Radio Time! Problems & Solutions Thursday, Oct 30!

On Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 9:10 a.m. – 10 a.m. CT, I’ll be a guest on Cathy Blythe’s award winning radio show, Problems and Solutions, on KFOR 1240AM. We’ll be talking about insect and wildlife pests commonly found in southeast Nebraska in a segment called, “What’s Bugging You?” The show airs in several different states so we work hard to make it interesting and educational for everyone! Last month, we even ran out of time! There were so many great questions from listeners who called in or sent in email questions! Certainly keeps me hopping and I love it!

Turn your radio dial to 1240AM or listen online live by clicking the button at http://www.kfor1240.com/pages/4498752.php.  To find the podcast of this show later, click here: http://www.kfor1240.com/Problems-and-Solutions/5430870

As always, be sure to contact your local university extension office for information on programs and resources found in your local community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml

Have a great day!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
UNL Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

Dribbles & Piddles: Cleaning Up After Mice!

Mouse droppings compared to a penny

Mouse droppings compared to a penny

Yesterday I talked about keeping mice out and trapping…. today it is all about the how, what and why of clean up!

Each house mouse leaves us between 50 to 75 pellets (mouse droppings) per day as they explore our living spaces. Some animals leave droppings in piles, but not the mouse. Mouse droppings will be scattered as they run along places like our floors and countertops (where we prepare food!). The droppings are about the size of a grain of rice and usually look black depending on what the mouse has been eating. Mice also dribble urine (or as my mom would say “piddle”) everywhere they run! Continue reading

Mouse in the House? No Thanks!

This is the time of year when mice make their way into homes. It’s a little creepy to think about, but right now mice may be circling your home, garage or business sensing places where warm air leaks from the building. Once a source of warmth is found, mice will try to make their way into the structure. Did you know mice can squeeze through openings that are 1/4″ or larger? That’s a hole or crack as big as a dime – anything you can poke a pencil through!

Preventing House Mice

House mice are significant pests. They consume and contaminate food meant for humans, livestock and other animals. They damage structures and can carry transmit several diseases. Mouse urine may also trigger asthma in some people.

Once inside, mice will go towards where they will be warmest. This explains why people have problems with mice living around refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, ovens, water heaters, even attics and furnaces.

There are many reasons to prevent mice from entering your home or structure. They transmit disease, chew through wood and wiring and can contaminate food. In Nebraska alone, house mice cause $20 million in damage to stored feeds and structures each year (UNL Extension source: Controlling House Mice)

The best defense against mice in the first place is to “pest-proof” your home. Caulk, cement, mortar, and hardware cloth are all examples of materials you can use to help prevent mice from entering the home. Steel wool can also be used to temporarily plug openings. Check out  “Don’t put the welcome mat out! Pest Proofing!”

So what do you do if you have mice in the house? We don’t recommend the use of baits in the home but do advocate for using snap traps. Rodent control experts say most people do not use enough traps. For only a couple of mice in a home, you should be using at least a dozen traps. For larger infestations, use more!  Continue reading

November/December NEBLINE Newsletter is on-line… it’s Free!

 

The NEBLINE Newsletter

The November/December issue of The NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Timely articles for you and your family!

Below I’ve listed some of the articles featured in the free on-line November/December issue.

Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the November/December 2014 NEBLINE!

  • TINY TASTES Can Total BIG CALORIES Over the Holiday Season
  • Quick, 5-Ingredient Recipes: Orange & Sweet Potato Pork Chops, Microwave Mexican Omelet, Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie
  • With Kids and Divorce There’s More Than a “Day” in Holiday
  • How often should my furnace filter be changed?
  • Stem Borers Challenge Soybean Farmers
  • Gardening Resolutions
  • November/December Garden Guide
  • Managing Pantry Insects
  • Winter Wildlife Projects
  • Gary Bergman Retires Public Invited to Reception Nov. 5
  • 4-H & Youth News, Events and more
  • …. and much more

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
UNL Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

Pet Pre-PAW-edness

Pet Preparedness

My German Wirehaired Pointer has a microchip. If Baron and my family are ever separated in an emergency, officials will have an easier time matching us back up again.

In the September issue of the NEBLINE newsletter, Extension Educator Lorene Bartos shared information and resources to help our families prepare for emergencies and natural disaster situations. We learned how to “Be Informed” | “Make a Plan” | “Make a Kit” | “Get Involved”.

This month, Nebraska’s First Dog, “Snickers,” has also been active in helping pet parents think ahead in the event of an emergency/natural disaster. Your kit should have all the items needed to care for your individual pet. A pet lizard will need different survival items in a kit than for a bird or hamster. Here are some of the items Snickers suggests putting in a kit for your pet dog/cat:

  • 3-7 day supply pet food in a watertight container.
  • 3-7 day supply of water just for your pet.
  • Any pet medicines.
  • Bowls for eating/drinking.
  • A pet first aid kit (cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape, scissors, antibiotic ointment, flea/tick prevention, isopropyl alcohol, saline solution).
  • Extra collar, leash, ID/rabies tag in case your pet loses anything in the shuffle.
  • Your pet’s papers and any medical records.
  • Your pet’s carrier – big enough to stand up in.
  • Plastic bags, bleach/sanitary wipes, paper towels for any pet messes. If you have a cat, include litter and a litter box.
  • A recent photo of your pet with your family so people know you belong with your pet in the event you are separated.
  • Other: towel, blanket, treats, toys, blankets.

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Free October NEBLINE is On-line! Grab it!

The Free NEBLINE Newsletter  is on-line

The October issue of The NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. You’re bound to find something for nearly everyone in your family.

Below I’ve listed some of the articles featured in the free on-line October issue.

Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the October 2014 NEBLINE!

  • Smart Snacking!
  • So Many Ways to Connect to UNL Extension’s Food Resources
  • Walnut Trail Mix Recipe
  • Halloween Safety Tips
  • Ask Lorene: How do I clean my flat screens (TV or computer) without using harsh chemicals?
  • Family Cell Phone Rules
  • Wanted: Craft and Hobby Entrepreneurs in Nebraska
  • Tips for Time Management
  • AARP Driver Safety Program, Nov. 14 in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Freeze Effects on Forages
  • Managing Resistant Weeds
  • Is Your Dog Prepared for Winter?
  • Potatoes Turning Green
  • October Garden Guide
  • Tiny Bugs with a Big Bite
  • Now’s the Time to Do Some “Pest-Proofing!”
  • …. and much more

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
UNL Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

Check out the September NEBLINE Newsletter!

September NEBLINE issue

Clementine and Clyde checking out The NEBLINE newsletter. Of course there’s something in the free NEBLINE for just about everyone!

The September issue of The NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line at http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline! Like last month, you’ll find something in the NEBLINE for nearly everyone! Here are just a few of the articles you’ll find in this month’s free issue:

  • 4-H Youth Showcase Their Achievements at Super Fair
  • Avoid These Canning Practices!
  • We’ve got a free class coming up! Quick, Tasty, Healthy, 5-Ingredient Recipes, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6:30–8 p.m. in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • September is National Preparedness Month
  • Ask Lorene: Do I need to clean my dishwasher?
  • Activities to Help Me Grow! From The Learning Child Blog
  • Helping Reduce Falls in Older Adults Program: Stepping On Workshop to Reduce Falls, Sept. 8–Oct. 20 in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 2014 Household Hazardous Waste Collections in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Fall is the Best Time for Control of Tough Weeds
  • Predicting Last Irrigation of the Season for Crops
  • Water Meter Calculator App and CornWater Irrigation Management Online Tools Now Available
  • Flowers That Tower
  • September Garden Guide
  • Cicada Killers and Steel-Blue Cricket Hunters – Wasp
  • …. and much more

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
UNL Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu