Friday, June 27, 2014

Those Pesky Critters



It has been several months since I last blogged and I apologize to all my subs but life happened and I just didn't have time to write. I will try, to once again, update my blog at least weekly. Thank you for your understanding and hanging in there with me.

This summer I have been having a horrible time with rabbits and squirrels messing around in my vegetable garden. For some unknown reason, much to my dismay, the rabbits have been especially drawn to the red beet greens and the spinach. Nothing that I tried seemed to work. I put up a fence around my raised beds, only to have the critters either find a way through, under, or over the fencing. I tried several store bought commercial repellents, but I didn't like the thought of all the chemicals (which I couldn't even pronounce) being sprayed onto the food that I was going to eat.

I tried several different DIY rabbit repellents, but this one is the one that seems to be doing the best job: (Original Source Unknown)

What you will need:
 1 gallon plastic container with cap ( a empty, well rinsed, milk container works fine)
 1 gallon of water
 5 cloves of garlic, crushed
 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (the kind you get from the pizza delivery guy works excellent...I just add the whole package)
 1 Tablespoon liquid dish soap
 Spray bottle (optional)

 What to do:
 Put all ingredients into the plastic container. Put lid on and shake. Allow to sit in the sun for a day or two. Either spray or pour the solution onto the area that you are wanting to keep the critters out of. Since this is organic, it is said you can also spray it directly onto the plants. However, I haven't tried spraying it onto any vegetables that I will be eating such as leaf lettuce or tomatoes. Apply weekly for 2 -3 weeks or until the critters get the message that they don't want to come there anymore.

 Warnings:
 This stuff stinks until it completely dries which takes about an hour. So, if your neighbor is having an outdoor party, it might be wise to wait awhile before you spray this stuff.
 Apply only during dry conditions or after each rainfall or heavy watering of that area.

 Why this works:
 Rabbits and squirrels hate the smell of garlic and the pepper flakes makes the plants taste nasty to them. Rabbits have a very keen sense of smell, so even after we humans can no longer smell it, the rabbits still do. The dish soap causes the solution to adhere to the plants rather than just being soaked into the ground.

Thanks for reading and visiting my blog. :-)




Friday, December 6, 2013

Alarms for the Home - Product Review


Full Disclosure and Disclaimer: To the best of my knowledge at the time of this writing, I do not know anyone that works for the Chamberlain company or for Amazon.com, nor do I hold any stock in either one of those companies. I also will not receive payment of any kind for this review. The views expressed here are only from my own experience and testing. Your results with this product may be different.

For the past several weeks, I have been trying out different types of wireless motion detectors to be used at my Mother's home. I was looking for something that was inexpensive (as far as motion alert systems go), easy to install, easy to use, could be moved to another location if needed/wanted without it being complicated, didn't give off too many false alerts, and one that would be functional in case of a power outage. That was a very "tall order" I know, but I actually have found something that meets all that criteria. 

The Chamberlain  Wireless Motion Alert CWA2000 system seems to be exactly what I was looking for. At the time of this writing the base and one (1) sensor costs $39.28 on Amazon.com. You are able to add up to 7 more sensors (for a total of 8 sensors) on the same base at the cost of $29.32 per sensors. If you live in a cold climate like I do, you will want to use lithium batteries instead of alkaline batteries in the sensors if they are to be used outdoors, The base unit uses both electricity and batteries as a back up.  The base unit can be kept up to a 1/2 mile away from the sensors and will still work very well.

I have also tried much more expensive motion alert systems, (some that were up to $500 for just the base and one sensor) but in my humble opinion, over all they didn't perform any better than what the Chamberlain does. I have read some reviews on this product that claimed it was hard to hear the alert when it would go off, but I didn't have that problem at all. In fact, I had to turn the volume down quite a bit. 

The only down side that I have found with this product is that the sensor needs to be hip high or higher. That is because a person's stride might be wide enough to allow someone to one walk right by the sensor without the sensor detecting the motion. But that is easily resolved by placing the sensor up a little higher.

I am passing this information along and what I have found because I know that several of my subscribers are looking for something along this line due to the increase in crime. If nothing else this product does give a lot of peace of mine. Thanks for reading and visiting my blog. :-)

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