How to Protect Your Home From Mosquitoes

One of the most annoying sounds of summer might be that droning whine of a mosquito, usually followed by the telltale tingle that, oh yeah, you’ve been bitten. Summer, as we all know, is peak mosquito season—but this year’s is worse than most, and it will probably last longer.

Keep these bloodsuckers from sneaking in and around your home by taking the necessary precautions. Here’s what experts want you to know about banishing mosquitoes from your property for the remainder of the summer.

Is My Home in a Flood Zone?

Ahome’s risk of flooding—from hurricanes or a huge downpour—is probably not the first thing you’d think to check. However, the fact is that many U.S. homes lie within flood zones, so it’s essential to size up this potential and take precautions if necessary—well before you might end up underwater.

So how can you find out if your home is in a flood zone—and if it is, how can you assess the size of this risk and what protections can you put in place? Whether you own a home or are looking to buy, here’s how to figure that out.

Tips To Help Your Gardens Survive (and Thrive) While You’re On Vacation

For most people, vacation stress revolves around packing and traveling. For gardeners, you’ll likely find us digging last-minute holes in the ground, deadheading flowers, or even panic-watering one hour before a flight (true story).

We’re guessing not that many gardeners are posting blissed-out photos on the beach every summer—because leaving our hard-earned gardens for a week or more is out of the question.

But listen up, fellow gardeners: You, too, deserve a vacation. Which is why we came up with this list of everything you can do to keep your garden happy while you sip tropical cocktails many miles away.

When It’s Time To Replace Things on the Outside of the House

As a homeowner, you should be staying on top of regular maintenance and repairs—especially when it comes to the exterior of your home, which creates that all-important first impression. But there inevitably comes a time when repairs have done all they can, and you’re forced to accept the bitter—and expensive—truth: It’s time to outright replace things like windows, the mailbox, or even the roof.

Such large-scale upgrades could really bust your maintenance budget. But knowing when you might need to lay out this kind of cash can help you plan for it.

To help you get your facts straight, we rounded up the most common exterior features and asked experts to weigh in on when they’re likely to deteriorate to the point of needing to be replaced.  Click HERE.

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