Tag: House & Home

Critter Control

Posted by – May 13, 2009

Around here ants are a real pain. I’ve seen 5 different versions of the little critter out on my back porch and inside my house.  I’ve tried everything to get rid of them.  (Although, I don’t like to use a lot of pesticides since I have pets.) Nothing seemed to help for more than a day or so. 

 Then my mother told me about a product she got from the local hardware store that she said worked great. It’s called TERRO Ant Killer. It’s a liquid Borax solution that attracts the ants and kills them after they slurp it up.

After initially putting bit of it in my office, I decided to put it outside instead. (No sense luring more into my home.) I put it on the pool deck near my chair and watched as one ant bumped into it and started drinking, then ran off, and about 30 seconds later a line of them came and parked around the goo.

I did this for about a week. Each day a different kind of ant would come park and feast. One day, even a roach. Then nothing. I didn’t see anymore until a year later.  This stuff works great! 

The only exception has been the tiny, flea-sized ants.  I don’t know what they come in here for since it’s usually in my office where there is no food but they are not attracted to the goo either and, therefore, hard to get rid of.  In that case, I resort to a good old fashioned bug bomb.

Anyway, since I had to deal with this again I thought I would pass on what works for me and maybe it will work for you too.  Beats the heck out of toxic sprays and powders.

Drat! Foiled Again!

Posted by – February 16, 2009

As I’ve mentioned before, due to my work schedule and my laptop-strained eyes, I don’t spend much of my time off on my personal laptop.  Each day I skim through my email, in case there’s something I need to attend to, and then go back at another time to read through what I’ve missed.

Today is President’s Day and, because it’s a federal holiday, it’s also a second day off this weekend.  I’ve rested up quite a bit so I decided to jump on the laptop and sort through my email (amongst other things).  One of the emails I came across was forwarded to me in December from my mother and contained a little tidbit of info that I wished I would have come across years ago.  At the same time, it’s so simple, so obvious, it made me feel like a complete moroon. 

Here’s the email:

I had to go into the kitchen and check this out for myself. Whoever looks at the end of your aluminum foil box? You know when you try to pull some foil out and the roll comes out of the box. Then you have to put the roll back in the box and start over. The darn roll always comes out at the wrong time.
Well, I would like to share this with you. Yesterday I went to throw out an empty Reynolds foil box and for some reason I turned it and looked at the end of the box. And written on the end it said, Press here to lock end. Right there on the end of the box is a tab to lock the roll in place. How long has this little locking tab been there? I then looked at a generic brand of aluminum foil and it had one, too. I then looked at a box of Saran wrap and it had one too! I can’t count the number of times the Saran wrap roll has jumped out when I was trying to cover something up.  I’m sharing this with my friends. I hope I’m not the only person that didn’t know about this.

Of course, as soon as I read this I grabbed the foil I have here and looked at the box.  Sure enough, there are tabs on the ends.  Where was this info the many times I yanked the roll out of the box and shouted obscenities while I watched it roll across the floor?  What kind of sick game are these manufacturers playing with our self esteem?  LOL! 
Oh well.  Hopefully, armed with this info, someone else’s sanity will be saved. 
Thanks Mom.

All Eyes on Fay

Posted by – August 16, 2008

Governor Crist announced this afternoon that he has declared a state of emergency for Florida in anticipation of Hurricane Fay’s Arrival.  Fay is still a tropical storm but is expected to become a hurricane some time tomorrow.  It’s not expected to intensify much, staying at category 1 status when it makes landfall Tuesday morning.

Fay Projected Path

The Governor urged Floridians to make sure they’re prepared and have an emergency plan ready.  He also gave out the web address www.floridadisaster.org as a place to go for updated storm information, as well as,  links and other useful information.

Even if this storm turns out to be nothing more than a rainmaker, I think it’s a great opportunity to make sure you’re prepared and do a storm “dry run”.  I think it’s best to prepare for every storm crossing the Atlantic as if it was a major storm headed in your direction.  I’m usually on alert until there’s nothing left of a storm or it’s way too far away to be a threat anymore.  Need I remind you of Hurricane Jeanne?

Although you really should prepare yourself for hurricane season before the season starts, now is as good a time as any.  Stop procrastinating!  Put a hurricane kit together or check and replenish the one you have.  Have an evacuation plan.  If you’re family is spread out, it might be good to have a central contact.  My family’s central contact is my grandmother, who spends the hurricane season up in Maryland.  Visit your local television station’s website for hurricane preparedness information, suggestions, and tracking information or visit your local grocery store for these publications.  I will also put together pics and suggestions of my own and post them on the Community/Home page of my website.

Be Proactive, Be Safe.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...