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The wrong side of the screen: Yellow ...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 05/22/2014 - 03:22 pm
Category: Home

By Gary Jones, Ideal Pest Control
 
Yellow jackets are wasps that can be identified by their alternating black and yellow body segments and small size (about 10 to 16 mm in length). Although most yellow jackets are indeed black and yellow, some may exhibit white and black coloration.
 
Yellow jackets are often mistaken for bees, although their bodies lack significant hair, rounded abdomen, and the expanded hind legs used for carrying pollen—all characteristics of the bee. These social wasps live in colonies that may contain more than 1,000 insects at a time, and while some may consider yellow jackets to be beneficial because they eat beetle grubs, flies and other harmful ...

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What happens when your pet gets a uri...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 05/20/2014 - 02:51 pm
Categories: Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Dr. Jeffrey Peacock, Crossroads Animal Hospital
 
Urinary tract problems are common among cats and dogs. But a cat’s urinary tract disease can be very different from a dog’s. 
 
Most problems in cats are not caused by infection, although the symptoms can be the same—increased frequency of urination, straining to pass urine, pain, and blood in the urine. Cats will often squat in the litter box and strain and cry while little or no urine comes out. Both male and female cats are affected, but males are more at risk for obstruction caused by a gritty sandy substance produced in the urine. The obstruction prevents the cat from passing any urine at all, ...

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Insuring your spring purchases

by mimivanderhaven.com on 05/19/2014 - 03:12 pm
Category: Smart Living

 
As we find our way back to the great outdoors, ‘tis the season for motorcycles, convertibles, RVs, and boats, as well as the never-ending list of home improvement projects.
 
With all of these excuses to have fun in the sun, you’ll want to make sure your insurance is up to speed. Mimi sat down for an early summer chat with local insurance expert Ron Smith. Along with his wife, Kindra, he owns the Consultative Insurance Group in Middleburg Heights.
 
Mimi: How can Mimi readers be sure they’re protecting their investments in warm-weather toys and home projects?
Ron: The most important thing to remember is, “if you buy it, you’re probabl ...

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Your diet and hemorrhoids

by mimivanderhaven.com on 05/14/2014 - 02:47 pm
Category: Smart Living

By Dr. David Gutman, Advanced Hemorrhoid Specialists
 
“So, Doc,” my patients frequently ask, “will my hemorrhoids ever come back?” This question is, of course, impossible to answer. Although most of my patients remain symptom free for many years after treatment, the truth is that regardless of how hemorrhoids are treated, it is always possible for them to recur in the future.
 
In order to keep hemorrhoids at bay, we need to figure out what caused them. If we don’t fix the underlying problem, hemorrhoids have a much higher chance of returning. Hemorrhoids are often a consequence of other conditions, such as chronic diarrhea or constipati ...

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What’s the best age to start taking s...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 05/13/2014 - 02:10 pm
Category: Smart Living

By Mike Kren, BlueRock Financial
 
Is maximizing Social Security a critical part of retirement planning? Take this into consideration: If you were to calculate the present value of a person’s Social Security income stream, it would rival the lump sum that many people have in their 401(k) plans at the time of their retirements. 
 
Not bad, right? 
 
But one of the most important decisions you’ll face as a retiree is when to apply for your Social Security benefits. Timing is everything when it comes to maximizing the return this lifetime, inflation-adjusted income can provide.
 
The basic choices for applying for Social Security are:
• Ap ...

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Do you have water backup coverage?

by mimivanderhaven.com on 05/13/2014 - 01:43 pm
Category: Home

During the recent snow melt-off, many of Mimi’s neighbors discovered that their sump pumps were unable to keep pace with the quickly rising water. Their basements were a soupy, slushy mess, with carpeting ruined and precious items lost. Judging by the rolls of carpet in front of many of the homes on Mimi’s block, misery really does love company. Mimi sat down with local insurance expert Ron Smith to find out when homeowners are covered and when they’re not during an influx of basement water. Along with his wife, Kindra, he owns the Consultative Insurance Group in Middleburg Heights.
 
Mimi: Ron, can you give us an idea of how we can make sure we are protected if ...

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Should you spay or neuter your pet?

by mimivanderhaven.com on 05/13/2014 - 11:43 am
Category: Smart Living

By Dr. Jeffrey Peacock, Crossroads Animal Hospital
 
The operation to remove reproductive organs in female pets is referred to as “spaying” and the same procedure in males is called “neutering.” It is best to have this surgery performed at an early age, usually around six months, but can be safely done at a much earlier age. 
 
The reasons for performing this procedure in females are as follows:
• Elimination of the heat cycle. This is the period when animals are susceptible to mating and attract males to breed. In dogs, this occurs every 6-10 months and lasts three weeks. In cats it’s much more frequent and can last much longer.
• ...

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No-fear hemorrhoid care

by mimivanderhaven.com on 05/12/2014 - 01:52 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Dr. David Gutman, Advanced Hemorrhoid Specialists
 
Like you, I’ve been afraid of the unknown a time or two. Before the actual ceremony, I remember being nervous about my wedding day. Before the birth of my first child, I was anxious about caring for a new infant. Fear can be a powerful motivator, but sometimes a fear of the unknown prevents people from seeking a solution to a problem, resulting in a lifetime of needless misery. That’s typical for people who suffer from the pain, bleeding, and itching of hemorrhoids.
 
Some of my patients have been suffering with hemorrhoids for years because they’re afraid of the office visit and the idea of surgery. ...

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The wrong side of the screen: Carpent...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 05/09/2014 - 03:44 pm
Category: Home

By Gary Jones, Ideal Pest Control
 
Here are answers to a few of the most common questions we hear from customers regarding carpenter ants:
 
“I see carpenter ants in my house for a couple of weeks each spring, then they seem to disappear. Should I be concerned?”
You’ll see carpenter ants in the early spring because the temperature inside your house is more to their liking. Soon, as temperatures start to rise, they will begin foraging outdoors. Many early calls for carpenter ant activity are a sure sign the nest is indoors, as they are less likely to be foraging in and out that early in the year. But don’t wait to call us. A carpenter nest can be easier ...

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Improving your financial position: Pl...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 05/08/2014 - 02:01 pm
Category: Smart Living

 
Business author Harvey MacKay often said, “A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.”
 
Artist Pablo Picasso followed up on that by quoting, “Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”
 
We all have dreams and many of us have goals, even though we may not realize that we have them. Life mandates deadlines on us without discrimination. Retirement age, life expectancy, children’s and grandchildren’s births, the start of college, weddings, and the list goes on and on.
 
We sho ...

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