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The Significance of STI Screening

By Guest Blogger, Union Quay Medical

The Significance of STI Screening

Sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) are frighteningly common in America, with one person out of every 208 in the country diagnosed with chlamydia alone. STIs can lead to complications such as infertility, swollen joints and possible inflammation of the heart, brain or spinal cord, and yet these can be relieved so easily through early screening. Sadly, many people don’t even realize that they could have contracted an STI through mere skin-on-skin contact, so the infection develops unbeknownst to them until it results in one or more of the medical complications stated above.

You may think that, because you haven’t had sex in a while (if ever), you couldn’t have an STI. However, they spread so readily that if you have even the slightest inkling that you could be infected, you should go for screening straight away. Indeed, everyone should avail of STI screening as soon as they can, because early detection gives you the best possible chance of finding an STI and eliminating it. If you go for screening and the test comes back negative, any worries over possibly being infected can disappear.

This infographic from Union Quay Medical in Cork, Ireland provides useful starter information on STI screening, such as the scenarios where screening is most vital, the periods of incubation and the screening process step-by-step. Consider for a moment that 20 million STIs are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. Don’t let one of them be yours; get yourself screened without delay.

1 in 208 Americans diagnosed with chlamydia

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The Reason Why Your House Is A Haven For Dust

The Reason Why Your House Is A Haven For Dust

Ah, dust! It gets everywhere in our home. And it can be a nightmare to ensure your home stays dust-free. After all, you want it gone quickly so that your home stays hygienic. And not only that, but you need to protect your family by making it dust-free. After all, dust can make your family start coughing. And it’s a nightmare for people with allergies who are living in your home. If you are finding there seems to be more than ever dust in your home, here are some reasons why it’s becoming a haven for dust.

You aren’t cleaning enough

When was the last time you gave your home a proper clean? If you are guilty of leaving it for ages, it is likely to be the cause of your dust problem. After all, dust will slowly pile up if it’s not cleaned away properly. And the more you get, the more it will be harmful to your family. Therefore, it’s time to step up and make sure you are cleaning your home regularly. Set a specific time you are going to do it such as on a Monday night. And then you can whiz around the home making sure it’s nice and tidy. And if you haven’t got the time to do any cleaning, you should arrange for a cleaning company to tidy your home. That way, you won’t be overwhelmed with dust in your humble abode.

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The air isn’t filtering properly

If you are finding your home has become a haven for dust, it might be that the air isn’t filtering around your home properly. That will cause a buildup of dust in your property and can also make your family suffer from allergies. It’s often down to the humidity levels in your home if the air isn’t filtering properly. After all, if it’s too high, you will find that dust mites will thrive in your home. And you are likely to have more airborne dust on your property. You can contact a company about coming to fit some humidifiers in your home. That way, it will ensure the air filters around your home properly. You can look on sites like http://www.savehomeheat.com/ for more information on how to get these installed.

You are missing certain areas

You might also be facing a lot of dust in your home, which is causing breathing difficulties for your family, as you are missing certain areas. For example, you might be forgetting to clean under the bed which can be a haven for dust. Or you might be missing the light fittings. As we said before, you might not realize as it isn’t at eye level, but a lot of dust can gather on these light shades. Therefore, give these less obvious areas a good clean so dust won’t build up in your home.

And if you have carpets in your home, you might find more dust builds up. As it says on familyhandyman.com, carpets are a world-class dust collector! After all, with hardwood floor, it can be much easier to spot it and clean it away quickly. Therefore, you might want to change the flooring for the sake of the amount of dust in your home.

