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Want a different look for your bedroom?

Love bed canopies but don't have a four-post bed?

Here's an economic and easy video tutorial for making your own canopy, by Miaira Jennings. We're sure this will work perfectly with our Artistic Mosquito Nets too.


Good night, sleep tight, don't let the bed bug bite!



You may wake up and find out bug bites all over you, but have no idea who to blame.

What exactly bit you? Was it a flea? A mosquito? A Chigger? A spider? We are going to identify them one by one so you can tackle them with specific pest control:


What Do Flea Bites Look Like?

Flea bites are typically round in shape and red in color. They’re bumpy and may be surrounded by a halo shape. These bites can be incredibly itchy, but the intensity of the itch depends on the person. Bites usually come in groups of three or four, or in a straight line, locating around the ankles or legs. Fleabites are also common around the waist, armpits, breasts, groin, or in the folds of the elbows and knees.


Chigger vs Flea Bites

Flea bites can also occur in clusters, but the biggest difference here is the color of the bites. Chigger bites tend to be very red in color, and may even have a ring of redness around the raised bite mark. While fleas can bite in clusters as well, you tend to get a lot more bites with chiggers in one area. Check the location and number of bites. If you have clusters on the waist or ankles, there’s a good chance you were bitten by chiggers. If you have just one or two bites, there’s a chance it could have been fleas. And if the bites occurred after hanging out in a sandy area, the chances of the bites being from fleas is even greater.



Spider vs Flea Bites

Most spider bites, though may be itchy and painful, are harmless and not poisonous. There are only two spider bites that you really need to be concerned about: the brown recluse and the black widow. Bites from black widow spiders can lead to severe cramping and pain in the abdominal area. Brown recluse spider bites can cause sharp pains or a stinging sensation, similar to bee stings. When bites are severe, it can lead to skin necrosis around the affected area.

Spider bites will be larger than flea bites, and they do not itch – they’re painful. Most people are well aware that they were bitten by a spider because these insects typically only bite out of self-defense.

Mosquito vs Flea Bites

Finally we got to talk about the most familiar pest - mosquitoes. It can be very difficult to tell the difference between flea bites and mosquito bites. Mosquito bites, like flea bites, are incredibly itchy and typically swell. Mosquito bites are usually bumpier, and for some individuals, not as red in color as flea bites.

Paying attention to the location of the bite and the time of day the bite occurred can help you determine which insect bit you. If the bites occurred outdoors in a humid environment around or after dusk, there’s a good chance it was a mosquito that bit you. If the bite was higher up on the body, it’s less likely to be from a flea. Fleas do not fly and cannot jump that high – unless you were laying on the ground or kneeling down.


See original article and learn more with PestWiki here.

While using your mosquito net, spraying insect repellents on your net and your clothing can further protect yourself from harmful mosquitoes. Now you can make your own all-natural mosquito spray out of citronella oil with simple ingredients at home. In addition to keeping away bugs, it also helps kill bacteria and nourish your skin. And unlike conventional brands, it smells amazing!



Total Time: 2 minutes Serves: 30 INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup witch hazel 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 40 drops mixed essential oils (citronella, eucalyptus, lemongrass, tea tree or rosemary) glass spray bottle

DIRECTIONS: Mix all ingredients in eight-ounce spray bottle. Spray over all portions of the body, but avoid repellent in eyes and mouth.


BENEFITS OF CITRONELLA OIL: Natural pest repellent Anti-inflammatory pain reliever Stress reducer Parasite destroyer Cleaning aid Natural deodorizer Pet training Skin and hair booster


POTENTIAL SIDE-EFFECTS:

Citronella oil is safe for adults and children over six months of age. Ask your pediatrician before using citronella on children under the age of six months. It’s a good idea to start out using citronella in small amounts and performing a skin patch test to make sure you don’t have any citronella oil side effects like allergies, redness, swelling or hives. Citronella oil is not recommended for use by pregnant women. Can citronella oil be applied to skin? Yes, but it should always be mixed with a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba oil for external use. However, citronella is typically not recommended for internal use.


Check out the original article by Dr. Josh Axe​ for other uses of citronella essential oil.

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