Friday, July 22, 2016

Tips For Keeping Your Home Free Of Bugs And Pests

No-one likes to share their home with bugs or pests. The reality is that if you spot one, there are likely to be many. Pests are not only unwelcome visitors; they are a potential health hazard to you and your family. They are unclean and spread disease. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to prevent them taking up residence in your home.

Getting rid of rats and other rodents can be unpleasant unless you enlist the help of an expert. So prevention is much better than dealing with their removal. If you spot signs of rodents, it is important to act quickly to prevent a larger infestation.

Keep your home, garage, and outbuildings free from clutter. The less clutter, the harder it is for them to hide. The same is true for the garden. Clear away any rubbish and debris. If you feed the birds, ensure you use secure canisters. This will avoid seed and other food from spilling onto the ground. Bird food and pet food can attract rodents.

Seal any holes that could be potential entry points. Rats and squirrels, etc. are good climbers, so don’t just check at ground level. Cut back any tree branches that are close to your house. They should be at least 10 feet away.

When putting out the garbage, ensure bin lids are closed securely. This will prevent rodents from feeling from your waste.

Clean your home thoroughly on a regular basis. Play close attention to the kitchen. Rats, mice, and other pests need to eat. Therefore, they may be attracted to spilled food, etc. Transfer food into glass or metal containers wherever possible. This will prevent unwanted guests from accessing it, and it will keep your kitchen tidy.

Bed Bugs
Bed bugs tend to enter your home on your clothes, luggage, or other items. So if you stay away from home in a hotel, etc., there are several precautions you can take to prevent them hitching a ride. As soon as you check in, put your luggage and belongings in the bathroom. Bedbugs are least likely to be found in there. You can then check for signs of bed bugs. Check in the bed and under that sheets. Bed bugs often congregate in the corner of mattresses. Check under the mattress and behind the headboard. You should also check for small bloodstains. Also, check the areas around the bed.

For the duration of your stay, avoid leaving items on the floor. This makes it easier for bugs to access clothing etc. Always keep bags on tables and surfaces. Zip suitcases and place them on luggage racks.

For extra protection, you can keep your suitcase in a zip-up bag. Some people use these for travel too.

Despite your best efforts, if you do find you have bed bugs in your own home, you should contact a local pest control company. They will remove the infestation.

There are several steps you can take to prevent all kinds of bugs and pests entering your home.

  • Look for potential entry points and block them
  • Take extra precautions when staying away from home and avoid bringing them back with you
  • Keep your home clean, tidy and free from clutter
  • Don’t leave food lying around
  • Place open food in jars and canisters

Prevention is always better than having to deal with an infestation. However, if this occurs, make sure you call the exterminators straight away.

Defective Mouse Trap

When it was only me and my husband living in this house, we never had a mouse running... They started appearing when our kids turned toddlers. It can't be avoided when they drop food or throw food in some hidden places. Anyway, there is a solution to that. Thanks GOD! 

Lately, my husband had mentioned about seeing a mouse wandering around the living room one late night as he was still up. He used a mouse trap, put peanut butter to enticed the mouse, morning came, he checked the trap, the peanut butter was gone! Damn, smart mouse we thought...

There was a spare mouse trap. He used that and got the mouse. A couple nights passed. He spotted a mouse again. He used the very first trap, same thing, it didn't go off. Didn't catch the mouse.

We concluded that it was a defective mouse trap, 2 chances lost. So, the defective mouse trap ended in the garbage.

Home Design Tips That Will Save You A Fortune Around The House

There is no doubt that it costs a lot of money to maintain your home. As a homeowner, you accept the fact that you have to pay thousands of dollars each month for the daily upkeep of your place. Obviously, you can afford the payments or else you wouldn’t reside at your residence. Still, like every other homeowner on the planet, you wouldn’t mind saving a few bucks. After all, a few dollars every month can go a far way in the long run. The question is: ‘can you save money, and if so, how? The answer is simple: with a few handy DIY tricks.

As it happens, there are a variety of home design tricks that can save you a fortune in home maintenance bills. All you need to do is figure out which ones apply to your home and get to work. To help you out, there is a list of design tips that are proven to save money below. Just take a look and see if there is any that are suitable.

