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How To Get Rid Of Termites

Termites are the biggest threat to homes; they destroy homes from the inside out. Termites hide so they are hard to find and when you do find them it’s too late. Paying an exterminator can cost you hundreds of dollars, however with the right upkeep you can prevent them! Here are some tips to detect and rid your home of termite infestations.

Check the Baseboards

Check around your home for termites. From the inside of your home you can notice a termite problem by detecting some “dust” or “powder” looking substance on the carpet around the baseboards in your home. It is common to see this in the basement areas of homes where daily living is less likely to occur.

Check the Exterior

Always look outside your home for termites. When you are mowing the lawn, look around for signs of rotting wood or rotting near the foundation or decking of your home. Power washing your deck is a good idea to help keep the pest under control. MTD parts have some great outdoor tools that you can use for this purpose. Plan on spraying your woof deck with the proper wood protecting formula and repellant to prevent termite problems

Prevention Time

The best way to stop termites is to prevent them. Make sure the home is dry: leaks, standing water, gutters and moist areas inside and outside the home must be handled accordingly. Keep wood off the property. Cut down limbs from tree and remove those and other piles of wood from the property. Look for signs of sagging floors, hollow foundations parts and holes in wood work. Tap the affected wood to check for hollowness. Push the screwdriver to see if wood gives easily and falls apart; it shouldn’t if you don’t have termites. Caulk and seal windows, cracks and doorways. Cover up gaps around pipes and electrical wiring. Add screens to doors, porches and windows to prevent termite infestation.

Laying the Bait

The signs that a termite is damaging the home are within the first five years. If termites are found there is a solution to handle it before it tears the foundation apart. Examine the area further for brown or tan substance–termite droppings. A better confirmation is to see the termites, but it’s not necessary. Use termite control products at your local home improvement store. Lay the bait near affected areas. Also spray termiticide on the same areas. If that fails try orange oil to kill off the termite infestation. Give it time for the oil to work before moving on to the last suggestion. When nothing else works the final solution is to hire an exterminator. Finding an exterminator is about finding one who is licensed, insured, qualified and worth the money spent.

Protecting your home from termite infestations can save you thousands of dollars! When it comes to pests like termites, your home can easily be vulnerable since they go for the wood, which makes up a large majority of the main structure of your home. Contact a certified exterminator to inspect your home and to prevent any termite infestations from occurring.

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Sizing Your Vegetable Plot

When we dream of vegetable gardens most of us envision row upon row of all varieties of vegetable plants with a few flowers and herbs thrown in for aesthetics. A mistake made by many gardeners, both inexperienced and old timers is to plant too much. When the garden is bigger than us the upkeep becomes overwhelming, weeds run wild, and the harvest it too successful to keep up with. If you want your plot to be rewarding and fun, keep it’s size in check with the realities of your time, energy and resources.

Unless you are out to feed the entire neighborhood, I strongly suggest you start your vegetable garden off small and keep it that way. You need to answer the questions, “why am I growing a veggie garden” and for “how many people”? For most of us we want to grow our own veggies for the fun and health benefits and a small plot will produce more harvest than you probably realize. If you plan to can, dry or freeze your crops and use winter storage you can plant a little more, but for garden to table eating a small space is all you need.

A veggie plot for the average household should require about 1 hour of upkeep each week. The beginning of the season, planting time and harvest time will be a bit busier. Make sure to choose a sunny accessible spot in your garden as vegetables for the most part are sun and heat lovers. If your soil is poor take the time at the beginning to enrich it with organic matter. Dig in compost or manure to a depth of 1 foot, and turn your soil over to bring air into it and also lighten it’s structure. Vegetables are heavy feeders and there is no point going through all the work of growing vegetables if you’re not aiming for success. Give your veggies adequate sunshine, nutrients and water and they will do the rest.

Depending on your climate, not all vegetables will be suited to grow in your garden. Best to research which ones agree with your area and plant them first. Once you’ve had success with those branch out to other more difficult crops. A simple row of each variety you choose to grow will be enough, you do not have to use up the whole package of seeds at one time. Use the method called succession planting. This simply means planting one or more repetitions of the same crop. So as not to have more of one crop that you can use at a time, try planting only half a row. A few weeks later plant the rest of the row. This method works very well for many vegetables, spacing their time of harvest to allow you to enjoy them throughout a longer season. Many vegetables can be planted in mid to late summer and still have time to mature for a fall harvest.

By only creating a garden the size you can properly handle, you are guaranteed greater success and enjoyment for your efforts. Once again, less is more!