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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August 27, 2008

:240 EM Power

Filed under: :240 EM Power — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:16 am

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

1:5:10:240 EcoTip:Manure management is an important step in controlling flys. Adding bacteria to manure piles, composters and pet waste disposal systems (:239) helps it break down faster.

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Suggested Review: :239

EM-Power is a bacteria supplement that can be used to help break down manure. It is available from ARBICO-organics.

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August 26, 2008

:239 Pet Waste

Filed under: :239 Pet Waste — Tags: , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:14 am

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

1:5:10:239 EcoTip: Disposal of pet waste also uses up landfill resources and makes the trash can pretty nasty. The Doggie Dooley is an in ground pet waste disposal system that works like a septic system. It can be purchased at most pet supply stores. Or you can make your own by following the directions from Canada’s Office of Urban Agriculture at http://cityfarmer.org/petwaste.html#pet

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According to the City Farmer website

Collect the dog doo and drop it into the basin. Sprinkle two of the packets of septic tank starter on top of the dog doo and add a litre or so of water. Cover the hole with the lid. Within 48 hours, the septic tank starter, which is non-caustic, and promotes natural bacterial growth will have begun its work and you can add more dog doo. You can then begin to add it daily.

Give the system a bucket of water a week and a packet of starter once or twice a month. The dog doo turns to liquid, most of which washes into the soil. What remains is a humus which should only need to be collected once every two or three years. There is no smell even in the warmest weather. Even the Vancouver Health Department declares them safe.

 

 

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