Blog :: 05-2015

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New Condominium Complex in Downtown Northampton

51 Phillips Place was in need of a lot of TLC when Linda Muerle purchased it back in 2013.  The house was rich in local history, full of lovely original architectural details, and set on a sizeable lot.  Linda had just sold the last of 6 units at her condo complex around the corner at 90 Pomeroy Terrace (formerly the Northampton School for Girls - another lovely historic building), and she was looking for a new project.  Linda Muerle is a licensed and trained architect, owner of the local company Consulting Design, and she is drawn to beautiful older homes in need of a new purpose.  

The original house at 51 Phillips Place was built in 1848, and Linda's purchase of the property coincided with the new zoning in Northampton which encourages infill.  She was able to complete a gut renovation of the existing structure, preserving some original floors, moldings, doors and staircases - and transform them into 2, beautifully appointed and energy efficient condos.  In addition, the size of the lot allowed her to build 2 brand new townhouses on the same property.

At the moment, 3 of the 4 units are available for purchase.  They are, as follows:

51 Phillips Place, Unit 1:

A 3 bedroom, 2 bath unit with a private front porch and detached one car garage, as well as one dedicated off-street parking space.  Eat-in cook's kitchen and dining room comprise the first floor, the upstairs has refinished original wide-plank wood floors, 3 bedrooms (including a light-filled ensuite Master), laundry and 2 full baths.  There are pull-down stairs leading to attic storage as well.  This unit has original moldings and staircase, as well as dedicated green space outdoors. Offered at $379,000

 

51 Phillips Place, Unit 2:

In the back of the main house is Unit 2.  This condo has a sweet side porch, an open concept downstairs, comprised of cook's kitchen, dining and living room.  As well as the option of a first floor master suite (which could also be a guest room or office).  There is an attached one car garage, dedicated parking spot and outdoor green space.  The second floor houses 2 more bedrooms and full baths, as well as laundry.  The upstairs master has large windows and cathedral ceilings, a walk in closet, additional storage in the eaves and a beautiful master bathroom. Offered at $429,000

 

51 Phillips Place, Unit 4:

Unit 4 is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath condo with an attached one-car garage and one off street parking spot.  It is brand new construction and purchase at this point would allow a buyer to weigh in on finishes and paint colors.  There is both a first and second floor master, as well as two additional bedrooms.  There is a large kitchen/dining room with a bay window, and a large living room on the first floor as well.  The upstairs houses the 3 additional bedrooms, bathrooms and more storage.  There is a full basement which could easily be converted into living space. Offered at $549,000

 

OPEN HOUSE FOR UNITS 1 and 2 THIS SATURDAY, MAY 30th FROM 1 - 3 PM!

 

The original house at 51 Phillips Place, now Units 1 and 2

 

The new construction at 51 Phillips Place - Units 3 and 4.

 

The interior of Unit 2, housed in the original structure.   Original posts and stair rail were able to be incorporated into the design.

Many Uses for our River

Ever since our daughter discovered sea kayaking a few summers ago - she likes to bring up the idea of purchasing a couple of canoes for our family every year when the weather warms up.  Though we have been members of the Holyoke Canoe Club since she was 2 years old, we use it for the pool and the tennis courts, as well as the views of the lovely Connecticut River - we have yet to become a boating family. That said, one of the reasons we love living in Northampton is it's proximity to the Connecticut River.

Kayaking is something my children and I love to do, even though we have not yet figured out the logistics of using the river for this purpose.  I hold out hope that one of my children will someday join the crew team, and I love that there are options for grown ups who want to row here as well.  I was so excited to read the following article in the Daily Hampshire Gazette about the contruction of a new boathouse, which suggests that Northampton Community Rowing will be offering kayak rentals, and expanded classes and programs as the boathouse and construction of a park along the water are completed.  Read on here for more details.
 

Hamp Crew boathouse rises on new city-owned riverside park in Northampton


The launch site of Northampton Community Rowing.


By EMMA KOLCHIN-MILLER
Gazette Contributing Writer
Thursday, May 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON -- Northampton Community Rowing is finishing construction of a boathouse beside the Connecticut River, a project that's part of the new 11-acre Connecticut River Greenway Park owned by the city.

