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Cold Snap Won’t Faze Insect Pests

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AUBURN, Alabama—If the recent cold snap had hopes of an insect-free season springing to mind, think again. Even after a week of frigid temperatures—uncharacteristic even for Alabama winters—insects will likely survive. Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an Alabama Extension entomologist said insects are not usually susceptible to cold temperatures. “Some crops, fruit trees and even livestock animals may fall prey to ... Read More »

Avoiding Stress During the Holidays

AUBURN, Ala. – While the holidays can be a time of fun and fellowship, they can also be a time of stress. There are some healthy ways to reduce stress and make the most of your holiday season. Synithia Flowers, a regional Alabama Extension agent who focuses on family and child development, offers some advice. “First, don’t try to control everything; ... Read More »

Insect Pests Want ‘In’

AUBURN, Ala.—Social media outlets detail stories of lady beetles invading homes through cracks, crevices and doors during the fall. These insect pests aren’t the only ones seeking warmer shelter during the cooler months. Stinkbugs and kudzu bugs are also likely to be found in homes as the weather begins to change. Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist Dr. Xing Ping Hu ... Read More »

Credit Card Spending at Christmas

AUBURN, Ala. – Many people now avoid the crowds and do their Christmas shopping online. Experts predict that this Christmas season consumers will spend more money that ever buying gifts on the internet. Last season set new records of internet spending, and this year, more of the large retailers are targeting internet shoppers with bargains. This means that there will be more ... Read More »

Exercise for 50+

Auburn, Alabama — Exercising might be easier said and done for many people. It gets harder when you get older. The most critical stage in life to maintain a healthy lifestyle is age 50 and beyond. Individuals in this age group sometimes have difficulty mobilizing as a way of exercise.  Many can still maintain a healthy lifestyle by just moving. What you can do ... Read More »

Keep Kids Safe at Halloween

AUBURN, Ala.- It is Halloween — time to dress up as your favorite princess or superhero! Children look forward to roaming neighborhoods for free candy the whole year. However, with great fun comes great responsibility. There are many food and clothing safety precautions that parents and homeowners should take before planning trick or treat adventures. Leigh Akins, a family and child development ... Read More »

Baldwin County Extension Office Conducts Financial Literacy Program for Spanish Speaking Adults

Auburn, Alabama —Ellen Huckabay, county Extension coordinator for Baldwin County recently conducted the first financial literacy program for Spanish speaking adults in Foley. The series of workshops were held at the First Presbyterian Church in Foley.  United Bank cosponsored the workshops and provided evening meals for attendees. “I am very appreciative to regional Extension agent, Rick Zapata for developing and ... Read More »

Be Safe After a Disaster

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AUBURN, Ala. – The calm after the storm is when homeowners head out to assess damages to homes and property.  When natural disasters strike, take care of yourself and your family first. There are serious problems to deal with before recovery begins. Illness or injury may result from contaminated water, debris-filled roadways, electrical and fire hazards and displaced wildlife. Follow ... Read More »

Preparation for Power Outages

AUBURN, Ala. – With Tropical Storm Nate approaching, Alabama residents should prepare for power outages. The exact path Irma will take is unclear, but there is potential for strong winds and heavy rains in Alabama. There are several guidelines to ready homeowners for outages. Following these guidelines will make power outages more bearable for families during time without power. Homeowners ... Read More »

Hurricane Evacuations: What You Need to Know

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AUBURN, Ala. – During hurricane season, there are times when people need to evacuate from an area for their safety. There are two types of evacuations that you may encounter, voluntary evacuations and mandatory/directed evacuations. It is important to know the differences between these evacuations and how to act during them. Voluntary Evacuation  A voluntary evacuation is a warning to ... Read More »