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Mild winter means busy spring for pests

Mild winter means busy spring for pests

According to Punxsutawney Phil, there are six more weeks of winter, but for much of the country this has been one of the mildest winters on record.  With several bouts of 50 and 60-degree days, people are delighted and Mother Nature is becoming confused. Being able to take afternoon walks in winter is a welcome surprise, but an early influx of pesky insects much less so.

Many insects hibernate during the cold winter months, but as this winter has been anything but typical, they may be emerging from their hiding places much earlier than we expect,² noted Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). Several states have even reported tick sightings, which is especially worrisome as people head outdoors to enjoy the weather and are unprepared for tick encounters.

Stay warm, stay safe

Stay warm, stay safe

CenterPoint Energy issues important carbon monoxide safety tips

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Cold weather is here and CenterPoint Energy encourages all natural gas customers to follow important safety tips to keep them safe from carbon monoxide poisoning as they stay warm.

Any fuel-burning equipment or appliance including wood stoves, fireplaces, space heaters, barbecue grills, furnaces, water heaters, boilers and ranges, has the potential to produce carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and non-irritating.

When breathed, CO combines with the blood and prevents it from absorbing oxygen. Carbon monoxide can be produced by incomplete combustion, often the result of improperly adjusted or poorly-vented appliances. Annual check-ups of these appliances help ensure proper and safe operation of these types of appliances and equipment.

Stay warm, stay safe

Stay warm, stay safe

CenterPoint Energy issues important carbon monoxide safety tips

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Cold weather is here and CenterPoint Energy encourages all natural gas customers to follow important safety tips to keep them safe from carbon monoxide poisoning as they stay warm.

Any fuel-burning equipment or appliance including wood stoves, fireplaces, space heaters, barbecue grills, furnaces, water heaters, boilers and ranges, has the potential to produce carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and non-irritating.

When breathed, CO combines with the blood and prevents it from absorbing oxygen. Carbon monoxide can be produced by incomplete combustion, often the result of improperly adjusted or poorly-vented appliances. Annual check-ups of these appliances help ensure proper and safe operation of these types of appliances and equipment.

Spring time is bug time

Spring time is bug time

The groundhog has predicted six more weeks of winter. And although most are not complaining about a harsh winter now, a cold snap can bring insects that have made homes outdoors for the spring back indoors for warmth. Below is a list from Terminix, the nation’s leading pest control company, detailing the six pests to watch for in the next six weeks.

 

1.Bedbugs

·         Bedbugs are a perennial pest. They are active all year long regardless of weather. They have a knack for being present during a time after increased travel. As many used the holidays to travel and not check for bedbugs upon their return, the pests have now had the time to create a colony on a bed or couch and wait for time when they can feed. If they are present in your home, seek the help of a pest control professional immediately.

2.Termites

Spring time is bug time

Spring time is bug time

The groundhog has predicted six more weeks of winter. And although most are not complaining about a harsh winter now, a cold snap can bring insects that have made homes outdoors for the spring back indoors for warmth. Below is a list from Terminix, the nation’s leading pest control company, detailing the six pests to watch for in the next six weeks.

 

1.Bedbugs

·         Bedbugs are a perennial pest. They are active all year long regardless of weather. They have a knack for being present during a time after increased travel. As many used the holidays to travel and not check for bedbugs upon their return, the pests have now had the time to create a colony on a bed or couch and wait for time when they can feed. If they are present in your home, seek the help of a pest control professional immediately.

2.Termites

CALS patrons 'Track and Save' to monitor energy usage at home

CALS patrons 'Track and Save' to monitor energy usage at home

Arkansas Energy Office is bringing home energy saving devices to a library near you

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (February 1, 2012) – The Arkansas Energy Office (AEO), a division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, today announced “Track and Save”,  a new program that will allow library patrons the opportunity to check out kilowatt meters from public libraries throughout Arkansas to measure energy use at home. Participating public libraries each have five meters.

After plugging the meter into any home outlet, the user can then plug any 115-volt appliance into the meter. The kilowatt meter will estimate the amount of energy the appliance uses and how much money the appliance costs to operate over time.

“Track and Save” is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

'Seed Swaps' to make stop in Little Rock

'Seed Swaps' to make stop in Little Rock

CAAH! to Co-Sponsor Twelve Seed Swaps throughout Arkansas in Spring 2012

CONWAY, Ark. -- The University of Central Arkansas's Conserving Arkansas's Agricultural Heritage (CAAH!) project will host Seed Swaps around the state throughout the spring.

The event is co-sponsored by the Arkansas Sustainability Network, churches, garden coalitions, libraries, the Ozark Folk Center State Park, the Southern Seed Legacy, farmers and gardeners.

The participants in these swaps strive to conserve the heritage of Arkansas as they share good stories, beautify their yards, feed their friends and family and trading open-pollinated seeds. Participants are invited to bring open-pollinated (heirloom) seeds, bulbs, plants and stories to swap with other seed savers at any of the swaps. If you have no seeds to swap, but want to get started, come mingle with gardeners and farmers who can help.