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Keeping Overwintering Insects Away From Your Home and Lawn


By Guest Blogger Raymond Web
With the setting of the winter sun, even the bugs and insects seek shelter to keep warm. Unfortunately for home and business owners with beautiful lawns, this becomes an issue since their spaces get invaded by Asian lady beetles, boxelder bugs, cluster flies, stink bugs, ladybugs, boxelder bugs, and many more. These pests cause nuisance with their large populations emerging out of their hiding spaces as soon as they discover some warmth. Overwintering insects also include bees and wasps in winters. The next part of the article will uncover more information on the prevention of these uninvited guests.
What is Overwintering?
Overwintering defines the act with which insects, plants and animals, seek shelter inside warmer places during peak winter months. Since this article focuses on insects, overwintering in their lifecycle denotes a time when they search for more conducive spaces for survival during winters when the cold halts their growth and development.
Types of Overwintering Pests
Consider this section as an introduction to the variety of overwintering insects you are likely to find lurking in the nooks and crevices in your house. You will encounter them sneaking out when they discover warmer temperatures and determining them becomes crucial to decide the appropriate pest control measure. These include:
  • Spiders - Although most house spider species are harmless if left alone, it is crucial to know how to handle their infestation to prevent any terrifying encounters.
  • Termites - Prioritizing termite inspection in order to avoid hefty property damage is in your hands because these overpopulating insects seek comfortable shelters to reproduce during the winters.
  • Grubs - These plump, white, C-shaped creatures feast on the roots in your lawn, thereby destroying the soil structure.
  • Ants - While living in colonies, ants seek shelter and food to keep them alive in the cold climate.
  • Fleas and Ticks - These minuscule creatures usually climb onto pets and eventually lay eggs onto furniture and carpets.
  • Chinch bugs - They feed on the fresh grass in your lawn, which eventually starts to turn brown as a sign of damage and death.
  • Brown Marmorated Stink bugs - It is the mid-Atlantic regions that suffer from the arrival of stinkbugs which feed on crops.
  • Cockroaches - These creepy crawlers have successfully habituated themselves to the changing environment and can survive even the harshest of climates. Act promptly, when you find them in your home to avoid larger population gathering.
  • Crickets - You will often find crickets silently lurking in the sealed gaps of your doors and windows during winters for warmth.
  • Boxelder Bugs - This North-American species of bugs live on Boxelder, maple, and ash trees and seek shelter inside closed spaces during the colder months.
  • Cluster Flies - As the name suggests, these insects arrive in clusters to escape via windows and can be exceedingly annoying.
How to Prevent Infestation of Overwintering Pests?
  • Invest in Professional Help - Pest control services and their trained experts would tactfully handle the situation of overwintering insects in your home and lawn before it instigates into a bigger problem.
  • Store Food Properly - Food being one of the primary sources of survival for most of the insects mentioned above, you need to be extra careful when storing it in the open. Double-check the seals and use airtight containers even in the refrigerators.
  • Seal the Gaps - Performing a spot check and sealing the gaps, cracks and holes in the wooden panels of your doors and windows would instantly lower the chances of overwintering pests in your house.
  • Move Trees, Bushes, Shrubs, and Firewood Away - Trim and maintain these natural habitats which are ideal winter homes for overwintering insects. Steer clear of fuelling the issue by placing them away from doors and windows.
  • Choose to landscape for a pest-free lawn - Having a clean, pest-free yard is essential to save your home from these insects during winters. There is a wide range of landscaping ideas you can cater to as an escape from common lawn-pests.

While live and let live is a great motto considering nature and its many creatures, it is crucial to saving oneself from the spread of diseases that might arrive with these overwintering insects. Hopefully, this resource has helped you with actionable solutions.
Author Bio: When people find their homes and offices infested with pests, it is not uncommon for them to panic. Raymond Web has taken the task to educate people on pest prevention and control strategies helping them keep their surroundings healthy, safe and pest-free. Being the digital marketing manager for Take Care Termite and Pest Control, a top rated pest control service in Tracy, CA, he has an in-depth understanding of people and their pain points due to pests, which he uses in his content to educate.

