Keep Flies Away With One Simple Trick…It Really Works!

Keep flies away the natural way…

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I recently saw a post on facebook about this trick…and I never thought about blogging about it until now, since so many people had never heard of this, I thought it would be worth sharing.

My wife’s family has been doing this for many years to control flies the natural way. I was skeptical until we tried it ourselves. It really does work. We would just put in 1 penny and sometimes a crumbled up piece of aluminum foil in a bag, filled it with water and then hung it by a tree, under a patio umbrella or wherever pesky flies would be. It definitely works!

Below are comments on this fly control idea.

Zip-lock water bags: #1 Says: I tried the zip lock bag and pennies this weekend. I have a horse trailer. The flies were bad while I was camping. I put the baggies with pennies above the door of the LQ. NOT ONE FLY came in the trailer.The horse trailer part had many. Not sure why it works but it does!

#2 Says:Fill a zip lock bag with water and 5 or 6 pennies and hang it in the problem area. In my case it was a particular window in my home. It had a slight passage way for insects. Every since I have done that, it has kept flies and wasps away. Some say that wasps and flies mistake the bag for some other insect nest and are threatened.

#3 Says:I swear by the plastic bag of water trick. I have them on porch and basement. We saw these in Northeast Mo. at an Amish grocery store& have used them since. They say it works because a fly sees a reflection& won’t come around.

#4 Says:Regarding the science behind zip log bags of water? My research found that the millions of molecules of water presents its own prism effect and given that flies have a lot of eyes, to them it’s like a zillion disco balls reflecting light, colors and movement in a dizzying manner. When you figure that flies are prey for many other bugs, animals, birds, etc., they simply won’t take the risk of being around that much perceived action. We went from hundreds of flies to seeing the occasional one, but he didn’t hang around long.

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Keep your Pets Safe and Cool in the Summertime


Five Ways to Keep Pets Cool
Water play, shade and tasty treats…

In the heat of the summer, you may be cranking up the air-conditioning to stay comfortable, but don’t forget about your four-legged pals — especially if they’re spending a lot of time outdoors. Consider these five fun and easy ways to keep them cool and happy.

H2O and treats

It may sound obvious, but your dog and other pets need access to plenty of fresh, cold water. On a really hot day, you might toss a few ice cubes in the bowl to keep the water even colder. There are also ice cream treats designed specifically for dogs, or you can find recipes online to make your own. Here’s one clever idea — fill an ice cube tray with chicken broth or beef broth and then toss your dog a “pop” once the individual squares are frozen.

Water play

Many dogs love to get wet, whether they are splashing in a stream, swimming in a lake or jumping into a kiddie pool in your backyard. You can also set up a sprinkler for them to run through.

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There are always new products on the market to keep pets cool in the heat, such as cooling bandanas and collars, pet beds that can be filled with cool water, and a collapsible water dish that you can carry anywhere — from a hike to a car ride. Keep in mind that if you’re driving with your dog, do not leave him waiting in the car for you, even if you crack the windows. His body temperature can rise quickly in a hot car and prove fatal.

Limit activity in the middle of the day

If you’re heading out for a walk or involving your pet in other outdoor activities, make sure to plan your excursion during cooler parts of the day (morning and early evening). The middle of the day is usually the hottest, and too much activity during this time can lead to an overheated pet. Pay attention to your pet’s cues and seek the advice of a vet if she is exhibiting any health problems.

Provide shade

If your pet stays outdoors, make sure he has a shady place to retreat when the heat becomes too intense. If you don’t have any natural shade in your yard, consider getting a beach umbrella or invest in a doghouse.

With a little bit of thought and preparation, you can prevent your pets from suffering in the summer sun. And they’ll love you all the more for it.

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New airline rules in favor of the traveler!

Hooray for the passenger!

