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    NEXT time you travel, be careful to avoid a common habit that should leave your skin crawling. According to experts, the first thing you do when you check in to your hotel might have long-lasting – and gross – consequences. 2Pest control experts warn that a common hotel habit can lead to long-term problemsCredit: Getty When you walk into a hotel room, there are things you do right away: kick off your shoes, hang up your jacket, and unpack your suitcase. But pest control experts told the team at Cubby that if you put your suitcase on the bed to sort through it, you're putting yourself at risk. Brittany Campbell, PhD, is the staff entomologist for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). "Bed bugs are typically found on mattresses, box springs, and in the crevices of furniture and inside upholstery," Campbell explained. READ MORE: TRAVELSUITE DEAL I'm a hotel worker and here's the sentence you can say to bag a free upgradeDOWN TO EARTH I'm a flight attendant - here are 5 things you should NEVER do on an airplane...
    IF YOU'VE spent any time on social media over the last few weeks then you'd have seen the giant spiders invading UK homes. And you may have even seen a couple in your own. 1giant spiders have been invading UK homes this monthCredit: Getty Giant house spiders are seen all year round, but mate in the autumn time, meaning you're probably seeing more of them. But if you can't stand the sight of them, then don't fret, as a pest control expert has revealed five ways to keep them out of your home. Paul Blackhurst, head of the technical training academy at Rentokil Pest Control revealed the best way to keep them out was removing their food source. He told the Express: "As with most pests, the best way to control spiders is to limit their food source. READ MORE ON HOME HACKSPUPPY PROBLEM Cleaning fans swear by 32p hack that banishes nasty dog odours & smells fresh "This includes clearing away any dead flies, or any other small, crawling insects." The pest control expert revealed you should vacuum...
    SPIDERS appear in every house at one point or another, but there are measures you can take to reduce the amount of eight-legged creatures in your home. As well as dusting, there are several other cleaning tasks you can take up to rid your home of spiders. 2Experts at How To Murder Pests have revealed the bad cleaning habits attracting spiders into your home The experts at How To Murder Pests have revealed the bad cleaning habits that are attracting spiders into your home. According to the pest control pros, not washing your fruit before you store it can draw unwanted creepy crawlies into your kitchen. The fruit flies and ants that are drawn to the fruity scent are what spiders are after, so start rinsing your five-a-day. Another type of food which may be increasing your spider population is pet food. Read More LifestyleLEGGING IT I’m a pest controller - why house spiders are so big & best spray to banish themBUG OUT I’m a pest controller - how to protect every inch of your home from spiders...
    A PEST control expert has shared four hacks that will repel pigeons from your garden - and you will see the results fast. Although they might appear harmless, not only can pigeons cause significant damage to your garden and property but these birds can also carry disease. 2Pest control experts shared their top tricks to repel pigeons from your garden - and they're 100 percent effectiveCredit: Alamy Fortunately, pest control experts have shared their top tips that are "100 percent effective", The Express reported. Like most pests, pigeons require a safe area with a supply of food in order to survive. Once they come across a stable food source, these birds will likely create several nests, since they like to live in large numbers. To make matters even worse, pigeons are not fussy eaters - they'll happily munch on just about anything from junk to seeds in your garden. read more gardening storiesGREEN FINGERS I’m a gardening whizz, my 40p hack will get rid of ivy & stop it growing back So what can you do to repel them from...
    TRYING to eat clean can feel like a challenge in itself, so the last thing you need is fruit flies hovering around your healthy snacks and forcing you towards the cookie jar. According to experts, you can use an item that usually ends up in the trash to deter flies from your fruit bowl. 1Instagram user Babs told her followers to use a wine cork to prolong the life of their fruit and deter fliesCredit: Instagram/brunchwithbabs According to home expert Babs, known to her Instagram followers as Brunch With Babs, you can repel fruit flies with just a wine cork. Babs referred to the hack as "the French grandma’s trick for keeping fruit flies away and having your fruit last longer." "After you’re done drinking your wine, dry out your cork, make sure it’s a real one not a synthetic one," Babs told her followers. She continued: "Just cut your cork in half, nestle each half of the work in your fruit bowl." Read More Life HacksMADE EASY I’m a home expert – my 'burrito' method helps put on...
    UNLIKE moths, flies, and other insects, mosquitoes aren't known for their attraction to bright lights. But your porch light or patio lanterns could be to blame for your mosquito bites this summer – here's what to watch out for. 2Mosquitoes may be attracted to certain colors of light, pest control experts saidCredit: Getty You might already know that some outdoor lights, especially LEDs, attract fluttering, buzzing pests on warm summer nights. But mosquitoes are on the search for something else, said Charles van Rees, PhD, a conservation scientist and naturalist, explained to Homes and Gardens. "Mosquitoes don't hate any kind of light," van Rees explained. You won't keep them away from your outdoor space just by switching from a halogen light to an LED bulb or vice versa. When mosquitoes are on the hunt, they're using a color-coded system to find prey. The right color is often an indicator of CO2 output. READ MORE HOME TIPSSPRAY AWAY Get rid of fruit flies for good this summer using 2 first aid kit staplesTOP-TIER TRASH I’m a cleaning fan – my $1...
