An exterminator told my friend that when you begin to see ants, they are the scouts. Stop these and you won't have ants. My son discovered that if you spray them with Windex (or any other glass cleaner), they are exterminated. Keep after it for a while and you won't have ants. We have used this for years. 2 days ago our humming bird feeder leaked onto the concrete front porch...the liquid got down in the crack between brick and concrete so there was not way to flush it out. Ants
appeared quickly, I sprayed them with Windex. Watched through the day and kept spraying them. Now ant free! Safe for kids, pets and environment! It is worth a try before you spend hundreds.
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There are a lot of solutions noted here that I have never used. I just know when I see a few
ants on my kitchen counters, I spray with a glass cleaner (even the cheap ones work) and they drop in their tracks. (I do spray around on counter too and leave it to eliminate "trail" to lead others inside.) I do this about half a dozen days in a row (maybe 6-7 ants at a time) and then they are gone for months. We do not get them often. When they invaded in a hoard when the sugary liquid from the humming bird feeder spilled, I sprayed for 2 days on them on the front porch and they were gone! That's all I can tell you. It is not a complicated process! Since it is the season for ants to come inside, I keep some window spray sitting around handy on kitchen counter and on porches.
I purchased a home with an unfinished basement. It has framing/installation/some electrical and roughed in plumbing. So I spoke with an Licensed electrician about wiring it out to code
and him pulling a permit. He advised me if he pulled the permit it would have to be for the full job not just electric so it would be better if I pulled an home owners inspection permit because I'm doing the basement in stages. I called and requested this and I was told it was 71.50 a sq ft and 4.50 per something else. Well I have 1200 Sqt so just adding that together that tells me that can't be right as that is about 85,000 bucks. I question why it would be so much to to finish my basement and was told thats the system and they hung up on me. I called back and got someone else and rephased the question still to get told they needed to know the full amount I was going to spend to finish the basement.
Anyone have any insight on this?
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Permits! UGH! But keep in mind that you do not just get a permit--you have to get it signed
off on, or you may run into trouble down the road trying to sell the house. And if you put in something that is not legal, i.e., a staircase to steep and not to code, that will haunt you! It is best to play by the rules. But you can use some reclaimed materials that can keep your cost down. You certainly do not want to put in extra fancy stuff and then not expect your assessment to go way up! TIP: For all DIY projects, know that we have "Habitat for the Humanities Resell" stores in the Atlanta area. Worth checking them out!
A nice size wicker pic~ nic basket/trunk, with 2 regular sized styrofoam beverage coolers, placed inside the wicker basket, filled with lots of ice and beverages. Helps keep the beverages colder while looking very decorative and stylish!
I have a 10k square foot lot.. I have tilled and (almost) prepared 1/3 of it for a vegetable garden for my family.. But I still have 2/3 of this lot and got the idea to start seeing if I
could make money growing anything in it. I am not having very much luck Googling anything, and so I thought I would ask here if anyone has experience in gardening-for-profit?
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Good advice Douglas. I worked with ladies who took their lunch hour every "Thursday" to go get
their "box" of veggies. One even bought raw milk! They paid like $10 a box every week and took what was available...sort of like a veggie club. It might be cucumbers, peas, squash, corn, cabbage, zuccine, tomatoes, okra...whatever was harvested that week. They loved it! The grower laid out wire baskets full of goodies and the ladies picked which basket they wanted and put the goods in their own boxes. That way the gardener did not have that expense. It would be easy to setup email addresses and send out a notice..."field peas, corn, tomatoes and cucumber" ready to pick up. I would find out the local rules and start with some churches. If you are not using pesticides, then you can make that known...a BIG plus! PS..if a crop is abundant, you can arrange pick up times a couple of times a week. Keep newspaper handy to bundle if they forget their box.
This is my new plant potting center. It's a simple 3 shelf unit with everything I need for potting, getting seeds started and keeping them going. My husband had put in the new hose bib up
on our deck from down in the basement with 'freeze-proof' hardware parts. The large gavanized can holds potting soil, and check out the adorable gnome watering can(found it at a True Value Hardware store). In side on my new granite kitchen window sill is my "seed nursery"!
Last year, I turned a birdbath into a flower planter and filled it with 3 types of sedum. I wasn't sure how it would fare, thru summer or winter. But, during the summer it flourished, and
it fared well over the winter as well. I let the leaves and pinestraw that fell, stay and be a mulch/cover for it during the cold months. And this spring, its quite beautiful, even though one particular type has overtaken the others for now lol. (although the one that grows like a vine I had to trim back b/c it looked quite rough after the winter, even tho it was still living)...there are even pieces that fell to the ground and are growning! :)