Archive for the ‘weeds’ Category
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks; laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tickborne diseases as well. Check out the CDC site for more information.
Now I want to share something I thought was interesting – I tried to join a certain Arizona Lyme Disease yahoo forum and was denied. They claim that I tried to join before and I don’t recall but I thought they might be interested in possibly preventing the disease with these new tick boxes. So there you go!
I’m sure each one of my readers have heard from their Grandparents or friends one tip that will help in getting rid of pests. So lets challenge everyone to contribute one or two great little tips.
For example there is one going around the web, which states that if you put some type of leaf into your bedroom – Bed Bugs will get caught in the bean leaf tiny hooks on the leaves. But who wants bean leaves all around the house?
So lets have a little fun here and tell me your stories, maybe the best one (my choice) will get featured on an upcoming blog story.
Comments on my blog at http://www.callprobest.com/blog
A lot of people these days are attempting to do many things themselves that years ago they never would have thought of. This article (link here) is exactly about that very subject.
Pest Control is listed and I wanted to add my own 2 cents into the mix:
- Remember all those stories about people blowing up their home or injuring people?
- You must know the enemy, pest professionals do that for a living.
- Don’t mix chemicals without the knowledge of them.
- If you do make a mistake call 911 or Poison Control 1-800-222-1212
Better yet just call ProBest Pest Management 480-831-9328 or 623-414-0176.
I decided to add a little more about weeds from my Saturday post. I’ll bet most people probably hate weeds or at the very least hate pulling them but do you generally notice them around a certain time of year. Well you would be correct, the rains trigger the little seeds to start a sprouting. So what can you do about weeds, here are a few tips to help you through the weedy season. So March and probably September or October depending on the rains and monsoon.
- Get them early, they become hardier and harder to pull.
- Check areas where the roof line comes down, the seeds become airborne and the settle on the roof and the rain or wind takes them down.
- Use a hula hoe to break up the rooting part of the weeds.
- Now if you are going to spray them, if they are tall or woody cut them down first with a lawnmower or weed whacker.
Post Emergent – A weed killer which is applied to the leaves of an established plant. It is absolutely essential to cover the leaves, you can add a surfactant or a sticker to help with that.
Pre-Emergent – A pre-emergent is a chemical that prevents seeds from germinating or prevents seedlings from growing to maturity.
It is possible (read the label) to combine products such as pre-post together, that way you can kill the existing weeds and the ones before they germinate.
The key to effective weed control is to first be sure you have identified the weed at hand and to read and follow the pesticide label exactly.