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Spiders can scare throughout winter

Spiders can scare throughout winter

Spiders are associated with Halloween, but the arachnids will most likely be seen throughout the winter in homes due to the warm summer we experienced. Often popping up after people bring holiday decorations or winter clothing out of storage, Terminix, the nation’s largest pest control company, has a few tips for prevention and protection to limit number of infestations and incidents of bites.

Why do spiders invade homes?

Like most pests, spiders are opportunistic and invade homes out of convenience. Human structures often provide a sheltered environment and can provide easy access to other insects. 

How do spiders get into homes?

Spiders can slip through very small exterior openings.

Pumpkin pulp, seeds can spook your plumbing system

Pumpkin pulp, seeds can spook your plumbing system

Carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns an age-old Halloween tradition. However, it can turn into a plumbing nightmare if the pulp and seeds go down the garbage disposal.

With the usual increase in clogged kitchen sink drains and jammed garbage disposals plumbers see this time of year, Mr. Rooter Plumbing is already prepared for the spike in calls. 

"We stay busy during Halloween because people don’t realize the pumpkin’s stringy, slimy substance hardens and sticks to the pipes,” said Glenn Gallas of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Central Arkansas. “Our service professionals are on call 24/7, so we can repair the plumbing emergency and get our customers back to their Halloween activities and guests.”

The trick to keeping pumpkin pulp and seeds from causing plumbing problems is being cautious when removing and disposing of the remains.

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Save money, prevent pollution

Save money, prevent pollution

Did you know the energy used in the average home can cause twice the greenhouse gas emissions of a car?

There are several ways you can reduce your carbon foot print and September is the perfect time to start making changes.  That is because the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is promoting pollution prevention.

The Federal Pollution Prevention Act, passed in 1990, made a declaration that pollution should be prevented or reduced at its source whenever possible.  To honor this anniversary, ADEQ urges the public to prevent pollution in their day to day lives.

How to prepare for autumn insects

How to prepare for autumn insects

It's nearly fall, and the weather's getting cooler. That means all the critters who may normally hang around outside - such as ants, mice and spiders - will be looking to move into warmer spaces. Like your home.

So how can you get make sure these uninvited guests don't just come in and make themselves at home? Terminix has a few tips:

  • Move piles of firewood and other debris away from the home’s foundation. Both provide ample sources of shelter for rodents and other pests and could encourage them to live near the home.
  • Seal any holes or cracks in your home’s exterior. Rodents can squeeze through openings smaller than ¼ inch, and spiders, roaches and other pests need even less room than that. Large openings should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh before sealing with caulk.
  • Ensure attic and foundation vents are equipped with tight-fitting ¼ inch hardware cloth.

Hidden dangers in storm damage roof repair

Hidden dangers in storm damage roof repair

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Usually a home repair solves a problem or prevents a hazard.

Grill smarter, safer this Memorial Day weekend

Grill smarter, safer this Memorial Day weekend

PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- Memorial Day weekend is just days away, and the traditional start of summer fun will begin. But fun and joyous occasions are all too frequently turned into tragedy with accidental injuries and fire. Sadly, many of these tragedies could have been avoided if very basic safety tips were followed.

This Memorial Day weekend, residential and community swimming pools will be opening and many grills will be ignited. The men and women of Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services (PBFES) want to keep you safe from the perils of fire and injury, and remind you to keep these basic safety tips in mind as you venture out this weekend and for the remainder of the summer.

Every summer, people are seriously injured by grill fires or explosions caused by outdoor grilling. Preventing these accidents is easy by following a few easy, but important precautions.

Homemakers host quilting workshop

Homemakers host quilting workshop

PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- Jefferson County Extension Homemakers will sponsor a Quilted Table Runner Workshop on Tuesday, April 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the Jefferson County Extension Conference Room located at 500 Idaho Street in Pine Bluff.

Arlene Parsley, Quilt Guild President, will teach the quilted runner workshop.

To register for the free Quilted Table Runner Workshop and receive a list of supplies, call Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, at 534-1033 or email mkizer@uaex.edu.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.