MOVING SEASON IS HERE?
PLUG IN Pest Free June newsletter
As summer rolls in, so does the peak season for many who are planning on moving around the corner or across the country. According to various sources, peak moving season is actually from April to September, but many try to move in the middle of summer. One of the main factors for this is kids being off school and on summer holidays. Parents try to capitalize on moving after their kids complete their current school year, usually in May, then move and get settled prior to the new school year commencing around August. Especially when moving to a new schooling district.
Like all peak seasons, it is fair to expect prices to increase. Moving trucks and trailers may become harder to secure. Best to reserve early, and check with your rental truck company if they actually guarantee your reservation at time placed, or if they only guarantee 48 hours out! Don’t get stuck with last minute surprises thinking you have everything reserved when you may not. Also, you may be expected to travel up to 250 miles from your local depot just to collect your truck with some companies. So best to make 100% sure you know everything about your reservation and the pitfalls that may come with it.
If you are moving to a popular State, expect to pay a much higher price for your oneway rental. If you are moving to a State many are moving out of, you may be able to get a very competitive rate for your rental.
Using a moving company instead? Make sure you book well in advance. Some moving companies may be fully booked for months out, so plan ahead and book early to avoid disappointment.
Some moving tips to consider:
- Use boxes, plenty of boxes. The more the better. They are easy to pack and stack. Try to limit the weight for each box so they don’t become too heavy.
- Stack all your boxes in the truck or trailer first, going as vertical as possible.
- Secure your boxes with larger items and/or furniture in front.
- Stack furniture as vertical as you can to save space.
- Prepare plenty of rope and ratchet ties to secure your load.
- Use plenty of furniture pads, the more the better. Your furniture will thank you. When traveling, your truck or trailer can be like a trampoline in the back on some roads.
- Prepare first-aid kits. Accidents happen, so be prepared.
- Best to wear a pair of moving gloves – your hands will thank you later.
- Have plenty of water on hand – you will need it. Remember, it is summer after all!
- Use dolly’s and straps to help lift heavy items easier. Your back will thank you.
- DON’T FORGET TO TAKE YOUR PLUG IN PEST FREE WITH YOU!!!
The joys of summer also bring the joys of bugs!! For those living in warmer climates year round, there really isn’t an off-season for bugs. If you are planning that camping trip, be prepared for plenty of hand waving and face slapping. If you are not into chemical based repellants, then you may want to consider a range of homemade natural repellents and see which one works best for you against the types of bugs you want to keep away.
Citronella has always been a relatively good natural repellant against many bugs. Lavender Oil is another, and provides a relaxing smell for those who like lavender. Other natural repellants to consider are Garlic and Lemon juice, Peppermint and Castor Oil, and Cedarwood Oil. Various preparation methods can be researched online on how best to mix and apply these natural remedies. Plan ahead, be prepared, and enjoy that camping trip!
Refreshing Homemade Raspberry Vanilla Soda by Joanne
Forget about running to the store to buy your next soda. Nothing will compare to this refreshing homemade recipe using real fruit syrup all cooked from scratch.
Below is Joanne’s Raspberry Vanilla soda, but you can substitute the flavor for others too if you wish. This recipe is for a serving of four. Prep and cook time around 5 minutes, refrigerate for 1 hour.
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- seltzer water
- In a small saucepan set over medium heat, combine the water, sugar, and raspberries. Cook for about 5 minutes until the mixture is bubbling away and the sugar is dissolved. Stir and cook this mixture for another 5 minutes, until the raspberries have cooked down.
- Set a fine mesh strainer over a measuring cup or bowl and strain the saucepan mixture, pressing down on the raspberry pulp to squeeze out all the juice. Add the lemon juice and vanilla extract, and let this chill in the refrigerator.
- To serve, fill a glass with ice and add 2-3 tbsp of the raspberry syrup. Add about a cup of seltzer on top, and enjoy!
To see more of Joanne’s recipes, click the link above. You can also check out Joanne’s YouTube video of the above recipe here https://youtu.be/DkARNOFDnwA
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