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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.

Heat, pollution and you

Heat, pollution and you

GOOD UP HIGH, BAD NEARBY

On an average summer day in Central Arkansas, gasoline powered lawn and garden equipment will release more pollutants into the air than a typical large industrial power plant.  That’s why Arkansans can make such an impact on smog in their area during ozone season and in turn help their neighbors breathe a little easier this time of year.

Ground-level ozone is the main ingredient in smog.  Air pollutants can come from cars, trucks, buses and industrial smoke stacks.  They can also come from gas stations, outboard motors, oil-based paints, cleaning solvents, lawn mowers, and farm and construction equipment.  When those pollutants heat up in the summer sun there is a reaction and the result produces ozone smog.

Although ozone in the upper atmosphere filters out harmful ultraviolet radiation, it can cause numerous breathing problems at ground level.  An easy way to remember the difference is this

Corps concerned with rising number of deaths at its parks

Corps concerned with rising number of deaths at its parks

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The U.S.

What burn bans mean for you

What burn bans mean for you

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas Forestry Commission crews have suppressed seven wildfires that burned 29 acres over the past 24 hours. AFC dozer crews from Sebastian and Logan County are working with local emergency personnel to contain a wildfire on the southwest side of Fort Chaffee near Greenwood.

AFC dozer crews were dispatched at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday to contain the wildfire that is now estimated at 250 acres. Four dozer crews worked the fire yesterday and the single engine air tankers made approximately 22 water drops. One home was lost and approximately 30 other homes were threatened by the blaze.

How your trash affects the environment

How your trash affects the environment

Did you know the average Arkansan generates over 8 pounds of trash a day?  That is just one of the many statistics impacting our environment that you can hear in more detail as the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) continues its statewide informational tour.

The next stop will be in Forrest City on July 27 at the East Arkansas Community College in the Learning Resource Center Room B129.  The college is located at 1700 Newcastle Road.

The tour is designed to give Arkansans a chance to see a multi-media presentation and learn more about ADEQ.  Guests are invited to ask questions and offer feedback.

Everyone is welcome and it is free of cost.  The presentation begins at noon. Guests are invited to bring a sack lunch.

EPA to power plants: Clean up your act

EPA to power plants: Clean up your act

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is clamping down on power plant pollution in 27 states, including Arkansas, that contributes to unhealthy air downwind.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced on Thursday a plan to reduce smokestack pollution causing smog and soot in downwind states - where it combines with local air contaminants, making it impossible for those states to meet air quality standards on their own.

The rule differs from one proposed by the Obama administration in July.

Summer Garden Party at Garvan Woodland Gardens

Summer Garden Party at Garvan Woodland Gardens

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.