Common Sense Pest Control - August 2017

There are more than one million insect species on this planet but less than one percent of those are considered pests. The other 99 percent play a crucial role in our food chain and many are indispensable. Flying insects such as bees and butterflies pollinate fruits and vegetables. Burrowing insects aerate soil and assist in the decomposition of organic material by returning nutrients to the soil. Insects also serve an important role as a food source for birds, fish, other animals and some plants. These facts seem to be forgotten in our quest to attain a “perfect lawn” and a pest-free home. Many people seem to think it is an “us against them” world in battling insects. But remember, a perfect lawn and pest- free homes are not really important in the big picture. What is important is preserving our health and maintaining a balance with nature.

What is Common Sense Pest Control?

Common sense pest control is designed to help maintain a comfortable, healthy home, landscape, and garden while reducing reliance on pesticides. Common sense pest control is not a “no pesticides ever” idea. It utilizes integrated pest management techniques that emphasize physical, biological and cultural pest controls, s to pesticides and least toxic pesticides. The use of pesticides is suggested as a last resort and only when necessary. The point is to provide you the information necessary to implement Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a.k.a. Least Toxic Pest Management, in your home and yard. IPM utilizes regular monitoring to determine if and when treatments are needed. It employs physical, mechanical, cultural, biological and educational tactics to keep pest numbers low enough to prevent damage and annoyance through least toxic and economical methods of pest management. IPM utilizes information on the pest and environmental conditions as well as the best available pest management methods. Unlike most commercial pesticide applications, IPM treatments are not made on a schedule. Treatments are made only if monitoring indicates that pests will cause an unacceptable amount of economic, medical or aesthetic damage. Treatments are timed to be made when they will be most destructive to the pest and least disruptive to natural pest control methods.

Common Sense Pest Control Goals

Our goal is to educate people about using least-toxic and s to pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, and to help you recognize the need to protect and preserve the quality of our surface and groundwater resources in response to the pressures of a rapidly growing population. Pesticides are toxic to both humans and the environment. Reducing pesticide use to the greatest extent practicable will maximize the protection of both human and environmental health. Least toxic pest management prevents pollution and protects your health and the health of your family, friends and pets.

Why is this of value to you?

Pesticides are toxic chemicals. Many are known to cause cancer, chronic health problems and other adverse health effects in humans and other animals. The health effects of many of these substances are unknown. Using least toxic pest management in your home and yard, you will be protecting yourself, your family, and your pets from unnecessary exposures to toxic compounds.

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Stress Management
A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, how heavy is this glass of water? The lecturer replied, The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy. As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden. So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. Relax; pick them up later after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy it!


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Sweet Potato Colcannon with Kale
Category: Side Dishes
Description: An Irish slant on a Christmas or Thanksgiving side with a bit of a kick!
Traditionally in North America you might have sweet potatoes with marshmallows, roasted or in a casserole, so why not tip your hat to the Irish flag and create this Irish sweet potato colcannon. Traditionally colcannon is eaten at Halloween but it’s a wonderful dish to have at any time.

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). They are also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and phosphorus.

Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet-tasting but their natural sugars are slowly released into the bloodstream, helping to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy, without the blood sugar spikes linked to fatigue and weight gain.

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