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  1. no. Leaf cutters are farmers, they want the leaves to grow fungus. The small ants are "sugar ants", they will eat almost anything but love sugary things. Go buy a small bottle of pancake syrup and some boric acid (hardware store). Pour the syrup into a glass container and warm it in the microwave. Add 1 tablespoon of boric acid to the syrup and mix well. Let cool and put back in the squeeze bottle. Put a drop or two wherever you see the ants and wait. The ants ingest it and take it back to the nest to feed the queen, who will die. Then the whole colony will die. Takes a few days, so be patient. Boric acid in small quantities is safe, in fact, it is used as a preservative in some foods so there is no real danger to pets. Windex works wonders to kill them on counters etc and is safe also. The trick with the Boric acid is to not use too much. The ants have to survive long enough to get back home or they will die on the way and the queen will not die.
  2. Just set up a mail forwarder out of the states. Sol & Luna, Handi Mail and iShop all provide that service for around $15 a month. They all will accept packages also. It is none of anyones business where you live. The government do not own you, you own the government. I tell the Mexicans where I live because I'm a guest in their country, but I no longer live in the US so it is not any of their business.
  3. Almost everything that is not a local land line phone to local land line phone call goes on the net somehow and is recorded by the NSA or some other intelligence operation. There is NOTHING, let me say that again, NOTHING that is 100% secure. However, the chances of someone going after you individually is so close to zero that it doesn't even register. Your big problem, my big problem and everyone elses big problem is the information that is stored in huge data banks somewhere with millions of other peoples information.You would be surprised just how many people have your information. 1. Governments 2. Banks 3. Insurance companies 4. Credit card companies 5. Retailers 6. Medical (doctors, hospitals, drugstores etc) I looked at it one day and came up with more than 20 data banks that have my information. You can buy "information packets" off the web for $.40-$.60 a packet so It doesn't make any sense to go after you individually. Thieves want millions of packets to sell so they go after the data bases. Don't worry about how you give it out, worry about who you give it to. Give as little as possible to as few places as possible and hope that they can protect it.
  4. That may be true but expats are having all kinds of problems with banks and investment houses because of FATCA on both sides of the border. Many banks worldwide will not even open a bank account for a US citizen anymore. They just don't want the reporting paperwork so the easiest thing is to just not have any American accounts. As far as any of my banks, investment brokers etc know, I live in a PO Box in Laredo. I just "vacation in Mexico" a lot. Been doing that for a decade.
  5. If you have a US based phone, the latest scam goes like this: Someone calls and says something then asks "can you hear me?" If you answer "Yes", they will continue the conversation and you can end up with a phone purchase because they splice together a tape and use the "Yes" to show you approved the purchase. Always something new to watch out for.....
  6. If you turn into the first entrance to Villa Nova ( go thru the last light in Ajijic, headed west, past the rattler topes, second street on the right) and turn down the lateral that runs down east along the highway, on the left near the end of the street is a new sign for "therapeutic massge". Not sure what kind, but I noticed the sign the other day.
  7. Trump made a change by Executive Order yesterday that will make a lot of difference. Before if you came from south of Mexico and got caught, they deported you to your home country. Not anymore. If you cross from Mexico and get caught, you will be "Mexican" and dumped back in Mexico. They will be "Mexicos problem". They're serious about this because they fired most of the top layer at the State Department and the head of border security, all Obama appointees. My guess is that within a few months, Mexico will have a lot of people from south of Mexico, camped out in the border areas with no place to go. Trump also wants to hire 5000 more border guards. The US can never stop 100% but they can do much better
  8. He called and said he was the owner of my rental home. I was busy and didn't have time to mess with him so I told him that it must be really long distance since he had died 2 weeks ago. Ain't if fun to be retired and have plenty of time to screw with con artists?
  9. Have your relatives buy a scanner, scan anything important and send it email. Anything that I have to send back, I FAX. I have a US Vonage phone number and for some reason, a FAX is generally accepted rather than an email attachment. Or, any of the mail services here will take mail to the US and get a US mail stamp when it is mailed. Windows has a FAX built in. I've lived in MX for a decade and none of the banks, brokerages etc know where I live. As far as anyone knows, I live in TX.
  10. The last time I got into it with TELMEX, the conversation went somewhere along the line of "If you can't get the speed up, get the price down" I was paying the top price at the time. 10 minutes later, I was home and the speed was back up
  11. I find you get what you pay for. I've had the same housekeeper for years and pay her better than any number mentioned here. She never misses a day, always does great work and is totally honest. Inflation is beginning to hit here so keep that in mind.
  12. I've been buying at El Torito for 9 years. You should have seen it 9 years ago. It's at least 500% better today than then. It's a small, privately owned store and chronically understaffed but the people are great and will do anything they can to help you.
  13. I can tell this story but I cannot tell who told this to protect the guilty The teller was paying a lot for CFE so he paid someone 300P to "adjust the meter". The next bill was huge so he went to CFE to complain. CFE came out and agreed that the meter was defective, pulled the meter and said they would be back with a good one. They did come back with a good one a WEEK LATER!!! I laughed so hard I almost wet my pants..............
  14. After reading through that conversation, I'm just more confused. I'll stick with email..........
  15. I guess opinions vary. I was talking to someone in Cleveland today and it was in the teens and she said she liked the winter. I like watching it snow. I can sit and watch it on TV all day long........... I was living in Albuquerque 10 years ago and it snowed 28" and no one seemed to notice. I looked at that and got on the web and found this place. If it ever snows 28" here, I'm outta here also
  16. jrm30655


    I buy them at El Toritos quite often
  17. jrm30655


    Thanks. That's what I think also. Been there before, good place
  18. You must be related to my relatives. They keep asking when I'm coming back.
  19. jrm30655


    Anyone know where this restaurant is? Somewhere west of Ajijic, mountain side is all I know. Good directions appreciated
  20. Unless things have changed, TIPS were based on passport numbers. You can renew a US passport at any time for no reason. A friend of mine drove out with a TIP and didn't get it removed. Then she bought a new car and tried coming back. Got stopped at the border, no TIP because she had one. I had her get a new passport (3 days and about $150) and then it went through easily. Don't know if this still applies but probably does
  21. I can hardly wait to spend the increase
  22. I live on about $1400US a month. Have a good apartment (furnished) with a big patio, have a car. Eat breakfast out every day, eat dinner out at least once a week (pay for 2 people). The trick here is buying. If you shop Mexican, you can save 30-50% off of "gringo" stores and get the same thing or better. I buy a few American products but you can find most things have a Mexican equivalent that's as good or better.
  23. go to the right top and click on the envelope find "inbox" and click on it. That should bring up your messages At each message under the header is a faint box. Click on that and it should pop up a "delete?" You can click on all of the messages and delete all at once
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