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How to Tell Its Time to Get Your Gutters Cleaned

Keeping your gutters clean is a relatively simple chore, but it is very important in the grand scheme of household maintenance. It is vital to keep on top of it as it helps prevent problems like blocked downpipes that cause rainwater to leak into your ceiling cavity. Overtime commonly get blocked with leaves, organic matter and rubbish. When blocked your gutter cannot function as they should, causing water to spill out and run down your homes walls into your homes foundation. This is why it is important to always keep your gutters cleaned and well maintained as they act as protection for your home against the elements. Below we will cover some of the warning signs of blocked gutters, that let you know it is time to get your gutters cleaned.

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How to Get Rid of Wasps from Your Garden

Although wasps play an important role in our gardens, through their role in pollinating our plants. Wasps in large quantities very quickly become a nuisance especially if you have small children or pets. Wasps seem to be more of a problem coming into the summer months when you and your family want to spend more time outside. In summer, the size of the wasp’s nest increase as more wasps are added to the colony. One single nest can hold up to 5,000 wasps.

The hot weather encourages breeding and means there is more insects around for the wasps to feed off. Which is why wasps become more of a problem heading into the summer months. It is important to always treat wasps with caution as they have painful stings which for some cause deadly reactions.  But there is so many myths out there regarding pest control and the best ways to get rid of wasps and their nests it’s hard to know what is to believe.

Firstly, in order to get rid of wasps it is important to understand more about the different types of wasps and how to identify them. Wasps seem to thrive in New Zealand’s climate, with very little competition and predators, and an abundance of food sources. NZ has four main types of wasps, Australian wasps, common wasps, paper wasps and German wasps. Australian wasps and paper wasps are smaller and thinner with long legs, they build small honeycomb looking nests in trees and other vegetation. Meanwhile common wasps and German wasps are short and stocky and usually nest in the ground.

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How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

Finding a cockroach is never a pleasant experience, especially when it catches you by surprise in your home. Unluckily when you see one cockroach it usually signals that there is more, that you cannot see taking shelter in the safety of your home. Cockroaches are drawn to enter your home as it ticks all their boxes for a perfect habitat being warm, moist and sheltered. They also are drawn to food and water sources that are commonly available in your home. 

In New Zealand, we have four main types of cockroaches, German, American, Black and our native cockroach. In New Zealand our changeable weather, and rainfall causes cockroaches to seek shelter in our homes throughout the year. There is so much information out there about how to get rid of cockroaches that it is hard to know what to believe. As cockroaches like many pests are often hard to get rid of from your home, so you want a solution that works well fast.

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