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5 Incredibly Easy DIY Pest Control Solutions

December 19, 2016 - By 
Got pests? No problem. These DIY pest control tricks are your ticket to getting those bugs off your back. Before you call the calvary, give these a shot.

It’s Friday night. You’ve got a hot date coming over. You’ve cleaned the house. Shoved your dirty laundry under the bed (hope he doesn’t look under there). And you’ve lit a few romantic candles while you fixed him dinner.

It’s going to be a fantastically romantic evening. And then you see them. Your biggest nightmares. A cockroach, a horde of ants, and a mouse trooping across your kitchen like satan’s army.

It’s too late to call the pest control services. What do you do? Your hunk of a date is going to be here anytime.

Don’t scream. It’s going to be ok. There are some easy things you can do to take down the pests in your home.

1. Garlic Mint Spray

This could also work as vampire repellent. But it’s really for bugs. Blend some mint leaves and garlic cloves. You were just cooking, right? So you should have these. Add some cayenne pepper and some dish soap. Boil the stuff.

Now, if you need it this instant, you could probably just pour some on the sucker right away. But it will make a mess. But for future use, chill it overnight in the fridge and then strain it into a spray bottle.

2. Coffee Grounds

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! Until they encounter coffee grounds. Then they run away. Really. They do.

All you need to do is put on a pot of coffee then sprinkle the used grounds around the house. Find out where the ants are coming from. Your date won’t think it’s cool to step on coffee grounds all night.

3. Hot Pepper Spray

Even the mice will run away from this one. But it’s really just for bugs.

Take one gallon of water. Mix it with three tablespoons of hot pepper flakes. Heat it in a pan on simmer for about fifteen minutes. This brings out the hellfire in the spray i.e. pepper oils.

This is another one you will have to let sit for about 24 hours to let the flakes release all of their torment into the spray.

Once you’ve let it sit, strain it. Drop some dish soap in. Put it in a spray bottle. And now you have the cruelest insect repellent on the planet.

Spray it on plants or in cracks where ants and cockroaches might come in.

This is also a great way to keep squirrels from getting into bird seed. You see, birds don’t have salivary glands and thus they can’t feel the heat of the peppers. But squirrels sure do. Spray down that bird seed with a dish soap-less version and watch the squirrels freak.

4.  Apple Cider Vinegar Fruit Fly Trap

Really, any kind of alcohol will work for this one.

But fruit flies are the worst infestation. They are gross. Just nasty. And you will always have a hard time getting rid of them.

First, put all fruit in the fridge. Don’t leave any out.

Then, get a salt shaker, fill the bottom with apple cider or rum. Drop in some dish soap to break the water tension. And then set it out. Watch them flock to it. They’ll crawl into their sweet and drunken death.

5. Borax And Sugar.

Certainly not sugar and spice. But ants sure think it is. Until they die!

Take 1/2 cup of sugar. 1 Cup of warm water. Mix the two with 2 tablespoons of borax.

Put it in a shallow lid of some sort and place it where the ants march. They’ll even take some of it to their next and kill more over time.

Conclusion:

So, now you can enjoy your Friday night. Just don’t let the bed bugs bite!


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The Worst Home Renovation Advice We’ve Heard Yet

December 16, 2016 - By 

Thinking of a home renovation? Awesome. But, read this first. We’ve collected the worst home renovation tips out there, and we’re sharing them with you.

Renovating your home is always a big deal.

Sometimes it’s just time for a change. Other times, it’s time to move and renovating is one step in that direction!

With so many shows out there that show renovations as they happen, whether professionally or with DIYers, it’s hard not to feel like a reno-buff yourself.

But is home renovation really as fun and straight-forward as it’s cracked out to be? And what advice should you be taking and what should you be ignoring?

Though you’ll be working with your own home renovation contractors, you’ll want to make sure that the best options are selected beforehand.

Figuring out what direction you’ll be taking your home renovation in is hard. That’s why you should read this helpful guide of the worst home renovation advice we’ve ever heard.

Why? Because knowing what’s right comes with knowing exactly what you and your home renovation contractor shouldn’t be doing!

The worst home renovation advice you need to stay away from

Add a bathroom

Having too few bathrooms is always a problem.

Maybe it’s just you and your significant other right now, but add in some kids or visiting family and friends. What then? It’s a recipe for an all-out brawl to get to the shower in the morning.

Some people thing that renovating their house to add a bathroom as an addition is a good idea.

But, we’re here to point out that’s not actually such great advice to take!

It turns out that bathroom additions can cost around $50,000! When you go to sell your house down the line, though, you can only really expect half of that money back.

Creating a dream closet

This one may sound conflicting, especially since we all love big closets.

But spending a lot of money to create a huge, organized closet may not always be the greatest move.

It’ll cost you around 3k, but you’ll only get about half of that back when you sell.

So, for this one, don’t stay away completely, but make sure you’ll get your fair use of it just to make that value loss worth it.

Gutting everything at once

Those renovation shows do a great job at making demolition day look fun. And it is fun!

But make sure you put the hammer down long enough to figure out if you really want to be destroying those cabinets.

Consider repainting them or removing them intact to sell. Saving money is a good thing, so don’t demolish it!

Getting too trendy

Do you remember those insanely busy patterned curtains that hung in everyone’s grandmother’s house?

Do you remember ever looking at those and thinking, “those would look great in my house, in 2016?” The answer is probably no.

Back in the day, though, those were all the rage! So when you’re working with home renovation contractors, be wary of going too trendy.

You’ll want to avoid jumping into the latest trends headfirst. Make sure to keep things modern yet classic to see your home age gracefully.