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Wasp Traps

Wasps can be a pest, especially if you’re eating or drinking in the garden and the wasps get attracted to the different scents and aromas and want to join in. And if you keep bees as well, they are under risk of getting attacked by wasps, since wasps are omnivorous, they can kill and eat your bees.Trapsan image of WASP%20TRAP Wasp trap | Flickr - Photovary from the device manufactured to catch wasps, to the “Add-on’s” (Something you add on to another container to make the trap); and of course the home made traps with designs many and wondrous! (Usually involving sharp knives and sticky tape). All the traps have one important thing in common, the one thing that they will fail to work without, the “enticement” or “Wasp Bait”, else why would the wasp enter the trap? There are various recipes for wasp bait, and various chemical types; in practice some of them work and some don’t. You will have to find out what your local wasps prefer, and this will vary with the time of year, as when the colony starts to break up they will prefer sweet things like HONEY.

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Before they become a complete nuisance, here’s some help on how to kill wasps without having to run after them throughout your garden.

How to Kill Wasps – Help and Advice.

The key here, to ensure that the wasps die, is to make sure you choose a jug which has inwardly sloping sides (so thinner at the top than the bottom) – otherwise the wasps may be able to climb out before they drown. Also, use a glass jug, as once they get liquid on them they won’t be able to grip at all and will slide back down whenever progress to the top is achieved. Plastic will afford them some traction and they may escape before being killed. Another option to kill them as a group (but not a swarm of wasps really) rather than an individual wasp is to buy a wasp trap – jam will attract them as well – and you will need less of this in the trap. To be effective, our advice is to place the device of choice near to where the wasps are being pests or presenting you with a genuine infestation problem. If you know where their nest or hive is, then positioning the lure within around 10 feet will suffice to attract a good proportion of them. You can leave it in position for as long as you like, it generally takes days or even weeks – upto a whole summer season if need be – to kill hundreds of wasps, so the method is slow but very certain. The benefit of killing the wasps like this is that you do not need to use pesticides which are often harmful to the environment. Additionally, although not proven, this does not seem to attract any bees which as you know, are important for pollen collecting and honey production along with fertilizing our fruit trees. For individual wasps flying around your room, a spray is ideal. For dispatching one or two pests annoying you and your family during a picnic, swatting them is more appropriate – but for longer term and larger volume death counts, our juice is perfect and it will help prevent your from being stung – which for people who have allergic tendencies can be particularly painful as histamine can cause extensive swelling.

Sourced: http://www.nittypicky.com/how-to-kill-wasps-help-and-advice/

Rabbit Hutch

Rabbits can also live in rabbit hutches outside of your house and as long as they are kept warm and dry, and you give them lots of company every day, then that will not affect the quality of life. If they are lonely, cold or wet, they won’t be expected to live a long fulfilled life and general well being will be much reduced.

Accommodating Your Rabbit

If your rabbit is to live outside, you should keep it in a secure hutch. The rabbit hutch should be large enough for your rabbit to take several hops in any direction, and should have an outdoor run and a smaller enclosed sleeping area. The outdoor run should have a solid floor and wire mesh on at least one side to let plenty of light in. The enclosed sleeping area should have a small entrance from the run and should be enclosed by solid walls on all sides. The entire hutch should have a solid roof to keep the rain off, the roof can hinge upwards to give you easy access for cleaning. Cover the whole floor of the hutch with suitable bedding, such as wood shavings, hay or newspaper. Make the layer of bedding thicker in the sleeping area. Your rabbit will choose a section of the hutch to use as its toilet area; you should clean this area each day and clean the whole hutch around once a week. Use an animal safe disinfectant when cleaning. You should also provide a supply of hay and water, see our feeding section for more information about this.

Source: http://www.barneyandjemima.co.uk/care/outdoor.html

The pleasures of being outdoors include fresh air, sunshine, and freedom to run, chew and dig. For a prey animal such as a rabbit, your garden can also be a place of danger from predators, theft, poisoning plants so a suitable rabbit hutch would be a more secure means of keeping them safe.

Outdoor Rabbit Hutches

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The advantage of having an outdoor rabbit hutch is that they’re easier to clean, and generally the rabbit will have more space to run around. Outdoor rabbit houses should not be placed in direct sunlight or direct drafts. They should also be away from areas of dampness, humidity, and not subject to extreme temperature conditions or loud noises. Do make sure to put them in well ventilated areas. Ensure that the bunny house has a roof so that the bunny will be sufficiently protected should it start to rain. The cage should also be secure enough that predators such as cats and dogs are unable to attack the bunny.

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Constructing a rabbit hutch is not quite a straightforward task. So there are a few things to consider when thinking about constructing one.

5 Things You Should Remember for your Rabbit Hutch

Hutches, although not always the first choice for rabbit housing due to a higher amount of maintenance, are still effective at keeping your rabbits safe while also being easy to construct yourself. Other pets are not always friendly with rabbits and can become aggressive in their presence, and you also need to protect them from wild animals which may be predators. Any attack could result in injury so it is important for them to have a safe place to live in. Sometimes, even something as small as a mouse can stress your rabbits out.

