Good Day Alabama: Dec. 9, 2015 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama: Dec. 9, 2015

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Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

YEAR END SPENDING - Chris Hogan, Money and Retirement Expert with Ramsey Solutions and Author of "Retire Inspired," talked with mike about financial moves to make before the end of the year. He says you should take advantage of retirement options, make the most of your year-end giving, meet with your financial advisor, and set your 2016 goals. For more information, visit chrishogan360.com.

ZOO CREW -Mickey visited with Erin Miller from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the Dwarf Mongoose. For more information, visit birminghamzoo.com.

HOLIDAY SHIPPING ADVICE - When it comes to holiday gift giving, it may be the thought that counts, but you still need to make sure it gets there – safely and on time! Whether you're planning to give, or hoping to receive, sending packages during this time can be stressful. And not everyone is out to make the season merry! FedEx shipping expert Neil Gibson joined us live from the Memphis World Headquarters to share insider tips for maximum convenience and peace-of-mind this holiday season.  He shared ideas for helping to prevent package theft and tips to avoid missing package deliveries, or waiting on an important shipment. Not going to be home? Need to keep that special gift a secret until Christmas? He explained about simple steps consumers can take to tailor package deliveries to their schedules, and share new resources that will help consumers spend more time with friends and family, and less time worrying about shipping.

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from the Red Mountain Theatre Company's Cabaret Theatre to learn about the latest production - Holiday Spectacular! It's described as a little bit Hee-Haw, a little bit Saturday Night Live, and a lot of hometown holiday cheer. The performances include an evening featuring local stars and the RMTC Conservatory students in this year-end tradition, family-friendly variety show. Showtimes are Wednesday through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinees as 2 p.m. For tickets or more information call 205-324-2424 or visit redmountaintheatre.org.

GARDENING - Bethany O'Rear with the Alabama Cooperative Extension joined us with a bit of advice on dealing with the invasion of the ladybug. Holidays – lots of guests coming to our homes.  One that we are not crazy about is the Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. Multicolored Asian lady beetles, more commonly referred to as ladybugs, are generally thought to bring good luck, but it's not so lucky when these tiny spotted insects invade your home. When the temperature begins to drop, ladybugs want to find warmer ground to hibernate. They are notorious for congregating in hundreds or even thousands on the sides of buildings and indoors when given the opportunity during fall and winter months. The Asian lady beetle is a species native to Asia that was imported for use as a biological control agent for crop-destroying insects in the United States. Ladybugs can be great for the environment, they are also seen as pests for their infestation capabilities and for omitting a yellow defensive chemical that has an unpleasant odor when being handled or squashed. This yellow fluid can stain walls and fabrics, as well as cause mild skin-related allergic reactions in some people. The good news is that they are not poisonous or harmful to humans, just unpleasant to have around or inside the house. They won't damage homes, chew holes in walls or eat carpet or furniture. The greatest damage they cause is the discomfort they give to house residents. It is common for ladybugs to congregate by the thousands in attics, ceilings and wall voids and during warmer hours they may enter into house living areas. The best approach is to prevent an infestation before it occurs.  Seal possible entry points in the home is the best way to keep them outside. Before ladybugs start seeking overwintering sites in the late fall, homeowners should seal exterior cracks and crevices around doors and window frames, cable and pipe openings, soffits, fascia boards, etc.  Larger holes can be plugged with cement, urethane foam or copper mesh.  It's also a good idea to repair damaged window screens and install screening behind attic vents, which are common entry points for the beetles. If numerous ladybugs do find a way to get into your home, it's better to get them outside rather than killing them because of their beneficial importance to the environment. Use a vacuum to remove them.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, look your best for your holiday parties! We show you the latest fashions to keep you in style! We show you some great geek out gifts for the kids in your life! Jeh Jeh treats us to a holiday classic - The Nutcracker! We enjoy some holiday tunes! In Our House we check out some holiday safety hazards in your home! And we introduce you to our Pet of the Week! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day!

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