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Wasps are heavily debated upon when it comes to farming. They were once considered a menace in the garden but many farmers have come to terms with them for being predators that hunt harmful pests. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re completely harmless; going out into your yard will be troublesome if there are wasps around, you can’t take a few steps without posing as a threat and getting stung. That’s why I leave the pest control to organic methods and decided to make a DIY wasp trap that can help me get rid of them.

You can insert these traps into the ground or hang them from a tree, but it’s most effective if you use them both, especially if your area is prone to wasps.

A Ground Soda Bottle Trap

Take an empty soda bottle which has a two-liter capacity but makes sure that is evenly wide along its sides. Use a sharpened knife to remove the top part of the bottle. This should be where the top part and remaining bottle share the same width.

Fill the bottom part with fruity and sweet bait and adjust the top part into the bottom by placing it upside down. For bait, you can use jam, fruit juice, or even soda itself. Make sure that the top fits within the bottom snugly but if they’re moving, tape them together so you have a fixed trap.

Set up your trap where you’ve spotted the most wasps, near you flowers or fruit crops. By smelling the bait, wasps will just crawl in through the hole to reach it. Once they’re inside, they’ll have trouble getting out. Eventually, they’ll drown in the soda or juice bait.

A Soda Bottle Trap to Hang

If you can observe wasps around your trees, then it’s best to hang a trap near them to keep them from stinging you while you’re pruning trees. You’ll need the same kind of bottle as the ground trap, but you’ll need two of them this time. Take one bottle and repeat what you did for the first trap by cutting off the top at the part where it shares a similar width as the remaining bottle.

Tighten the top of the other bottle and just as you cut off the top in the first trap, you’ll have to cut off the bottom where it’s just as wide as the rest of the bottle. Then make two tiny holes along the top from where you’ll pass out the string to hang your trap. Add some tape where the string runs from so that wasps don’t crawl out through the holes.

Place the smaller top part of the bottle inside the bigger one so both the tops are parallel. Ensure that it’s nice and tight, otherwise, use some tape so it doesn’t fall. Fill your trap with a 2-inch deep layer of bait before hanging it up on a branch.

Remember to clean out your trap every night since wasps won’t really feel like climbing into them if the juice has spoiled or is filled with their drowned comrades. To make sure that no wasps fly out to bite you while you’re cleaning and refilling, place the trap in a bucket full of water for thirty minutes before cleaning it out. Happy Farming!

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Healthy Hair: 4 Haircare Ingredients You Should Avoid

Beautiful hair starts with healthy haircare, but many commercial haircare products contain harsh ingredients that can damage your hair. Knowing which elements you should avoid will help you to make better decisions when buying your hair products. Here are four haircare ingredients you should avoid.

SLS AND SLES

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are detergents and surfactants commonly used in industrial cleaners, engine degreasers and other powerful cleaning products. SLS and SLES are also used as the base for many commercial shampoos, as they are cheap to produce, effective in removing grease, and contain foaming agents that create a rich lather.

Both SLS and SLES can irritate the scalp and cause skin reactions, including itching, flaking skin, redness, and soreness. SLS and SLES can also cause dry hair, and frequent use can lead to hair loss. Some researchers even claim that regular use of products containing SLS and SLES can contribute to the development of cancer.

PEG

Polyethylene glycol (PEG) is another ingredient commonly used in industrial cleaning products. PEG is also used in many shampoos, as it dissolves grease, oil, and dirt on hair and the scalp. However, this harsh chemical can make hair more brittle and prone to breakage.

PEG can also irritate the skin and cause it to become more sensitive to other chemicals. Irritation is likely if you have damaged or broken skin. There are many different types of PEG, each with a separate number (e.g., PEG-2), some of which are more irritating to skin than others.

PG

Propylene glycol (PG) is an irritant found in many different haircare products, including hair dye, shampoo, conditioner, hair gel, and products designed to make hair look shiny and smooth.

Regular use of products containing PG can break down the proteins needed for healthy hair, damaging its structure. PG can also irritate the scalp and aggravate existing skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL

Isopropyl alcohol, also known as isopropanol or rubbing alcohol, is used in antifreeze as well as in a wide range of haircare products, including hairsprays, volumizers, hair gels, conditioners, and many other styling products. Isopropyl alcohol strips hair of moisture, leaving it more prone to breakage, and can even be toxic when inhaled. Inhalation of isopropyl alcohol can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and even depression in some people.

Sulfates, polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol, and isopropyl alcohol are common ingredients in haircare products, but they can dry out your hair, damage the hair follicle, and cause skin irritations. Look for alternatives to these harmful ingredients when buying haircare products, especially if you have sensitive skin, eczema, psoriasis or other skin problems.


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