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5 Flies Bothering Your Goats—And How To Stop Their Bites
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5 Flies Bothering Your Goats—And How To Stop Their Bites

PHOTO: iStock/ThinkstockFlies, especially of the biting variety, can drive goats (and goat keepers) to distraction. Here are some of the fly types you may come in contact with on your farm, and what you can do to stop them before they become a nuisance.1. Stable FliesA stable fly looks a lot like a common housefly, but it has a stiletto-like proboscis that extends beyond its head and is used to pierce the host’s skin and feed on blood.

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Easy Vertical Gardening Ideas for Beginners

I am a board-certified holistic health coach. I believe that true health and vibrancy starts with food, not medicine. Benefits of Growing a Vertical GardenIf you live in urban areas where there aren& 39;t much space to work with, you can still grow your favorite vegetables in a vertical garden. You can easily create one using hanging baskets, shelves, and a trellis, as well as a bit of your imagination.
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Main Elements of Cottage Style Decor

Linda is a seasoned writer and home-decorating authority. She loves sharing design trends, decor ideas, and useful tips with her readers. Cottage style is characterized by comfortable furnishings, fresh colors, and natural elements. There’s really no right or wrong way to approach this cozy décor style.
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How to Cool an Apartment Without Air Conditioning

Unless you live in a ground-floor apartment or have built-in air conditioning, summer means you& 39;ll be stuck with a warm apartment all season long. As an apartment-dweller, you have few options for effective cooling. It& 39;s probably not a wild guess to assume that your lease agreement doesn& 39;t allow you to tear through the walls to install an air conditioning system.
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How to Prune a Rose Bush

Angela, though not a natural green thumb, has studied gardening in order to better care for her yard. When to Plant Rose BushesIt is best to plant a rose bush either in the spring or the fall. Fall is the best option, although be sure to do before the ground freezes to allow for the feeder roots to embed themselves in the soil before they become dormant for the winter.
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Types of Interior Design Drafting Tools

Linda is a seasoned writer and home-decorating authority. She loves sharing design trends, decor ideas, and useful tips with her readers.Why Hand Drafting?With the advent of computer-aided design (CAD), why in the world would an interior designer need to be proficient in hand drafting? Simply put, hand drafting is considered the foundation of interior design theory.
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How to Redesign a Kitchen on a Budget

Om is a self-proclaimed interior designer and likes to share ideas and tips on how to redesign your home.Cooking should be a pleasure, not a chore. To make your cooking activity as smooth and fun as possible, your kitchen must be both functional and inspiring. Even if you are not someone who would spend a lot of time in the kitchen creating a homemade pizza from scratch or baking a birthday cake for a party of dozens, wouldn& 39;t it be great to have a cheery-looking place to brew your coffee in the morning?
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How to Quiet a Noisy Furnace

Dan has been in the HVAC industry for 23 years with experience ranging from installation and service to sales and distribution.Does your furnace remind you every time it& 39;s running by offering you a & 34;bang& 34; or a & 34;squeaky, squeaky, squeaky& 34; noise? Sure, we are glad the furnace is on, but who wants the life scared out of them or to have to turn the volume up on the TV to mega-loud?
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Caring for Schefflera aka Umbrella Plant, Arboricola, Amate

I have more than eight years of hands-on experience in the horticultural maintenance industry. I enjoy sharing many tricks of the trade. Among the most popular indoor plants, Schefflera are known for their characteristic splayed leaves that resemble a pop up umbrella, earning it the common name of umbrella tree.
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Homemade Ant Traps

Why Should You Make Homemade Ant Traps?There are many reasons why people may chose to make their own ant traps. For some people they may want to save money, others may have pets and be afraid that commercial products will hurt them, and then there are some that are looking for a method that doesn& 39;t kill ants.
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How to Grow Purple Coneflower

Jill likes cooking, writing, painting, & stewardship, and studies gardening through MD Master Gardener & Master Naturalist programs. Whether planted as a perennial border, added to an informal flowerbed, or naturalized in a field or along a roadway, purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) provides lovely color as well as sturdy cut flowers throughout the summer season.
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N-P-K (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium) Fertilizer: A Guide

Sean has been in the industry of gardening and landscaping since 2006. He is also a certified arborist that specializes in plant health. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (N-P-K) are the three major nutrients vital for plant life. Each nutrient has different roles within plants, and different fertilizers contain varying concentrations of each nutrient.
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What You Need to Know About the Brown Widow Spider

I& 39;m a life-long naturalist and citizen scientist with a deep and abiding curiosity about the natural world. What Is the Brown Widow Spider?The brown widow spider (Latrodectus geometricus), also known as the brown button spider, grey widow, brown black widow, house button spider, or geometric button spider, is an arachnid closely related to the deadly black widow (Latrodectus macrons).
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The Pros and Cons of a Keurig Coffee Machine

A New Way to BrewFor most coffee lovers, the Keurig is a dream come true. In just a few seconds, you have a hot cup of coffee ready to go. No waiting for Mr. Coffee to fill up a big pot or having to measure out those messy coffee grinds anymore.If you haven& 39;t bought a Keurig yet, check this article out to see if it is the right machine for you.
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How to Fix a Hayward Navigator Pool Vacuum That Is Not Moving

Rob is a pool-service industry professional with over 20 years of experience.The Hayward NavigatorA common pool cleaner is the Hayward Navigator, which consists of many moving parts. Occasionally, those parts fail and need to be replaced.If you’re like me, you like to save money. Many pool stores will repair these cleaners with no “labor costs,& 34; but believe me, you will be paying more than enough for the parts and could save at least 50 or more by ordering the parts online and fixing it yourself.
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How to Remove a Shrub or Bush From Your Yard

I love keeping my yard neat and tidy, even if it means getting my hands dirty from time to time. Removing Shrubs and BushesWhat could be better than spending a Sunday morning out in your yard sweating bullets under the hot sun as you try to dislodge a monstrously overgrown bush from your lawn? Probably just about anything would be better, but if you’re a homeowner, yard work is one of those “joys” that comes with the territory.
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Growing and Caring for the Rare Blue Mystique Orchid

Mary loves all flowers, but the orchid is her very favorite. She encourages people to grow this beautiful and rewarding flower. My children know how fond I am of orchids. I believe they are the most beautiful of all the flowers (sorry, rose, you know I love you, too).Orchids come in all colors and types.
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20 DIY Home Decor Ideas Using Decorative Paper

I recently shared an article about different ways pretty patterned papers, like scrapbook paper and others, can be used for craft projects. A few of them were home décor crafts but there are still so many things you can do with them, especially for home decorating.Using pretty paper to update furniture and other decorative pieces can really help give things a fresh new look.
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