Make The Most of Spring at Home With These Backyard Improvements


By Guest Blogger Kevin Jefferson
Winter is still here, but now is the right time to start thinking about the ways you could ramp up your yard for spring.
Spring is the right time for action. When the new replaces the old throughout nature, why not do the same with your back yard? Even the smallest of changes and improvements can help improve the functionality and aesthetic of your backyard, transforming it into the ultimate getaway for some peace or the best place to host your family and friends. So, get geared up for the spring with these tips that will help you make vital backyard improvements.
Refresh your plants
Adding a few plants to your yard is a great way to revitalize the space — and it doesn’t have to cost too much.
When choosing new flowers, it’s vital to pick a theme, so the garden doesn’t look visually chaotic and disconnected. Do some research and select plants based on your region, or choose a theme based on color, such as all-white flowering plants.
From a visual perspective, remember that less is more. Keep your planting simple so that it will make a far better visual impression.
Prices for plants vary considerably; for an affordable option, purchase plants in seed form, cuttings, bulbs, tubes, or small container sizes. Next, put them in some colorful planters that match your overall aesthetics, and get ready for a vibrant spring in your backyard.
Add some color
One easy and effective way to change your backyard’s look is by adding a splash of color to the ground.
You can do it with minimal investment and hassle, simply by adding some colorful mulch or decorative glass chippings. No matter which choice you make, one thing is the same - this type of decoration requires no additional care.
Choose a cool color and texture, then dump it, spread it, and forget it. Perfect!
Prepare your outdoor furniture for spring
Take your outdoor chairs and tables out of storage early for a thorough wash. Then give them any necessary touch-ups, or perhaps even a complete makeover.
Once the spring comes, and you get everything set up, it will be much harder to make yourself do all the maintenance work, so the best approach would be to do it before spring even comes.
If you do not have any outdoor furniture, consider a DIY project where you would turn any tree stumps you have in your shed into stools and even build a picnic table. It is easy to do, trendy, and eco-friendly. What more could you ask for?
Build a treehouse
Speaking of fun DIY projects, if you have kids in the family, this could be the right idea for you.
A treehouse can add a particular aesthetic to your backyard and give it a unique feature that many do not have, while they will have a fun area to play and spend time together.
If you are not that handy, you can always hire a professional to build a treehouse for you, but it is not that hard. Check online to find different creative ideas on improving the look of your backyard with a treehouse.
Consider an outdoor living room
An excellent idea for a backyard makeover is creating an open living room.
This idea provides you with the comfort of the inside of your own house combined with being out in the open, with the sun and fresh air directly there for you to enjoy.
To make this concept into reality, you are going to need a covered patio. Then, some furniture, a table, maybe even a rug. If you can afford it, adding a fireplace or a firepit can be an excellent addition as well.
Use natural stone as the flooring for your patio. Add some durable wicker chairs there, a lovely table, and you have the perfect escape from home close to your home.
Outdoor pizza oven
There is nothing wrong with a classical approach and having a barbecue grill in your backyard. But, if you want to go the extra mile and have something unique, why not get a pizza oven?
Once again, you can make it yourself if you are extra skilled or buy one that is pre-made, but that is not the most crucial part.
What matters is that you and your family - and, hopefully, friends - will have another point of gathering in your yard and fun activity that you can all partake in.
Give French Doors a try
An exciting way you can extend your living area is by using French doors. Use them to extend your home (or your patio living area) by essentially opening an exterior wall between your dining room or kitchen and your patio.
To get the most out of this option, change up the dining room to match the patio (or vice versa). Things like matching floor tiles, furniture, and decorations can enhance the look and make it all seem like one big room.
Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work on PlainHelp.

How to Replace a Dingo Track

Servicing the Tracks

Check the tracks for excessive wear and clean them periodically. If the tracks are worn, replace them.
Cleaning the Tracks
1. With a bucket on the loader arms, lower the
bucket to the ground so that the front of the traction unit lifts off of the ground a few inches.
2. Stop the engine, and remove the key.
3. Using a water hose or pressure washer, remove
dirt from each track system.
IMPORTANT: Ensure that you fully clean the road wheels, the tension wheel, and the drive sprocket (Fig. 29). The road wheels should rotate freely when clean.

Replacing the Tracks
When the tracks are badly worn, replace them.
1. Lower the loader arms, stop the engine, and remove the key.
2. Lift/support the side of the unit to be worked on so that the track is three to four inches (7.6 to 10 cm.) off of the ground.
3. Remove the locking bolt and nut (Fig. 30).
4. Using a 1/2 in. drive socket, release the drive tension by turning the tensioning screw clockwise (Fig. 30 and 31).
5. Push the tension wheel toward the rear of the unit to move the fork tube against the frame (Fig. 31). (If it does not touch the frame, continue turning the tensioning screw until it does.)
6. Begin removing the track at the top of the tension wheel, peeling it off of the wheel while rotating the track forwards.
7. When the track is off of the tension wheel, remove it from the drive sprocket and road wheels (Fig. 31).
8. Beginning at the drive sprocket, coil the new track around the sprocket, ensuring that the lugs on the track fit between the spacers on the sprocket (Fig. 31).
9. Push the track under and between the road wheels (Fig. 31).
10. Starting at the bottom of the tension wheel, install the track around the wheel by rotating the track rearward while pushing the lugs into the wheel.
11. Turn the tensioning screw counter-clockwise until the distance between the tension nut and the back of the fork tube (Fig. 32) is 2 3/4 in. (7 cm.).
12. Align the closest notch in the tension screw to the locking bolt hole and secure the screw with the locking bolt and nut.
13. Lower the traction unit to the ground.
14. Repeat steps 2 through 13 to replace the other track

How to Find Your Hurricane Blower Model Number.

The model and serial number on a X3 Blower or Z3 blower can be found on the left hand side of the machine if you are standing on the machine. The tag might even have a bar code on it and you can scan that to get info about your machine.
On Most models the tag is located right by the engine. To determine the year of the machine it is based on when you bought it.


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