Perfect house for Halloween Lovers!
Just ask Martha!
Regardless of where you stand on the political isle, I hope you remember to feel gratitude today for all that you’ve been blessed with and for the loved ones you still have with you. I pray for the families who lost their loved ones on 9/11/2001 and in the events that followed. I hope today they feel peace and not anger, and that they know the absence of their loved ones is not insignificant and not forgotten.
One of the ultimate buzz kills of a backyard BBQ is having party crashing, ankle biting, blood sucking mosquitoes as your “uninvited guests”. In addition to leaving their gift of an itchy bite in the most uncomfortable and hard to reach places their bites also leave a possibility of disease transmission. Take a look at these helpful hints for limiting their habitat on your property and other repellent options.
Remove Standing Water
Mosquitoes LOVE water because they require it to breed. This is why a rainy spring often leads to a mosquito filled summer.About.com suggests these four tips:
Drill holes in the bottom, not the sides, of any garbage or recycling containers stored outdoors. Holes on the sides still allow enough water to accumulate in the bottom for mosquitoes to breed.
Keep gutters clean and unclogged. Be sure your downspouts drain properly, without leaving puddles in the drainage area. You may need to reroute your downspouts or add extensions to carry water away.
Keep swimming pools cleaned and chlorinated, even when not in use. Homeowners who go on vacation without chlorinating their pools may return to a veritable mosquito hatchery.
Dump anything that holds water twice per week if it has rained. Birdbaths, non-chlorinated wading pools, footbaths, garbage can lids, and pottery will all attract breeding mosquitoes. Remember to empty the saucers under your flower pots, and don’t leave water in pet bowls for more than two days.
Choose Your Lighting Wisely
Replace outdoor lights with yellow bulbs, which are less attractive to mosquitoes. Products such as tiki torches, citronella candles, and lanterns will keep the pests away from the immediate area where you’re dining al fresco. (ivillage.com)
Guard Your Body
While some prefer to spray mosquito repellant others prefer an all-natural pest repellent. If you aren’t a fan of sprays like Off or Repel there are many natural DIY alternatives you can make yourself. One trick that has worked for me is sticking a Bounce® brand dryer sheet in each pocket. Something about these fabric softener sheets repels them…and bonus…it smells awesome!
Don’t Bother Trying These
According to Wayne J. Crans, Associate Research Professor in Entomology at Rutgers University, these often-touted mosquito solutions are not worth your time or money.
Bug zappers. Though the satisfying sizzle you hear from this modern day insect torture device will convince you it’s working, don’t expect much relief from backyard mosquitoes. According to Crans, biting insects (including mosquitoes) generally make up less than 1% of the bugs zapped in these popular devices. Many beneficial insects, on the other hand, do get electrocuted.
Citrosa plants. While citronella oil does have proven mosquito-repellent properties, the genetically-modified plants sold for this purpose do not. In tests by researchers, the test subjects bitten as often while surrounded by the Citrosa plants as without them. In fact, mosquitoes were observed landing on the leaves of Citrosa plants during the study.
Bats and/or purple martins. While both bats and the colonial purple martins will consume mosquitoes, the offending insects make up a small percentage of their natural diet. Assertions about these insectivores being effective mosquito controls grew out of misrepresented and misinterpreted data from unrelated studies. While providing habitat for bats and purple martins has its value, don’t do it if only to reduce your mosquito populations.
Electronic devices that transmit sounds to mimic male mosquitoes or dragonflies do not work. Crans goes so far as to suggest “the claims made by distributors border on fraud.”
Learn the Facts
Every kid remembers an adult trying to console them in the midst of an itching episode with “they like your blood because you are so sweet” but I always wondered if mosquitoes actually have a preference for their victims. I found this Are You A Mosquito Magnet Infographic pretty interesting and hope you do too!
What steps do you take to keep mosquitoes away from your yard?
A Mother loves right from the start.
She holds her baby close to her heart.
The bond that grows will never falter.
Her love is so strong it will never alter.
A Mother gives never ending Love.
She never feels that she has given enough.
For you she will always do her best.
Constantly working, there’s no time to rest.
A Mother is there when things go wrong.
A hug and a kiss to help us along.
Always there when we need her near.
Gently wipes our eyes when we shed a tear.
So on this day shower your Mother with Love.
Gifts and presents are nice but that is not enough.
Give your Mother a day to have some peace of mind.
Be gentle, be good, be helpful, be kind.
Happy Mothers Day.
When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night he checks his closet for Chuck Norris. Chuck Norris checks HIS closet for KRIS VOGT- Future 2012 LLS Man of the Year. http://www.facebook.com/berelentless2012Chuck knows that any man who runs 24 hours in the name of curing cancer is NOT a man to be messed with.
We’re inviting everyone in the Twitterverse to join us in supporting Kris Vogt’s 2012 LLS Man of the Year Campaign at Chevy’s on the water on Wednesday, May 9th from 5pm-9pm. Chevy’s has generously agreed to contribute 15% of all proceeds from food and non-alcoholic beverages to LLS in support of Kris Vogt’s fundraising efforts.
This is where philanthropy meets partying- bring a friend and take this opportunity to meet some of your favorite twitter folk!
Elk Grove is one of the coolest towns around for families with young children! Enjoy a pancake breakfast with the Easter Bunny. This Breakfast is co-sponsored by the Pride of Laguna Creek Lions Club. Fees: Children 2 and under $1 / $5 in advance / $7 at the door (all members of the party must pay).
If you’re looking for a fun and budget-friendly way to spend time with the kiddos tomorrow, you should definitely check out this fun EG Event. You can go to the 8am, 9am, or 10am depending on your schedule 🙂
Welcome to the first of many videos I’ll be posting here on my blog. Check it out and maybe learn a thing or two 🙂 As always, I am happy to answer any lingering questions you may have so feel free to contact me! Happy Viewing!
|As the Sacramento area’s housing market continues to bounce back from the recession, more and more buyers have decided they can’t wait any longer – now is the time to get back into the market to find their next home.While the real estate market still has its challenges, things are very different today than they were in 2009, 2010 and even early last year. Buyers are generally more optimistic about the future, ready to purchase, much better qualified for a loan and, in many cases, are paying big down payments or even all cash for their next home.
Indeed, the scales of supply and demand are once again moving back in the direction of home sellers after being out of balance for several years. While countless buyers are out there pounding the pavement for a home, the problem now is that there just aren’t enough sellers to meet the demand in many communities.
As the economy continues to improve and with a shortage of attractive properties in good neighborhoods, buyers are once again paying good prices for properties rather than simply looking for distressed homes at bargain basement prices. And in some cases, properties are even getting multiple offers, driving up the sale price above the asking price.
So if you’ve been thinking about selling your home, now may be an ideal time to do so while buyers are eager, interest rates are still low and there isn’t as much competition from other sellers as there usually is this time of year. Here are several suggestions on how to get started and the best way to get top dollar for your home in today’s market.
I am so proud to be a part of Coldwell Banker, and to work for a man like Kris Vogt. Please participate in this great cause in any way you possibly can.
From the first time home buyer to the savvy investor – from the seller with equity to the seller underwater and needing options – I am here for you.