7 Ways To Safeguard Your Home Against Pest Infestations

Are pests invading your home? Do you know how they are getting there? By the time you realise there is a cockroach, rodent or any other kind of insect making its way through your house, it might already be too late. Even the sign of a single pest could indicate a bigger problem. While a professional pest control service will help you figure out the scope of the problem and establish a plan to minimise the likelihood of creepy crawlers returning, there are a couple of measures you can implement to pest-proof your home.

Here are a few quick and easy tips to ward off the likes of cockroaches, rodents and a host of annoying creepy crawlers.

Preventing Insects From Getting into Your Home

The best line of defence is to stop any kind of critter invasions before they even get the chance to begin. Check out the below tips to ensure you house is unwelcoming to a host of uninvited pests.

  • Carry Out Seasonal Checks

Rodents usually look for shelter during those colder winter months, so make sure you check your homes for places that could be susceptible to rodent entry. Even the smallest of cracks in the foundation or the tiniest of holes in your roof could be rather inviting to squirrels, mice and other bugs. We use patented technology to prevent pests entering your home.

  • Keep Branches and Tree Limbs Trimmed

Animals such as squirrels and racoons can easily scurry across trees to get into your home – especially the attic. If you’re not able to see to trees yourself, hire a professional tree feller and get them to cut back any overhanging limbs.

  • Remove Debris and Wood Piles

Small insects and animals like taking shelter in dark and moist spaces. So, don’t let mulch and soil build up around your foundation. Also, put firewood away from easy access.

  • Seal Any Openings in Doors and Windows

Make sure doors and windows are properly sealed and caulked. This will prevent entry from little critters and render your home more energy efficient.

  • Keep the Kitchen Clean

Clear any food from surfaces, sweep up crumbs and clean dishes when they are used. You can also place pest control products in around the kitchen such as those from https://www.pestfree.com.au/.

  • Secure Indoor and Outdoor Containers

Always make sure dustbins and recycling bins are sealed and don’t place them close to the house. If you collect compost, do it in a closed-top container and keep it far away from the property.

  • Have Regular Inspections

Even if you don’t have a pest problem of infestation, you should have a professional inspect and treat your home from time to time. When hiring a pest control service, ask them the following questions:

  • How do you exterminate pests?
  • Do you use chemicals, and if so, what?
  • Are the products harmful to pets and children?
  • Do you have a license for pest control?
  • How long will we have to be out of our house before it is safe to return?

Use these tips to pest-proof your home and prevent an infestation before it occurs.

The Complications of Time Share Ownership

The idea of owning a timeshare can sound great on paper, and it can be impressive to tour a timeshare condo and see all the luxurious amenities the place has to offer. Usually tours of timeshare condos are part of a “get away package” which involves a weekend away in a luxurious setting, like Las Vegas, Hawaii or close to Walt Disney World. Part of the package also usually includes some sort of lavish event like a dinner hosted by a sharp and persuasive salesperson who knows absolutely every angle to work to make the sale.

The Complications of Time Share Ownership

So, there you are, about to buy a timeshare. Sounds perfect, right? You’ll own a piece of a luxurious condo that you can use whenever none of the other owners wants to use it. The only problem is, sometimes it’s never available when you want to use it, and it’s too hard to make travel arrangements, and no one can get away at the same time, and the yearly maintenance fees are feeling like a lot to pay for a place you don’t use very often. So, maybe it’s time to put the place up for sale, right? Unfortunately, this is when things can get very complicated.

No Way To Sell it

Many timeshare owners find that their situations change over time, and it’s no longer convenient to own the condo. The difficulty is that some corporations that manage timeshares make it extremely difficult to sell off the properties. Some owners are given legal explanations that make it seem as though they have no right to sell their ownership, and the complications go on from there. All of this is why many people have sought help in finding out how to get rid of a timeshare legally, and why today there are companies that offer this kind of help.

No one should have to feel like they are stuck in an unethical contract that binds them forever to a property they don’t want. If you are in this kind of situation, check out the resources available for getting out of a timeshare contract, and get yourself free, today.

