Getting Rid of Bugs The Safe Way

You may think that the best way you can get rid of bugs is by getting your bug spray and spraying at the various pests that you will see around your home but is this really safe for you? It has been said that pesticides are known to be bad for humans. In fact, there are some bug sprays that can increase the possibility of acquiring cancer. The bad thing about this is that there is no specific amount stated if it would already affect people or not.

Of course if you have extra money, you can always check out this site so that you can get professional help with getting rid of the pests that you have at home. You can expect that they will only be using products that will not be bad for you and the rest of your household and this includes your pets.

Still, if you do not have the budget to hire a professional pest control company, your next option is to use some home remedies that can be as effective in getting rid of pests around your home. Are you already curious to know what these methods are? Here are some of the things that you can use to get rid of these pests.

Getting Rid of Bugs The Safe Way

Dish Soap

You have to remember that a lot of pests hate the smell of soap because as much as possible, they wallow in dirt and grime. If you would apply some dish soap in some portions of your house, you will be getting rid of a lot of bugs in the process.

Cleaning

You may not be cleaning your home as well as you should and this can have a bad effect on the number of pests around your home in general. Just imagine if you would not take time to actually clean up after eating. Cockroaches will surely try to enter your home. Ensure the cleanliness of all parts of your home and seal all the areas where pests may possibly enter. This will make a lot of difference in the long run.

Get Rid of Spoiled and Rotten Food

If you feel bad about throwing away certain food, you have to remember that there is no need for you to keep spoiled and rotten food. Not only will you attract more pests to enter your home, you will also attract pests that may spread diseases. You will not benefit from keeping food that you cannot eat anymore.

Peppermint

The fresh smell of peppermint is enough to make some pests go away. You may want to keep them away for good by having fresh peppermint plants placed all over your home. If not, you may use some fresh peppermint leaves and place them in areas where you know pests might linger. Don’t forget to take care of your plants so that they can be useful for a long period of time. You may get to know other natural methods of getting rid of pests here.

Based on the things that are mentioned above, you will have a better idea of the things that you can do and use to get rid of pests that may be causing trouble inside your own home.

Genital Herpes in America: What You Need to Know

The average genital herpes statistics can be somewhat of a surprise. About one out of six people in the United States aged 14-49 years have this virus, according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention. And what’s even more surprising is that majority of those who are infected don’t know they have it. In this post, we will talk about what genital herpes is, how it is transmitted, what its complications are, and how it can be managed.

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What is genital herpes?

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by two types of viruses: the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). HSV-2 is the main culprit of genital herpes, while the HSV-1 is the main cause of oral herpes. However, these days HSV-1 is being increasingly found to cause genital herpes as well, and vice versa.

How genital herpes is spread?

Herpes can be passed through direct skin-to-skin contact with someone who has the disease, such as kissing or having vaginal, oral, or anal sex. It is easily transmitted through contact with open sores. Herpes sores have fluid in them that is filled with virus, and contact with those fluids can cause infection. But you can also get the virus from an infected sex partner who doesn’t have a visible sore or who may not aware that he or she has it, as the virus can be released through the skin and spread the infection to others.

What are the symptoms of genital herpes?

Most people who are infected with genital herpes have no, or very mild symptoms. This is the very reason why most people who have herpes are not aware they are infected. But if symptoms do occur with the first outbreak, they can be painful and severe, particularly to people with weak immune systems.

The very first outbreak usually happens within 2 weeks of having sexual contact with an infected person, and the symptoms can include:

  • Fever and malaise symptoms
  • Itching or burning feeling in the genital area or anal region
  • Painful urination (dysuria)
  • Headaches and muscle aches
  • Enlarged, swollen lymph nodes in the groin area
  • Vaginal discharge in women

Within a few days or a couple of weeks, sores show up where the virus has entered, such as on the mouth or genital area. These sores are small red bumps that may turn into small blisters that eventually break open and produce painful sores. After a few days, the sores dry, form a scab, and heal over. Sometimes, after the first outbreak, second outbreak symptoms occur again, but usually they tend to be less severe and shorter in duration.

What are the potential complications of genital herpes?

The good news is that this virus, although quite annoying and depressing, will not kill you or cause any health problems later. Although the virus has a tendency to spread in other areas of the body, such as the brain, eyes, and lungs, and cause inflammation in some sensitive body parts, these cases are very rare and only happen without proper care. Most people with genital herpes still lead normal healthy lives without complications, other than of course, the annoyance of dealing with the symptoms that usually come and go.

However, it is very important to see your doctor regularly for testing and immediate treatment. Although there’s no cure for genital herpes, it is still important to get treatment from a qualified specialist. These medicines can be helpful to shorten or stop outbreaks from happening. Talking with your doctor will also help you deal with it effectively.

And for pregnant women with a history of genital herpes, it is really crucial to share this with your healthcare provider to reduce your risk of having the symptoms and avoid passing the disease to your baby.

The Bottom Line

While it’s true that genital herpes is an alarming and annoying disease, no one should allow it to control their lives. You may feel embarrassed and less attractive. You may even get so depressed and angry about life, especially with the person who infected you, but you need to learn to overcome them. Also, realize that herpes is a very common condition. Chances are one of your friends or one of the people you know has it, too. Yes, it’s really annoying, especially knowing that there’s no cure for it, but it’s certainly not the worst health condition to suffer from. Talk frankly with your doctor and your sex partner – they will be able to help.

If you’d like to know more information about herpes and how to deal with it, visit the Herpes Helper website.

The Bees Knees…

BEESknees_loBees are one insect that many of us don’t really like that much. Let’s be honest, they sting and can cause bad reactions in some people. But bees are often looked at in the wrong way. For one, they give us honey and no bees means no honey. They also play a massive part in keeping our planet working as it should and are in fact one of the world’s most important insect. Not just that, but bees are often used in horror films that doesn’t do a lot for their reputation. Below are a few films that have used bees to scare us all, but don’t worry…it’s not real!

Killer Bees (1974)

In this film there is basically a nutty woman that runs the family wine business and has psychic control over a swarm of bees that reside in her vineyard. As you can imagine, she uses this control to kill people who get in her way, and who gets the rough end of the stick? The bees, and it’s not their fault if they are forced to carry out these horrific attacks.

The Swarm (1978)

The swarm was a well-received horror film that starred Michael Caine and Richard Chamberlin. It was adapted from a novel of the same name. The plot is basically about a killer bee invasion that happens in Texas. Lots of people get stung/killed/mutilated and our heroes try all kinds of tactics to get rid of them including eco-friendly bombs and chemicals. Eventually they realise that the bees are attracted to the electric alarm system and they enlist the help of a nuclear plant expert to create a sonic alarm in a helicopter to lure the bees out to sea where they eventually burn them. Perhaps they should have used the commercial electrical services available instead? It sounds a lot safer than nuclear technology!

Black Swarm (2009)

This film stars one of the scariest actors in film history, Robert Englund, well known for his scary role as a child molester in the Nightmare on Elm street films. He plays a mysterious beekeeper who is keeping a secret. It seems that some scientist guy has developed genetically modified wasps for the army as they are vicious and kill anyone in their path. Yep, you guessed it, the beekeeper has some in his grasp and they get lose and attack everyone in the town.

Attack of the killer Bees (2013)

This is a short film that basically depicts a group of bees violently and needlessly attacking people in a big swarm. The special effects are quite good and it is scary. There is also a documentary of the same name made by the National Geographic and it describes how a swarm of bees can contain 80,000 stingers, chase predators for a quarter of a mile and together as a swarm they contain enough venom to bring down a large horse. Is it any wonder we are all scared of bees?