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Children’s Fashion Department: Dressing up Your Kids in Style

Children’s Fashion Department: Dressing up Your Kids in Style

 

Kids are curious little beings and parents should encourage their thirst for trying out new things and experimenting, even when it comes to fashion. After all, fashion can be a great way to stimulate their young minds and help them develop a taste and, of course, distaste for certain styles and trends. As parents, you have the power to guide them through the whole process and help your kids get acquainted with the latest fad. Let’s see what some of the best fashion tips when it comes to children are:

Give Them a Chance to Choose

image-1-5Although you can’t completely rely on a toddler to make their own dressing decisions, what you can do is give them a bit of freedom regarding their sense of style. Experimenting in this field might produce different kinds of results, but you never know what to expect; who knows, perhaps your child is the next Gorgio Armani or Mario Prada. Giving your children the ability to choose their own garments, combine different items and colours, and even make mistakes are all steps of the learning process and can be a fun and exciting venture. Also, including them in the whole decision making process might encourage some good behaviour, boost their confidence and creativity levels and give them a sense of accomplishment.

Mix and Match

The best possible way to help your children develop a personal sense of style is to give them the ability to mix and match different garments, but also to experiment in choosing the right colour combinations and making the right (or wrong) decisions when it comes to tones, shades, patterns and even different kinds of textiles and fabrics. This can greatly help them get a proper insight into what types of colours complement each other, how different patterns fit together and how to wear clothes made of specific materials. It’s important to support their choices, but also offer truthful opinions about why certain things should or shouldn’t be matched together.

Know When to Draw the Line

image-2-2Regardless of the fact how well your child is handling the whole fashion designer role, it’s important to keep in mind that you’re the adult in this situation and that you’re responsible for making the final decision regarding their dressing choices. Setting boundaries is a crucial step, as your children need to learn that there are certain things in fashion that simply aren’t appropriate. This mostly refers to wearing garments which aren’t season-appropriate or age-appropriate for that matter. Children usually learn from example, so it’s best to be a good role model to your children, but also make sure that you’re aware what they are influenced by. Magazines, media and the Internet can be a handy tool for seeking inspiration, especially when it comes to fashion, but they can also present a hazard if not used correctly. It’s a good idea to point your children to some child-appropriate fashion icons from which they’ll be able to draw the inspiration they need.

Be Practical

Lastly, what you’ll need to do is focus your attention on the practical side of clothes shopping. This includes picking out the clothes that’ll be in the right size, of the right quality and of course, clothes which are considered safe for your children. This is especially important when choosing clothes for very young children and babies, so it’s best to choose a quality baby boutique or a certified retailer of children’s fashion garments.

image-6-1It’s never too late nor too early to start developing a personal sense of style. The rule applies to everybody and especially to young children, while their brains are still in the process of learning new things and exploring the world around them. Fashion can be a great tool to help your children develop a higher sense of being or find a new talent.

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Escape The Worry Of Home Security This Christmas With These Top Tips

Escape The Worry Of Home Security This Christmas With These Top Tips

Home security is obviously something we should be clued up on and aware of all year round. But the festive season just seems to be the time of year when a burglary is at it’s highest. Perhaps this is because many people are absent from their homes more often, visiting people for the holiday season. Or maybe it’s the increase of potentially high priced items being stored ready to be gifted on Christmas day. Whatever the reason, it’s important to ensure we give our homes a health check when it comes to security. Which is why I thought I would share with you the top tips for escaping the worry of home security this festive season.

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Checking your locks on your doors

Our locks on our home are the one thing we don’t change too often. Unless, of course, we are forced to. But old locks can break, and they can also be manipulated by people trying to enter your home without permission. Sometimes it’s worth updating and investing in new lock systems like rekey locks to keep your home secure. After all, it’s the main way our homes are kept locked. Why wouldn’t we check them more often?

Install an alarm system

An alarm system is a noise and visual deterrent. Often just having one of these on the exterior of your property is enough to deter anyone to even try and enter your home. But again, just like our locks an alarm system needs upgrading over the years. So it might be worth considering what is out there on the market. Often these more up to date systems can use video surveillance to add an extra security method.

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Keep your home lit

As the nights are getting darker, it can become very obvious when your home is vacant. At this time of year, you may be out and about quite a lot visiting family and friends. A great tip is to use timers to ensure that lights come on when it gets darker. It works for lamps and even Christmas tree lights.

