Cool Weather Pests

first_imgAs the weather cools across the state, several fall insects will begin to take center stage around Georgia homes. Be on the lookout for these nuisance pests and make preparations to deter them from entering your home for the winter.Asian needle antsUniversity of Georgia entomologist Dan Suiter tells homeowners to be on the lookout for a particularly problematic ant called the Asian needle ant (Brachyponera chinensis). This invasive species was first reported in the U.S. in the 1930s in Decatur, Georgia. “For decades this ant hasn’t been considered an issue, but over the past several years population sizes have exploded, and they are now a major pest in Georgia, especially in the northeast and northwest,” explained Suiter.Unlike the more widely known fire ant or Argentine ant — commonly referred to as the “sugar ant” — the Asian needle ant does not build mounds, so it can be difficult to spot this ant species. They establish colonies of up to a couple thousand ants by nesting under logs, stones and bark. When disturbed, they can deliver a very painful sting, similar to fire ants, but the venom can be quite toxic — even fatal, in some cases, should sting victims suffer from anaphylaxis.Many pest ant species lay down pheromones to help establish a well-defined foraging trail for other ants of the same colony to locate food sources, but the Asian needle ant does not forage in this manner. They instead exhibit a very unusual behavior called “tandem carrying,” where one female worker ant will carry another worker ant in her mandibles. Once a food source is located, she will put her sister down and they will forage together.“The other interesting and somewhat alarming thing about this species is its ability to quickly devastate other native ant species by either taking over their nest sites, consuming their food or by directly preying upon them,” Suiter said. “In the spring while temperatures are still cool, the Asian needle ant will become active and begin establishing colonies before other ant species, so they tend to dominate available habitat earlier and are driving local extinctions of other ant species where we’ve seen them colonizing.”County University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents and forest service employees have been reporting higher incidences of this species in the last few years, especially in northeast Georgia. “We’re not exactly sure of their range yet, but they are probably not as common in south Georgia as they are in north Georgia,” said Suiter.Argentine antsA familiar occurrence for anyone who lives in Georgia is the annual migration of Argentine ants into homes during the fall and winter months. “When we start having cold snaps beginning in October, this ant will start to invade homes looking for a warm place to overwinter,” explained Suiter.Argentine ants don’t go into diapause like other insects, so this migration indoors is a survival mechanism to get through the winter. They will typically find overwintering spots in walls and around electrical devices that put off heat, such as printers or refrigerators.“Argentine ants are what most of us call ‘sugar ants.’ They don’t really bother us during the summer, as they spend most of their time in trees foraging for honeydew from aphids and scale insects,” said Suiter. “This species can have hundreds of queens within a colony, so they spend all summer building their colonies and this is the time of year that population sizes peak — just before coming indoors — so they quickly become a nuisance of homeowners right about now and into winter.”Suiter recommends heading off issues now before they become a problem in the upcoming weeks and months. He tells homeowners to clean up outside of structures to help prevent these ants from collecting and moving indoors. “Argentine ants thrive in mulch and leaf litter because they hold moisture, so horticultural mulches and leaf litter should be minimized. Try not to allow leaf litter to collect in gutters and around the base of homes,” instructed Suiter.If insecticide use becomes necessary, available commercial products that contain fipronil, such as Termidor or Taurus — a liquid insecticide — can be mixed with water and applied directly to ants found outside. Never spray these products indoors! “It is sometimes advisable to find ant nests in mulch and leaf litter and spray nests directly,” explained Suiter. “Typically, no more than 1 gallon of diluted, finished product is needed to control Argentine ants on the outside.”Suiter reminds homeowners to always read and follow the product’s label, as the label contains the manufacturer’s directions for use and provides instructions on what can and cannot be done with the product. Many insecticides, for example, are toxic to fish and other aquatic life and should never be used in areas where they can get into water.Wasps and yellow jacketsLastly, be mindful of wasps and yellow jackets this time of year. As the weather becomes cooler and more tolerable, people tend to spend more time outdoors, where entertainment often includes food and drink. This is also the time of year that wasp and yellow jacket population sizes are at their peak.“As we know, tailgating and fall barbecues are always a favorite pastime this time of year, but this is also the time that yellow jacket encounters spike,” explained Suiter. “When we see wasps and yellow jackets in these social settings it’s important to understand they are not approaching you in a protective or aggressive manner, as they aren’t trying to guard their nest. They’re interested only in foraging from whatever food you have lying around. So, we recommend that people not swat at them or panic, but just be sure to check your soda can before taking a sip to avoid being inadvertently stung.”To learn more about pests in and around the home, visit UGA Extension’s Structural Pest Management website at extension.uga.edu/programs-services/structural-pest-management.last_img read more