Life Hacks for Reorganizing Your Home

Running a household is everything but easy and, for some families, there’s often just too much mess for normal living. And every year, as we make our New Year’s resolutions, we vow to be more tidy, clean and all-around better organized. But there is no hope of a more organized life if you don’t change anything around your house, because your mind will always reflect your surroundings. So here are some tips to help you make your home a better, cleaner place to live.

Bookshelves

Our home libraries are often cluttered with things that deserve no space: books that we read once and never intend to read again, decorative figurines and plenty of dust. Go through all of the books and donate the ones you don’t need to your local library, or organize an exchange with friends.

After you clear out the books, get to the décor: don’t keep anything that doesn’t add to the style of the room and that isn’t important to your family. If you have pictures that are taking up the space, see if you can hang them somewhere on a wall.

Finally, leave some empty space. A bookshelf with around 5% of empty space will look the best. Having an organized bookshelf will instantly make the room look more spacious and clean.

Pantry

The place where all the mess is left in the dark behind a closed door. Well, that is over, and it’s time to get it organized.

Use a hanging shoe organizer on the inside of the door for snacks, jars, and other items that usually don’t have a designated spot. Clear, plastic containers are perfect for flower, sugar and other loose supplies, because you will clearly see what is inside.

You can also create custom labels for the containers, and get a LetraTag label maker refill to make more when you run out. Metal wire file organizers are perfect storage for potatoes, onions and other bulky fruit and veg. Deep drawers that will fit underneath your pantry shelves are perfect for easy access in those tough spaces.

Bathroom

In the bathroom, baskets are your best friend. Place one basket in the shower or on the edge of the tub and fill it with the necessities.

If you have cupboards, place rotating organizers so you can easily reach the things in the back. Repurpose old wooden crates as shelves for a vintage look and extra storage space. Roll up your towels instead of folding them to make it look more classy.

Use round containers with lids to store your makeup brushes so that they don’t get dusty. Sew non-slip strips to the bottoms of the floor mats to make sure they don’t slide around the bathroom. Wipe down the tiles around the shower after you’re done to prevent water stains.

Wardrobe

If you have shelves, try using a folding template so that all of your clothes will be folded to the same dimensions. If you have drawers, roll your clothes up so that you can clearly see everything you have, and as an added bonus, they will wrinkle far less. For hanging storage, make sure all of your hangers are the same, because a variety of hangers can make the wardrobe look messy and clunky.

If you feel like you need more hanging space, consider installing a second rail beneath the first one, or use an S-hook to put two hangers together. If you have space beneath your hanging clothing that is messy or empty, put low, plastic shelves inside, or install a shoe rail (in this case, make sure that you don’t put any dirty shoes there, because they can spread the smell onto the rest of your clothes).

To stay organized, you can try following the “one touch rule”. It means that you should only touch each item once: when you take your jacket off, you put it in its place right away, instead of putting in on a chair first, and then touching it again to move it. Remember that keeping a house organized is not about time – it’s about habits. So teach yourself to pay attention to the little things and put everything back in its place (labels and baskets are a great help with this). Make it a resolution for everyone in the house, and you will be living a more organized life in no time!

 

Homemade Sweet Chunky Cheese Pimiento

I thought I would never say this but I am enjoying our spacious kitchen in the new place. Ever since we moved here, I have been preparing food, and have been in the kitchen most times of the day when I am off. You don’t usually find me there but this is different.

So, last week, I prepared my own chunky cheesy with a touch of sweetness spread and added a bit of red capsicum for a nice Homemade Sweet Chunky Cheese Pimiento.