    INSECTS seem to always find their way into your home no matter how many screens you have installed or repellents you've used. From wasps repeatedly hitting your window in an effort to escape to a stink bug in your bathtub, this simple and free hack will get rid of them. 2Instagram user Sveinung Hjelmervik shared a creative and humane way of removing insects from your home Instagram account Spewpa shared user Sveinung Hjelmervik's free and humane way of removing wasps and other insects from your home. If you hear a buzzing inside one of your windows this summer, simply grab an old matchbox to tackle your uninvited guest. Ensuring there are no remaining matches in the box, slide the box partially from its sleeve. Once you have located the creepy crawly you want to evict from your home, simply place the matchbox over it and slide it closed. Read More Life HacksSPIDER FIGHTER I’m a pest control pro – my DIY spray will get rid of spiders from your homeBUZZ OFF I'm a pest control expert - Here's 3 ways...
    THE summer heat can draw all kinds of creepy crawlies into your house, including spiders. If your house has become home to these eight-legged creatures, there is a simple trick you can use. 2Insagram user Kamana Bhaskaran shared her two-ingredient DIY spider sprayCredit: Instagram Instagrammer Kamana Bhaskaran showed her followers how to rid their homes of spiders using a simple DIY spray. "Spiders coming into the house with the summer heat? Let me show you how to keep them away with this all natural DIY Spider Spray," the Instagrammer said. "Fill a spray bottle with two cups of water. Add peppermint oil (1/4 cup), and swish," she explained. "Spray along the perimeter of house, entry ways and windows, and in corners along the baseboard," Kamana advised. Read More LifestyleBUZZ OFF I'm a pest control expert - Here's 3 ways to keep your home safe from flying antsSPRAY AWAY Get rid of fruit flies for good this summer using 2 first aid kit staples She explained: "The peppermint smell repels spiders and keeps them away." Kamana's followers took to the comments...
    A PEST control expert has told how Brits can stop their homes from being invaded by flying ants. Stuart Halliday, 42, owner of Kill and Cure Pest Control, has warned that people need to watch out for the tell tale signs that their home has been infected. 2Flying ant day is already upon usCredit: Getty 2A nest of ants on a pavementCredit: Getty Flying ant day usually occurs when a spell of wet weather is followed by hot humid weather. Although referred to as a day, the mating ritual can last for several weeks in high summer. By the end, billions of ants will have taken to the skies. Last year Flying Ant Day took place in most parts of the country on July 12. Now Stuart has explained that he believes ant season is already well underway in the UK. He told The Sun: “July and August is when you get your flying ants. "They come out at this time because they are breeding adult. The flying ones are the queens and little flying ones are the males. “Once...
    WHEN fruit flies invade your kitchen this summer, don't turn to traditional bug sprays and pest control tactics to keep them in check. Instead, grab your first aid kit. As long as you have one of two household staples inside, you can be bug-free all season long. 2If fruit flies are invading your home this summer, household staples can combat themCredit: Getty All you'll need to keep the flies at bay is a spray bottle, and one of your secret ingredients, the experts at House Digest explained. Choose from either hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol, and fill your spray bottle with it. "The spray kills both the flies and gnats upon contact and is safer than traditional pesticides," the experts wrote. The two formulas are super cheap, too: if you don't already have hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol in your home, you can grab a bottle at your local dollar store. READ MORE HOME TIPSBUG NO MORE I’m a cleaning expert – my hacks will keep flies out of your home during summerFRUITFUL TIPS Three easy homemade traps to get...
    KEEPING pests out of your potted plants and flower beds can feel like a full-time job. Snails and slugs are active all year round but are often warm weather culprits as they bury themselves in the cool soil to avoid dehydration. 1Chef and avid gardener Clodagh McKenna appeared on This Morning where she shared her tips for ridding your garden of slugs and snailsCredit: ITV Irish chef and gardener Clodagh McKenna appeared on British television show This Morning, where she discussed her DIY hacks to keeping these pests away from her plants, reports The Daily Express. Clodagh shared her quick and easy hack to protecting her plants, saying: "I use coffee - so my leftover coffee, it’s a big thing, because slugs hate wet soil, so if you can make a ring around you plants with coffee." "I don't know if this will work for everybody but it works for me," Clodagh said. Slugs and snails are particularly active in the springtime as they feed on seedlings. Read More Pest StoriesMAKES SCENTS The five scents that will keep foxes out...
