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.

Is Water the Next Oil?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Water is an essential natural resource — and it’s only becoming more valuable.
Despite 70 percent of the planet’s surface being covered by water, a mere 3 percent can be considered suitable drinking water. As pollution spreads and populations rise, fresh water supplies in highly populated areas are dwindling. Since 1950, the global population has nearly doubled, and water use has tripled.
“Much like oil, the growing demand for fresh drinking water is making it an increasingly valuable resource,” says Joel Sens, president of Seawright Holdings. “Water is the driving force behind life on this planet. As water use continues to climb, more regions find themselves facing a critical dilemma.”
More extreme cases of dwindling water supplies can be found in the hotter climate zones within the U.S. In fact, Texas is experiencing the worst single-year drought on record — now strengthened into a lethal rash of wildfires. In addition to Texas, the Great Lakes are shrinking, upstate New York reservoirs have sunk to record lows, and the west coast is riddled with water restrictions. Experts predict that at least 36 states will face water shortages within the next five years because of a combination of drought, population growth, waste and excess.
“The future of the global water supply is scarily dark,” says Sens. “At Seawright Holdings, we just happen to be in a good position to profit on the inevitable scarcity of water.”
Seawright Holdings is a small, overlooked public company whose stock currently trades well below $1 per share. As owner of one of the largest and oldest fresh water springs in the U.S., its spring is unaffected by drought and protected by 145 acres of land. Located 120 miles west of Washington, DC in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Seawright Springs produces over 1 million gallons of natural, FDA-approved water per day. Not to mention, the spring is ideally located within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the American population, which makes the water even more valuable due to its close proximity to so much of the U.S. population.
As the value of water continues to rise, Seawright Holdings remains an interesting investment opportunity. The company trades under the symbol (OTCQB: SWRI). To find more information about the spring and stock-related details, go to www.swristock.com.

Weather April Showers by Properly Preparing Your Vehicle

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – While it may be true that April showers bring May flowers, rain also creates wet roads and low driving visibility. To better weather the spring storms, Tires Plus recommends the following:

Keep the pressure on. Now is the time to pay close attention to your tires. Regularly check your tires for proper inflation, rotation, repair and replacement. Checking tire pressure is important; both under- and over-inflation lessens a tire’s gripping action. Further, rotating your tires can help correct irregular tire wear. Enlist the help of your local automotive technician in order to select a tire made for wet-weather driving and enhanced traction.

Wipe away the problem. Take a few moments to check your windshield wipers; they don’t last forever. If the rubber feels rough or is cracked, replace the wiper blades — in most climates about every six months.

Take tread seriously. Familiarize yourself with the “penny test” as a way to check your tire tread. Insert a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is worn, and the tire probably needs to be replaced. Your passenger tires should have at least 2/32 inch of tread depth; anything less is hazardous on the wet roads.

Avoid potholes. Hitting a pothole can damage your tire and/or the wheel of your vehicle. The sharp impact can cause immediate tire/wheel failure or internal damage that can lead to tire failure weeks later. Keeping your tires properly inflated will help reduce pothole damage and other road hazards.

Whether you are preparing for a long-awaited spring vacation or just everyday driving, don’t forget to properly prepare your vehicle to weather any storm. Take every precaution while on the road, and when experiencing wet road conditions remember to keep in mind that stopping distances will be longer than usual. And, finally, do not forget that proper vehicle maintenance can help your car stay newer longer this spring season.

Stacy London’s Tips on Updating Your Wardrobe

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – When it comes to finding a new look this spring, it’s less about spending and more about closet creativity. According to fashion expert and host of TLC’s “What Not To Wear,” Stacy London, “this season, use the basic rules of fashion and fabric care to re-create spring’s hottest looks.”

Fashion basic 101: Shop your closet first. You may already have some key items within your wardrobe that can stand as a strong foundation. Building upon key pieces, like a little black dress, can be an easy way to update your style without breaking the bank.

Regardless of the monetary or emotional price, in today’s economy, clothing can be seen as an investment. “Women spend so much time finding their perfect look, it is important to educate them on helping to extend the life of their wardrobe,” says London.

Having recently partnered with Woolite to create the “Find the Look, Keep the Look” program, London is dedicated to helping educate clothes-minded individuals on looking their best every day.