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Consumers face stiff challenges to saving

first_imgAmericans want to save money, and are trying to save money. But a new survey from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) shows consumers are having a hard time putting money away, even though they are increasingly optimistic about the future.The challenges may sound familiar. Mounting credit card bills, staggering student loan debt, payments on a new car that may stretch six or seven years into the future, and the day-to-day needs of a growing family.“CFP Board Consumer Advocate Eleanor Blayney says the U.S. economy has come a long way since the depths of the recession, but most Americans, regardless of income brackets, are just finding it hard to save for the future. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Moderna, Revolve, Fossil & more

first_imgHere’s a look at the companies making headlines in after-hours trading.Moderna — The biotech stock rose 2% after Moderna said that it has had enough cases of Covid-19 in its vaccine candidate trial to take a look at the data, signaling that preliminary results could be released soon. The stock also rose more than 8% during normal trading hours Wednesday.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Revolve Group — Shares of the fashion retailer fell more than 9% after the company reported a surprise year-over-year decline in net sales for the third quarter. Revolve reported $151 million in net sales for the three-month period, below the $154.2 million from the same quarter last year. The company said Covid-19 has continued to hurt performance during the early weeks of the fourth quarter.Fossil Group — Shares of the watchmaker spiked more than 30% after Fossil announced its third-quarter results that included widening margins. The company said it earned an adjusted 31 cents per share on $435.5 million of net sales during the quarter, which was a decline in net sales of 19% year over year. Fossil also said it had more than $300 million in cash and cash equivalents as of Oct. 3.Vroom — The online auto retailer’s stock fell about 10% despite Vroom reporting a smaller-than-expected loss for its third quarter. Vroom said it lost an adjusted 29 cents per share, compared with an expected loss of 36 cents per share from analysts surveyed by FactSet. The company said that consumer demand has returned to pre-pandemic levels, but its fourth-quarter guidance for loss per share was between 41 cents and 35 cents. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had penciled in 35 cents.last_img read more

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Syracuse maintains ‘DNA,’ recovers after sloppy defensive start in 14-10 win over Johns Hopkins

