The makers of Gorilla Glue have come out with a clear tape that stands up to tough repairs.

Gorilla Clear Repair can be used to fix most surfaces, such as cracked smart phone screens, broken headlights and torn tents. It's weatherproof, water-resistant and easy to tear, and it sticks to smooth, rough or uneven surfaces.

The tape's adhesive isn't Gorilla Glue, but rather a polyurethane adhesive formulated for use on tape. It creates a permanent bond over time and can be difficult to remove, so it's not the right choice for a stopgap fix.

Gorilla Clear Repair comes in a 27-foot roll and has a suggested retail price of $6.99. It's widely available at retailers including hardware and auto parts stores, home improvement centers and mass merchandisers.



ON THE SHELF: BOOK PROFILES BEATRIX POTTER AS A GARDENER

Beatrix Potter gave her readers glimpses of her gardens in the charming illustrations that accompanied her children's books about Peter Rabbit, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Squirrel Nutkin and the like.

Now Marta McDowell rounds out the picture with her new book, "Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children's Tales."

McDowell, a garden consultant and writer with an affinity for Potter's work, introduces readers to the popular children's author and the forces that shaped her love of gardening, art and storytelling. McDowell leads her readers on a virtual tour of the gardens that were important in Potter's life and provides season-by-season descriptions of the flowered landscapes the author created at Hill Top Farm and Castle Cottage. One section of the book lists the plants Potter grew in her gardens and those she included in her books.

Historical and contemporary photos accompany the text, along with some of Potter's whimsical illustrations.

"Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life" is published by Timber Press and sells for $24.95 in hardcover.



Q&A: GETTING RID OF YELLOW JACKETS

Q: Bees are going in and out of a minute crevice above my kitchen window. I've been spraying them, but they keep coming back. I'd like to caulk up the hole, but should I do it now or wait for winter?

A: Those insects are probably yellow jacket wasps that are nesting in your wall. What's important isn't so much the timing, but that you kill them before caulking the opening, said Sherrie Williams of A-Best Termite and Pest Control in Akron, Ohio.

You can identify yellow jackets by their constant activity in and out of the hole. "It's like a little airport," she said.

Williams recommended using a dust to kill them. Her company sells a dust in a vinyl squeeze can with a long straw that can easily be directed into the crevice.

Had you not already sprayed the spot, you could expect the dust to work in about 72 hours. However, Williams said aerosol sprays have an odor the yellow jackets don't like, causing them to disperse. Since the insects are no longer concentrated in the nest, you may have to use repeated applications of the dust to get rid of them all.

Don't caulk the opening until all activity around it has ceased, indicating all the wasps are dead, she cautioned. If you seal them in alive, they'll seek any way out of the wall cavity they can find, which most likely will be into your house.



Have a question about home maintenance, decorating or gardening? Akron Beacon Journal home writer Mary Beth Breckenridge will find answers for the queries that are chosen to appear in the paper. To submit a question, call her at 330-996-3756, or send email to mbrecken@thebeaconjournal.com. Be sure to include your full name, your town and your phone number or email address.



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