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Yellow Lights: True or False: Do Yellow lights kill bugs

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Yellow lights do not kill bugs.

Yellow lights do not repel bugs.

However...and this is important...Yellow bug lights attract far fewer bugs...than white lights...and that is a fact.

Flying insects and many other bugs that can be pests...are attracted to those white lights in your yard or attached to the house that you let burn all night for safety reasons.
The brighter the white lights the more bugs are attracted.
The more bugs you attract, the more food you are providing for the pests...ants, roaches, frogs, spiders, more spiders, and more spiders.
By turning down the intensity of those white lights or shutting the light off altogether, you decrease the number of bugs that will be available for supper for the those bad pests you don't want living nearby.

But how about those yellow bug lights?
Are yellow bug lights effective?
Should you buy yellow bug lights?

Insects and humans see lights differently. Because of this we can better control bugs at night by adjusting the color of lighting the bugs see.

We see colors best from deep blue to dark red. Flying insects see lights that radiate ultraviolet energy (so called black lights) and blue lights best and lights with less ultraviolet and blue are not as visible to the insects. Insects see black light fluorescent, mercury, and metal halide best.

Lamps which insects have a difficult time seeing include incandescent, high-pressure sodium, and the bug light that is an incandescent yellow.

So the answer is yes. Bug lights work.

And if you want to get rid of bugs and insects and whatevers, install that yellow glow bug light and you will attract less food to the table for your pest population. That means less pests in your home. And that is good.


Zebra Mussel Special Alert...READ THIS NOW

Zebra_logoZebra Mussels are a real problem.

The zebra mussel is an invasive water dweller that is quickly taking over the water world...so to speak.

With a beautiful shell, this barnacle like shellfish appears harmless...a fine specimen for the collector of sea shells.

Dead...yes, something any kid would pick up and take home to put on the shelf in her room.

Alive...what a problem is ahead for all of us.

It is considered a growing billion dollar problem for industrial, agricultural, and municipal water supplies across North America.

Zebra mussels are small, fingernail-sized mussels that were accidentally introduced from Asia in 1988 and are spreading rapidly through many lakes and waterways in many states. They love fast water and are about 1 inch in size, grow in clusters, and firmly attach themselves to underwater rocks, pilings, docks, boat hulls, and water intake pipes for example.

Zebra mussel larvae are carried in live wells and bilges in boats with the adults attaching to boat bottoms or other such floating equipment.

Therefore it is essential and even legally required in some states to clean your hull, and empty bilge pumps and live wells when you remove your boat from the water.

The only natural predators are diving ducks and drum, carp, gobie, and some sunfish are fish who eat zebra mussels, but not in any quantities that will stop their catastrophic growth in numbers and territory.

There is no chemical treatment to control them.

Learn here why they are a pest control problem.

  • SWIMMING DANGERS: As zebra mussels become more abundant the problems begin as they will harm you when you are swimming and wading because they will completely cover the bottom and the sharp shells will cut you.
  • EXPENSIVE BOAT ISSUES: The Zebra mussels will attach themselves to the hull and you will have to clean the hull very frequently or store the boat out of the water regularly.
  • FISHING QUALITY WILL DECLINE: Zebra mussels excrement will drop to the bottom in significant quantity to change the balances of all of the organisms and fish that feed there. Zebra mussels also eat the plankton in the water and that will make it clearer (but not cleaner) which will drive many fish to live much deeper due to increased natural light. That also means that more sunlight will encourage the growth of the bottom rooting plants and they will grow larger and appear in places never seen before. Because the thicker plant growth will hide small fish stocks better, the larger fish will have less to eat and that means fewer fish fo fishermen to enjoy.
  • WATER INTAKE BLOCKAGES: Zebra mussels block the intake screens on municipal water intake grills causing expensive maintenance routines. They also affect private and commercial water intake sources causing millions of dollars in repair and cleaning that was never required with such frequency.
  • HIGH LEVELS OF CONTAMINANTS: Zebra mussel acquire high levels of contaminants in their systems as a result of their feeding routines and therefore should not be eaten even though they are edible. Likewise because of these same reasons, it is not advisable to use the crushed shells in gardens as a source of calcium. It follows then, if you cut yourself badly on a shell, medical attention should be considered.