Paint The Exterior
There is nothing better than a coat of paint when it comes to DIY. Paint is great for adding gloss and shine to property, and a tin only costs a few dollars. Well, now you can add money-saver to the list. It turns out that a few licks of paint will help you save money on your energy bills. How does it work? It works in two ways. The first way is that the right paint can reflect UV rays and the heat of the sun. As a result, the temperature of your property will drop without the need for an air conditioner. Or, if you want to add heat, you can paint it a dark, matte color. The dark, matte colors absorb the sun’s rays and increase the temperature. Either way, you can boost it or lower it without flicking a switch. The best way to manage it is to paint your home a reflective color in the summer and an absorbent one in the winter.

Fill Wall Cavities
Unfortunately, there are lots of houses that aren’t as effective as they should be when it comes to insulation. In fact, so many houses come together in a short space of time that the builders neglect a lot of important details. As a result, your home might have a lot of wall cavities. Wall cavities cost a homeowner a lot of money because they help dissipate the heat. So, all that energy you burn to get warm goes as the draft from outside mixes with the warm air and takes control. The key is to fill these cavities to stop the cold air from mixing with the warm air. To do that, you need to buy fiberglass insulation and get into the walls. Also, don’t forget about the attic and basement because they are culprits too. Any cavity that you can find needs filling if you don’t want to waste more money.

Chink The Wood
Most houses have log beams and paneling on the walls as wood is aesthetically pleasing. The only problem that you have with wood is the structural integrity. That doesn’t mean that your house is about to fall, but that it the wood doesn’t shield you from the outside. If the panels or beams have grooves, then you don’t have to worry about this problem. But, if they don’t, you will need to chink the wood. As the experts at Mountain Home Building Products say, the wind will blow through your home without the chinking. Follow the link to get info about Mountain Home Building Products. Think of chinking as a sealant that you put in between the beams to make your house tighter. With a sealant on the wood, you won’t waste as much money on pointless energy.

Insulate The Furnace
Furnaces or boilers are some of the most inefficient features of the home. A typical boiler can waste a large volume of energy in one day, which is very expensive. Obviously, you don’t want that to happen because you want to cut the cost of home living. Still, you need a furnace, so what are your options? You could replace the furnace with an energy-efficient model. The only thing with this method is that it is super expensive. It will save you money in the future, but it will take a while to see the savings. Another option is to perform a DIY trick that will prevent the boiler from emitting needless energy. To do it, you just need a roll of aluminum foil. If you wrap the foil around the furnace, the shiny surface will reflect the heat back. So, any energy that tries to escape goes straight back into the furnace.

Blinds Instead Of Curtains
Sometimes, saving money around the house is as easy as opening the blinds or curtains. Seriously, the heat from the sun is that strong, especially during the summer months. So many people turn on the furnace when they don’t need to and waste money. All you have to do is open the curtains and let the light flood into the room. The light contains UV rays, and these rays help boost the temperature. Blinds are a good option in this case as blinds allow you to control the amount of light. Curtains are big and bulky, and they catch the rays in their heavy fabric. As a result, they might reflect the heat or stop it from entering your home. If you open the window treatments early enough, you will feel the benefits by midday. At night, you want to do the opposite to keep the heat where it belongs. Otherwise, you will have to find another way to stay warm.

Keep The Windows Open
Would you rather keep cool? Don’t worry because that is just as easy as opening the blinds. Instead, you just have to open the windows. There is a fascination with air conditioners nowadays, yet the cost is extreme. An air conditioning unit can add an extra couple of hundred dollars a month onto your household bills. You don’t have to be a genius to work out that a couple of hundred dollars is a lot of money. Instead of turning on the air con, then, just jimmy open a window. On a breezy day, the draft will help you stay cool, and it won’t cost you a penny. Another DIY tip that you might want to consider is opting for single pane glass. Double-glazing is a firm favorite in most households for obvious reasons. But, it does add to the temperature as the extra pane prevents the flow of heat. A single pane of glass will allow the heat to flow more efficiently during the summer months. It is only a small change, but it might make all the difference.

Repair The Weather Stripping
The weather stripping is the material that you find on doors and windows. The point of the stripping is t prevent the flow of cold air into a room. In simple terms, it catches the cold and prevents drafts from occurring. For the most part, it is very effective. However, it does wear away after a while. If your doors and windows are old, they will probably need a new weather stripping material.  Fortunately, it is easy to do if you have a simple guide handy. The important thing to remember is to replace it every couple of years as doors and windows are a major source of heat loss. Caulking is also another effective tool that you can use if you have any at your disposal.

