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How to prepare for autumn insects

How to prepare for autumn insects

It's nearly fall, and the weather's getting cooler. That means all the critters who may normally hang around outside - such as ants, mice and spiders - will be looking to move into warmer spaces. Like your home.

So how can you get make sure these uninvited guests don't just come in and make themselves at home? Terminix has a few tips:

  • Move piles of firewood and other debris away from the home’s foundation. Both provide ample sources of shelter for rodents and other pests and could encourage them to live near the home.
  • Seal any holes or cracks in your home’s exterior. Rodents can squeeze through openings smaller than ¼ inch, and spiders, roaches and other pests need even less room than that. Large openings should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh before sealing with caulk.
  • Ensure attic and foundation vents are equipped with tight-fitting ¼ inch hardware cloth.

How to prepare for autumn insects

How to prepare for autumn insects

It's nearly fall, and the weather's getting cooler. That means all the critters who may normally hang around outside - such as ants, mice and spiders - will be looking to move into warmer spaces. Like your home.

So how can you get make sure these uninvited guests don't just come in and make themselves at home? Terminix has a few tips:

  • Move piles of firewood and other debris away from the home’s foundation. Both provide ample sources of shelter for rodents and other pests and could encourage them to live near the home.
  • Seal any holes or cracks in your home’s exterior. Rodents can squeeze through openings smaller than ¼ inch, and spiders, roaches and other pests need even less room than that. Large openings should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh before sealing with caulk.
  • Ensure attic and foundation vents are equipped with tight-fitting ¼ inch hardware cloth.

Stop wasting your produce

Stop wasting your produce

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- According to Heifer International, about a third of the food grown for people around the world is going to waste.

Despite the best intentions, fresh fruits and vegetables can easily spoil in your own kitchen. So what can you do about it? Heifer offers some tips:

  • Don't store more than you can reasonably consume.
  • Store the following in your refrigerator's crisper. Apples, leafy greens, green onions, cantaloupe, leeks, peas, brussel sprouts, sweet corn, radishes, carrots and cabbage are best kept in a plastic bag.

Hidden dangers in storm damage roof repair

Hidden dangers in storm damage roof repair

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Usually a home repair solves a problem or prevents a hazard.

Hidden dangers in storm damage roof repair

Hidden dangers in storm damage roof repair

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Usually a home repair solves a problem or prevents a hazard.

Landscape award nominations begin

Landscape award nominations begin

When: Today, May 13, 2011 – 11:00 a.m.

Where: Baldwin and Shell – 1000 West Capitol Street

The Little Rock City Beautiful Commission announces its nomination kickoff for the 32nd annual Landscape Awards. These are given to businesses that go beyond the City’s requirements to develop or improve their landscaping.

While its easy to see landscaping as merely icing on the cake, research has shown that its impact has much more depth.  Landscaping can increase property and resale values, lower energy costs, improve business and sales, and create positive perceptions for areas.

Past winners of the CBC’s Landscape Awards will be on hand today to discuss what this award meant to them.

Defend yourself from home repair fraud

Defend yourself from home repair fraud

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --  The National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud (NCPHIF) is coming to Little Rock, Arkansas where they will hold a free "SmartPower" workshop on "How to Protect Yourself From Home Improvement/Home Repair Contractor Fraud." The workshop will be held Thursday, June 2, 2011, from 6-8 pm, at the North Little Rock Community Center, 2700 Willow Street, 72114.

The free 2-hour workshop is open to the public and will help educate disaster/storm victims and other homeowners on how to become their own quality control managers, when undergoing a home improvement or repair project, regardless of where they are in the process. 

"Disaster/storm victims are especially vulnerable to contractor fraud," says Phae Howard, Executive Director of NCPHIF.