What do these have in common?
Barbecues come in many shapes and
sizes and use different types of fuel---
Bugs come in many shapes and sizes and use US for fuel!
Our small community publishes a newsy newsletter monthly. In preparation for spring and summer --- and all this includes --- two handy hints have been included in recent editions that I would like to share.
I haven't had the chance to personally try
them yet but the sources are usually reliable.
Original hint from an unknown source: "I was at a deck party awhile back and the bugs were having a ball biting everyone. A man at the party sprayed the lawn and deck floor with Listerine, and the little demons disappeared. The next year I filled a 4-ounce spray bottle and used it around my seat whenever I saw mosquitoes. And voila! That worked as well. It worked at a picnic where we sprayed the area around the food table, the children's swing area, and the standing water nearby. During the summer, I don't leave home without it!"
Our resident's comments: "I tried this on my deck and around all of my doors. It works -- in fact, it killed them instantly. I bought my bottle from Target and it cost me $1.89. It really doesn't take much, and it is in a big bottle, so it is not as expensive to use as the can of bug-spray you buy that doesn't last 30 minutes ...this will last a couple of days...and is EARTH-FRIENDLY TOO!!! Do not spray directly on a wood door, but spray around the frame. Spray around the window frames, and even inside the dog house."
Simplify cleaning the grill of your charcoal barbecue:
Mix 1/2 cup of a liquid cleaner with 1 gallon of water and pour it into a heavy duty plastic garbage gab. Immerse the grill in the a bag, secure the bag with a twist tie, and allow the grill to soak overnight. The next day, simply brush away the burnt on soil, rinse, and it is ready [for you to start "gunking" it up again!]