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Please help me to identify this creature, is it harmful and possible solution of how to get rid of these in my house.
Please forgive me for bad image quality, some of these have white dot at the back(I guess male/female identification mark). I am from north India, Punjab region Please help me to get rid of these.
min size found: 3mm
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Here are tips on how to identify and get rid of moles in the garden or yard.
What Are Moles?
Moles are ground–dwelling carnivores that prefer to eat insects instead of your garden plants. However, their underground tunnels can ruin your garden and lawn and make an easy access to your plants for other rodents.
If you have a significant invasion of moles or similar pests, it may be a sign of trouble. Moles are usually found where soil is rich in organic matter. Their presence in unusually large numbers might be due to a high population of soil pests. It therefore serves as a warning that all is not well with the soil life.
What are planaria and how do you identify them?
Planaria are a variety of flatworm that are considered a pest by the majority of aquarists.
These flatworms can quickly multiply in number and, as you will soon learn, can be dangerous to other members of your aquarium.
But before I continue, I just want to quickly comment on how to correctly refer to planaria:
Trust me, it’s important to know this, otherwise the rest of this guide is going to get confusing quickly.
Planaria are possibly the weirdest worm that will ever visit your aquarium. Their unusual traits make them widely studied in the scientific community…
Perhaps the weirdest thing is when you cut one. Let’s say you cut a planarian into 5 pieces. It will regrow into 5 different planaria – this is why it’s a bad idea to crush any planaria you find in your aquarium.
As you might have guessed, removing planaria from your aquarium can be a difficult task. But don’t worry, I’m gonna share a secret weapon to eradicating this troublesome flatworm later in the guide.
First, you want to make sure that it is actually planaria that you are dealing with.
Planaria are small. Very small. Measuring around 0.1 to 0.6 inches, so they are easy to miss.
In fact, you likely won’t notice them at all unless they grow in number or bravely slide their way over your aquarium glass.
And, if the name flatworm didn’t give it away, they are flat. Like someone had a small earthworm and went at it with a rolling pin.
There are actually two types of planaria flatworm commonly found in aquariums:
To make things more confusing, some types of planaria can change color according to what they eat. Colored flakes, for instance, can turn a planarian a lovely shade of pink.
Besides the color, they are nearly identical in appearance.
Once you know what to look for, the unique features of planaria make them difficult to confuse with any other flatworm.
Unlike other flat worms, planaria have a distinct triangular-shaped head.
You can see it clearly in this close-up of a planarian…
This is the best way to identify planaria without using a magnifying glass – the arrow like head is visible to the naked eye.
Unfortunately, when planaria squish up, it can be difficult to see this shape.
But don’t worry, there is another way you can identify planaria…
However, you’ll likely need a magnifying glass to see these. Don’t have a magnifying glass on hand? If your phone has a decent camera, use the macro-mode to take a picture and zoom in.
What you want to look for is the cross-eyes. Yep, this shovel-faced pest is also cross-eyed. Well, at least it looks that way. At the tip of the head are what look like two eye balls with pupils facing each other – you can see it in the above picture!
The pesky planarian is often confused with another flatworm, rhabdocoela. Rhabdocoela is similar in size and color to white planaria. However, when compared side by side, the differences become clear.
It’s all in the shape of the head…
On the left, you have a planarian – its tell-tale trianglular head makes it easy to spot. On the right, you have a rhabdocoela which has a rounded head.
It’s important to know which is which because rhabdocoela do not respond to many treatments that will kill planaria outright.
How to Get Rid of Pantry Bugs
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There are several varieties of pantry bugs, or pantry pests as they are commonly known, that like to infest foods normally stored in pantries and kitchen cupboards such as flour, grains, spices, and sugar or candy. Typical pantry pests include several varieties of grain beetles, flour weevils, and Indian meal moths. If you discover an infestation of pantry bugs, it’s important to fully clear the infestation, and take preventative measures to keep it from happening again.
The key to controlling aphids is to keep them from ever becoming a problem. As soon as you notice the little buggers, squash them by hand. They usually appear on new growth or older yellowing leaves and may start reproducing in terrestrial plants near the ponds. Although many books recommend washing aphids off leaves so the fish can eat them, this only works for light infestations. You can overflow the pond, spraying hard to flood them out. Repeat every day or two until aphids are under control.
Light oil sprays will suffocate the aphids and are not harmful to fish or plants. Sprays should be repeated every 10 days to be most effective. Mix two parts vegetable oil to eight parts water and a dash of dishwashing detergent. Treat in the evening and rinse off the oil the next morning. A Volck oil spray (5 Tbsp to 1 gal water) also works. Spraying trees and vegetation around the pond as soon as any aphids are detected is the quickest way to prevent an infestation in the pond.
Other environmentally safe controls are available. Diatomaceous earth is a microscopic abrasive that kills the aphids. It can be dusted on the leaves or mixed with water and sprayed. Again, flush the pond of extra residue so it doesn’t harm other pond inhabitants. Blade Runner, Aphid-X, and Herbal Aphid Spray are all made from natural ingredients. A weak solution (1.5%) of insecticidal soap left on for less than an hour also works well.
A very low-tech aphid control strategy is to drown the aphids. This can be done by submerging the plants overnight or by putting some newspaper on top of the leaves and leaving it there for several hours.
Leaf mining midges chew wavy lines in the lily pads. These very small larvae can be handpicked, the leaves can be removed, or the water can be treated with Mosquito Dunks (which contain Bt).
This small nondescript brown moth is the water lily’s major pest and is also called the Sandwich Man. It is nocturnal and lays eggs on the underside of floating leaves. After hatching, the larva cuts leaf pieces to make protective sandwiches. They affect water lilies, although the larva also burrows into any floating leaves or debris. They have a two week cycle, so keep a close check for them throughout the growing season.
The mechanical control method, better known as squishing, works well to control an initial outbreak – fish just love the worms. Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), a natural bacteria, can be used as a spray. Once ingested, it kills the larva but won’t hurt people, pets, or fish. It is the active ingredient in Dipel, Insecticidal Soaps, and Thuricide. As with many sprays, it is best applied at the end of the day (see sidebar). If there is a severe infestation, the best remedy is to remove all affected foliage close to the crown of the plant and destroy it.
Many garden, greenhouse, and house plant pests may simply appear to be little white bugs on the leaves. While their small stature may make them difficult to tell apart, their potential to cause damage is not to be underestimated!
If left unchecked, pests such as whiteflies, spider mites, and mealybugs can devastate plants. They can form large infestations in vegetables, fruit trees, and ornamental plants that are almost impossible to get rid of. Learning to correctly identify these insects and the first signs of the damage they cause is vital to protect your plants from these pests.
Spotted knapweed is an invasive plant that forms dense stands, decreasing native vegetation and degrading forage quality for wildlife. Efforts are underway to limit impacts and prevent the spread of knapweed and other invasive plants. Photo by Bureau of Land Management.
Today, noxious weeds and other invasive plant species infest more than 79 million acres of public lands, an increase of 44 percent since 2000. This presents multiple impacts to threatened ecosystems. For example, downy brome (cheatgrass), infests 50 million acres and provides fuel to wildfires that burn across increasingly larger areas. And in a devastating one-two punch, cheatgrass can quickly re-establish itself on burned lands, outcompeting native grasses and increasing the extent of infestation.
What are we doing to address invasive weeds in the West?
Interior is responsible for preventing and controlling invasive weeds on the lands that we manage. We prioritize invasive species projects -- protecting the most critical resources -- such as protecting stream corridors or greater sage-grouse critical habitat. We partner with numerous partners, such as through Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMA’s), that assist with inventory, treatments, monitoring and other project work.
Prevention is key, so identifying invasive plant species is crucial. Helping with early detection, rapid response and public awareness is also important. Report weed infestations to your local Interior bureau field offices and be involved in a local CWMA.
Home Remedies to Get Rid of Roaches
Remedies to get rid of roaches include a variety of ways. There are some natural ingredients that act as repellents and keep these roaches away from your house. Then there are some other natural ingredients that kill them and give you relief from these creatures permanently, well, till others of their species don’t find you home too attractive to avoid! Then there are some tricks to trap roaches in case you don’t want to kill them. We try to cover all these remedies so that you get rid of roaches completely.
Coffee Grinds to Get Rid of Roaches
Whether the caffeine in coffee kills these roaches or the aromatic coffee acts as a bait is a debatable point. The core of the theory is that coffee grind is one of the most effective remedies to get rid of roaches. They will feed on anything organic and if you have ever noticed, they are especially attracted to coffee grounds left over the counter among many other foods. So, lure them and eliminate them.
How to Use Coffee Grounds to Kill Roaches
- Take the glass jars and fill them with water, about halfway.
- Now take the small cups and place wet coffee grinds inside each of them.
- Place one such cup inside all the jars.
- Now place these jars against walls or baseboards or any other place where possibly the roaches are nesting.
- What happens is, roaches get attracted to the aroma of the coffee grinds and enter the jar. Once they are inside the jar, they can’t escape from there.
- Once you have laid the jars to attract the roaches, check them daily once. The day you see the jar has quite a number of roaches, dump them along with the water into the toilet. However, before discarding these roaches, remove the cups from inside the jars.
- Now, fill the jars again with water and place some more wet coffee grinds in the cups and repeat the process.
- Do this till the time you see no roaches for days in your jars with coffee ground.
Borax and Sugar to Get Rid of Roaches
As mentioned above, anything organic attracts roaches and so does anything sweet! So, this remedy uses sugar to attract them but what is used to kill them! Borax. Yes, borax can be as effective as the sprays used by your commercial exterminator. It dehydrates the roaches’ exoskeleton and also damages their digestive system. This is enough to kill them.
How to Make Borax-Sugar Bait for Roaches
Equal parts of:
- Take equal amounts of borax and sugar and mix them.
- Apply this mixture along the baseboards, into the cracks, under your cabinets and the sink or any other place where you usually see the roaches.
- You will see many dead roaches in a few hours of time.
Precaution: Borax is categorized as poison and thus needs to be used very cautiously, especially if you have kids or pets at home. Always sprinkle the borax and sugar powder in higher places and where the kids and pets cannot reach. Always label the jar or the container in which you store borax so that no accident happens in future.
Fabric Softener to Get Rid of Roaches
Fabric softener is yet another way to effectively kill cockroaches. Roaches breathe through their skin and when you spray a thick solution of fabric softener and water on them, it suffocates them, makes it difficult for them to breathe. Thus they get killed.
How to Use Fabric Softener to Kill Roaches
- Mix the fabric softener and water.
- Fill the spray bottle with this thick solution.
- Now spray this over any cockroach you see. You may even spray it in places you are sure has hidden roaches
Make a Cucumber Trap to Get Rid of Roaches
While not many found this remedy too effective, some still say it works. Anyway, cucumbers are almost always in your fridge so it doesn’t hurt to experiment with this cucumber peel remedy too to find out if the roaches in your house really react to them! It is said that cucumber peels when placed in aluminum can react to the metal and produce such a stink that isn’t tolerable to roaches and they die off.
How to Make Cucumber Trap for Roaches
- Place the cucumber peels in the can.
- Now place this can somewhere near a site where you think there are many cockroaches.
- Now just wait for the nasty creatures to die away.
Baking Soda- Sugar to Get Rid of Roaches
Earlier we have talked about borax and sugar mix that makes poisonous bait for the roaches. Now if you do not want to use borax due to the presence of kids and pets in your home, try mixing baking soda with sugar to make almost equally effective bait for the roaches at your home. The theory for sugar is the same that they attract roaches and for baking soda, it’s said that they affect the digestive system of the roaches. In fact, it leads to build up of so much gas into the creature that it dies.
How to Make Baking Soda-Sugar Bait for Roaches
- Take equal amounts of both the ingredients and mix them.
- Sprinkle the mix in those areas that are infested by the roaches.
- When the roaches eat the mixture, they would die
Bay Leaf to Get Rid of Roaches
This can be said a homemade repellant that drives roaches away from your home instead of killing them. Bay leaf, a herb spice used extensively in Asian cooking, can be found easily in a store selling Indian or other Asian spices. It is said that roaches can’t stand the smell of bay leaves and thus you can get rid of roaches permanently even without killing them.
How to Use Bay Leaves for Roaches
- Crush the bay leaves to get its powder. Bay leaf is already dried and you won’t find it difficult to grind it.
- Now sprinkle this powder near the places nesting roaches.
- The roaches will soon leave your home and migrate somewhere else where they get their favorite foods.
Ammonia-Water Solution to Get Rid of Roaches
Ammonia too works as a repellant for roaches due to its pungent smell. Therefore, make it a habit to clean the hard surfaces with a solution of ammonia and water.
How to Use Ammonia for Roaches
- Add ammonia to the bucket full of water.
- Now wash the hard surfaces of your kitchen and bathroom and if possible at other places with this solution.
