While there are over 4,000 different species of stink bugs, two that most commonly plague cities are the brown Halyomorpha halys and the green Chinavia halaris, both displaying a distinctive shield-shaped body and incredibly foul smell. Stink bugs are an invasive species native to countries in Asia and are one of the biggest threats to vegetables and fruits grown in the mid-Atlantic states. Stink bugs will puncture tasty fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants, sucking the nutrients out of them and decimating your local crops. Recently, scientists have had some success battling these invaders with another invasive species–tiny wasps, but before you consider starting [...]
If you’re are looking for a fun, vibrant city with beautiful summers and mild winters, Virginia Beach, Virginia might be just what you are looking for! This wonderful resort city includes a famous three-mile boardwalk that stretches along the oceanfront, offering easy access to a fabulous array of shops, restaurants, museums and attractions. The city also sits near the meeting point between the saltwater Atlantic Ocean and freshwater Chesapeake Bay, creating a unique ecosystem for turtles, fish and rays.Weather and Climate
Virginia Beach has a humid climate, with cold winters that often have light snowfall and hot summers. Spring and summer are the wettest seasons. The [...]
In many places across the nation, including Orlando, New Orleans, and Sacramento, one of the summer’s toughest challenges can be keeping cool. Power bills soar – in Orlando, Florida, running the air conditioning can easily cost you anywhere from six hundred to well over a thousand dollars a year, depending on the efficiency of your unit. Across the nation, most people spend $52 to $350 per month to run air conditioning nine hours a day. These twenty tips and tricks will help you keep cool throughout the summer, without breaking your bank account.1) Close curtains, shutters, and blinds, especially when not at home, to block the sun’s warming rays.
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From its wind-swept beaches and tropical forests to exciting dining, shopping, and cultural events, Honolulu, Hawaii is one of the most spectacular locations in the United States. There are many wonderful sights to see and things you can get in Honolulu, but the one thing you don’t want is a painful sunburn! As the southern-most U.S. state and located less than 1,500 miles north of the equator, Honolulu gets significantly stronger sun exposure than other American cities. Daytime in the summer months are often periods of extreme risk for harmful sun exposure, which can lead to anything from an uncomfortable sunburn to skin cancer after prolonged exposure.
The mild winters and dry summers in neighborhoods like the Richmond District around San Francisco can be a real dream, offering some of our nation’s most comfortable year-round climate for everyone from young families to retirees. While the climate can be wonderful for people, it can take a bit of planning when thinking about your garden and landscaping. Different areas of the United States get different levels of annual rainfall and daily sun, so it’s always important to keep in mind which plants are native your region and which may need to be avoided. But regardless of your local climate, plants that conserve water or are drought-resistant can make really good sense, [...]
Originally founded by the French then ruled by the Spanish for decades, New Orleans is truly an amazing place with a vibrant history, spectacular cuisine and a wonderfully rich multi-cultural approach to life. New Orleans is also a unique destination with a very distinct look and feel about it, reflected by the incredible architecture that can be found throughout the city. As one of America’s oldest cities, some buildings date back to the 18th century and almost half of its buildings were built before World War II. Historic districts each make their own statements, from the iconic bars and shops of the French Quarter along Bourbon Street, to the storybook mansions that line St. [...]
Deciding where to live can be one of the most important, and stressful, decisions that a person can make. Your hometown will impact your career, your children’s schools, your circle of friends, your cost of living, and even the taxes you’ll pay. When making these types of decisions, one common trick is to break the decision into small components, then comparing and contrasting the differences and similarities between the two. Think about what you like most, what you like least. Map out what are your “must haves” versus your “wants” to start to get a handle on what is most important to you in a new place. In this article we’ve done just that [...]
Grand Rapids is a beautiful, bustling destination for working families, retirees, young adults, and vacationers that offers a wide array of world-renown art exhibits, sprawling golf courses and recreation centers, farm-to-table restaurants and breweries. The city is Michigan’s second largest city, serving as business headquarters to many multinational companies including Steelcase, Herman Miller, Haworth, Alticor, Meijer, and Zondervan.Weather and Climate
Grand Rapid’s climate is humid continental, meaning that seasonal temperatures vary widely and precipitation is spread fairly evenly throughout the year, with warm, humid summers, cold, snowy winters, and short, [...]