One by one, four by four ... ah, geez, the Ant Army is on the move again. Ants are one of the most common pests we southerners encounter. It seems that no matter what the weather, ants will make their presence known. Dry conditions can summon them, and wet weather encourages them, too. We can't control the weather, but there are steps homeowners can take to prevent ants from marching into your home.
As parents, we spend most of our time protecting our children. We teach them to look both ways before crossing the street. We make sure they’re wearing helmets. We read nutrition labels and limit their screen time. Our desire is to protect them from all harm, but can we really? No matter how much time and effort we put into their well-being, there will always be dangers that we are unable to control. Asthma is a condition that affects 8.4 percent of children in the United States. Even though this condition often develops on its own, we know that limiting exposure to certain triggers can decrease a child's likelihood to develop asthma or have asthmatic episodes when there is a preexisting condition. The third leading cause of asthma in children originates from the presence of cockroaches in the home. Ironically, a cockroach infestation is both treatable and preventable.
Get the mom's guide to identify and treat backyard bites.
Spring is officially here! After suffering from cabin fever all winter, you’re ready to soak up some vitamin D and take on your spring projects in the great outdoors. You’re well equipped to tackle your honey-do list: tool belt strapped on, sunglasses, and water bottle in tow. As you step into the back yard, you breathe in the spring air, feel the warm sun on your face, and hear the buzz of a nearby bee flying around your head. Wait, what? Bees? Oh, geez! There are bees out here!
Warmer weather has arrived in Atlanta and across the southeast. The grass is turning green. The birds are chirping. Spring cleaning and household projects are underway. Spring is also the most common season for termite swarms. These swarmers will scour the area in search of a home for their new colony. Every year, many homeowners unknowingly invite termites into their homes. Here are a few of the most common mistakes that open the door to wood destroying insects.
Our society is becoming increasingly aware of the products and chemicals that we use and breathe in on a daily basis. We shop in the organic section at the grocery store, purchase natural skin care products, and inform ourselves about the chemicals that enter our bodies. For those of us looking to live more naturally, avoiding toxic substances extends to what we clean with and the pesticides we use. Being conscious of what chemicals are used in the home can be important to protect ourselves, our families, and our pets, but we also want to make sure those products are effective. Do organic or non-toxic pest control options actually work?
It’s Saturday morning. The kids are up— much earlier than you would like. You get the coffee started and stumble over to the pantry to grab a box of cereal. As you open the door and light hits your shelves, out flies a pantry moth. How did he get in there?
Hot Dog, Mickey Mouse, it’s your birthday! Since Mickey’s debut in Steamboat Willie in 1928, he has fascinated children and adults alike, bringing out the inner child in us all. While Mickey will always be near and dear to our hearts, most of us would agree that he is the only mouse we want visiting our home.
Today is insect repellent awareness day. It seems like everything has a day now! And while many of the "celebrations" feel like an excuse (Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, comes to mind) or a bit of a stretch (National Bat Appreciation Day), this one makes sense to us. We know a thing or two about bug bites, insect stings and repellents.