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Further Uses for the Indoor Bug Zapper

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

I don’t know whether you have ever used a handheld, indoor bug zapper, but I think that they are wonderful. I?m talking about the handheld sort that looks like a child’s plastic, toy tennis racquet. They come in two basic sorts. I rather the rechargeable bug zapper, for the reason that batteries end up up costing more than the indoor bug zapper itself, although you could always buy rechargeable batteries, but then they are costly too.

My wife and I like to spend time in the garden. We meet friends there, dine there and in general loaf about outside, as do most folks about here, when they are not working. What’s more, it?s much cooler outside than inside. A comfortable chair, a few snacks, a cool drink and a book or a companion and life does not get much better. In fact, it’s idyllic.

That is until about six or seven o’clock when the first squadron of mosquitoes have judged that the sun’s rays have lost enough strength that they will not evaporate and they come out looking for blood. Some evenings are worse than others, of course. Normally, the mosquitoes are pretty bearable, especially seeing as I have discovered the indoor bug zapper. (I don’t know why it is called an ‘indoor bug zapper’, it is equally as effective outdoors as in).

Electric Bug Killer

Friday, September 11th, 2009

The electric bug zapper is the best way of ridding your immediate vicinity of insects, especially the flying ones such as mosquitoes. The electric bug zapper evaporates any insect from a mosquito to a gnat instantly on contact with a nice, loud, electrical ‘zap’!

However, this is not to say that the indoor bug zapper cannot be operated outdoors, as long as it is not too wet. It should be treated like any other high voltage electrical equipment. Keep the electric bug killer dry and please do not use it while you are standing in water!

Models do vary greatly, but there are really only two kinds of indoor bug killer: the battery operated bug killer and the rechargeable electric bug zapper. Both are equally effective at zapping insects and work on the same principle.

The electric insect zapper looks like a ‘junior’ tennis racket, but with three layers of ‘strings’, which are in fact wires. The innermost network of wires becomes electrified at the touch of a button, while the other two networks, one on either side, are harmless earths.

Fix Your Ant Problem

Friday, June 19th, 2009

It’s summertime, and the ants are out. Ants can really ruin your day if they get in your house, so take a look at these tips for keeping your house ant-free.

If you find ants inside, try to figure out where they’re coming from. Ants are tiny, so they can get in through lots of places like under doors, windows, or small cracks. They usually live outside, so they’re probably coming from there. You can spray inside, but they’ll just keep coming unless you attack the source. That means getting rid of ant nests close to your house.

Make sure your house is tidy. Ants love food and sweets. Make sure your food is in containers or ziplock bags. Keep your sink clean and the dishes washed. Soda is an ant’s dream — they love the stuff! So make sure soda cans are rinsed and clean. Your garbage can is another place ants can find food, so take out the garbage often. Keeping your kitchen clean is an important part of keeping ants away.

Ants also like water, so the bathroom is another place to watch for ants. Don’t leave ants any sources of water.

Southern January Care For Your Roses

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Rose planting can be started in the southern part of the south during the last half of the month. If you have not ordered you should do so soon, as newer varieties are usually in scarce quantity by now. The old favorites, however, should be in good supply. Do not be afraid to try the new varieties and the All”America selection for the current year.

Birds: This month is usually very hard on birds in the garden. Provide a place for water and see that it is kept filled every day. Also, provide some food in the form of small grains. Put these items near a window and let the children enjoy “bird- watching.”

Pruning and spraying: There are always enough mild days in January to do remedial and heavy pruning. Be sure to prune for a purpose, not just for the sake of exercise! Prune to remove dead or diseased wood, or to correct the pattern of growth. Cuts over one inch in diameter should be painted with a waterproof paint to prevent decay or entrance of insect pests.

The Right Time To Fight Common Chickweed

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Midwest January

During the January thaw is a good time to start fighting common chickweed. It is in flower now having germinated in September and October. Soon it will be setting ripening seed. Walk across the lawn now pulling out the chickweed plants by hand while their fresh green leaves are conspicuous against the brown soil.

Protecting Shallow Planted Tulips and Narcissus

The long unseasonable fall experienced in the Midwest last year encouraged growth of tulips and narcissus. During February thaws they will begin to peek through the soil. Before they get nipped by frost, cover the bed with 2 or 3 inches of peatmoss or compost. Next fall plant the bulbs deeper.

Watering Evergreens

Even if rain and snow have fallen recently, it would be wise to check the soil under the evergreens. In many places last falls drought left the subsoil extremely dry. The evergreens require moisture during the winter.

Dormant Spraying

Dormant sprays can be applied whenever the temperature remains above freezing for at least twelve hours. If the trees are subjected to freezing temperatures less than twelve hours after application of the spray, they will be injured when the emulsion of oil and sulfur separates.

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