A Mouse in the House? Tips for Finding a Qualified Pest Professional

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Spring heralds a season of fresh starts and growth — and what better way to start anew than with a little spring cleaning?
Taking the time to get organized can make all the difference — and it can make the most cluttered closets and dirtiest corners a breeze to clean. With the right tools in hand, organizing any messy space becomes a mangeable task. You can save time and money by getting cleaning supplies, like dusters, sponges and automated air fresheners, at places like Dollar General.
Still don’t know where to start? Try these spring-cleaning tips:
* Cover the basics. Take inventory of your cleaning supplies. Some must-haves are mops, brooms, sponges, paper towels, trash bags, disinfectant wipes and bathroom-specific supplies. Make a list of what you need so you can get it all in one shopping trip. Many basic and speciality cleaning products are now available online. For the ultimate in convenience, shop online at www.dollargeneral.com.
* Tackle the clutter in steps. Spring cleaning can be daunting, so take small steps and approach spaces one at a time. Strive to find everything a permanent home. Create “donate” and “trash” piles for items you no longer use or need.
* Use organizing tools. Over-the-door mesh shoe racks are great for storing all kinds of winter accessories — hats, gloves, scarves and coats. Get some sturdy hooks for purses, backpacks and other accessories, and relish the feeling of a clean closet.
* Revitalize your laundry room. Put a stop to the mountain of dirty clothes that grows every week by getting each family member a laundry basket. If clothing doesn’t make it into their bin, it’s not getting washed. Keep your laundry room stocked with detergent, bleach and stain remover.
* Store items in plastic storage containers. Some winter items will be used until the early days of summer, others won’t make an appearance until next year. A variety of belongings can be stored in plastic containers to keep them organized and out of the way.

Don’t Let Pests Chew Away Your Holidays

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – For those who look forward to dusting off their Christmas decorations and unpacking strand after strand of twinkling lights, discovering a nest of mice or other creatures can be alarming.
“Rodents, spiders and other pests can find their way into homes and nest in boxes of holiday decorations that have been stored in attics, basements and garages since last season,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).
Holiday decorations that sit in boxes, undisturbed for long periods of time in the attic, basement or closet, provide the perfect hiding spots for pests. The usual culprits are beetles, mice, spiders and weevils. Mice will make nests out of cozy stockings, spiders will spin webs into your wreaths and weevils will burrow into your potpourri.
In order to keep your decorations free of pests and prevent nasty surprises this December, NPMA recommends these prevention tips:
* Avoid storing decorations in cardboard boxes. Cardboard boxes can barely keep out dust, let alone hungry pests. Instead, keep wrapping paper and ornaments in large plastic totes and containers. The containers should have tightly sealed lids to keep the contents dry and secure.
* Keep cloth or wool items in sealed plastic bags. All stockings, tree skirts and other cloth decorations should be washed and sealed in plastic bags. Damp or dirty table linens can be a pest haven and also harbor germs and bacteria. Plastic bags will help keep items fresh and safe from insects.
* Inspect decorations each year for mold or damage. Not all decorations are meant to last forever, and some should be thrown out after one season. Remember to go through your collection and check for moldy or damaged articles. Since mold and moisture can attract more pests, it’s best to discard those items.
If you’re faced with a real infestation, consult a pest management professional to figure out the best course of action. To find more preventive tips or locate a pest expert in your area, go to www.pestworld.org.

Converting Farm Waste to Fuel Makes for “Greener” Pastures

Don’t let those fields of green confuse you – most farming isn’t environmentally friendly. From animal waste to pesticides and fertilizers to plastic trash, farms take their toll on Mother Earth. But some companies are looking to help farms clean up – and green up – their act.

Plastics Create Oil With Energy to Spare

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – America’s quest to reduce its fuel consumption and dependence on foreign oil may lead it to look for energy sources in new places — like the bottom of a trash barrel.

