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Spotlight on Real Estate, Friday, June 11, 2021

Natural tick repellents to protect pooches

Lyme disease is a significant concern for people across the country. According to an analysis of insurance records by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year approximately 476,000 Americans are diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease. But Lyme disease is not the only tick-borne problem. Data from the CDC says instances of Rocky Mountain spotted fever and anaplasmosis grew by 244 and 396 percent, respectively, between 2009 and 2017. Blacklegged ticks are typically the culprits in disease transmission. When this tick latches on to a host, bacteria that causes Lyme and other diseases can be transmitted if the tick remains attached for 36 to 48 hours or more. Ticks will attach themselves to any moving living target, including people. But individuals who own dogs may be at increased risk because dogs often bring ticks indoors. Dogs as well as humans can be susceptible to the same tick-borne illnesses. Pet parents are urged to use some sort of flea and tick preventative medication for their companion animals. But it’s important that pet owners recognize that many such

products will defend against ticks only after they’ve latched onto a host. According to the Hills company, a pet food manufacturer, oral and topical tick medications work by killing ticks through doses of certain compounds that are not potent enough to harm most pets, but are effective at terminating ticks. Many flea and tick products do not repel parasites. Therefore, pet owners may want to take added measures to keep ticks off of their pets. While it is best to

Tips to keep pests out of crawl spaces Crawl spaces tend to be no-go zones in many homes. With little room to maneuver and no heating or cooling, it’s no wonder people avoid crawl spaces. But pests may see crawl spaces in a wholly different light. Rodents and insects that find their way into crawl spaces can do significant damage. According to the pest control experts at Terminix®, pests can destroy insulation, gnaw through wiring and air ducts and damage the wooden substructures of a home. Periodic visits to inspect for the presence of pests can help uncover any issues before they escalate into significant problems. The discovery of pest problems in a crawl space can be unsettling. Fortunately, homeowners can employ various strategies to keep pests from taking over their crawl spaces. • Seal cracks and openings. Pests may enter a crawl space through small cracks or openings, much like cold or warm air can enter through similar cracks around windows and doors. Terminix® notes that homeowners can apply caulk or foam insulation around cracks or openings in their crawl spaces. No crack is too small to seal. • Encapsulate the crawl space. Crawl spaces are dark and damp. Wet, humid conditions attract rodents and insects. Encapsulation closes and secures a crawl space with a thick vapor barrier that lines the floor and walls

of the crawl space. Vapor barriers can keep moisture from condensing on wood, making the area less likely to attract pests. • Run a dehumidifier in the crawl space. Dehumidifiers can help homeowners control moisture in a crawl space. In fact, many companies that install vapor barriers recommend running dehumidifiers after a barrier has been installed. • Examine the perimeter of your home, particularly the exterior walls. Periodic examinations of a home’s exterior may reveal brush that can make for ideal shelters for pests. Pests sheltering along the exterior walls of a home will eventually try to enter the home, likely through the crawl space. Remove piles of brush during routine walk-arounds of the home and trim any bushes or shrubs that also may be providing shelter to pests. • Keep an eye on the crawl space. Though crawl spaces can be difficult to access, homeowners should visit these spaces periodically. Inspections can help homeowners determine if dehumidifiers are still running and allow them to check for pests or other issues, such as cracks, that may be inviting unwanted guests into their homes. Crawl spaces can become homes and breeding grounds for pests if homeowners don’t take measures to prevent such issues. - Metro Content

discuss all-natural tick repellents for dogs with a vet, these methods are generally considered safe. • Turmeric oil: A 2018 study published in Ticks and Tick Borne Diseases indicated turmeric oil was effective in keeping ticks from hanging onto a dog’s coat. The percentage of dogs with ticks attached to the legs or belly who were sprayed with turmeric oil suspension was significantly lower than that of unsprayed dogs and dogs