Use of the boathouse, located off Damon Road north of the River Run condominium complex, will enable the nonprofit group Hamp Crew to move

from the Oxbow area into the open river for better training conditions. Hamp Crew offers rowing classes and competitive programs for youth and adults in the Pioneer Valley.

"We would really like to get people to the River -- not just rowers. I've lived here 15 years and it's always amazed me that so few people actually access the river," said Dorrie Brooks, who chairs the boathouse building committee. "We hope that we can open it up to people and get more people down to it, because it's an amazing spiritual experience to be able to spend time on the River."

To mark the occasion, the group invites people to visit this Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.


The city will finish work on the boathouse site within two months, according to Wayne Feiden, Northampton's director of planning and sustainability.
Feiden said the city hopes the park and boathouse will connect city residents to the river, especially those who live at River Run.
"Northampton has this incredible river, but it's not as much a part of people's lives," Feiden said. "One of our goals is to make sure every neighborhood in the city is served by the Parks and Recreation Department. River Run is one of our most underserved neighborhoods."

The rowing group also hopes the site will make the river more accessible in general.

"We hope to grow our membership and get more people involved with rowing and kayaking, but even beyond that we hope to be stewards of this dock and of this site so that people can feel comfortable bringing their own kayaks down," Brooks said.

While boathouse construction was to be finished Friday, Brooks said the group and the city discourage people from bringing boats until the city finishes site preparation in two months.

The boathouse is a 45-by-80-foot half-cylinder with a steel frame. Mounds of dirt from construction work speckle the site around it, though there is room for multiple "ergs," or rowing machines, which roughly 50 rowers, friends and family were using on Wednesday afternoon.

Hamp Crew boats will fill the boathouse, which does not have plumbing or changing rooms, though there are portable toilets outside. Brooks said NCR hopes to rent storage space for boats outside as a source of revenue and will also eventually purchase kayaks and canoes to rent out.

A path of a little more than 100 yards, which Feiden said will have an adjacent wheelchair-accessible path, runs from the dock to the boathouse. The path continues to the parking lot, which has over 30 spaces. Between the parking lot and the road is a contractor's yard owned by Lane Construction, the company that gave the city the land for the park.

A rowing community

Brooks, who rowed in college and rediscovered the sport as an adult, said rowing is special because it requires a concentration comparable to "meditation." Though many adults love to row, Brooks said rowing particularly benefits young people because it teaches teamwork and leadership. "They have to rig and derig boats to go to races, they have to take them out in this water and navigate them in the wind, and they're coxing them," Brooks said.

"It's a little bit more technical and more teamwork-oriented for a sport than a lot of other things," she said.

Youth rowers said the teamwork involved lets them build bonds with rowers from across the Valley. "I consider it the ultimate team sport, because you actually can't do it without every single person," said Sarah Callahan, 17, who lives in Northampton and is the varsity girls squad captain. "You build a bond with the boat, and it's just a fantastic feeling."

"I like that I get to meet kids from other schools," said Maggie White, 16, who attends the Williston Northampton School. "In my boat I'm the only person from my school, so I got to know everyone from all over the area, which is really nice."

Dylan Walter, 14, of Shutesbury, loves the powerful feeling of rowing. "There's nothing quite like knowing that you are moving something 40 feet long and about 200 pounds through the water at 20 feet per second," Walter said.

Rowers also said the Connecticut River provides better conditions than the Connecticut River OxBow, an extension of the river to the south out of which the group previously operated.

"When we were on the OxBow, we would have to turn around every five to eight minutes, depending on what we were doing, and we lost so much practice time," Callahan said. "I'm so happy that we're finally here and we have the freedom to do what we want to do."

Head rowing coach Erin Andersen agreed. "As far as the efficiency of practice, you can't beat it. It's just really nice being on such a straight stretch of water, such a wide part of the river," Andersen said.

Andersen noted that the group will be able to offer more programming at the Connecticut River. "We were pretty limited on the classes that we could offer because we shared the boathouse with the Oxbow ski team, so we weren't able to offer any evening or afternoon programs during the summer," Andersen said. "This year we're really trying to expand our programs and offer a lot of evening learn-to-rows and more advanced classes."

Collaboration with city

Hamp Crew and the city are collaborating to open the boathouse and park, for which the city attained a $400,000 state grant and a $190,000 Community Preservation Act grant.

