Those Crickets are a-Chirpin’

Field CricketI love fall in Nebraska – it is my favorite season. Along with the cooler temperatures, lower humidity, beautiful changing landscape and football, we do have to put up with a few accidental invaders looking for warmer places to hang out. Last week, I had two male crickets chirping away in my kitchen. One was under the kitchen sink, the other was near my stove “somewhere”. Of course when I tried to investigate my “choir”, the crickets quickly stopped chirping.

What to do?  If you do nothing, the crickets will die in a few days. If you just can’t tolerate this “choir” in your home, try a mouse glue board —

  1. You can purchase flat, sticky mouse glue boards where mousetraps are sold – farm supply, hardware, discount and even in some grocery stores.
  2. Cut your glue board down to a size where you can put it out of the way, but near the chirping sound. (Hint: Cut your board before you take off the film protecting the adhesive).
  3. Once your board is trimmed, pour a small bit of cornmeal right in the center. Crickets are attracted to cornmeal and will get stuck on the board so you can easily take care of the problem.
  4. If you don’t have small children or pets, you can place your glue boards in corners of the room. This is especially helpful in basements and garages. You’ll catch wandering spiders, beetles and other accidental invaders without using insecticides.

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Her Head was Made of Cabbage & the Cabbage was Full of Bugs

head liceCindy Lange-Kubick is a reporter at the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper here in Lincoln. She contacted me yesterday about head lice. Schools are back in session and there have been reports about “Super Resistant Lice” in the news lately – PERFECT TIMING! We had a great conversation. I’ve always enjoyed Cindy’s writing style and I think you will be too. She begins by talking about a nightmare she had … “My head was made of cabbage and the cabbage was full of bugs … “. Now I haven’t had that same nightmare, but we’ve had to deal with lice in our home too over the years so I totally get it (as I scratch my scalp thinking about it!).

I wanted to share Cindy’s article with you because she does a much better job capturing the experience of having head lice!

Here’s a link to the article: “My giant cabbage head and my years as the scalp police” by Cindy Lange-Kubick

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Time Management!

Cleaning Windows - Dividing up household tasks saves timeBelieve it or not it is time to plan our fall schedules. With school started and summer activities coming to an end schedules are changing. Does your family have a system for getting work done and still have time to participate in all the family activities? Time management for getting jobs done is important. Each family’s system will be different. Some will be very detailed while others will be simple. The plan or system may include a list of jobs, when they need to be done and who will do them. Family members may have certain tasks they prefer to do or the plan may include assigning jobs to certain people.

When making out a plan there are four basic ways to get the household work done:

  1. Do it yourself. While it may make logical sense for the person who has the resources (time, skill, talent, knowledge) to do it, common sense says if one person tries to do it all, overload will result.
  2. Give the job away to other household members. Keys to the successful giving away of a job include:
    • Teach the person how to do the job, including shortcuts.
    • Have the best tools, supplies and equipment for doing the job.
    • Consider what household work a person already does.
    • Realize others may not meet your standards, but if you have truly given up the job, accept your standards no longer apply.
    • Praise people; let them know their work is appreciated.
  3. Hire someone to do the job. Pay a household member or someone outside the household to wash windows or clean the garage.
  4. Don’t do it. Does the task need to be done at the moment? Can it be done later or assigned to someone else.

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The September Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The Free NEBLINE Newsletter is on-line

The Free NEBLINE Newsletter is on-line

The NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line – Yes, the September issue is out already!!! You can read it free! Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – – Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the September 2015 NEBLINE!

  • 4-H Youth “Let the Good Times Grow” at Super Fair
  • Read this BEFORE Reading Another Sensationalized Food Article on the Internet!
  • Chocolate Berry Smoothie Recipe
  • Cleaning Strategies When Pets are in the Household
  • About Carbon Monoxide (CO) & Use of a Detector
  • Pasture Management for Weed Control
  • Tree Fertilization: Spring vs Fall
  • Get Dirty: Help Young Children Learn About Science & Nature
  • Outdoor Leaf Rubbings
  • September Garden Guide
  • Do You Need to Hire a Pest Control Company
  • Michelle Huber is our September Heart of 4-H Award Winner (Congratulations Michelle!!)
  • 4-H News, Resources
  • …. 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

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Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

The August Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The NEBLINE Newsletter

The August issue of The NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. You can read it free! Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – – Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the August 2015 NEBLINE!

  • Nutrition Education Program Reaches 15-Year-Milestone Teaching Nutrition in Lincoln Schools
  • Sitting is the New Smoking 22: Tips for Sitting Less and Moving More
  • Salsa Yogurt Dip Recipe (easy and delicious!!)
  • New Videos on Parenting Plans and Mediation
  • How should I care for my septic tank? Are septic tank additives needed? How often should
    the tank be pumped?
  • Back to School Time is Near — Is Your Family Ready?
  • Gully Erosion Management
  • Pruning Raspberries
  • August Blooming Perennial Flowers
  • Controlling Flies Found in and Around the Home
  • 4-H News, Resources
  • …. 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.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

Getting Through Tough Times: Making the Most of What You Have

While opening my household bills last night, I received a notice from my mortgage company telling me my escrow was short for the year due to rising insurance premiums. I seem to get an escrow shortage notice every July so not totally unexpected, just a bit frustrating. I’m going to have to change my household budget to adapt to the new mortgage payment.

We’ve all had those times when your family income drops suddenly or expenses unexpectedly increase, your first concern may be to pay your bills and meet your day-to-day expenses. Instead, look at your total financial picture and determine which assets you might use to meet family obligations.

daddaughterbacx210Whenever there is a change in your financial circumstances that impacts your family’s budget, it is a good time to revisit where you are at with your family finances. You don’t need to have a change in circumstances to give your budget a “check up”. Need help?

Visit: Making the Most of What You Have from Minnesota University Extension. You’ll find a downloadable worksheet to help you determine your net worth. There are also questions to ask yourself to help figure out how to meet your new budget demands.

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 here.

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

Lawn Mower Safety

Whether you are mowing a small lawn in the city, or using a mower on the farm – here are some important safety tips for the entire family.

The Next Generation: Farm Safety and Health

Although smaller in size than most farm equipment, lawn mowers can be just as dangerous. The moving blades, operating engine, and potential for flying debris make lawn mowers dangerous if not used cautiously and with respect.

Before assigning the task of mowing the yard, consider the youth’s physical and cognitive ability. The youth should:

  • Be able to reach the controls without moving from the seat of a riding mower
  • Have the strength to use a push mower
  • Be trained in the safe operation of the mower, including observing an adult

Help make lawn mowing a rewarding and safe chore for children:

  • Explain the dangers of flying objects: Encourage them to pick up debris before mowing
  • Provide and encourage the use of personal protective equipment: eye and ear protection, long pants, sturdy shoes
  • Teach youth to mow across slopes when using a push mower
  • Mow up and down slopes when on…

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