Milfoil: 5 Best ways to get rid of invasive milfoil

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                                                        courtesy of Portland State University


Milfoil is an invasive aggressive plant that can grow quickly and crowd out native plants and mat an entire lake in just 2 years.


It is carried lake to lake by fishing boat trailers and the laws in some states now require that fishermen clean their boats and trailers of all vegetation when they leave a lake.

Water irrigation intake pipes and power plant cooling water intakes are also negatively affected by these thick mats. MIllions are spent each year to control milfoil infestations.

If you already have eurasian milfoil, these are your choices. These methods often also apply to other pond and lake grasses if you have the need to clean out areas for swimming or docking your boat.

PULL IT:

  • Yes, pull the milfoil out by hand, a strand at a time, either standing in shallow water or with your dive suit and tanks...and toss it in the trash.


CUT IT:

  • Purchase a rake that has sharp blades that cut the milfoil off so you can toss it. Rakes specifically designed for cutting milfoil that you can buy are hand pulled or powered, roll, saw, or rototill their way through the milfoil.


COVER IT:

  • Basically deny it sunlight. To do this you cover the milfoil with a blanket. There are companies that sell blankets for this purpose in many sizes.

EAT IT:

  • A few types of carp and water fowl will eat the milfoil, however to introduce carp into a lake that doesn't have them will give you a host of new problems to deal with. The water birds do not eat enough to stop milfoil expansion.


POISON IT:

  • Some states approve the use of a toxic chemical herbicide that targets mifoil. Check with your state agency to learn if you are allowed to use this method.

Crows: 5 different ways that get rid of crows

Crow_and_garbage_bag Crows. Magpies. Jackdaws. Rooks.
Jays.

All are "crows" of different sizes, shapes and colors.

The one thing they have in common is they are very intelligent birds of opportunity.

Crows are scavengers and predators...that clean up road kill and any other dead body...I guess that is a good thing for the public works department.

But the crows intelligence gets them in trouble and is why crows are often called pests...and need quick pest control.

  • Crows rip open plastic garbage bags and scatter the trash that you placed in the bag on the road side waiting for trash pick up.
  • Crows raid bird feeders and eat that expensive seed you put out for songbirds.
  • Crows raid farmers grain crops and even eat small young lambs at times.
  • Crows usually roost at night together by the millions creating health and nuisance problems with their droppings and their constant never ending...NOISE.
  • Crows do stupid things like hoard their food (dead animals) in bird baths and crows tear the rubber wipers off car wiper blades. Why? Who knows but they sure become a pest fast when they do stuff like that that irritates the heck out of us.

So what can you do about these crows who hide behind a number of aliases?

1. USE VISUAL DETERRENTS: Use decoy owls, balloons with big eyes on them, Mylar tape that blows with the wind...but you must move them often because the crow is smart and quickly figures out your game.
2. USE SOUND DETERRENTS: Use sounds to scare them. A propane motion activated sound cannon, or  buy a CD especially designed to scare them away, firecrackers, horns...but the chances are you will scare off your neighbors before you move that crow population away.
3. USE ROOST STOPPERS: Use sticky substances, electrically charges wires, tall bird spikes, sticky tapes...all these things make it hard for the crow to roost and all these different alternatives can be purchased on the internet.
4. USE NETTING: Netting blocking their roost, or covering whatever they have been attacking will do the job...if you can put a net over it.
5. SHOOT THE CROWS: Hunting permits can be obtained to shoot crows that are a nuisance or a health hazard under rules as defined by the Federal government.


Roadkill: Recycling or murder? Look and decide.

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What is "roadkill"?

  • Roadkill is a bird, animal, or insect that lays dead within the edges of the road.
  • Roadkill is not the deer that gets hit by a car and lays decomposing on the side of the road.
  • Roadkill lays in the road and is pounded ever flatter over and over by car tires.
  • Roadkill gets eaten by natures scavengers...crows, opossums, vultures, hawks, fox and skunks, for example.
  • Natures scavengers are destined to become the newest roadkill...because many get hit when they are eating their roadkill.

Is this nature practicing recycling in its purist sense?

Your call.

Thanks for visiting our web site. Feel free to explore our pages about the hundreds of pests we all encounter.

Just select a pest and discover....why.