Feiden said the rowing club helped "leverage the grant" by pledging to raise $120,000 for the site and to build a boathouse, which Brooks said costs the group an additional $80,000.

According to Brooks, Hamp Crew is still $30,000 short and will continue to fundraise. Clearspan Buildings of Windsor, Connecticut, which sold the group the boathouse frame and is overseeing construction, will accept payment over three to five years.

The city's longterm plan is to create trails near the river, including a bike path up to Hatfield, according to Feiden.

"Our interest in the river is not just individual parks along the river, but a whole greenway that goes up and down the river," Feiden said.

Brooks said that like the city, Hamp Crew wants to connect the community with the river, now that it has rebounded from earlier pollution. "The river defines the history of the Valley, it defines the economy of the Valley, and to some degree it defines the culture of the Valley," Brooks said. "But people are only now starting to get back to it."

 

Spring Cleaning Time!

I am amazed how the undeniable instinct to clean and declutter accompanies the warmer weather year after year.  It's like clockwork.  After being cooped up inside all winter long, I find myself looking at both the interior and exterior of my house with new eyes.  Clothes that don't fit the kids (or that I no longer wear) go to Goodwill, piles of who-knows-what that pepper every surface of the house get dismantled and dealt with, the garage gets swept and organized, artwork gets framed and hung, the lawn gets mowed, flowers and trees get watered and planted... I turn to my husband/recycling guru to check in about various local recycling events happening here in Northampton (electronics, expired meds, toxic waste, paint cans, furniture, etc).  It feels good to be productive in this way.  Yet it is interesting that, despite these efforts, the projects never seem to end!  

I was perusing my favorite go-to blog/website Apartment Therapy today and came across this very relevant post about keeping your living space looking great!

 

 

 

Get Rid of These 5 Things That are Keeping Your Home from Looking Its Best


If the look of your home isn't quite where you want it to be, it could be because you're holding on to things that are dragging your decor down. Does anything on this list sound familiar? If so, consider whether passing it along would give you the freedom you need to take your space to the next level.

Things that used to fit your style, but don't anymore.
Maybe when you were in college you went through a phase where you really loved shabby chic, or Chinese-inspired stuff, or whatever, and you bought a bunch of things and they were great, but now they don't quite fit your style but you can't get rid of them because you used to really love them. It is ok to get rid of these things. Sometimes tastes change. You're not the same person you used to be. Let your home, and your life, be what it wants to be now, and find those old things a new home where they'll be truly appreciated.

Stuff that you have just to fill holes.
Most people have a lot more furniture than they actually need. I can't explain it -- maybe it's our consumerist culture -- but I think that in decorating we feel a lot of pressure to fill up spaces. Like, if you have a blank wall you feel there needs to be some piece of furniture there, even if it's something you never use and don't even like. Do you have a piece that has never felt quite right, but that you've kept because it's the thing that goes in that particular corner? Consider letting go of it. Your home doesn't need to be full to feel full.

Bulky items that don't really have anywhere to go.
You loved that armoire when you saw it at the flea market, but it's been floating around your house awkwardly ever since then, as you tried without success to squeeze it into a corner where it just wouldn't quite go. Sometimes things you like are out of scale for your home, or the way you live, and it's better to just admit it and move on.

Things that you like but that don't fit into your lifestyle.
Maybe you have a sofa that is beautiful but too uncomfortable to sit on, or a lovely serving dish that you never have occasion to use, or a rug that you really like but avoid stepping on because it stains so easily. It's worth thinking about how the things you own affect the way your home feels, as well as the way it looks. Your home should be a place that makes you feel comfortable, and things that you like but never use can be obstacles that get in the way of you living your life.

Projects you are never ever going to finish.
This is a hard one. Oh gosh, is it hard. Especially if you're like me, and you love to plan projects, and buy things to make them happen, and then you are not so good at actually following through on them. At some point, maybe after years and years, you just need to admit that you are never going to paint that sideboard, or re-cane that chair. Find a new home for those things, and clear the clutter and the guilt out of your life.

(Image credits: Alysha Findley)

 

Are Ants Starting to Bug You?

