No matter the event or the teams playing in the big game, few things create as strong a sense of camaraderie and community as tailgating. While most fans prepare for the food, drinks, music and games, many overlook or ignore an ever-present threat of the great outdoors: flies and other pests crashing the party.
Protect Your Tailgate Party from Pests
(Family Features) Whether it’s before a football or baseball game, most sports fans share one thing in common: tailgating. No matter the event or the teams playing in the big game, few things create as strong a sense of camaraderie and community as tailgating. While most fans prepare for the food, drinks, music and games, many overlook or ignore an ever-present threat of the great outdoors: flies and other pests crashing the party.
When you prepare that mouthwatering tailgate menu of burgers, wings and dips, remember – your guests aren’t the only ones craving the snacks. Flies are attracted to food left out in the open, and they are more than just a nuisance. Many people underestimate the health threat they pose. Research shows flies are twice as filthy as cockroaches. Each time a fly lands on food or utensils, it can leave behind thousands of germs that can cause illnesses such as diarrhea or food poisoning.
Despite the contamination risk, most people simply wave flies away and continue eating what they’ve touched. In a recent Orkin survey, 61 percent of respondents said that they would still eat their meal after a fly touched it, but only 3 percent said they would continue eating after a cockroach came in contact with the food.
To help protect tailgate guests from flies, follow these tips from Dr. Ron Harrison, entomologist and technical services director for Orkin, a leader in the pest-control industry.
Enjoying outdoor events with friends and family requires planning. By taking a few simple steps to avoid conditions that help pests thrive, sports fans can enjoy themselves and be free of pest problems. Find more tips to keep your parties pest-free at orkin.com.
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While there are standards and requirements that companies follow in labeling their eggs, the standards lack regulation and don’t truly reflect whether or not hens are treated humanely. The USDA’s latest proposed outdoor space requirements would give hens a mere 2 square feet of space in order to carry the USDA organic label, but these three simple rules to follow could help hens live happier, healthier lives.
3 Simple Rules for Healthy, Happy Eggs
(Family Features) When you head to the grocery store for organic eggs, you assume a certain level of quality in how your eggs were produced. While there are standards and requirements that companies follow in labeling their eggs, the standards lack regulation and don't truly reflect whether or not hens are treated humanely.
The USDA's latest proposed outdoor space requirements would give hens a mere 2 square feet of space in order to carry the USDA organic label. To put things into perspective, the average cubicle size in the U.S. is 75 square feet. The proposed requirements are the human equivalent of running laps in an elevator, essentially.
While an improved organic standard would be a step in the right direction, it makes no headway in terms of alleviating consumer confusion over carton labeling. Rather than providing animal welfare-conscious consumers with the confidence that they are purchasing humanely produced eggs, it proposes living conditions for hens that are neither humane nor safe. Consumers should be able to trust the packaging, labels and imagery that they find on their carton of eggs, but oftentimes these labels say little to nothing about the way the hens were treated.
To reinforce the integrity of the organic seal, hens should be given far more space than what has been outlined by the USDA. In order for hens to live happier, healthier lives, the happy egg co., the first U.S. free-range egg brand to be certified by the American Humane Association, abides by three simple rules:
For more information about hen welfare and making humane purchasing decisions at the grocery store, visit thehappyeggco.com.
Photos courtesy of the happy egg co.
(Secondary) An example of the USDA's proposed 2 square feet of space per hen (left) - the amount that would be necessary to carry the organic label - compared to the happy egg co.'s 21.8 square feet of space.
Follow these 10 simple steps for building your dream escape – right in your own backyard.
10 Steps to a Better Backyard
(Family Features) Follow these simple steps for building your dream escape – right in your own backyard. For more inspiration and ideas, visit Trex.com.
Discover digital inspiration. Take advantage of online resources, such as DIY blogs and home improvement websites, to spark your creativity. Browse social platforms, like Pinterest and Houzz, and peruse online photo galleries to see what others have done to get inspired and help bring your vision to life.
Enlist an expert. Much like you might consult an interior designer, deck contactors can help make your dream outdoor space become a reality. Unless you plan to build the deck yourself, the first item on your to-do list should be hiring a contractor. When researching contractors, look for someone that specializes in decks – conduct interviews, review portfolios and gather references.
Make low-maintenance a high priority. Everyone wants to spend time outdoors, but no one wants to spend that time sanding, staining or replacing worn out wooden deck boards. For enduring beauty with minimal upkeep, consider high-performance composite decking, such as Trex. It resists fading, staining, scratching and mold – and won’t rot, warp, crack or splinter.
Factor in function. Plan your outdoor space to align with how you’ll use it, whether that will be for relaxing, entertaining, dining alfresco, etc. Consider all-weather cabinetry and outdoor storage for added convenience. Additionally, think about factors such as views, sun/shade and entryways that will have an impact on your design layout.
Frame your space. While railings provide a necessary safety function, they also serve an aesthetic role by creating a decorative frame for an outdoor space and defining the setting’s style. Simplify the selection process with these expertly curated railing looks that pair beautifully with popular decking colors.
Forego the folding chairs. Make your backyard more comfortable with inviting furniture pieces. Mix and match a variety of weather-resistant outdoor pieces – from benches and Adirondack chairs to cozy couches with colorful cushions – to provide multiple seating options and create a welcoming atmosphere.
Heat things up. One of the hottesttrends in outdoor living is incorporating warming features into outdoor spaces. Create physical and ambient warmth with candles, tiki torches, lanterns and firepits.
Let there be light. Lighting is another effective way to add warmth, ambiance and safety to an outdoor space. Designed for easy installation, Trex Outdoor Lighting provides sophisticated silhouettes for enhancing decks, railings and landscapes.
Go high-tech. With the increasing popularity of home automation, it’s only natural that this trend should migrate outdoors. There are now a wealth of electronics and entertainment systems designed specifically for outdoor use, and available at all budget levels.
Create a unique space. Just like you would for interior rooms, infuse your personality into the design of your outdoor space. Choose colors and patterns that reflect your style and customize with personal touches, such as pillows, throw blankets, art, tableware and plants. Switch accessories seasonally to keep your space fresh and fun.
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