Posts Tagged Texas

Texas Scorpion Control

Posted by on Wednesday, 9 April, 2014

scorpion with babiesTexas, commonly referred to as the Lone Star state, is has so much history. The Alamo is where Texas was won, Dr Pepper was invented in Waco, and Dallas is home to the Cowboys. There is so much more that Texas has to offer with historic sites to visit. Texas is also home to something else that has been around for thousands of years, the scorpion.

What does a scorpion look like? 

Scorpions have a segmented body. The main part of the body is the head and the abdomen. At the very end of the abdomen a tail will stick out, then on top of the tail there will be a stinger.  By the head of the scorpion it will have two pinchers. The color will vary from a light brown to a dark brown color.

What kind of scorpion is in Texas? 

Texas is home to the Bark Scorpion. The Bark Scorpion is about 2 to 3 inches long and can live any where from 2 to 6 year. The Bark Scorpion sting is one of the most venomous of all scorpions, and can even be deadly.

Why are there so many scorpions in Texas? 

Since Texas has such good weather year round, and never gets a deep freeze, scorpions can be out almost year round.  When the scorpions are out longer, they can breed more and infest a home much faster. To ensure that your home is not infested, it is good to get your home treated.

How are scorpions controlled?

Many scorpions will live on the outside of your home, inside the block walls around the home. They will also live under rocks, at the base of plants, and by pool equipment. On the inside of the home, scorpions will live inside the walls. Both the home and inside of the walls will need to be properly treated to control the scorpions.

scorpionWhat is a proper treatment? 

Properly treating your home will be done in four different parts; treating inside the walls of the home, treating the foundation of the home, treating the fence line, and treating the plants.  An in wall treatment is done by taking the face plates off the outlets and placing a product in to the walls of the home. Treatment around the foundation of the home with a power sprayer and not a back pack sprayer is most effective. Power spraying will give you the needed quantity, and will also get under the rock and into the soil. Granulating the plants will help exterminate any scorpions around your plants. Placing a product inside the fence will help kill any scorpions trying to live inside there.

How do you know if a company is going to do this kind of treatment to control the scorpions? 

When looking for a company to control the scorpions, looks at the rating with customers.  This can be done by looking on Google, Yelp, Family Own Pest Control, and Angie’s List. Looking on some of these sites will help you see how the company is doing with treating the scorpions.   It will give you an added assurance, that the company is doing a correct treatment.

Texas Scorpion Control

Bulwark Exterminating
209 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 291-1200
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

A Wildlife Pro
3803 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 914-7287
austintxanimalcontrol.com
 
Terminix
1905 Kramer Lane,
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 236-5008
terminix.com 

Top Texas Caverns – The Best Of Texas Underground

Posted by on Wednesday, 19 February, 2014

That’s right, there are so many caves in Texas that even long-long residents have likely not had the opportunity to see half of these fabulous show caves. Long used by Native tribes for shelter and safety, many of these caverns boast a rich Texas history filled with legends and lore. Informative, guided tours are available of these Texas caves, making them safely accessible for most.

Natural Bridge Caverns

Texas Cavern

Arguably the most popular cave in Texas, Natural Bridge Caverns is certainly the most amazing and largest show cave in the Lone Star State. Proximal to San Antonio on the outskirts of the Texas Hill Country, visitors meander from each cavernous room in sheer awe at the massive flowstones and soda straw stalactites. Massive chandeliers and cave ribbons also fill the cave, as do colossal formations that feature some rather fascinating names. A wide variety of tours can take visitors deeper into the cave, and there are lantern tours, adventure tours, and many other activities including a zip line tour and an area where the family can pan for gold. Daily hours and onsite concessions make stopping by Natural Bridge Caverns an easy spontaneous day trip.

Longhorn Caverns – Burnet

One of the best caves in Texas (and the most popular) is Longhorn Caverns. Longhorn Caverns State Park offers more than just a spectacular cave, but miles of marked hiking trails and historical sites, too. Back to the cave, guided tours last just over an hour, and there is a Wild Cave Tour offered for those willing to go a little deeper. These cavern chambers were uniquely formed by cutting action of running water and dissolution of limestone, creating absolutely stunning, meandering chambers. Concessions and a gift shop are onsite, and you can purchase tickets for day tours and monthly ghost hunting tours online at Longhorns Caverns.

