How to Get Rid of Mice in Your Home and Garage

How to Get Rid of Mice In Your Home and Garage - Tips for finding mice, keeping mice out, removing mice that are living in your home, and safe cleanup of mice and their droppings.

If you build it, mice will come. Fall is prime time for an increase in rodent activity in your home, as they look for winter protection, but mice and rats can move in at any time. While small, mice and rats can cause big problems. They chew on everything, causing property damage and potential fire risks when they gnaw on electrical wiring and build tinder dry nests in dark corners. Rodents can spread disease, on their own, through the parasites they carry (their fleas carried the Black Plague) or through their droppings (such as hantavirus).

How to Tell if You Have Mice in Your Home

It’s probably more common to see mouse droppings or mouse damage before you see the mice themselves, as they are nocturnal. When I was a kid, the little buggers would dry me crazy at night running around up in the attic. Thankfully we didn’t get rats in the house, but they would sometimes show up in the outbuildings around the farm. [Read more…]

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How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally

How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally - 3 Ways to Control Ants Without Poisons, Inside and Outside - PLUS - reasons why your home may be getting invaded by bugs.I’m not quite sure when they moved in.  First we were seeing one or two small black ants at a time, in the basement near the woodpile, so I thought they were coming from the wood.  Then we started seeing an ant or two or three on the main floor, closer to the kitchen.  I knew those weren’t from the woodpile, and it was past time to do something about the ant problem.  Like most of what I do around the home and yard, I wanted an ant control option that was as non-toxic as possible (except to the ants).  I hit the laundry room and the pantry and made up the ant bait.  I set one spoonful out in both locations, and the next time I checked, both of them were swarming with ants.  Yuck!  Thankfully, after a few days of frantic bait munching, the numbers have trickled to almost nothing, and our indoor ant problem should shortly be at an end. [Read more…]

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Natural Mosquito Repellents That Work

2 Natural Mosquito Repellent Recipes, plus the best herbs for mosquito control, 4 reasons some people get bit more than others and tips to get rid of mosquitoes.

This is a guest post by Amber Bradshaw of The Coastal Homestead featuring natural mosquito repellents and mosquito control.

What’s the most dangerous creature on earth? Without question the answer is: the mosquito. Mosquitoes and the diseases they spread have been responsible for killing more people than all the wars in history. Even today, mosquitoes transmitting malaria kill 2 million to 3 million people and infect another 200 million or more every year. Tens of millions more are killed and debilitated by a host of other mosquito-borne diseases, including filariasis, yellow fever, dengue and encephalitis.

I have a love hate relationship with nice weather. I love being outdoors, working in my garden, playing with my animals, watching the kids run around, smelling the salt air, basking in the sun, and enjoying nature of all kinds. I hate getting bit by those pesky, good for nothing, bloodsucking, make me itch all over and miserable mosquitoes. [Read more…]

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Handy Kitchen Substitutions

Save time and money with this printable list of 35+ Kitchen Substitutions . Substitutions for sweeteners, leavening, flours, spices, measurements and more.
Since I live out in the country, when I don’t have an ingredient on hand, it’s not very handy to pop out to the store to pick up what I need.  Over the years I’ve found an assortment of kitchen substitutions that have worked well for me, so I thought I would put them all together in one spot and share them with you.  These won’t work *exactly* like the original ingredients, but they should do in a pinch.  You may even like them better than the original. [Read more…]

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Troubleshooting Tips to Help You Bake the Perfect Loaf of Bread

Have trouble baking homemade bread? Get answers to the most common bread baking questions to help you turn baking flops into bread you'll love.

I got a phone call from an old friend yesterday.  As we were talking, his recent bread baking mishaps came up.  He told me, “Next time we’re over for a visit, you have to show me how to bake bread.  I’ve been trying, but one loaf of bread was flat, another loaf of bread looked great and then in caved in, and I just can’t get my bread to turn out right.”  Since he and the family won’t be able to come and visit until summer, I decided to write up a list of troubleshooting tips to help you bake the perfect loaf of bread, or at least bread that won’t do double duty as a door stop.  We’re going to tackle things in a question and answer format, so hopefully if there’s a question you’ve run into while bread baking, you’ll find it in the list. [Read more…]

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