 Passengers waiting at Heathrow's Terminal 3

Finally, a bill of rights for the passengers! The Department of Transportation finalized a set of new regulations that took effect on Tuesday in favor of travelers.  Passengers will be compensated for lost luggage, short delays and/or getting bumped off flights, for up to four times the ticket value. Also, these rules will force airlines to display any and all fees on their websites, and allow passengers to hold and return a ticket within 24 hours without a penalty. In addition, it will limit the amount of time a plane sits on the tarmac.

This is great news for the consumer since ticket prices have gone up and airline service has gone down. Finally, we have some rights…

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A Green Wedding with Caruso


Wedding planning and trying to protect the environment at the same time!? It is possible! And having an environmentally friendly wedding doesn’t have to mean giving up what you want. In a lot of cases, being environmentally friendly can even lessen the stresses of planning and make the special day more enjoyable. Here are a few ideas I have come across to help make your wedding green!

Go organic. From flowers to food there are lots of ways to go organic. Many caterers offer organic and local produce options. You will be helping the environment by supporting products that use less pesticides, and likely have tastier food!

Something borrowed. Consider borrowing items from friends or family. This will save resources and add a customized feel to the wedding.

Go local. Consider a wedding location near where the majority of your guests are from. This will save on gas and jet fuel as your guests have less distance to travel. If a local venue isn’t possible, consider reducing the impact on the environment by offsetting the emissions that contribute to climate change. Several Earth Share members offer special programs that you and your guests can use to calculate your carbon output and take steps to offset them.

Ring true. Ask for rings with gold, silver, diamonds or other materials that were mined sustainably. Many mining practices are detrimental to the environment and local communities. Consider using materials from a ring in your family or looking at antiques.

Digital photos. Most photographers can do digital photos of the event. You can then preview the photos and just order prints of the pictures you want-reducing the toxics and waste involved with printing pictures.

One location. Consider having your ceremony and reception in the same location. This will simplify the day and save on gas as guests go from one site to another.

Gift of giving. Picking a china pattern not your style? More couples are asking for donations to charities instead of a gift. Consider adding Earth Share or another environmental charity to your registry.

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The History of Home Interest Deduction

The Home Mortgage Interest Deduction

Ever wonder how did the home interest deduction come about? Well according to various publications;

 The First Income Tax – In 1894 Congress passed the first income tax, which was challenged and later struck down by the Supreme Court. So, government got into gear and in 1913 the Sixteenth Amendment was ratified granting Congress the power “to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived.”
The Second Income Tax – Congress quickly imposed an income tax starting at 1% and rising to 7% on incomes over $500,000. This resulted with less than 1% of the US population paying any income taxes. This was the beginning of the modern graduated income tax.
Enter The Tax Deduction – The tax was offset with a deduction of any interest paid. Rental income was offset by the interest paid to finance the rental property and interest became a tax deduction.
Prior to WWI, home owners typically owned their homes outright. With the exception of financed or leased farm land, homes were purchased with cash. So at first, the mortgage interest deduction did not benefit home ownership.
Soon, local Thrift & Loans (Savings & Loans) were created to provide access to home financing. Subsequently, programs through the FHA, VA, and latter Fannie May and Freddie Mac facilitated broader home ownership. Finally, the creation of the conventional loan and the mortgage back security market brought financing to the masses. Along with home ownership came the mortgage interest deduction.

Bottom Line: The home mortgage interest deduction is a carryover from the original income tax and business interest rate deduction of a century ago. It was not intended to encourage home ownership or considered a public policy. Today, the Washington is eying the home mortgage interest deduction (the removal of the exemption) as a possible source of revenue. “The government giveth and the government taketh away.”


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Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ South County

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Basketball tryouts start Tuesday August31st for advanced 6th grade basketball through the All-Net National Junior Basketball association. Tryouts will be held for the fall/winter season from 5-6:30pm. For more information you can call 949-362-0406.


