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PHOTOS: Queens homes light up for the holidays


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Though one Whitestone family recently won a national reality show for their home’s Christmas light display, they are not the only ones in the borough with impressive holiday decorations.

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Eco-friendly tips to protect homes from pesky bugs


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Cool weather signals homeowners to finalize outdoor chores and cozy up for the long winter ahead. It also signals pesky insects to head indoors seeking food sources and warm, safe places to hibernate. What can the smart homeowner do?

Experts say the record-breaking summer heat has created a bumper crop of bugs. Ohio State University entomologist David Denlinger predicts, “If the warmth stays into the fall, insects will continue to do well until frost comes.”

Home Invaders

Unwelcome invasive pests like silverfish, spiders, earwigs, flies and ants are typical party crashers once temperatures fall.

In the late 1990s a new pest appeared on the scene: the brown marmorated stink bug. First spotted in Pennsylvania, stink bugs are now in 38 states, destroying gardens and landscapes and overwintering in homes.

To protect your home from unwanted pests, industry experts share these simple eco-friendly tips to keep pesky insects at bay.

1. Clean up brush and keep mulch and firewood piles away from the house to avoid creating habitats for critters and insects.

2. Seal cracks, crevices and holes with caulk or weather stripping around potential entry points and seal around pipes and utilities. Repair loose roof tiles and screens. Inspect windows and basement foundations and repair loose and crumbling mortar.

3. Clean cupboard shelves of loose grain, starch-based and sugary food and place food in sealed containers or plastic bags.

4. Check where stink bugs hide: warm, dark spaces like baseboards, exhaust fans, ceiling tiles and drapes. Pick stink bugs off by hand with a tissue and flush them down a toilet or drop into a bucket of soapy water. If you vacuum, be warned. When threatened, stink bugs emit a foul odor so dispose of the bags immediately.

5. If ants are your problem, try herbs. Briscoe White, herb expert and owner of The Growers Exchange, says bay leaves, cinnamon and cloves repel ants outdoors and indoors. Sprinkle dry crushed herbs around points of entry, cabinets and windowsills to create a natural barrier. Plus, peppermint and spearmint are excellent deterrents against both ants and moths.

House of the Day: Bellerose Colonial – 4 Bedrooms / 3.5 Bathrooms


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Copyright (C), Multiple Listing Service of Long Island, Inc, 2004

81-52 247th St
BELLEROSE, NY 11426
Total Taxes: $5,944
List Price: $949,999

 

A Beautiful Spacious, Ready To Move In Home. Fabulous Open Layout. Huge Master Bedroom With Attached Bath. Plus 3 More Large Bedrooms And Common Baths. Prestigious Location. One Block Away From Union Tpke.

 

Interior Features
1 kitchen
Dining room: Formal
Den/Family room
Home office
Full Finished Basement
Stove, Washer, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Dryer
Fireplace
Wood Floors
Fuel/Heat Type: Gas, Ha
A/C: Cac
Property Features
Det 1.0 car garage
Driveway: Pvt
Porch: Yes
Deck: Yes

Contact Info

FIRST FLAG Realty Inc
4 Hillside Blvd
New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Tel: 516-673-4388

Refer to MLS Number 2471916

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FEMA approves $2 million to aid Queens


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Federal aid is on the way for more than a thousand Queens homeowners who applied for help.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved more than $2 million for Queens residents since the county qualified for federal aid last month. Queens was declared a disaster area, allowing individual residents, business owners and non-profits to apply for reimbursement from necessary expenses and compensation from repairs.

The amount approved for individual assistance totaled to $2,051,421, according to FEMA.

The funds may be used to assist residents in finding temporary housing, repairing their damaged homes and vehicles not covered by insurance and replacing personal property — including household items like room furnishings and appliances. The federal aid also covered disaster-related medical and dental costs.

FEMA has received 1,497 applications in Queens so far.

Statewide, FEMA has approved $68,397,939 and has received 35,000 applications.

To register for housing assistance or for more information, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or visit www.disasterassistance.gov. Be sure to have your social security number and insurance information. Queens homeowners have until October 31 to register.