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How to prepare for autumn insects

How to prepare for autumn insects

It's nearly fall, and the weather's getting cooler. That means all the critters who may normally hang around outside - such as ants, mice and spiders - will be looking to move into warmer spaces. Like your home.

So how can you get make sure these uninvited guests don't just come in and make themselves at home? Terminix has a few tips:

  • Move piles of firewood and other debris away from the home’s foundation. Both provide ample sources of shelter for rodents and other pests and could encourage them to live near the home.
  • Seal any holes or cracks in your home’s exterior. Rodents can squeeze through openings smaller than ¼ inch, and spiders, roaches and other pests need even less room than that. Large openings should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh before sealing with caulk.
  • Ensure attic and foundation vents are equipped with tight-fitting ¼ inch hardware cloth.

Hidden dangers in storm damage roof repair

Hidden dangers in storm damage roof repair

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Usually a home repair solves a problem or prevents a hazard.

Defend yourself from home repair fraud

Defend yourself from home repair fraud

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --  The National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud (NCPHIF) is coming to Little Rock, Arkansas where they will hold a free "SmartPower" workshop on "How to Protect Yourself From Home Improvement/Home Repair Contractor Fraud." The workshop will be held Thursday, June 2, 2011, from 6-8 pm, at the North Little Rock Community Center, 2700 Willow Street, 72114.

The free 2-hour workshop is open to the public and will help educate disaster/storm victims and other homeowners on how to become their own quality control managers, when undergoing a home improvement or repair project, regardless of where they are in the process. 

"Disaster/storm victims are especially vulnerable to contractor fraud," says Phae Howard, Executive Director of NCPHIF.

Win Tickets to Quapaw Quarter Spring Tour

Win Tickets to Quapaw Quarter Spring Tour

Enter by noon today to win one of three pairs of tickets to the Quapaw Quarter Association's Spring Tour of Historic Homes, being held from 1-5 p.m. Sunday (May 8) at houses within walking distance of each other near the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock.

'Green' house able to receive city rebates

A house in the Woodlands Edge subdivision has been built entirely with green technology, and the homeowners will be able to get up to $1,500 in rebates from the City of Little Rock from their green incentive program.

In April 2010, the City of Little Rock received $65,000 as part of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the United States Department of Energy.  This money will be used to fund rebates for energy certification fees for homes and businesses being built that are rated Energy Star or higher.

Richard Harp Homes worked with landscape architects to position the home around trees that were already on the lot, as well as facing the home to maximize potential for sun.

“ The heating and cooling was engineered using the mass of the house,” builder Richard Harp said.

Harp also said they used materials within 500 miles of the area, as well as hybrid insulation and LED lighting.

“There are no solar panels on the roof,” H