Category Archives: Spiders

How To Control Snails & Slugs

Snails and slugs have been destroying plants in gardens for generations. Over time people have come up with many ways to control these snails and rid their gardens and yard of them. Below is a list of methods to help you get rid of your snail and slug problem. All these methods work to varying degrees, and will keep your plants looking healthy and hole free.

Hand Picking- This method works well, but is time consuming and you will invariably miss some.

Lure & Traps-

  • Lay a flat board on the ground
  • Lay Cabbage leaves on the ground
  • Orange and other citrus rinds laid on the ground
  • Prop one end of an upturned pot up and snails will gather inside

Beer or Yeast & Honey Mixture- snails and slugs are attracted to the scent of beer and the mixture of yeast and honey, they will climb into the container and drowned.

Dry Dog & Cat Food- Snails and slugs are attracted the scent of these foods, cut several notches in a pie tin and turn upside down with the food under it. The snails and slugs will gather inside and you can dispose of them after.

Copper Bands- Copper shocks snails and slugs on contact, it will create a barrier but will not kill them. It works well around tree trunks, potted plants, and around shrubs.

Scratchy Things- Crushed eggshells, sand paper, wood ashes work well as a barrier, but like the copper it will not kill the snails and slugs, only create a barrier.

Baits– snail and slug baits are available at local hardware stores.

If these methods do not work, and for all other pest control needs contact Earth Guard Pest Services at:

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Pest Control Terms # 3

Spot Treatment: Application to a small area.

Stomach Poisons: These must be swallowed to kill an insect, bird, or rodent.

Surfactant: A chemical that increases the emulsifying, dispersing, spreading and wetting properties of a pesticide product.

Suspension: Finely divided solid particles mixed in a liquid.

Synergists: Materials that, if used alone, have little toxicity to insects but combined with another active ingredient enhance the activity of an insecticide.

Target Pest: The pest at which a particular pesticide or other control method is directed.

Volatile: Evaporates at ordinary temperatures when exposed

How To Deal With Mosquito’s

With the abnormally warm weather we have been experiencing lately, mosquitoes and other pests are showing up earlier than usual. Mosquitoes are one of the most annoying pests we deal with; they show up in large numbers, their bites leave itchy red welts, and they have the potential to spread disease.

Here are some tips to control mosquitoes around the home.

1) Remove their habitat

  • Get rid of standing water in buckets, tarps, gutters and any other container with standing water.
  • Empty and change permanent fixtures of standing water such as bird baths, fountains, ponds, and potted plants.

2) Prevent your family’s and your own exposure to mosquitoes.

  • Use mosquito and bug repellents.
  • Make sure windows and doors screens are shut tight.
  • Replace outdoor light bulbs with yellow bug lights, they are lower light and attract fewer bugs.

Occasionally neighborhoods are sprayed to prevent disease and large infestations of mosquitoes. For more information on this topic contact Earthguard Pest Services at:

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Warm Weather and Fleas On The Rise

Unusually warm weather is affecting us and our pets in Northern California, mostly in a positive way, but one negative aspect of this great weather is that fleas are on the rise earlier than normal. Even homes without pets can become infested with fleas.

The most common indicator of fleas is the irritating red bumps they leave when they bite our skin, usually around the ankles and arms. More often than not the effects are limited to just a bite with an irritating bump, but fleas can transmit tapeworm to pets, and some people experience severe allergic reactions.

Simple things such as vacuuming the house are a big part of controlling fleas, along with mowing the lawn and keeping wildlife to a minimum around your house.

Recently it has been found that topical flea treatments are not as effective as oral treatments for your pet, due to increased activity and the topical treatment washing off.

Pest Control Terms # 2

Toady we have a follow up on our pest control terms post from the 9th of February.

Bacterial Degradation:

Breakdown due to bacteria. This generally refers to the breakdown of chemical barriers or could reference the ineffectiveness of a specific pesticide due to bacteria within the environment.


can simply be defined as the comparison of desired output and real output; and that adjustments are made so that real output equals your desired output


Cancer causing agent.

Carpenter Ant:

generally the largest/biggest ant found. Wood destroying ant.


When used on a pesticide label; chemical should be considered “slightly toxic.”

Chronic Toxicity:

The toxic effects of a chemical can be seen to reoccur or is reproduced over an extended period of time.

Complete Metamorphosis:

Refers to an insect which contains all four stages within their life cycle that includes, Egg, Larvae, Pupa, and Adult.

Remember to contact Earth Guard Pest Services for any questions relating to this article and for all your pest control needs.

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