Tips On Effective Pest Control for Homeowners

Pest Control

Even though pests serve an important purpose in the ecosystem, they can be very annoying and some of them are known to cause diseases. Finding a way to control them is essential. Most people are not comfortable with using a wide variety of pesticides in their homes and they therefore look for better pest control methods.

The best questions to ask when you are thinking about controlling pests in your home include how you can eradicate the pests effectively, the pesticides available and how often you need to us them. The most effective way to control pests is to use a multifaceted approach. One Pest management approach is the use of pesticides.

They are highly effective but you should use them with caution because of their potential to cause harm to people and pets. It is wise to minimize the use of pesticides in inhabited areas. You should also ensure that children cannot access the areas where you store pesticides.

When using pesticides, it is imperative to follow all the instructions outlined by the manufacturer to reduce potential harm to humans and animals. The other thing that you can do to control pests is introducing their natural predator to their environment.

Some of the predators that you can introduce are cats to control rats and spiders to control flies. Other beneficial bugs include ground beetles and centipedes. You just have to make sure that the hunter you choose will not be a hindrance around your home.

If you are dealing with a termite infestation problem, the right pest management solution is to treat the wooden structures in your home with an anti-termite compound. You can spray or apply this compound on the wooden surfaces. In this way, termites will not attack the treated wood. If you find that certain wooden items including furniture are infested with termites, you should get rid of them immediately to prevent the spread of these pests to other structures in your home.

When it comes to managing pests such as ants and rats, it is essential to ensure that your home is always free from food remains which attract these pests. Empty trash cans promptly and store your food properly. Some pests such as cockroaches are hard to manage and it is wise to hire the services of a pest exterminator when dealing with such pests.

An experienced pest control professional will effectively treat the problem areas in your home and provide you with advice on the best way to deal with difficult to control pests in the future.

This specialist will also analyze your situation to determine the treatments that you need to apply and the preventative measures that you can take on your own. There are a number of things that you should do to before the exterminator arrives such as organizing furniture and equipment in a manner that allows the exterminator to easily check for pests in your house and clearing out items in your cabinets and pantry. Controlling pests is not that easy but you can keep your home free of pests by performing pest management chores consistently and regularly.

5 Ways to Keep Your House Away From Burglars

Burglars

You left for the office in the morning to give a presentation. Your son is at school to take a test. And while you’re giving the strong pitch, and winning that promotion, and your son is about to ace his exam, someone else is inside your house.

You don’t even have a clue. But you’re already losing your television and game consoles, your expensive watch collection, and that slice of cake you forgot to eat because you were going to be late for the 10AM appointment.

Bummer eh? You’ll probably let your son take your unmoved slice of cake to school next time instead of saving it for later.

But of course, there are ways to prevent this!

Here are five tips you can use to protect your house – and everything in it – from nasty burglars.

Ways to Keep Your House Away from Burglars

  1. Don’t help them out! That’s probably a silly piece of advice. But even in your absence, you might be giving the burglars a way to do a break-and-enter. Don’t leave any tools like shovels, rakes, or hammers outside. Take away the ladder, or anything that can be used as a ladder. You don’t want them using your own tools to get their “work” done. Also, consider trimming your bushes down and cut the branches of your trees up until someone of normal height can stand under it. This minimizes hiding space for burglars and your neighbours can somehow keep watch when you’re out.
  2. Protect your windows. Before leaving, make sure the windows are closed. Use a bar of wood or window locks so they can’t be easily opened from the outside. But also make sure that when you’re in, you can open them easily from the inside in case you need to.
  3. Don’t flaunt your boxes. The flat screen TVs, computing devices, and gaming consoles may begin losing their value once you start using them. But it doesn’t mean they can’t be sold. When you buy these kind of expensive electronics, don’t leave the boxes/bags outside. Displaying them helps burglars scout their next victim. If you have no use for them inside the house, break them up and take them out only on the day when the garbage truck arrives.
  4. Get a burglar alarm. It even makes sense for the burglars themselves. If they know you have an alarm set up, most of them won’t even consider going near your house.
  5. Turn on the night light. If the burglar suddenly decides to ransack the ground floor of your house while everyone’s out to dinner (or sleeping upstairs), he wants to make sure that the area he’s entering is empty. Just having bright lamps mounted on a pole or wall of your house can give a signal for robber that someone’s inside. Feeling a little more expert? Install motion detector lights so you’ll get a signal if there’s any activity outside.

Tips for Keeps

Remember to think the way a burglar does when considering the security of your home. Check the floor plan of your house or just go outside and look at the structure. If it’s easy for you to steal from your own home without using a spare key, then it’s probably a lot easier for a burglar who’s done it before. And speaking of keys, don’t forget the first step to securing your house from thieves. Lock the doors!

With all these tips in mind, one might turn paranoid for burglars and make the house too secure to actually live in. Don’t make yourself crazy thinking about it! Keeping your house safe should allow you to enjoy time outdoors (and indoors) more. Just take a few minutes each day to worry about home security and spend the rest of it living!

