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Unless you have plenty of cats around, you might have trouble keeping mice out of your farm machinery. Try keeping a bar of Irish Spring soap — or even a rubber snake — in the cab.

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Unless you have plenty of cats around, you might have trouble keeping mice out of your farm machinery. Try keeping a bar of Irish Spring soap — or even a rubber snake — in the cab. Photo Store

Hi Reena,

I need a solution for making cold packs. I work in a school doing a lunch program and there are never cold packs when a child gets hurt, as no one puts them back in the freezer. Have you got a suggestion on how you make them for schools?

Thank You,

June

Great question June!

My favourite trick for this is to use a rubber glove and fill it with one part rubbing alcohol (or vodka) and two parts water. Secure with a rubber band and freeze. Once frozen, the hand fits well around the neck, leg, arm or head.

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Hi Reena,

Would you by any chance know what someone can use to prevent mice from entering a farm truck or combine that is stored in a machine shed? We have tried Bounce sheets but that did not work for us.

Thank you,

Irene

Dear Irene,

Unless you have many cats lingering nearby, it is difficult to prevent mice from coming into farm machinery. One farmer told me that he keeps bars of "original" Irish Spring bar soap in the cab and hasn’t had a problem since. Another farmer shared that he purchased a bunch of rubber snakes and keeps them in his combine and no longer had mice visit. The smell of oil of peppermint, or shaving cream on cloth, are also options for repelling mice.

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Dear Reena,

We live on a farm and the flies seem to invade our home every fall. What can I do? B.

Dear B.,

This is the time of year when flies parade into our lives and make an absolute nuisance of themselves. Here are a few solutions: Before you exert any energy in getting rid of flies, you must do some detective work to find out where they are entering from. Even a tiny entry point or outside door creates an opportunity for flies to come inside.

After all food is put away and all entrances are sealed, fill half of a plastic sealable bag with water and a few pennies and hang it in the sunroom. Year after year people and restaurant owners tell me that this reduces the population of bothersome flies. The theory behind this funny-sounding solution is that the reflection of the water disorients flies and diverts them away. I wonder if a large vase full of water with pennies in the bottom would work in the same way.

Housefly eggs are laid in almost any type of warm organic material, so you may want to get rid of some of your beautiful decorative plants. If you are interested in displaying plants, choose species that repel flies such as: citronella grass, catnip, rosemary, marigolds, peppermint, garlic, eucalyptus, tea tree, basil or lavender.

Lastly, in a saucepan, combine two cups milk, half a cup of sugar and one-quarter cup ground pepper. Simmer for eight to 10 minutes. Cool and pour into an empty two-litre pop bottle, and leave the cap off. Taken from Household Solutions 2 with Kitchen Secrets.

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Fabulous Tips of the Week:

• The best thing in the world for removing sticky residue from price tags, stickers, masking tape, whatever, is Avon Skin-So Soft bath oil (original). It is amazing, and works every time. I have been using it for years. I keep a bottle just for that purpose. You should pass this onto your readers; it is better than any commercial preparations out there. Thank you, Donna

• Remembrance Day is just around the corner. To hold a poppy (or corsage) in place on a shirt or sweater, cut a one-inch piece of wide elastic band. Lay the elastic on the clothing and pin the flower through the elastic. Works well!

I enjoy your questions and tips, keep them coming. Missed a column? Can’t remember a solution? Need a speaker for an upcoming event? Check out my brand new website: reena.ca!

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