3 Ways How To Get Rid of Cockroaches Naturally In Your Home

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Cockroaches in the home are never welcome gets and sadly are like those relatives that come to stay and linger for months afterwards. The problem with many store bought products that kill roaches is that they are filled with harmful chemicals that can linger in your home and pose a threat to yourself, your children and your pets. So how do you get rid of cockroaches in your home? We’ve put together 3 ways for you to get rid of roaches without spraying any harmful chemicals around your home.

The Baking Soda and Sugar Method

To get rid of cockroaches naturally mix equal parts sugar and baking soda (about ½ cup each) and sprinkle the mixture around the home, especially in areas where the cockroaches are found most often. The mixture works by attracting the cockroaches to the sugar which they are drawn to like flies to honey. The baking soda once ingested works to disrupt their digestive tracts which ultimately kills the roaches in a completely toxic/chemical free way.

The Diatomaceous Earth Method

Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is an odorless and non-toxic power which is made up of finely milled fossilized shells of minuscule organisms called diatoms. DE is one of the best natural pest killers that is completely harmless to humans and pets. The shells of the diatoms work by irreparably damaging the cockroaches’ exoskeletons that then dehydrate the roaches and kills them within just a few hours of coming into contact with the DE. DE can be found in a powdered form; oftentimes you can find several pounds of the powder for just a few dollars. Sprinkle the powder around the home in areas that attract roaches such as kitchens; the DE not only kills cockroaches, but acts as a repellant as well, keeping your home cockroach free.

The Herb Method

If you are a gardener you probably know that some herbs planted in your garden nearby fruits and vegetables can help to keep pests away from your prizing winning carrots and the same applies to cockroaches in the home. Certain herb such as bay leaves and rosemary repel cockroaches simply because they do not like the smell of the herbs. Fresh herbs work best as they have the most potent smell and should be placed around the home in strategic places to ward away any cockroaches from the home.

How To Teach Your Child To Read Without Losing Your Mind

Today, we are going to help you figure out the best ways to teach your child to read while retaining your sanity as well!

Encourage Reading In Children

Tip #1: Start Early

Not necessarily teaching your child to read early, but have books around your house from the time your child is born. Let your child see you reading, and read to your child as much as possible. If books are not a foreign concept, your child will be more interested in learning to read. Make sure your child has books to read and hold and look at, even when they are just a baby. Looking at books and becoming familiar with books is the first step to learning to read. Once your child is old enough to show an interest in reading, you can start beginning to teach them the basics of learning to read. Don’t force them however, and let them take the lead.

Tip #2: Engage Your Child

When reading to your child, ask a lot of questions. Even if it is only “where is the silly dog?”, or “do you see the snowman’s eyes?”, try to engage your children. This is teaching the fundamental basics of reading comprehension that help them when they do learn to read. Try your best to make reading fun and instill a love of books and reading in your child from a very early age. If your child has a particular subject that they like, such as dinosaurs or princesses, or space, get lots of books on those topics and read! Make sure your home has plenty of books for your kids to read whenever they have the urge. When you read, point to the words as you read them so your child will start to make those connections. If your child wants to read the same book a hundred times, just do it. It’s only helping them to learn.

Tip #3:  Name Everything

Start by putting labels on everything in your home, or your child’s room. This can be a great way to develop early reading skills, name association and sight words. If your child sees the word “train” on the train box, he will develop that association. Label anything and everything to help your child develop sight words and help him or her to memorize common words. Oh, and ask a lot of questions. Do you see the fish? Where is the cat? This was always a big one in our house! If your child asks what a word is, repeat it. If they ask a hundred times, tell them a hundred times. Eventually, they will get it on their own!

Tip #4: Don’t Rush It

Your child will learn to read when he or she is ready, and you can’t push it on them before they are ready. Don’t try, you will just both end up discouraged. Engage your child in reading related activities and help them learn words, letters, and numbers. Eventually they will start to put it all together, and then that is when you can help them. By pushing reading onto them when they are not developmentally ready for it, both of you will suffer. Remember, learning to read is supposed to be fun! If you force it on your child, they might develop an aversion to reading, and you don’t want that! By helping your child develop their love of reading at their own pace, you are getting them ready for a lifetime of loving to read!

When Your Dog Is In Pain

I have a twelve year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and as she’s gotten older, she’s started to display some of the problems typical of an old dog. She barks at shadows. She snores. She doesn’t always make it outside to go to the bathroom. But worst of all, she’s slowed down because her joints sometimes cause her pain.

Looking to alleviate her distress one day before a walk, I decided to give her a little aspirin. My vet had told me that 5-10 mg of unbuffered aspirin per pound of dog would be safe and help make her more comfortable. So for my eighteen pound Cavalier, that basically means one baby aspirin. But I was out of aspirin and didn’t feel like driving to the grocery store. I had some ibuprofen on hand and figured that would be just as good. After all, over the counter pain relievers are all pretty much the same, right? WRONG!

I almost killed my poor friend by giving her a toxic dose of ibuprofen. Within minutes, she was panting, then vomiting and shaking. What should have started as a quick and inexpensive trip to the grocery store, turned into a terrifying and costly trip to the vet.

I never imagined that a little Advil could be so dangerous! After all, in the twelve years we’ve had her, my Cavalier has gotten into bags of Halloween candy and Christmas chocolate more times than I can count. If chocolate, which is supposed to be poisonous to dogs, didn’t bother her, how could a little ibuprofen?

Turns out that even though she has a freakishly high tolerance for chocolate, her system just could not handle the ibuprofen. Luckily, even though it was a scary forty-eight hours, we got off fairly easily. She didn’t develop bleeding ulcers or liver damage as she could have.

And now I know. Never give your dog over the counter pain medication unless it has been prescribed by your vet, and then only in the correct dosages. Even a tough dog, like my little Cavalier, might go down. And that’s not something you want to experience. Trust me.

Is your dog experiencing canine arthritis symptoms? Then get the correct treatments for your pet to help them relieve the pain.