JBI, Inc. (OTCBB:JBII), a global technology company, has developed a process, called Plastic2Oil (P2O), that converts raw, unwashed, unsorted plastic waste into a fuel similar to biofuel. In April 2010, an independent laboratory, Islechem, validated the P2O process through extensive chemical, analytical and process engineering testing.

Islechem tested the process over 40 times using multicolored, mixed plastics. The laboratory determined that the P20 process is repeatable and can be done on a large scale. Approximately 85 to 90 percent of the hydrocarbon composition in the feedstock is converted into a “near diesel” fuel, while about 8 percent is converted to a usable off gas much like natural gas. In addition, only 1 percent of the plastic becomes residue, and that residue does not contain any highly toxic elements and is safe for landfill disposal. Even better, more energy is produced than consumed by the process. Early data suggest that the process creates twice as much energy as it uses.

“It takes energy to produce energy. The key is to get more energy from the final product than it takes to make it,” said JBI, Inc. CEO John Bordynuik. “Our process has a high positive energy balance of 2.0, while gasoline from crude has a negative energy balance of 0.81.”

The fuel produced by the P20 process has another major advantage over gasoline from crude oil — its production, including labor, costs only about $10 a barrel.

Gasoline from crude oil uses more energy than it produces and currently costs between $75 and $85 a barrel — and yet gasoline companies yield high profits. A process like P20 could revolutionize the market by creating high-quality fuel at much lower costs, while also helping to reduce the amount of plastic that becomes pollution or ends up in landfills.

JBI, Inc. is currently in talks to create P20 processing facilities in Europe, Florida, New York, California, Colorado, Wisconsin, Georgia and Ohio. The company is also looking for waste disposal or recycling companies, and people with under-utilized facilities to convert into P2O factories. For more information, visit www.plastic2oil.com or www.jbiglobal.com.

Know the Facts About Hip Replacement

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Most people want to stay active, regardless of age. As the number of Americans reaching their 60s grows daily, the demand for mobility-restoring procedures, such as hip replacements, increases.

Total joint replacement may be one the most valued developments in orthopedics. It has evolved into a reliable and effective way to relieve pain and restore function to joints that have been damaged or destroyed by arthritis or injury. Joint replacement makes it possible for patients to resume their active lives, say the Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement experts at Hospital for Special Surgery, a world leader in orthopedics and rheumatology.

Although the best weight-bearing surface is human cartilage, when cartilage suffers major damage, artificial joints become an option. Before undergoing a joint replacement procedure, patients should learn from their doctor what the surgery involves, so they have realistic expectations. The team at Hospital for Special Surgery, whose surgeons have performed more hip replacements and knee surgeries than any other institution in the world, emphasize that it is a major operation. Hip replacement can be life-changing for someone who is debilitated by severe joint damage.

Today, there are a number of material options for artificial joints. Patients considering hip replacements should work with their surgeon to select the right type of implant design and material. When choosing a joint, doctors will consider factors such as the patient’s age, weight, bone strength and bone shape, as well as lifestyle and activity level.

Today, a new joint can be made out of polished metal or ceramic, with some featuring a combination of plastic liner and cobalt-chrome or titanium backing.

* Metal and Plastic. Metal and plastic implants are the most commonly used hip replacements. A popular combination is metal on polyethylene, a form of plastic that provides durability.

* Ceramic. Ceramics can be polished to a very smooth finish and remain relatively scratch-resistant while in use. But ceramic bearings fracture more easily than other materials, so they are not the best choice for active or heavy patients.

* Metal-on-Metal. Metal-on-metal implants have been developed to function without a plastic piece inserted between them. These implants do not wear out as quickly as the plastic and metal versions and work well with young, active patients.

Although researchers are constantly seeking ways to improve implant design and durability, today there is no clear-cut kind of implant that is viewed as superior. Most surgeons will agree that the decision about joint implant materials is individual and should be decided by the patient and doctor together. Says Dr. Mark P. Figgie, chief of the Surgical Arthritis Service at Hospital for Special Surgery, “I always spend a lot of time with my patients going over all the options and listening to them to learn what their needs and expectations are. The patients find the time we spend together talking about their needs and expectations invaluable. Once this process is completed, and I feel that they are sufficiently informed, it is always up to the patient to decide.”

