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Beekeeping

Beekeepers typically have bee suits that have full body coverage: to give them total protection from the bees without impeding their movements. Of course, each beekeeper will have different preferences when it comes to gear. Some also use a smoker to calm the bees. 

Beekeepers are also known as Apiarians. Apiculture is the branch of the natural sciences that relates to bees and beekeeping, and more specifically, the maintenance of bee colonies for honey production, pollen collection, royal jelly extraction, and beeswax comb production. 

Using smoke in beekeeping is a way to disrupt communication between bees and, at the same time, to disorient them and lose their sense of direction. By disrupting their communication, the smoke makes it harder for them to know what’s going on. Smoke can be used to confuse the bees and make them more docile, giving beekeepers a better chance at collecting honey. 

Camping

If you’re camping in a high wind area, a good alternative to planting your tent is to bring along a portable tarp and tie it up between two trees. Even if the tree branches are thin and fragile, you should still be able to tie the tarp up securely and create a windbreak. Space blankets are sheets of aluminized polyester that trap body heat, so they’re useful for keeping warm when you’re camping outside. While space blankets can be a big help to campers who don’t have access to tents or sleeping bags, duct taping one to the inside of your tent will increase the warmth and help make camping in winter more enjoyable.If you’re looking to winter camp and want to reduce the hassle of heating your tent, a heater is a great way to go. They allow you to enjoy the warmth you would naturally create by sleeping in a confined space without having to worry too much. If you’re camping in really cold weather, you’re going to want a good sleeping bag. The trick is, your sleeping bag has to be heavy enough to keep you warm, but light enough to not make carrying it a challenge.

If you are able to bring a cooler with you when camping this is the best option to keep your food cold. To ensure the food stays cold use frozen water bottles, ice packs and consider freezing your food to keep everything as cold as possible. If you are bringing meat in your cooler make sure to double wrap it to prevent cross contamination. Lastly, always try to keep your cooler in the shade whenever possible. 

There are several ways to make coffee while camping. One of the easiest ways to make coffee while camping is to use instant coffee and dissolve it into hot or cold water. Another way is to bring a camping kettle bot and add in coffee grounds. You could also bring a percolator instead of the coffee kettle if you are more comfortable with that. If you are trying to be more fancy, a few other ways to make coffee are using a french press or a drip coffee maker. 

First you need to drain and flush your black and gray water tanks. Then drain and flush your water heater. If a hose is not attached to the drain valve you need to attach one. After this please open any external faucets, valves and hose bibs for about thirty seconds. Next locate the pump and open any other external faucets. After this open internal faucets, showers, and toilets for about thirty seconds. Once done pouring antifreeze down the p-trap you are finished winterizing your RV water system.

Chicken

Raw chicken should not be left out of the fridge for more than 2 hours (or 1 hour in higher temperatures). Raw chicken that is left at room temperature can harbor dangerous bacteria and cause food borne illness/food poisoning. So be sure not to leave your refrigerated uncooked chickens at room temperature for too long! 

Cooked chicken should never be left out on a counter at room temperature or in the refrigerator for more than two hours. If the temperature is over 90°F, then it should not stay out longer than one hour.

Unopened chicken properly stored in a refrigerator will keep for 1 to 2 days after purchase. After that, toss it in the freezer if you can’t use it immediately. Chicken that is still within the expiration date may be cooked and eaten as long as it is stored properly. And cooked chicken can safely be kept in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. 

If you are buying a pound of whole chicken wings it normally equates to about 5 chicken wings. However if you get a good enough mix of flats and drums then you may be able to get about 10 wings per pound. 

Compost

Coffee filters when made of paper and unbleached, are highly degradable and can be added to your compost. If your coffee filters classify as ‘other’ materials, they may be unsuitable for composting. In addition, some coffee filters are bleached with chemicals, making them unsuitable or unsafe for composting. 

Yes, paper towels are compostable if you only clean with dish soap and water. Most of them already have oil in them and they are usually made of 100% cellulose. But, if you use your paper towel to clean grease or oil from the dishes, do not throw them into your compost bin. 

In order to properly compost your tea bags, you need to be sure that they are composed of biodegradable materials. Otherwise, the bacteria will break down the plastic and leave a mess rather than being converted into material that can sustain plant life.

In a standard compost pile, throw in a loaf after it starts to go stale and you can then add a cup of baking soda to break down the gluten. Never add any type of bread when it’s still fresh, as it will attract pests that lay eggs in it and won’t decompose properly. 

Some plants need more compost than others, and that’s really dependent on the growing conditions in your area. There aren’t a lot of hard and fast rules when it comes to the amount of compost to add to your garden. But the general rule of thumb is to add one or three inches (2.5 or 7.6 centimeters) of compost to your garden or flower beds. 

Farm

Improved transportation meant that farmers could send their produce to market efficiently. Farmers with orchards, or who grew different crops, could also sell their goods in different cities. The train was a revolutionary form of transport for people in rural areas because it allowed them to get their goods to market more easily and cheaply.

If you are really broke the best thing you can do is to find someone who has been farming successfully for a long time and get a job working for them. When it comes to farming you learn by doing. You learn how to make mistakes and then how to avoid them. If you’re young, ambitious and without much money, taking a job with a farmer who is willing to take a chance on you is one of the surest ways to get started. 

​​A hobby farm is a small-scale farm that is used primarily for pleasure instead of being considered a business. This type of farming is categorized as less than 50 acres. Anything between 50 to 100 acres is considered a small-scale farm. Owners of these farms typically have off-farm jobs or are retired.

A ranch is a part of farming, since both are responsible for ensuring that only the highest quality food product reaches the consumers. The main difference between a farm and a ranch lies in their tasks. A farmer will focus on growing crops, while a rancher will worry about winter feed and the market prices. Therefore, with regard to their jobs and expertise, the two jobs are different from each other. The way they work is also distinct from one another.

Humidifiers

Diffusers can be used as a humidifier. The method is simple. Add water to the diffuser and turn it on, with no essential oils added. It will have no scent but will still add moisture to the air. The catch is that you must run it longer to get the desired effect since the amount of steam coming out of the diffuser is less than a traditional humidifier would put out.

Humidifiers are not designed to make you sick but primarily used to make you healthy. If you don’t clean your humidifier regularly (about every 3 days) it can breed dirt and microorganisms that can give you flu-like symptoms. If your humidifier has a filter you should consider changing it around every 3 months to prevent dirt and bacteria being released into the air. Be sure to replace the water often to help prevent bacteria from growing that could make you sick.

It all depends on the type of humidifier. Cold air humidifiers work similar to diffusers and you may be able to add essential oils to it. However, essential oils can cause damage to your diffuser. The oils can collect in the humidifier and cause the plastic to break down. Some humidifiers include a spot for essential oils but always read the directions of your humidifier. If you really need to add essential oils to your diffuser, put a few drops on a cotton ball over the mister outlet.

Humidifier tablets are a convenient way to purify tap water for your humidifier and ensure it is safe to breathe in. While you can use tap water in a humidifier safely, there are some who prefer to use purified or distilled water for the machine.

Dry air can cause your mucus to become thick and hard to break up. Using a humidifier will help moistures your throat and nasal passages to help break it up and relieve your cough. Warm-mist humidifiers tend to be the most soothing for coughs but if you have young children consider the cool-mist humidifiers to prevent burns if they get too close. If you have an asthma related cough, humidifiers are not recommended to help relieve your cough. 

Does a humidifier really help with allergies? Humidifiers are great for relieving allergy, cold and flu symptoms. However, if your humidifier isn’t cleaned properly it can actually worsen these symptoms. Allergy symptoms worsen when dry air enters your nasal passages so a humidifier can help add moisture into the air and help you skip scratchy nasal passages during the winter season.  If you have severe allergy symptoms you may benefit more from a cool-mist humidifier. 

When every breath seems more like a struggle, asthma can make life difficult. Keeping the environment in your home at the right humidity level may alleviate some symptoms and make it easier to enjoy everyday activities like working, cooking and playing with your children. Humidifiers can be used to maintain the humidity in your home, but they must be well-maintained or they may have the opposite effect.

Humidifiers can help eliminate dry air in your home which can inflame the airways of your throat and nose. By using a humidifier it helps provide moisture in the air to relieve stuffy nose and break up mucus in your chest. They are also useful for relieving symptoms of cold and flu. Humidifiers are a great way to help congestion! 

Humidifiers collect extra heat in the room and release it as vapor. They are used to raise the humidity level in your home. The main purpose of a humidifier is to help add moisture to the air. Humidifiers are good for eliminating chapped lips and dry skin. You want to always be sure when using a humidifier to not make your home too humid. 

You want to place it where humidity can easily be distributed such as upstairs areas, living rooms and guest rooms. However, keep in mind that placing a humidifier near the heater could cause condensation problems. A cool consideration is that you’ll also want a humidifier in your child’s room during cold months. This will help your child sleep better while preventing severe nose and throat dryness. 

Kayak

A 125-lb person will burn roughly 283 calories per hour kayaking, while a 200-lb person will burn up to 454 calories per hour. Overall, it seems that kayaking can burn around 200 to 300 calories per hour of paddling. While this may not seem like much when compared to the number of calories burned in other activities, like running or swimming, working an activity into your daily life is often about quality over quantity! Kayaking is certainly a leisurely exercise that you can enjoy for longer periods at a time.

