As we embark on our 2016 summer season of back yard BBQ's, camping and enjoying all the summer has to offer, here are a few tips that will save you time and money.
Wasps are already out, but that doesn't mean they have to be around you. Take a 2 liter pop bottle, cut it from the base 3 inches tall (that's the perfect cup). Now, place 6 oz of vinegar, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt in the container. If you need more just double the ratio. Place these little cups around your yard or travel trailer, and say goodbye to the yellow jacket. The mixture is intoxicating to some of our winged friends.
Still not enough? Grab another 2 liter bottle, but this time cut 3/4 up the bottle. Take the top with the spout and put it inside the bottle. At this point, secure it with a little duct tape. You can get all fancy by taking a coat hanger and making a carrying handle which doubles as your hanging handle (I just use string to hang these about the yard or campsite). You can use the above mentioned formula or any pop in this particular trap (except for coke, the wasps don't like it. In another content tip I will tell you why).
How can we do this tip without mentioning the most unwanted good time party crasher? The mosquito. We could use a lot of oils or sprays, but in the end you're not saving anything. So I offer a simple suggestion, Let mother nature handle the winged invaders. By planting citronella, marigolds, lavender or geraniums you're not only beautifying your property, you are using natural repellents to insure your BBQ or back yard event only has invited guests (don't worry folks, you don't have to plant all those plants, pick one or how ever many you want).
If you own a travel trailer you to can do this too, just make up a few picnic table centerpieces out of any of the above mentioned plant types and you're set.
What kind of content tip of the week would be if I didn't address some type of content cleaning as well, so here goes.
Bring color and shine back to faded plastic patio furniture. Simply spray WD-40 directly on the surface and wipe with a clean, dry cloth. You'll be surprised at the results.
Keep some full-strength white vinegar in a recycled spray bottle and use it wherever you see any mildew growth. The stain will wipe right off most surfaces. This method also works great on wood furniture as well. The vinegar will keep the mold from coming back for a while as well. This works fantastic on your seat cushions and patio umbrella too. On a side note, if your RV has an awning give that a little spray, scrub and rinse.