sprayed with an orange oil suspension. • Geranium oil: Gardeners have long relied on geraniums as natural repellents against many pests. The plant has a woodsy, musky fragrance. A 2013 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found the oil has repellent activity against nymphs of the Lone Star tick. • Pyrethrins/Pyrethroids: These are a group of botanical insecticides that work by altering the nerve function in insects, resulting in death of the parasite. Compounds are extracted from chrysanthemum flowers. Low toxicity means they can be applied directly to a pet’s coat, according to the pet health resource PetMD. The pet guide Top Dog Tips suggests other natural oils like lavender, peppermint, citrus, rose, basil, cinnamon, and lemongrass can be effective tick repellents for dogs. Dilute these oils in water or a carrier-oil like olive oil before spraying on a pet. While many of these repellents are effective, nothing is 100 percent foolproof, so individuals should always check pets (and themselves) after being in tick territory. - Metro Content

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Safety first with DIY electrical work

Home improvement projects can help homeowners transform their homes. Such projects are costly, but many homeowners save money by doing some, if not all, of the work themselves. The Electrical Safety Foundation International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting electrical safety, recommends that homeowners leave electrical work to the professionals. Licensed electricians are well-trained, whereas homeowners may not be skilled enough to avoid accidents or injuries, which can prove fatal when working with electricity. Homeowners who take the do-it-yourself route with electrical work should consider these safety tips, courtesy of the ESFI, before beginning a home electrical project. • Learn your home electrical system. Home electrical systems may include power lines, electric meters, service panels, subpanels, wiring, and more. These systems are complex, and homeowners who intend to do some DIY electrical work should familiarize themselves with their home electrical systems prior to beginning any work. The ESFI notes that knowledge

of their home electrical systems can help homeowners more safely navigate them and make maintenance easier. • Honestly assess your skills. An honest assessment of skills is absolutely necessary prior to working on an electrical system. According to the National Safety Council, injuries relating to electrical incidents typically fall into one of four categories: electrical shock, electrocution, falls, and burns. Each of these injuries is significant. For example, electric shock, which occurs when electrical current passes over or through a person’s body, involves burns, abnormal heart rhythm and unconsciousness. Given the potential for serious injury, the ESFI urges homeowners to make an honest assessment of their skills before they begin working on their home’s electrical systems. Little or no experience working with electrical systems should be considered a significant hurdle to any DIY project. • Turn the power off. It’s essential that the power to the circuit that will be worked on be turned off prior to starting any work. This can be accomplished

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by switching off the circuit breaker in the main service panel. Similarly, when working on appliances or lamps, make sure the products are unplugged prior to working on them. • Do not touch plumbing or gas pipes when doing electrical work. The experts at the Indiana Electric Cooperative note that the risk for electrocution is significant when water comes in contact with electricity. It’s imperative that homeowners do not touch plumbing and gas pipes when performing a DIY electrical project. Professionals know how to work around such pipes while minimizing their risk for electric shock or worse, and homeowners must familiarize themselves with the techniques professionals rely on to stay safe if they intend to begin DIY electrical projects. Homeowners are best served by leaving electrical work to the professionals. However, those who insist on doing such work themselves should do their homework and get to know their systems and safety protocols prior to beginning a project. - Metro Content

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Bedford Place $325,000

3604 GOSFORD GATE. Traditional brick home on a quiet street in an established, centrally located neighborhood. Guests are greeted by mature landscape and invited into a stunning turn-key home with hardwoods throughout the first floor. Grand two-story entry opens to formal dining room and formal living room or home office. Beautiful kitchen with granite countertops, tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, electric range, built-in microwave, pantry and eat-in breakfast nook opens to living room. Airy living room features gas fire place lined with gorgeous trim and large windows. Second floor owner’s suite boasts vaulted ceilings, gas fireplace, ensuite-bathroom with double vanity, large jetted tub, walk-in shower and sizable walk-in closet. Bonus room with large walk-in closet, built-in desk and en-suite bathroom can also be used as a bedroom or home office. Two additional bedrooms with walk-in closets and hall laundry finish off the second floor. Entertain your friends this summer on an oversized patio and deck overlooking the fully fenced in yard, a brick fireplace with chimney and a storage shed. Rear entry, attached double car garage provides entry into the kitchen. New hardwoods downstairs 2019. New Roof 2019. New HVAC upstairs 2020 South Greenville Elementary, EB Aycock Middle School, JH Rose High School. Your hostess will be Mary Margaret Alligood. #100275271

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Hookerton $185,000

48 ORMONDSVILLE ROAD. SELLER WILL REVIEW ALL OFFERS ON FRIDAY APRIL 30TH AT 10:00 AM. In all my years of real estate, I don’t think I have ever seen a house as adorable as this one. From the time you enter the bright and cheery sunroom into the open kitchen, dining and great room you feel at home. The main house offers updates in roof, HVAC, kitchen, baths, flooring, paint and fixtures. Two bedrooms and one full bath adore one side of the house while you have another full bath, laundry room and flex space. Multiple purposes for this space. Once you adventure outside to the ‘’shop’’ you will be greeted with a bonus room entertaining space. This room features seating area, walk in storage and half bath. This space was previously used as an at home beauty salon. There is ample room to add a shower to make another full bath. Adjoining this bonus/recreation room is a workshop and garage. All of this located on half an acre lot. Did we mention the beautiful landscaping, patio and two vehicle carport? Please call Connie M. Corey. #100268553

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Locksley Woods $125,000

2233-F LOCKSLEY WOODS DRIVE. Darling second story condo in centrally located Locksley Woods won’t last long. The open concept floor plan is wonderful for entertaining. Living room features vaulted ceilings and fireplace. Large kitchen with oversized bar, plenty of counter and cabinet space and eat in dining room. Spacious sunroom overlooks wooded area. Huge walk in laundry room and pantry. Spacious owners suite features vaulted ceilings, double vanity, walk-in shower, jetted tub, built in shelving and walk in closet. The split floorpan features an additional bedroom and bath. Eastern Elementary, CM Eppes Middle, JH Rose High School. Please call Sarah Weir. #100275340

South Hall $550,000

3903 KIPLING COURT. Beautiful home in South Hall! 4 bedrooms/3 full baths. First floor living spaces include a den, the formal dining room, and the expansive kitchen that includes stainless steel appliances, a wet bar, built in desk, and breakfast nook. The kitchen leads into the spacious great room featuring a fireplace. Off of the great room is an amazing sunroom, which is the perfect place to relax. The sunroom overlooks the manicured lawn and awesome deck. Spacious office with beautiful built in bookcases and cabinets and full bath on first floor could also be used as a first floor bedroom suite if needed. The grand suite features a walk-in closet, walk-in shower, and double vanity sinks. 2 additional bedrooms on the second floor plus a media room. This home includes an abundance of storage spaces. This gorgeous home in the popular South Hall subdivision is a must see! Please call Jessica Snyder. #100274694

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Valley Landing $159,900

2399 WATER VIEW ROAD. If you want to build your dream home and be just feet from the Tar River, now is your chance. 1.61 acres in desirable Valley Landing is currently available. Please call Patrick Robertson. #100217014

Stokes $12,900

2214 OAKLEY ROAD. Beautiful, private, wooded lot perfect for custom single family home. Minimum 1150 sq. ft. home. Septic permit voided since it was not utilized. Please call Sarah Weir. #100217222

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Brook Valley $480,000

Eaglebrook $425,000 4175 DALE DRIVE. Beautiful custom built brick 1 1/2 story home is located on a .50 acre lot in the popular Eaglebrook subdivision which is adjacent to the Farmville Country Club. Home was built in 1995 & 2nd floor completed in 2002 with 3,768 square feet which includes 3 bedrooms, & two full baths and two 1/2 baths on first floor including the master suite. One bedroom could be used for an office or library. The open floor plan features a large, updated kitchen, formal dining room, family room with masonry fireplace and gas logs, and laundry room. The 2nd floor features a wonderful, large recreation room with wet bar, bedroom, craft room, & full bath. You will love the screened porch which exits to covered brick porch overlooking brick patio and back yard. Please call Debbie Allen. #100271811

Farmville $60,000

Holly Ridge $575,000

2843 DRAKE MALLARD DRIVE. Incredible property in Holly Ridge Estates! This home has an amazing panoramic view of the Tar River. Enjoy the views of the water from multiple rooms of the home. High water front property featuring mature trees and privacy. Brick paver pathway winds to the river. The dock includes a boat lift for easy water access. Cruise to ‘’Little Washington’’ to meet friends for dinner, or drift down river to relax after a busy day! The well maintained home boasts an open floor plan with walls of windows that overlook the beautiful backyard and river. Hardwood flooring throughout both floors. 4 bedrooms/4 full baths. The spacious grand bedroom suite is located on the first floor. Areas for a home office/home school are located on both the first and second floors. Second floor HVAC system replaced in 2020, first floor replaced in 2018. Double hung windows replaced 2020. Roof replaced in 2012. Ample storage and spacious heated and cooled storage area plus third floor walk up at attic storage. Please call Jessica Snyder. #100271401

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Country $799,500

4666 KINGS CROSSROADS ROAD. Phenomenal farmhouse in a peaceful country setting. This home originally was an early 1900s farmhouse that has been completely renovated top to bottom, inside and out and added onto to make it a truly remarkable and boastful home. Elaborate architecture, trim work and moldings throughout with all the bells and whistles. Smart home technologies. Lots of built-ins, coffered ceilings and attention to detail. Gorgeous 2-story living room, gourmet kitchen and extravagant master suite. 4 bedrooms plus a magnificent bonus room! Screened-in back porch overlooking a beautiful countryside. This home sits on 1.76 acres, but additional acreage can be purchased. Absolutely stunning - a must see! Please call Kevin O’Sullivan. #100222035

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0 STANTONSBURG ROAD. Build your dream home on this five acre parcel. No mobile homes. Please call Connie M. Corey. #100273754

Tyson Farms $215,000 2913 NOAH COURT. Wonderful 3 bedroom, two full bath plan all on one floor. Home offers vaulted ceilings in the family room with corner fireplace. New carpet in family room and all bedrooms. Master bedroom has recessed trey ceiling and walk in closet. Master bath offers double vanities, walk in shower and separate tub. Kitchen has all stainless appliances, and two breakfast areas. Spacious laundry room off kitchen, double garage and rear patio complete this home. This home also offers neighborhood pool which falls under the HOA fees. Convenient to Vidant Medical Center. Please call Brad or Renee Carter. #100274822

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1504 BLOOMSBURY ROAD. Large corner lot in popular Brook Valley subdivision. Versatile Joey Cherry built Frank Betz plan with 4 spacious bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms. Lots of room to spread out on 1st floor - Master bedroom, 2nd bedroom, sunroom, study, 2 family gathering rooms in addition to kitchen, eat in area and outdoor patio. 2 bedrooms, 2bathrooms plus a large bonus room are upstairs with lots of walk in storage spaces. This house was custom built with lots of thoughtful details to make spaces flow and useful for larger gatherings. Please call Carol Leong. #100266208

Snow Hill $230,000

214 SE FOURTH STREET. Charm, historic, character, modern are just a few words to describe this unique 19th Century home. Known as the Alonzo Edwards Home and is located in the historic district of Snow Hill. The stately entry with wide foyer welcomes you to the formal living room on the left and the massive owners suite on the right. Continue down to the greatroom, office, formal dining, chef’s kitchen and exit to the relaxing back porch. Your dining experience includes a 40’’ gas range, stainless appliances, granite counter tops and designer cabinetry. Owners suite features wooden floors, fireplace, original claw foot tub, U shape walk in closet, dressing area, step in oversized shower and exit to hot tub. Downstairs offers laundry room and two half baths. Upstairs also gives you room to roam with four bedrooms, full bath and reading/flex space. The landscaping surrounding this property allow for privacy and gardening opportunities. Two out buildings give to space for green house, garage or workshop. Fenced area also serves multiple purposes. Please call Connie M. Corey. #100274269

Rock Springs $799,000

3707 MOBLEYS BRIDGE ROAD. Autumn Lakes is a beautiful community which enjoys views of the lake, sidewalks around lake, gazebo and features custom built homes on large lots. 3707 Mobleys Bridge Road is located on the left past the entrance of Autumn Lakes. Build your own dream home in this very popular neighborhood. Please call Debbie Allen. #100234794

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Devonshire $175,000

479 CHANNEL DRIVE. Adorable single story, three bedroom home in Devonshire. Guests are greeted by a rocking chair front porch and lush landscaping. Entry opens to large living room boasting new carpet and fireplace with gorgeous trim. This splitplan house offers a sizable kitchen with new lvt flooring, pantry and sunny breakfast nook. Owner’s suite includes walk-in closet and en- suite bathroom with single vanity. Two additional bedrooms and a hall bath with vinyl flooring & shower- tub combo. Pull down attic provides extra storage space. Off of the living room, you will have access to a back deck perfect for entertaining or relaxing after a long day. Outdoor shed provides even more storage space. Please call Sarah Weir. #100274265

Autumn Lakes $48,500

753 PINEPOINT ROAD. Wonderful estate on Pinepoint Road situated on nearly 1.5 acres! The two story foyer welcomes you into the home. Home boasts offices on both first and second floors, bonus/exercise room, and an amazing custom theatre room with snack bar! Gourmet kitchen with large center work island, large breakfast nook, and stainless steel appliances. The grand great room features soaring ceilings, built ins, lighted niches, and wet bar. Grande suite includes an amazing walk in closet, additional closet, double vanity sinks, marble tile work, whirlpool bathtub, and large walk-in shower. Three car attached garage. A MUST see! Please call Jessica Snyder. #100260914

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Surrey Meadows $165,000

4402 MACON COURT. Darling home nestled on a quiet cul de sac lot in Surrey Meadows greets guests with a rocking chair front porch. This split floor plan boasts fresh paint, tons of natural light and soaring ceilings. Living room features hardwood floors and fireplace with gorgeous trim. Kitchen boasts tile flooring, breakfast nook, ample cabinet space and pantry. Laundry room features upper cabinet storage space and access to sizable back deck. Owner’s suite offers large walk-in closet and en-suite bathroom with double vanity and shower-tub combo. The split floor plan features two additional bedrooms and a full bath. Wintergreen Elementary, Hope Middle School, DH Conley High School Please call Sarah Weir. #100274272

Greenville $488,500

3560 DICKINSON AVENUE. Great location conveniently located close to the medical park and the university. 5.747 acres zoned R6 multi-family. Perfect location for young professionals and medical personnel. Located across from popular Brook Hollow Subdivision. Please call Amanda Garris. #100264317


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How ergonomic tools can help gardeners

Gardening is a rewarding activity that has been found to provide a host of benefits beyond ensuring readily available access to fresh fruits, vegetables and awe-inspiring blooms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says many gardening tasks qualify as light to moderate exercise, which means raking the leaves and cutting the grass can be just as beneficial as cardiovascular activities like brisk walking or jogging. In addition, a 2017 study published in the journal Preventive Medicine Reports found that gardening can help aging men and women offset age-related weight gain. And the health benefits of gardening go beyond the physical. In 2014, a systematic review of randomized controlled trials published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine concluded that horticultural therapy may be an effective treatment for people with dementia.

Gardeners have a host of tools at their disposal to help turn their lawns and gardens into awe-inspiring landscapes. Among those options are ergonomic tools. Ergonomic tools can benefit gardeners of all ages, but they may prove especially valuable for aging men and women.

How ergonomic tools differ from traditional gardening tools Ergonomic gardening tools are designed to ensure that using them has as little effect on the body as possible. Ergonomic tools align with how a person naturally moves his or her body, which can reduce the likelihood that gardeners will suffer any strains or sprains while gardening or experience any aches and pains after a day spent tending to their landscapes.

ter for Excellence in Disabilities notes that gardeners will know they have chosen the right ergonomic gardening tool for the job when they do not have to adapt the tool. Ergonomic tools should match gardeners’ heights, fit their grip and feel comfortable when in use.

Specific benefits of ergonomic tools Ergonomic gardening tools are designed in a way that can reduce stress on the body while performing various tasks. Gardeners know that aches and pains can add up after a day spent kneeling in the garden, raking soil and carrying supplies from a shed or garage around the property. But the WVUCED notes that ergonomic tools do more than just reduce gardeners’ risk of injury. • Ergonomic tools increase effiChoosing the right tools ciency. Wasted motions are less The West Virginia University Cen- likely when using ergonomic tools.

That can improve efficiency in the garden, allowing gardeners to get more done in the same amount of time. And because ergonomic tools are designed to work with the body, gardeners likely won’t need to take breaks due to aches and pains, which also makes it easier to be more efficient when working in the garden. • Ergonomic tools increase gardeners’ capabilities. The WVUCED notes that principles behind er-

gonomics keep gardeners using the tools in natural positions. That means gardeners won’t lose power to bending and twisting, enabling them to do more in the garden than they might be able to do when using non-ergonomic tools. Gardening is a rewarding and beneficial activity. The right ergonomic tools for the job can enhance those benefits and make gardening even more enjoyable. - Metro Content

How to respond to pesticide poisoning

Tending to a lawn and garden can be a great way to spend time in the great outdoors. It’s also an enjoyable way to improve a home’s curb appeal. Though many homeowners prefer a wholly organic approach to lawn care and gardening, sometimes pests and other problems force people to apply pesticides around their properties. The application of pesticides can make homeowners, and anyone who spends time on their properties, including children, vulnerable to pesticide poisoning. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, people exposed to pesticides may exhibit a host of symptoms. External irritants that come into contact with the skin can cause redness, itching or pimples, and such substances also may contribute to allergic reactions marked by redness, swelling or blistering. Stinging and swelling in the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, mouth, and throat also may occur after being exposed to pesticides. Pesticides also can cause internal injuries to a person’s organs, potentially leading to significant issues. The EPA notes that the lungs, stomach and nervous system all can be affected when pesticides are swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin. People experiencing lung injuries after exposure to pesticides may experience shortness of breath, heavy salivation (drooling) or rapid breathing. Injuries to the stomach may lead to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, or diarrhea. If the nervous system is affected by pesticide exposure, people may experience excessive fatigue, sleepiness, headache, muscle twitching, and numbness.

If pesticide poisoning is suspected, it’s imperative that someone, be it the person who was poisoned, the parent of a child who may have been exposed or a medical professional treating the affected person, identify the type of poisoning that has occurred. That’s because the EPA notes that the appropriate treatment will depend on the kind of poisoning that has occurred. • Chemical burn on skin: If treating a chemical burn on the skin, the EPA advises drenching the skin with water for at least 15 minutes. All contaminated clothing should be removed and then skin and hair should be thoroughly cleaned with soap and water. • Inhaled poison: The response to an inhaled poison will depend on where the person is at the time of exposure. If outside, move the person away from any area recently

treated with pesticide. If inside, move the person to fresh air immediately (doors and windows should ultimately be opened to reduce the risk of others being exposed). Contact the local fire department if you think you need a respirator prior to helping the victim. If the victim is wearing tight clothing, loosen that clothing. Give artificial respiration to a victim whose skin is blue or if the victim has stopped breathing. • Substance in the eye: If a poison has entered the eye, wash the eye quickly and gently with cool running water for 15 minutes or more. Use only water and do not use eye drops, chemicals or drugs. It’s imperative that people act quickly if a substance has gotten into the eye, as membranes in the eyes act faster than in any other external part of the body, and eye damage can occur within minutes of exposure. • Substance on the skin: Drench the skin with water for at least 15 minutes and then wash skin and hair thoroughly. Discard contaminated clothing or thoroughly wash it separate from other laundry. • Swallowed pesticide: If a pesticide has been swallowed and the victim is still conscious, he or she should drink a small amount of water to dilute the pesticide. Only induce vomiting on the advice of a poison control center or physician. Pesticide exposure can be very dangerous. It’s imperative that people who plan to apply pesticides in their lawns and gardens learn how to respond if they or someone on their property is exposed to pesticides. - Metro Content


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Every Saturday, this SPOTLIGHT ON REAL ESTATE will showcase area homes for sale in and around Pitt County.

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Spotlight on Real Estate, Friday, June 11, 2021

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18 Months 5.9% APR Same as Cash Introductory Rate

Your safety is our #1 priority. We take the coronavirus very seriously. Our staff will always sanitize their hands & samples before entering your home. At your request we will wear a 3ply/N95/N99 rated mask during your estimate. If you are sick, please call us ahead of time so we may reschedule

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M Color Match To Your Desire and Taste M No Money Down! 5.9% Finanicng! All permits Included M Custom Poured Broom-Finished 4000 PSI Concrete Floor

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Beautiful Custom Built Decks • • • •

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Ask about our beautiful composite upgrade with a 25 year warranty! We also offer Handicap Ramps! We Build Covered Porches Too!

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130 MPH Wind Rated! Never Get Ugly Black Streaks Again! New Flashing, Drip Edge, Lifetime Vent Boots & Ice and Water Shield New Custom Synthetic Underlayment Bad Wood Replacement* Complete Clean-Up and Debris Removal Six + Nails per Tab (Arch Shingles)

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Serving North Carolina and Beyond

*All financing & SAC options based on approved qualified credit. 5.9% financing only on select products/ services, rate is good for 12 months with a 1% payment factor on revolving account. After 12 months, rate increases to 13.99% with a 1.5% payment factor; Examples given in ad: 12x20 total cash price $8374 installed on level ground, 20x26 total cash price $12,822 installed on level ground, 30x30 total cash price $21,727 installed on level ground, 34x36 total cash price $25,891 installed on level ground. All roofing removing one layer, up to 1400 sq ft, Lifetime Shingle Roofing $8425, 25 Year Shingle Roofing $5496, Metal Roofing $9973. Ridgevent, Vent Boots, & Rake Extra, some roofs may be higher or may not qualify; Windows: Pre 1978 houses subject to lead test per E.P.A., 10 Window Special is vinyl, dual pane, tilt-in, installed at $4988, some homes/double-wides may be higher.; Siding: $4918 includes 1200 Sq ft of wall siding, white j-channel, and basic installation, most surfaces should qualify; Decks: 12x12 ground level deck - $6985, some homes may be higher. Fencing: 100 lf of: 4’ Chain-Link $3530 installed in most cases, Wood Privacy $5250 in most cases, Gates are extra; Single Color Decorative concrete patio 140 minimum sq ft $4921 in most cases; Concrete Driveways poured & finished, Up to 401 sq ft $5953 in most cases; No-Leaf Gutters: $2870 includes up to 200 lf of custom gutters with No-Leaf protection installed. Gifts up to $800 retail value max, available on initial visit only as first call incentive. Minimum & Qualified purchase required. Limited time offer, may be withdrawn at any time. We love our customers! Especially the nice ones:-)

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GDR Spotlight on Real Estate / June 11, 2021  

Spotlight on Real Estate is a The Daily Reflector publication. Published each Friday as a weekly real estate guide. Find open houses, Real e...

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Spotlight on Real Estate is a The Daily Reflector publication. Published each Friday as a weekly real estate guide. Find open houses, Real e...

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