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If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Sawdust Festival there is still time! The last day is August 29, 2010. From 10:00am-10:00pm everyday over 200 Laguna Beach artists, display their artwork for visitors to shop along sawdust-covered paths through a hand-crafted village of fine arts and superb craftsmanship. The Festival also features demo booths such as glass blowing, complimentary hands-on art workshops, and a children¹s art booth, refreshments from three restaurants and a saloon, live music and more. For more information you can call 949-494-3030 or visit


A Toys R US Express has opened at the Laguna Hills Mall near the Express clothing store on the first level! Go stop by and check it out!


Crafts Faire Vendors Wanted! Parks and Recreation will accept applications for the Fall Crafts Faire beginning Monday, August 2 at 8am. Submit application to Parks and Recreation 29751 Crown Valley Pkwy. Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 or fax to (949)249-1115.


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CALLING ALL CAT LOVERS! With an influx of 8 to 14-week-old kittens at the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center, now’s the time to get your pick of the litter or two. In fact, if you adopt two kittens, DAWG, which raises funds to support animals in need of medical treatment at the shelter, will pay the $100 base adoption fee for the second one. That means new owners will get the second kitten for only $35 or two kittens for $170. (The adoption fee for one kitten is $135.) The shelter is accepting applications for 18 adorable kittens. The kittens – tabbies, calicos, tortoiseshell and fuzzy black kittens – are vaccinated, de-wormed, spayed or neutered, micro chipped and ready to find loving, permanent homes. People interested in welcoming fun and feisty additions to their homes should drop by the center at 28095 Hillcrest. For more information, call 949-470-3045 or visit the City’s Web site at


This Wednesday September 1st, registration beings for fall classes at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center. For more information you can visit


There will be a Live Art Auction Friday, Sept 10 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the San Clemente Art Gallery at the Community Center. The Live Art Auction presented by the San Clemente Art Association with proceeds benefiting the Watershed Task Force. This fun and lively event features more than 40 works of art: paintings, ceramics and photographs. Also included are packages featuring Oakley Sunglasses, Restaurant gift certificates, fishing trips and more. Get a great deal and help a great cause! Admission is $10 per person (refunded with an auction purchase). There will also be complimentary appetizers, wine, and sodas. Please RSVP to


August 28th-29th from 2:00-8:00pm at Oaks Blenheim Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in SJC come for The Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo! The event is good old entertainment for the entire family, not to mention the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation with a purse totaling over $200,000. The top 30 rodeo contestants in saddle bronco and bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding and team roping will come to San Juan Capistrano for this chance of a lifetime. Celebrating the golden age of early California history and the American West, Rancho Mission Viejo has committed to the preservation of the cowboy way of life. Carrying on the cowboy tradition of “passing the hat” in support of a sick child or needy friend, all proceeds from the rodeo will benefit local charities. The cost is $20.

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The rest of 2010 with Caruso!

Recently I read according to some economic observers including Calculated Risk here is what the rest of 2010 could have in store for us.

GDP – Real GDP growth will slow in the 2nd half of ’10, some expect it will be at an “anemic” level. Note that the first half real GDP growth was reported as just over 3% annualized (before revisions).

Federal Stimulus – There will be less Federal stimulus spending in the 2nd half

Inventory – Inventory correction will end and by default Industrial Production will accelerate. However, Phil Izzo of WSJ believes there will be a downward revision in the later GDP reports

Personal Savings – An elevated personal savings rate will result in slower growth consumer spending. June’s personal savings rate was reported at 6.4% and is expected to rise as high as 8% as households restore their balance sheets. This means that spending grows slower than income, causing a drag on the economy.

Housing – There could be another downturn in housing resulting in lower prices and less residential investment.

Global Economy – There will be an economic slowdown in Europe and China.

State and Local Governments – The US will experience sizeable cutbacks at the state and local level; State and local governments will be looking for a “bailout” package. The Senate just approved a $26B appropriation and the house approval and Presidential signature is anticipated shortly.

Employment – Employment in the private will continue to struggle even though it has increased in 8 of the last 9 months. State and local employment will see cut.

Private Business Sector – Continued tight credit combined with economic and political uncertainty will continue to reflect in job number that thus the greater economy.

My question for you is, what do you think?  

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Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI

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