Highlights of The Home Discovery Show – July 24th Edition

It’s really neat how each show starts off with some idea, and, by the end of it, we’ve found a theme to roll into and one phone call gets another. The Home Discovery Show is the listener’s show and we are impressed with how everyone is there to help everyone with their experiences, failures, tips and tricks, etc.

Here are a few highlights from today – with “PESTS” seeming to be the  topic d’jour;

Andrew from Vancouver noted that removing a “bees” nest is not always best by killing it. If the nest happens to be a bumble bee’s nest, rather than a yellow jacket’s or wasp’s, we don’t necessarily want to kill them. Bumble bees are very helpful and are really just fuzzy teddy bears. Well, all right, they have a stinger, but they actually only use it as a last ditch effort of defense. We had a caller report to use that “Honey Bee Centre” in Surrey will come out to “suck” the nest (and occupants) out and give the bees to farmers to continue the productive use. If you want to contact them here’s a link to their web site;

http://www.honeybeecentre.com/qs/page/4309/4282/57

Ants seemed to be a problem for a few people and we’ve heard of remedies from Borax to cornstarch to garlic to get rid of them. I was told (by a professional pest control company representative) to NOT kill them where they are, but to let them (the techies) use their protein based paste (safe for humans, animals etc). The paste is taken back to the nest and contaminates the colony – removing them at the source.  Side note about ants; Do you know how to tell if it’s a CARPENTER ant that you’re dealing with? Besides the larger thorax (belly – most carpenters do have them J), a little tool belt can be seem around their waist……… (Sorry, I couldn’t resist).

Lastly, Trish from Vancouver called in with a problem with her kitty cat. We’ll answer any question on The Home Discovery Show – even veterinary concerns. The cat had sprayed “somewhere” in the laundry room and she can’t find the spot. Male cat urine (that’s what the spray is – he marks his territory) is really high in an ammonia smell and can go right through sheet vinyl. This one rang particularly loud with me because I have a 20lb tabby and he’s, well…… a male. He has a few “issues” with toileting and I have the same concern as Trish does. The first part of resolving the smell is finding it of course. I suggested that she use a black light. Darken the room and shine the light everywhere. From “About.com”; “Nothing is more frustrating than searching for the source of cat urine odor. Black light technology makes use of special ultra-violet rays which are on the same wavelength as biological waste, such as cat urine, thus turning a tedious task into a breeze. Other side uses for black lights include detection of ringworm“. Simply find the spot and, as Steve from Burnaby reports, use “Icky Poo”  (actually called “Anti-Icky Poo”) to remove it. I found it here; http://www.removingcaturinesmell.net/content/archives/tag/remove

Thanks for listening and for helping answer the questions. Here’s the whole show:  www.cknw.com/_SHARED/Podcasts/public/RSS.aspx?PID=1199

Steve

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