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Posted by Trust Realty One on 4/9/2017

Are your home flowerbeds or garden plagued by insect pests? Experienced gardens rely on the many ways that herbs benefit the landscape, especially the vegetable garden. For centuries herbs have played a prominent role in garden lore as gardeners and growers utilized “companion planting” as a method of pest control. Even though you have used fertile, organic soil and tended each plant the way it should be grown, providing for the plants needs and proper culture, insect pests do appear. Herbs can help you control the problem and minimize damage. There are a great many ways in which plants help with pest control. A few exotic tropical plants consume bugs outright, using the ingested material as plant food. Other plants help in the war on bugs by emitting a scent that attracts them to one area of the garden for easy handpicking and removal. Still other plants are used in the preparation of insect repelling sprays. Some plants ward off insect infestation by having a sharp or bitter taste and a pungent smell that confuses “critters” thus protecting companion crop that might be subject to insect attack. This method is known as companion planting. Herbs – Heroes Of The Garden Some gardeners consider companion planting to be somewhere between wisdom and witchcraft; other savvy gardeners do not question traditional methods and folk tales. Rather they follow the old ways of planting asparagus with tomatoes and parsley, and carrots with dill. Traditional gardeners have learned through years of observation that specific types of cultivated plants, grown adjacent to each other in the garden exhibit a beneficial effect upon each other. Fennel, beans, and cucumbers, when grown separately do all right on their own. However, when grown together cucumbers love beans and produce an abundant crop of both, but beans hate fennel. When fennel and beans are grown next to each other, neither crop does well. Aromatic herbs play a pivotal role in the deterring the presence of certain insects in the garden. Insects are attracted to or repulsed by the odor of these plants from the pungent essential oils the plant secrets. As an example, caterpillars are strongly attracted to the mustard scented essential oils of cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. On the other hand, mosquitos, flies, gnats, ants, and other pests are repelled by the scents of lavender, thyme, citronella, rosemary, basil, dill, and all varieties of mint. Organic gardeners find that interspersing these pungent and powerfully scented herbs between groupings of plants or in alternative rows in the garden, will ward off an insect infestation that would otherwise cause havoc in the home landscape. Choosing The Right Insect Repelling Plants For Your Garden Most herbs used for companion planting grow well in United States Hardiness Zones 3 through 9, with some doing best in colder climates and some herbs thriving in tropical climates. To determine which companion planting methods are most effective in your part of the country, talk to your local county extension agent for advice and plant suggestions. Herbs native to your local area will have the strongest properties to defeat local insects.




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Posted by Trust Realty One on 2/26/2017

Mice and rats are extremely smart animals. Once they've learned a route they will never forget it. They are social animals that enjoy the company of other mice or even--as in the case of pet mice and rats--humans, and can learn to respond to their own names if trained properly. But having a family of wild mice in your home is something most of us don't celebrate over. They can get into your food, your pet's food, and cause minor damage to your home by chewing holes. So what can you do if you suspect mice have been living rent-free in your house? This article will cover how to trap mice, release them, and prevent them from entering your home in the first place.

Preventing mice from finding their way in

Since mice are such smart and industrious creatures, there's a good chance you'll have some find a way in at some time or another. Unfortunately, once inside and once they have found a food source, mice aren't likely to leave of their own accord. Most people don't want to have to resort to trapping or killing mice. So, prevention is really the best option when it comes to keeping mice out of your home. Seal up your house. Securing the outside of your home is the first step to preventing mice from entering. Since they can fit into cracks as small as the diameter of a penny you'll need to comb the exterior of your home to look for any spaces they could enter. Mice repellant. You can also use peppermint oil or cotton balls in spaces you think mice might enter your home. They hate the smell and will steer clear.

What to do if there are mice inside

If it's too late to prevent a family of mice from entering your home you'll have to try out other options. Some people choose to set up traps that snap shut and kill the mice. Others use glue traps that mice get stuck to. The problem with these traps are that they can cause the animal to suffer, suffocating or dehydrating to death as they struggle to get free. There are, fortunately, more humane methods of trapping mice. No-kill traps. Certain mouse traps lure mice in and then close a door behind them so you can take them outside to release them. If you take this route it's important that you check the trap a few times a day. Mice have high metabolisms and can easily die of dehydration in under 24 hours. Cat and mouse. Another option is to borrow or adopt a feline friend. Mice aren't as likely to stick around a house if they know there's a cat around. Here you risk having the cat kill or maim the mice, however. Cut off the food supply. Sealing your food in glass jars and keeping dog food in heavy plastic containers can be enough to get mice to look elsewhere for food.  




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