Tuesday, December 17, 2013

My relationship ....with bugs!

As I was tracking a infestation of weevils in a customers home, she asked me if I always liked bugs
After answering," No not really", we laughed and I continued my search for the dry goods that brought these little creatures in her home.  Searching through the pantry with my flashlight we eventually found the cat food that started a nightmare infestation.
 As I drove home I thought about her question. Did I always like bugs? Interesting how life takes us on journeys we never expected.  It makes me think about how important teachers are in our lives.  Not only our childhood school teachers but the mentors in our lives.  The boss, coworker, piano teacher, softball coach that inspires us to strive towards a rewarding career. 
After some soul searching if I am ever asked that question again I would answer "No I didn't always like bugs, it was something that was developed later in life by someone that inspired me."

Thursday, October 10, 2013

I was researching green news this morning and stumbled across a lot of do it yourself pest control.
Some were harmless and kind of cute and funny for example; laying sliced cucumber around your house to hopefully ward off ants. Keeping a spray of soap to spray ants when you see them n your counter. The idea behind the soap is to get rid of the scent trail so ants do not follow.  Good idea but  is very short lived. Where are the ants coming from? What is creating the environment that is hosting the ants?  Taking a integrated pest management approach by inspecting, looking for areas that are conducive and receiving tips to correct the situation from a professional is a environmentally friendly approach.
If you call a professional pest control company they can track the pest and get to the source of the problem. Also if it turns into a more serious pest problem they have the resources and the knowledge to share to help make a more informed decision.
Remember there are different shades of green and each shade have a place and a purpose.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Newbee Greenie

Simple lifestyle changes  can make a difference. Example yesterday on my website www.pestcontrolstuartfl.com  I wrote about my challenges using my own cloth bags for grocery shopping as a alternative to the stores plastic bags.  After collecting 4 cloth bags they would wind up in my kitchen and only used for planned trips to the grocery store, I decided to keep at least one bag in my truck for last minute errands.  After I empty the bag I immediately take it back out to my truck or lay it by my purse as a reminder. Keeping one in my truck for last minute errand shopping has been helpful and cuts back on the usage of plastic bags. 

For more green tips visit my website www.pestcontrolstuartfl.com or join me on Google Plus
Thank you for joining me on my journey to a greener way of life.
Cindy Reynolds
Bugs On The Run Pest Control


Monday, July 22, 2013

Rain and Pests

The has been a tough summer, Floridians have been not only fighting the humid weather but lot of rain.  The mix of humidity, rain & pests have made  outdoor summer fun, not so fun. 
If ants have made their way into your home take a look around the outside  Make sure shrubs & limbs DO NOT touch your home.  Taking time to  keep flowers, shrubs & palm branches from touching the structure of your home is time well spent. By doing this you decrease the chances of pest entry saving yourself the frustration of the ant invasion.  Also  make sure you do not have last winter wood pile close to your house it's a great place for ants to nest.
Hopefully we only have a few weeks of the rainy season left and we will be able to enjoy cookouts again without swallowing gnats with our burgers.
Have a great summer.
Cindy Reynolds
Bugs On The Run

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Different Shades of Green

When it comes to a green lifestyles  I have found my green lifestyle varies in shades. For some people especially if you are single it is a little easier to keep on track. One of my friends called me the other day frustrated about the lack of cooperation in regards to recycling and purchases her family makes
 When it comes to kids it makes it easier to start at a very young age.  If you are dealing with preteen and teenagers it can be a little more challenging.  Think about the things that get thrown away  old computers, video games, makeup, hair supplies, clothing and the toys that are left in the corner of the room and closets no longer to be used.  Your home can become a landfill before you know it.  Remind your children that when they throw something away that "away" is a place.  Being a role model and reflecting your shade of green to the family and having  household have to's (rules), will help you reach your personal green goal .  Even if the family stays a lighter green for a long time it's still a step in the right direction.
Lighter shades of green might only be recycling or stopping to think before you buy something. Growing into a medium shade of green might be noticing if the items you purchase including the food you eat and the packages that come in.  When you go into deeper shades of green you are thinking about energy, packaging, foods, purchases and the future of others. In the meantime my shades of green blend and overlap from time to time and so will yours but don't beat yourself up.  We're on the right path and taking steps towards a better future.
Cindy Reynolds
Bugs On The Run Pest Control