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Drake Porter walked 15 yards out of the net and looked right and left. “For a first-year starter,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said, Porter has brought a poised approach to many of those situations. He flagged a midfielder on the left side, and cradled. The ball popped from his pocket.But nobody came — Porter was alone. He scooped the ball and lifted his head. After the season-opener, where the Orange were dominated in possession, SU identified two problems that led a possession struggle: ground balls and clears. Porter was stout in the net, but defenders and the junior starting his first game action sometimes threw the ball away up the field. He improved, and the Orange did too.But Saturday, he was “anxious,” Desko said. He walked two more steps and fired the ball to the midfielder he saw open just seconds earlier. The Blue Jays countered with an interception. Porter turned, and bolted back to the net to stop Johns Hopkins, to stop the game from tumbling to disaster.In an eventual 14-10 win over the No. 18 Blue Jays (2-3), the No. 14 Orange (3-2, 0-1 Atlantic coast) nearly unraveled as a result from sloppy plays on the defensive side of the field. Misfires on clears, second-chances in front of the net and ground ball mishandlings from Syracuse propelled Johns Hopkins to an early lead, only to be flipped by a negation of those mistakes. The Orange, who repeatedly push from one end of the field to the other, were nearly undone by its transition-heavy style.“It’s in our DNA as players: we like to push the ball,” defensive midfielder Peter Dearth said. “Our whole defensive unit, we all feel capable…”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange have long focused on their ability to maintain possession. It has been the reason behind many of its triumphs in the early part of the season, and their failure has exposed its worst stretches. Coming into the game, Johns Hopkins knew it needed to attack, goalkeeper Ryan Darby said. From the early part of the game, Blue Jays head coach Dave Pietramala said his team “pressed” with both its offensive and defensive unit.With a couple early wins on the faceoff, JHU went on a run and grabbed an early 5-1 lead. During the run, Porter’s saves found Johns Hopkins for second chances and the Orange frequently lost scrambles for ground balls in front of the net. Rather than sailing line drive shots to the right, left or above the cage, Johns Hopkins attack Kyle Marr said the Blue Jays aimed more frequently for Porter’s body. Though many of their early shots misfired, rebounds and resets gave the Blue Jays second-chances that — early in the game — it converted.When the possession leaned Syracuse’s way, the Orange tried to take advantage with plays in transition. Tyson Bomberry tried to cradle through multiple groups of Johns Hopkins defenders. He muscled through two defenders at the midline, but 10 yards later the ball popped out of his stick after two more JHU defenders trapped him on the sideline.Between mishandled passes on the offensive end and a few goals to gather a rhythm before the end of the first frame, Syracuse’s chances came at a premium. After a faceoff win, Jared Fernandez leapt and spun to pass the ball to midfield, but his pass found no one. Two quarters later, as the Orange tried to find room to push ahead, Bomberry’s pass fired wide to fellow-defender Nick Mellen on the sideline as the two athletic long poles tried to lead a break of their own.With the game tied at eight, Marcus Cunningham got a stick on a pass and knocked the ball to the ground. He scooped the ground ball, but it was popped out of his pocket and tumbled in the direction of the goal. The Blue Jays took advantage, and tallied a go-ahead score.Porter struggled to cradle the ball, midfielders and defenders struggled to pass the ball and the Syracuse struggled to string together multiple possessions.“I don’t know if it’s the tightness coming out,” Desko said of the sloppy play. “We’re 2-2, and we really wanted to get the win here in the Carrier Dome.”Johns Hopkins looked for inverts and defensive slides. In the first half, they got them. They sliced through Syracuse’s defense, fired once, and then fired again. The third quarter was “sloppy for both teams,” Pietramala said. But in the fourth quarter, Syracuse flipped the momentum.To counter free-flowing play in front of the net, the Orange ran a lot of zone defense, Desko said. The same plays that would give Johns Hopkins free space in the beginning of the game, Syracuse pushed another player up to bump out the Blue Jays attack. On multiple plays, Porter sprinted out of the net and pushed his stick forward on an attack by the crease. The offensive player, not expecting Porter’s hit, lost his balance and was forced to reset as Porter clamped back between the posts.The Orange ran Brett Kennedy and Jared Fernandez on the wings for the faceoffs, and SU dominated on ground balls, finishing with a 29-23 advantage after the first quarter.“11-2 in the fourth quarter on ground balls,” Pietramala said. “That says it all.”As Johns Hopkins “sat back” in the fourth, the Orange pushed forward. The Blue Jays knew the game plan — the one they had been practicing all week and the one that they perfected for most of the first half — to beat the Orange and force mistakes. But, in the fourth quarter, Syracuse took control, and JHU lost focus.Up two goals near the end of the fourth quarter, earlier sloppy play didn’t stop the Orange from going back to what it does best. Kennedy sprinted from the defensive end off a pass from Bomberry. The right sideline was open, and Kennedy attacked.“It was open,” Kennedy said, “… Why not just let it go?”Kennedy stopped, wound back and fired. After a game of back and forth play, the Orange didn’t let go of the style that’s in their “DNA.” And, finally, it worked.center_img Published on March 9, 2019 at 6:09 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more

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Bombay Chest Furniture featured at Olympia’s Furniture Works

