Question by : I need a little advice for getting rid of fleas…?
Uh, my grandmother and I moved into a new rental home like three months ago now, no problems there, but we found out pretty much instantly that the house was infested with fleas due to the old renters having a pet dog in the house. As you can probably imagine, having fleas in your clothes, bed, food and shower is NOT the nicest thing imaginable.
They got steadily worse and worse, until I was absolutely covered in the bites and scars and had to move out (which was problematic since my grandmother needs someone living with her). Eventually she managed to get the owners of the house to do something, and professionals came and sprayed their flea stuff in the house, garage and the lawns.
It took a while for the fleas to go away, but they eventually all died off and I moved back in along with my pet rat and my baby niece (who I’m taking care of while her mum’s on holiday).
Now, about a month later, we’ve been getting them again. Just a few, one here and there, but we’re worried they might come back in a horde like they were. I cannot put up with that much itching again, and I really don’t need my niece getting upset because of bugs.
We need a way to get rid of them and keep them out. My rat lives inside, but he’s got absolutely no fleas on him, and he’s kept pretty clean. We have floorboards, not carpet, so we can’t use any of those carpet flea removers, and we can’t resort to fumes and similar because of my niece.
We’re kind of at the end of a rope here, and don’t have the patience or cash to move again right now. Any help would be really appreciated, since I’m at a dead end and plain fed up with the damn bugs.
If anyone knows how to keep them out of a house for good, or at least get rid of them, PLEASE tell me!
Answer by Tigger
Fleas are very hard to get rid of. I had to make aggressive use of Borax (on the furniture in your case, since you have no carpet), and a vacuum cleaner.
You’ll also want to wash everything that is washable, such as curtains and bedding. And talk with your landlord about perhaps treating the yard: The fleas have to be coming from somewhere.
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Question by pikachocobo: What is the best way to get flyers for my home business?
I have just started a home business and i am looking for inexpensive ways to get some great flyers. Does anyone have any ideas or Web Sites that might help?
Answer by Angela M
Go to Office Depot… Kinko’s is too $ $ $ , and hiring a graphic artist can be very $ $ $ too. Buy a program like PrintShop, and do it yourself, then take a copy to Office Depot for copying on good paper. Color is more expensive than b&w. Just make sure several ppl proof read your draft, to check for grammar, spelling, and readability.
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While holiday shoppers are busy at home wrapping presents this holiday season, it?s entirely possible that a criminal may be casing their house and deciding how to steal them. According to Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics, a full quarter?or about 500,000?forced entry home burglaries happen during the holiday season (defined by the period of time from Thanksgiving to New Year?s Day). And while violent crime has been headed down in recent years, property related crime is on the rise.
Another cause for the increase in home burglaries during the holiday season is the large amount of travel families engage in during this period. Many homeowners leave their homes empty for several days?sometimes even weeks?to visit relatives or to escape the cold and vacation in warmer climes. Criminals see such unattended homes as opportunities that are too good to pass up.
For home owners concerned about their home and family?s safety, there are a number of simple steps they can take to deter potential robbers from choosing their homes as a target.
1. Home owners that are traveling, even if it is only for a night or two, should not leave any obvious signs that they are away from home. For example, they should not leaves notes to place packages someplace other than at the front door, nor should they change the message on their home answering machines to indicate that they are traveling and may not return messages promptly. And any statuses, messages, photos, or other information on Facebook or other social media sites concerning their travel plans should be limited to friends through the site?s privacy controls.
2. Strangers knocking on doors can sometimes be a sign of a potential robber casing a home. Homeowners should refrain from answering the door if a strange looks suspicious, but they should also make noise, turn on lights, or take other measures to ensure the person knows that someone is home.
3. Leaving an emergency house key outside the home is a tempting convenience, but it is not recommended. Homeowners should either consider leaving an extra key with a trusted neighbor or installing a garage access keypad if they have a home security system installed.
4. Deliveries, paper, and mail accumulation is a clear signal to burglars that as a house is empty. Homeowners should coordinate with their neighbors and/or post office and newspaper companies to assure that their doorway and mailbox are kept free of packages, papers, and letters while they are away.
5. Since burglars are most likely to strike at night under the cover of darkness, homeowners should leave outside lights on or install motion-sensing lights. Many top alarm system companies also offer audible warnings that tie into motion-sensing lights.
6. Home owners with home security systems should call their service providers to see if they offer cellular or Internet based home monitoring options. Many of the top alarm system companies have free or low cost apps that allow homeowners to receive instant security notifications and to access a live video stream of their property.
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Love Home Swap finds families are key drivers in the increase in demand for stylish home exchanges that don?t break the bank
(PRWEB) August 31, 2012
Whether the kids prefer Disneyland or a splashing in the Caribbean sea, LoveHomeSwap.com features thousands of inspirational properties in 95 countries around the world. Founder Debbie Wosskow developed the site after finding that boutique hotels and toddlers don?t mix. She said: ?Our members save an average of $ 3,487 per holiday, allowing them to spend more time enjoying themselves and less time worrying about finances.?
Research shows that a typical American family of four would hope to spend an average of $ 2,472 on a vacation. Yet Love Home Swap members have access to amazing properties for only a small registration fee.
Saving money is a large part of the appeal, but it is by no means the only one. Love Home Swap?s family members report that, rather than cramped hotel rooms, they get space, access to toys and plenty of insider tips on amusing the children ? and that ?living like a local? far outweighs the typical tourist experience. A whopping 71% of Love Home Swap?s list of available properties are child-friendly, sleeping seven on average.
?Family-friendly homes make holidays much less stressful, particularly when you don?t have to cram children?s equipment into your luggage,? said Debbie[?] ?Our enthusiastic family swappers include a London homeowner who exchanged with a Boston family and was delighted to receive access to the city?s museums and galleries thanks to generous hosts who left out membership cards, and a French farmhouse owner who received a welcome pack including home-baked cakes on arriving at her hosts? Irish farmhouse near the beach.?
The security of knowing that someone is taking care of your home while you?re away is reassuring ? for owners and insurance companies ? and owners with gardens and pets often agree mutual care which negates the need for costly house sitters.
A sneak peak at the stylish homes on offer reveals a seven bedroomed villa on the Greek island of Santorini, which would normally rent for $ 15,511 per week in peak season, but is completely free for Love Home Swap members. A sprawling French house in Normandy boasts a pool, sandpit and climbing frame in its rambling gardens and access to beaches and nearby Honfleur. Typically renting for $ 4,653 in peak season, members have free access.
Love Home Swap member Amanda Starling 45, from Tennessee, recently swapped her stunning lakeside property for a home in Rancho Santa Fe, California. She is already planning her next exchange to Orange Beach, Florida thanks to the success of her previous swaps: ?I love the whole idea of home swapping. It?s not like staying in a hotel or a vacation rental property because you feel as though you really live in the place you?re staying ? even if it is just for one week. You get the true experience, living amongst locals.?
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Love Home Swap is the stylish home swap holiday service, with thousands of inspiring properties listed in over 95 countries worldwide ? from London lofts to Swiss ski chalets, Californian condos to Balinese beach retreats.
A few nice international home exchange images I found: