DIY Skills......

My friends always tease me about my “skills”, as they hire multiple different handymen and/or contractors to do their home improvement or just refurbishing jobs, I have always been a DIY Jane! Yep, I will tackle about any job short of an addition or a new roof! So when we moved into our new home, I was a little short of things to do, imagine that! However living on the outskirts of Latrobe, PA, I was concerned about the insects and rodents and wanted to be sure that they stayed out....more

DIY Citronella Soy Candle

It's that time of year where bugs (both good and no-so-good) are invading our backyards and patios. While I don't want to do anything to hurt "helpful" bugs like spiders and ladybugs, I am not a big fan of mosquitos! The always seem to come buzzing around at that exact worst moment... like when you've invited your neighbors over for a barbeque, and you're JUST about to serve the hot dogs. Here's a way to get those mosquitos and other flying insects to buzz off: Make your own citronella soy candle. The lemony scent of citronella can send the pests packing. ...more
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Ant Invasion? Natural Solutions in Battle

When my friend, Gail, recently moved with her family to Indonesia for a year, her Facebook status updates took on a poetic, lyrical quality. Then, one day, Gail - a devout Buddhist - posted this plea:This morning I killed at least 1000 ants, forgive me.More are coming.They are in everything.Advice on how to battle them without killing them, please.Suggestions came in like a flurry. The next day she posted this:When I close my eyes, All I see are ants. ...more

What to blog today??

My mind has drawn a blank and I really cannot think of what to write in my blog today. Today, the weather was such, that it made you dull. The whole day it was foggy and rainy. It was garbage pick up day in our neighbourhood today and we had the green bin and the recycle bin out for pick up. I think the collection trucks were late today. The pest control guys who came to remove the squirrels from our attic have not succeeded in their job and we still hear noises. He will be coming tomorrow to check things out again. We want to put an end to this problem forever....more

The Easy Way To Becoming An Organic, Chemical-Free Gardener

We're all pretty familiar, by now, with the idea that wasting water and using chemical fertilizers and pesticides is bad. Every year, thousand of chemicals are poured into the environment and millions of gallons of water are needlessly wasted. Sure, most of this is done by large agricultural producers, but some of it is still done in personal gardens, perhaps in yours! So what if you'd rather not garden with chemicals and participate in wasteful practices? Sounds like a lot of trouble, right?...more

Working at my family's plant nursey we did well in the spring selling contaiers of ladybugs, but ...more

Not Just Bed Bugs: Pests Plague the Homeless Community

Click to view linkDownload this gallery (ZIP, undefined KB)I am frequently asked about pest contr...more

Get rid of slugs in a safe, effective and natural way!

Love gardening but hate slugs? Have you tried all the 'natural' ways to get rid of slugs, but still failed? Then I have good news for you! Through years of experience of losing my seedlings to our slimy friends, and never finding any form of successful natural pest control on my wet, clay soil (aka slug heaven) I finally found a solution. Here are some of the reasons why I love this method of natural slug control: ...more

Gearing up for springtime pest invasions

It was warm and slightly breezy when I arrived in Texas last week, with open-window, one-quilt nights. The hundreds of post oaks on my cousin's place are covered with tiny buds and her irises and daffodils are blooming already. I'd have thought I was still in Hawaii but for the absence of palm trees and plumeria. It would have been nice to have moved right into the full glory of spring, thus allowing me a full cycle of seasons before I need to face my first winter in fifteen years, but that's not to be. ...more

Mousy invasions

We're having a winter storm in Hawaii. We've had several lately, including the one a few weeks ago that caused destructive flooding here on my Waianae Coast and throughout the island of Oahu. A friend who lives further up the coast lost all of his tools under two feet of flood water. I had only about four inches of water throughout my yard and in my carport. My losses were limited to a few hardware items I'd left in carport, but I discovered another little storm-related inconvenience yesterday. ...more

...seriously, try a cat.  My sister had mice, and now that her son wanted ...more

Baby Boy had a BAAAAD Week!

My second child, known as Corn to the world, had a week that can only be described as hellish. After warning my son for weeks that he would ride the bus if he did not appreciate me picking him up from school, I pulled the plug on my chauffeuring duties and had him to ride MTA on Monday. Not bad by any means, but if you have gone your entire 17 years of life and never been on the bus, you are in for a rude awakening. Living in Tennessee, the MTA is not that of New York and Chicago. It is cruel by those standards. Since the nearest bus stop is several miles ...more