2 Simple Traps To Get Rid Of Household Pests

cockroach brownRoaches, fleas, and ants. Maybe even termites if you’re really unlucky and someone has placed a voodoo curse on your house.  For every one of these pests you see out in the open, you just know there’s a dozen more just waiting in hiding. (P.S. if you spot a roach in your house during the daytime, that means you have a serious, and I do mean, serious infestation on your hands). So it’s quite pointless to take a rolled up newspaper and go searching under every rook and cranny to smite them like Zeus, although smashing a bug so hard with a rolled up newspaper that it turns from three dimensional to two dimensional is indeed one of the simple pleasures of life.

So what’s a man (or woman, we don’t discriminate) to do then? Contact a professional pest removal service? While that’s definitely a highly effective option, it does come with a cost, a high monetary cost that is. If you’re a baller and can afford it, more power to you! However, if you are more of an average Joe or Jane and don’t have hundreds of dollars to spare on a whim, then check out these two simple homemade pest traps that will barely make a dent in your bank account, but will make a large dent in the numbers of pests you have in your house!

Trap #1: Acidic Balls of Death

While acidic balls of death sounds like a great name for a band, it is also a highly effective way to lure your unwelcome house guests to their death. First, you need to get boric acid, which despite its name is actually a type of powder and is also easily found (cheaply too) in most hardware stores. While it is extremely toxic to insects (both when ingested and also upon contact), it is mostly harmless to humans (many eye drops use boric acid) unless in very large quantities. That’s the killer, now for the lure. You’ll need the following ingredients to make your deadly balls. Note: these are most effective for roaches but will kill any pests that eat them. If this still doesn’t work, try this effective cockroach bait which will definitely get rid of all roaches in your house in under a week!

Trap Ingredients

Boric acid (8 ounces)

Sugar (1/8 cup)

Flour (1/2 cup)

Onion (1/2 an onion)

Shortening (1/4 cup)


Preparation Steps

  1. First mix the shortening and the sugar.
  2. Add in the rest of the dry ingredients.
  3. Add water slowly until the consistency of the mixture is sufficiently dough-like.
  4. Separate the deadly dough into small balls, approximately an eighth of an inch in diameter and leave them in places where roaches would likely venture.


Trap #2: Acidic Paste

This version of the boric acid trap works better for ants, which are actually more attracted to sweet stuff compared to roaches. This trap is also a little cleaner, as you can place it conveniently in a jar. Note that depending on the species of ant, you may need to change the ingredients a bit. Some ants prefer the sweet stuff, some prefer fat or grease (if the ants in your home are these type, use bacon grease, as the lure; turns out everybody really does love bacon). Fortunately, most of the ants that live indoors do like sugar and this trap will be highly effective against them; it is only those large outdoor ants such as harvester or fire ants that are less affected by boric acid traps

Trap Ingredients

5% boric acid solution (1 cup)

Peanut butter (1 cup)

Honey (1 tablespoon)



Preparation Steps

  1. In order to create a 5% boric acid solution, you need to mix 2.5 teaspoons of the boric acid powder with one cup of water.
  2. Mix all the ingredients in the jar, except the water.
  3. Add in the water until the mixture reaches a paste-like consistency.
  4. Cover the jar and punch holes in the top. Leave in places where you know the ants travel.
  5. Note: you can replace the peanut butter and honey with any other sweetener, such as molasses or corn syrup; just make sure the amount of boric acid solution matches the amount of sweetener.


Before you break your bank by hiring a professional pest removal service, or tear your hair out and burn your house down in a fit of rage and frustration, try these homemade solutions out first! Plus you’ll get all the satisfaction of feeling like Kevin from Home Alone with all his traps, or maybe you’ll feel more like Jigsaw from Saw. Either way, thank you for reading and good luck!

Why Record Players Are Becoming Popular Again

record playersBelt drive record players are far less common today and almost all of the record firms have started mass producing direct drive turntables rather for this very reason. The tonearm would be an elongated component that protrudes from a single end of the turntable and extends itself above the platter. The design of the tonearm is extremely vital to the overall performance of the turntable. The contact between the stylus as well as the record must be delicate enough never to scrape the surface of the record. The tonearm operation of each system might be automated or manual depending on the build up itself. Automatic operation in the tonearm is made feasible with a cueing system and all you need to do to turn on the music will be to press a control button. For manual units, you’ll need to raise the tonearm and put it across the vinyl on your own. Audiophiles usually prefer manual procedure above automated ones considering that there’ll be a lot less disruption due to the inexistence of the additional automatic components needed.

