Stories from the Industry: A Better Sign – Natural Flea and Tick Prevention

Natural Flea and Tick Prevention

 

 

For most pet owners, the first line of defense against fleas and ticks is preventive medication. Your veterinarian will be able to recommend the best product based on your dog, your environment, and your budget. AKC Pet Insurance (underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company) wellness coverage offers reimbursement towards flea/tick preventives to help keep your costs down, while ensuring your dog stays healthy! If you’re looking for extra protection for your pooch or want to learn more about natural methods of flea and tick prevention – read on more about flea treatment for dogs.

A Quick Overview

Fleas thrive in warm, humid weather and can lay up to 50 eggs a day. A single flea can become 1,000 fleas in your home in only 21 days! With a life cycle anywhere between 14 days and 12 months, fleas can become a serious problem for your pet and your home. The average flea is between two and three millimeters long and weighs about 0.03 grams, so preventing fleas from infesting your pet can be quite a challenge.

Since ticks love warm weather, the summer and fall are peak tick seasons for most of the United States. Ticks are known to spread diseases, but did you know that they can spread multiple diseases with one bite? For this reason, it’s important to learn about ticks and how you can prevent them from pestering your pup.

Removing the Flea & Tick Habitat

Fleas and ticks usually end up on your dog while they are outside your home, so creating a yard that is dog-friendly, but not favorable for pests, is crucial.

Treat the Yard

There are plenty of natural products that use essential oils and other non-toxic ingredients that can be sprayed on your yard to prevent pests from breeding near your home.

Create a Barrier

Remove leaf litter and plantings within 6-18 inches of your house.

Mow the Lawn

You shouldn’t let your grass grow too high, as fleas and ticks prefer to breed in tall grass. However, refrain from mowing your lawn too short, since this repels ants and spiders – the fleas’ natural enemies.

Apply Cedar Mulch

Fleas hate cedar, so using cedar mulch in your gardens and around your home acts as a natural barrier.

Trim Limbs and Shrubs

Fleas and ticks prefer dark, damp areas, so remove dead limbs and prune thick shrubs to allow sunlight to permeate your yard.

Inside Your Home

Once fleas have gotten into your home, it’s hard to get rid of them!

DIY Traps

Fill a wide, shallow pan with soapy water and place it on the floor in the area that you believe is highly populated with fleas. Shine a lamp directly over the water. Fleas are drawn to the heat of the lamp and will jump into the light, only to land in the soapy water. The soap in the water prevents the flea from jumping out, causing them to die.

Diatomaceous Earth

Food-grade diatomaceous earth can be applied to your pet’s environment to quickly kill fleas. Diatomaceous earth is sharp and will cut holes in the flea’s body. It is also extremely absorbent and will dehydrate the flea, causing them to die. When used inside your home around windows, doors, baseboards, dog beds, or carpets, you should vacuum treated areas after a few hours to remove any dead fleas. You can then re-apply the diatomaceous earth to kill the remaining fleas. While food-grade diatomaceous earth is safe for use around your pets, you should be careful when sprinkling it so that your pet doesn’t inhale the earth or try to ingest it. Check with your veterinarian before applying the earth directly to your pet’s coat. Diatomaceous earth can dry out skin and cause it to become irritated.

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10 Years of Online Design

2016 marks the 10th anniversary of The RealTimeDesigner, a powerful, user-friendly interactive online design studio and ecommerce solution for web designers to sign, print and promotional products.

The RealTimeDesigner began in 2000 as a collaboration between Alex, a graphics and gaming developer, and Mark, a seasoned sign and screen shop owner. Alex first made it possible to create graphics dynamically online with his online character generator (check it out!). By the time it became one of the largest RPGM communities on the Internet, Mark realized the same technology could be used to create signs online. With Mark’s knowledge of the printing industry and Alex’s web skills, they created the first version of the design tool.

Launched commercially in 2006, The RealTimeDesigner still leads the online design industry with hundreds of customers- one of the most successful design-online tools available. 

A huge majority of consumers these days are cutting the cord with paid TV but this doesn’t mean they have shied away from the big screen to consume their content, look at the top rated corner tv mount to help you with your design tools. According to a data release by Nielsen, the viewing habits of U.S. adults found that 92% of all viewing still takes place on the TV screen. These are pretty huge numbers.

