Month: April 2018

The House is Almost Ready

The place needed a little bit of work and that is what I have been doing since my father decided to move in with my sister. The simple things we took care of pretty quickly. I repainted the plantation shutters, which were not looking that great and aside from that the color did not match on all of them. I suppose that most people would not really notice, but when you put a place on the market it is the sort of detail you want to pay attention to. I spent a lot of time in the front yard, trimming the hedges and planting some new shrubs and flower beds. The idea is pretty simple, when the potential buyer pulls up you want to make a good first impression. Then I had the trim covered with vinyl siding which is a big deal if you are going to be taking care of the place.…

Fail-Proof Tips for Controlling Summer Pests in Rural Areas

As the temperatures begin to heat up, the bugs start to come out in droves. In search of food, shelter, and a place to reproduce, these creatures will take over inhabited areas. For those who live in rural homes or neighborhoods, the pest problem can be a little more difficult to control.

Mosquitoes

To successfully fight off mosquitoes, keep all sources of water emptied when not in use. Rain barrels should be covered and treated, open containers should be flipped so that rain water cannot collect, and mosquito pond treatment should be applied to larger bodies of water. Mosquitoes will travel in search of food, but reducing their ability to reproduce will significantly reduce their numbers. With the risk of illnesses like West Nile Virus or Zika Virus, mosquito control is very important.

Ticks

Ticks are another concern for humans and pets during the warm growing season. Ticks are known for spreading diseases as well, and they can also cause anemia in pets with heavy infestations. Ticks have a very long life span, and will feed in three cycles. Just a few ticks can be a big problem. To control ticks, make sure that the grass is always cut short around the home. Purchasing guinea fowl and chickens for tick control is also an excellent idea. Pesticides can be used in the yard, but chickens and guineas will do a far better job controlling the ticks in many cases.

Spiders

Spiders can become a big nuisance on porches and decks, with webs all over everything. Sometimes, dozens will infest even the smallest porch in search of a good meal. To keep spiders at bay, keep outdoor lights off to ward off prey, such as moths and beetles. Spiders will congregate in the same places that their prey does. Bug zappers are also excellent options when outdoor lights need to remain on.

Controlling bugs will keep the family healthy and happy, while keeping indoor infestations at bay. Bugs can quickly breed out of control without natural predators or population control.

 

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3 Benefits of Natural Gas in Your Home

There are a lot of benefits to using natural gas in your home. Even if you don’t have natural gas, you can easily obtain natural gas piping installation. Natural gas can easily be run to stainless steel, carbon steel, fiberglass, and more. From there, you can experience all of the benefits for yourself.

Convenience

There is a significant amount of convenience involved with natural gas. You will never run out of fuel. Plus, you don’t have to worry about having fuel when the power goes out. If you are still using electricity for everything, you know the frustration of not being able to cook when you lose power.

Savings

You will quickly find that you can save a lot of money by using natural gas in your home. You can choose to heat your home as well as cook your food using gas. You will use less electricity and therefore see a savings on your energy bill each month. You may be surprised by all of the ways that you can use natural gas, and each option will help you to save even more per month.

Environmental Benefits

You will also be able to take advantage of various environmental benefits. It is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, making it environmentally clean. It doesn’t leave behind soot or ash. If you look at power plants that produce electricity, there is a significant amount of soot and ash. It also causes an unpleasant odor to enter the atmosphere. By choosing natural gas in your home, you choose a cleaner option that doesn’t contribute to smog and acid rain.

More and more homes across the United States are choosing to implement natural gas. You can have it installed in your home to start experiencing the benefits right away.…