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How to Get Rid of Rodents

Despite all the measures you take to keep your home clean and tidy, you find that rodents are enjoying your hospitality more than your regular human guests. Either they’ve announced their presence by doffing their hats and scuttling across your bedroom carpet, or they’ve slowly given themselves away through nocturnal scratching sounds, rat droppings (they produce more than 40 per day), or worse.

If you’re worried that you might be suffering from an infestation, read on!

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How to Control Common Winter Pests

Pest control specialists – not to mention the unlucky homeowners who suffer from infestations – are very familiar with the usual cycle. Long, hot, dry summers cause an explosion in the number of rats, mice, possums, and other pests. And as soon as winter sets in, these pests seek shelter, food, and warmth in our houses.

Fortunately, you don’t have to put up with these invasions. Here are some of the most common winter pests, and how to effectively deal with them:

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How Often Should I Clean my Home's Windows?

Even the most diligent housekeeper tends to neglect windows. All too often, we spend hours wiping them down, only to discover afterwards that the dirt and dust has been replaced by horrible streak marks. External windows are often awkward or unsafe to reach – and besides, they’re just going to get covered in bird poo all over again, aren’t they?

Unfortunately, as tempting as it might be to forget about the problem altogether, window cleaning is an essential part of owning a property. If you ignore your windows for too long, the gradual buildup of grime will detract from an otherwise lovely home.

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How to Keep Your Carpets Clean and Stain Free

If your house has a carpet, you’ll know that it’s a mixed blessing. One the one hand, it looks stylish, makes a room more inviting, and adds an element of cosiness in winter. But on the other hand, carpets are a veritable haven for dirt, dust, pet hair, and stains. If guests start sneezing whenever they enter your house, it’s quite possibly your carpet that’s to blame.

Rather than simply waiting for your carpet to deteriorate over time, you can keep it clean, prolong its life, and avoid hefty replacement fees with a few easy steps.

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How to Get Rid of Fleas

Some people are dog lovers, other people are cat lovers. Very few are flea lovers – but it’s often painfully difficult to have one without the other.

If you’re a pet owner, it’s almost inevitable that the scourge of fleas will eventually come to your home. Fleas commonly live as parasites in the fur of animals, and in a domestic situation they often migrate to beds and begin to prey on people. As your vet will tell you, there are various preventative measures you can take to reduce the chances of this happening – but once the fleas have infested your house, it’s important to deal with the problem as quickly as possible.

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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

If you were asked to invent the most annoying insect possible, your final design would be something very similar to a bed bug.

Mosquitoes can be found and crushed. Ants eat your food but they don’t eat you. Sandflies generally stick to the outdoors. Bed bugs, on the other hand, combine the worst possible qualities: they’re tiny, they hide in your furniture, they bite you dozens of times while you sleep, and they even migrate to your clothes and follow you wherever you go. For these reasons, few things in life are more irritating than a bed bug infestation.

They’re notoriously difficult to get rid of without the right tools and expertise. But if you’re not quite ready to enlist the help of a professional pest control specialist, there are a few steps you can take to try and fix the problem yourself.

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Winter is coming. Will your gutters pass the test or cost you money?

Your property’s gutters are essential in keeping your home in good condition. Blocked or damaged drainage systems can cause mould to grow, roofs to leak, basements to flood, and can even rot your wood siding or compromise your foundation.

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How often should I clean my gutters?

There are some things in life we would all prefer to ignore. Dental checkups, vehicle warrants of fitness, and furniture dusting all fall into this category. 

Wouldn’t it be much easier if teeth never decayed, cars never broke down, and shelves remained clean at all times?

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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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