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Our Favorite Snack: Ants on a Log

A nutritious alternative here are some tips for Ants on a Log:

Ants on a log are a timeless classic that have recently been enhanced with advances in nut butters and chunky versionsdifferent flavors of chocolate (white, milk, dark), butterscotch and carmel chips; and, other topping technologies such as chocolate sauce, whip cream, butterscotch, honey and more.   Here is our favorite version with some nutritional information:

1) Cut large, organic, slightly under ripe Banana Into Flat Pieces.

Tips on Banana’s, the glycemic index and our health:

It is a myth that bananas should always be kept at room temperature and not in the refrigerator, where there is also less of a  risk of Fruit Flies laying eggs.  Although the skins will turn black in the refrigerator, the fruit will spoil less quickly, and under ripe banana’s have a lower glycemic Index due to the resistant starches our bodies lack the enzymes to digest.   This being said, although the sugar levels and glycemic indexes vary, all banana’s are a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and manganese.  More here: http://www.glycemicindex.com/

2) Spread Chunky Almond Butter Evenly Over Banana Pieces.

3) Insert Dark Chocolate Chips. And:

4) Enjoy!!

 

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How Much Pesticide Exposure Does the General Population Face?

A number of American Action Groups Such as the Pesticide Action Network have brought to our attention some astounding information on American Pesticide use.  Working on the Canadian side of the Border, I can assure you we are not much better!  Here we go:

Each year, an estimated 1 billion pounds of pesticides are applied to American farms, forests, lawns and golf courses. More than 17,000 pesticide products are currently on the US market.

*Notice Washington State Usage:  This rate is large due to the large number of crops grown there, mostly apples  where it is the largest North American State or Provincial provider.

Pesticide applicators, farmers and farm workers, and communities near farms are often most at risk, but studies by the Centers for Disease Control show that all of us carry pesticides in our bodies. Golf courses use pesticides heavily, so do some schools and parks. Consumers also face pesticide exposure through food and water residues. For instance, atrazine is found in 94% of U.S. drinking water tested by the USDA.

Something we stand behind is Agroecology.  It is the science behind sustainable farming and this powerful approach combines scientific inquiry with place-based knowledge and experimentation, emphasizing approaches that are knowledge-intensive, low cost, ecologically sound and practical.  What can we call structural pest control, an industry that per capita (see below) was amongst the highest pesticide (insecticide) polluting industries ever?  Strucpestology.  Something we practice everyday and you heard it here first!

Home use of pesticides — which on a per acre basis outpaces use on farms by a ratio of 10 to 1 — puts families across the North America at unnecessary risk.

Much of this information is courtesy the PAN (Pesticide Action Network) and EPA (Environmentally Protection Agency) in the USA and is based on Agriculture being roughly 95% of the market and Structural is 5%.

 

 

 

Moths in your Clothing: Casemaking and Webbing Clothes Moth

Moths have stages when they look like a small caterpillar.  These are called there larva stage, and it is also when they damage items of animal origin such as: wool, fur, silk and feathers.  Moth larva also like dirty or older sometimes damaged clothing.

As an adult, these moths do not feed. They are rarely seen because like many other pests they tend to hide in the dark during daylight. The Indian meal moth, a common “pantry or stored product pest,” flies about during daylight, is often mistaken for one of these moths and should not be confused.

Casemaking clothes moth (Tinea pellionella)

These common clothing Moths are a buff gray color, 1/4 inch long, wings fold over body, and each front wing has three indistinct darker spots of scales. The larva is creamy white with a brown head. It produces a silken tube-like case in which it lives and carries around for protection. The head and legs are exposed only during feeding and movement. This case is camouflaged with bits of the material on which the larva has been feeding. Larva is                    approximately 1/2-inch long at maturity.

 

 

 

*Casemaking Clothing Moth Larva Picture

 

 

 

 

 

Webbing clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella)

These also common clothing moths are a uniform Buff Color, 1/4 inch long, mall tuft or red hair on top of head. The larva is whitish colored with a brown head. It produces a silk-lined “tunnel” as it eats through or on the surface of a fabric. The moth is approximately 1/2-inch long at maturity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Webbing Clothing Moth Larva Picture

 

 

 

 

Control measures  & Prevention

I.        Conduct a regular inspection program of all susceptible items at least once a year. Take all items out of closets and drawers, and vacuum closets and drawers thoroughly to remove lint on which larvae may feed.

II.        When making purchases, look for woolens and wool synthetic blends that have been treated by the manufacturer with a moth-resistant compound.

III.        Good housekeeping helps keep these pests out. In the home, clean often to prevent lint, dust or hair from accumulating. Regular vacuum cleaning of rugs, carpets, drapes, upholstered furniture, pet bedding, closets, cracks and crevices in floors, and areas inside and behind heaters, furnace air ducts and vents is important. Particularly susceptible are areas that are under furniture that is seldom moved and along baseboards where wool lint may accumulate. After using the vacuum, empty the bag because it may contain eggs or larvae.

IV.        Clean garments regularly. Thoroughly clean garments before storage. Clothes moths are attracted to articles soiled by food, beverages, perspiration and urine, rather than the clean wool itself. For furs, professional cleaning and cold storage is recommended.

