Archive for October, 2011
Monday, October 31st, 2011
Stink bugs are unattractive little creatures that can invade a home when the weather turns cold. There are two varieties of the pest, brown and green. With a very hard outer shell that somewhat resembles a shield, these pests are also known as shield bugs.
While a few individuals wandering around outdoors may not be much of a problem, a large number invading the house is unacceptable. For this reason, stink bug control is important. The bugs are unsightly and release an extremely disagreeable odor if they feel threatened. Crushing one of them releases even more pungent odor, and may permanently mar any surface.
The easiest way achieve stink bug control is to not allow an infestation to occur in the first place. Before cold weather arrives, inspect the outside of the home for any cracks or fissures where the pests could enter. Seal cracks with a cement sealant so the insects cannot gain entry into the home. Check screens on windows and doors for holes and repair as needed.
If insects do get in, do not squash them. Instead, use the vacuum cleaner for stink bug control. Vacuum the bugs up and immediately dispose of the bag. This keeps the problem outdoors, where it belongs.
Stink bug control can also be boosted by spraying cypermethrin around the outside of the house. This is an effective repellent, but is also a neurotoxin, so it should be used with caution. Most houses require 2-3 gallons of the spray for an effective wall of defense.
If the problem persists, it may be necessary to call an exterminator to rid the home of a stubborn infestation. However, with good preventive measures, this is usually not necessary.
To achieve adequate stink bug control, start early, before the weather turns cold. Inspect for any cracks and seal them to deny stink bugs access to the house. Keep screens in good repair, and be sure to block entrance under the door with a rubber door shield. Vacuum up any strays that manage to find their way in, and dispose of the bag at once.
Saturday, October 29th, 2011
How often have you told yourself that, this holiday season, you were going to make your home look incredibly festive and inviting? Holiday decorating is a way to get yourself into the spirit, create a warm ambience in your home for guests, and share holiday cheer with neighbors. Start your decorating by adding a warm glow to your windows with battery window candles. Candles, in general, add a gorgeous golden glow to any environment and remind us of happy evenings spent with family and friends.
An important aspect of holiday decorations is the nostalgic emotions they can bring up. As you hang up ornaments made by the kids when they were young, bring out Grandma’s Christmas dishes and make cookies with the recipe your mom used every Christmas when you were little, it’s hard not to take that trip down memory lane. Create more memories by using a collection of battery window candles to light several areas in your home. Use them as part of a table centerpiece, cluster a few on the mantle, add them in the guest bathroom — and of course, don’t forget the windows!! These great candles are completely fire-safe and work anywhere. Design a centerpiece around them, and what about attaching one of them to the inside of a large wreath? The batteries in battery window candles are long-lasting so you can maintain a warm holiday glow for many nights leading up to Christmas.
Safety is another important consideration of holiday decorating. Children become enamored with glittery, beautiful ornaments and brightly-colored lights and decorations. Battery-operated candles are safe to put anywhere in the house as a child-proof decoration. Add a few in your child’s room for a fun way to help them get in the spirit. Battery window candles can even make a great night light! Set a few window candles on any surface and don’t worry about wax drippings, open flame, smoke stains on the ceiling or flammable fabrics. Battery window candles are absolutely safe around all of your home furnishings.
You now know how to create a warm, cozy feeling in every room by using battery window candles. Host wonderful parties and allow the memories to unfold as guests are removed to holidays past. Working these battery window candles into your holiday décor adds a special feeling to each room and can be a part of new, happy holiday memories for many years to come.
Thursday, October 27th, 2011
The air quality around the world continues to fall. Pollution is still not under control and even natural pollutants like pollen can make life miserable when you have allergies. Dust and dirt inside the home cause respiratory problems and pet dander can land anywhere. The Venta Airwasher is proudly made in Germany and designed to remove the indoor pollutants from your home, along with the outdoor ones that wander in.
