Spring Home and Garden


Goldsboro News-Argus - Spring Home and Garden

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Thursday, March 22, 2018 Goldsboro News-Argus — 9 Archie Rose, pest technician at Griffin Exterminating, stands in front of a display at the company building. Rose said that homeowners can do a lot to prevent pests from becoming a problem. A display case at Griffin Exterminating is shown. The company provides integrated pest management, which uses a combination of techniques to get rid of pest problems. Common termites are just one of several varieties of pests homeowners in North Carolina could come across. By JOEY PITCHFORD jpitchford@newsargus.com Warmer weather can bring all kinds of exciting things with it –– barbecues or trips to the swimming pool or hundreds of pests attempting to invade your home. Okay, so maybe that last one isn't so exciting. Pests are a reality of summer weather, however, so learning to how to handle them is an important skill for home- owners to develop as things heat up. Archie Rose, pest technician at Griffin Exterminating in Goldsboro, said that homeowners can follow a few simple procedures to cut down on pest-related issues. "We encourage disposing of your trash, a lot of people stack it outside up against their buildings. Inside the home we always try to stress picking up after yourself, making sure food gets put up properly and that sort of stuff. We're trying to get people to really concentrate on that," he said. "We're paying a little bit more attention this time of year to the perimeters of the house and stuff like that, because that's where we get all the activity starting up now." This time of year in particular is prime for pest activ- ity due to agricultural schedules and biological cycles in insects, Rose said. This spring in particular figures to be a busy one. "This year we're expecting a lot of activity because we had a warm winter, a wet winter. If you have a winter that's warm and wet, that's very conducive to insects," he said. "We're kind of gearing up, March is one of our heavier months." When dealing with pests, preventative measures are often the most effective, Rose said. Outside of general cleanliness, frequently checking spaces in your home for signs of pest activity is a good way to keep on top of things. "Check underneath your home this time of year, check for excessive moisture, because that's conducive to creating an environment for the insects," he said. "The attics, check your attics this time of year for open- ings, because a lot of critters will try to come in to the house during seasonal changes." Rose also suggested making sure pipes and vents are properly sealed to limit the ways pests could get inside. If you do notice activity in your home, Rose suggested calling in professionals sooner rather than later. "You just don't know what extent it is, or where it's coming from. I had one woman who had ants in her kitchen, and she just kept thinking she could handle it herself," he said. "By the time she called us and we sent me out, her actual kitchen counters were moving it had that many ants." Rose said that the methods used by professional exterminators go far beyond what the average person will know to do when dealing with insects. Just spray- ing with something like Raid is not enough to handle large insect problems, because the spray will only kill the pests which cross the line of spray. "We use, and most pest control places will use, some- thing called integrated pest management," he said. "That's a combination of different techniques, and this is really important. It's a combination of sprays, dusts and gels, and if you use those in combination it's really effective." Pests Photos by JOEY PITCHFORD A few simple procedures can help you prevent or get rid of those pesky insects and bugs that invade the home. IKEA spokesman Malin Nordin says that finding new and smarter ways to use mate- rials is a company goal. The challenge is to develop materi- als that are safe, high-quality and easy to work with. "We need to stop thinking outside of the box and start thinking in circles. Being circu- lar means eliminating waste at every step of the way," she says. "Unavoidable waste needs to be turned into resources, and IKEA needs to generate its own renewable energy. The goal of producing as much renewable energy as IKEA consumes has been set for 2020." In London, designer Micaella Pedros is experimenting with melted plastic bottles as a replacement for bolts and screws for furniture repair. Weaver Green, in Devonshire, England, has created yarn from recycled bottles that has the look and feel of wool. It's used to make durable rugs, cushions, footstools and blankets. Designer WooJai Lee is experimenting with a brick made out of pulped newspaper that can be used to craft bench- es and tables. And a Danish firm, NewspaperWood BV , has developed a product that can be cut like wood, with grain and texture. Peugeot worked with it on a concept car; the material was used for door panels and dashboards. Berlin-based material design- er Sophie Rowley regards waste streams as "a future quarry, a starting point rather than an end point." She re-engineers Styrofoam, glass, paper and tex- tiles into items like side tables, with the waste materials trans- formed into beautiful flow pat- terns and textures. Nissan is considering a material she makes out of scrap denim for possible dashboards. The clothing industry is pro- viding a large supply of materi- al — notably leather, denim and cottons. Danish startup Really worked with textile giant Kvadrat on reusing an enor- mous store of worn-out sheets, towels and uniforms from hos- pitality and hospitals. The results: a sturdy textile slab that can sub for wood or com- posite, as well as an acoustic felt with excellent sound- absorbing qualities. Spanish designer Jorge Penades transforms scrap leather into lamps clad in a col- orful "structural skin." The timber industry gener- ates thousands of tons of waste pine needles annually. In Latvia, Tamara Orjola crushes, soaks, steams, binds and presses the needles into a material she calls Forest Wool, which she forms into stools, benches and carpet. While working as a consult- ant to the Philippine leather goods industry, Spanish design- er and entrepreneur Carmen Hijosa developed a method of processing pineapple leaves into supple, textural faux leather she calls Pinatex . Farmers now benefit from two revenue streams. "By using intelligent, sensi- tive, appealing design," says Caroline Till, "these waste pio- neers are developing exciting and innovative ways to turn what's previously been unwanted into objects of desire." 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