Posted By Uncle Albert
Posted By jmann
Nobody wants insects eating their prized flower gardens. Nobody wants ants eating their way through the garden mulch into their home. This is especially true if you live in an area with dangerous varieties of ants to contend with, like fire ants. If you’re using healthy amounts of chemical insecticides to keep pests at bay have you ever stopped to consider how your neighbors might feel about it?
There are many ways toxic chemicals can have a negative effect on people who live around you. If your neighbors have pets, it’s true they shouldn’t be in your yard anyway, but surely you wouldn’t want to be responsible for a pet becoming ill because of the chemicals you use to keep bugs under control.
If those neighbors have kids, the pet could be tracking chemicals back into the home and contaminating the environment the child lives in.
What if your neighbor is a pregnant woman and the air she’s sharing with you is thick with chemical pesticides? Nobody would want to be held responsible for causing undue harm to an unborn baby to get rid of a few bugs.
Spring is coming and if ants are a problem where you live, there are ways to get rid of them without resorting to toxic chemicals.
Natural ant bait using boron compounds as its active ingredient are extremely effective for eliminating ants. Boron is a naturally occurring element of the Earth so it is safe to use around people and pets. However, it is deadly to ants as when it’s ingested, it disrupts an ant’s ability to digest food.
Be good to your neighbors and switch to natural ant bait this spring.
Posted By jmann
Date: March 11th, 2011
Walking down the cleaning aisle of your average grocery store is a completely overwhelming experience. There are so many bottles, cans and jugs of cleaning products – each one making its own big promises – most of us just grab the brand we’re most familiar with and high tail it out of there.
But the goal really should be to start getting rid of the poisons in your home.
One has to wonder. What’s healthier: A baby crawling and playing on a dirty floor? Or a baby playing and crawling on a floor laden with harsh chemicals?
It’s time to start getting rid of the poisons in your home. How many containers in your house have that scary looking skull and cross bones on the side?
It’s possible to get your house clean without chemicals and the best way to start is to replace one product at a time – as things run out – until you have a totally green cupboard full of biodegradable environmentally-friendly stuff.
Or why not make your own cleaning products? It takes a bit of time to learn how and to put everything together but homemade cleaners are just as effective – and more importantly, safer – to use in your house around your children and pets. Of course, you still want label these products and keep them out of harm’s way (ie: locked high up in a cupboard the kids can’t reach).
Here are some green cleaning recipes to try!
On one final note, what are you currently using to apply cleansers to the surfaces you’re cleaning? Hopefully it’s reusable rags and not paper towels, right?
Photo credit: *L*u*z*A*
Posted By jmann
Date: February 8th, 2011
For most people, a sting from a fire ant is merely a nuisance. But when these tiny insects invade a nursing home, they pose a huge threat to patients. Frail elderly persons confined to their beds, especially those who are catheterized, unable to move, communicate, respond, or feel parts of their body are considered to be at high risk for fire ant attacks.
A wasp or bee sting is more painful than a single fire ant sting but the ability of an individual fire ant to sting multiple times can have an alarming effect on anyone, but especially an elderly person with pre-existing medical conditions.
In nursing homes, when fire ants enter a resident’s bed, hundreds of them may attack at one time and because each fire ant can administer several stings, a patient might suffer hundreds of stings before staff is even aware there’s a problem. This is especially serious when a patient is non-cognitive and unable to communicate what is happening.
A fire ant infestation in a nursing home is a serious problem; there have been many reports of nursing home patients in the United States succumbing to stings within days or weeks of a massive fire ant attack. Fire ant sting attacks on nursing home patients can cause respiratory tract obstruction, a worsening of existing medical conditions, or anaphylaxis. Sadly, in many reported cases of sting attacks, fire ants have been noted in the offending facilities days before the attacks took place which suggests attacks could have been prevented.
Failure to provide a pest-free, clean environment can be fatal to patients in long term care facilities and when a pest control issue in a nursing home is unaddressed, it is considered a form of neglect and abuse.
