I finally moved into my permanent house in Saudi Arabia, and my husband and I are starting to settle into this slightly quirky space. One problem that has emerged relates to stray cats — the compound has a large population of feral cats and apparently the person who lived in this house before was feeding a few of them. In the weeks that the house has been empty, most of them seem to have found a new place to hang out, but there are two that persistantly refuse to leave.
For the last several months my husband and I have had fans in our windows at all times. We had a hard time getting any breeze in them, but because the fans were in place, we hadn't had a problem with bugs and mosquitoes coming in. As the temperatures dropped this past weekend, we removed the fans and all sorts of creepy crawly and flying friends came in, so it was time for some screens! Off to the hardware store we went!
Sometimes the process of sifting out bad chemicals from your personal care routine can seem daunting. Fear no more! The Environmental Working Group has given regular folks a powerful tool to weed out bad personal care products. I use it constantly, and I hope you will too. It's called Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database -- don't let the word "cosmetics" fool you; both men and women will benefit from this database. Read more for all the details.
Bedbugs. Creeped out yet? Prior to the mid-twentieth century, bedbugs were a common household nuisance, but the widespread use of DDT in the 1940s and 1950s pretty much eradicated them. But... now they're back, and more resistant than ever. The traditional treatment is a barrage of chemical sprays and dusting performed by a professional exterminator—a grim prospect for anyone concerned with their health and the environment. But there is another option that is gaining popularity for its effectiveness and non-toxic cred: heating!
I appreciate the Frank Sinatra song referencing an ant's attempt to move a rubber tree plant — but I'm living with an infestation that could probably move a sofa if they set their minds to it! The heat and the desert here in Saudi adds a variety of ants (large and small) that defiantly resist eradication efforts. As I watch a trail of them march across my marble floor, I cannot help but hope that someone out there can help!
Some kids collect rocks, others stamps, while others are more into crawly things&helliplike ants. The downfall to having something like an ant collection to study is that the container isn't exactly attractive. Although that's not really the point, it can't help to dress it up a bit can it?
Bats may be cute for Halloween decorations and perfect inspiration for vigilante heroes, but they're not so awesome to wake up to in the middle of the night. Two nights this week we have had a special visitor in the form of a creepy little winged creature. Besides the fact that they are a little terrifying, bat invasions can cause messes in your home and can even spread diseases. So what do you do when one pays you a call? Here's what we did.
Product:Black & Decker Electronic Pest Repellers Price: $29.99 Rating: Strong Recommend It's no secret that we are not a fan of pests. Lately we have been combing our archives trying to find ways to deal with the sudden influx of mice and roaches. After trying a few things we have finally discovered a solution that we are a huge fan of, the electronic pest repeller. We put the electronic pest repeller to the test and we're here to share the results.
Billy Joel might be think being in a "New York state of mind" is a good thing, but the state of mind of most New Yorkers I know right now (myself included) is one more akin to paranoia and fear... and it's all about bed bugs. You may have heard that bed bugs are invading New York City, and recently The New York Times wrote an article on the potential dangers of picking up these critters from secondhand stores and flea markets. This is sad news for thrifters. So what to do?
I didn't know these types of laws existed but evidently beekeeping is actually an illegal practice in many communities across the U.S. and around the world. After a month of research, the Daily Green and BeeCulture have created the Wall of Shame—a list of cities and towns that prohibit beekeeping.