1. It's that time of year again... the sun is out and the weather is warmer and that means.....CARPENTER BEES at my house. If you have ever had these attack your house every spring, you will know what I mean. If you ever go to someone's house that has cedar siding, and they have a badminton bat or tennis racket sitting on their porch or by their back door, they have battled carpenter bees. I guess the thought process is that they can swat at them and they will go away....they don't. A friend of mine has a house with cedar siding and there are stones, buttons, and no telling what else stuck all over the outside of the house. Sure sign that they have carpenter bees.
Other than buttons in the holes all over ones house, the signs of Carpenter Bee Infestations are half-inch, round holes and piles of sawdust underneath. If you are near a nest, you will likely be buzzed by the male carpenter bee, on guard. He is loud and aggressive, but he does not have the ability to sting you. The female can sting but she is normally very docile. A single pair (male and female) occupies each nest. It is not uncommon to find several pair of carpenter bees nesting in one structure. They frequently nest near each other and often in the same area year after year, causing extensive damage. You may find old holes near newer ones. Sometimes the female will renovate an old nest gallery and reuse it.
I have done extensive research on ridding our house of these pest and have found that there is not just one thing that will control them, but a process of several different treatments for the male, female and eggs in the nest. It's the best thing that we have used yet. You may want to give it a try if you are plagued with these busy bees.
Check out this site for more information and to order the carpenter bee kit. It has worked for us and my husband recommends it to anyone....that will listen.
If you are having the exterior of your house painted, there is an additive that you can add that will also start the process, but you will still have to complete the rest of the steps to keep them at bay.
2. HARDWOOD FLOORING
Caring for hardwood floors as never been simpler, however I find that everyone has a different way. Here's a good site that explains the best way to care for your hardwood floors.
As for cleaning them, I prefer to use Bona Pro cleaning products. I learned about this product from the nice fellows at Kemps Dalton West Newnan. I've been dealing with this business for over 20 years and cannot say enough good things about them. We have used them for flooring for our rental properties to our own home and no matter how small or large the job, they always make me feel welcome and as if I'm the only customer that they have in the store at the time. They are always courteous, patient and extremely knowledgeable about flooring. Stop by and see them for your flooring needs. You can't go wrong with their great service and products.
3. Removing Odors
Nothing can be worse than lingering odors in the home. Whether it is from cooking, pets, or mildew and mold in the home, the smell can be very offensive to both you and your guests. Commercials and magazine ads will try to convince you that their candles, spray, or plug-in device will remove the offensive odors, but they do very little and mainly cover up the smell.
One of the best products that I have found in eliminating odors is a product called Room Shocker Quick Release from Biocides Systems.
Recently we had a rental property and discovered that tenant that had just vacated the house, was a smoker. Cleaning the house from top to bottom and a fresh coat of paint helped remove the smoke odor some, but as soon as it started raining, the damp air must have "revved it back up again" and you could smell it in the HVAC system. Even changing the filters and vacuuming out the vents didn't help. The Room Shocker Quick Release was the only thing that worked.
They claim to wipe out stinky odors such as smoke, mold, pet, food and even skunk odors. Now I've never had a problem with skunks coming inside my home, but there is a first time for everything and now I know what I can use if this should ever occur.
They even offer a product to remove odors from your pets. I probably should by stock in this company, because I could keep them in business.
If you have an odor problem in your home, car, boat or camper, this may be the product for you.
Well, there you have it. If you should have any of these problems, give these products a try and let me know how they worked for you.