Home & Garden

JEA Announces Home Energy Makeover Contest

JEA is sponsoring a Home Energy Makeover Contest to demonstrate how whole house energy efficiency improvements can increase the overall comfort of a home and reduce energy bills.

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Students at Fletcher Middle Participate in the Opening of the Beaches Parade

Four students from Fletcher Middle School participated in the Opening of the Beaches Parade with Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA). The girls were asked to participate by the FOJA beach committee.

In addition to walking the dogs and hyping the crowd during the parade, the girls designed posters, flyers and decorations for the float. The theme was “Rock Star” and they gave the dogs names such as “Mick Wagger” and “Elvis Pawsley.” The girls continued volunteering at FOJA’s adoption event after the parade. Four of the dogs found potential homes thanks to students’ efforts.

This project began in December during a service-learning lesson in the classroom. During a unit on research and communication, the students studied and discussed pet overpopulation.

Jacksonville-area Animal Welfare Groups Offer Five Tips to Prevent Animal Cruelty

Jacksonville-area Animal Welfare Groups Offer Five Tips to Prevent Animal Cruelty

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has designated April as Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.  In recognition of this designation, the City of Jacksonville’s Animal Care & Protective Services (ACPS), the Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) and First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FCNMHP) are offering five tips to prevent animal cruelty.

Florida Department of Agriculture Warns Residents About Termite Season

Florida Department of Agriculture Warns Residents About Termite Season

Warmer temperatures are not only a hint of Spring, but also a sign of termite swarming season. Swarming occurs when large numbers of termites leave their colonies to search for new nesting sites. In an effort to help consumers avoid termites, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services urges residents to take five simple steps to protect their home. 

1.      Remove wood piles and other cellulose sources from under and next to the home.

2.      Direct water sources, such as air conditioner drip lines and roof downspouts, away from the structure’s foundation.

Riverside Avondale Preservation Announces 2011 Spring Tour of Homes, April 16th and 17th

Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) presents its 37th Annual Spring Tour of Homes Saturday, April 16th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 17th, from noon to 5 p.m. This year’s tour showcases diverse architectural styles and some of the city’s most fascinating homes, including a rare antebellum country house built in 1870 for one of Jacksonville’s most prominent residents, a unique Mission Style home built by hand in 1909 from coquina harvested near St. Augustine, and a Mediterranean Revival Style masterpiece designed by Henry J. Klutho that is recognized as one of the 100 most historically and architecturally significant buildings in Duval County.

Florida's Industry Leaders Unite to Attack Bed Bug Epidemic

With all of the press recently about hotel guests winning law suits it is clear that bed bugs are not an isolated problem that occurs in only the most heavily traveled major cities.

Bed bug infestations are wreaking havoc right here in Florida, with infestations being reported across the state daily. “Bed bugs are not a result of poor sanitation; they can affect anyone,” said John Cooksey, Entomologist and COO of McCall Service, Inc. These pests are primarily carried by travelers and are being reported in the transportation, retail and hospitality industries—with infestation being most prominent in hospitality.

Termite Swarms Spotted in Florida

According to McCall Service, termite swarms have been spotted in Jacksonville and people need to take warning. The annual cost of termite damage is greater than that of fires, hurricanes and tornadoes combined. Termites typically go unseen and sneak into your home. They can go undetected for months and if left untreated, they can cause serious damage to your Florida home.

If you think your home may be infested by termites, look for these signs: swarming termites or insects, dead termites, small holes in wood, damage to drywall, structural weakness and mud tubes. These wood destroying insects are very destructive to Florida homes as they damage the overall structure.