Anyone who has spent significant time in the southern United States has come into contact or been warned about the fire ant. These little creatures bite and leave an itchy and uncomfortable mark where the bite occurred. These ants are widespread and native to the United States. They occupy much of the southern United States from Florida, up to the Carolinas, and then all the way west to California.
But let’s back up a few steps. One way to prevent pests is to prepare the garden properly in advance, and keep it tidy and clean afterward. If you’re composting ahead of time, don’t use plant material that you already know had a disease or bug problem. Clean up dead material before you plant anything, and be sure the soil is well aerated and fertile. When you do put in your plants, place them in the conditions in which they grow best. If they are meant to grow in full sun, or shade, or part-shade, then put them in that sort of location. Keep the garden clean as the season progresses, by throwing away dead leaves, deadheading the flowers, and weeding.
Thankfully, bed bugs are not known to carry diseases, as they tend to stay very localized to the person they have chosen as their host. Some may however have an allergic reaction to the bites. When this happens, the area will become inflamed and may result in some skin tissue loss.
Another way to check is to tap on beams or furniture to see if they sound hollow. These creatures eat the wood from the inside out. They can even eat right up to where the varnish or paint has been put on so very often people will not realize they are there until it is much too late.
Plumbing stacks and chimneys are often sources of air leakage. Seal these where they pass through the attic floor. For metal chimneys inside a chase or for old masonry chimneys, you may need help from an expert to ensure proper sealing and avoidance of fire hazards. Seal holes made for electrical wiring and cable installations.
Delaware from England, was the inventor of the BLACK BOX radionics device, which was used at this time for a most successful, all natural form of cockroach pest control for crops, along with a great many other healing uses that would have benefited mankind. But he was battered from pillar to post by the Royal Medical Society and was in and out of court. They bankrupted him and destroyed his devices.
Do not let your mulch come in contact with any window sills or the actual siding of your house. If it does, you’re just encouraging pests to move from mulch to your home.
I don’t know that I could ever retire. I might be like Sammy Sosa. I year after I leave, I’ll be out there telling anyone who will listen that I’m unretired.