When fire ants are found in a nursing home, at risk patients must be relocated until ants are eradicated. The use of chemical pesticides however, while often the first choice to eliminate an ant problem, is not the answer. A survey conducted in 2003 by Beyond Pesticides revealed that 25 of the most commonly used pesticides have been linked to cancer, birth defects and other neurological problems. Harsh insecticides used in nursing homes can be as dangerous to patients as stings and bites from the insects being eradicated.
To eliminate an indoor fire ant infestation, natural ant bait can be just as effective at eradicating the problem as a chemical pesticide but without the dangerous side-effects. An ant bait containing boron compounds can destroy entire colonies of ants while posing no threat to humans. Borate is naturally derived from common salts in the Earth’s surface and when ingested by ants, disrupts their ability to digest food.
Posted By jmann
Collectively, Americans are more aware now than ever before about the impact we have on the earth’s environment.
For the most part, people are choosing more earth-friendly products where available and many of us are recycling and composting what we can to divert as much waste as possible from entering landfills.
We know that the production of natural products is less harsh and taxing on our environment than production of their chemical-laden counterparts and many of us try to use products that were produced close to home to cut down on carbon emissions caused by transportation of goods.
Another big reason why we should be attempting to use more natural products (besides caring for the environment) is because of the dangerous toll chemicals are taking on our bodies. The toxic chemicals in ant bait, for example, are known to trigger asthma attacks and even to cause cancer.
If you’ve taken steps to use more environmentally friendly insect killers and household products because of their potential harm on family members, then it’s time to take a look at what you’re putting in and on your own body.
Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives in many common health and beauty products from shaving gels and tooth paste to shampoo and moisturizers. Though there are studies claiming that parabens are safe, there are many claiming that they are dangerous and can even cause cancer. That’s a scary thought when you’re talking about products you put on your skin.
Because there are debates around parabens with many deeming them dangerous, a lot of people are choosing to err on the side of caution and start replacing products in their home with paraben-free options which are readily available these days….just in case.
It can be an expensive undertaking to eliminate all products you currently own that contain parabens so we would suggest starting with products you use for your children and from there, replace items as they run out rather than all at once.
Have you been taking steps to get rid of products in your home containing parabens? Do you have a favorite line of natural products to share with our readers?
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Posted By jmann
Date: January 27th, 2011
Restaurateurs have a lot of pressures to deal that most of us will never even know about. There’s a lot happening behind the scenes that patrons aren’t even aware of and one of those things on the minds of most restaurant owners is pest control.
Everyone’s heard the old joke, “Waiter, what’s this fly doing in my soup? (Looks like the backstroke)” but to anyone operating a restaurant, an insect problem is no joke.
Little can turn someone off faster than noticing a pest infestation as they wait to be served their meal at a restaurant. If you were to see a cockroach or a trail of ants scurrying across the dining room floor, would you feel like eating there?
You can’t blame an ant colony to want to take up residence in a commercial restaurant though. Dumpsters outside of a restaurant often attract many pests such as ants, flies and cockroaches which often find their way into the kitchen. This can cause many costly problems for a restaurant owner:
- If ants make their way into dry food storage, contaminated product must be thrown away
- If a restaurant inspector sees evidence of an insect infestation, the restaurant in question is generally held in violation of health codes
- If ants are detected by customers the restaurateur can lose future business
When an ant infestation is noticed in a restaurant, it must be dealt with immediately, but in many jurisdictions, an eating establishment is not permitted to use chemical pesticides. In cities where chemical pesticides are permitted, restaurant owners are sometimes required by law to post a sign stating that chemical pesticides are being used. Needless to say, this is akin to advertising to your customers that you have a pest problem which could devastate a business.
In areas where it is permitted to use chemicals without alerting customers, other serious problems could arise:
- It’s highly possible for chemical pesticides to trigger asthma attacks in asthmatic diners.
- Some patrons may be allergic to pesticides.
- Residue from chemical pesticides may end up on food being served to the public.
To rid a restaurant of an ant problem without having to tell the world you’re doing so or harming your customers, choose natural ant bait stations. Ant bait stations work quickly and effectively, eliminating an ant problem without disrupting business or harming customers. Ant bait containing boron compounds as the active ingredient is extremely effective for eliminating ants.
