Archive for October, 2015

Decorative Downspout Covers

Downspout covers are a necessity for every home and although your home undoubtedly comes with them, you know those plain white ones. Why not make them an accent in decorating your yard.

Not only do these downspout covers change the landscape of your yard, they perform an important function of home maintenance by keeping water funneled away from the foundation of your home. Any standing water at the foundation of any home can cause costly damage to your home. It’s important to monitor the outside perimeter of your home to make sure there are no holes or gaps by the foundation that could cause puddles or standing water.  These downspout covers extend the water flow out and away from the foundation of your home.

Decorative Downspout Covers

Decorative Downspout Covers can come in a variety of styles that are designed to mimic the outdoor elements. They are made of a poly resin material or cement that is made specifically to with stand the outdoor elements of cold, heat, wind, rain and snow. They will remain looking new year after year.

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Outdoor Grill Covers

Outdoutdoor grill coveroor Grill Covers are a necessity if you own an Outdoor Grill or BBQ. While we love to BBQ during the warmer months, during the cold winter months it’s time to put that outdoor grill away for the season. The best way to prepare your grill for out of season is to make sure it is clean and use an outdoor grill cover to protect your grill from the harsh weather.

Your outdoor grill is an investment that you want to keep in good working condition year after year. During the colder winter months it is important that you cover your grill to keep it protected from the outdoor elements of freezing cold, freezing rain, snow, ice and wind.

Outdoor grill covers are made of a durable and waterproof outer layer that resists ripping, tearing and cracking in colder weather conditions. It protects your outdoor grill from the harshest of weather and a soft inner layer that protects your grill from scratches. They are made with velcro attachments for a secure fit and air vents to prevent mold and allow the wind to blow through so that the cover stays in place. Many styles tie or have elastic at the bottom to prevent the grill cover from blowing off in windy weather.  Fade resistant material ensures your outdoor grill cover will be looking like new year after year.

As with any cover you purchase, make sure that you fully measure your grill to ensure getting the correct size grill cover.

Outdoor Grill Covers come in a variety of styles, colors and sizes that are sure to fit in with your outdoor decor. Show off your favorite team with a NFL Outdoor Grill Cover or camoflauge it with a Camo style grill cover.

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Propane Tank Covers

Propane Tank Covers

Propane Tank Covers can make any old rusty propane tank take on a new and interesting look.

So many of us barbeque throughout the year, even in the cold winter months. The barbeque is always up and running and ready to cook up that favorite steak. With any barbeque comes apropane tank which is returned each time you fill and and there is no telling what the refilled tank is going to look like. That rusty and beat up propane tank is an eye sore in your outdoor living space.

These decorative and creative propane tank covers will make any old tank look new and will fit in with your outdoor decor. Your friends and family will be asking “where did you get that?”

Cotton/Nylon Propane Tank Covers are made of a durable outdoor cotton or nylon material that is weather resistant to protect your propane tank keep your cover looking new. They are washable in cold water. Designed with sewn-in velcro strips for quick and easy wrap-around installation and fits any standard 20 pound propane tank.

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Magnetic Propane Tank Covers are reusable, printed, die-cut, decorative propane tank covers. They are easy to apply to any standard 20 pound propane tank. Once the tank is empty, simply remove the magnet from the empty tank and reapply it to your new tank. They have a clear-coat that prolongs life, helps to prevent staining and is washable. These are not decals or a painted application. They leave no residue, and give the customer the ability to customize your propane tanks like never before.

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Outdoor Furniture Covers

Outdoor Furniture Covers are an absolute must have, especially if you live in an area that has harsh, cold, wet, snowyOutdoor Furniture Covers winters.

Outdoor Furniture Covers protect your outdoor furniture investment from the elements of the weather. You have invested in your outdoor furniture to create a place where you go can and enjoy the wonderful outdoor living space in comfort and design. It is important to protect your investment from the harshest of winters and rainest of rains and snows.