The air purification system cleans the air in any room without using expensive filter pads. Dust and dirt particles are collected in the lower housing, rather than settling all over your clean home. Odors from pets, cooking and even tobacco are removed, leaving you with nothing but a clean and enjoyable home.
Venta take cleaning to the next level with the option of adding fragrances to the humidifying portion of the airwasher. As the lovely fragrance fills your home, you will know without a doubt that the unit is working and your air is becoming cleaner and healthier.
The Venta uses pure, clean water to filter out the pollution in your home. Simply change the water every day to keep the unit clean and running efficiently. It’s extremely quiet, making it ideal for use even in bedrooms. There are no unpleasant odors and the entire cleaning process couldn’t be easier. Venta is built to last and designed to be efficient. The cost of running the Venta is very low as it requires less electricity than a 40-watt light bulb.
Enjoy a cleaner home with Venta. Dust less frequently and devote that time to your family. Remove the smoky smell from any room by getting the odor out of the air itself. The best feature of the Venta is its ability to help people who suffer from allergies. If you have any problems with asthma or allergies in your home, the Venta can provide them with affordable, effective relief.
Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
LED Window Candles
Ambient lighting may provide elegance for a certain room within you home or enhance the look of your window décor. Battery operated window candles are generally constructed of lightweight materials, such as acrylic or wax and available in a variety of styles, colors and sizes. Selections include; pillars, votives, tea lights, tapers, 3-tier and other candle styles.
Battery operated window candles are made for everyday use and may provide decorations for your home during the holidays. Scented and non-scented battery operated window candles typically operate from “AAA” batteries, “C” batteries or other low-powered batteries.
Window treatments and curtains are not exposed to a burning flame, if you’re using a battery-operated candle, thereby reducing your chances of a fire. Damage that could result from a candle that falls on the floor becomes less of an issue, because battery operated candles do not have a flammable wick. If you have children or pets, you may feel safer while operating flameless candles, because there are no glass bulbs that may become hot when touched. You’ll worry less about broken glass, as flameless candles are largely shatterproof.
Most battery-operated candles emit LED lighting; however, flameless candles flicker in a similar fashion to traditional candles. Your neighbors and your guests may compliment the attractiveness of your window candles, without understanding the relatively low costs. Some consumers use electric window candles and experience an increase within their monthly utility bills. Battery operated window candles provide a fairly low-cost lighting source that does not impact your electric bills. Electric window candles often feature unsightly wires around your windows. Battery operated window candles are wireless and provide a cleaner look.
Many window candles include a sensor to create lighting at dusk, while shutting off at dawn. You can select battery operated window candles that fit your budget, as prices and features vary among manufacturers. Placing battery operated window candles throughout your home could brighten its appearance.
Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
A cold winter’s night. Snow gently falling. As you travel up your walkway after a long day, you look up and feel warmed by the soft glow from a solitary candle in the window, welcoming you home. And here’s the best thing: no one has to actually be home to light the candle.
Low-voltage LED window candles can be powered by either batteries or electricity and you can choose a steady or flickering “flame”. LED window candles save you money over the long term since you won’t have to constantly replace old, burned-out candles. If you use them for holiday displays, they can go right in the box with the other decorations when the season’s over, and be ready to go next year.
LED window candles look so much like the real thing, no one will believe it when they discover there’s no actual flame. No flame means no worries about smoke, fire or heat. Additionally, LED window candles are available in a wide variety of styles and colors. Tapers, tea lights or even a melty wax look; you’ll wonder why you never thought of this before. You can place them in every window of your home without worrying about setting the curtains aflame, or arrange them in the middle of holiday decorations and use them as a table centerpiece surrounded by freshly cut flowers.
Stay-cool LED window candles are safe around curious children and rambunctious pets. These flameless beauties are distinctive, affordable, and so striking, you’ll want to use them all year long…. and you can!
Whether you choose them for holidays, special events, weddings, or just to add elegance to your decor, LED window candles are that perfect special touch.
