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Stinky Bugs Invasion

Thursday, October 16, 2014

They’re creepy and crawly, but they don’t bite. However, they do stink. And they want in your home. This winter you will be noticing the brown marmorated stink bugs, of BMSB, in your home, and in your yard.

 

Why are stink bugs here?

They’re here simply because they are cold and hungry. They aren’t hiding either; they just hang out there on the walls, windows, screens, vents, and in your attics.

What can we do about these smelly bugs?

Unfortunately there is no sure-fire way to get rid of these pests. This week, Oregon Department of Agriculture workers are setting up to 50 traps in the hopes that they will find a way to get them out.

 

The good news:

Stink bugs are easy to catch and they won’t bite or sting you!

 

The bad news:

Not only have stink bugs made your home theirs; they can also cause major damage to your home garden and crops. It is possible that these bugs could waste to commercial fruit, nuts and vegetables worth more than $700 million.


Fall And Winter Savings

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Fall is approaching quickly, and winter will be here before we know it. And we all know keeping your house warm in those cold months can be quite costly, so we came up with some ways to keep you warm, and your wallet happy.

Winterize your windows! Sounds expensive right? Wrong. Purchase a window insulator kit. The entire kit is a plastic sheet with a window safe tape on one side. They usually cost anywhere from 5-20 dollars and that covers multiple windows. Just stick on the plastic on the inside of your window and apply heat (a hairdryer works best). Depending on how thin your windows are, you can apply two sheets. Just remove in the spring!

Reverse your ceiling fan! We usually use our ceiling fans in the summer, but this winter, use your fan to keep the heat from rising. On most fans, there is a small switch on the fan to reverse the direction in which the blades are rotating. Turn the fan on the lowest setting to reduce the feeling of the air movement.  And just remember, clockwise in winter, counterclockwise in summer.

Make sure your furnace works! Turn your furnace on just to double check it still works before winter hits and your furnace-less. It may smell a little dusty but the smell shouldn’t last long. If it does, call a professional. A dirty furnace filter will cause a slight air shortage causing you to spend more money and get less heat. It’s a good idea to get a new filter annually so you can get all the heat you can.

Bake! Use your oven. After you are done with dinner, cookies, whatever, crack your oven. Especially if your house is smaller, you will definitely feel a difference in temperature.  That oven gets hot so put that heat to good use. Other than baking cookies that is!

Turn the heat down! No, don’t turn it off. Burrrr! But, why heat your house when you’re either gone or asleep most the day anyways?  Turn it down to 60 when you’re at work, 60 when you go to bed and save about 10% this winter while doing so. If that is too chilly, invest in a down comforter, fleece sheets and, use a space heater. Keep your bedroom doors open to get the heat from other parts of the house, and close the vents in rooms you rarely go in so that heat goes into your room.



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