Four Common Household Pests and How to Get Rid of Them

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Without a doubt, one of the most infuriating things a homeowner has to deal with in their home is having it invaded by any type of creepy crawlies. These unwelcome critters would be a homeowner’s nightmare as they bring with them a myriad of health complications and diseases should they not be immediately exterminated and eliminated. Fortunately, there are a lot of effective methods to get rid of your uninvited guests when they have started an infestation in their homes. Furthermore, there are also ways which would prevent and discourage them from seeing your home as a potential hosting site or at least avoid the worsening of it. Although none of these methods involve spraying them with toxic chemicals, they are nonetheless efficient in getting rid of them. Apart from that, these alternative methods are proven to be better as artificial pest repellants, sprays, baits, and poisons can be potentially dangerous or even lethal if they are accidentally touched or ingested.

If you have been looking for safe alternative methods to getting rid of the pests or an effective prevention method from a pest invasion (whether that may be a condo in Manila or a flat elsewhere), here are some of the environmentally-friendly and healthy ways to be rid of them (depending on what kind of pest they are):

1.) Ants

Ants are common pests in homes—especially when you have food lying around anywhere. Their dwelling is mostly constrained to soil next to or under buildings, along sidewalks or near various trees and plants. But they also love warm and damp locations, so be sure there are none of these in your home. To be rid of them, simply store your food right away and immediately clean up any spills—and make sure that no crumbs are left. To further deter ants from entering your homes, sprinkle natural ant repellents such as coffee grinds, paprika, chili pepper or pure cinnamon at entrances where ants make their entry.

2.) Bed Bugs

They are kind of like fleas—only that they are on your bed and can be incredibly annoying when you are trying to sleep. As their moniker suggests, these critters love to call beds their homes as it allows their flat bodies to easily hide in between seams of the mattresses, headboards, behind wallpaper, bed frames and the like. While bed bugs are not exactly considered as a public health hazard, they can be a nuisance as they prevent you from getting enough sleep at night as caused by the itching. In severe cases, they can even trigger an allergic reaction. To get rid of them, wash and soak potential dwelling areas (sheets, pillows, etc.) in hot water. Have it dried in the hottest possible setting for at least thirty minutes. Then thoroughly clean the mattress by scrubbing and vacuuming it. Lastly, cover your mattress with a bed bug cover. However, if the infestation is beyond your control, it might be time to get rid of it.

3.) Rats and mice

Rodents may look cute, but they are anything but. Among the pests identified in this list, rats and mice are considered the most dangerous as they bring with them some potential diseases such as Leptospirosis for example. Typically, people who do not dispose of their garbage properly are the ones usually plagued with rats and mice, but these pests would also thrive in sheltered indoor and outdoor locations such as basements, tool sheds, and attics. To get rid of them, you must control your environment Do this by sealing holes between the outdoors and your indoors. Practice proper garbage disposal and seal food in tight containers.

4.) Cockroaches

Cockroaches love warm, humid areas such as heating pipes and drains, but bathrooms and kitchens are also fair game to them. These critters must immediately be exterminated as they can transmit bacteria such as Salmonella and E.coli which can cause a myriad of diseases. Prevent an infestation from happening in your home by making sure your counters are spotless (wipe them with white vinegar), drain your sinks regularly and store food properly.

 

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6 DIY Wooden Pallet Ideas for your Home

When you think that wooden pallets are as good as junk things, then think again! There are actually a lot of brilliant ideas that you can do with the wooden pallet you have in your backyards. Whether you are living in a condo or any other real estate Cebu, you can definitely have DIY wooden pallets in your home.

Using of DIY wooden pallets as your furniture can be an elegant thing to have in your house. You can put your ideas on transforming the wooden pallet on to something that can make your house nice and elegant to look at. If you are a person who is into transforming junk things into a nice and useful thing in your house, you might want to try transforming wooden pallets into these.

Sofa chair

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You don’t have to worry if you don’t have a sofa chair and is still planning to buy one, you might want to have a sofa chair that is made of a wooden pallet. You can beautify the pallet by painting it to whatever color that you like. Adding a foam for the chair and some throw pillow will complete your wooden pallet sofa chair. Of course, if you still like to have some decorations on the chair, you can still add it on to make it more beautiful to look at.

Wine rack

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If you are a kind of person who loves to drink wine or any other liquor, buying a wine rack can be expensive. Why not making a wine rack on your own from the wooden pallet? You can cut the pallet to form a wine holder. With that, you can have it cheaper than buying a ready-made wine rack in the store.
It is up to you what kind of design you want to have on your rack, for as long as it can hold the wine and the glass in it. You can paint it or have it at is to have a unique design and color.

Bookshelf

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Some of you, especially book lovers don’t know where to put their books anymore since they have a lot of books that were piled up in their corner of their room. You can have a wood pallet instead as a bookshelf for your books. You can easily make one out of the wooden pallet since all you have to do is just cut it to form a shelf. You can also paint it with whatever favorite color that you like or have it or use it at is.

Headboard

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If you are a kind of person who just want to have a headboard on your bed. You can have a wooden pallet as your headboard. You can add graffiti or any other art for decorations that you like. To make it more attractive on your bed, you can also add a lampshade beside it and/or any other things that you want to include in your headboard.

