It’s on-line! It’s free! It’s the August NEBLINE Newsletter

Nebline CatThe August issue of The NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line at! We cover a lot of topics and you’ll find resources for you and your family. Here are just a few of the articles you’ll find in this month’s issue:

  • Cherry Creek Habitat Provides Opportunities for Pollinator Education
  • Super, Simple Summer Salads (includes recipes for Mighty Quick Apple Cabbage Cole Slaw, Tomato-Cucumber Salad with Parsley & Mint, Corn Salad, Marinated 3-Bean Salad, Pasta Salad, Creamy Cauliflower Salad)
  • Time to Visit Nebraska’s County Fairs
  • Tips for Managing Time with School Starting and Schedules Changing
  • Info on a Reducing Falls Workshop this Fall
  • Preparing For & Entering Kindergarten
  • Summer Livestock Fly Control
  • Harvest & Storage of Apples & Pears
  • August Garden Guide
  • European Wool Carder Bee
  • 5 Ways to Protect Pollinators & Beneficial Insects
  • 4-H & Youth Programs & Upcoming Events
  • Recap of 4-H Clover College and Photos
  • 2014 Lancaster County Super Fair Schedule Map
    …. and 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 (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!


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Grab the bug spray…. or not?

“What all purpose bug sprays should we be routinely using around the house?”

My answer? “None.”

I was asked this question recently by a man who brought a spider into our office for identification. It isn’t the first time – we get asked about routine pesticide use quite often.

In our extension office, we recommend an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach. By following the principles of IPM, you don’t need to routinely spray pesticides around your home. By using an IPM approach, you’ll save time, money and reduce your exposure to unnecessary pesticides.

Caulking windows - photo by V. Jedlicka UNL Extension in Lancaster County

Caulking around windows helps save energy and keeps pests out

Honestly, this isn’t something I tell people just because it is a university recommendation. It’s something I believe in and practice around my own home because it works. I feel better not exposing myself, my family or the environment to the unnecessary use of pesticides. I’ve even saved money on heating/cooling bills because when you seal pests out of your home, you’re also sealing up cracks and gaps leaking energy. I will use pesticides if I have to, but it depends on the pest and the situation. There’s no need to use pesticides if it isn’t absolutely necessary.

This is where the basic principles of IPM come into play. What you can do…
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Look Before You Lock! Child Safety!

Where is Your Baby? Look Before You Lock

Have you ever left a child or pet in the car?  This is a serious problem and even more so in hot weather. It is our responsibility to protect our children. Just recently in the news, a child died after being left in a car.  It happens more often than we can even imagine. On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle ( These deaths are preventable, and everyone in the community, especially Head Start and child care providers, has a role to play in protecting our children.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests these few simple things you can do: Continue reading