Once a honeybee hive is populated and fully functioning, beekeeping is relatively simple. You should be checking up on your bees about every other week. The most important reason for these inspections is to make sure your bees are protected against pests and diseases. There are a number of common bee diseases and pests that you should be looking for each time you inspect, like Varroa Mites, Nosema, Chalkbrood, and more. We will go over the signs of these bee killers and the best way to fix the problem before you lose your buzzing buddies.
It’s summer time! And we all know what that means, fruit flies in the kitchen! Now you can always use a small container and put in apple cider vinegar with a few drops of dish soap, then cover with saran wrap and poke a few holes in there. Once they get trapped they can’t get out.
However Ruralking now has this cute little apple that is much more appeasing to the eye then a bunch of visible dead bugs in a container and its only $6.99! You can easily refill it as needed.
Repelling mosquitoes can be done not only by coating yourself in bug spray, or carrying a ThermaCell Mosquito Repellent Dispenser, but also by planting some useful plants around your house or deck, or place strategically around the yard!There are many plants that help to reply mosquitoes since these pesky little bugs can not stand the smell, and this allow us to sit back and enjoy the view without getting bit. Rural King has several of these plants already started for you to just put in a pot or in the ground, as well as packets of seeds for you to plant as you please!
To start off with most of these plants emit a fragrance that is usually pleasing to us, such as lemon, lavender, and mint. Some of the plants repel naturally, others can be processed (boiled or crushed, etc) into a spray to use. Here is a link that explains how to use each of the plants to help you repel these pesky bugs, make sure to check your planting zones and correlate it with your plants growing zones:
I am always looking for a cheaper more natural way to keep up my home. I was surprised by this concoction and knew I had to try it! The weeds around my home had no chance against this natural weed killer.
Don’t let mosquitoes ruin your outdoor events this spring and summer! Follow these steps to make your own homemade mosquito trap, and enjoy the freedom from mosquitoes all summer long!
Homemade Mosquito Trap Supplies:
- 1-2 liter soda bottle
- a sharp knife
- black paper
- candy thermometer
Take a 2 liter soda bottle. Cut off the top right below where it starts to narrow for the top, invert and place inside the lower half.
Make a simple sugar syrup.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups cool water
- 1 tsp. active dry yeast
Bring 1 cup of the water to a boil.
Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water.
Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat. Stir in 2 cups cool water, stir well.
Check the temperature of the syrup to make sure it is no hotter than 90 degrees F, if hotter, let cool to 90 degrees F, add 1 tsp. active dry yeast, no need to mix. Put syrup in the bottom part of the bottle, using the cut off neck piece, leave in place.
Be sure to seal the two parts of the bottle with the tape. The fermenting yeast will release carbon dioxide. Put black paper around the bottle since mosquitoes like dark places and carbon dioxide. This mosquito trap will then start working.
TIPS: Put the trap in a dark and humid place for 2 weeks, you’ll see the effect. You’ll have to replace the sugar water + yeast solution every 2 weeks.