Inner Space Caverns – Georgetown

Accidentally discovered by a core drilling team in the 60s, Inner Space Cavern boasts huge columns, amazing flowstones, eerie sky openings, and a surplus of intriguing formations. Most notably, this cavern is one of the few in the state where prehistoric animal fossils and remains have been uncovered. Open daily, several guided tours from traditional to adventures await visitors, and one of the more popular tours is the Sister Caves Tour of exhibits inside and outside of the caves, including Indian burial grounds, cave sinks, and a historic railroad. The Hidden Passages Tour takes you through a newly opened segment of the cave, so you can be among the earliest explorers of this undeveloped section.

Wonder World Park – San Marcos

Most don’t associate Texas with earthquakes, but the formation of the cave at Wonder World is a direct result of one that occurred along the Balcones Fault Line. In fact, this is the only example of an earthquake formed cave in the US! Beyond the impressive formations and fossils within the cave, many impossibly large boulders seem to literally hang in the air, ready to drop at a moments notice. Don’t worry, they’re solidly trapped between the rubble of the earthquake, but it’s a remarkable sight. Exit the cave through the Stratovator to take a super-cool ride to the top of the observation tower, and then enjoy strolling through the anti-gravity house, where water flows uphill!

Ideal for families with youngsters, there’s still more to do at Wonder World. Take a ride on the park’s train through waterfalls to the Texas Wildlife Petting Park where you can interact with and feed the animals along the way. Hang out cafe and grab some lunch, and make sure to snap a pic of the group at the Wonder World Park display wall before heading out as a souvenir.

Fans of the underground (and the cool climate offered to escape the stifling Texas heat) will love these cavern options, sure to delight all ages of the family!

T. L. Mastic’s first cave experience was in her home state of New Mexico when she visited Carlsbad Caverns. Later, as a Highland Lakes resident, she discovered these other enjoyable caverns. She writes about and promotes the Highland Lakes area. For more information about this region, please visit Facebook and Twitter.

Four Essential Tips For Car Buyers In Texas

Posted by on Thursday, 12 December, 2013

Buying CarThere are some states and cities you can live in and not need to rely on motor vehicles for transportation, but Texas isn’t one of them. Texas is made up of 268,581 square miles of cities, suburbs, deserts, and coastlines, and if you want to get around in The Lone Star State you’re going to need a car. When you’re looking for a car that’s made to withstand Texas’ extreme heat and miles of highways and roads, you need to make sure that you’re shopping correctly. If you’re a Texas resident that’s looking for a car, remember to keep these car shopping tips in mind.

Figure out the value of your old car

When you’re thinking about buying a new car, your thoughts probably aren’t on how much money your old car is worth. It doesn’t matter whether you’re planning on selling it or trading it in, you need to figure out how much your previous car is worth. Once you know how much it’s worth, you’ll be in a much better position to negotiate with buyers and dealerships. Kelley Blue Book is still considered the ultimate authority in car value, so head over to their website with some basic information about your car so that you can get a quote.

Don’t rely on emotion

“I’ll know the right car for me when I see it”

So many car buyers have gone with their gut or their emotions when they looked at a car they fell in love with, and doing that is a good way to go over your budget or to buy a car that doesn’t meet your needs. That new Hyundai convertible you found in Fort Worth may look like everything you’ve ever wanted in a car, but you’ll regret it when you’re driving with the top down during a two week stretch of triple digit heat in the summer. There’s nothing wrong with buying a car that appeals to you visually, but that good looking car should also be able to meet your other important criteria for finding your new car.

Don’t fall for urgency

Unless you’re going car shopping on the last day of a big sale, you shouldn’t believe it when a salesman says that they can only give you this deal today. Salesmen aren’t saying that because they don’t want you to miss out on an amazing deal, they’re doing that so they can make another sale before the day is done.

Avoid shopping for new models as soon as they debut

It seems like people flock to the dealership as soon as next year’s model is available. Don’t go car shopping as soon as the latest model cars are revealed if you want to save money and if you truly need to have the latest Hyundai. Dealers in Fort Worth, Dallas, and around the state can inflate the prices of new model cars when they first come out because they’re so popular. Some people are willing to pay anything to make sure that they have the latest model vehicle, and their need to be the first to have something new will cost them a significant amount of money.

Joan is a part-time writer who loves to share her adventures in travel and finance with her readers.