    FOXES can cause lots of damage to your garden and be a threat to any outdoor pets. Luckily a pest control expert has revealed five scents that keep them at bay. 2Some scents can put off foxes coming into your garden for goodCredit: Getty BC Pest Control recommend using your urine, if your comfortable enough with it. Although it might sound strange, the experts revealed using urine to 'mark your territory' can deter them from entering your garden. If you don't fancy using your wee to keep them away, you can also use hair clippings reports the Express. Tricking foxes that humans are around by spreading your scent means they're less likely to come into the garden. READ MORE GARDENING TIPSBUG OFF This 65p plant hack will banish pesky flies from your home this summer Like most humans, foxes despise the smell of vinegar, and luckily most people have a bottle lying around their home. Simple create a solution of water and vinegar and spray it onto your bins and around your property every so often to stop them rummaging...
    FINDING a wasp nest on your property can be terrifying, especially if you need to walk near the hive of stingers regularly. A TikTok user who goes by Mr. Pooscratch has shared how he banishes wasps from his home, demonstrating his simple but daring method in a viral video. 3Using a simple mixture, Mr. Pooscratch tackled a wasp nest outside of his homeCredit: TikTok/@mrpooscratch 3Fill a cup up with some water and a thick dishwashing soap like Palmolive, Dawn, or JoyCredit: TikTok/@mrpooscratch "Don't have any spray, using an old trick," he wrote in the caption of a TikTok video that's been viewed over 300K times. To begin, you'll have to fill a cup up with some water and a thick dishwashing soap like Palmolive, Dawn, or Joy. According to the expert, you'll need just a little bit of soap and lots of water. With his soapy cup of water in hand, Mr. Pooscratch got ready to tackle a wasp nest outside of his house. Read more on pest controlPADDLE UP I’m a pest control expert - keep bugs out of...
    PADDLING pool season is a God-send for parents of young, energetic children during the summer months. The bliss of being able to watch your kids splashing around in the safety of your own garden can be easily ruined by some unwanted pool guests. 4Insects are attracted to water so you will need to take some measures to protect your paddling poolCredit: Getty 4Experts recommend using garlic to repel insects as the scent is so overwhelmingCredit: Getty It's common knowledge bugs are attracted to water so your paddling pool is even more appealing to insects than it is to your children. The experts at Linear World have provided some DIY natural hacks to keeping your pool pest-free this summer. ESSENTIAL OILS While experts do not recommend putting essential oils directly into your pool, you should keep a diffuser nearby or spray your home and patio to repel insects. Use cinnamon essential oils if you have a problem with ants or earwigs. Read More Pest StoriesDON'T ITCH I'm a home expert – my hack gets rid of mosquito bites in 30 SECONDS...
    A PEST control expert has told how ants could swarm your home if you don’t follow three simple steps.   Ants are known for craving food, water and shelter during the summer months and are have a particular liking for sugary substances. 1Nobody wants an ant infestation during the summer monthsCredit: Getty The home becomes vulnerable from a small spillage of juice to a slice of cake and the experience is anything but pleasant. But now experts from pest control company Rentokil have shared their tops on how get rid of pesky ants. IDENTIFY THE ANT Ants are just starting to raise their heads this time of year because of the temperature difference. But before taking evasive action, it’s important to identify what sort of ants are invading your home. Read more on pest controlSEE YA NEVER I'm a pest control whizz… here’s how to get rid of maggots from bins for FREEFLY AWAY I'm a pest expert - the simple steps to banish wasps from your house this summer Although a line of swarming insects may appear to be...
    PEST control experts have revealed an effective way to get rid of maggots from bins - and it's absolutely free. As the weather becomes warmer, you've probably noticed a lot more flies already - and with these also come maggots. 1Experts revealed how to eliminate maggots for freeCredit: Getty It's a never-ending cycle - flies lay eggs and these turn into maggots, which then become flies and lay more eggs, reported The Express. These pests reproduce incredibly quickly, particularly in environments that are warm, humid and that provide food - and what better place to call home than your bins. Although maggots are not inherently harmful, they can pose an unpleasant problem once they've taken over your rubbish bin. At this time in the year, when these unsightly pests are the most common, it is best to eliminate any food source feed upon.  Here, Edward Jones, HomeCareHow’s founder advised: “Check stored food items that may be their source of nourishment.  “Be wary of dirty and rotting areas. If your foundation is rotting, maggots are most likely present in the different...
    A PEST control expert has warned that Brits must do three things to avoid a bedbug infestation when returning from holidays. Stuart Halliday, 42, owner of Kill and Cure Pest Control, says after two years of minimal travel, bedbugs are “going to go mental” this year as Brits dash off on holiday. 1Bed bugs can be brought back from hotel stays in your luggage Bed bugs are small, blood-sucking insects that can be found in the joints of your mattress - adults are about 5mm long. They crawl out at night and feed on human blood after biting through exposed skin. Typically they are brown, dark yellow or red in colour, are flat and oval-shaped and are the size of an apple seed. Although they aren’t dangerous, they can cause extreme discomfort and stress to those who are bitten by them. And this time of year is the most common for them to latch on to your clothes, beds and belongings. Stuart told The Sun: “This is the exact time people pick up bed bugs, right around this time. Most read...
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