Did You Know…

…that there are simple solutions to your pest problems? As the weather continues to be hot during the summer, your home can be a target to various types of pests. Calling pest control to can be costly, although it should be considered as an option if your home has a serious pest problem. But if you have a minor pest problem, you might be able to try a few DIY (do-it-yourself) remedies to keep your home protected.

The following are a few solutions and remedies for the pests that visit your home, published in the book Who knew? 10,001 Easy Solutions to Everyday Problems.

  1. Silverfish – put sliced lemons down where they usually appear and replace with fresh lemons every few days to keep them away.
  2. Cockroach – to get rid of them, chop cucumber skins and bay leaves, mix together, and spread around the areas where they appear.
  3. Mice/Rats – fill in any openings or gaps with steel wool, since it will kill the mice by causing internal bleeding when they ingest it. If you are using the traditional mouse traps, try using peanut butter instead of cheese, since they can’t pick it up and run away. If you don’t feel comfortable killing them, use caulk or baking soda in the crevices and hiding spots around your home.
  4. Wasps – fill a wide brim jar with 1 cup sugar and 1½ cup of water. It will attract the wasps in the water, where they will drown. If not, open the windows and turn off the lights, and wait for them to fly outside. Do not panic and try to swat them to avoid getting stung.

According to a post on mobile home best control by Mobile Home Living, you can use moth balls around your home to keep away pests from entering. The author also states that the skirting of your mobile home can act as a barrier, as long as it is installed properly and doesn’t have any holes or openings. Quality skirting can protect your mobile home, even though it is usually made of plastic.

Sources: http://mobilehomeliving.org/mobile-home-pest-control/

Who knew? 10,001 Easy Solutions to Everyday Problems by Bruce Lubin & Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin

Phone Calls: Do you know who’s really calling?

If you pick up your phone from an unknown number often, chances are, you have been contacted by some type of scam or sales call. It’s easy to hang up when it’s a pre-recorded message, but what do you do when the person on the other line is claiming to be calling from the IRS, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, or Medicare? What if they are calling from a well-known charity, such as Make-a-Wish? Your first instinct won’t be to hang up right away, so you might stay on the line to hear what they have to say. It may be harmless to do so, but what do you do when they say that you have a payment due, or asks for your Social Security number? You might feel pressured to give out your information, but always remember that scammers try to get your money in the quickest way possible. No one from the government, a charity organization, or even a tech support company should be calling you first and asking for your payment or any other personal information. In addition, if a caller says that he or she is simply calling to confirm your name and address – hang up immediately. These types of calls can come from a live phone operator or a recorded message to confirm your personal information.

Make sure to visit The Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information blog page to read about the recent scam alerts. The following are a few tips from the FTC blog to keep in mind when you receive unknown phone calls.

  • The federal government would contact you by US Mail, not by phone or email first.
  • Federal agencies would not ask or demand your personal information over the phone.
  • Scammers may threaten you to give up a payment information to pressure you.
  • Do not trust a caller who asks for your bank account information or asks to wire money over the phone.
  • Free prize or winner? It’s a scam.
  • Hang up immediately if someone is calling to “just to confirm” personal information. Just because they recite your name and address, doesn’t mean that they are trustworthy.

Reference: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts

Stay Cool in Your Home

Temperatures are rising everywhere this summer, and in some places, it is unbearable without using the air conditioner. Using it often will result in high utility bills, but it is also important to keep your home under a tolerable temperature. If you are looking for ways to stay cool by not using the AC, consider adopting the following methods into your lifestyle.

During the day, close your windows and do your best to keep the sunlight from coming into your home. You might be tempted to leave the window open when there’s a breeze, but you won’t benefit from the breeze if it’s warm. In addition, avoid using appliances and lights that generate a lot of heat so that the inside of your home will be lower than outside.

Switch your bed sheets to lightweight cotton, since it is a more breathable material, and will promote ventilation and airflow in your bedroom. Choose lightweight cotton for not only your sheets, but also for your clothes.

Make your own ice packs or use chilled towels, and even take a cold shower to get some instant relief from the heat. You can also put a pan or bowl of ice in front of a fan to create a make-shift “air conditioner.”

Remember to stay hydrated. Make sure your body get enough fluids, but avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol, since they will leave you dehydrated.

If you still feel like your home is unbearable, try spending some time in buildings with AC, such as your local public library or senior/community centers.

Resource: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/08/01/8-ways-to-cool-down-your-home-without-air-conditioning/