- Roaches will leave your home soon but keep on using this solution at least once in two weeks to prevent them from entering your house again.
Soda Bottle Traps
While you can always buy roach traps, if you have some time and will to put a little effort, you can use those empty soda bottles to make roach traps right at home. Here’s how you can make one.
How to Make Soda Bottle Trap for Roaches
- Plastic soda bottle
- A sharp knife or any other thing that may cut the bottle
- Take your plastic soda bottle and with the help of a cutting tool, cut off its top from the place where it curves.
- Now take this detached top of the bottle and place it in inverted position into the body of the bottle. Don’t forget to take out its cap. It should look and act like a funnel inside the soda bottle.
- Use the tape around the rim to hold it in place.
- Now mix a little water with soap and pour this into the bottle. You need the very little solution of soap-water in the bottom of the bottle.
- Now place your homemade cockroach trap where roaches are seen often.
- Roaches will crawl into the bottle and will drown.
Use Catnip to Get Rid of Roaches
Catnip herb is a natural repellant for roaches that you can use to get rid of roaches safely without harming your pets and kids. The active ingredient in catnip is nepetalactone and this is non-toxic to humans as well as pets.
Ways to Use Catnip for Roaches
- Get small sachets of catnip and leave them in places where you see the cockroach.
- Simmer 1 tsp of catnip in 2 cups of water and make a catnip tea. Use this as a spray after filling it in a spray bottle. Spray it around baseboards and behind counters or anywhere you doubt roaches hide in your house.
Precaution: While the herb is safe for pets, it makes cats go crazy so if you have a cat in your house, look for some other remedy to get rid of roaches.
Boric Acid to Get Rid of Roaches
This is what the commercial pest control use- boric acid. And thus it’s a toxic way to get rid of roaches but yes it is one of the options if you have just fed up with these nasty creatures.
How to Use Boric Acid to Kill Roaches
- Put boric acid on top of the kitchen cabinets or bathroom cabinets wherever they are.
- Don’t put boric acid inside cabinets. Remember, they are toxic.
- You may actually put it somewhere between ceiling and cabinets if it’s possible. Roaches like high places and so this effort won’t go waste.
- If you are able to do this, roaches will take boric acid to their nests from these high places and kill all of their species there.
Precaution: Take utmost care to keep the boric acid away from kids and pets. Wash your hands properly after putting boric acid. Better if you use gloves to do the job and wash off the gloves properly immediately after placing boric acid in desirable place.
Cayenne Pepper to Get Rid of Roaches
Among the herbs, other than bay leaves and catnip, you may include pepper too when it comes to making natural repellant for roaches. Where there is cayenne pepper, the roaches would not like to live there. Now whether this is due to the smell of the pepper or due to some ingredient in it, is not clear but pepper does work.
How to Use Cayenne Pepper for Roaches
- Cayenne (or red) pepper- 1 tbsp
- Garlic clove (crushed)- 1
- White onion (crushed)- 1
- Water- 4 cups
- Take a tablespoon of red or cayenne pepper.
- Mix it with a crushed garlic clove and white onion.
- Now boil a quart or 4 cups of water and add all this to the boiling hot water.
- Put off the flame and wait till it cools down.
- Pour this into a spray bottle and spray in the roach-infested areas.
You may also sprinkle cayenne pepper behind any object or place where you doubt roaches to be hiding.
Hair Spray to Get Rid of Roaches
Yes, you have read right! You can even use the simple hair spray lying in your home to kill roaches. As the spray is sticky, it makes the wings roaches get glued so that they may not escape. It also seals the breathing orifices of the roaches and thus they suffocate and die.
How to Use Hair Spray to Kill Roaches
- Spray the hairspray solution whenever and wherever you see a cockroach.
- When the insect dies, put it in the dustbin and use a damp cloth to clean the area where you sprayed with the hairspray.
Warning: hairspray is a highly flammable ingredient. Never ever use it around an open flame. It’s better not to use this remedy in a kitchen.
Essential Oils Remedy to Get Rid of Roaches
There are many pleasant smells that we humans like but roaches, flies and other insects cannot stand them. Some of such oils include rosemary oil, cedar, eucalyptus, fir and lemon oil. You can always pour few drops of these oils onto a cotton ball and place this near insect infested areas. Here is a remedy that uses some of these oils along with baking soda and borax to get you rid of roaches and other insects as well. This will leave your home smelling pleasantly too.
