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The Joys of Buying an Older Home

My dream home was not new construction in a planned community. It was a rambling old structure in a neighborhood that was beginning to recover after years of decline. I got the place for a song and started in on all the tasks associated with restoring it to new glory. I soon found there was a lot to do. While the house was sound, it needed to be fumigated after several years of standing vacant. All the tile needed replacing, and the floors cried out for refinishing. Little by little, I got the place ready for me to move in. Today, I like to think it is the nicest home on the block. If you are thinking of buying a fixer-upper, try my tips. From redoing the wallpaper to choosing the right pest control service, what I learned will save you a lot of time and trouble.

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Did You Bring Home Bed Bugs From Vacation? Call For Help Fast

If you have recently traveled and you think you now have a bed bug infestation, you want to call pest control quickly. If you have noticed that you have small red lesions on the skin, or there are small pink or red blood stains on the skin, bed bugs could be the problem.

Bed bugs are frequently transported during travel, and the luggage you have sitting around your home could have been the culprit. Here are a few things you'll want to do.

Send Travel Bags to the Dry Cleaners

If you have carry-on bags, suitcases, even a purse that was on an airplane with other luggage, in a bus or taxi, or exposed to another home, have it dry cleaned. Bed bugs often travel in luggage and you could have an infestation you don't even know about. The professional dry cleaning will be enough to kill the bugs.

Professional Extermination

Bed bugs will spread deep into your mattresses, in couch cushions, and in areas where it's hard to reach. The professional pest extermination company will come in and treat all areas of the house, killing the bed bugs you have in the darkest deepest crevices.

They can examine your mattresses to determine if the treatment will be sufficient or if you should throw them out and have the house treated.

Hot Wash

All of the bedding, linens, clothes and other fabrics in the house should be washed with hot water, and dried on the highest heat setting to kill the bed bugs. If you think some of your items are too delicate for this type of washing, take them to the dry cleaners with the luggage. Bed bugs could be living in dressers and closets.

Chill Out  

If the temperature outside is consistently below freezing, you can put potentially contaminated items, like clothing and mattresses, out in the cold for at least 48 hours. Use a plastic cover on the items if you're worried about snow or rain. This will freeze the insects to death. Professional treatment should still be used though.

If you don't want the bed bugs to bite any longer, and you think you have an infestation that has gotten out of control, call the pest control professionals in your area. You can get rid of the bugs before they spread to other areas of the home, or before you carry them out of your home to other living spaces. To learn more, contact a business like Ace Walco & Sons Termite & Pest Control.