Created for the printing industry, with the printing industry.

The RealTimeDesigner is unique because it’s an innovative community-style collaboration applied to the business world. Unlike The RTD and Mav Web Solutions, the majority of other online design platforms are created by developers’ ideas of what could be helpful to the industry. But these developers have no real-world experience of the needs of their clients.

We’re different.

We want to provide custom solutions for our clients’ specific needs, which is why we encourage users to provide input into The RealTimeDesigner’s continuous development. In the 10 years since its launch, 90% of The RTD’s current features have been inspired by our clients’ direct requests via our open forum. Few other tools on the market will allow you to chat directly with the lead developer and see your requests fulfilled.

Because our success is only measured by your success.

Thanks to our clients, each month we now have 12,000 orders placed and 200,000 items sold with an average value of $4 to $6 million.
RealTimeDesigner online design order statistics.

That’s 460% growth in 10 years, 50% in the past year alone!

Since 2006, the tool itself has also grown to have:

  • 39,000 defined products
  • 150,000 design templates
  • 312,000 permanently stored clipart from registered users
  • 111,000 clipart uploaded by users
  • 205,000 permanently stored designs from registered users
  • 62,000 fonts uploaded
  • 151,000 users registered on behalf of our clients

2016 is our year to celebrate.

We’re looking forward to the next 10 years of The RealTimeDesigner’s evolution. But first, we’d love to know:  

How are you using The RealTimeDesigner to grow your business?

What features would you like to see from us next?

Content Management Systems: Why You Need One, And Why You’ll Love It

They say – and we’d be apt to agree – that content is king. And that’s why it deserves some special treatment. You wouldn’t throw your king out there unprotected, and in the same vein, you can’t simply craft content and then toss it into the digital world like a million shreds of confetti. To use content for all its worth – build your unique brand proposition, explain your products and services, and market your business – you need a robust and flexible content management system (CMS).

What is a CMS?

A content management system, or CMS, is an application that supports the creation and modification of digital content. Using a simple interface, you can draft, edit, format, publish, and promote content through your website and, depending on the system, other digital channels. Another key feature is that it allows for multiple users to work in a collaborative environment, and with varying permissions, so that all team members can do what they need to and keep the process moving.

Popular CMSs

In recent years, a number web-based CMS tools have become available. The following are some of the most popular:

  • TYPO3
    TYPO3 is a free and open source web content management system. It is credited to be highly flexible and has more than 5000 extensions currently available. It can be extended and is available in more than 50 languages. Its built-in localization system supports publishing content in multiple languages.
  • WordPress
    WordPress is also a free and open source web content management system. It is designed for creating template-based websites or blogs. It is very easy to use and has over 40,501 plugins available. WordPress is used by more than 26.4% of the top 10 million websites.
  • Drupal
    Drupal is another free and open-source content-management framework. Flexible and highly scalable, Drupal publishes a single website or shares content in multiple languages across many devices. Drupal is the #1 platform for web content management among global enterprises, governments, higher education institutions, and NGOs.
  • Joomla
    Joomla is an award-winning open source content management system that enables you to build websites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility have made Joomla the most popular website software available.

Why do you need a CMS?

Ease of creation = better brand story

A CMS allows your business to manage its content efficiently. Through the CMS, writers can create and save drafts, gatekeepers can review and edit, and developers can publish pages to your website with ease. CMS interfaces are designed to be easily used by those without a coding background, so there is no fear of a writer accidentally deleting an important part of a page. And the cloud-based programs allow employees to access the CMS any time, anywhere. The result is a system that allows you to hone, refine, improve, and add to your site and brand proposition easily, a sitecore agency can help.

Internal management = cost savings

A CMS allows the content to be controlled by the people who own it. This means no more relying on developers to make changes to the web content – simply log in, make the edit, and hit save. Creating a simple website or blog? CMSs allow even the most novice web designer to create or update the entire website’s design and layout – some even offer mobile optimization for different devices. This means no more desperate calls to offsite developers for minor edits and tweaks, small changes that can add up into big bills.

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