Fix The Door Threshold
Can you see the light at the bottom of your door? If you can, the threshold is coming loose. Just like the weather stripping, it is a preventive measure to help stop drafts. So, if it is loose, the energy wastage can get quite high and cost a lot of money. The simple answer is to fix the threshold, which will stop the draft from occurring. Any self-respecting DIYer will want to get on the case ASAP, but you shouldn’t rush. It is a tricky job to get right regardless of how easy it looks and sounds. If you get it wrong, you might compromise the integrity of the whole door.

Install A Fireplace
The best way to get energy is organically. Then, you don’t have to spend money cultivating the heat. You already know about opening the curtains and keeping the windows shut, so what are the other methods? One every effective method is to install a fireplace. When you burn wood in the fire, the heat can radiate through the whole house. Within a few minutes, you will be toasty warm. All you have to do is fix the chimney so that you don’t fill the house with smoke. Otherwise, you will need a fireplace and a gas mask!

As you can see, it is possible to save money with a handful of design tips. Implement these into your home and you will soon see the benefits.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Celebrating 9th Birthday to Adventure Aquarium New Jersey

So far, I am fixed towards my plans for our girl's upcoming 9th birthday on July 31st- I visited the Adventure Aquarium's website in New Jersey where prices were reasonable. The thing is, it is quite a long travel about 3 hours. None of us been there. I am looking forward that it will happen and nothing will hinder my plans as I am planning of going to Niagara Falls too in New York!

In 2011, my girl who was 4 years old got the chanced of visiting Niagara Falls, we stayed at my friend's house. This time, it's gonna be the four of us, solid family. I want my kids to get use in traveling distances. And, the place in New Jersey is really a great place for them to experience. My cousin who lived in New Jersey been to the said place and they enjoyed it together with their kiddos.
Crossing fingers that everything goes well and plan will stick as it is to be. Also, weather will cooperate. :)

Rescuing a Run-down House: Your First Tasks

It's not that unusual to find yourself with a run-down property on your hands. You might inherit a building from a relative that has been neglected. Perhaps you own a second property that you haven't paid attention to for too long. Or maybe, like many people, you decide to buy a house that needs some tender loving care. However the building came to be yours, there is often a lot of work to be done. Fixer-upper homes can take years and years to fix. They can be repaired relatively quickly if you can do it full-time. But if you only have the spare hours between work and other commitments, it often takes much longer. There are some vital tasks you need to do first. If you're not sure where to start, begin here.


Ensuring the Building is Structurally Sound

The first thing you have to do is make sure that the house is safe. You can't do anything with it if there's a risk of it falling around you. It would be dangerous for anyone to work on it, let alone live in it. If it has been neglected, there is every chance that the structure of the property has been damaged. You should get it surveyed to see what condition it is in. If there are any problems, they need to be addressed before you do anything else. In some case, it might be most sensible to tear it down and build something new.

Dealing with Pests

A house that has been abandoned for a long time can have all sorts of problems. When people are living there, they can take measures to prevent and get rid of pests. But without residents, all types of pests will feel free to move in. There could be bugs, rodents, or more unusual animals taking up residence in the property. You should investigate to find out if anything has taken over. Many pests are easy, if not cheap, to oust from a building. For example, professional termite treatment will get rid of the bugs. It's always best to go with professionals, instead of trying to do it yourself.

Making Sure the House is Secure

As well as being structurally sound, you need the property to be secure. Even if it's not in great condition, you don't want people breaking in. You could even have people moving in and making it their home if you're not careful. You might want to think of some temporary solutions if there is a lot of work to do on the property. That could involve bolts on doors and windows and an alarm. However, in some cases, you might need to replace doors or windows to make sure they're secure.

Checking Out Plumbing, Electricity and Energy Supplies

Of course, you also have to make sure that the property is supplied with the necessities. They need to be both working and safe. If you have a long project ahead of you, you might not turn on electricity and water straight away. However, it might be needed in order to work on the house. Don't forget to check the safety of wiring and other issues, such as gas supplies.

Before you can start making a property look good, you have to make sure it's not about to collapse. Address the important issues before you start decorating.