Why Do I Have Fruit Flies With no Fruit?

Fruit flies on a stem, with a text overlay that says Fruit flies, but no fruit

This week’s random pest question comes from Twitter: Calling @HeatherSolos and her @HomeEc101 knowledge: How do you get rid of fruit flies? Note: There’s no fruit in the house. Twitter If I had suspected my friend had fruit flies, I would have suggested the following advice for getting rid of fruit flies. (I didn’t) Generally, …

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Bad Disaster Advice

I’ve been paying a lot of attention to the information being spread with regard to how to prepare for a┬ádisaster, like a hurricane. Bad Advice I’ve Seen Circulating Hotels must take your pets in due to a law passed after Hurricane Katrina. No. This is patently false. Hotels and motels are private businesses and not …

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Why Is the Ice in my Ice Machine Melting?

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have a fairly new ice machine at the beach, a house we use roughly every other weekend. Lately, the ice machine does not seem to be cold enough to keep the ice it makes frozen. I have vacuumed the coils, ran a “Clean cycle” with the cleanser, turned it off and …

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Pantry Moths in Pasta

I put my pasta in a new container to store in my pantry and still found moths. What did I do wrong and how can I prevent pantry moths in the first place?

Dear Home-Ec 101, I put my pasta in a new container to store in my pantry and still found moths. What did I do wrong and how can I prevent pantry moths in the first place? Sincerely, Bugged in Buckhead Heather says Unfortunately, pantry moths are a part of life. We can take a lot …

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Hurricane Matthew – What We Learned

Heather says I hope everyone is doing as well or better than can be expected. Last week, starting on Tuesday, it became readily apparent that Hurricane Matthew was coming for a visit. It was Thursday before we had a good idea of the type of visit he’d be paying. We spent the week debating whether …

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Let’s Talk Life Skills

skills adults should know

Heather says: Over on the Home-Ec 101 Facebook fan page someone asked: What would be on your list of skills to know for a homemaker and adult in 2015? This list is by no means complete: Prepare a meal without setting fire to the kitchen or poisoning guests. Keep a living space clean. Encourage a …

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How to Remove a Stuck Outdoor Flood Light

how to remove a stuck floodlight

Dear Home-Ec 101,I cannot remove a burned-out flood light. I guess I have to break it first unless you have another suggestion.Thanks,Donna, in the Dark Home-Ec 101 Says: The good news is we have a couple of ideas to try before resorting to Hulk smash to remove the floodlight. Even if you have to resort …

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