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Picking Up the Pieces After a Flood

Dealing with serious flood damage at home is not the end of the world. And most importantly, it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg to get your home back into living condition again. In fact, you may find (like I did) that recovering from a flood gives you an opportunity to improve the look and feel of your home overall, and even to implement design options that increase the value of your property. I spent about a year fixing up my place after a pipe exploded while I was on vacation, and literally ruined everything inside from the flooring and walls, to my photos and important paperwork. So, I figured I could help others "pick up the pieces" and create a bigger ad better lifestyle at home by turning a flood situation into an opportunity, instead of dealing with it like a crisis.


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Picking Up the Pieces After a Flood

Deploy and Conquer: The Insect-Insect Pest Control Strategy

by Scott Gordon

Given that pesticides are not only expensive but also harmful to the environment, they are not the best option when it comes to dealing with pests in a garden. The problem is that most garden owners usually view them as a necessary evil – while they may not like using them, they feel that they have to because the alternative is to watch their plants get destroyed.

However, this is not true. It is possible to maintain a pest-free garden without putting the environment at risk. And what is even better is that it is possible to do so without having to bleed your bank account. How? By letting other insects do the work for you. The following are types of insects that you can use to get rid of pests from your garden.


Ladybugs are ruthless predators. And they are at their best when it comes to getting rid of whiteflies, mites, aphids, and scale. Therefore, if any of these pests are ruining your plants, deploying ladybugs into your garden is the best environment-friendly option.

You can do so by including daisies in your garden. Tansy or yarrow plants are also effective when it comes to attracting them. And if you don't have time to attract them naturally into your garden, you can always buy them over the Internet or in stores with ladybug catalogues.


Hoverflies depend on insects such as aphids for survival. This makes them well suited when it comes to getting rid of these insects. Deploying them into your garden is simple: fill your garden with asters, golden rod plants, or yarrows. These plants tend to attract hoverflies and having them in your garden will help prevent an infestation.

Ichneumon wasps

For gardeners whose garden-yields depend on the quality of leaves of their plants, leaf-eating caterpillars are a nightmare. These pests are relentless, and the fact that they usually multiply at an alarming rate only makes it worse. The best strategy of getting rid of them is to unleash the predator power of ichneumon wasps on them.

What is even better is that these wasps are easy to attract. Planting common garden plants such as caraway, parsley, celery, and carrots is usually enough to do the trick. This is so especially when these plants are left to reach the flowering stage.


Using these insects as part of your pest control strategy is not just beneficial to the environment. It makes absolute money-sense. Why? Because it is not only a cheaper alternative, but also a sustainable one. This is because after the initial introduction of these insects into your garden, you won't have to re-introduce them. Since they breed naturally, they are usually able to establish a stable population—just enough to keep harmful insects away. For assistance, talk to a professional like ASE Pest & Weed Supplies.