Flies hate the smell of basil. To discourage them, place pots of basil at doorways and windowsills and on the kitchen counter. Don't have enough sun for potted basil? Put dried basil in a small muslin pouch, rubbing it occasionally to keep the scent strong.
Cats love catnip. Mosquitoes? Not so much. According to Science Daily, catnip repels mosquitoes more effectively than DEET. Grow it in your garden or apply undiluted catnip oil to the skin for up to two hours of protection.
Spiders are not fond of citrus. In a spray bottle, mix water and unsweetened lemon or lime juice. Wipe your countertops with the mixture or spray down doorways and windowsills. You can deter spiders in your garden by spreading around lemon, orange, or lime peels.
Use a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water to wipe down countertops and other surfaces—anywhere you've spotted ants. For best results, repeat this several times a day. Doing so destroys the scent trails that ants use to navigate.
Many kinds of wasp are incredibly territorial and will not build a nest within 200 yards of another one. So build or buy your own fake nest! It’s like a scarecrow for wasps. Hang one in the front yard and one in back, and you’re done.
Alternately salting and vacuuming your doors will kill flea eggs. But since fleas have a three-day reproduction cycle, you have to be diligent: Salt every day for nine days and vacuum every third day. Don’t forget to empty the vacuum every time, or the live ones will crawl right back out again!
Cinnamon bark oil has been shown to control dust mites. Mix several drops into a 50/50 solution of water and denatured alcohol. Spray bedding, carpets, and any other places dust collects. Added benefit? Your house will smell like cookies!
Trap fruit fies with this simple approach: Fill a glass three-quarters full with vinegar or cider vinegar, then add six to eight drops of dishwashing liquid, and fill to the top with warm water. Gruesomely effective.
Who could call Bambi a pest? A gardener. Many have had luck deterring deer with Irish Spring soap. Hang it or spike it to a stake near things that deer like to eat. Alternatively, sprinkle shavings or small chunks on the ground.
According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, the detour on I-81 South in Montgomery County is expected to be in place Wednesday night and into Thursday morning.
11:15 a.m. Wednesday: Emergency repairs on Interstate 81 South in Montgomery County have prompted the Virginia Department of Transportation to put a detour in place Wednesday.
Traffic on I-81 South will be detoured at Exit 132 (Dixie Caverns), onto Route 11/460, and back onto I-81 at Exit 118 (Christiansburg). According to VDOT, crews need to fix an unstable slope where a truck climbing lane project is being built between mile markers 120 and 125.
Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer and the opening of many public pools. In her book, 1,001 Ways To Reveal Your Personality, Elayne J. Kahn reveals how your bathing suit color can reveal your personality.
--Black Swimsuits mean you like to stand out from the crowd, are sensuous, like to tan and love the beach.
--White Swimsuits mean you like to control any situation you are in, have some innocence in your life and sometimes can be very provocative.
--Red Swimsuits mean you like to be flamboyant, remembered by people who meet you, love sports and will always try anything once.
--Blue Swimsuits mean you are always calm and collected, organized and like to follow a schedule.
-- Orange Swimsuits mean you are a morning person, you are enthusiastic and you are positive and optimistic.
-- Lavender Swimsuits mean you like to stand out in a crowd, are personable and like being mysterious at times.
--Yellow Swimsuits mean you are bright and cheerful, like to smile, like nature and have a good sense of humor. Green Swimsuits mean you like the outdoors, are honest and open and love meeting new people.