It is very simple to do and the ingredients are just the following:

Any bread for your sandwich
1 Red capsicum
1 Pack of grated cheddar (or any block cheddar cheese, I just prefer grated for easy mixing)
2-3 tablespoons Sweet condensed milk
Pinch of pepper
1 small bowl for mixing
Spatula or just a spoon for mixing

 

Dice the red capsicum into small pieces
Mix the capsicum to the grated cheddar cheese in a small bowl using a spatula or spoon
Add 2-3 tablespoons of Sweet Condensed milk and taste, if you are already okay with that then there’s no need to add more condensed milk
Add a pinch of pepper and mix

Now, spread it on your bread or toast for a crunchy sandwich for your breakfast or snack. Enjoy!

Goal Setting for 2018: Start Saving Money

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I have always been very good with money even when I was a kid. I used to scrimp on my school allowance so I could buy the things I want without asking money from my parents. I was like that all my life until I moved here. The lure of the credit cards and loans were enticing so I took the bite and I am now very rueful of the thoughtless act of acquiring debts. So, I am paying that price until now and perhaps until few years down the line.

2018 will be a different year. With the introduction of VAT here, one has to be very wise with the expenditures. Gone are the days of dining out almost every other day, and gone are the bulk-buying of food that only goes to waste because no one eats them. I feel sorry for my misgivings in handling my finances before but this year will be a fruitful year in terms of living my way towards debt-free. It’s all about savings.

Prioritize on your expenditures

If you’re like me who got stuck in a financial quagmire (not because you spent it all on your insignificant, fastidious whims) because you helped your family then it’s not late for all of us to recover in baby steps. We just have to face our problems one at a time by re-focusing on what needs to be prioritized in terms of purchasing.

If there are things you like but in reality, you don’t really need them, don’t buy them. Only buy things or pay for services you do need and quite necessary like internet service, insurance, health care, and groceries.

Do it yourself

If you have been going to the salon for a nice manicure and pedicure at least twice a month, then maybe it is high time to learn how to clean your nails by yourself? I used to frequent the salons for my nails but realized how much I was spending for an activity I can fairly learn. And it was easy and I get to use my own sanitized manicure sets!

if you have other skills like sewing then perhaps it will be a good idea to make your own throw pillow and pillow cases. How about making your own table runners and curtains? That will certainly save you from spending unnecessarily.

if you have projects at home that you can do yourself as long as it is not major like building a fence, removing a wall and sorts (leave that to the professionals!) then if you can manage to do it then do so. This way, you get to save money for professional fees.

Plant your own herbs and vegetables

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Having your own fresh herbs and vegetables at the ready is one way of saving on costs. Planting herbs on pots that you can put on your kitchen window sill or in your small pocket garden, or even on your veranda (if you live in a high-rise building) will bring down your grocery costs. Herbs are rather expensive when bought in bundles which is almost always the case in groceries and wet markets selling them. You cannot buy few stalks when you only need few for the meal you to prepare for. Imagine buying a bundle and 1/8th of them is all you need and by the time you prepare another meal, the leaves are already rotting and dry. So, you end up throwing the other stuff. Same concept goes with buying other vegetables. If you have the means, and a way to grow your own herbs and vegetable garden, then do so.

Retain at least 10% of your salary as savings

10% may seem a little amount but when compounded over time, you get to have a decent savings kept in a year. As soon as you receive your pay, keep the 10% as savings which will go directly to your savings account. You can choose to have an auto-deposit feature activated in your salary account that will remove the amount you have indicated every month and keeps it to another account of your choice as savings. Check your bank about this kind of feature.

Prepare your own meals

Limit or avoid going to the restaurants if you can. Start cooking your own meals. At least, you can save on money, no need to pay service tax, and you can enjoy clean food with less the MSGs and other additives.

Save on coffee

Well, I am sometimes guilty of buying coffee in my favorite coffee shop here. If I total my purchases for a month, I could have used that amount to pay my card. So, if you are such a caffeine junkie and you need your fix, buy a jar of coffee powder, flavored creamer, and make your own. It won’t hurt to try.

 

There are still plenty of ways to save money and the above are just few ideas I have to help you and me start the right way. It may be hard especially if you are used to living lavishly but it won’t really hurt to try penny-pinching and tightening the belt to save for the rainy days.

What’s your money-saving goal this year?

 

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