They are manufactured to stringent guidelines for outdoor usage. Outdoor Furniture Covers have an interior that will not scratch your table and and a protective outer side that makes sure your furniture is protected. Made of a durable, crack prood and waterproof material to prevent rain and moisture from seeping through on to your furniture even in the wettest of weather. They will also help prevent your outdoor furniture from fading due to harsh weather. Many outdoor furniture covers are secured or tied at the bottom to prevent the wind from whipping them off.

Outdoor Furniture Covers come in a variety of styles and sets that will fit your outdoor weatherproofing needs.

While outdoor furniture covers come in individual pieces, I particularly like the ones that cover the entire outdoor dining sets.  Accessory pieces are also available to  cover any item on your deck, including side tables, ottomans and barbeques.

The Hickory Round Table and Chair Covers from Classic Accessories are made from durable Weather10 material, with a which features a rugged fabric outer layer with a laminated waterproof and wipe-clean inside coating. Leather trim looks authentic but won’t rot and large air vents reduce mold- and mildew-causing moisture while preventing wind lofting. Click-close straps secure your cover on windy days and an adjustable elastic hem cord for a tight, custom fit. The padded handles make putting on and removing cover easy and comfortable.
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Halloween Yard Stakes

Halloween Yark StakesOne great way to decorate for Halloween is by using Halloween Yard Stakes. Yard Stakes are available for many holiday’s and occasions and Halloween is no exception.  There is a huge variety of different styles and shapes of Halloween Yard Stakes that will surely fit in with your Halloween decorating.

Yard Stakes are exceptionally easy for you to install. All you have to do is to arrange where you want them.  Push them into the ground and you can have an instant ghouly fence or even line your walkway with pumpkins or or spooky ghouls in a matter of just minutes. You can easily and instantly make and create a Halloween Graveyard with Tombstone Yard Stakes or Zombies rising from the ground with a simple push of a yard stake.  Some Halloween Yard Stakes are available with battery operated lights, some even have colored lights to really create that “eerie purplish” glow that is oh so scary.  The lighted yard stakes cast an eerie and spooky glow to create that spooky effect that will have the trick or treaters looking over their should.   They can also give off enough light to create a safe and lighted walkway leading to your door for all those trick or treaters.  Lighted or not Halloween Yard Stakes are a welcome addition to your Halloween decorating.

Creating a spooky scene for all the Halloween Trick or Treater’s will have them all ohhhing and ahhhing as they head over to your house for a spooky sensation and of course, some good treats.

These gruesome Halloween Yard Stakes will have your neighbors and friends shaking in fear for what the night brings. Skeleton hands rising from the grave, spooky ghosts and goblins shaking and shining and scaring throughout the night.

 

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How To Get Rid Of House Flies

How To Get Rid Of Houseflies

So how do you get rid of houseflies? Everyone has a fly in their house every now and then, but this year seems to be especially bad. I have lots of flies in my house that I want to get rid of.

Having those nasty flying bugs buzzing around my head drives me absolutely crazy. Not only are they annoying they carry many germs and diseases.

I have no idea where they are coming from but I’m learning rather quickly how to get rid of houseflies naturally!

House flies

House flies are not only one of the most annoying insects as they buzz around your head while you are trying to sleep or any other time, but they are also extremely unsanitary. These annoying insects will search out any tiny scrap of food they can find. They also leave behind something for you or your children, bacteria that causes diarrhea, cholera and food poisoning to name a few.

House flies lives for approximately 2-3 weeks and breed on garbage and feces. A female house fly can lay up to 500 eggs. Wow that’s a lot of flies!

A Clean House

Believe me, I am no Clorox Queen. I like to think that my home is clean and tidy. The flies on the other hand have found “something” they like because they don’t want to leave.

The first thing to do in getting rid of house flies is keep your house clean. It has been shown that certain oils such as orange, lemon and cloves repel flies. Surfaces such as your counters and table should be wiped down. Cover your compost, garbage, bread and fruits.

If house flies do not have access to your food scraps there will be no temptation for them.

