Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Prevent A Winter Insect & Pest Invasion

Most of us think that the summer months are the time we need to worry about insects invading our homes. It is true that many animals and insects go into hibernation or a dormant phase when it is cold. But there are others that seek shelter in warm, protected environments. Pest control during the winter is required to keep ants, roaches and other types of insects from disrupting the peace and tranquility of your home. Chances are that without preventative measures, you will see more of them during the winter months.

  • Fill cracks and holes that allow entry for small pests
  • Do not leave food out on counters any longer than necessary, especially at night
  • Trim shrubs, hedges and trees so that they do not touch the house
  • Always store wood away from the foundation of your house as roaches often nest in wood piles
  • Treat as recommended by professionals

Rodents such as mice, rats and squirrels do not hibernate but will happily take of residence in your basement, attic or walls. To prevent rodents from obtaining access to your house follow these steps.

  • Make sure there are no holes in the exterior of your home where they could gain access. Repair and replace any damaged or rotted wood. 
  • Repair any cracks in pipes that may allow entry for a small creature
  • Clean gutters and remove debris that would provide nesting material or habitat
  • Store bird seed in metal containers
  • Treat as recommended by a professional exterminator when necessary

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

'Tis the Season! for Gift Giving

Throughout the holiday season we all invariably run into a brick wall when it comes to gift giving. The good news is there is always one item that we can fall back on because it’s a gift that everyone loves, regardless of age or gender and that’s a plant. House plants exude warmth, love and caring. They warm up a home, beautify an office, and just invariably brings a smile to the face of the receiver. It’s a gift you can feel good about giving.

SerenataPlants is a website business out of the UK that was recently brought to my attention, so I thought I’d check it out. Not only do they have a wonderful selection of house plants, perfect for gift giving, they have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. As they say the offer “a no-quibble replacement or full-refund” if you are unhappy with a purchase. How can you quibble with a company who uses the word quibble? Not me!

Order online or by phone. SerenataPlants accepts all major credit cards and Pay Pal. Best of all, standard delivery is prompt and free.

When choosing a plant, consider the environment in which the plant will be placed and the amount and type of care required. Matching the plant with the individual and his/her circumstances will ensure a happy plant and a happy recipient. For more information on house plant varieties and care check out the NationalGardening Association.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Steps to Winterize your Pool

In many parts of the country winter has already delivered its first snow storm. But in warmer climates there are still some of us who are wrapping things up around the yard on the last warm days of an extended fall.  Winter pool maintenance is essential to keeping it in good condition and will make all the difference come spring time when you’re eager to get it back up and ready for a dip.

According to pool experts, here is a quick rundown of the steps necessary to winterize an in-ground pool. Pool supplies can be purchased locally or online often at discounted prices.
  1. Before the first freeze, make sure all the pipelines and pool filters are empty of water.
  2. Blow antifreeze through the pipes.  
  3.  Drain plugs should be removed.
  4.  Use a skimmer net to remove debris from the surface of the pool.
  5.  Twenty four hours before closing your pool for the season shock and treat pool, add algaecide and check pH balance.
  6. Cover the pool.

Above ground pool:
  1.  Drain the pool to jet level. 
  2. Add antifreeze and algaecide. 
  3. Cover

Pre-winter maintenance may take a little extra time, effort and money, but when the weather warms up and ready for your first swim of the summer, you will be glad you did.


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