Spring is here!  In fact, it's downright summer-y out there!  As a homeowner, there are responsibilities and issues that shift with the seasons.  Many of us are focused on our yards and gardens this time of year.  We are also paying attention to the types of insects that come out of the woodwork in the warm weather.  In the Northampton area, for instance, we tend to see ants inside our homes in the springtime.  I don't like having ants inside my home any time.

I went up to my husband's office on the third floor the other day, and noticed a large number of squished ants on the rug.  "What's going on?" I asked.  "Oh, I've been killing ants up here for a week or so".  "Interesting", I replied.  My kids since mentioned the ant infestation at various meal times; and I even found my dog pawing at a rather large black ant on the floor the other day.  My husband and I have different approaches to problems like these.  He killed the ants nearby, I got out the big guns.  And the ants have started falling for it already!  (I'm referring to ant traps, of course).  However, I'm not sure I've really solved the problem yet.  I decided to do some research on the best ways to get rid of an ant infestation, and came across this article on Wikihow.

 

Read on below for everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-getting-rids-of-ants, and then some!

 

Four Methods:Deterring ants from wanting to enter the homeKilling the antsGoing for the nest or anthillKeeping your home clean

Most ants are beneficial, killing real pests such as fleas and bedbugs, but that's no consolation when they start streaming in under your doors and crowding your kitchen cabinets. Ants come inside because they're attracted to your food, but you can also use food to repel them; for example, one of the best ways to kill ants is by spraying them with lemon or peppermint-flavored water. If these lightweight measures don't do the trick, you might have to declare war by using bait traps and chemical insecticides.

 
 
 

Quick Tips

 

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    Block off ant entrances with caulk, or sprinkle with salt. See pictures and details.
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    Vacuum ants and sprinkle with talcum powder. See pictures and details.
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    Spray with rubbing alcohol and soap. See pictures and details.
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    Poison ant trails with borax and peanut butter, keeping away from pets and children. See pictures and details.
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    Fumigate as a last resort. See pictures and details.
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    Pour boiling water down the anthill if absolutely necessary. See pictures and details.
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    Keep your home as clean as possible to discourage future infestations. See pictures and details.
 

 

 
Method 1 of 4: Deterring ants from wanting to enter the home

The best way to get rid of a house pest is to prevent it from even considering your home an easy target. Hence, deterrence is a prime focus for every homeowner potentially susceptible to an ant invasion.

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    Barricade your home. Since ants are tiny, they can find thousands of tiny doorways into your residence. Some of these are easy to identify, while others will only be discovered when there's a parade of ants marching through the chosen ant doorway.
     
     
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    Use caulk. Seal windows, doors and any cracks the ants crawl through with caulk. An additional benefit of doing this is better temperature control and lower energy bills. Plus, it's one of the least risky methods when kids or pets are involved.
     
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  4. Line suspected entryways with deterrent substances. Salt, chalk, baby powder and talc can be spread under doors, near windows and walls.
    • Keep in mind that there are concerns about the potential carcinogenicity of talc.[1]
     
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    Apply scents and substances that ants don't like. Vinegar, peppermint oil, cinnamon, black pepper, cayenne pepper, whole cloves, and bay leaves are all examples that have varying claims of success.[2] However, some of these might be harmful to pets and irritants to curious children.
     
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    Create a landscape buffer. Ants often enter homes through nearby shrubs, vegetation, or overhanging trees. To eliminate this problem, create a dry, plant-free border by trimming or getting rid of overhanging trees, cutting back vegetation that is touching your home, and laying down a perimeter of gravel or rock.[3]
     
 

 

 
Method 2 of 4: Killing the ants

Killing ants is sometimes a necessity when you have an infestation and there is no end in sight. It's the least desirable option but it must be considered when you have them in the home constantly.

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    Consider going from least harmful to most harmful approach first. Not only is this better for your health but it's also kinder for the environment.
     
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    Kill off the ant trail. A line of ants can be dealt with effectively and quickly so as to kill those in the line and deter any others from continuing to follow the trail. It is recommended to begin with locating the entry point first and creating a barrier straight away, such as a line of petroleum jelly, upturned duct tape or talc, so that the ants outside stop using the entryway. Then, try one of the following methods to deal with the ant trail:
    • Dip a sponge into soapy water. Simply wipe the sponge down the trail, collecting ants. Rinse them down the drain. Rinse and repeat as often as required until all ants in the trail have been removed.
    • Spray the trail with all-purpose cleaner or a bleach solution. Wipe it up with a wet paper towel. Spraying the nest can be effective, but you really want to make sure you get them all, otherwise killing part of the colony can simply encourage certain species to establish new colonies, which is counter-productive to you.[4].
     
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    Squish the scouts. Colonies regularly send out lone ants to check for food sources. If you see an individual ant strolling across your coffee table, don't let it make it back to the nest alive. It'll tell the colony where you spilled the apple juice. If the scout made it back to the nest and brought back some friends, they'll be following a scent trail, single file. Unless you're ready to bait them, kill them all quickly.
     
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    Root out the ants already well entrenched in your pantry or other cupboard space. You'll need to use an attractive poison bait to get the ants scurrying home with new "treats" from their food hunting missions. Mixing boric acid powder or borax with water and sugar is the most common bait.[2] Boric acid affects ants both externally (when in powder form; similar to diatomaceous earth) and internally (when ingested).[5]Make a mixture of 1 cup water, 2 cups sugar, 2 tablespoons boric acid.[6]
    • Wait for the ants to show up. Don't lure new ants with the bait because you could attract new colonies.[4] Once there's a trail, place the bait next to it (not on it, or else you'll interrupt their march home). You can also place it in a safe part of the pantry where ants appear to be congregating.
    • If you have pets and/or children around (see Warnings below) use the bait in a jam jar where ants can go to seek "food". Screw the lid tightly and seal with adhesive tape. Pierce the lid with two or three small holes large enough for ants, and smear the outside with a little bit of non-poisoned bait to advertise the contents for ants. If you're concerned about the jar getting knocked over and the poisoned bait spilling out, loosely pack the inside above the bait with cotton balls.[7]
    • You can mix peanut butter as well. Ants' cravings vary depending on the needs of the colony (sometimes they want sweets, sometimes they want something oily), [8] so providing both will increase the likelihood that they'll take the bait. Once they've had their fill, remove all bait which may lose its poison when weathered, but still attract ants. You don't want to attract a neighboring colony.
     
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    Consider using a borax bait made at home. Use 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons of borax, 1 teaspoon of water. Mix well. Place a small amount on little pieces of cardboard where the ants are active. Watch them swarm it and carry back to nest.
    • If it kills them too quickly, try 1 1/2 teaspoons of borax. You want them too carry it back and kill the colony and the queen.
     
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    Vacuum up the ants. Sprinkle and vacuum a little talcum powder or diatomaceous earth to finish them off in the vac and in the trash where you dispose of it. This second step is important to make sure that you don't provide the ants a new home inside your vacuum cleaner.
     
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    Make a mixture of rubbing alcohol, dish soap and water. Get a spray bottle, making sure to wash it out very well, and place about a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol and about a teaspoon and a half of dish soap. Then fill the spray bottle with water about an inch (2.5cm) away from the top and close it up tight. Shake the solution until bubbles start to appear and then you're ready to spray! Because of the alcohol in the solution, the ants will stay clear away from it.
     
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    Get a "Deep Reach" fumigator (aka "fogger"). These are reported to kill ants for 6 to 8 months, with the downside being that you may have to stay out of the place you fumigate for anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Search online for product reviews and inquire at local home improvement stores. Make sure you know the volume of the place you need to fumigate. If you're concerned about the use of potentially harmful chemicals in the home environment, this is not the approach for you and should not be used, if you have children, whose immune systems are still developing.
     
 
 
Method 3 of 4: Going for the nest or anthill

This is the least recommended option--ants have an important place in the ecology of your garden and general ecological health--they destroy a good many garden pests. Removing all ants completely can disturb the delicate balance, let alone deranging the "live and let live" stewardship human beings would do well to live by. However, should ants seek food or take up residence in play areas of your yard or inside your home, you'll need to remove them. Here are some suggested methods.

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    Locate the nest. If you can find the source, carefully dig/puncture the soil and dump several gallons of boiling water into the nest. That should take care of the entire colony.
     