House Flies Do Not LIke The Cold!

It’s a beautiful day outside and you just can’t wait to open those windows and get some fresh air, getting rid of that houseatosis.

Make sure that all your windows and doors have screens to keep those nasty house flies outside and not in your home.

Fly Repellents From The Kitchen

There are some simple and inexpensive ways that you use from your kitchen to repel house flies.

It has been shown that house flies do not like the smell of cloves, neither do some of us humans. They also don’t like basil, planting basil can repel flies so they will not be attracted enough to go in your home every time you open the door. You could even plant some basil outside by your doors and in a window box outside your windows to keep the flies away.

 

The Water Bag

An Old Wives Tale? Some say yes, some say no. When we moved to North Carolina one of my husband’s co-workers told us to hang bags of water to keep the flies away.

The premise behind this is light refraction and the many lens in the flies eyes. Simple explanation. We tried it and honestly don’t know if it worked or not. I think it may have been that we just could not get the bags to hang and they were leaking all over!!! I think we need a heavier plastic bag.

This picture of hanging water bags was taken by John Woods in Mexico at a restaurant so someone else seems to think it works.

 

Fly Traps

Fly Traps are easy to use. They come with bait which is put in the trap. The bait attracts the flies and and traps them in the container or bag to their demise. Once the trap is filled, you can just throw the bag away. Fly Traps are made for indoor and outdoor use.

Be sure to keep them at least 30 feet or so from your house so that the flies stay away from your house. The traps have a unpleasant odor for people but the flies love them.

There is also a huge array of non toxic sprays that will keep your back yard, camp ground or beach blanket free of any insects.

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How To Get Rid Of Ants

How To Get Rid Of Ants In The house

Ants in the house, I think we’ve all had them every now and then and want to get rid of them as naturally as possible.

One here and there but then again there are the persistent crawlers that seem to like your home and have invited all their friends to come along to the party and now they don’t want to leave.

Getting rid of ants in the house can really be an easy and quick task. Some of the best ways to get rid of ants are natural home remedies that are safe for your children and pets. Some can easily be found in your kitchen cabinet.

 

Where are those ants coming from?

Ants are really amazing, if you think about it. I get a little creepy looking at them crawling around. They have a committed commune mentality. Are abnormally strong for their size and they can lift many times their body weight. Ants are so small they can crawl through the smallest crack or crevice in your home.

Did you know that ants follow a line? For instance the breaks in the sidewalk cement, the foundation of your home, etc. This can help you in eliminating them, you can follow them back to where they come from and eliminate their ant hill. You can also see where they are entering your home and caulk any cracks or holes.

What Attract Ants

Knowing what attracts ants can help you get rid of them by eliminating their food source.

Plain and simple – food, sweet or greasy food or any type of food!.

Ants have a great sense of smell and can find the smallest crumb on your kitchen floor.

How To Prevent Ants – From Getting Into Your Home

Keep all attracting substances, such as sugar and sweets or grease, covered tightly. Even the smallest of crumbs can attract our crawling friends.

Now I am no Clorox Queen by any means but keeping your home free from crumbs, spills and sticky messes will prevent ants from wanting to come and hang out in your home.

Keep your kitchen clean, bleach or citrus works well.
Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink, wash all dishes.
Make sure that you wipe all surfaces and sweep all crumbs to prevent ants.
Keep floor clean and mop often..
Clean up the little one’s messes.
Keep pet food covered.
Take the trash out promptly and as often as possible.
Try to place your trash cans and recycling bins as far away from the house as possible.
Make sure that your window and door stripping is in good working order.

Ants don’t like lemons, yes there are things that ants do NOT like. Pepper, Cinnamon and Cayenne Pepper.

It’s an easy mix to make, just mix lemon and water, half lemon and half water. You can mix this right in a spray bottle. Spray where you see ants and at entrance way or where they are entering your home. Safe to use indoors and outdoors and safe for pets and children.

What’s In Your Cabinet?