Brown Recluse Spider Infographic

Posted by on Wednesday, 9 October, 2013

Brown Recluse spiderThere is much confusion out there among the general public regarding the Brown Recluse spider. Our fearful nature makes us question every spider we encounter in our homes.

“Oh no, is it a Brown Recluse?”

“Well, the spider is brown.”

It’s only reasonable for us to question whether or not a spider we find is indeed a Brown Recluse. After all, these spiders are very dangerous. The Brown Recluse’s venom has been shown to cause necrosis; or a rotting of skin near the bite. A bite starts out as nothing, offering little to no pain, but quickly escalates into serious skin ulcers. Although rare, a bite can cause death.

How do you know if you really have a Brown Recluse problem on your hands?

Bulwark Pest Control has put together the following infographic to help aid the general public in regards to the Brown recluse spider. Learn what the Brown Recluse spider looks like, where in the United States they are found, and what to do if you are ever bit.

Brown Recluse Spider Infographic

 

 brown recluse

Austin Brown Recluse Control

Most spiders in Austin, TX are not dangerous, unless you’re talking about the Brown Recluse. This is why so many Austin home-owners eagerly employ Bulwark Brown Recluse Spider Control. These spiders can pose a serious threat. You’ll want a spider exterminator that guarantees their pest control treatments, and one that is up-to-date on all of the Brown Recluse extermination methods. Don’t mess around with the Brown Recluse, and don’t try to deal with an infestation on your own. Get professional help!

For Austin Brown Recluse Control, get Bulwark Exterminating!

Bulwark Exterminating
209 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 291-1200
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

A Wildlife Pro
3803 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 914-7287
austintxanimalcontrol.com

Terminix
1905 Kramer Lane,
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 236-5008
terminix.com

What Pest Did You See Infographic

Posted by on Monday, 16 September, 2013

Have you seen the “pest test” word search puzzle floating around Facebook? If not, you’ll have to check it out (pictured below).

 

Pest Wordsearch

 

The pest word search was put together by Bulwark Exterminating, who just so happens to have a branch here in Austin, TX.

The word search puzzle exploded in popularity, with almost 13,000 Facebook users commenting on the puzzle with the first pest they found.

The following infographic breaks down the percentages of each pest found in the pest word search:

 

Wordsearch puzzle infographic

 

  • What pest did you spot first in the puzzle?
  • Was the first pest you found one of the most common pests found?
  • Did you find the following pests: scorpion, spider, termite, wasp, bugs, roach, fly, bedbugs, ant, lice, gnat, flea, and centipede?
  • Was the pest you found first, also the pest you fear the most?

Comment below!

The Invasion Of The Critters

Posted by on Friday, 6 September, 2013

During the summertime, wild animal activity is at its peak. Incidentally, this is also when the most roof damage tends to occur. If you find yourself hearing strange noises from your attic, it’s probably not your imagination. Most likely, you have an animal invasion caused by holes in your roof. Many animals, such as possums, squirrels, birds and raccoons, will find your attic to be a comfortable and dry refuge to sleep and raise their offspring. Besides being noisy and disrupting your sleep, this can also result in increased allergies, higher risk of animal bites and serious structural damage to your house. Here’s what to do if this happens to you.

Locate Entryways

Many homeowners only discover holes in their roof long after the uninvited tenants have moved in, so inspecting your roof for damage or weak spots regularly can help prevent these entrances from forming. However, this isn’t something you should do yourself. Because walking on roofs can be dangerous for the inexperienced, it’s recommended to hire a qualified professional roofer to check things out.

Fix The Problem

Your first impulse is probably to call pest control, but fighting the invasion is useless if you can’t prevent it from happening again. If you get rid of the animals before closing up the entry points, they will keep coming. Therefore, it’s important to address the holes in your roof first. Hopefully the problem is as simple as a broken screen, vent or window, but there may be much more serious damage that could have resulted in holes. Water damage, missing shingles, rot, mold and falling tree branches are all common culprits. If you have these types of damage in one place on your roof, you’ll likely have more, so have it inspected and repaired accordingly.

The Pest Issue

After you’ve located the problem areas and addressed them appropriately, it’s time to deal with your pest problem. Having unwanted animals in your attic is typically accompanied by feces and carcasses, which smells terrible and poses a health hazard to you and your family. Many small animals such as birds and rodents can be dealt easily on your own. However, larger animals like possums and raccoons can be a much more serious problem. These are among the most common wild animals to carry rabies and other diseases, they’re aggressive and they aren’t very fearful of people, so it’s never recommended to confront them yourself. In cases like these, you should call in an animal control specialist as soon as possible.

