Stop Silverfish from Invading Your Home with These Steps

Stop Silverfish from Invading Your Home with These Steps

Silverfish slither into homes for shelter and food. Once they find plenty to eat and moist living conditions, it’s difficult to get rid of them. If you’re tired of turning on the bathroom light at night and spotting a silvery bug slither across the floor, here’s how to stop silverfish from invading.

What Are Silverfish?

Small, flat, wingless insects, silverfish are named for their quick fish-like movements. The slender bodies are about one-half inch long with bristly legs and long antenna. Many are a silvery gray color, but some are brownish or white. Often found in bathrooms, basements, and underneath sinks, these nocturnal creatures hideout in cracks and crevices during the daytime. They love moisture, and they love leaky pipes.

What Harm Do They Do?

These prehistoric looking pests don’t bite or carry disease. However, they harm your home by eating through materials. Their starchy diets consist of linens, papers, cardboard boxes, wallpaper, and dead skin cells. In the kitchen, they’ll get into flour and other carbohydrates. Silverfish also attract other insects. Spiders and centipedes prey on silverfish. If you’re home is infested, expect other unwelcome guests to show up for dinner.

Stop Silverfish with These Steps

Trap them. Roll up some newspaper and tape up the ends. Wet the middle of the roll and leave it out overnight. In the morning, throw out the roll. You’ll probably also be throwing out silverfish that ate into the moist paper and then stayed inside for shelter. Alternatively, use a glass jar with a small piece of bread to trap them. Wrap masking tape around the jar, so silverfish shimmy up into the jar, but find it too slippery on the inside to get out.

Repel them. Silverfish can’t stand the smell of cedar, cinnamon, cloves, and other spices. Sprinkle around floor boards, or put cedar shavings outside around your house’s foundation. Inside, put cedar shavings in socks or sachets and put them in closets, kitchen cabinets, or other locations pests frequent. Use essential oils like cedar, lavender, or lemon. Dilute the oil in water and spray the solution in cracks and crevices inhabited with silverfish.

Pest-proof your home by cleaning up clutter like piles of papers or cardboard boxes. This not only eliminates a food source, but also hiding places. Vacuum regularly, especially in cracks and crevices to get rid of food crumbs as well as the actual bugs, their nests, and eggs. Then, fill in cracks with caulk. Check pipes under sinks and fix any that leak creating a moist environment these pests love. Silverfish love humidity. Put a dehumidifier in damp areas like basements. Lastly, keep all food in sealed containers.

Kill them using store-bought traps or make your own using boric acid or diatomaceous earth. Sprinkling boric acid around floorboards or crevices kills silverfish and their eggs. Because the substance is slightly toxic, use a mask when applying and keep it away from children and pets. A non-toxic powder, diatomaceous earth kills many creepy crawlers, not just silverfish, but won’t harm humans. Use sparingly near children and pets, though. A chemical pesticide may be necessary for a serious infestation.

We Can Help You Stop Silverfish

Unfortunately, silverfish in your home is a tell-tale sign of moisture issues, such as leaky pipes or mold growth. At the first sign of an infestation, call in an expert. Contact Free Spray Lawn Care today at [phone] and we’ll stop silverfish and other pests once and for all.

The Benefits of Aerating Your Lawn

The Benefits of Aerating Your Lawn

When it comes to basic lawn maintenance, people tend to think that mowing, watering, and fertilizing are the only items on the agenda. But tackling these basics may not be enough to achieve the beautiful, lush results you desire. Read on to learn about the benefits of aerating your lawn.

What Is Aeration?

We all see it from time to time – a neighbor’s yard covered with small holes. Have you ever wondered how these holes came to be? Or maybe you know the lawn is aerated, but never knew exactly what that meant. Well, the mystery is about to be unveiled. These perforated properties have been aerated. Aeration is a process that allows water, air, and nutrients to better reach the root systems of plants and grasses. Breaking up the soil by puncturing it with a series of holes allows your lawn breathe a little, and you will reap the benefits in its appearance and health.

