Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Summer Pest Tips

Hello California Baby Fans!
Since the summer season is almost upon us, we thought we would post some tips & prevention methods on how to avoid ticks and mosquitoes. These tips were taken (and edited!) from the EPA’s website; if you want to learn more (probably more than you’d ever want to know about pests), go to,

Checking for ticks and prompt removal of attached ticks is probably the most important and effective method of preventing infection.

Behavior & Risk of Exposure
  • Nymphal blacklegged ticks are very small (about the size of a pinhead), difficult to spot, and
  • Are active during the late spring and summer months
  • The majority (about 75%) of Lyme disease cases are associated with activities (play, yard or garden work) around the home.
  • Ticks do not jump or drop from trees, but grasp passing hosts from the leaf litter, tips of grass, etc.
  • Most ticks are probably picked up on the lower legs and then crawl up the body seeking a place to feed.
  • Pets can bring ticks into the home, resulting in a tick bite without the person being outdoors.
  • Remove mosquito habitats
  • Eliminate standing water in rain gutters, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys, or any other container where mosquitoes can breed.
  • Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels, and potted plant trays at least once a week to destroy potential mosquito habitats.
  • Drain or fill temporary pools of water with dirt.
  • Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating.
  • Keep mosquitoes away from exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks.
  • Tuck shirts into pants and pants into socks to cover gaps in your clothing where mosquitoes can get to your skin.
  • Stay indoors at sunrise, sunset, and early in the evening when mosquitoes are most active.


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Worms and their Indulgences!

Worm Casting (worm poop)
We call this fertilizer :)
Lifting off the lid of my very active worm bin... reveals a layer of finished worm compost.

Worm Tea (worm pee)

The base tray holds a swish-y mess of worm tea--use straight or dilute!
Don't worry, most composters have a spigot to dispense directly into a bottle or watering can.

Tune in next time for...
A Search For A Shady Spot: California Baby headquarters gets a new worm composter! We search for the best site, set up the worm bin/house, add the worms and contribute our first food layer from our lunch room.