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Posts published in October 2018

Home Based Pest Control: A Budget Based Guide

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There are many methods used for pest control. One of the easiest methods of pest control is to use prevention. Put into practice some prevention methods as a starting point for your pest control plan.  Remove standing water found inside and outside of the home. Standing water attracts mosquitoes and other insects. Don’t allow water to accumulate anywhere inside or outside of a home.

Regularly clean the home to remove oil and sticky food residue from surfaces which attract insects and mice.  Remove clutter, paper, materials where pests (rodents or insects) like to breed or hide.  Put food in sealed glass or plastic containers to prevent ants and cockroaches from accessing food.Use plastic storage bags to prevent bugs from getting to the food. Clean sticky substances off of shelves, floors, and countertops which attract ants, flies, and other insects. Use window screens to keep bugs out of the house.

There are a variety of pest control methods that can be used to repel and kill pests. Research on various methods to find the one best suited for your situation. Don’t use outdoor pest control chemicals inside of a home. Outdoor chemicals cannot be used indoors because they are not safe around humans, pets, food preparation, and food storage. Use pest control methods and products that are safe for indoor use and use outdoor pest control chemicals outside of the home. Be safe and never transfer chemicals from one bottle to another. Don’t transfer an outdoor pest control chemical to an indoor pest control chemical bottle. For safe use, follow product directions. Wear protective clothing, eyewear, gloves, and a mask. Avoid harmful fumes.  Always store chemicals in their original containers and keep them out of the reach of children and pets.  Never reuse chemical bottles for other purposes. When the product is gone, properly dispose of the bottle.  Keep chemicals away from open flame and store them according to the temperature guidelines on the bottle.

If a pest control service is hired, check their methods used to dispose of pests. Do they use natural, organic, or chemical products? Ask where the product will be applied. Make sure it is safe around food, dishes, people, and pets. Inquire about what steps must be taken before and after the pest control product is applied for both indoor and outdoor application. Ask about the name of the chemicals to be used by the company. Material safety data sheets and chemical product information should be provided by the pest control service. Do not have the pest control company apply the product until you are sure it is safe for use in your home or yard. If you do not like the method to be used, find another company that does not use harmful chemicals and application methods.  Check for references and certifications before hiring a service.

For DIY pest control methods, always use proper safety precautions when using chemical products. Only use chemical products approved for indoor use. Better yet, use organic or natural pest control methods safe for use around humans and pets.

 

Upkeep and Maintenance of Brick Homes

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Within the past 75 years, most brick homes built in the USA are stick built (wood) homes with brick veneer.
They are built for economic reasons because they cost less than solid brick. People like brick homes because
of the sturdy structure, aesthetic appeal, low maintenance, return on investment, and good resale value.
The longevity of a brick veneer home depends upon the quality of construction, weather, and timely
maintenance. If you want your brick veneer home to last a long time, it requires maintenance and upkeep. If
there is severe damage to the brick veneer, hire an experienced masonry professional to perform tuck pointing
repair. Skilled DIY homeowners can tackle some of the minor maintenance and upkeep on a brick home.

Occasional cleaning, tuck pointing, joint repair, and water damage spot checks are part of brick maintenance.
Annual maintenance tasks include removing loose dirt with a brush or vacuum. Or, remove dirt by spraying with
water from a garden hose or a spray bottle. Check for moss and mold or mildew growth in areas that receive
very little to no sunlight. Remove vegetation close to the structure that causes moisture and blocks sunlight.

Several cleaning methods and solutions can be used to remove mold from brick. Some involve chemicals which
are harmful to people and the brick veneer. To remove mold and mildew, first, spray the brick with water. Next,
use a solution of one cup of bleach to a gallon of water and a nylon scrub brush to remove mold from problem
areas. Try using a solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. If you choose to use vinegar, neutralize the
acid with an alkaline solution such as diluted ammonia. Exercise extreme caution because ammonia fumes are
harsh and dangerous. As previously mentioned, using harsh cleaning chemicals like boric acid or muriatic acid
can be dangerous. Using chemicals is best left to trained professionals to perform the cleaning task.

Another less harmful cleaning method includes using baking soda and dish detergent. Mix a thin paste by using
3 tablespoons of dish soap to ½ cup baking soda. For best results, use a sponge. Or, use a nylon or natural
bristle brush. Scrub off the mold and rinse. Use protective eyewear and gloves. Never use a wire brush to clean
brick. Wire brushes will leave traces of metal which cause rust. Eventually, the rust causes discoloration of the
brick veneer. Check for water damage and repair the damaged mortar.

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Perform tuck pointing, aka re-pointing, in areas that have severe water damage where the mortar is cracked or
missing. If possible, the mortar used to repair the damage should match the original color of the mortar. If you
choose to use a power washer, proceed with caution. Incorrectly used, power washing can damage brick
mortar. Avoid using harsh chemicals on the brick because it damages the brick as well as surrounding wood
and glass. For chemical cleaning, hire a professional to perform the brick cleaning and repair tasks.

Top 5 benefits of getting home services

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Home care services are a great help to the people living in the 21st century where one hardly has time to look after themselves. In such a condition managing work life, social life, personal life, and home might be a very challenging and difficult task. Keeping in view the situation, home care services are available worldwide for the ease and comfort of the people. These companies offer different services like taking care of the elderly, helping ill persons, babysitting, doing home chores, personal care, looking after your pets, cooking, and homemaking. Here are the top 5 benefits of getting home services:

1. Household Chores:

Today a lot of people especially youngsters do not have enough time to perform their daily household activities like cleaning the house, doing laundry, cooking, vacuuming, etc. So, these services enable them not to worry about any of these at all. They provide such people with professional and skilled workers who can do all of these tasks maintaining a friendly and secure environment. So that people can save their time and be able to relax.

2. Maintaining a Healthy Diet:

Home services can help the young and older people with their nutrition and diet. They can cook different kinds of healthy meals for such people to ensure that they are getting proper vitamins, carbs, fats, fibers, and proteins. So that they can have taste and health at the same time.

3. Personal Care:

Home services offer facilities regarding personal care. If a person finds it difficult to manage his life and work, then they can easily hire a personal assistant. These assistants will help them in managing their routine and live a punctual and scheduled life for better peace of mind. Moreover, you can have someone who can do different little tasks for you like preparing your meals, ironing your clothes, maintaining your work items, etc.

4. Taking care of the elderly:

If a person has someone elderly in their house and no one is available to look after them 24/7 then there is no need to worry about it. Companies offering home service also offer facilities to take care of elderly people, ill persons and disabled people who can not look after them properly. These professionals are very skilled and can help the elderly, ill and disabled people with taking their medicines on time, eating healthy and nutritious, be able to relax and even with bathing, dressing and personal grooming.

5. Affordable Prices:

These home services are cheaper than one might think. They offer you quality and skilled professionalism so that you can live your life with an absolute peace of mind and have time to enjoy yourself.

Conclusion:

Home care services are being offered by millions of companies worldwide. They have very highly skilled nursing and caretaker staff available who can do almost every kind of task assigned to them, even they can also look after your pets so that they never feel alone in your absence, at very low rates. You can either pay them on daily basis or have a package that can last months.