Pesky Fruit Flies

20150603_115751 It’s summer time! And we all know what that means, fruit flies in the kitchen! Now you can always use a small container and put in apple cider vinegar with a few drops of dish soap, then cover with saran wrap and poke a few holes in there. Once they get trapped they can’t get out.

However Ruralking now has this cute little apple that is much more appeasing to the eye then a bunch of visible dead bugs in a container and its only $6.99! You can easily refill it as needed.

Repel Mosquitoes and enjoy the view!

hummingbird-beebalm-loRepelling mosquitoes can be done not only by coating yourself in bug spray, or carrying a ThermaCell Mosquito Repellent Dispenser, but also by planting some useful plants around your house or deck, or place strategically around the yard!There are many plants that help to reply mosquitoes since these pesky little bugs can not stand the smell, and this allow us to sit back and enjoy the view without getting bit. Ruralking has several of these plants already started for you to just put in a pot or in the ground, as well as packets of seeds for you to plant as you please!

To start off with most of these plants emit a fragrance that is usually pleasing to us, such as lemon, lavender, and mint. Some of the plants repel naturally, others can be processed (boiled or crushed, etc) into a spray to use. Here is a link that explains how to use each of the plants to help you repel these pesky bugs, make sure to check your planting zones and correlate it with your plants growing zones:

http://bestplants.com/plants-that-repel-mosquitoes/

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Here are some of the plants: Ageratum (purple flow pictured above), Basil (I suggest to plant in a pot or it can overtake an area), Bee Balm (I love these beautiful perennials, it is the pink flower with the hummingbird, pictured above), Cadaga tree (Tagetes lucida), Catmint, Catnip (beware of attracting all the neighborhood cats), Cedar trees, Citronella Grass or plant (mosquito plant pictured above), Clove, Eucalyptus tree,  Floss flower, Garlic, Lavendar, Lemon balm (gives your yard a fresh scent), Lemon Grass (this grows like crazy), Lemon scented Geraniums (Pelargonium crispum), Lemon Thyme, Lemon Verbena, Marigolds (Tagetes lucida- works the best since it has the strongest smell, but the other breeds work well), Mint, Nodding Onion, Pineapple weed (Matricaria matricarioides), Pitcher plants (does not emit a smell, but it is a carnivorous plant that ingests the bugs), Rosemary, Snowbrush, Sweet Fern,  Sage, Tansy, Tea tree (oil extract has many other great qualities), Vanilla Leaf (usually needs to be crushed), Wild Bergamot (needs to be crushed and diluted with water, can cause irritation if applied directly), Wormwood , and Stone root (similar to mint).

I would suggest to reference that website to know how each plant can be used to help repel, some are naturally a repellent, some have to be crushed and boiled to release the plant oils, and some can be made into a natural spray or rubbed on the skin directly.

I love the fact that my herb garden around my house is helping to reduce the amount of pests around the porch, as well as having a use in my kitchen!

 

Home Organization and Storage

Do you struggle with organization and storage issues in your home? Rural King has solutions! We carry a wide variety of different products that can be used to turn your chaotic clutter into a tidy space.

One product that is great for those of us with limited closet space is:

Double Rod Freestanding Closet

An easy solution for limited closet space.

These also work great for laundry room areas as a landing space for clothing to be stored before putting it away in separate rooms. The shelves can hold fabric bins or totes, which further expands the storage possibilities.

If you are in need of storage for a variety of small items, look no further than:

24 Bin Storage Rack

Amazing storage for small pieces.

These can be especially handy if you have children who love building sets with tiny little pieces (like Legos or Playmobil).

If you need easy access to paper, tools, craft or scrapbooking accessories, etc., you will love:

Multicolored 10-Drawer Storage Cart

Colorful storage for crafting or home office

These are great to help sort out a variety of items that would normally make your space look cluttered. The bright, cheery colors can help to lighten the mood of a room as well.

If you have seasonal decor or other items to store away until a later date, you can’t go wrong with:

18 Gallon Storage Tote

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These totes are great for all kinds of different storage purposes. We use them for outdoor toy storage, keeping seasonal clothing and accessories out of the way in the off-months, storing holiday decorations, and to transport items away that we plan to donate. They are very versatile and handy to have on hand.

Of course if you have an issue with hanging on to junk items that you don’t need that are taking up valuable space, and are not of use to anyone else that you could pass them on to, perhaps it’s time for you to team up with the greatest spring cleaning companion to use:

60 Gallon Trash Container

In stores only

Sometimes, it is just time to say “Enough is enough” and chuck those items in the trash and don’t look back. When you are finished, you can look around at your organized home that is free of visible clutter, take a deep breath, kick back, and reward yourself with some relaxation time in a:

Soft Suede Recliner

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Get an ice cold drink, put on your favorite show, and smile around at your surroundings. Congratulations on a job well done!

Insect Killer!

Summer is just around the corner!

Are you already fighting those horrible fleas and ticks?

Here is a product that I have personally used that actually works!

Garden Tech Sevin Lawn Insect Granules 20lb

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This product is sold at Rural King in stores and online.

This product is not only just for fleas and ticks, Sevin will kill over 30 insects.  I had fought fleas and ticks all year about 2 years ago.  I had used this product last year and it was amazing! I could tell a huge difference in my house as well as with my animals.

Just spread this on your yard once or twice!

Rural King sells many different spreaders that you would be able to purchase as well in order to make this an easier application.

I have provided a link for the spreaders that Rural King sells:

Yard Spreader

Start your summer off with a flea and tick yard!

 

 

Flip Flop Season!!!!

It’s that time of year, the temperature goes up and the shoes come off. Well, you still want to protect your feet from rocks, glass, and other things on the ground (ever step on a slug with your bare foot? Gross). There are so many kinds of flip flops at your local Rural King a great price you can by many pairs to match your outfit or mood. But did you know there are other things you can do with flip flops?

For instance a flip flop wreath:

Other handy things, if you are out on a boat and are afraid you will lose your keys in the water, attach them to your flip flops, because if they fall in the water most of our FLIP FLOPS FLOAT!!!!

Broken flip flop, grab the clip off of your bread and attach it to the stem on the bottom to keep it from pulling through. You can leave it like that or you can super glue it to the bottom to insure it will not slip off.

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You can also use flip flops as plant hangers, very cute hangers at that. Make sure you check out our selection of flowers to fill the planters.

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And most of all you can just wear them, check out your local Rural King for our awesome selection of flip flops: