Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Rodent Control

From the City of Dearborn website:

Rodents are a fact of life but we can reduce their numbers by working together. Dearborn is one of the only cities in Michigan with its own extensive rodent control program to combat rat populations. The success of our program is dependent upon your cooperation. You can help keep rodents away from your home by depriving them of shelter and food. Follow these simple guidelines:

Keep your entire premises clean. Seal garbage in tightly covered metal or heavy rubberized containers; don't use containers like bags or boxes. All garbage should be bagged before it is placed in the sealed containers. Drain and wrap food waste before putting it into can. Keep cans at least 18 inches off the ground and keep can area clean.

Store foodstuffs in rat-proof rooms and containers. Don't store food in the garage or outside. Clean up any spilled food immediately. Don't leave out uneaten pet food. Clean dog droppings up daily. Don't put bird seed on the ground; rodents will get it first. If you use a bird feeder, the area under and around it must be kept free of seeds and hulls.

Seal cracks or breaks in your foundation and repair holes in floor around pipes, screen doors, windows, vents and other openings into your home to prevent rodents from entering. Outside steps should be made out of concrete/masonry. Keep the space beneath wooden steps clean.

Keep all material stored in the basement, garage or outside at least 18" off the floor. Set furniture and appliances flush with the wall or far enough away so that the space between them and the wall can be easily cleaned. Keep all areas clean

The Facts About Rats
  • Rats are excellent swimmers, and can swim up to a half-mile in open water or travel through sewer lines against substantial currents, and can tread water for up to three days.
  • Rats can climb effectively, jump up to three feet in the air from a standing position or drop from heights of up to 50 feet without injury.
  • Rats can gnaw through a variety of materials, including lead sheeting, cinderblock, aluminum siding, glass and improperly cured concrete.
  • Rats can squeeze through very small openings: as small as a ½ inch!
  • Weather determines the activity of rodents. Mild weather means more breeding. A Norway rat can produce up to seven litters per year with up to twelve young per litter.
  • Dry weather will cause storm drains and creeks to dry out, driving rodents to seek water in swimming pools, birdbaths and outdoor pet water bowls.
  • Rats almost always leave signs that can lead to their discovery. The top signs to look for are:
    • droppings or feces
    • tracks
    • chewing marks or gnaw marks around the bottom of doors, windows, in walls, floors, along wooden fences, boxes, crates and food packaging
    • burrows
    • Marks of pathways
    • grease marks or rub marks
    • urine stains (which can be discovered with a blacklight)
    • live or dead rodents
    • rodent sounds
    • rodent odors

SWNA June Meeting


May SWNA Meeting
Wednesday  June 21th @ 7:00pm
Ten Eyck Administration Building
18700 Audette St, Dearborn, MI 48124

SWNA Street Sale

7th Annual 
Snow Woods Neighborhood Street Sale 

August 11-13, 2017
9:00 am — 5:00 pm

(August 13th is rainy day & fire sale day)
It’s that time of year again — Garage Sale Season!

Now is your chance to become a part of the 7th Annual Snow Woods Neighborhood Street Sale!
This is not your average garage sale! This event includes maps and directions to each house so potential buyers can easily find you. The Snow Woods Neighborhood Association (SWNA) will advertise for you via online, cable, and newspaper and provide help along the way!  If you can only sell on one of the days, that’s okay, but you still want to get your location on the map!

New This Year: Map available online through SWNA website and smartphone app

Early Bird Registration: $5 per house  (Does not include city permit)
Secures your location on the map and ends August 6, 2017. After August 6, 2017, $10 per house.

Each house must get a city permit 
to hold your garage sale! Just $5
http://www.cityofdearborn.org/services/clerk/obtain-a-garage-sale-permit

Register online below.
To pay, contact Beth Michel at (313) 515-5953

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May SWNA Meeting



May SWNA Meeting
Wednesday  May 17th @ 7:00pm
Ten Eyck Administration Building
18700 Audette St, Dearborn, MI 48124

Tree Trimming, Removal and Planting

There are approximately 35,000 curbside trees in Dearborn. These trees are trimmed on a five-year cycle to remove deadwood and for overhead clearance. Neighborhoods are notified prior to trimming. When the City determines a tree must be removed, there is no charge to the homeowner.

Residents and contractors are prohibited from trimming and removing City trees. All tree planting on City easements must be performed or approved by the City.

Find out more about about how to get a City tree trimmed or removed on the City of Dearborn website.
You can also order a tree to be placed on your easement.

http://cityofdearborn.org/services/public-works/tree-trimming-removal-and-planting

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Little Free Library

Little Free Library in Snow Woods

A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share.


As of November 2016, there are over 50,000 registered Little Free Library book exchanges in all 50 U.S. states and over 70 countries around the world. And we're lucky enough to have one right in our neighborhood!!
 
Little Free Library
1866 Linden St.


Anyone may contribute or take books. The more the merrier! If you take a book (or two) from a Library, you do not need to return that exact book. However, in order to keep the Little Library full of good choices for the whole neighborhood, the next time you swing by the Library bring a few books to share. Little Library book exchanges function on the honor system; everyone contributes to ensure there are always quality books inside. This way, we all win!

If you want to give a few books, simply put them in a Little Free Library book exchange

Find out more about Little Free Library on the official website
https://littlefreelibrary.org/