Use Cedar, Lemon and Fir Oils to Get Rid of Roaches
- Cedar essential oil- 10-12 drops
- Lemon essential oil- 4 drops
- White fir essential oil- 4 drops
- Baking soda- 2 cups
- Borax- 4 tbsp
- Add all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix them well.
- Now sprinkle this mixture everywhere where you think there might be roaches. You can even sprinkle this on carpets and upholstered furniture. Soda and borax absorb soil, oils and odors. This makes your carpets and furniture fresh and clean.
- Now leave it for about half an hour.
- Then vacuum well so that all soda residues are removed. You may not like to clean it from such places as behind the cabinets etc.
- This will not only kill and repel roaches but will also repel mites, ticks, fleas, spiders, bedbugs etc.
Make Sticky Trap to Get Rid of Roaches
You may trap the roaches in such a way that they remain unable to escape and this you can do by using super-strength packaging tape! You just need to keep the sticky side up. If that doesn’t please you, get glue boards used to catch mice.
How to Make Sticky Trap for Roaches
• Packaging Tapes
• Glue board (meant for mice control)
- Take the tapes and place them in such places as along baseboards and countertops, behind the refrigerator and stove. Don’t forget to keep the sticky side up.
- Do this at night before going to bed because this is the time when roaches are the most active creatures.
- If you have roaches, hope to catch some of them until morning.
- Do this daily till you see none for a couple of days.
- If it’s a lot of work, just place glue boards that are made for mice control in places where you see roaches.
Some Other Tips to Prevent and Get Rid of Roaches
If you don’t want these unwelcome guests called cockroaches in your house, you need to cut off their supply. Yes roaches too have basic needs like us- food, water and shelter. So don’t let food be easily available to them by avoiding spills and storing food properly. Fix your leaking pipes and keep drains clean. Keep your house clean, free of clutter and warm moist dirty places because such places are what become the shelter of roaches. Here are some tips for you so that you can prevent roaches from entering your house and if they have already entered, you will also find some tips to get them out of your home.
- Remove all the clutter from everywhere in your house.
- Keep your house clean by vacuuming well and often. Clean floors daily. Pay special attention to furniture, walls, cabinets, mouldings, baseboards, etc. while cleaning.
- Vacuum or sweep and then sponge mop kitchen floor every week, if not daily. Take care to mop up all the water.
- Wash all the hard washable surfaces like sinks etc. with cleansers and not just water. You may use ammonia and water as mentioned in the remedies above.
- The places that are hard to reach and not visible and those that you can’t clean everyday need to fix something to detract roaches. Dust these places with boric acid powder.
- Seal any cracks and openings with caulk. You can find such cracks and openings where the wall and the ceiling meet, where the wall and the floor meet, around baseboards and pipes, door and window mouldings, around splash board at a sink, and inside cabinets.
Tips to Cut off Food Supply of Roaches to keep them out
- Always keep food stored in sealed containers or in your refrigerator. It’s better to keep it sealed in the fridge too.
- Try to paint your cabinet shelves and drawers using enamel. Always keep them clean.
- Don’t let the garbage lay open. Use covered dustbins in the kitchen and where you have moist garbage. As far as possible, keep covered garbage containers outside.
- Keep everything in kitchen clean. Wash your dishes, tables, counters and stovetops every day without fail.
- Store anything edible including dry items like flour, sugar, cereal, pasta and crackers in covered containers. Remember, these are also the foods that attract roaches.
Tips to Cut off Water Supply to Roaches
- Fix all the leaks in your house. No pipes, taps, flush tanks, nothing should leak water.
- Clean drains every day.
- Keep all the places in the house clean and dry. Kitchen and bathroom should also be clean and dry. Mop any water as soon as the area gets wet.
Tips to Eliminate Hiding Places of Roaches
- Clean the clutter from all storage spaces including shelves, drawers, closets etc. Throw away everything that is junk.
- Don’t use shelf paper as roaches love to hide under them.
- Unused furniture, appliances, food and clothing, all of them are clutter. Throw them away or give them away. Do whatever you need to get rid of them.
- Regular home repairs are a must. Seal cracks and openings. Also, remove chipped paint.
- If there is wallpaper in your house, make sure, it is not losing. Lose wallpapers should be removed or repaired. The same is true for plaster.
- Check your books on the shelves or drawers or wherever you store them. Check behind picture frames, under the sink and electronics for cockroaches. Clean them regularly.
