Tell Pests to Take a Hike

Indoors is indoors and outdoors is outdoors, and homeowners are pretty clear about what belongs where.  Yet pests and other tiny wildlife have little respect for which is which when they find their way through an entry point into our homes.

Ants marching in formation, buzzers caught in the miniblinds, stingers winging through your family room, crawlers setting up camp in the kitchen – this is nothing any of us want to see.

To help keep your home secure from unwelcome pests, start with this principle: Don’t give them what they want.

Pest infestations begin when pests find what they need to live and reproduce.  Like the rest of us, this includes food, water, shelter.  For example, pests see food in unsealed containers or in unsecured garbage cans as a welcome sight.  Moisture from leaky plumbing and fixtures or stagnant water from drainage may be distasteful to us but delightful to them.

Simple solutions will help, including:

  • Have a pest control technician check crawlspaces and the attic twice a year for signs of moisture, entry points and pest activity.
  • Keep food tightly sealed (pet food too).
  • Seal entryways such as windows, crawlspace openings, electrical wiring structures or other holes and cracks.flower

Fun in the Sun

Nothing quite drives the winter blues away like getting back to the great outdoors.  Besides the mood boost provided by vitamin D and fresh air, it’s also a great way to squeeze in family time.  Try out these fun family outings for Spring:bleeding heart

  • Go Geocaching – This is a real-life scavenger hunt with people from all over hiding and finding treasures.  Check out http://www.geocaching.com to get started near you.
  • Have a Garden Party – But forget the tiny tea sandwiches and fancy napkins.  Instead, pick a few spring veggies, plant them Tower of York - Mike Bristoltogether, then reap the delicious rewards at your family dinners all season.
  • Tour Your Own Backyard – Not literally, of course.  Check out some historical or artsy places in your hometown you haven’t visited in a while – or ever, like the Towers of York.  Sightseeing in your own town can help you discover hidden gems that are all the more reason to love where you live.

Low-Cost Home Workouts

Looking for an alternative to a pricey gym membership?

Start by turning ordinary household items into equipment.  Chairs can be used for push-ups and dips.  Jump ropes are great for aerobic exercise.  Old milk jugs and laundry jugs can be filled with water and converted  into dumbbells. You can also use cat litter containers and cat/dog food.  Got stairs?  Go up and down for 30 minutes

Don’t invest in clothes racks.  Avoid buying equipment that only sees strength training exercises when you remove the clothes that pile up.  Before you make the purchase, make sure you’re going to use the equipment.  This will save you from buyer’s remorse, and keep you from wasting valuable storage space.

Buy smart.  When you know what you want to purchase, save money by checking out online classifieds for used equipment.  Just make sure it’s in good working order before you shell out the cash.  Also, for a great workout, you can buy or stream exercise videos for low to nothing cost classes right in the privacy and convenience of your own home.