Accessories storage

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There are just some girls who have no exact place where they can put their accessories, and when the time comes that they need it, they will be in trouble finding it especially when it comes to earrings and necklaces that are small enough to find. Making a accessories holder out of a wooden pallet can help you in placing your accessories in its proper place and for you not to worry finding when you need it later on.

Hammock swing

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If you are a person who just love being outside or staying in your backyard, you can make a hammock swing out of the wooden pallet. All you have to do is make or form the wooden pallet into a swing. Now you can have a place where you can relax in your backyard. Of course, you also have to make some transformation to look the swing nice and durable to use.

5 DIY Headboard Ideas You Definitely Want To Have

We all have our own beds, right? Whether you are living in Alveo condo Cebu or any Philippine properties, we all have own beloved bed. Who doesn’t? But not all people who own a bed have their headboards. Agree?

There are just times whenever we see some bed with headboard designs that are displayed in the malls or even just by looking at the pictures from the web, we feel like we also want to have one for our own. Sometimes, we feel annoyed and envious because we don’t have that kind of headboards.

Fret not! The good news is that, we can already have our own headboards without buying an expensive one in the malls. There are a lot of headboard designs that you can choose on. Of course making your own headboard means making it the way that you wanted it to look like. It is your headboard, it is your choice.

Now if you are still undecided on what headboard design will you choose, here are some DIY headboard ideas that you might like and want to have in your room.

Wooden headboards with or without lights

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When you see a wood or anything that is wooden and already not used in your backyard, you can use it as your headboard. Make sure that the wood you saw is still ok for a transformation you will make. Apply or paint it to whatever color you want. If you want the wood to look as it is, then it is your choice.

You can also add some lights beside the wooden headboard that you made to make your headboard design look beautiful. It is so simple that you don’t need anything that costs you much.

Junk doors and/or windows as headboard

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Just like wooden headboard, you can see and find junk doors and/or windows in your backyard. Make sure that there will be no nails that are still attached to it to avoid a cut in your skin. You can always choose what style and/or design you will have to make it more beautiful to look at. You can paint it or leave it as it is and use it immediately as your headboard.
Your creativity will dictate you on how you want to have your junk doors and/or windows as your headboard.

Picture frames as headboard

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When you have a lot of picture frames at home, you might want to make it one of your headboards. You can design the frames and form it into a heart shape or any designs that you want to have to make your picture frame nice and elegant to look at.

It is up to you whether you want it to have a one big picture frame that fits to be a headboard or you can also have a lot of pictures forming into whatever shapes you want to make. It is always up to you on how you want it to look like.

Bookshelves as headboard

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Book lovers would definitely want to have this kind of headboards. It serves a dual purpose; it doesn’t just serve as a headboard, it also serves as a bookshelf for book lovers who want to read on their bed. And also, it doesn’t just add beauty; it saves up your space of your room.

Curtain as headboards

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Who says curtains are only for windows? Of course, you can also use curtains as your headboards. If you want to have a simple yet elegant looking headboard, you can use curtains. You can hang it from the ceiling to have a better look.
With curtains, you also don’t need anything that costs you that much since we all have extra curtains in our house. You can use curtains. You can hang it on the ceiling to have a better look.

With curtains, you also don’t need anything that costs you that much since we all have extra curtains in our house. You can also add lighting in the curtains to look more beautiful.

Whatever choice you may have for your headboard, always remember the important thing and that is to have a comfortable and satisfying sleep.

Home Maintenance Tips: Four (4) Most Common Home Maintenance Issues

There are several reasons why home maintenance is a must. There’s the feeling of pride, satisfaction and peace of mind that you own and live in a well-maintained place where everything – all systems, facilities and equipment – are in good working order. And then, there’s the idea of boosting its value in case you decide to sell it later on. Another benefit also worth noting is the amount of money you’ll save once you protect your residence from different elements that may cause significant and huge damages in the future.

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What Are The Most Common Maintenance Issues In A Home

Regardless if you are a prospective buyer who’s in the process of looking for an affordable condo for sale or a new owner who just recently moved to his or her new family house, do remember that repairs and fixes are part of homeownership. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the most common issues that may arise in relation to it. Here are four (4) of them.

1.       Leak. This is probably one of the topmost problems a homeowner can encounter. It is everywhere – toilets, faucets, showerheads, outdoors. It can go quite unnoticed that if untreated, it can cause severe harm. For instance, minor roof leaks can result to the roof falling off if left ignored for a long time.

2.       Flickering lights. A lot of possibilities may contribute to this issue. It can be a sign of failing connections in the aluminum wiring especially if you’re living in residence that is built with old structure. It can be because of insufficient number of circuits. It can be as simple as bad installation in your Cubao condominium unit like a loose socket for example. Needless to say, it is critical for everybody to look for its possible sources to avoid fire disasters.

3.       Peeling paint. Not only do paints keep your house from water incursions, they also guard your walls against insects and pests that may invade your interiors. If you do not pay attention to them, they can lead to cracks and dry or rotten surfaces.

4.       Creaks. Ever experienced walking past an area in any of your room where items on the tables and shelves tremble and jiggle? Or perhaps the floor feels like it will give out anytime under your weight? While it is normal to experience a few snaps, never underestimate the damage it can inflict to your home. In this day and age where earthquakes are often felt almost every day in various parts of the country plus the fact that typhoons come and go, it is best to ensure that your place has a very solid foundation and is safe to reside in.