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Clothes moths are one of the last things that you want to see flying around your home. These moths typically linger around bedrooms and closets because they are after the fine fibers of your clothes. The adult moths are one sign that you have a problem, but it is the young larvae that cause all of the damage. If you suspect clothes moth and worry about your clothes, we have lots of products and recommendations for you. Here are some of our favorites!

1. Use pheronome (hormone-based) all natural traps to lure adult moths. By catching the adult moths, you effectively end the lifecycle of the moth and prevent a new batch of larvae from causing damage. Because moths have about a 3-4 month lifecycle, we recommend keeping these traps in closets and bedrooms for that entire time to be sure that you trap them as soon as adults emerge.

2. Wash or dryclean clothes according to their recommendations. By washing or dryclean articles of clothing, you are effectively killing any eggs or larvae that may be already present. After cleaning the clothes, we often suggest placing these clothes in heavy-duty zip bags or plastic storage bins until you remedy the whole situation. Depending on the preseived level of infestation, you may or may not choose to wash every garment, because this can be quite a laborus task!

3. If you prefer to kill moths, larvae, and eggs with a penetrating vapor, then we have several products to help with that. This can be an alternative to labor intensive washing or drycleaning. To do so, place clothing into tight-air storage bins, chests, drawers, or closets and place the appropriate amount of moth cakes or moth balls to effectively kill all forms of the clothes moth. These products are only effective if you apply enough of the active ingredient and if they are in air-tight storage areas, so be sure to follow the guidelines with any of these products.

4. After the moth activity subsides, you may choose to store your clothing in a different, more protective manner. We often recommend placing finer materials that moths are more attracted to (such as silk, linen, or wool) in tight air storage year-round. Inside of these bins, you can place herbal moth repellents as another layer of defense against these pests!

All of these products and more can be found in our Housewares department, year-round. We hope that you found this article helpful, but if you have any questions please feel free to call or ask in person. Our helpful sales staff is here to assist with any questions that you might have.

Thanks for reading,

Derek Satterfield

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The New Miele bagless "Blizzard" vacuums are here! Like all Miele vacuums, you can expect the very best to quality, durability, and performance with each Miele Blizzard model. We are stocking 2 models (the Turbo Team and the HomeCare), but we are happy to special order any one of the 5 models for you.

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What are these annoying flies that are populating my kitchen? Where are they coming from? How come they never seem to quit hanging around? These are questions that we are asked every year during the summer months. Here are some tips for diagnosing which pest you have and for treating them effectively.

Fungus Gnats – are tiny (1-2 mm) small flies that sort of “bounce” through the air. Their erratic behavior is annoying and makes them tough to catch. Fungus gnats have very little structure. Their bodies are thin and their wings make up most of their size. If you have live plants in a room they are noticed in, or an adjacent room, then you can pretty much figure that fungus gnats are the nuisance! They breed in soil and the...

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temp-post-imageWe have stocked the GelPro anti-fatique products for more than 10 years now, but just this year, we have revamped our selection. We now offer new sizes, new colors, and new styles. We urge you to take a look the next time you are in. These anti-fatique mats are great for any areas that you stand frequently, such as in front of the kitchen sink or stove. They are also very popular for bathrooms, garages, and workshop areas.

Here is a summary of what is new:

1. GelPro Elite: These mats are 50% thicker than the classic GelPro mats, since they offer TWO layers of comfort (one layer of proprietary gel and one layer of energy-return foam)! The combination creates the most comfortable floor mat that you can buy. We like to recommend this anti-fat...

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Now you can use Woolsie's dryer balls to make your clothing smell fresher than ever before! Woolsie's dryer balls have been an environmentally-safe and reusable way to soften your clothes for many years. Now you can add their essential oils to give your clothes that undeniable fresh scent. It will make you want to wear the clothes right out of the dryer :)

Available in our Housewares Dept are 7 essential oils from Woolsie's including Lavender, Sandalwood, Sweet Orange, Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Lemon, and Eucalyptus.

As you might expect, these essential oils may be used in diffusers in your home as well.