Another huge element in any record players will be the cartridge being used. An alternative that you have will be to directly invest in a product that has a pre-installation of the cartridge in the event that you’re not familiar with how this will work. One fantastic example would be the Pyle Home PTCDS2UI, even though it is additionally far more high-priced than it ought to be as a result of the inherent cartridge inside it. As an example, the Audio-Technica AT-LP120 costs about $600-$700 whilst similar quality products would simply be priced at less than $500. For some reason, some manufacturers have decided to set up their devices with a cartridge that isn’t half as excellent in its level of quality and for that, they’ve included a huge amount on top of its price. Less costly units that do just as well from brands like Rega can be obtained and you could then go on to attach a cartridge of your choice. If you don’t know what a cartridge is however, it’s basically the unit that houses the needle (or stylus). As you may have imagined, the smallest adjustments in the type and quality of cartridge can bring about tremendous variations in the audio performance.

If you have a considerable spending budget, try to save up some part of it for a very good pair of speaker systems too. To make the most of your record player, you should make certain that each and every associated equipment is functioning equally well, if not far better, than the key device on its own.

Even though it isn’t necessary for a person to know every precise aspect regarding a record player’s models or specialized characteristics, it’ll aid substantially if he has a little knowledge pertaining to the key parts. Understanding how a turntable works would be the starting point right here. To put it simply, the stylus, the needle connected to the end of the tonearm, is positioned on the spinning record to produce sound. As simple as it might appear, the needle’s accuracy and reliability, the tonearm’s steadiness and the cartridge’s level of quality are generally vital elements that comprise the entire auditory experience.

There’s little doubt you could spend up to a couple thousand dollars for a fantastic turntable but when you’re not an audiophile, you can probably make do with a product that costs just $60. A huge improvement within the audio quality could be enjoyed. This is because higher-class elements will be utilized to build up such record players and having these, a better measure of stability as well as precision can be enjoyed as well. Take a look at these record player reviews to help you decide on the best record player to match your listening style. Another important feature you need to take a look at will be its foundation. The base (or plinth) is what your device rests on. For the purposes of vibrations dampening, you’ll need a plinth that’s made of solid wood or metal and after that coated with an outer rubber layering.

This way, none of the vibrations coming from the lower body aspect will resound to the top level and alter the audio getting transmitted. The platform where your vinyl rests on (the platter) ought to be of a respectable level of quality also. It is also an established reality that there are 2 principal sorts of drives within a turntable.

In the olden times, practically all the record players were equipped with the belt drive given that this means that the motor can be situated further away from the platter which rotates the vinyl record. In a direct drive setup, the platter is going to be spun via the motor directly below it. After a while, the disadvantages accorded by direct drive devices began to lessen as the creative designers started to implement increased performance of dampening of vibrations.

Why would anyone want to go to these kinds of problems to create a direct drive turntable if a belt driven device operates all right? Scratching or the reverse play function is only available in turntables which happen to have direct drives and this is the most vital feature of a turntable for DJs. In fact, the term “record players” are actually sometimes called “turntables” on account of how professional DJs would spin the vinyl by hand to create new tunes.

How To Clean Your Record Player

holding a record using the edgeSo you’ve gotten yourself a brand new record player? That’s great! You’ll most likely be listening to good quality music being played on your player for a few months. After awhile however, you will start to notice that your record player is not playing music that well anymore. Either your records stop spinning whilst in the middle of playing a song or the sound quality produced is just not as sharp anymore. What could be the problem?

Well, you simply need to clean it! Believe it or not, a dirty record player can affect the quality of music emanating from your unit. You will find that your player is dusty and this is caused by the static electricity produced when the vinyl spins. This is what you need to do to properly clean your record player.

First, get a brush to clean the stylus. If you do not have a special stylus cleaning brush, you can use a toothbrush as well. Brush the needle gently to get rid of dust stuck to the surface. Next, use an anti-static cloth to wipe down the entire surface of the record player. If it is more than just dust that you need to get rid of, you can use a damp cloth moistened with a little bit of alcohol.

Once done, remember to always cover your record player with a cloth whenever not in use. This will help keep your record player clean for much longer.