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6 Ways to Kill Bed Bugs That Really Work
6 Ways to Kill Bed Bugs That Really Work

The bed bug epidemic seems to get worse by the day. More people are waking up to discover bed bug bites on their children. More people are spending thousands of dollars on exterminators to have them check their homes for pests and then exterminate them, only to discover that the extermination methods used were not effective.

Difference Between Rock Salt and Ice Melt
Difference Between Rock Salt and Ice Melt

Melody is a busy mom who works full time and knows it is important to save time when it comes to effective snow removal techniques.Choosing the Right Product for You What Makes Driveway Ice Melt BestThe difference between rock salt and ice melt is that rock salt is better at removing existing ice whereas ice melt is better at preventing new ice from forming.

For the Love of Water: Growing Papyrus
For the Love of Water: Growing Papyrus

Kim has been gardening and growing her own food for over 27 years. She is a Master Gardener and loves to explore agricultural challenges. More Houseplants . .I adopt plants—not intentionally; it just happens. Sometimes my clients buy something they end up not liking, or they find out it doesn& 39;t really grow here and give it up.

5 House Painting Tools Every Painter Needs
5 House Painting Tools Every Painter Needs

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. My Favorite Wall Painting ToolsWhether you paint for a living or not, having good house painting tools on site helps you finish projects faster with better results. Instead of including the obvious paint brushes and roller sleeves everyone uses, I have included five tools you might not be using that are my personal favorites.

How to Turn an Extra  Bedroom Into a Guest Suite
How to Turn an Extra Bedroom Into a Guest Suite

Sadie Holloway enjoys discovering simple ways to stay organized and manage her time better at home, at work, and out in the community. 7 Tips for Setting Up an Inviting Guest RoomHave you got company coming for the holidays? Do family members like to drop in out of nowhere to stay the night? Here are some easy, affordable ways to turn your spare bedroom into a cozy home-away-from-home for your guests.

DIY Fake Stone Wall—Cheap and Fun!
DIY Fake Stone Wall—Cheap and Fun!

I’m currently nursing a meniscus tear. Believe it or not, this knee injury happened almost 26 years ago. Stone WallsFor a long time, I& 39;ve wanted a stone wall in my living room, around my fireplace, and beyond. I& 39;ve never done stonework, so I knew I couldn& 39;t do it myself with real stone. I checked on some of the fake stone panels, and they were beautiful, but they were very expensive.

How to Grow Peanuts
How to Grow Peanuts

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. Whether you call them goobers, monkey nuts, or ground nuts, peanuts are a popular food eaten and grown around the world. Here’s a well-kept secret: peanuts are not nuts.

A Homeowner's Guide to Air Conditioning Preventive Maintenance
A Homeowner's Guide to Air Conditioning Preventive Maintenance

Bert spent 25 years working as a home-improvement and residential construction contractor in central Florida. We all receive those advertisements in the mail for an annual air-conditioning system preventative maintenance checkup. Most licensed contractors send a qualified technician to your house to perform a basic preventive maintenance service and inspection.

Aqua Coat Clear Wood Grain Filler Review
Aqua Coat Clear Wood Grain Filler Review

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. Why Use Grain Filler?When preparing oak cabinets for paint, I use grain filler to smooth the surface. Without filler, the deep cracks in oak grain are difficult to prevent from showing through paint, especially if you& 39;re spraying instead of rolling.

How to Grow a Meyer Lemon Tree Indoors or Outdoors
How to Grow a Meyer Lemon Tree Indoors or Outdoors

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. Those of us in northern climates don’t have the opportunity to harvest fresh citrus from our backyards as so many of our southern neighbors do. Fortunately, Meyer lemon trees are small enough to be grown in a container and brought indoors during the winter.

Are You a Closet Hoarder?
Are You a Closet Hoarder?

I am a school teacher with a love for writing short stories, usually with a humorous twist. My wife and I were helping our daughter spring-clean her apartment when I came across a dusty puzzle book that had fallen behind a shoebox in the cupboard. Glancing at the cover, I instantly remembered that I bought the book for my daughter in 2003.

Growing Hops in Florida for Homebrewed Beer
Growing Hops in Florida for Homebrewed Beer

My father and I enjoy brewing beer. I write about brewing beer from time to time. I also grow hops in my backyard to support this hobby. Growing Hops in Florida Is a Little TrickyI tried growing hops on four separate occasions before being successful. Each time, I tried different things to attempt to have a successful growing season.

How to Care for a Jade Plant
How to Care for a Jade Plant

Kate graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in biology. She currently resides in Sonoma, California. The evergreen leaves of a jade plant will perk up your living space and bring the natural world into your home. Simple care can help it thrive for many years. Whether you are a novice or an expert gardener, you can learn to care for jade plants.

The 8 Best Low-Light and Low-Maintenance Office Plants
The 8 Best Low-Light and Low-Maintenance Office Plants

Kate graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in biology. She currently resides in Sonoma, California. For many people around the world, the office is like a second home, but spending eight or more hours in an office can seem like a drag. Luckily, with a few decorations, your office can feel more like a living room than a working space.

How to Replace Cracked or Damaged Floor Tile
How to Replace Cracked or Damaged Floor Tile

Bert spent 25 years working as a home-improvement and residential construction contractor in central Florida. The eyes of a home inspector or prospective buyer often gravitate right to cracks in the floors and walls. A long crack across several tiles indicates a settlement crack in a subfloor. Faulty installation, on the other hand, often causes a single randomly broken tile out in the middle of a floor.

Basics of Orchid Care
Basics of Orchid Care

Kate graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in biology. She currently resides in Sonoma, California. A well-cared-for orchid plant can do wonders for your life. The presence of this attractive plant in your home can do a lot for your mood and the design of your interior space.

How to Grow Jicama
How to Grow Jicama

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. Are you enjoying the crunchy, sweet taste of jicama purchased at the grocery store? Did you know that you can grow this delightful root vegetable in your own vegetable garden?

What Is Wasabi?
What Is Wasabi?

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. For me, the best thing about sushi is the wasabi—that sinus-clearing green paste that adds just the right amount of heat to the fish and rice. Unfortunately, it’s not actually wasabi.

Why Does My Spa Drain Down When the Pool Pump Shuts Off?
Why Does My Spa Drain Down When the Pool Pump Shuts Off?

Rob is a pool-service industry professional with over 20 years of experience. Is the Spa Leaking?In most cases, it is unlikely that the spa is leaking if it drains down when the pump is off. If the spa is leaking, there would also be a noticeable drop in the pool& 39;s water level. In normal operation (pool mode) of a pool/spa combination, the spa is usually set to overflow into the pool, making a spa leak difficult to detect.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs: A Low-Cost DIY Extermination Without Toxic Poisons
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs: A Low-Cost DIY Extermination Without Toxic Poisons

Don& 39;t Panic!I know the panic, the dread, the embarrassment. This was a horrible experience for me! After trying others& 39; advice and spending months battling these horrible little critters, I FINALLY got my house back! I want to share with you how I did it so that you can do it too! This article describes how to get rid of bed bugs yourself, without using toxic pesticides or paying thousands of dollars on exterminators!