A Quick Explanation of the West Nile Virus and How to Protect Yourself

The West Nile virus is a growing problem in North America, and it is prevalent in the United States. A lot of research has been done on this virus, and one piece of information that you need to be aware of is that it is spread by mosquitoes. There are no symptoms of this virus, but according to the Center for Disease Control, one in five people will develop a fever, and in addition, one in a hundred will have serious complications that can result in death.
Where the virus is found
Not every place in the nation has been affected yet, mostly it is in the western half of the United States, however, it has been found in Mississippi and in the northeast state of Delaware. As scary as this virus may sound, there are steps you can take to lessen the chances of infection, and reduce your chances of being bitten by mosquitoes in general.

Eliminate the mosquitoes breeding ground
Mosquitoes use still water to lay eggs, so your first line of defense against the West Nile virus is to remove any still water on your property. Often, this water can be found in open containers after a rain, or in water gutters that have become clogged with leaves. There are many possibilities. You simply need to take a look around your property to find any still water and dispose of it.

Have your yard sprayed for mosquitoes
A professional pest control company with experience eliminating mosquitoes will be able to visit your home and spray your outdoor areas in the places that this insect is likely to congregate. Part of the strategy of spraying is aimed at killing these flying insects, but it also is a deterrent. After your yard, bushes and trees have an insecticide applied, mosquitoes that arrive later will be repelled by it and move on to a more friendly environment.

When it comes to calling a pest control company, it is important that you shop around and look for a company with experience with mosquitoes. These insects cannot be controlled the way other pests are, they are unique in the insect world. You can recognize a pest control company with specialized knowledge in mosquitoes by their products and services. One product that you will see offered is an automated mist system that periodically releases a mosquito repellent to offer home owners maximum protection. An example of a company like this is Mosquito Squad. More information can be found at their website at mosquitosquad.com.

5 Family Devotionals You Can Use

One of the reasons why we chose to homeschool our kids is because we want to instill in them how important the Bible is to our lives. That is why family devotional time is of utmost importance to us. This is the time we intentionally take a break from our chores and daily routine. We spend some time with the family and read the Bible together and pray for one another. Most of the time, we use devotionals to guide us through the Bible and help us  in our discussions.

Here are some of the family devotional guides that you can use with your family:

The Dig for Kids by Patrick Schwenk


Long Story Short: Ten minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God by Marty Machowski

The One Year Book of Josh McDowell’s Family Devotions by Josh McDowell

Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids by Sarah Young
Grace for the Moment : 365 Devotions for Kids by Max Lucado



How to Find the Best Roofing Company


Repairing or replacing a roof can be a very large and complicated job. There are usually many people involved. Obviously, if you have decided that your roof needs to be repaired or replaced, this is not a job that you can simply do yourself, or have some of your friends help you with it. This […]

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KidZania Manila Opens!


KidZania Manila finally opens its doors to the public on August 7, 2015, Friday. KidZania Manila is located at Park Triangle at BGC Taguig. This is best for children from ages 4-14. A real life simulation of a wide range of jobs, children of all ages will have fun learning in this role-playing environment. Children […]

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5 Ways to Reduce the Risk of a Break-In While On Vacation

illustration of a Sign of a burglar or thief running with loot inside a crossed circle

One of the worst things you can experience during a nice vacation is getting a phone call that your home has been burglarized. Your stress level could spike and you’ll constantly worry until you walk into the house. Even then, the sight before you could make you feel vulnerable and nauseated. However, there are things […]

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UnLock Math’s UnLock Pre-Algebra Review


As I have mentioned in my previous posts, my daughter is not a fan of Math. So when UnLock Math offered The Schoolhouse Review crew members an opportunity to review UnLock Pre-Algebra, I was excited to see if this will work with my 11 year old daughter. I was given a full year access of the program for […]

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