5 Ways To Save Money On Office Supplies

Office Supplies

For any business, whether it’s a multinational corporation or a one-man band, spending money on office supplies is essential to function on a daily basis. But is your stationery expenditure eating away at your profits while consuming the equivalent of a small forest in paper? We investigate ways to save money on those essential stationery supplies without harming your business’s efficiency.

Think before you print

E-mail has transformed the way we communicate; we no longer have to waste reams of paper sending inter-departmental memos regarding important matters such as asking Finance to kindly replace the milk when they’ve used the last drop (very annoying if you’re making important clients a cuppa!).

Despite the wonders of technology, the nirvana of a paper-free office often seems an unattainable dream. How many times have you printed an important letter, proof-read it and found a mistake? Make sure you, or the signatory, reviews letters before printing, that way any alterations can be made without wasting paper.

Save the ink

Yes, we know you can do a lovely pie chart and make pretty little diagrams in smart art with a rainbow of colours, but is the Sales Director really going to care if last month’s sales figures are printed in colour or boring black? Of course, if they’re really atrocious there may be a case for trying to distract him with the style over substance approach, not that I’d ever recommend that (honestly!).

Colour printing may be pleasing to the eye, but colour cartridges are generally more expensive than black, so only use when necessary. Another way of saving on the ink is to set your printer to economy mode; not every document requires presentation style printing, unless you’re thinking of framing the minutes of that meeting?

Recycle

Is it really necessary to accessories your printer with expensive matching cartridges? You’re in the office, not on the catwalk. Remanufactured cartridges, which utilize empty original cartridges, are not only cheaper they’re more eco-friendly, reducing the waste sent to landfill.

While we’re on the recycling theme, does everything you print have to be on a luxuriously thick pristine white sheet? Recycled paper is a cheaper alternative for printing all those everyday documents that will never find their way into that important client’s hands.

Set up a central stationery hub

While your employees may enjoy the luxury of a well-stocked desk that resembles a small stationers, providing everyone with their own staplers, hole-punches etc. is expensive and unnecessary – after all, you wouldn’t give them all a kettle on their desk would you?

Set up an office stationery hub with a heavy duty stapler and hole-punch (screw them to your desk if necessary) and a supply of essentials such as paperclips and pens.

Not only will you be saving money on office supplies, you’ll be providing employees with an opportunity to stretch their legs by walking across the office. Now who said you were a slave driver keeping people chained to their desks?

Buy in bulk

Buying your office stationery supplies in bulk can save money as many suppliers offer discounts once a certain amount of units are ordered. Keep an inventory of your stationery and reorder items once they fall below a certain level. Don’t just order one ream of paper, order enough to take advantage of any discount and save yourself from the chore of a weekly stationery order.

Have you got any tips for saving money or recycling office supplies? Leave your comments below.

A Guide To Planning A Productive Training Day

Productive Training Day

In the interest of continually moving forward in a tough industry, lots of companies like to hold regular training days for their employees. Not only does this keep everyone up to date with anything new that has recently entered the business world, it is also a great chance to check that everyone is singing off the same hymn sheet and that the brand’s core beliefs are being upheld across all departments.

It can be difficult to plan one of these training days though, especially when you are trying to pull together people from different areas of the country or even further afield. So with that in mind, here are some important things to consider when arranging your company’s training day.

Productive Training Day

Venue

It is very important that you find a venue that suits the event you are planning for. Therefore you need to think about things like how many people will be attending, where they are coming from and the costs that this is going to incur.

For smaller training events, you may want to hold the day within your own company building but this might not be possible with larger numbers. The good news is that conference venues or meeting rooms provide a great alternative.

Most of the time you only pay for the number of people that will be there and for the size of the room you require, which is great if people start pulling out.

Also, you will be able to hire any equipment you need so the day will be conducted professionally and no one has to worry about carrying things like A-boards and projectors to the venue.

Catering

If you are planning an all-day event then the people who are coming will need to be fed and watered throughout the day. Therefore you need to decide whether you are going to give them regular breaks so that they can go and grab something or whether you will provide food for them throughout the day.

If you want to give your training day a more relaxed feel and encourage more of a team building atmosphere, the latter option may be the best choice. Luckily most conference rooms you can hire will also include a price for food if you want to add it.

You could always go one step further and hire out a restaurant and conduct your training during the meal. Something else you may want to think about is whether you are going to provide tea and coffee or just merely water for your trainees. Failing to offer them refreshments may lead to a break down in attention and increased tea breaks being taken.

Getting The Word Out

Once you have planned your training day, you are going to have to spread the word so that everyone knows of the up and coming event. If your training is just for members of your company then this might be as simple as sending out a group email but if you are offering places to people outside of your business then you may have to go further.

For example you may want to advertise your training on Facebook and other social media sites as well as maybe using some of Google’s paid advertising to spread the word online.

Once everyone knows about the event, it is important to make sure that they can all get to the venue. Luckily most conference rooms in London are close to major underground stations or have great transport links in other ways. It might be a good idea to include a map with the information you are sending out and always remember to include a post code.