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Picking Up the Pieces After a Flood

Dealing with serious flood damage at home is not the end of the world. And most importantly, it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg to get your home back into living condition again. In fact, you may find (like I did) that recovering from a flood gives you an opportunity to improve the look and feel of your home overall, and even to implement design options that increase the value of your property. I spent about a year fixing up my place after a pipe exploded while I was on vacation, and literally ruined everything inside from the flooring and walls, to my photos and important paperwork. So, I figured I could help others "pick up the pieces" and create a bigger ad better lifestyle at home by turning a flood situation into an opportunity, instead of dealing with it like a crisis.

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Removing Pesky Rodents From Your Home

by Scott Gordon

No one really enjoys having to deal with having a mouse problem inside their home. You will need to change some of your habits to keep mice from wanting to live inside your home. You may also need to invest in some trapping methods. Here are some tips for you to remove mice and to keep them out of your home for good.

Removal Methods

To remove mice from your home, you will need to decide if you would rather try to get rid of them humanely or if you want to kill them to ensure they do not return. Humane traps can be bought at a home goods store. They are usually made of plastic and have a hinged door that will only open inward. Place some peanut butter inside the trap to entice mice to come near. They will go in the trap and not be able to get back out. You will be able to let them outdoors after you trap them.

If you opt for kill traps, you have the choice of snapping traps, glue traps or deadly bait traps. All of these methods will have you place the trap at an area around your home where you suspect mice are present. You will need to check the traps periodically so you can remove any carcasses from your home.

Keeping Mice Away

Mice are attracted to areas where they will be able to get food and water easily, without risk. Make sure to keep your kitchen spotless to keep mice from being attracted to this room in your home. It is a good idea to cover all leftovers in containers with a tightly sealing lid and store them in cabinets or in the refrigerator. Wipe down your counters with a bleach solution after every meal preparation session to erase the smell of food.

Checking Outdoors

Do a check of the exterior of you home for areas with cracks where mice can slide through to get inside your home. You will want to fill these in with caulk or foam that expands. Place door sweeps underneath the doors to your home so mice do not sneak underneath them. Move wood piles away from your home so mice do not have a spot to live nearby. If you feed any pets outdoors, make sure to take up their food dish when they have finished having their meal. 

For professional help, hire an extermination agency, such as Godfather's Exterminating Inc.

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