Don’t put things on show

Another great tip is to ensure that you don’t have things on display. Having flashy gifts and technology on show is just screaming for someone to try and enter your home and steal it.

Consider more modern approaches

These days alarm systems, video surveillances, and even doorbells can all be linked to your smartphone. Allowing you to always be in control of your home. Ensuring that you have the maximum security. There are plenty of options out there to suit all budgets just by doing some research online.

Keep things off social media

Finally, it’s worth remembering to keep your privacy settings high on your social media profiles. We all have a tendency to overshare, at this time of year especially. From recording when you are not at home to broadcasting your latest purchases. Keeping things private on social media stops unwanted eyes knowing your business.

I hope these tips help you keep your home secure at this wonderful time of the year.

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The Only Steps You Need to a Greener, Healthier Laundry Room

The Only Steps You Need to a Greener, Healthier Laundry Room

We all need to do our laundry if we want to have clean clothes at hand. Depending on the size of your household, it can feel like you are constantly doing the laundry. As well as clothes, you need to wash sheets, towels, and any other cloth items that could get dirty. If you’re a health-conscious and eco-conscious person, doing the laundry so much might worry you. You have to use water, electricity and cleaning products to get the job done. Some of the products you use might not be great for your health or the environment. Fortunately, there are ways you can change your habits for healthy and eco-friendly laundry.

Reduce the Number of Cycles

A simple way to start is to look at the amount of laundry you do. You may feel like you are constantly putting laundry in the washer or dryer. But how long do you wait before you start filling up the machine? Some people set a laundry schedule and stick to it, no matter how much they have to wash. However, a more environmentally-friendly approach is to only wash a full load. Don’t only fill the drum halfway when you could wait and put more things together. Sometimes you might find this hard, such as when you live alone. However, you can still make sure you only wash a full load. Use products such as color catchers to allow you to wash colors and whites together. Wash your towels and sheets together too.

Lower the Temperature

Another simple way to change the way you do laundry is to turn the temperature down. Hot washes can be useful for a number of things. They may have health-related benefits such as tackling bacteria and bugs. However, for a normal load of laundry, you probably don’t need the water to be too hot. You can turn it down to a cooler temperature, and your clothes will still come out clean. In fact, you can even get special detergents that are designed for using with a cooler wash. You can be kinder to the environment by using less heat.

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Buy Healthy Laundry Products

Laundry detergent is necessary to help clean your clothes. However, like other cleaning products you might be concerned about what is in it. If this is a worry of yours, you might want to look into alternative products. You can get natural and organic laundry products that you might find preferable. For example, products from Better Life include detergent and stain remover. They are made with non-toxic and biodegradable ingredients. You can make your laundry and your laundry room safer for pets, children and, of course, you. When you buy your products, you can check ingredients, as well as the way that they are made.

Use Natural Ingredients to Make Your Own Products

An alternative to buying natural products is to make your own. There are several excellent household products that are great for laundry. They can help to remove stains and odors, as well as completely clean your clothes. Some of the top items to use are baking soda, vinegar, salt and lemon juice. They can do a good job of cleaning things on their own, as well as giving a boost to cleaning solutions. For example, baking soda works as a deodorizer and can help to act as a whitening agent too. Vinegar mixed with water makes a good pretreatment solution for stains. These natural ingredients can be extremely useful in your laundry room.

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Ensure Good Dryer Venting

Your clothes need to be dried as well as washed. If you have a tumble dryer, the moisture from your clothes needs to go somewhere. There are a couple of options for what happens to it. Most dryers have a venting tube that usually goes outside. Some newer dryers collect the condensation in a compartment, which you can then tip away. Whether you have a traditional tumble dryer or a condenser dryer, you need to make sure they don’t affect the environment of the laundry room. The moisture needs to be redirected to somewhere that won’t affect your health or home. That might be outside or into a little drawer.

