How To Repel Ticks Naturally

For eco-friendly consumers, staving off ticks with chemical-based products is not an option. To learn how to repel ticks naturally, continue reading to find out the safest and most effective natural way to prevent ticks and maintain natural pest control. Home Remedies for Tick Repellent They are everywhere. On your clothes, in your ears, up your nose. Or so it seems when tick season rolls around. Even more frustrating is trying to protect your children, especially when they love running around barefoot through tall stalks of grass in the summer. On one hand, you want to keep you and your loved ones safe from Lyme disease and other tick ailments, yet on the other hand,…

Warm Weather = More Ticks!

Warm weather could spell trouble with ticks By Joan Lownds Thursday, 23 February 2012 After a spectacular opening act with the “Halloween snowstorm,” this season’s winter has mostly been a no-show . The warm snap has been a boon to the public works department — and for energy savings — but the trade-off could be a bumper crop of ticks later this year. “The mild winter is causing ticks to stay active, and they are not usually active in the winter,” said Dr. Kirby Stafford, state entomologist. “We may see an increase in tick activity in the spring, but next summer we will see the highest peak of risk — with possibly the most ticks…

Lush and Rich Gardens

Replace it with perennial beds, decks, trails, sidewalks or mulch. “Grass is one of the highest input plants that we grow,” Welsh said. “Turf means watering, mowing, fertilising and pest control. Do you really need 5,000 square feet of grass?”

Give Your Family the “Best” Home!

Pollution from power plants, cars, and other transportation is a well-known contributor to outdoor air pollution, but our indoor air quality is often worse; it can be up to 10 times worse for you than the air outside. Microbial pollutants like mold, pet dander and plant pollen can combine with chemicals like radon and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to create a pretty toxic environment in your home; since we spend an average of 90% of our time indoors and 65% of our time inside our homes, according to the National Safety Council, that can add up to allergies, asthma and worse. Everything that comes in to our homes has the potential to be harmful to our health; this…

Healthy & Safe Kitchen

Whether you spend a lot of time in your kitchen or the only thing you know how to make is microwave popcorn, there are steps we can all take to make our kitchen a little greener and save a little money in the process. Refrigerator Your refrigerator uses more energy than any other appliance in your home, but there are a few things you can do to keep energy consumption to a minimum: The fridge should be kept at 38-42°F (3-5°C), the freezer at 0-5°F (-17 to -15°C). Try to open the fridge door less frequently and for a shorter duration to conserve energy. Don't place your fridge in a warm spot – near a…

Dry Cleaning – How Toxic is It?

Conventional dry cleaning is risky to public health and the environment. Consumers should minimize traditional dry cleaning services and wash more clothes at home in cold water. Designers can help by minimizing the reliance on fabrics that need to be dry-cleaned by educating their customers about cleaning alternatives. Download PDF Factsheet The environmental problems of dry cleaning On the surface, dry cleaning seems like a harmless and almost miraculous process. For consumers, the dry cleaner whisks away their beloved, and seemingly difficult to clean, one-of-a-kind pieces and delicate garments, and returns them perfectly pressed and in like-new condition. Even fashion houses rely heavily on the service for sample maintenance. When the cleaning process is scrutinized,…

Future of Suburbia?

DRIVE through any number of outer-ring suburbs in America, and you’ll see boarded-up and vacant strip malls, surrounded by vast seas of empty parking spaces. These forlorn monuments to the real estate crash are not going to come back to life, even when the economy recovers. And that’s because the demand for the housing that once supported commercial activity in many exurbs isn’t coming back, either. By now, nearly five years after the housing crash, most Americans understand that a mortgage meltdown was the catalyst for the Great Recession, facilitated by underregulation of finance and reckless risk-taking. Less understood is the divergence between center cities and inner-ring suburbs on one hand, and the suburban fringe…

Factoring energy efficiency into a home’s value

Under the SAVE (Sensible Accounting to Value Energy) Act, estimated energy-consumption expenses for a house would be included as a mandatory new underwriting factor. When you apply for a mortgage to buy a house, how often does the lender ask detailed questions about monthly energy costs or tell the appraiser to factor in the energy-efficiency features of the house when coming up with a value? A new bipartisan effort on Capitol Hill could change all this dramatically and for the first time put energy costs and savings squarely into standard mortgage underwriting equations. A bill introduced Oct. 20 would force the three mortgage giants to take account of energy costs in every loan they insure,…

Meaningful Holidays!

GIVE THE GIFT OF TIME by creating your own gift card for a service (e.g., babysitting, car washing, pet sitting, chores, making dinner, organizing an outing). GIVE A HANDMADE GIFT like a memoir of cherished memories with that person, a book of family recipes, a collage of pictures and mementos, or a calendar filled with the birthdays and anniversaries of friends and family. OFFER TO TEACH A SKILL YOU POSSESS (e.g., knitting, photography, computer skills, financial planning, a foreign language, music lessons, canning tomatoes, cooking a favorite recipe). CONSIDER LESS GIMMICKY, LESS COMMERCIAL GIFTS for children, such as arts/crafts supplies, books, a magnifying glass, or building blocks. CREATE A PAPERLESS HOLIDAY LETTER on the computer…

Living Trees For Christmas

Living trees reduce landfill use and methane production.  30-35 million cut Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. each year and approximately 10 million of them end up in landfills, thus producing methane.  When you purchase a living tree, you keep valuable nutrients out of the landfill and cut methane production.  Source Let’s Start a New Tradition – Why Not Plant the Trees! So you've decided to buy a tree that you can plant after the holidays. Follow these steps for getting it in the ground. Blue spruce makes a good living Christmas tree, and an impressive addition to a large yard. Buying a potted evergreen to serve both as a Christmas tree and a yard tree is possible, though…