1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

August 28, 2008

:241 Outdoor Flea Control

Filed under: :241 Outdoor Flea Control — Tags: , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:19 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:242 EcoTip: About a week ago I suggested using flea traps for indoor flea infestations (:233). It is important to also break the outdoor cycle. This can be done by treating any outdoor area pets frequent with Steinernema nematodes. Steinernema carpocapsae are best suited for cooler climates, whereas Steinernema feltiae work better in warm climates. 

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Suggested Review: :233

According to ARBICO-organicsbeneficial nematodes:

  • Nematodes will eliminate all types of pests that have a subterranean soil stage.
  • Nematodes are exempt from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations because they are not harmful to humans or animals.
  •  Nematodes seek and enter hosts in the soil.
  • Nematodes release bacteria which paralyze and kill the host.
  • Nematodes reproduce and feed upon the host while undergoing several life cycles.
  • Second stage juveniles develop waxy cuticles and leave the cadaver in search of a new host.

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April 16, 2008

:107 Insect Exclusion

Filed under: :107 Excluding Insects — Tags: , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 1:01 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:107 EcoTip: Stucco weep screeds frequently leave gaps between the foundation and the screed. This can permit insect entry.

A properly installed weep screed will allow moisture to drain but exclude insects.

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The weep screed should be sealed to the foundation so that the only openings are the weep holes that permit water to drain. These weep holes are designed to help exclude insect. What needs to be sealed is the gap that may be present between the weed screed and the foundation or stem wall of your home. I’ve seen these openings be large enough to insert ones fingers (scary thought). The sealant should be a silicone elastic caulk material that can expand and contract as conditions change. It should be checked every year to be sure it remains in good condition. This is usually best accomplished by using a mirror to give you a better observation angle.

When applying the sealant, it may be helpful to apply painters tape to cover and protect the weep holes from becoming clogged with sealant. Once the sealant has been applied the tape is removed to uncover the holes.

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