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A How-To Guide on Pest Control for Better Home Improvement

North America, in spite of whatever weather it has, still has its share of house pests like termites, red ants, spiders, and mosquitoes. It sometimes amazes us that something smaller than your thumbprint can literally bring you and your house, down. These terrible creepy crawlies can cause damage to your home and not to mention bringing health problems to your door. Termites are known to eat through a wood wall in less than 3 months. Mosquitoes bring dengue fever. Some spiders are poisonous and ant bites can cause skin infection.

So what can you do to protect your home and family from these pests? This is something that is best left to professionals rather than just a weekend DIY project. A professional pest controller can rid your home of pests and offer valuable advice for keeping your home pest-free. This quick guide can help you choose a good and professional pest controller:

Get to know your pest

No two pests are alike. So the first step in pest control is identifying what you are dealing with. Before approaching a pest control professional:

  • Identify your pest(s)
  • Assess the level of infestation

Choosing a pest control professional

Begin by comparing at least three pest control quotes for similar services. You can then select your desired level of service and your particular home needs. Rest assured that all professional pest controllers are prequalified and quality tested. Also, reputation reveals a lot. Nothing beats a personal recommendation from family, friends, and neighbours. A pest controller with satisfied customers is confident they get consistent customer references when new clients make a selection because they are:

  • Licensed pest control operators
  • Members of the Environmental Pest Managers Association (EPMA)
  • With full general liability insurance
  • With written work guarantees
  • Able to satisfactorily answer your pest control questions

Prepare for your pest controller

Clear clutter from the floors. You do not want clothes, shoes or toys being layered with pesticide. Be sure to clear tables and kitchen surfaces of food or cutlery. Remember, pest treatments usually contain a degree of poison. Avoid initial skin contact with the chemicals to avoid allergic reactions or worse.

Benefits of a professional pest controller

Do-it-yourself pest control might be an option when treating pests, but for peace of mind and effective pest control, professional pest controllers always have:

  • Expert knowledge and training to effectively treat household pests.
  • Skills in safe handling and application of pest treatments.
  • Valuable information to help you eliminate pests and prevent them.

Home Improvement: Why Not Try Teak Furniture to Enhance Your Home

For the novice, Teakwood furniture is outdoor furniture made from rare Teak lumber. Teakwood has a natural ability for durability and can withstand extreme weather conditions. Because of these special aspects, teak furniture can be a bit expensive and is a status symbol for those with money to spare. Teak furniture has been known to last as long as 70 years even when exposed to outside elements. Teak will not break down like plastic, will not bend or break like tubular metal, and naturally repels termites.

Old teak pieces are often sold on the market as antique furniture. Some are passed down as family inheritance. Due to its rare natural condition, today, only plantation teakwood is used to make furniture. Since teak furniture lasts a long time, forestry companies can grow sustainable managed Teakwood Trees with long turnaround times for cutting. The most common teak furniture for outdoors are dining tables and chairs, benches, sun loungers, Adirondack chairs, and large umbrellas for gardens, backyards, deck areas, patios, and pool yards.

Teak furniture is easy to preserve. It has natural oils that come up to the surface to give it a natural protection. Varnish, water sealers, and wood oil are not recommended since these would only peel and chip over time. Instead, teak sealer preservative is applied that allows the wood to breathe and preserves its natural brown color. Cleaning is easily done with ordinary water, soap, and bleach to get rid of any food and drink stains, mildew and molds. On the other hand, there is also reclaimed teak furniture.

This is old teak lumber taken from old houses, palaces, bridges, and railroad tracks from Indonesia, Malaysia, India, and Burma. Some of these decaying structures dating back to the colonial era need to be renovated, and so, old teakwood is removed and recycled into furniture instead of being burned. The implication of reclaimed teak is tremendous. Recycled teakwood prevents the cutting down of old-growth or young trees, thus, preventing deforestation. Plantation teak has a longer turn-around time for growth, and generally, teak furniture becomes cheaper to make and sell.

Reclaimed teak represents an eco-friendly option as well as a different way for people to preserve the environment without surrendering the beauty and elegance of wooden furniture. From the time the old wood is cleared out of nails, holes, hinges, and other non-essentials, the old wood is then created into tables, chairs, benches, cabinets, etc. Leftover wood pieces are then made into smaller pieces of teak furniture like lamps, plant pot holders, small bench panels, stools, corner coffee tables, and dolls. Reclaimed teakwood is just as strong and long-lasting as original teak. Aside from outdoor furniture, indoor teak furniture is now becoming a fashionable statement among homeowners the world over.

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