This time of year many in Boulder Creek are dealing with pesky little ants. Ever wondered where they come from and how to beat em? Doug Conrad from Boulder Creek Hardware has written a really informative article all about ants. The article is below. If you ever have any questions on building, terminating, cutting, painting etc… head over and ask Doug or Ann Marie at Boulder Creek Hardware.
Doug’s How To:
Whether they are in your pants or at your picnic, ants are amazing little creatures; well maybe not in your pants. Like bees, ants are social creatures with a social structure of workers and queens. I’ve always been amazed at these little guys and in researching for this article I came across even more interesting facts about ants than anyone in Boulder Creek would care to know. But I have to bore you with a few of them. It is estimated that there are over 22,000 species of ants and only 12,500 have been classified. Sometimes their colonies can number in the millions and they exist on almost every land mass on earth. That’s a lot of ants. They can range in size from a super tiny .03 of an inch to just over 2 inches long. Most are black or red but there are some that have a metallic luster. The life span of ants increases according to the hierarchy. Since the fertile males are at the lowest rung, they live only for a few weeks. Worker ants are a little higher up, so they live for 2 – 3 years. Queen ants live the longest, with a lifespan of almost 25 – 30 years!
Customers often come in thinking they have termites when actually they have ants. Yes, some ants have wings. These are usually the male drones but the queen will have wings for the early part of her life. You can tell the difference between an ant and a termite by the wings. A termite’s wings are both the same size, ants are different sizes. Termites have straight antennae and ants are bent. It’s hard to tell but the ant’s waist is slender and the termites are not as much. That’s the basic difference between these two, but do you know what you get if you cross ants with tics? All sorts of antics!
Around here we basically have two types of ants that most of us consider pests. Continue reading
From Winslow, the head brewer:
The bar is back open! We have completed our brewery floor renovation and we’re celebrating with extended happy hour, a fresh batch of Dragon’s Breath IPA, and a very special beer. “The Trapper” is our Brettanomyces conditioned pale ale inspired by our favorite Brett. finished Trappist ale. Herbal hop aromas are complimented by a delicate fruitiness from wild yeast, creating a subtle ale with an unsurpassed depth of flavor.
We don’t just have a ‘brewery’ in Boulder Creek… we have a KICK A$$ BREWERY and brewmaster.
From the brewer:
“Louisville Special” is our Kentucky Common, a long forgotten style that made up for almost 80% of beer sales in Kentucky before prohibition. Based on a Bourbon sour mash recipe, this Brown ale is brewed from corn, rye, and molasses, it was sour mashed for a hint of refreshing tartness. Come in and try a taste of beer history.
From our resident brewer, Winslow:
We have two new beers for the weekend, for a full 15 beer tap list.
“Red Ribbon Blonde”, our lightest ale, is inspired by the timeless Pilsners of Bohemia and the Czech Republic is made with the organic hops from the Hallertau , and the finest Pilsner malt from Germany. “Dr. Greenthumb” IPA is brewed with New Zealand Green Bullet and Pacific Northwest Zeus hops for an extra dank aroma of pine and tropical fruit. Come and get it while it’s fresh!
Up the Creek opened their doors in November of last year. They feature local-themed clothing, jewelry, birdhouses, postcards, and beading supplies.
The designs on the clothing are Heather and Marcus Bray’s own concept, they show the beauty and local pride of Boulder Creek. Their line of clothing is meant for locals and tourists alike. It is displayed along both walls of the store and is printed in Boulder Creek keeping with the Bray’s theme of being local. They currently have three designs with more coming soon. Their first design shows our beautiful skyline. The second design shows our creek forest life. The newest design is on their yoga pants, it’s two paddles and the words Boulder Creek California. (see logo above and images below) They also carry Pleasure Point clothing as well, one of their designs is of a female logger and her dog.
The jewelry in the store is made by Heather Bray and is sprinkled throughout the store. She works with glass blown art beads and pendants which are strung on wire or leather cord. There is also faceted stone rings and pendants, as well as Swarovski crystal jewelry. The jewelry is made right there in the store while their 6-month-old dog Bruce keeps her company.
If you want to make your own jewelry the two display cabinets in the middle of the store have jewelry supplies. The supplies include findings, Swarovski crystals, natural stones beads, as well as Pandora style glass beads, and other fun stuff.
To help bring the feeling of the outdoors into their store they also sell birdhouses by Gary Herbert. These birdhouses are all handmade and extremely beautiful, they come in a variety of sizes. The one below is actually a bird feeder and would look beautiful in any yard.
There are also postcards towards the back of the store. These postcards are of photographs taken throughout the Santa Cruz mountains by Heather and Marcus. Next time you need a small gift and want to show some of our local beauty these are perfect.
It is all about being local with a clothing line that the town can call their own, which is also printed in Boulder Creek. Jewelry made by Heather and postcards of Heather and Marcus photography, who have been Boulder Creek residents for 4 years and now proud business owners. The handmade birdhouses by long time Boulder Creek resident Gary Herbert, and jewelry supplies for the local crafter making it a fun and completely Boulder Creek shopping destination. So drop by and check it out, pick up some apparel to show your local pride, or just say high to Bruce who is trying his best to be a good puppy behind the counter. They are open Wednesday – Saturday from 10am till 6pm and Sundays from 11am till 5pm.
For more info or to see it yourself visit them at:
13124 Central Avenue (aka Highway 9), Boulder Creek, CA 95006
or call: (831) 419-6708