Month: March 2016

Is Coffee Good for You?

I have been thinking about this for a couple of days after one of my friends gave me this long lecture on the benefits of drinking coffee. Of course I do not really know one way or the other and I drink coffee for a very specific reason and not because I am thinking that it is some sort of miracle elixir. When I wake up in the morning I have a rather difficult time getting my butt in gear, so every morning I go and start a kettle and then I jump in the shower. When I get out of the shower the kettle is whistling and I make myself a cup of strong black coffee. I know that it is full of caffeine and that caffeine is a stimulant. It always does what I want it to do. I am ready to hit the road and it keeps me going at work for a while. I do not really like the taste of the stuff and I probably would not drink it for that. My friend seems completely convinced that it has all sorts of health benefits. Of course one is a common thing where people think that it keeps you regular in your bowel movements. That is actually more important than you would think, although a lot of people just want to have it happen on a regular time basis. The truth is that you need to have bowel movements or else you have a lot of stuff in you that does not belong in your system. It is a lot better for you if you can clean out your system and that seems to be a big part of the things that people cite when they talk about the benefits of drinking coffee for your health.

The Most Destructive of Infestations

As a home owner of an older home, I’ve had to be on guard for all sorts of pest infestations. As a house grows older, especially one this old and made of soft wood, it’s only going to become more problematic. Bugs want in and for the most part there really is no stopping them. As wood grows older it begins to crack and expand, offering up the perfect entry way for any bug or critter hoping to make itself right at home. Termite control in New York City is big business due to the age of so many of the homes in the five burrows. Most of us have at one time or another have been forced to deal with a termite infestation regardless of the steps that we take to prevent them from colonizing the home. That’s exactly what they do; colonization. Once a queen has been established inside the colony it becomes a hunt to destroy her and the nest.

If the infestation is caught early you’ll save yourself thousands of dollars worth of damage. With the soft wood that many of these homes are made up of termites are able to rapidly expand throughout the entire house. I had a neighbor whose infestation was thought to have been under control after first being reported. In two months time nearly the entire first floor had been colonized; everything from the door frame to the beams supporting the floor itself were found to be rife with the termites. It’s an ugly thing to have happen to anyone. They were forced out of their home until the termites were completely wiped out and the support beams replaced. Termites do not mess around; it’s not like finding ants or even cockroaches in your pantry. Termites are some of the most destructive insects to infest our homes.