Recreational kayaks tend to weigh between 35 and 65 pounds, while heavier fishing models can top 100 pounds. The lighter the weight of your kayak, the easier it will be to carry and transport. For most people, this makes it easier to put the kayak into your car and take it out whenever you want. 

Once you set aside the right price range, it’s really just a matter of evaluating your preferences and needs. If you like fishing, or if you’re going on whitewater kayaking trips, then those types of kayaks are definitely worth the investment. Also determine what type of materials you want to work with – plastic, fiberglass, and the various models from each material family. Plastic kayaks start around $250-300 for entry level recreational kayaks and go up to $3,000 for high performance racing kayaks (tops out at about $4K for sit on top fishing/racing). 

If you are going to be transporting a kayak, it is crucial that you think about your options well in advance. Calculate the size of your kayak, and then measure the size of your vehicle to determine if a roof rack can be installed. If not, consider other transport methods, including: in the truck bed, on a trailer, or even behind a bike. Whatever method you choose, always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for safe transportation. 

Remember to put on sunscreen, a wide-brim hat, and sunglasses before you get to the water. Sunglasses are especially important because they protect you not only from the sun’s UV rays, but also from the glare on the water. Layering is key for protection and comfort—that means wearing a rash guard underneath your shirt and shorts or swimsuit. You can add a swimsuit cover-up or light sports jacket that gives you UV protection as an extra layer, especially if you plan to take pictures from your kayak. It’s also a good idea to bring along a poncho or small tarp just in case it starts raining. 

Pressure Washer

For the most part yes, when you pressure wash a carpet make sure to pretreat spots with a stain remover. You may want to use a rinsing agent which will prevent dye bleeding into the water. Make sure your pressure washer has a nozzle which is high enough to safely reach the rug’s surface at eye level. Make sure the nozzle is at least 12 inches away from the rug’s surface during pressure washing.

Yes, it is possible to pressure wash an engine. However, it can be a little tricky and you must protect various electrical parts with a waterproof bag/plastic wrap before beginning jetting your engine with water. Other components like air filters are also susceptible to damage. While it may be possible to do a professional-looking job with a pressure washer, it’s much better to have professionals do the job for you if you care about the appearance of your engine. 

Although there are some cases where pressure washing a driveway can take just ten minutes, you’re more likely looking at a time frame of around 30 minutes. While this is a relatively quick timeframe there are plenty of factors that could influence the time frame such as, size and amount of dirt or oil. 

One of the most important things to consider when pressure washing a house is the time it will take. Not including setup and pack up, a one story house could take 30 minutes or less. A two story house could take 1 hour to 2 hours depending on how much window washing is required. I recommend having a professional visit your home in advance to give you an accurate time estimate based on the square footage of your exterior walls. This is especially necessary if you plan on pressure washing your home’s vinyl siding which is very time consuming.

A pressure washer that operates between 1300-2300 PSI you will be able to cover almost any task. Anything less and you will not be able to remove most common problems and anything higher can cause damage to materials.

Pressure washing, whether with a high-pressure washer or a power washer, is a great way to clean your home without running water. High-pressure washers allow you to remove unwanted debris and mold from your siding in a matter of minutes. Most experts recommend pressure washing for homes that have shingle siding or vinyl siding, depending on the amount of mildew or mold buildup. It’s recommended to do this twice a year typically around fall and spring! 

A typical gas or electric pressure washer pumps the water from a garden hose to a high pressure. The pressure washer is hooked to a high pressure hose that when the trigger is pulled the water mixes with air to come out of the nozzle. Typically the water comes out around 75 times that of a regular garden hose. Some pressure washers also have a detergent tank that will mix with the water so when they both come out of the hose at once. The high pressure not only cleans more effectively but wastes less water than a regular hose. 

If you’re trying to get dirt off a wood fence, then you can use a little bit of soap and water, or baking soda and water. A deck brush will allow you to clean the fence faster. If you don’t want to use chemicals you can also try vinegar and water, but may have to scrub harder.

Perfect regular sweeping of your paving stone patio, walkway or driveway. To avoid using a pressure washer, regularly clean loose dirt and debris on hard-scape with a broom and/or gentle soap when necessary. Use a soft-bristle brush or broom. Hose to remove the residue. If you stick to your cleaning routine, you will notice that using a pressure washer or chemical cleaner will not be necessary in many occasions.

If you don’t have a pressure washer, then you’ll need a mop and bucket. The most important thing is that you remove the oil, grease and grime or your driveway will never look clean. Depending on the severity of the stains you’ll want to let the sawdust soak for 12 to 24 hours. Once it has soaked you will want to sweep off all the sawdust. Then xix up a washing-soda solution, pour it over the driveway and scrub with a brush to remove leftover dirt and stains. Alternatively, sprinkle detergent on the driveway and scrub with a brush. Rinse your driveway thoroughly before it dries after cleaning.