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    Try a homemade solution. Mix one part camphor oil with 9 parts denatured alcohol (ethyl alcohol that has a chemical added to stop humans from enjoying it), may be methylated spirits containing poison non-drinking alcohol. Pour over the anthill.[2]
     
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    Kill the queen. The best way to get rid of ants is to destroy their source: the ant queen. She produces a large number of ants and killing her will exterminate them; if you can, find and kill the queen inside the ant nest. She's rather shy and will hide in the bottom. This method is not recommended, if the ants are aggressive and/or sting.
     
     
 
Method 4 of 4: Keeping your home clean

Do your bit to discourage ant re-entry by keeping the house free of ant attractants. Cleaning up food and other attractive residues is an important part of getting rid of ants from the home and keeping them out.

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    Put food in airtight containers. This also has the added bonus of keeping your food fresher. Also, should bugs that come in egg form in the foodstuffs hatch, they're caught inside the container, making their disposal easy and preventing their spread through the entire pantry. It's definitely worth the initial outlay on good storage containers.
     
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    Wipe down all surfaces. Tables and countertops should be regularly sprayed and cleaned with a mild bleach or vinegar solution.
     
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    Keep on top of your regular cleaning regimen. Sweepmop, and vacuum regularly.
     
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    Keep the sink clean. Avoid leaving dirty dishes and standing water for ants to drink and do not put food in the drain. Remove all in-sink disposal scraps as soon as added.
     
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    Put pet food bowls in a slightly larger bowl. Add some water to the larger bowl, creating a moat around the pet food that the ants can't easily cross. Refill regularly.
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  • If there are flying ants, there probably is a new colony nearby; you can't follow the flying ones, but they indicate some are leaving the old nest to reproduce a new colony. If you see an ant that's a little larger than all the rest in its group, it might be a new queen produced by a large colony, looking to establish a new nest. Queens are usually two to three times larger than workers, possess wings before mating, and have very large abdomens.[9]
  • Many resources around the web suggest using cornmeal to kill ants; while anecdotal accounts sometimes refer to success with this method, other accounts suggest it's only effective in disrupting the trails and nests of the ants, not in actually eradicating them.
  • Sprinkle grits in tiny mounds. They eat them which causes them to swell, and they die.
  • If you're in need of a quick, temporary fix, an all-purpose disinfectant spray such as Lysol or Windex does a great job of poisoning and killing ants in a matter of minutes. However, be ready for a relatively lengthy and possibly wide-spread cleanup. This generally only works on visible/or surface ants in easy to reach places, and will not do much to harm the colony itself beyond dwindling its numbers.
  • Clean up after yourself and your pets. Make sure no empty soda cans are left out and keep rooms tidy.
  • Pour ant powder in damp and dark holes, edges of walls or cabinets around your house. Note that you should only apply ant killer powder in areas that humans will not be in contact with. (Read the instructions on the bottle of powder, if you are unsure.).
  • Do not use any repellent products, sprays or materials near areas where ant baits have been applied. The ants will not go near these areas and this will render the ant baits useless.
  • Bay leaves are a possible natural solution for killing ants 
  • If the ants are in your trash, make sure you keep the trash outside.
  • Ants love aphids and scale, or more specifically, the sweet, sugary substances these insects produce. Treat outdoor plants for aphids and scale during the spring and summer months (when they are abundant) and ants will have less to hang around for.
 
 
 
 

Warnings

  • If more than a teaspoon of boric acid is swallowed by an adult, drink two glasses of water and seek medical attention.
  • Contact with boric acid or borax can have negative effects.[10] It can be irritating to your eyes; so if it comes into contact with them, rinse and seek medical attention, if symptoms persist for more than 30 minutes.
  • Planting mint around your house and garden may deter ants, but mint can be invasive, so speak to a knowledgeable garden center before planting it directly in the ground.
  • Use gloves and a breathing mask, if using any ant-deterring substances. At best, they're irritants; at worst, they're poisonous. It's also advisable, if using sprays to wear safety goggles. The most effective substances are the ones that seal up against the face (not just ones intended to stop projectiles such as wood chips when sawing, although those would be better than nothing).
  • Boric acid poisons may be less effective in warmer weather; rely on these more during spring.
  • Keep all ant-deterring substances and poisons out of the reach of children and pets. Many of the materials are highly toxic. They should be kept neatly in a distant cupboard or any heightened place. Follow labeling/instructions.