first_imgFacebook33Tweet0Pin6 Submitted by Furniture WorksIf you are looking for furniture to accessorize and beautify your home then Bombay Chest Furniture will be the perfect furniture to use. Using Bombay chest furniture will allow you  to turn your hallway or any empty wall into something rather beautiful to look at. They will add so much style to your home. Bombay Chest Furniture makes small to large storage pieces, each one having their own elegant design that has been beautifully crafted from select quality wood. They are made in different shapes that help with adding more character to any room.Some Bombay chest furniture pieces are beautifully crafted with hand-carving and then finished with a classic walnut stain. These furniture pieces have shelves inside with ample storage space inside so that you are able to store anything away. You can get foyer cabinets that are beautifully crafted from hard woods that are detailed with intricate hand carvings. On these pieces you may have two front doors with huge amounts of space and there will be a drawer at the top.There are hand painted hall chests that feature tooled embossed, nail head trimmed, antique brass toned, hand painted front panels that are framed by antique black finished parting rails and base. There is a cabriole leg base and ogee edged top. The hand painted hall chests can also have drawers in them with a double ogee top that rests on a scalloped apron with splayed and tapered legs. These pieces can also be crafted with spoon feet.There are other Bombay furniture pieces that have decorative elements that might include ormolu mounts, shell carvings, acanthus leaf carvings, carved scroll feet, and custom hardware. Fluted bun feet that are hand painted faux dark cherry finish with embossed metal and the front drawers are hand painted. You can choose a Bombay chest furniture piece that is an English design. This particular design has four drawers and two curved doors on the ends. The curved doors have simulated drawer fronts on them so that they match the design detail on the front.The name Demilune means half round in French and these could normally be used together as a pair, back to back. Also available are shaped hall chests with ball and claw feet. Other Bombay chest furniture may look like they have an oversized design to it with a very elegant beauty. All these Bombay Chest Furniture pieces have a magnificent hand carved detail and each of them has their own elegant design and quality. Each and every one of these items would look fantastic in any part of your home and they will complete the look in any room. Bombay chest furniture is bound to bring any wall to life.last_img read more

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First Rumson Female Police Officer Best Candidate

first_imgBy Madelynne KislovskyRUMSON – The borough has a new police patrol officer on its staff that brings the quote from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “Though she be but little, she is fierce,” back to life.Grace Maggiulli, who describes herself as standing at 5’2, 120 pounds, is the first fulltime female police officer in the Rumson Police Department. Born, raised, and still living in Middletown, 20-year-old Maggiulli is “very excited to be where I am and start my career in Rumson. It’s a great town and a great community.”Although no members of her family have a career in law enforcement, Maggiulli knew it was the job for her after entering a vocational program for law enforcement in Long Branch, the Academy of Law and Public Safety Program, during her junior and senior year of high school.“I always knew I wanted to do something where I gave myself to others that wasn’t a teacher or a doctor. Law enforcement always seemed like a great way for me to do that,” Maggiulli said.Prior to her job as a police officer, Maggiulli began working as a dispatcher for the Rumson police in August 2014. “They were all already comfortable with me, and I received the same treatment as anyone else, male or female. There were no and there are no special accommodations,” said Maggiulli.Maggiulli said that regardless of gender, being a police officer demands the same things from all of its members. “The job is what the job is. I love being on the road, I love working, I love what I do and I can only imagine how things are going to be down the line. There’s not one thing I can complain about,” Maggiulli said.“Growing up, I was always friends with a lot of boys,” Maggiulli said. “When it came to working with all men, it didn’t strike me as something that would be a challenge. I believe that women do have a place in law enforcement. Although we’re small in numbers, we’re valued for what we do.” Maggiulli advises that if being in law enforcement is something that a woman wants to do and feels strongly about, nothing should hinder them.Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl administered the oath of office to Maggiulli on Sept. 28. “First of all, it’s an honor for us to welcome our first female police officer to the force. But I think it needs to be said that this was not an exercise in hiring a new female police officer. It was an exercise in hiring the best candidate that we felt was the right person for the Rumson Police Department going forward, and it just happened to be a female, Grace Maggiulli,” Mayor Ekdahl said.According to Ekdahl, it is not uncommon to begin a career in law enforcement in dispatch. Maggiulli succeeded in this area, and after taking the necessary classes in the Monmouth County Police Academy, Freehold, moved on to a Class II Special Officer, allowing her to go out on patrol with another officer present, which she also excelled at. Maggiulli then was chosen as a patrol officer over the other 25-30 applicants, making it a highly sought after job, according to Ekdahl.“Grace is definitely on the younger side of average for someone just entering a police force. But her maturity is well beyond her years, and she exhibited that as both a dispatcher and a Special II, and continues to show that as our newest officer,” said Mayor Ekdahl.Maggiulli graduated from Middletown High School North in 2013 and from Brookdale Community College, Middletown, with an associate’s degree this past May. She is taking online classes at Farleigh Dickinson University for her bachelor’s degree in administrative science, and hopes to get her masters in the same field.last_img read more