If you take all the above measures, roaches would just hate your house and you will not have to think about the ways to get rid of roaches!
Skin Moisture Prevention
Mold needs moisture, warmth, and fuel to reproduce and grow. The human body is an optimal place, as our body temperatures are high, and our skin is made of biodegradable, slightly porous material that mold spores love to attach onto. If your skin has too much moisture, it will be the perfect environment for mold growth.
If you aren’t drying your skin immediately and properly, or if the humidity levels are high, and your skin remains moist constantly without being able to dry out, it would only make sense that mold spores would begin to reproduce.
Keeping on top of moisture problems will help prevent fungal growth on your skin.
Be sure to keep the humidity levels, especially in your home, low and dry. Be sure after bathing, that all areas especially the warmer places like armpits, are completely dried.
Wear loose fitting, breathable clothing that allows excess moisture and perspiration to evaporate. If you notice new or strange marks on your skin, always get a professional to assess it right away. A skilled dermatologist will be able to determine if it is indeed mold on skin.
Enzymes are considered catalysts of biochemical processes. This simply means they assist chemical processes in the body by allowing them to occur much faster.
Proteolytic enzymes assist the body in breaking down proteins and can be very effective at dissolving biofilms. Particularly serratiopeptidase and trypsin have been studied for the ability to mitigate the formation of biofilms after orthopedic surgery, a potentially dangerous complication (11).
The Power Of Synergy & My Biofilm Protocol
In order to effectively remove a biofilm from the body, a multi-directional approach is needed. First, you need to physically breakdown or dissolve the biofilm. Next, steps need to be taken to disrupt and kill the underlying pathogen that formed the biofilm. Finally, compounds need to be used to absorb the debris from the pathogenic dieoff so that the body is not overburdened by the toxic load.
Each of the compounds listed above addresses biofilm formation in its own unique way. By combining them into a comprehensive protocol, every aspect of biofilm eradication can be addressed.
My protocol combines proteolytic enzymes with antimicrobial herbs and activated charcoal to bust that biofilm once and for all. Below is the exact protocol I recommend and I get great results with it.
Upon Rising: 3 Proteo Enzyme Capsules
+90 Mins, With Breakfast: 2 Capsules Each of GI Clear & Organic Turmeric
+90 Mins: 2 Activated Charcoal Capsules
+90 Mins: 3 Proteo Enzyme Capsules
+90 Mins, With Lunch: 2 Capsules Each of GI Clear & Organic Turmeric
+90 Mins: 2 Activated Charcoal Capsules
+90 Mins: 3 Proteo Enzyme Capsules
+90 Mins, With Dinner: 2 Capsules Each of GI Clear & Organic Turmeric
+90 Mins: 2 Activated Charcoal Capsules
+90 Mins: 3 Proteo Enzyme Capsules
This is ONE DAY of the biofilm protocol. For effective eradication, I recommend following this protocol daily for 14 Days in a row.
In addition to following the protocol outlined above, you will want to take steps to optimize the immune system and create an internal environment that is not conducive to the regrowth of harmful pathogens. For example:
- Avoid sugary and high-carb foods that feed unwanted bacteria and fungus
- Hydrate Very Well: During this protocol, your body will be releasing a high load of toxins, drink plenty of water to support your body&rsquos ability to get toxins out the body
- Control Your Stress: Being under a high amount of physical or emotional stress hampers the immune system and lowers your ability to fight infection
GI Pathogen Screening For BioFilms
Because it is so important for overall health, optimizing gut function is a foundational aspect of my healing approach. Among my top strategies is having my patients complete functional lab work that includes a comprehensive stool test. This test is effective at uncovering pathogens in the digestive tract.
The lab I like to use the most is called the GI MAP Stool Analysis which is very good for picking up pathogens such as H Pylori and parasites as well as problematic bacteria. Additionally, the Organic Acid Test is good at looking at potential pathogenic yeast and bacteria in the small intestine.
Before completing such a test, it may be necessary to follow a modified version of the biofilm removal protocol outlined above. This is important because pathogens hidden by biofilms will not be picked up by the lab report.
Final Thoughts on BioFilms
Thanks to our developing understanding of pathogens and biofilms, eradicating stubborn and once hidden infections from the body is now possible. As a common underlying factor to many chronic health conditions, this newfound understanding has the potential to change many people&rsquos lives.