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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Spring Storage

Spring is just around the corner, with that comes the yearly storage of our cold weather necessities.  We all know what we have to do; put the heavy blankets away, store our winter coats and our snow clothes, and then there are those portable heaters.  Most of us have one, many of us have many of them, whether they are in our office in our bedroom or anywhere in our home, space heaters can make us a bit warmer.  Recently in London  there was a big problem that came from these small items.  When we store our space heaters or whatever it my be we always need to be careful we are following the manufacturers instructions for packing and storage.  Homes and businesses can incur large losses because we didn't take the time to properly store our items.  Check out this article to see what could happen in just a few minutes. 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Spring Friends

The winter thaw is coming all to quickly for some of us, with this comes a few unexpected dangers to our homes.  Winter weather water brings with it freezing and expanding and thawing and loosening, but what can this do to our homes?
 A problem that can occur in areas close to the mountains (Utah), is new neighbors moving in, what type of neighbors? most commonly bees, spiders, insects, mice, bats, birds, and in some areas raccoon.   When the summer thaw comes around we need to be aware of new neighbors in our home and how to spot and stop them.  

Here are a few tips we can use to check around out homes and make sure we are safe:
  •  Look for missing shingles on the roof, ripped window screens and clogged gutters.
  •  Seal visible cracks and holes, including entry points for utilities and pipes.
  • Replace weather-stripping, and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
  • Ensure that basements, attics and crawl spaces are well ventilated and dry.
  • Vacuum doors and windows. Windows and doors are key entry points for eager pests, so keep them vacuumed to catch invaders like spiders, silverfish, earwigs and beetles.
  •  Inspect garage and outbuildings. If rodents have moved in, it's time for eviction. Organize cluttered debris, boxes and random items along the walls where mice may hide or nest. Does spring cleaning call for a new shelving unit?

Even though we may have these problems with our friends from nature, we should always look for safe, effective and humane ways for removing these pests. 

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