V.        Store articles properly. Place clean articles in tight storage containers. Good plastic bags sealed after the clean item is placed inside should prevent clothes moth infestation as long as the bag remains without punctures or tears. Also using a storage containers with tight fitting lids and seal storage containers or cartons with a good quality tape. All seams and joints should be taped over. If garments are completely clean when placed in sealed containers, they should be safe from clothes moths.

VI.        Place garments in cold storage where temperatures remain below 30°F. Larvae are inactive at temperatures below 30°F. Many people assume that freezing temperatures will control these insects-not always so. Clothes moths have survived for long periods in unheated attics and barns in old furniture, clothing and blankets exposed to below-freezing temperatures. Although lower temperatures slow down or put a temporary halt to their activities, the clothes moths are usually not directly killed by them.

VII.        If you have infested articles, you can often rid them of larvae and eggs by brushing and sunning them, or by having them dry cleaned. Vigorous brushing outdoors in bright sunshine, particularly of areas around cuffs, collars and other hidden places, if done periodically, can be effective in destroying clothes moths. If pillows, mattresses, or upholstered furnishings are infested, you may want to have them treated by a professional pest control firm, or dispose of the infested articles.

VIII.     Moth proofing after cleaning or sunning can help prevent future infestations.   Infested cabinets or closets should be vacuumed thoroughly to remove any wool lint from between boards or in corners.

IX.       Cedar Blocks bought from a quality clothing store or made from a fresh higher quality cedar deter moths.  By placing in your drawers and cabinets these cedar blocks will deter moths.  If lower quality Cedar, every few months or so the blocks should be recut or replaced.  Cedar oils are also available.

X.        If in doubt call us, it’s free and it would be great to help out.

 

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Green Pest Control

Green tips

At Critter Get Ritter, we are leaders in environmentally friendly pest and wildlife control, cleaning and structural work (to name a few).  From our streams, rivers and lakes; to the drinking water you, your family, employees and pets are exposed too, we keep your health in mind, and would like to share simple, green solutions and tips, to help you lighten our environmental footprint while reducing pests.

Especially in our warm, pacific northwest summers, pests are always ready to nibble on your treats (or you) while camping, barbecuing or eating/doing things outside.

Outside Pests:

Here are some simple, and environmentally friendly tips to keep those pests at bay.

1) Burning candles scented with essential oils makes a great centerpieces for backyard barbecues, but it also sends pests packing for the night, or at least until the party is over…

2) Bats, Frogs, dragonflies, ladybug beetles, spiders, praying mantises and crane flies outside of your home, you will help reduce the critter population, since these predators will feed on insect pests…

3) In gardens, use beneficial pests to keep your roses healthy: ladybug beetles and lacewings feast on aphids, and they can be purchased from us ((604)-902-7417) or your local nursery and hardware stores.

Indoor pests:

Flies:

1) Prevention is key. First, make sure your window and door screens are free of holes and gaps that allow flies to enter. Keep food and condiments covered.

2) Flyswatters give you exercise and eliminate flies. Watch out for anything breakable when you swat!!

3) Reducing moisture and any gaps you can dry and wrap organic garbage in old newspapers before you place it in your trash receptacle. Doing this will reduce those unwanted visitors. Make sure your trash container has a properly fitting lid, which will deter flies.

4) A clean kitchen is a happy kitchen. During the heavy fly season, give your kitchen a thorough wipedown with pine oil cleaner. Pine oil is a natural fly repellent.

Ants:

1) Remove the source! Most ants have a sweet tooth and by removing empty soda cans and bottles, as well as candy wrappers, you can reduce household ants. Children and pets may drop particles of food, which also will attract ants. So give your floors – carpeted and non-carpeted – a quick daily vacuum.

2) Also, be sure to wipe down those counters. Ants are attracted to organic matter, and particles of food left out on a kitchen counter will attract them.

3) If you see a trail of marching ants, follow them to the source. Watch where they come from and where they are going. After establishing their destinations, use these instructions:

A. Fill a bowl with soapy water (usually dish detergent does the trick), dip a sponge into the mixture and wipe up the ants from point A to point B. After you have wiped up most of the ants, place a teaspoon or so of soap into a plastic spray bottle filled with water, and finish them off.

B. Ant scouts will seek out food, and they leave a pheromone trail for all their sisters to follow. By using this green tip, you’ll be breaking that invisible chemical trail and cutting off the ants’ food source.

Fleas:

Fleas prefer to enter your home on your pets, Trojan-horse style. For each flea hitchhiking on your pet, there may 30 more in your pet’s environment, including inside your home.  Rather than grabbing a can of bug spray, try these safe and environmentally sound alternatives:

Citrus contains a natural flea deterrent and by pouring a cup of boiling water over a sliced, scored lemon, the skin will release more citrus oil.  In this case, more is better so let the mixture soak overnight, and sponge it on your dog or cat to kill fleas instantly.

Trap fleas in your home using a wide, shallow pan half-filled with soapy water. Place the pan on the floor and shine a lamp over the water. Fleas are attracted to heat, and will jump to the source and land in the water. The liquid detergent breaks the surface’s tension, preventing the flea from bouncing out.

Other ways to GO GREEN!

1)Recycle
2)Compost
3)Use refillable water bottles to reduce the number of plastic bottles at our land fills.
4)Use energy efficient light bulbs.
Use Energy saving appliances.
5)Car pool, or use public transportation.

Thank you for taking the time to learn what you can do to help protect our planet.

 

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