Ants Be-Gone!

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Have you ever posted a homemade recipe to get rid of ants? I have a great one and as you can see from the pic – it works to attract them. This pic was taken about 20 minutes after I put out the trap. They take the food home to the mother and nest, and it kills them. I was good for days and days and then another colony found their way…
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Plaga in My Garden

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If you have this in your garden, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM. As far as I know, it is called PLAGA. It came into my garden in La Peñita from a local nursery. Within 5 days of re-planting over 15 pots of a 40 pot project with salvia the little blue flower, I walked out to find those 15 COVERED WITH THIS STRINGY YELLOW ANGEL HAIR PARASITE. My new…

Caring for Your Home and Property During Your Absence

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Most people, who enjoy a “Place in the Sun” in the tropical paradise of the community of Jaltemba Bay, are part-time residents who typically return home for the months of April through November. As this time period covers the hot and humid, rainy season there are several important factors to consider in the care of your home and property.…
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Beetles are Killing the Palm Trees in Jaltemba Bay

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For anyone who has palm trees on your property, you need to know that they are all in danger of infestation from the Picudo Prieto or Mayate Prieto (Black Palm Weevil). For the past few weeks, Sarah Walker and I have been been researching information about this destructive beetle which recently killed two large Bismark Palms on Thomas…
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All Palms are in Danger

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I am writing this to all of you who have palm trees on your property and especially the blue fan palm known as the "Bismark Palm". Many of you have been on Thomas Bartlett's property and have been impressed with the most beautiful Bismarck Blue Palm, and hundreds of you have had your pictures taken in front of it over the past 6 years.…
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Rob's Ramblings: Mi Casa Construction Project

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Starting a building or renovation project in Mexico requires you to be well informed on local business practices. What you consider unacceptable up north might be considered normal locally, and what you see as normal up north might be unheard of here in Mexico. For starters, you have to decide if you will be on site during construction,…

Equipale Furniture: What It Is and How It's Made

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Let me start out by saying that I feel blessed to be able to live here in Mexico. I love all that this place has to offer… the food, the culture, the music and most of all the wonderful people I get to interact with each and every day. I also feel fortunate that I am able to share experiences like the one I had today with you via…