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GET RID OF ROACHES FOREVER (AT LEAST FOR NOW) - 04/29/11 10:48 AM
Get rid of roaches, which are not your friends. They carry dysentery, and they eat your food, books, and clothing. They also leave droppings-lovely.Cockroaches live everywhere-in houses, apartments, trailers, and teepees. Roaches can squeeze through cracks the thickness of a quarter, and live a month without food. They enter your home in bags, boxes, and even underneath doors.So how to do get rid of roaches once and for all? Starve them Whenever food and water are easy to find, roaches will invite themselves to dinner. Here's how to cancel their reservations and get rid of roaches: Dry up any standing water (0 comments)
Ever wondered how a home owner's financial situation would be different without a government-backed loan? Some in Congress want to shut down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They think the government shouldn't be spending taxpayer money to support the mortgage market and that we should instead rely solely on Wall Street for mortgage market funding. But that could cost you more than $1,000 a year in higher mortgage interest payments, and make it tough to find a 30-year fixed-rate loan when you want to refinance or buy. After all, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the FHA guarantee almost 90% of (1 comments)
Killing Fire Ant Colonies GREAT NEW INFO!!!! - 04/23/11 09:30 PM
Many of you were laughing at my mole problem until I finally found the remedy. I know my parents use to have a horrible fire ant problem living in south Georgia.
This is a new twist to killing fire ant colonies. For those not familiar with Walter Reeves, he is from the University of Georgia agriculture department, specializing in home gardening. His television show, 'Gardening in Georgia ', is on each Saturday. Evidently, fire ants are picky eaters and any type poison that is effective takes seven feeding steps before the queen receives it. Plus, if the bait is (10 comments)
This Eastern Cottontail may be cute, but it'll eat your garden vegetables and flowers. Keep it away with a 2-ft. fence. Image: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Peter Rabbit and other backyard pests weave a path of destruction through your yard. They eat shrubs and gardens, chew power wires, and gnaw tree roots. Here's how to tell which critters are doing damage, ways to protect your greens, and landscape changes that will encourage these pests to dine elsewhere. Rabbit rascals Calling cards: Ravaged vegetables, beheaded borders and flowers (especially tulips), and gnawed trees, such as red maple, honey locust, and (1 comments)
Instead of having your food waste, plant debris, and fallen leaves hauled to the dump, why not turn them into compost? The dark, rich organic matter helps garden and landscape plants grow bigger and more beautiful. Plus, it saves you money and time by reducing your water, fertilizer, and even weeding needs, since a few inches of compost laid like mulch will prevent most weeds from sprouting. Making backyard compost even has a civic benefit because it saves landfill space, helping to keep garbage-processing costs lower for you and your neighbors. You can make compost without spending a penny, or (0 comments)
I have had the good fortune of working with many military families in the Hampton Roads area for the last seven years. I have found them to be organized, thoughtful, knowledgeable of the home buying process and most always have impeccable credit. My opinion, as a Realtor, is ALL such Americans deserve to enjoy home ownership and the 'American Dream'....probably the military more than most due to the fact that they are working hard to protect ALL Americans and our way of life. This long preample leads me to my point: Who said the military should be punished (3 comments)
Edible gardens aren't just good for your health, they're also good for your wallet--a well-maintained garden can yield a half-pound of fresh vegetables for every square foot of garden space. Whether you're trying to pinch pennies on your grocery bill or just hungering to eat healthier, having your own edible garden is the answer. The beauty of tending a backyard vegetable patch is that you can pick and choose what to grow, allowing you to customize a mix that suits your family's palate-and gives you the greatest return on investment. How much can you save? A backyard edible garden will (5 comments)
Phantom helpers may target a neighborhood with a direct-mail campaign promising help for those facing foreclosure--but don't get taken in by a scam. Few things are scarier than the prospect of losing your home to foreclosure. Scam artists know that and will test your vulnerability by offering "phantom help" as part of a foreclosure scam. Knowing the difference between legitimate help and a foreclosure scam can prevent you from losing your home. How do they hook you? Phantom helpers may blanket a hard-hit town or neighborhood with a direct mail campaign promising relief for those threatened by foreclosure. When you're (3 comments)
If a neighbor's tree damages your property, your insurance company should pay to repair the damage, then decide whether to seek reimbursement from your neighbor. Image: NOAA When a neighbor's tree falls over your property line, yell TIMBER, then call your insurance company. Home owners policies cover tree damage caused by perils like wind and winter storms. Most policies cover hauling away tree debris if the mess is associated with house damage; some will cover cleanup even if no structures were harmed. When a tree falls Your neighbor is responsible when a tree falls over your shared property line only (2 comments)
On today's market, every savvy seller wants to know what turns buyers off, so they can get their homes sold as quickly as possible, for as much as possible. But buyers, take note - there is a minefield of seller turn-offs you can trigger that hold the potential to keep you from getting the home you want at the best price and terms, or to unnecessarily complicate dealings (1 comments)
I have a fabulous assistant who is always passing on tidbits to me for different reasons. Sometimes, just because it is a clever tidbit and, sometimes, for my blog. She passed on the below thought and, though I have no idea where she 'gathered it', I really enjoyed it: "Growing your business is more important than ever and the seeds you sow today will feed you next month and beyond. Maintaining a positive attitude has a direct effect on what comes your way, and no doubt, how you handle each day. Surround yourself with positive people who encourage you to do your best and do the (3 comments)
That Mole Thing in my YARD! - 04/09/11 09:59 AM
Hi Active Rain Bloggers and the interested public! I'm happy to report that after 'Caddy Shacking' my front yard two weeks ago with a product called THE GIANT KILLER, that the moles have REALLY vacated! They have gone.....I'm thinking to not return anytime soon! Many of you asked me to report back if the dang things REALLY left and did they STAY gone. I feel safe in bragging with a resounding YES!!!!!!!!!! (1 comments)
Most Americans Opposed to Home Owners Walking Away from Mortgages - 04/08/11 04:36 PM
While many home owners continue to wrestle with the fallout of the housing crisis, a majority of Americans say that simply walking away from a mortgage shouldn't be an option for home owners, according to a new survey by FindLaw.com. Some home owners facing potential foreclosures or being "underwater" on their mortgages (meaning they owe more on the loan than the house is currently worth) have simply been walking away from their mortgages and refusing to make the required monthly payments. There are no reliable figures on how many home owners have chosen to take this path, sometimes referred to as (1 comments)
FEMA recommends you keep a "grab and go" bag with these items, available in the Red Cross' premade kit, in case you need to evacuate. Image: Red Cross Photograph Putting together a home emergency preparedness kit you hope never to use may seem like a waste of time and money. But when disasters happen that are beyond your control, you can take charge of how you respond. Items for an emergency preparedness kit Store all items in an easy-to-carry bag or suitcase that's readily accessible. Make sure everyone in the family knows where it is and what it contains. If (1 comments)
Moss likes to grow in humid, shady places, so your bathroom is a perfect environment for it. Image Green gadgets and gizmos continue to march into our bathrooms and into our business. Some are high-concept, while some are low-tech, like the "family cloth" that replaces toilet paper.We don't know if turning old T-shirts into TP is a good idea, but it is good for a laugh. If you want a few more chuckles (and maybe a touch of inspiration), take a loo-k at these five funny, innovative, Earth-friendly products. #1: Moss bath mat Who doesn't like the feel of cool (1 comments)
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