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Grilling season is in full force and many of us are using our grills weekly. There is so much that you can do on a grill and the food always tastes so good... you just can not beat the flavor that you get from a good 'ole barbecue :)

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Most of us know what chalk paint is, but what about milk paint? This new product from Rust-Oleum provides you with a subtle matte color, with a brushed (variegated) effect. For more opaqueness and less brush strokes, simple apply more coats. It is quite the nice look and it a great way to bring a new life to an old piece of furniture.

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There are somethings that you don't want to "skimp" on, and waterproof coatings are one of them! If you have troubles with consistent water issues in the basement or leaks from a flat roof or seam, then you need to seriously consider Ames Research products.

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The hot topic this spring (and every spring) is deer repellents. What really works? What is best for my particular needs? Should I use more than one product? All of these questions go into determining which deer repellent will be best for you. Here is an overview of deer repellents, how they work, and the advantages of using one over another…

Liquid Deer Repellents are great for almost every type of plant, tall or short, large or small, potted or planted directly in the ground. Liquid products repel by both taste and smell. The odor of these products “covers up” the natural plant scent that deer are used to and trust. Treated plants no longer smell like a typical food source. If deer are stubborn enough and still want to sample a treated plant they will be turned off by the bad taste and will move on to another area. Liquid products are made of a variety of ingredients, but the most common ingredients are egg solids, garlic, cinnamon, mint, and/or capsicum. Some of our favorite liquid-based products are Liquid Fence, Deer Stopper, Bobbex, Deer Off and Repels All.

Contrary to many beliefs, liquid deer repellents are rain resistant! As long as the liquid deer repellent has had a chance to dry completely before rainfall, it will not be rinsed off. The big thing to keep in mind here, is to follow the application instructions and to apply the liquid spray to new growth. Therefore, when plants are growing rapidly in the spring, you may need to spray new growth every few days to be sure that you are protected. Once growth slows in the late spring or summer, applications typically reduce to once a month with liquid spray-on products.

Granular (Dry) deer repellent are easy to apply and will last longer than liquid deer repellents. On average, granular deer repellents will last about 30 days and are applied as a perimeter around what you want to protect. The ingredients in granular deer repellents (with a few exceptions) are designed to activate the natural “flight response” in deer. They will smell the granular and fear for their lives because they sense that a predator is in the area! Active ingredients in granular-based products typically include dried blood, or coyote urine. Some of our favorite dry deer repellents are Deer Scram, Animal Stopper, Deer Off (spikes), Deer Ban, Shake Away, and Repels All (granular).

Granular products are great for protecting large areas because you only have to use them as a perimeter. They are also perfect for protecting edibles and vegetable gardens, since they will not contact plants. Some dry repellents even work for up to 90 days because they are in a weather proof container!

Some Final Points… We have heard that every product WORKS and that every product does NOT WORK. The important thing to get from this is that everything does work! These products have all been tested by the EPA and have been proven to work. The big thing is to determine what will work best for your particular situation… What is most appealing for you application-wise? Will you be able to keep up on the applications of the liquid products? Do you have potted plants that would be best to protect with a liquid? Or do you have a vegetable garden that you would prefer not to spray with an unappealing spray? These are all sorts of questions that you should consider before making your purchase. You may even want to switch up the products that you are using; use a granular in the spring when plants are growing fast and then switch over to a liquid in the summer when plants slow up. You may even want to consider using a combination of products so that if one wears out, you can rely on the other to back you up. These are all good options and it is just the matter of finding what will work best for you!

Thanks for reading,
Derek Satterfield

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There is not much worse than a seeing your lawn quickly damaged by grubs in the fall after all of the hard work spent on your lawn throughout the season. What makes it worse than anything, is that damage cannot be predicted or foreshadowed. The white grub larvae are not seen since they live below the soil and munch on your grass roots below the surface level, disconnecting the grass blades from their source of nutrition and killing them at the root!

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Rollier's Hardware

Phone: 412-561-0922

Email: info@rolliers.com 

Address: 600 Washington Road
Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228

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