 

Getting Out of Town

We realtors are never surprised to hear "within walking distance to town" as a priority at the top of a new buyer's wish list when meeting for the first time.  We understand the allure of being close to the city center - Northampton, Amherst and the other local towns in the Pioneer Valley have much to offer.  That said, if you are willing to be open to the idea, traveling a bit out of town gives you more bang for your buck - more space, more privacy, and, oftentimes, more houses in great/new condition.

Along those lines, we have some new Maple and Main Realty listings that we are excited to share here, so read on!

 

1. 88 Maple Ridge Rd, Northampton MA 01062

Open House Sunday, 5/3 11 - 1 pm

Gracious, multi-generational property situated on a beautifully landscaped corner lot is set in the quiet, desirable Maple Ridge neighborhood. Impeccably built and in great condition, this 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home includes an accessory 1 br apt. Central air, smart thermostats, elegantly updated chef's kitchen with Wolf Dual Fuel Range, Zephyr Hood and stainless steel appliances, custom cherry cabinets, huge walk-in pantry and large granite topped center island, that overlooks the dining area. French pocket doors off the kitchen open to the cathedral beamed ceiling family room with built-ins, fireplace and slider out to the screened porch. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout 1st floor. 1/2 bath w/laundry and large living room complete the 1st floor. Master br with en-suite bath and 3 more generous br's + full bath up, including a Jacuzzi tub. Fully finished basement.Sunny 1 br apartment w/separate entrance,perfect for in-laws, au-pair, an additional office or income. 3 bay garage. $655,000

 

2. 172 Greenleaf Drive, Northampton MA 01062

This lovely contemporary style home with attached 2 car garage is set on a beautifully landscaped lot in a quiet neighborhood. The entry welcomes with high ceilings that lend an airy feel. Off the main hall is a room perfect for a study or bedroom, a dining room for entertaining, and a living room with fireplace that opens to the deck overlooking the back yard. Stunning Ashfield stone counter tops, custom built maple cabinets, and stainless appliances, including a Viking range, complete a dream kitchen for the new homeowners. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms and a full bath with laundry, and a separate, private master suite. Efficient with 3 heat zones and central air on the 1st and 2nd floors. The walk out lower level has a built in media center in the comfortable family room, plenty of storage, and potential from an original darkroom to be a half bath. Impressive Goshen stone walkways, steps, and patio, garden beds in sun and shade, both lawn and wooded areas round out this exceptional home! $579,900

 

 

3. 38 Ridge View Rd, Northampton MA 01062

Stunning custom built contemporary perched high on a hill overlooking the valley to the East, just 6 miles to Downtown Northampton. 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and over 3700 square feet of living space (including a finished basement) of exquisite craftsmanship with built-ins, wood floors, magnificent gas fireplace, open floor plan, cook's kitchen with gas range and stainless steel appliances and filled with light from all the windows looking out towards the view and surrounding area. The entry foyer has a dramatic staircase with cherry railings and eyebrow window high above. There is a large living room off kitchen and a family room off dining room, as well as an eat-in kitchen. Big deck off living room for summertime meals and relaxation. Spacious master suite with walk-in closet and bathroom with jacuzzi tub is enhanced with a private balcony that overlooks the view. The walk out basement has its own media room, a large play room area, and full bathroom. $749,900

 

 

4.  44 Westhampton Rd, Northampton MA 01062

Open House Sunday, 5/3 1-3 pm

A versatile home ideal for many living situations offering lots of space with a 2nd floor addition which includes (3) bedrooms and a ¾ bath plus an additional room perfect for an office or den area. The first floor offers a spacious living room with fireplace and bow window overlooking the front yard. The kitchen is open to the dining room with access to the south facing deck and back yard. 1st floor Master bedroom suite has a 10x12 closet and a remodeled master bath with tub and walk-in shower. Second BR or office on 1st floor. Walk out lower level w/half bath & family room perfect for guests. Privately set back off the road with 375' of road frontage & great outdoor space. Great home for entertaining at the holidays & large family gatherings. Conveniently located only minutes to Westhampton, Florence and Easthampton & 12 minutes to downtown Northampton. Close to bike path & Community Gardens. A great place to call home! First showings at Open House Sunday, 5/3. $385,000