Remember Machine Maintenance

Caring for both your washing machine and dryer is important. It provides a greener and healthier laundry experience. There are a number of tasks you should regularly perform to keep them ticking along. Firstly, you should make sure that you clear out the lint tray in your machines. Fluff and fibers can collect, making your machines less efficient. Removing any lint will ensure better air circulation. This is good for energy-efficiency and for your health. You should check to make sure that your dryer vent is properly connected, with no gaps. It’s worth cleaning out the detergent compartments and other spaces to ensure cleanliness too.

Choose Greener Machines

Your choice of machines can also make a difference to the efficiency and health of your routine. If it’s time to replace either your washing machine or dryer, you should take a look at some of the more modern and efficient models. These appliances are becoming more efficient all the time. So looking for the latest models is worth it. Front-loading machines are more efficient than top-loaders, using less water and less energy. One thing you can look for is the Energy Star certification. This indicates that the machine is energy-efficient and should save you energy and money.

Avoid Clothes Softeners

Using clothes softeners feels like a must for a lot of people. It makes sure your clothes, sheets, and towels are always super soft to the touch. Regarding the impact on the environment, they aren’t as harsh as some detergents might be. But they have their downsides when it comes to your health. Firstly, softeners could irritate your skin. They often contain fragrances and dyes that sensitive skin may disagree with. They can also reduce the inflammability protection on clothes. They build up in the fabric and make it less inflammable. On a practical level, using softener can reduce the lifespan of your clothes. It can also reduce the absorbency of towels.

Use Natural Scents

Many people like to use clothes softeners for the fragrances they give their clothes. If you decide you want a healthier option, there are healthy choices you can make. For example, you can use natural oils such as lemon or orange. By mixing them with baking soda, borax, and vinegar, you can make a laundry detergent. You could also use lavender water in a spray bottle or lavender dryer bags. Of course, dryer bags and balls come in other natural scents too, from vanilla to peppermint.

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Speed Up Your Routine

How do you do your laundry? If you switch your clothes from the washer to the dryer as quickly as possible, your clothes could be cleaner. Leaving damp clothes in the washing machine too long isn’t a good idea. In fact, it could encourage bacteria to start growing. Leave the load even longer, and you might have to wash your clothes all over again. It’s especially important to switch your clothes quickly if you’re using cooler water. You should also avoid overloading the washer so that the detergent can work properly.

Ensure a Safe Laundry Room

A safer laundry room is a healthier one, especially if you have kids of pets. Make sure that any chemicals and cleaners are out of reach. Locking them away is best if you have curious children, although putting them up high can work too. Keep the doors of washing machines and dryers closed to prevent anyone from crawling in. It may be unlikely, but it doesn’t hurt to check for cats or toddlers before you close the door and turn on the machine. You never know who might have climbed in! Good ventilation helps to make the room healthier too, preventing damp or mold.

Use Green Dry Cleaners

You can’t always wash everything at home. Sometimes, you may have a garment that needs to be dry cleaned. Dry cleaning doesn’t mean that no liquid is used, but it does mean that there is no water. Chemicals are used instead to clean your clothes. You might be concerned about the products that dry cleaners use, but you can find green options. Green dry cleaning methods avoid using harsh chemicals. Traditional treatments could be unkind to your skin or the environment. Instead of petrochemicals, it can use products such as liquid silicone.

However, it isn’t always easy to find a green dry cleaner. If you struggle, it may be best to avoid buying things that need dry cleaning. It is easy to check labels or information when you’re shopping online. There should be clear instructions on garment care so that you can check. If there’s something you must have that is dry clean only, you also may be able to clean it at home. However, it’s important to test out a small patch of fabric first to see what happens.

A healthier and greener laundry room and routine are only a few steps away. It doesn’t take much to make your laundry room more natural.

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Are Celebrity Choices For Weight Loss Right For You?

Are Celebrity Choices For Weight Loss Right For You?

Every day in the media we hear about celebrities gaining weight or losing weight. It isn’t a new fixation, but it does seem to be dominating the media more nowadays. For some people, these stories can feel quite personal. Most of us at one time or another have been worried about our weight. Maybe we gained a little or lost a little. And lots of us have admired a celebrity or two for their fantastic figure. But if you know they achieved that with the help of weight loss programs or surgery, would you be tempted to try it too?