There are some great home remedies to get rid of ants right in your kitchen cabinets. I used these ingredients when my neighbors cat used my vegetable garden as a litter box. So it is safe for pets.

Ants don’t like the scent of Cayenne pepper, black pepper, and cinnamon. and you can easily use these to get rid of ants in your home. Just spread some on the ants and you will see them scurrying away. Spread some on your pantry shelves to keep ants away.

Another no no for our friendly ants is vinegar. I use vinegar to clean my hardwood floors, maybe that’s why I hardly ever get ants. A dual purpose.

Bay Leaves are another deterrent for ants, just leave some on your kitchen counter.

There are a couple of ways you can use these ingredients.

Mix with water and spray the outside of your home along the perimeter and where you see ants entering.

Simply create a line with the spice, remember ants like to travel in lines, make the line long enough so the ants can’t go around it.

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Foods That Eliminate Your Ants

You would think that you shouldn’t be feeding your crawling friends. But there are some foods that are lethal to ants.

Cornmeal and Grits are one of those foods. Spread a little dry Cornmeal or Grits where you see ants. Once the ants feast on it, it will expand inside their mighty bodies and eliminate them. This method is effective inside or outside. Outside you spread the Cornmeal or Grits around the anthill.

 

Don’t You Just Love The Smell Of Baby Powder

Another thing that ants don’t like is the smell of baby, although I love it. To each his own. So for this use we’ll go with the ants opinion. Just sprinkle baby powder on the ants and the area that they are entering your home.

You can also use the baby powder in your pantry and around sticky jars such as honey and syrup.

 

Boric Acid

Many people use Boric Acid mixed with anything sweet to get rid of ants. Just mix 2 parts sweets to 1 part boric acid. The ants are attracted to the sweet and Boric Acid eliminates them. Boric Acid has a very low toxicity rate.

Boric Acid is also effective on a wide range of insects.

How To Get Rid Of Silverfish

Silverfish or fishmoth, I know you have seen them. Silverfish are a wingless insect about 1/2 inch to an inch and are silvery blue in color and have a fish-like appearance with it ‘s movements. Are they in your home? There are chemical free, safe for children and pets, easy and effective ways to get rid of Silverfish in your home. Silverfish can do more damage than you think to your home!

 

Where Silverfish Live

Silverfish prefer dark areas such as kitchen cabinets. Silverfish also like papery areas such as old books and newspaper stacks, areas with high humidity. Get rid of those old newspapers to help you get rid of those Silverfish!!!

Silverfish can be found anywhere in your home including garages, closets, underneath beds, couches, electrical appliances such as keyboards, yes anywhere.

What Silverfish Eat

Silverfish like to feed on the glue behind your wallpaper. If you let it go on for too long they can cause costly damage that will significantly lower the value of your home or cost you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars in repairs.

Silverfish like paper and this includes your precious photos.

Silverfish also like to munch on sugar and can easily get into your cereal boxes. That’s enough to gross anyone out!!!

Silverfish are also attracted to eating silk, synthetic fabrics and cotton clothing, so they may be crawling around in your clothes when you hang them in the closet. You won’t be too happy when you put on shirt that has silverfish in it or in your curtains.

You might find Silverfish in your shower or bath munching on your shampoo or shaving cream, they like the cellulose ingredients.

Did you know that Silverfish, in extreme cases, can live up to a year with no food!!!

Where Are The Silverfish Coming From

It is easy to tell where silverfish are, because they are always near some food. You can catch them in starches, sugars and protein. Starch is a silverfish favorite, so watch your food carefully. I keep my sugars and cereals in air tight containers, keep them fresh also. You can also find silverfish in synthetic fibers, cereals, silk, starched fabrics, wallpaper pastes and glues. If you think a specific part of the house is infested, then clean that part thoroughly before silverfish can damage your stuff.

Signs that silverfish had fed on something include notches, holes and scrapings with irregular shapes. Usually, you will see these marks on wallpaper because silverfish try to get the paste. You will also notice yellow stains on your shirts, pants and any type of fabric.