The Benefits of Aerating a Lawn

Simply put, aerating promotes grass growth. When grass grows in compacted soil, roots don’t receive enough nutrients, water, or air. Lawns can also have too much thatch. Thatch is an accumulation of dead grass and debris just above the soil. A thin layer of it is beneficial, but if the layer is more than 1/2 inch, it blocks out sunlight, air, water, and nutrients as well. Aeration breaks up thatch and compact soil, and therefore, helps your lawn in the following ways:

  • Improves the soil’s intake of nutrients.
  • Allows more oxygen to reach the roots.
  • Enhances water absorption.
  • Minimizes water runoff issues and puddling.
  • Reduces maintenance requirements.
  • Helps reduce stress from drought and heat.
  • Strengthens root systems.

Does Your Lawn Need Aerating?

The aeration process is an efficient way to improve your soil’s health. A lawn that experiences heavy foot traffic, frequent romps from pets, and daily playtime with kids is in need of this process more often than one that is just for show. Aerate a well-traveled lawn at least once or twice a year, even if it is just in the areas that need it most. Healthy lawns can benefit from an annual aeration as well.

The How and When of Aerating

Aeration, also known as core aeration, soil cultivation, coring, or spiking, uses special equipment with tines to create holes in the soil. The tines can be solid (spike aerators) or hollow (plug aerators). The hollow ones tend to have better results, because they actually pull out a plug of soil. The holes should be up to four inches deep and and two-to-three inches apart.

After aeration, the lawn is perforated with holes and may have small soil plugs scattered about. These plugs eventually disintegrate and blend back into the lawn. In a week or two, you should notice an improvement in the turf’s health.

Aerate cool season turf grasses like Kentucky bluegrass and ryegrass in the spring or fall. Aerate warm season grasses like zoysia and Bermuda from the middle of spring through summer. It’s best to apply fertilizer afterwards.

To find out more about the benefits of aeration and the proper techniques for your yard, call a trained expert today. Contact Free Spray Lawn Care at [phone] and let us help you discover a lush, healthy lawn.

Is Ohio Soil Acidic?

Is Ohio Soil Acidic?

Your lawn is a living thing, and just like all living things, it needs the proper nutrients to thrive. It gets these nutrients from the ground, so healthy soil is a must. However, even if your soil has plenty of nutrients, it also requires right amount of acidity in order to provide your grass with good nourishment.

What Is Acidity?

Healthy soils start with the proper soil acidity or alkalinity. The right level determines how well the roots are able to absorb nutrients. Soil acidity is measured in pH, ranging from 0 for the most acidic to 14, which is the least acidic. If the pH is too high or too low, plants and grasses won’t be able to process nutrients effectively. Here are some facts about pH:

  • Acidic soils have a pH below 7.0
  • Alkaline soils have a pH above 7.0
  • pH-neutral soil, which is around 7.0, is a good target
  • A pH less than 5.0 is too acidic for healthy lawn growth
  • Most plants and grasses do well in neutral soil with a pH between 6.5 and 7.0
  • There are actually some plants that prefer more acidic soil

Is Ohio Soil Acidic?

A region’s soil pH level is determined by its composition and climate. The rock formations below the earth’s surface slowly erode over time to create the soil where we plant our gardens and grow our lawns. These geological foundations provide clues to a soil’s pH characteristics in a particular region. For instance, limestone tends to create soils that are more alkaline, while sandstone produces more acidic soil. Generally speaking, the western side of the state of Ohio has more limestone, while the eastern half has more sandstone.

But a region’s soil can vary from one small area to the next, so the best way to figure out the pH level is through proper testing. A soil test reveals whether your soil is alkaline, acidic, or neutral, and once you know this, you can fine-tune it to the pH level that works best for what you want to grow. You can get soil-testing kits at many garden centers, but for the most accurate results contact a professional.

In order for your grass to be green on top it needs to get the proper nutrients from below. To find out more on how to keep your soil healthy, contact Free Spray Lawn Care today at [phone].