Weight loss, in particular, is a big money making industry. There are so many tried and tested methods for shedding pounds, toning the shape of the body or cutting it to shape under the surgeon’s blade. The trouble is, they seem to work. Some celebrities actively endorse their choice of weight loss. No wonder so many of us are spending so much money trying the diet plans, exercise programs and surgical enhancements they promote.

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The truth is harder to figure out, though. When you consider all the different products out there, it’s difficult to find the right diet pills or workout that will work for you personally. You need to do a lot of research to determine if it is right for your body and your lifestyle. And lifestyle certainly does play its part. If you have a busy life, you may not have time for all the workouts that are suggested in some exercise plans. And healthy cooking plans aren’t helpful when you’re at the office more than you’re at home. 4734121385_0fbaa640f3_z

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What you need to do is consider just how much in your life you can realistically change. Healthy choices will always be best, and they should yield good results. But if you want to radically alter your body shape, you may need to radically alter how you approach your lifestyle. This can be incredibly hard. And let’s face it – few of us have celebrity money to throw at these things. Personal trainers and expensive surgery are just beyond most of our budgets. 390606540_9c27386ad7_z

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Some celebrities speak of detoxes. Others speak of boot camp style fitness regimes. If these suit you, then you may be tempted to try them. But it’s important to remember celebrities need to put on a public face. How they really feel about their bodies and the programs they are adopting will be hard to figure out. That’s why you need to consider how you’re going to feel putting yourself through the things they claim to have done.

And what about all those celebrities that claim they are naturally perfectly formed? Are they telling the truth? If they are, what is their secret? Is it all about good luck, good genes, or being good at hiding the truth? At the end of the day, we are all different. And the appearance of our bodies shouldn’t be making us unhappy. Opt for the healthiest approach you can, and love the body you’re in. Take care.

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Risk-Free Ways to Remove Unwanted Tattoos. By Guest Blogger Diana S.

By Guest Blogger Diana S.
Risk-Free Ways to Remove Unwanted Tattoos
Photo provided by Guest Blogger
Photo provided by Guest Blogger

Remember the moment you decided to get a permanent tattoo and thought it was the best decision of your life? At that point it might have been, but fast forward a few years later, it certainly doesn’t seem so wise after all. Well, there’s no use crying over spilt milk…Or is there? In the last couple of years, removing tattoos or simply make them less visible has become  possible. So if you’re looking for a safe way to remove unwanted ink, perhaps you should rely on some of these methods:

Camouflage It
If you’re still not ready to finally say goodbye to your ink or you’re just looking for a temporary way to conceal your tattoo, then perhaps it’s better to camouflage your tattoo rather than try and permanently remove it. Not only will it save you a fair amount of time and energy, but it’ll also keep your wallet thicker. Try special makeup products and techniques which allow you to cover up your ink temporary. This is a great solution if you’re planning on attending a formal event, going on an interview or need to cover up during your working hours.
Cover Up!
Whether it’s a relationship gone bad, an idol you overgrew or simply a style you no longer fancy, there’s a simple way to turn your unwanted ink into something more desirable. This is by far the best solution for all those inked souls who wish to preserve their tattoos but regret their previous works of art. A simple cover up tattoo allows you to turn your tattoo into a different design and finally move away from your past. Of course, depending on the size, colour and other similar aspects of the tattoo, it might require a few sessions.
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Photo provided by Guest Blogger

Salabrasion and Dermabrasion

If you’re not willing to rely on professional tattoo removal and wish to try out some DIY alternative methods, then salabrasion is just the thing for you. This method originated in the Middle East, in ancient times, as a method of rubbing a salt solution onto your skin, heating and scraping it in the process. Of course, this will lead to skin damage and scarring and no one can actually vouch for its effectiveness. On the other hand, dermabrasion is the surgical version of this method where you’re given a numbing solution and then sanded down until the epidermis with the tattoo is gone. It also results in scarring and doesn’t guarantee 100% removal.
Cryosurgery
Another method of removal comes in a form of cryosurgery, a procedure in which liquid nitrogen is applied to your tattoo, freezing and burning it off in the process. Chemical peels are also used for peeling away tattoos, but these two methods are known to be quite painful and also don’t guarantee maximum results.
Laser Removal
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Photo provided by Guest Blogger