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New businesses in North West ‘crippled’ by insurance costs

first_imgBusinesses in the North West are failing or struggling to get off the ground due to rising insurance costs, a local TD has said.Deputy Marc MacSharry has warned that high premiums are proving to be a barrier to entry for new businesses and are costing jobs in the region.A Fianna Fáil motion was debated in the Dáil this week on the developing crisis facing businesses, sporting clubs and community organisations across the country as a result of the cost of employer and public liability insurance. Deputy Mac Sharry commented, “Small and medium sized businesses have been the strength behind rural Ireland. In counties Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, and South Donegal we are reliant on local businesses in our communities.“However, the lack of action from the government to stem the rising tide of insurance costs are seeing many businesses go under and this is preventing new businesses from starting up.”Mr MacSharry hit out at the government’s lack of solutions.The Sligo-Leitrim TD said: “It is now nine months since the completion of the final report of the Personal Injuries Commission (PIC). The PIC confirmed that the level of damages for soft-tissue (whiplash) injuries in Ireland runs at a multiple of 4.4 times to that of our nearest neighbours England and Wales. “There has been no movement on its central recommendation – the establishment of a Judicial Council which would compile guidelines for appropriate general damages for various types of personal injury.“Similarly, we are over two years on from the recommendation to establish a dedicated insurance fraud unit within An Garda Síochána and again there has been no movement on this. Fraudulent and exaggerated claims are a significant problem in my view and this problem needs to be tackled.“There appears to be no political will from government to take substantial action on reducing insurance costs. The government needs to understand that failure to tackle the insurance crisis facing certain sectors is costing jobs in the north west region,” concluded Deputy Mac Sharry.New businesses in North West ‘crippled’ by insurance costs was last modified: March 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Marc MacSharryfianna failinsurancelast_img read more

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Villas-Boas: Confidence restored, but Spurs assessing injury to defender

first_imgTottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas said his team’s victory at Fulham was another step in the right direction following their recent bad spell.Having beaten Tromso and now Fulham and drawn with Manchester United since being thrashed 6-0 by Manchester City, Villa-Boas believes their confidence has received an important boost.The former Chelsea boss said: “This game was very important. For both teams, a win would be a boost of confidence, and it went our way.“At the moment it’s going well for us. We managed to get two good wins and played well against Manchester United.“To complete the bounce back it would be great to get a win [against Sunderland] on Saturday.”But Spurs are assessing an ankle injury suffered by defender Jan Vertonghen during their 2-1 win at Craven Cottage.“He rolled over it and at the moment it’s quite sore,” Villas-Boas said.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Before the Cock Crows, the Biological Clock Strikes

first_imgAt Easter time, people recall the story of Peter denying Jesus three times before the rooster crowed. Some scientists tried to figure out what clicks the rooster’s clock alarm.A trio of Japanese scientists wanted to know if rooster crowing is triggered by external cues (such as brightening before daybreak) or an internal clock. Describing their findings in Current Biology, they found that roosters kept in steady dim light continued to crow before the dawn hours, but over days, the timing tended to scatter. This suggests that crowing is primarily triggered by an internal clock – but that its accuracy wavers without external cues.Those who live around chickens know that roosters will crow in response to external cues, too, such as car headlights, and often crow throughout the day. That reliable morning call, though, provides a natural alarm clock for country folk (but one without a snooze button).  Science Now and PhysOrg reported on the findings.“We still do not know why a dog says ‘bow-wow’ and a cat says ‘meow,’” one of the authors said. “We are interested in the mechanism of this genetically controlled behavior and believe that chickens provide an excellent model.”So here is an everyday phenomenon, observed anecdotally for thousands of years, that scientists still don’t understand. But you can be sure they understand completely how hydrogen evolved into people.  Would that scientists focus on experiments like this that rest on observation, testing, and repeatability instead of imagination.Jesus’ foreknowledge of Peter’s denials provides evidence for His deity. He could foretell the final denial just seconds before the natural rooster alarm went off.  That by itself would be remarkable, but so much more evidence makes the conclusion unavoidable: Christ was the Son of God.  Consider the prophecies written centuries before He came, as in Isaiah 53.  Then there is the resurrection evidence: the empty tomb, 500 eyewitnesses of His resurrection at one time, the dramatic turnaround of the fearful disciples into faithful witnesses unto martyrdom, and more.  For Easter, treat yourself to two excellent documentary films, The Case for Christ and Prophecies of the Passion. (Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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