As we stated earlier, most modern-day pressure washers come with a handy detergent tank you can fill with the soap of your choice. This is the advantage of investing in a quality, versatile pressure washer – you don’t have to worry about lugging around a bucket of soap! After you’ve located your detergent tank, fill it with the pressure washer detergents you’ve selected for the job. Then, close up the tank and turn the nozzle to “on”. 

It is best to winterize both the pump and engine of your pressure washer. You will want to buy a fuel stabilizer and add it to your fuel tank. Run it for about 3 minutes to circulate it through the system. Attach your garden hose like normal and fill a bucket with water and put the detergent feed hose in the bucket. Turn on the pressure washer and let it run until all the detergent is flushed out and just water is coming out.  For the pump you will  want to disconnect the hose, gun, and wand from the pressure washer to drain all the water that may be stuck in there. Then cover and store your pressure washer in a cool dry place. 

First of all, it’s important to specify the right oil weight for your machine in order to save you time and money. The first type is 10W-30 synthetic oil that works well in temperatures below 40F. This oil will provide protection from wear under these conditions and prevent water or water and rust from entering the engine through the crankcase ventilation system. It is suitable to be mixed with detergent, which increases its effectiveness even more. When you own a gas-powered pressure washer, then you might think applying the 30W non-detergent oil will not make much of a difference. After all, it is only needed in gears and bearings.

Think of using dish soap in a pressure washer as a last resort. There are plenty of pressure washer soaps on the market from off brands to the exact brand of your pressure washer. Dish detergent may not be effective in dealing with all forms of dirt on surfaces. Ensure that you have thoroughly read the instructions of your pressure washer soap before using it to clean your car, boat, siding or fence, etc.

Worms

Wax worms are good treats to offer your adult bearded dragon every so often. Wax worms should never become a staple part of a bearded dragon diet, because they are high in fat and can cause obesity. Provided that you don’t overfeed your bearded dragon, these treats shouldn’t cause any health issues.

There have been a number of experiments performed which have tried to see if worms can feel pain and the answer is yes. Even though their nervous systems are very different from ours, it does not mean that they do not suffer pain in the same way that humans do. 

Worms don’t have bones because they are invertebrates and invertebrates lack backbones. The reason why some people think worms have bones is that the hyrostat acts as a support structure for their body and muscles.

No, worms do not have legs. But that doesn’t mean that they lack the ability to move. Through their bristles, earthworms can sense the thin layer of soft soil beneath the top layer of soil, and then use a combination of two muscle groups to propel themselves forward and ensure their safety as they wriggle through the underground.

Earthworms don’t lay eggs but they lay cocoons which contain multiple fertilized eggs. The cocoon protects the developing eggs inside and regulates the climate

Robin’s sense of sight plays a critical role in locating and identifying worms and other food sources. Their vision is their most forward-thinking sense, allowing them to find food based on the movement of the worms or the soil around it. 

The correct answer is that earthworms have 5 pairs of hearts. A popular misconception is that earthworms have one heart, but the earthworm heart is actually 5 pairs of aortic arches. 

Earthworms can be found almost anywhere. They are often found near water, mud or moist areas. Spring and fall are the best places to look for worms due to the soil conditions and temperatures. Try looking under rocks or areas that may be moist underneath.

​​Worms, millipedes, and termites are three classic examples of insects that eat decaying organic matter. This falls under the category of decomposition, which is one of the main ecological processes that occur in nature. So yes, worms are decomposers. 

Mango worms or mango flies are very similar in appearance to the common housefly, except they are bigger in size and they also have a narrow abdomen. They are hairy, have large bulging eyes and have a preference for sweet liquids.

Wax worms can live off of pretty much any type of beeswax or honey, but some believe that giving them extra beeswax helps enhance the levels of protein in the wax worms. This makes them healthier and larger, which makes them a more desirable food source for your reptile. 

The warble is a small version of the mature fly, but with a worm-like shape rather than a fly-like shape. It burrows into the skin of a rabbit or rodent and absorbs nutrients. The animal may show pain or irritation near the location of the worm, as well as excessive grooming behavior. 

Tomato worms come from eggs that are laid by moths, in this case. These moths lay eggs on or near tomato plants, and then they hatch and grow into the dreaded tomato hornworm. The best way to prevent these pests is through certified organic pest control. 

Moist, oxygen-poor soil causes earthworms to come to the surface so they can breathe. If you have ever seen worms on a sidewalk after it rains, then it is because they are trying to escape being waterlogged from the rain filling the soil.

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