For more information about joint replacement. visit: www.hss.edu/ARJR.

Seeking Solutions for Plastic Medical Waste

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Recycling efforts tend to center around plastic water bottles and milk jugs, but few people think about the plastics used in hospitals. IV bags, tubing and other types of medical products all contain plastic. And every time a patient enters a medical facility anywhere in the world, they generate waste.

The medical waste produced by hospitals, laboratories, research centers, animal testing laboratories, mortuaries and nursing homes can pile up quickly. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), high-income countries, such as the U.S., produce about 13 pounds of medical waste per person per year.

Medical facilities use several methods to dispose of plastic medical waste. Some use incineration, which releases toxins into the atmosphere. Others use autoclaving, or a pressurized steam-cleaning, to disinfect plastics before shredding them. But most medical waste ends up in landfills.

One company, JBI, Inc., has found a better solution — recycling plastic medical waste into fuel. Its CEO, John Bordynuik, was going through old research archives when he found information about a unique catalyst that can efficiently break down plastic molecules into an oil similar to biofuel.

This technology, now called Plastic 2 Oil (P2O), can extract about one liter of fuel from every kilogram of raw plastics.

JBI Inc., which trades on the OTC under the stock symbol JBII, is buying a U.S. air filtration and custom air ventilation company that has worked with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, as well as numerous federal agencies and organizations within the health care industry. This new acquisition will allow JBI, Inc. to recycle medical waste plastic through its P2O process.

The company is looking for facilities that can be converted into P2O factories. Those who allow P2O factories to run on their property will receive extra fuel from the P2O process.

For more information please, visit www.plastic2oil.com and www.jbiglobal.com.

Seeking Solutions for Plastic Medical Waste

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Recycling efforts tend to center around plastic water bottles and milk jugs, but few people think about the plastics used in hospitals. IV bags, …

Whom Does NASA Call to Recover Lost Data?

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – In the past, research institutions and government agencies stored data on tapes and hard drives — often without backing up the information. Today, when employees discover damage to these tapes and hard drives, they don’t assume that the data are lost forever — they simply call data-recovery expert John Bordynuik.

Take the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). From the ’60s to the ’90s, MIT recorded its intellectual property onto seven- and nine-track reel-to-reel tapes. When MIT realized that they could no longer read any of these tapes — and that the data on the tapes couldn’t be found anywhere else — they tried to recover the data. They failed. It wasn’t until 2004, when MIT contacted Bordynuik, that the institution was able to recover the priceless data it had stored on 30,000 pounds of tapes.

Bordynuik — who has an IQ higher than Einstein’s -; developed his own ovens to bake the tapes, ridding them of any stickiness. After that, he could read them without mangling them and transfer their contents to modern media. In addition to recovering data for MIT, Bordynuik has read tapes for Harvard University, the United Nations and the United States Army.

NASA contracted Bordynuik to recover “unreadable” earth science sensor data that had been recorded on reel-to-reel tapes from 1960 to 2000. NASA was so pleased with Bordynuik’s work that, in 2008, NASA sole-sourced his company, JBI Inc., which trades on the OTC under the stock symbol JBII. That means that NASA will award all of its future data-recovery work to JBI.

Bordynuik’s interested in other industries as well. His company is moving forward to commence operations on a process, Plastic2Oil, that converts waste plastic into a fuel similar to diesel. Pak-It, a JBI subsidiary, also produced a line of environmentally friendly home cleaning products that come in dissolvable packets. If Bordynuik’s work in data-recovery is any indication, we can trust in the success of his other projects.

JBI is currently applying for AMEX (American Stock Exchange). For additional information, visit www.plastic2oil.com, www.jbiglobal.com or www.johnbordynuik.com.