In the last couple of years, technology has advanced in such a manner that most people nowadays are relying on laser tattoo removal, as it’s known to be the most effective and successful method of removing ink. This system sends short, bright pulses of light directly onto the tattooed parts of the skin, leaving the surrounding skin intact. This has been known as the safest form of tattoo removal and has been praised by many. Of course, the amount of treatments can vary, depending on the skin type, colour and size of the tattoo.

Whether you regret the style or the purpose of the tattoo, you’re seeking new employment with a strict no-tattoo policy or you just had a bad reaction to the ink, you probably want to make your tattoo a little less permanent. Nowadays, removing unwanted ink has become easier than ever and there’s a wide range of solutions for everyone who wishes to remove, conceal or redo their ink.

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Send Your Kids To School With A Message.

By Tia Cristy

Send Your Kids To School With A Message.
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“Bread With Strawberry Jam” by Rawich FreeDigitalPhotos.net

School is back in session. Mom’s and dad’s, alike, want their kids to know they’re thinking of them during the day, but don’t want to take a chance they may embarrass their children, in front of their peers.

So, what are some great ways to leave a personal message, without the hazard of them being ridiculed by others. Older kids that have established their self-esteem, may not be flustered by their friends bantering them, because you left a sweet note in their lunch bag. But, if your kid is just starting out with the social haven of school, why not try some alternative ways, that only you and your kids know.

Write a message with mustard on their sandwich. Put the message on the bread and press it against the other piece to seal the message. Then, pull the pieces apart and stack the ingredients atop of your message. At lunch, they can peek in between, to see what you said.

If your kids don’t like mustard, that’s okay. Make up messages for cookies. Like, Chocolate chip means, hugs. Going healthy instead, apple slices could mean kisses. Why not so both, so when they open up their lunch and see chocolate chip cookies and apple slices, they know your sending hugs and kisses.

Get creative and also include your child in making the messages. It’s a great time to spend together. And then, when they’re at school, they’ll know that you are thinking of them.

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Alternative to a Cooler. Tips in Action:

By Tia Cristy

Tips in Action: Alternative to a Cooler.

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Melting ice cubes

Having a big party in your home, can make you use creative ways of storing food and drinks, for your guests to help themselves, while keeping things cool and fresh.

The drink situation can be a pain, so the easiest way usually works with, a cooler or a metal tub filled with ice. Which, is a great method, but guest still have to dig to find what they are looking for, like bobbing for apples.

tipsfromtia.com party space saverA cool tip, is to use the drawers from your refrigerator to stack up the bottles and cans. Then, add the ice. your guests will then be able to see through the clear drawer to dig for the beverage they want.

 

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Keep Ants Off the Picnic Table. Tips in Action:

By Tia Cristy

Tips in Action: Keep Ants Off the Picnic Table.
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Having a party or barbeque outside during the summer season is a joy, but dealing with the pests, can put a serious irk in your party. Especially, the ants that come marching around your food table.

If you’re on a patio, here’s a tip to remember, to keep the little buggers away. Ant’s can not cross chalk lines. So take a piece of chalk, and put a circle around each leg of the table. Ants won’t be able to climb the legs of the table, to get to the food. Don’t forget to circle around the umbrella base if the table has one.

If your table is in the grass, putting a couple sheets of paper, like newspaper sections under each leg, will allow you to circle the paper. A few sheets is needed, since the grass can make the paper damp, and in that case, the chalk won’t stick as thick.

Chairs and other objects can be use as a bypass ramp for ants, so watch if something is leaning against the table.

Another great thing to circle is the cooler, if you have juices, sodas or any sweet treat.

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