Prevention

Working to prevent future invasions is better than having to resolve them once they’ve occurred. Having your roof inspected several times per year by a professional roofer is a good way to do this. You can also take a personally active role by taking steps to deter pests from moving in. Keeping traps and poison baits in your attic will stop pests from staying long if they manage to get inside. Ultrasonic deterrent devices can also be helpful as well as a sprinkling of diatomaceous earth.

Featured images:

Peter Wendt, recently found a raccoon in his attic. This Austin based roof repair company gave him some great tips to keep the critters out.

Austin Bats In Danger?

Posted by on Thursday, 15 August, 2013

English: Emergence of the bats of the Congress...

Every year some 100,000 plus people visit Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge to witness one of nature’s marvels. During summer evenings, upwards of 1.5 million bats emerge from the crevices of the bridge, almost like a black cloud, to feed on millions of insects. It’s a spectacular site that generates $10 Million in tourism revenue each year.

This summer it was confirmed by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services that the deadly White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) has made its way to Texas. This devastating and deadly disease afflicts hibernating bats by covering them with a white fungus, awaking them from hibernation and causing them to die from starvation. In other areas of the United States, over 95 percent of the bat populations have been wiped out because of WNS.

With White-Nose Syndrome now in Texas, are the Austin bats in danger?

White-Nose Syndrome: Are Austin Bats In Danger?

At this time, White-Nose Syndrome is not believed to affect Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge bats. The reason being is that WNS has only been shown to affect hibernating bats. The bats at Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge are Mexican free-tailed bats; bats that do not hibernate and that are active year-round. It’s important to note that the full potential impact of WNS on Mexican free-tailed bats, and all bats in Texas, is still unknown.

Scientists do fear for other bat species in Texas. The deadly WNS can be spread bat-to-bat. Mexican Free-tailed bats do share their winter and summer ranges with many hibernating species, including the Cave Myotis bat and little brown bat. Biologists fear that migrating Mexican free-tails, even if they are not themselves afflicted by the disease, may prove to be carriers that spread the fungus that’s linked to White-nose Syndrome.

If this is truly the case and migrating bats can spread WNS to other species of bat throughout North America, then the results may be catastrophic; for both bats and humans alike. A single colony of bats will eat nearly 1.5 million pest insects a year; pests that destroy agricultural farming.

Please continue to get out to Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, and marvel at the amazing bats. There are plenty of spots along Lady Bird Lake, in the surrounding area of Congress Avenue, where you can watch the bats. Flights normally begin about 8:00 pm, and may last upwards of 45 minutes.

Bat with White-nose Syndrome

White-Nose Syndrome

One of the fastest declines in North American wildlife happens to come at the expense of the bat. It’s all because of White-Nose Syndrome. First discovered in New York back in 2006, WNS had spread to 28 different states, including Texas.

White-Nose Syndrome causes a fatal white fungus to grow on a bat’s bodies (the nose in particular) as they hibernate in caves for the winter. The fungus causes the hibernating bats to wake during the winter months. When awake, the bats will burn up all of their energy reserves that are usually saved when they hibernate. Due to lack of energy and nutrition, the affected bats ultimately die of starvation. Additionally, if the fungus reaches a bat’s wings, it interferes with flying, feeding, body temperature, and blood pressure.

As a result of WNS, it’s believed that upwards of 10 million bats will have died by the end of this hibernation; across all affected states and providences in North America. There is currently no cure for WNS.

English: taken from flickr, released by user B...

 What Can Be Done To Prevent WNS In Texas?

We know for a fact, WNS can be spread from bat-to-bat, but it is also believed that humans can aid the spread of the fungus. After spelunking and exploring caves in Texas, take great precautions to decontaminate yourself, and all your equipment, before entering any new caves. Decontamination protocols can be found at whitenosesyndrome.org.

While exploring caves for entertainment, it is in poor taste to touch any bat you see. Doing so can further result in the spread of WNS; not to mention, bats can also carry other diseases like rabies.

While exploring caves in Texas, report any large-scale bat mortalities to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Division, especially those that occur during the winter months. The kills and spills team can be reached 24-hours a day at (512-389-4848).

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services has also joined in on the WNS fight, awarding a grant of $39,566 to the state of Texas for WNS research.

About the Author:

Anthony Ball is a Content Marketing Manager with Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control services in Austin, TX. Bulwark is fully operational in seven states, including twelve major cities. While Bulwark provides pest extermination for common insects such as ants, roaches, crickets and spiders, the company’s differentiating aspect is great personalized service. Bulwark uses the finest and most effective products in the world to solve common pest problems.

 

Crazy Ants Driving Out Austin Fire Ants

Posted by on Monday, 8 July, 2013

I recently wrote an article about Rasberry Crazy ants, and how they are spreading throughout much of the state of Texas. According to a recent report out of The University of Texas At Austin, the spreading of this invasive ant species has also lead to them driving out other species of ants, including the Red Imported Fire ants.

Ants on raspberriesAustin Fire Ants Driven Out By Rasberry Crazy Ants

If you live in Austin, TX you have become well acquainted with the Red Imported Fire ant. These ants are unmistakable, because of their very painful stings, and the massive mounds they build in your yard. Residents know to keep away from these mounds, or you’ll be sorry.

However, there is a new pest invader taking the place of the Fire ants in Austin. It’s an ant that some people hate even more than the Fire ant. The ant I am referring to is the Rasberry (not raspberry) Crazy ant.

According to a recent report, the “ecologically dominant” crazy ants are reducing diversity and abundance of many ant species in Texas, including the dreaded Fire ants. Areas in Austin are seeing very few fire ants in areas heavily infested with Crazy ants because the ants outcompete for the necessary resources needed for survival. Essentially, they monopolize food sources and starve out other ant species.

Even in region of Texas where the Crazy ant population is less intense, Fire ant numbers were considerably reduced. Other ant species, particularly native species, were also eliminated or diminished.

What’s So Bad About Austin Crazy Ants?

Many Austin residents are becoming so fed up with the destructive Crazy ants, that they wish they had the stinging Fire ants back! This sentiment is primarily because of three different reasons.

1) Crazy ants infest in huge numbers. They quickly outnumber other species of ants because they multiply very rapidly. In fact, they can attain densities up to 100 times greater than all other species of ants in a single area combined. Some residents report having to sweep out the Crazy ants with a broom and dustpan daily… Dustpans full of ants!

2) The Crazy ants are very destructive. They go everywhere, invading homes and nesting inside your walls, attics, and crawlspaces. They are notorious for damaging electrical equipment by swarming inside appliances. These ants are drawn to electrical currents, chewing through electric wiring. These actions cause stop lights, air conditioners, and other electrical equipment to short circuit; resulting in expensive repairs.

3) Crazy ants are tough to eliminate. Since Crazy ants don’t eat the same poison baits as other ants do, they are very difficult to control. Pest control for fire ants differs greatly from pest control for crazy ants.

Hands In Ant NestCharacteristics of Rasberry Crazy Ants

Rasberry Crazy ants measure about 1/8 of an inch long. They are a reddish-brown color, with long slender bodies and anteneea. They are also covered in fine hairs or fuzz that makes them appear less glossy than other ant species.

The Rasberry Crazy ant was named after an exterminator, Tom Rasberry, who discovered the ant in nearby Houston. They are also referred to as tawny ants, or simply Crazy ants. They earned the nickname “crazy” because of their crazy, rapid, nonlinear movements.

Austin Ant Control

Crazy ants, Fire ants, sugar ants, piss ants, whatever… no matter the type of ant, an Austin Ant control professional can help solve your ant problems. Call Austin ant exterminator today!

Bulwark Exterminating
209 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 291-1200
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
A Wildlife Pro
3803 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 914-7287
austintxanimalcontrol.com
 
Terminix
1905 Kramer Lane,
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 236-5008
terminix.com
 

Sell A House Fast In Austin TX

Posted by on Monday, 1 July, 2013

Austin Real Estate

Selling a house can be a stressful task if you are doing it on your own, and you know nothing about the property selling or the common pricing strategies. The task of selling a property that you own is quite a project. Unless you are aware of how it all works, it is very likely that in the end, you will end up selling your house at the wrong price. As we’ve already said, the task is complex. There are so many things involved with it, that there is always a risk of something going wrong with the whole deal… unless you know what you are doing accurately.