Ten boutique owners from across the country have also joined this partnership to offer their insight on regional style trends. Together, they created the “Look Book,” a compilation of basic must-haves to update your wardrobe. The entire book is available online for free at www.findthelookkeepthelook.com.

Stacy’s Style Tips

– Protect your style investments. According to a recent survey sponsored by Woolite, over $2 billion worth of clothing was ruined last year due to laundry-related mistakes. A non-harsh detergent like Woolite is the key to extending the closet-life of your favorite wardrobe pieces. It’s easy to breathe new life into classic wardrobe basics if they have been maintained through proper laundry care.

– Shop your (or your boy-friend’s) closet. Chances are, you probably already have key pieces to build on to re-create spring’s biggest trends. One must-have silhouette for spring is the relax-fit pant — AKA the boyfriend jean.

– Be bold with color. Bold, neon colors are back in a big way. To update your look, try punching up a neutral outfit with a touch of bold color. No need to go neon head-to-toe to translate this hot look.

– Make a statement with accessories. Big necklaces can streamline a silhouette and quickly update a dull outfit.

In Spring, Birds, Bees and … Termites?

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Spring doesn’t just mean flowers and sunshine — it’s also the perfect season for termite infestations.

Warmer temperatures inspire young male and female termites to fly from their colonies in search of ideal places to build new ones. And unfortunately for many Americans, termites often start colonies in human homes. In fact, termites cause $5 billion in property damage each year.

Termites eat more than wood. In addition to destroying housing structures, a termite colony can quickly decimate flooring, carpeting and wallpaper.

“Although social insects, termites are excellent at concealing their presence,” said Greg Baumann, senior scientist of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). “So often, termites are only discovered once severe property damage is visible.”

Signs of infestation include swarms of winged forms in the fall and spring, evidence of mud tunneling in, over and under wood structures, wood that looks darkened or blistered, and thin wood that a knife or a screwdriver can puncture.

The NPMA offers the following advice to Americans looking to prevent termites from eating them out of house and home:

– Water draws termites, so avoid water accumulation near your home’s foundation. Use downspouts, gutters and splash blocks to divert water. Keep gutters free of leaves and other organic debris. Quickly repair damage from leaks, both indoor and outdoor.

– Never store or bury mulch, wood debris, scrap lumber, sawdust or firewood near your home. If you do keep firewood outside, keep it elevated at least one inch above the ground.

– Eliminate contact between the wooden parts of your home and the soil. Trim shrubs and other plants so that they do not touch your home.

If you suspect termites, speak to a professional. For more information, contact the National Pest Management Association at www.pestworld.org.

Prevent Pets from Bringing Fleas and Ticks Home

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Spring is a time of rebirth and rejuvenation. Invigorated by warmer weather, many of us make our way outdoors to soak up the new found sun. But despite the cheerfulness outside, spring can often bring unwanted critters indoors -; by hitching a ride on our pets.

Before people take their pets for hikes or nature walks this spring, they should consider precautions to protect their pets – and themselves – from fleas and ticks.

A flea or tick infestation is no fun for the whole family. Flea saliva can cause anemia, dermatitis and transfer tapeworms – a dangerous internal parasite. Worse, fleas reproduce quickly and can infest whole homes, requiring professional extermination. Perhaps more harmful than fleas, brown dog ticks and Lyme-disease-carrying deer ticks typically enter homes through pets as well. Once in the home, they can begin laying up to 5,000 eggs at a time.

There is no need for pet owners to lock their dogs and cats inside all spring and summer. In fact, the National Pest Management Association, a 75-year-old non-profit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property through proper pest management and homeowner education, offers these tips to Americans hoping to protect their pets and their homes from fleas and ticks:

– Avoid tick habitats such as low-growing, brushy vegetation along the edge of the woods or a trail.

– Check your pet thoroughly after you have been in potentially tick-infested areas. Finding and removing all ticks helps prevent disease.

– Check pets frequently for fleas and flea dirt, especially after being outside. Look for excessive scratching and licking.

– Bathe pets after walks or playtime with other animals, as fleas can jump from host to host.

– Talk with a veterinarian about prevention and treatment options available to kill fleas and flea eggs.

– Wash pet bedding, collars and plush toys.

– Wash bed linens and vacuum carpets, floors and furniture frequently. Empty vacuum bags and throw the contents away in an outside receptacle.

– If you suspect a flea or tick infestation, contact a licensed pest professional immediately to treat the pest problem.

For more information and tips, visit www.pestworld.org.