Here are five things that you need to consider when you decide to build your own rabbit hutch:
Hutch legs – The legs of your hutch not only dictate how far down you have to bend to get at your rabbits (and the less you have to maneuver to access them the better), but also can provide protection for your rabbits from predators. Higher legs will keep many small predators from snooping in your hutches, which can frighten your rabbits. And it also makes the rabbits harder to access because they will have to climb up or onto the hutch instead of just getting through the wire. You can even wrap chicken wire around the legs just to make sure that nothing goes beneath to pick on them from below.

Design– The design of the rabbit hutch directly reflects the level of comfort and safety of your per rabbit. The main consideration in making the hutch is the rabbits because obviously they are the ones that are going to be living in it. If you want to keep them safe and secure, you have to have a plan and design that is more convenient for your rabbit. One big challenge with building hutches is cleaning them, so be sure to take that in consideration with the design you choose as well.

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Tray – Because we mentioned that clean up might be difficult with a hutch, a tray in the bottom to easy cleanup of wastes is a good idea. It should be removable by sliding it out to the front so it goes in and out quickly for cleaning.

Hutch Base – Your base needs to be solid, especially if you have large animals around the house. It is always better to reinforce the base just to be on the safe side of things. A reinforced base can provide strength to the hutch and safety for your rabbits. These additional precautions will prove to be at you and your rabbit’s advantage as it can give them safety from other dangerous animals. Finalize your design before you take the next step of buying the materials that you are going to need. Keep in mind that if you do multiple layers (say metal over wood) to increase longevity, you’re also going to increase the amount of cleaning necessary to get bacteria out from between the layers.

Indoor and Outdoor Hutches – There are a lot of available designs that you can choose from when building hutches and there are two types in particular, the indoor and the outdoor type hutches. Make sure that your hutches designed for outdoors are constructed of materials that will hold up for at least a year so that you don’t spend all of your time replacing and repairing things. Outdoor hutches should designed to withstand and sustain the outdoor environment and weather.

You have to know that rabbits are prey animals and the only thing that can protect them from other animals when you are not around would be their hutch so it has to be built to last. Click the following link for a list of free rabbit housing plans.

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Sourced: http://www.raisingrabbitsformeat.com/5-things-you-should-remember-for-your-rabbit-hutch/

Bug Hotel

Many bug hotels are nest sites by insects including solitary bees and solitary wasps or other parasitic insects at different times of the year when they are migrating. These are essential especially if you don’t want bugs residing in your home without warning creating a health hazard.

Building an Insect Hotel for Winter Hibernation

An insect hotel improves a garden’s biodiversity and provides refuge for pollinators and pest controllers. Insects might not look like particularly significant visitors to your garden, but they’re vital to keeping the ecosystem working. If you want to help them get through the hard times or give them somewhere to breed, provide them with their own place to stay. With the cooler weather fast approaching now is the time to consider providing suitable hibernation habitat for beneficial insects that pollinate trees and vegetable crops, and control pests. After all, you will need them when the frantic planting season begins next Spring and what better way to start the season than having your own little colony of insects to help you on the way.

Sourced: http://www.ecoevolution.ie/blog/building-insect-hotel-winter-hibernation/

For the gardens that have a vast number of insect species living in them, one should consider building an elaborate bug hotel that can accommodate different types of bugs so that they don’t wander everywhere and into the house as well.

5 Star Bug Hotels

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Most of us would agree that one thing that can spoil a beautiful summer day, are the bugs that go along with it. We as Canadians spend enormous amounts of money every year to keep those nasty insects away from us and our plants, but not all bugs are bad. Bugs play a monumental role in our gardens and perhaps we should be inviting them in instead of chasing them away. Insects serve many functions in the garden: They aerate the soil, pollinate blossoms, and control insect and plant pests; they also decompose dead materials, thereby reintroducing nutrients into the soil. Burrowing bugs such as ants and beetles dig tunnels that break up compacted soil and create channels for water, nutrients and air to travel to the roots of the plants. Bees and butterflies play a major role in pollinating fruit trees and flower blossoms. Gardeners love the lady bugs and spiders because they control the size of certain insect populations, such as aphids and caterpillars, which feed on new plant growth. Finally, all insects fertilize the soil with the nutrients from their droppings. So how do we encourage beneficial insects to come and stay in our garden. One recent trend is in the creation of bug hotels. Building structures out of different materials, such as wooden pallets, rocks, bricks, straw, tree branches etc. which gives the bugs a place to reside in or near your garden space. We will be building a bug hotel at the Champlain site this summer in order to encourage beneficial bugs to visit our garden and for educational purposes, so if you have any of the building materials listed above, that you would be willing to donate, please let us know and we will come and get it from you.

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Source: http://www.morinvillecommunitygardens.com/2012/04/5-star-bug-hotels/