Selling A House In Austin, TX

Selling a house is a complex business, and it gets even more complex when you are selling a house that is not brand new. There are many additional points that you need to take care of before selling, and before making a deal. It is always recommended to seek the help of a property dealing firm that offers great services for your property; and also specializes in the property selling business. Solution Strategies, LLC is such a reliable company in Austin, Texas. The company offers great solutions to all of your needs; selling your house in a perfectly good manner and price. The company takes over the task of pricing your house accordingly, and then finds a customer who is willing to buy your house at the asking price.

Solution Strategies Sells Austin Houses Fast

Let’s look at the reasons why you should hire the services of Solution Strategies, LLC in the first place. The first thing we can possibly think of is that it is very likely that when you are planning to sell your house then it is because either you are in need of quick cash and want cash home buyers in Austin, Texas or because you are moving to some other place and you need to sell house fast in Austin Tx. The company simply helps you with everything that is required in the whole process, and assists you in an expert manner to ensure you of the great deal with your house. Selling a house involves a number of difficult tasks such as pricing the house at great yet correct rates, making sure that you sell house fast in Austin Tx , finding cash home buyers in Austin, Texas to purchase your house and not to mention all the legal work involved in the entire process of selling the house.

The firm provides excellent services in this field, and you get these services at very reasonable prices by the company. Hiring the company to sell a house fast in Austin Tx is really a beneficial decision. Hiring them you ensure to avoid all the other troubles involved with this process, and the firm takes care of every task that is necessary for you to sell the house. Whether it is pricing your place at a great price, or simply finding cash home buyers in Austin, Texas, the firm effectively solves all these problems for you.

Article by staffwrite at http://selltexaspropertyfast.com

How To Prepare Your Home For The Three Digit Days Of Summer

Posted by on Friday, 14 June, 2013

Woman Cooling Off With Fan

Ah yes. Summer is upon us. It’s the most hated and loved season of all. It’s wonderful in that you can swim all day and have a margarita in your hands at all times and terrible in that it gets so hot, your skin feels like it’s going to melt off. Sunscreen is my best friend during these months. Especially when the temperature rises into the three digits. Yuck! While you probably know to lather on the sunscreen and drink plenty of water, are you safeguarding your home from the heat as well?

Keep The Thermostat At 74 Degrees

Thermometer Summer Heat

While most people leave the thermostat running at a cold 71 or 72 degrees during the summer, it isn’t doing much. Yes it is cooling your home down, but it’s raising your energy bill in the long run. Homes can’t really get colder than 74 degrees. So while you keep pushing the ‘down’ arrow on your thermostat, your energy company keeps increasing your bill each month. Don’t worry, 74 degrees is still plenty cool. You’ll definitely notice the difference when you walk into your home from outside where it’s 102 degrees!

Invest In Some Outside Shades Or Shutters

Keep your home cooler by installing some outside shade. If the sun has started beating in through your backyard windows, invest in a bigger shade over your patio. If you can’t stand the heat from the sun beaming into your kitchen, buy some bigger outside shutters to place on the windows. While your home is protected on the inside with shades and shutters, it’s important to protect it on the outside as well with the same equipment. You’ll notice a huge difference in how nice and cool your home feels with this added shade!

A White Roof

If it’s at all possible, get up on your roof with a bucket of white paint and a paint brush, (or make your husband do it!), and start painting! A white roof helps deter the sunlight from beating down too hard on your home. It acts as a deflector in that the sun will beam on top of your home and reflect right off so that your home stays nice and cool throughout those incredibly brutally warm summer days!

An Alarm System Is Helpful In More Ways Than One

More often than not, we all forget to turn the thermostat up when we leave for work in the morning. Especially during the summer. It’s hard to remember when you are rushing to get the kids out of bed, the coffee started, and your shirt ironed. With a million other things on your mind, your energy bill is the furthest thing from it. But that’s where your alarm system comes in handy! Utilize all of its capabilities, including its wireless features. Whether you have Katy home security or New York home security, it helps in a ton of different ways. One of which being that you can control your thermostat wirelessly. So while you are protecting your home from burglars, you can also keep your energy bills in check.

About The Author: Carly loves the summertime. Mainly because her birthday is right smack in the middle of it and she is an avid believer in receiving presents. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram if you want to see pictures of dogs and tweets about her love for The Walking Dead.