Technology Expert Uncovers Plastic-to-Oil Process

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – You might have heard about the “green technology” that will change the future, but John Bordynuik is developing that technology — including a process that turns plastic waste into fuel.

Bordynuik, an environmentalist and acknowledged technology expert, has always focused on designing more efficient technologies. In improving processors and circuits in his clients’ products as part of his data-recovery business, Bordynuik shunned ready-made parts for custom-built components knowing that an assembled product wouldn’t work as well — or as inexpensively — as something built from the ground up.

Now as the CEO and President of the global technology company John Bordynuik, Inc. (JBI), Bordynuik applies that same perfectionist approach to new technologies. While going through his research archive, Bordynuik uncovered information about Plastic to Oil (P2O), a process that might turn out to be the most important technological development in recent memory. Originally developed when oil prices were low, the research regarding P2O was simply shoved aside. But times have changed — when Bordynuik rediscovered the research, he knew he had hit a home run.

The P2O machine “can process about 20 metric tons of mixed plastics every day,” said Bordynuik. “That works out to about 125 barrels a day.”

In a large batch continuous-feed processor, the technology can extract one liter of oil from a kilogram of plastic, turning raw unwashed, mixed plastics into fuel. The process itself also proves “green” — in emitting a gas byproduct, the process also creates its own fuel. Plastic bottles, plastic bags, plastic toys and tires — waste products known to fill up landfills — all become a renewable energy similar to biofuel.

JBI, which trades on the OTC market with the stock symbol JBII, is looking for people with manufacturing and farming facilities not running at full capacity to convert into P2O factories. Americans allowing P2O factories to run on their property will receive enough extra fuel from the P2O process to run their household or any onsite business operations. As P2O launches in 2010, JBI, Inc. hopes to establish 2,500 P2O sites in five or six years.

The company certainly won’t struggle to find waste plastic — Americans generate over 16 million tons of plastic each year.

For additional information, visit www.plastic2oil.com, www.jbiglobal.com or www.johnbordynuik.com.

Greener Pastures: P2O Plants Convert Farm Waste to Fuel

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Don’t let those fields of green confuse you — most farming isn’t environmentally friendly. From animal waste to pesticides and fertilizers to plastic trash, farms take their toll on Mother Earth. But some companies are looking to help farms clean up — and green up — their act.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the total amount of plastics in municipal solid waste in the U.S. was almost 31 million tons, or 12.1 percent of total municipal solid waste generation in 2007. Farms are a major contributor. Farms use plastic barrels and silage bags, many of which end up in landfills. The greenhouse sector, while often considered a clean industry, uses plastic in the form of nursery pots, plastic trays and polyethylene film. Some growers are looking to biodegradable plastic alternatives, such as peat moss or coconut, bamboo, rice, straw or corn fibers. But none of the available alternatives completely solve the problem — some materials are visually unattractive, while others are prone to cracking or mold growth. And many come in plastic packaging.

Farmers can do one of three things with their used plastic. They can reuse it, though most do not, due to health concerns. Farmers can also recycle some of their plastic, but collecting and transporting the plastic to a recycling center can prove problematic. And now, farmers can turn their agricultural waste plastic into fuel.

JBI Inc., a global technology company trading on the OTC market with the stock symbol JBII, has developed a way to break down plastic molecules into an oil similar to diesel fuel. The process, called Plastic 2 Oil (P2O), extracts about a liter of oil for each kilogram of plastic processed, and each P2O facility will be able to process up to 20 tons of scrap plastic per day. Even better, a gas byproduct created by the P2O process provides all of the energy needed to convert plastics into oil, eliminating energy costs.

JBI is looking for people with manufacturing and farming facilities not running at full capacity to convert into P2O factories. Americans allowing P2O factories to run on their property will receive enough extra fuel from the P2O process to run their household or any on-site business operations.

For additional information, visit www.plastic2oil.com, www.jbiglobal.com or www.johnbordynuik.com.