Posted By jmann
Date: January 7th, 2011
Green Star Group is committed to creating eco-conscious alternatives to regular household products. We’re super committed and strive every day to lessen the impact our company has on the environment. Even our virtual staff – each member working from their own homes – reduces our carbon footprint.
Now that the holidays are over, we can’t help but think about how much harm was done to our beloved planet in the past few weeks. Just think about it. All the baking, the lights, the driving around shopping and visiting, the transportation of gifts, the wrapping paper, the Christmas cards, 20 billion of 50 billion Christmas trees heading to landfill and so on and so forth. We’ve got to step up and make some changes or the planet’s gonna be in a big heap of trouble.
Let’s make a resolution now to make Christmas 2011 a more environmentally friendly one. Here are some of our favorite tips to make next Christmas more green:
Change the way you use lights for the holidays.
- We suggest you switch to all LED lights. Stock up now while they’re still on sale in some places as they’re cleared out for the new year. They’re easier on electricity and will save you money on your power bill while being better for the environment.
- Turn on the outdoor lights only for a few hours a day. Between 6 and 10pm should be plenty of time to have them on.
- Get an automatic timer now and next year set your lights so it won’t matter if you fall asleep and forget they were left on.
Spend less time in the car driving from store to store.
- How many trips back and forth to the mall did you make for Christmas last year? Next year try to schedule your shopping very carefully. Shopping locally is great for the environment but try to make it so you only have to be out once to do all of your shopping. There’s no point in going back and forth to the same store a dozen times over the month of December. Fill up your car once and you’re done. (You’ll probably spend less money on gifts that way too!)
- Buy gifts online or better yet, donate to charities in your loved ones’ names instead of buying so many presents (saves on wrapping paper too!)
Make more eco-friendly purchases.
- Choose energy-efficient, non-toxic and non-polluting gifts wherever you can.
- Check to see that your purchases were made by a socially responsible company.
- Buy gifts that don’t require batteries so less dangerous materials end up in landfill.
- Get your loved ones carbon emission offset gifts! We love this idea.
- When you’re out shopping, bring your own reusable bags.
- Instead of wrapping gifts in paper, use reusable bags or wrap gifts in other gifts like hats, towels or scarves.
- If you must use wrapping paper, try using comic strips, fabric scraps, old calendars, posters or maps instead. And try not to use tape so the recipient can reuse it in the future.
- Buy a potted Christmas tree that you can replant after the holidays!
- Don’t feel guilty about re-gifting. Keeping something you don’t need or want is wasteful. Take the gifts you were given last year and save them to give next Christmas.
It’s estimated that the yearly pollution generated just from the manufacturing, transportation and disposal of Christmas gifts is more than pollution caused by automobiles.
Change can only happen if we each take it upon ourselves to change the way we operate over the holiday season. Will you help us make next Christmas more green?
Did you make any environmentally friendly resolutions for 2011?
Posted By jmann
Date: December 9th, 2010
Category: Ant Bait
Depending on where you live, you could very well still be battling ant infestations in December while people in other parts of the country are anticipating a white Christmas.
The last thing you want at your holiday get-togethers is a trail of unwelcome ants on the counter around the cookies, mingling among the invited guests.
If you’ve been battling an ant infestation, this time of year is a great time for them to make an appearance. Foraging is much easier for ants after a baking session or a gathering where crumbs land on the floor – you’re basically making Christmas dinner for the ants!
And it’s ever there’s a time of year when it’s not a good idea to use chemical pesticides to control ants, it’s the holidays. You don’t want to be responsible for triggering an asthma attack in one of your guests. Many people have sensitivities to chemicals and if you go to the trouble of burning unscented candles and putting up an artificial tree it doesn’t make much sense to spray cans of toxic chemicals all around the house.
Natural ant bait using boron compounds is an effective and safe way to eliminate an ant infestation. Boron compounds are natural elements of the earth which, when used in organic ant bait, are not harmful to people or pets, yet they interrupt ants’ ability to digest food making it an effective weapon against the tiny insects.
During the holidays use gel bait stations to control an ant infestation. Ants will carry the bait back to their queen, effectively destroying the entire colony.
Posted By jmann
Date: November 29th, 2010
Category: Ant Identification
There’s nothing on the planet more curious than a little pre-schooler. A young child’s world is one of constant
exploration and exciting discoveries and there are few things more interesting to a child than insects. But unlike adults, most children have no fear of them. As a result of this dangerous combination of fascination and fearlessness, there are more children stung by fire ants each year than all other insects combined.
Children can easily be stung by getting a bit too close in their inspection of the trails and mounds made by fire ants, or simply by playing or standing near one of these areas without knowing there are bad ants around. Sandboxes can also be a favorite haunt for creepy crawlers and we all know children love sandboxes.
Unfortunately, the outdoor playground area of the daycare isn’t the only place to be concerned with pest control. Inside the daycare is utopia if you’re an ant. Crumbs from snack time, juice box spills, sticky hand prints and even certain art projects can all attract pests.
Most children recover from stings on their own, but fire ant control in and around a daycare is so very important. Pest control is often difficult and expensive for daycare operators to manage but to ensure the safety of the children in their care, such issues must be dealt with quickly and efficiently.
In an environment like a daycare, chemical pesticides should never be considered as a solution to an ant infestation. Young children take in more air per pound of body weight than adults do so their still-developing respiratory systems and organs are more vulnerable to effects of toxic chemicals than adults. Chemical pesticides are known to cause asthma in children and they can also aggravate a pre-existing asthma condition and trigger asthma attacks in a child already suffering from the disease.
Any surface which has been treated with a chemical pesticide is a danger zone for a child because of their tendency to be such avid little explorers. In an enlightening investigative experiment conducted by ABC’s morning show, Good Morning America in 2005, a classroom in New York underwent an application of Glo-Germ, a non-toxic powder only visible under UV light.
The powder was applied to areas where pesticides would be most likely applied; baseboards, desktops and windowsills. After the substance was applied the children were invited to come in and play as they normally would. After twenty minutes, the children were examined under UV light and Glo-Germ was found “all over their clothes, hands and faces.”
To keep children safe from fire ant bites and the dangerous effects of chemical pesticides, daycare operators should use natural ant bait to control an ant infestation.
Natural ant bait stations, especially those using boron compounds as the active ingredient, will eliminate an ant problem safely, without exposing children to harsh chemicals. Boron is a natural element of the earth and is less toxic than regular table salt – it poses virtually no threat to humans or pets – but kills ants by disrupting their ability to digest food.
Posted By jmann
Date: November 19th, 2010
Category: Commercial Applications
You’re in your plush, comfy seat in the movie theater. You get yourself all settled in and start to dig into the ridiculously expensive popcorn you debated over purchasing (and are glad you did), and you’re anxiously waiting for the film to start. You don’t get out a whole lot so you’re really enjoying the experience. When the movie starts your eyes begin to water and it isn’t a sad film.
You can’t breathe. Your head is throbbing. You feel like you’re going to be physically ill and you end up rushing out of the theatre because you feel so horrible.
Looks like you’ve had a reaction to the chemical pesticides that were used in the theater, probably in between the movie you’re seeing and one shown earlier that day.
Movie theaters are commonly fogged or treated with other chemical pesticides to keep insects down, but doing this can harm someone with sensitivity to pesticides. And really, exposure to those types of chemicals is not good for anyone’s health.
Children go to the movies as do elderly persons, asthmatics and those recovering from cancer treatments. Then there are other people who have severe reactions when they’re exposed to chemical pesticides.
Nobody thinks about what goes into keeping a movie theater pest-free when sitting down to watch a movie. But just think…all the soda spills, popcorn and milk duds that end up on the floor make a movie theater a five star restaurant for ants and other pests. But that doesn’t mean chemicals should be used to treat insect problems in a place like a theater where visitors will sit for hours without a drop of fresh air circulating to clear out those dangerous pesticide fumes.
Movie theater operators must keep their pest problems at bay, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of the health of patrons.
You can effectively eliminate an ant infestation, naturally, by using a product containing boron compounds like Uncle Albert’s Super Smart Ant Bait which can effectively eliminate an ant infestation while posing no threat to the health of movie goers.