affected. Keep you and your children safe by having your yard treated soon.…

How You Can Keep Your Driveway and Sidewalk in Good Shape

How You Can Keep Your Driveway and Sidewalk in Good Shape

We rarely stop to think about the ground beneath our feet, but it really does have a big impact on how an area looks and feels. Driveways and sidewalks are especially important for homeowners because they can have a gigantic impact on the curb appeal of a home. It is worth taking the time to clean them every so often, and doing so is relatively simple.

Clean Rot with Dish Detergent

Decaying leaves and other organic matter can leave ugly brown stains on concrete. Those stains come from the tannin in the leaves. They will fade away on their own if you wait for a while, but it is also possible to remove them and get rid of the unsightly markings ahead of schedule.

Start by sweeping and rinsing the whole area to get rid of dirt. Apply a mixture of laundry detergent and warm water to the stains. Roughly one half of a cup of detergent mixed with three gallons of water will usually work. Scrub the mix into the concrete, then rinse it off and pour some powdered detergent over it. Scrub it in, let is sit for a couple of minutes, then rinse it off. You may need to do this several times to completely eliminate the stain, but there should be some immediate improvement.

Absorb Oil

Motor oil and other fluids are common due to automotive leaks. It is best to clean them as soon as possible, ideally while they are still wet. Throw some sawdust, kitty litter, or another absorbent substance on top to soak up the worst of it. Sweep up the mess and apply a cleaner, with the type depending on the material you are cleaning. If you are cleaning asphalt, apply a biodegradable oven cleaner and let it sit for about half an hour before you rinse it off. Concrete is more challenging because it is porous enough to let oil get into the material. You can make a paste of TSP and corn starch, work it into the concrete, and let it sit before scraping it away and rinsing, but that is tricky enough that you may want to get professional help.

Pressure Wash

Pressure washing is the best way to deal with dirt and other debris. You simply buy or rent a pressure washer and use blasts of water to clear the area. Each one is a little different, so be sure to follow its instructions to make sure you use it safely and effectively.

Get Professional Help

All of these methods are effective, but they also take a lot of effort and can be tricky to use. The best way to deal with a stubborn stain is to get one of the professional driveway and sidewalk cleaning services to help. They have tools and techniques that aren’t available to the average homeowner, and they know how to both clean and prevent future problems. That makes them your best bet for the big or stubborn stains.…