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How To Keep Bugs And Other Pests Out Of Your Garden

If you have a garden in your backyard, it’s inevitable that you’ll be dealing with common household pests such as aphids, snails, slugs, mosquitoes, and caterpillars at some point. As implied by Delsea Termite and Pest Control some bugs in your garden are actually helpful, but many are just destroying your work, therefore, it’s important to send them packing. With that being said, you don’t need harsh and toxic chemicals to deter garden pests because most of the tips below are tried and true, and require very little in the way of preparation.

How To Deter Slugs And Snails

Slugs and snails usually come out during nighttime to nibble on your garden greens and leave your destroyed garden as evidence during daytime hours. If you’re opting for the humane way of ridding your garden of these pests, sprinkle crushed eggshells on the ground of your garden, especially beneath lettuce leaves. However, if you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty, you can leave out a shallow dish filled with beer beneath your most afflicted plants. Mollusks can’t resist beer and they will drown in the dish.

Fend Off Aphids

Most gardeners don’t know this, but aphids are born pregnant, therefore, they can multiply incredibly fast– good for them but bad for your plants! The easiest way to combat them is to plant plants that attract predators of aphids such as ladybugs, hover flies, praying mantids, and parasitic wasps. Strongly scented plants such as chives, yarrow, catnip, and basil fend off aphids.

Relocate Caterpillars

Caterpillars are a tough crowd in that they’re harmful in their caterpillar form, but when they metamorphose into moths and butterflies, they’re actually beneficial to your garden. The easiest way to get rid of them is to manually pluck them from your garden as they’re easy to spot and usually, only a few will invade at a time. However, if you want to kill two birds with one stone, crushed eggshells not only work for mollusks, but for caterpillars as well. Since they have soft bodies, they will want to avoid the discomfort.

Almost every type of garden pest can be relocated or killed without the use of chemicals. In fact, it was once said that human urine can destroy ant hills! If you have a garden in your backyard, of any shape or size, it’s important to explore your options in terms of pest control.

The Lowdown On Vegetable Diets And your Ear Nose Throat Health

Singing the praises of vegetables is what health care practitioners do. Is it right for people who are trying to enjoy better ear, nose, and throat health, though? Yes and no, potentially. Here are some reasons why it is a mixed bag as according to Becker ENT.

Some people suffer immeasurably, wondering every day why their nose runs, ears are plugged up, or they have yet another sinus headache. Add in some watery eyes, and difficulty breathing, and an itchy throat and suddenly the origin of the problem begs a solution.

For some people, ragweed season is to blame, or for others mold’s been growing unchecked in the old house set for renovations. For other people, though, ear, nose, and throat doctors have to go outside of the external allergen box.

That’s where they go within, as in what the individual allergy sufferer is eating. Some processes involve skin prick tests to find out what may be causing a reaction. For other people, food sensitivity testing is a second method that proves effective for those choosing a more natural route that pinpoints what exact reaction and severity every potential food is causing.

The myriad of reactions to offending foods and beverages include everything from migraines to recurrent headaches to a stuffy nose, sore throat, or inflamed and closing up of the throat, to all kinds of congestion, to bloating, and other non-ear, nose, and throat effects.

The Difference Between An Allergy And Sensitivity
An allergy is a full-on immune response that occurs at different levels. It can be life-threatening as subsequent exposure generally causes worsened reactions. For instance, you may break out in red bumps and itch all over in a Type II anaphylactic reaction, but the next time you consume almonds you may find your throat closing up, which is life-threatening.

A sensitivity, on the other hand, produces a side effect, such as a general scratchiness of the throat, for instance, but is not as apparently dangerous. Though, again, on subsequent occasions it could become worse and worse.

A food elimination diet allows a patient and their doctor to pull all potentially offending foods out of the diet. After a matter of 6 weeks, one food is re-introduced into the diet for a few days. If the individual has bloating and gas when they re-introduce wheat, then gluten may be a problem.

If they re-introduce milk, and suddenly experience a stuffy nose, then avoiding milk products would become a best practice for the individual. Likewise, some vegetables and fruits are the arch- nemesis of people in the population.

In the food elimination diet, imagine adding apples back into the diet, only to realize they itch your mouth and cause a scratchy throat. Then it means a vegetable needs to be avoided, which means that not all veggies are good for ear, nose, and throat health.