One way to find out if you have Silver is to mix water and flour together in order to prepare a thin paste, and then with the help of this paste paint both the sides of few index cards. When the index cards get dry, locate them in the area where you think you have silverfish. If there are few irregular notched edges and scrapping on the index cards, then you have Silverfish.

How To Get Rid Of Silverfish

Get Rid Of The Moisture

To get rid of Silverfish, you have to go to the source. Silverfish live in moist areas. In your house, moisture is high in places where water is present, like in piles of mulch, piles of leaves, attics, kitchens, bathrooms, leaks and sinks. Silverfish also thrive in books, bookshelves,water heaters, stoves and laundry rooms, because they like it in places where the humidity level is high.

Silverfish can be controlled through moisture reduction, you can reduce moisture at home. Fix everything that leaks. It’s best to use silicone caulk in infested areas to cover cracks. You can also use humidifiers inside the house. Silverfish don’t survive in dry environments.

Many products on the market today prevent a number of different bugs and will help you get rid of the silverfish in your home.

Victor Poison-Free Insect Magnet Traps (12 pack)


Victor Poison-Free Insect Magnet Traps (12 pack)

Solar Powered Walkway Lights

Solar Powered Walkway Lights are a wonderful way to illuminate your walkway.  They light up a dark area in your yard, walkway or just decorate your garden area with some colorful lights.

Solar powered walkway lights are easy to install and even easier to maintain. You don’t have to worry about having an extension cord to power your lights. The rechargeable battery is charged by the sun and can’t be any easier than that. With the ease of solar power the decorating and lighting possibilities in your yard are endless.

Solar Walkway Lights are a great way to easily illuminate your walkway and using the newer LED lights provides a brighter and more direct light. They provide a lighted walkway to help your family and friends find their way safely to your front door without you having to worry about them tripping over an extension cord, rock or any other item that may have found it’s way on to your walkway.  There are many different styles and finishes available for illuminating your walkways from a simplistic design to an artistic flair and there is a style that will fit in with your outdoor yard decor and compliment your outdoor decor.  These lights can be used year round and are especially effective during those long winter months when the sun goes down early and nights are longer and you need some additional light on your walkway.

You can get the best of both worlds with a bug zapper and solar powered garden lights combined in one. These are great for not only lighting your walkway but will keep all the bugs away from your guests as they make their way on your lighted walkway to your front door.

 

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Rolling Garden Carts

Rolling garden carts are a handy piece of equipment to add to your gardening or landscaping arsenal.

Whether it’s a small job or a total yard clean up, a rolling garden cart is one of the most helpful garden tools you will have around. You’ll be wondering how you did everything in your yard with out having a rolling garden cart.

There are many types of Rolling Garden Carts that will suit your needs. I particularly like the ones that have a space for everything, the leaf bag, your gardening tools and a shelf to hold those beautiful flowers you want to plant and even a seat so you can be comfortable and that folds up when not in use. Being able to easily roll your cart with you where ever you go in your yard is such a bonus.  You will have all your gardening needs in one place and they are easily accessible in their own place on your rolling garden cart.

These carts make your garden a lot easier by having all everything together and not having to make multiple trips to get what you need.  You will find that they make your gardening a pleasure.  They also make clean up easy and are easy to store.  Keep all your gardening tools in one place on your cart and it will always be ready to go when you are with what you need.

Carry All Cart Set, Lawn Cart, 2

Roll everything you need right into the garden with the stocked Carry-All Gardening Cart.
The Carry-All Gardening Cart helps you cut down on trips to the garden, so you spend less time in the garage and more time among your plants. This lawn cart set includes a garden rocker for comfortable seating while you work and a kneeler pad for getting down to dirt level. The Carry-All Gardening Cart also includes 4 comfort-grip tools. Everything is housed in a handy, durable rolling cart with a lift plate that supports up to 100 lbs. Made in USA.