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Have a home free of flies

Have a home free of flies
What is the importance of crickets ecologically?
The field cricket (Gryllus pennsylvanicus) is found abundantly in a great variety of habitats (including fields and lawns, forest edges, mature forests, caves, damp basements, around plumbing, and even in outhouses) and occurs over a wide geographic range all over the world. In natural habitats,G. pennsylvanicusmay be found in shallow burrows and also in the matrix of dead or living vegetation above the level of the soil.

Field crickets are important agents in decomposition. They consume large quantities of often highly resistant, cellulose rich plant materials and produce fecal pellets that are easily decomposed by bacteria and fungi. Their activity, then, greatly accelerates the energy and nutrient flows in an ecosystem and provides plants with a much more abundant reservoir of highly available, essential growth factors.

Field crickets also consume the seeds of many significant "weed" species thus reducing the potential of these rapidly growing, invasive plants to dominate both natural and human generated (i.e. lawns and gardens) ecosystems.

Crabgrass in particular is a "weed" whose abundance can be reduced by the feeding activities of the field cricket.

Though, when populations of the field cricket become excessively large, they can cause damage to agricultural crops. They can also do significant damage to clothing, furniture, rugs, and even rubber materials when they invade a house in large numbers.

How do I get rid of flies from my house?
There are few home remedies that prevent flies from coming in your house:
a. Use Plastic Water Bags
Take a clear plastic bag filled with water and hang it at your entrances. Flies will not be able to enter your house. Due to their structure of eyes, clear water filled bags are seen as something resembling a spider's web or another illusion. You may see fruit stands with water bags hanging on their stalls. They do it to keep the flies off their fruits .

b. Use Cloves to Repel Flies
Flies cannot stand the scent of this spice.. Cloves can be used with lemon, yet another smell that flies are not fond of.
c. Use Camphor to Repel Flies
Camphor is somewhat like a dry waxy, white substance derived from the wood of the Camphor Laurel tree. It has a strong smell that deters flies and other insects. It has been traditionally used in India to purify the surrounding environment as it has strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral and insect repellent properties.

Ways to Use Camphor to Get Rid of Flies:
• Take 2 camphor tablets and place it on a warm surface. You may use your mosquito repellent device or use a heat diffuser or you may simply heat up a metal plate and place the camphor tablets on it.

• If you too don't like the strong odor of camphor, just place the camphor tablets close to places where flies frequently come.
• Take some water, preferably hot water in a bowl or a wide shallow plate. Place 2 tablets of camphor in this water . Keep near fly infested areas.
How do birds urinate ?

To make them more lightweight, most birds do not have bladders to store urine. Rather than producing liquid urine to get rid of wastes, they produce a white, pasty substance. However, while an ostrich does not have a bladder like a mammalian bladder, it is unique among birds because it does have a complete separation of feces and urine.

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