Monday, October 24th, 2011
Glowing candles add warmth and beauty to any home during the holidays and year round. Choosing to decorate with battery window candles is a good idea for several reasons. Safety, convenience, cost and prolonged usability are a few of the benefits. Candles are wonderful accessories for decorating any area in the home, office or business for special occasions or throughout the year.
Window candles light up the holidays!
The tradition of window candles began centuries ago. Some different cultures around the world have different meanings for the candles. In many countries a candle is lit and kept in the window as a guiding light for a distant or traveling family member. Also, a candle might be a sign of warm welcome to visitors or a sign of salutation to a passing dignitary. On Christmas Eve, many Christians light a window candle to represent the star of Bethlehem.
Today, many of these traditions are continued; however, window candles are a popular, contemporary decorating accessory, also. Battery window candles are a safer choice than regular candles. There is no flame to worry about and LED candles do not get hot. The risk of curtain fires or blistered fingers is eliminated with battery window candles. In addition, there are no drips or wax messes to clean up.
Placing one or more candles in the windows and in other areas can create a special ambience in a home or business. Candles can convey a feeling of cheerful optimism or joy. They can be used to enhance a romantic evening or used to lend elegance to a dinner party. Accenting a room or hallway with battery window candles provides subdued lighting for entertaining. Candlelight makes any area more inviting and more charming.
A wide variety of single candles, pairs, sets and candelabras are available in many sizes and styles, today. Most battery window candles use AA, AAA, C or button batteries. Prices vary according to size, style, design and quality.
Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
Battery operated LED window candles are quickly replacing traditional window candles for many reasons. Whether you are looking for candles to add a cozy touch to your home or to spruce up your windows for the holidays, battery operated LED window candles may be the answer you have been looking for.
First, there is no fire involved with LED candles. Just flick the switch and walk away without having to worry about any danger or damage. Curtains may flow into the flame, a cat could knock it over while walking on the window sill, or a child could burn themselves in an instant. The LED flame looks natural as it flickers and glows, but it eliminates any need for concern.
Second, there are no cords with battery operated LED window candles. The cord may not be nearly the hazard that a real flame is, but it does limit where you can place the candles. If you’re lucky, you’d have an outlet right by the window, but then you still have to worry about how to prevent the cord from making the window sill appear cluttered. The battery allows the candle to stand alone exactly how a traditional candle would.
Finally, battery operated LED window candles are fashionable. They come in a wide range of styles, sizes, and colors so they match the decor of your home even when they are not turned on. When they are lit, they create a soft glow that warms the atmosphere of the room. They are also bright enough to be seen from outside if you are looking to symbolize the holidays or another day of remembrance.
Don’t go without candles because you can’t trust the cat or because you worry about your child’s safety. Battery operated LED window candles have given you another option that is safe without having to sacrifice the ambiance you are looking for.
Saturday, October 22nd, 2011
Dry air within the house has its downsides; it can pose health risks and also adversely affect life within and around the house. Dry air could lead to reddening of eyes, dehydrated gorges and sinus complications among other health problems. All these are not good afflictions to the body for they weaken the body making is susceptible to diseases. In the house, furniture will also suffer afflictions. The walls and other timber fittings will be most vulnerable to effect of having a parched atmosphere in the house. In the cold of the winter season, this situation is most prevalent. This is due to the warming up of the house to fight the cold; it sucks up the moisture in the air making it dry.
It is in such instances that a Venta airwasher comes in handy. It is a humidifier and purifier that is designed to aid in purifying of the air we breathe.
The Venta airwasher comes in a vast range of shapes and sizes. They are distinguished by the amount of water they require to humidify the air around us. Each range comes with a different purification element, but their primary function remains the same – to rid the air of any particles or pathogens.
The size of the gadgets is small enough to be fitted into the house; making it an addition that will not conflict with the appearance and furnishings of the house. Venta airwasher will support around 3 to 4 liters of water to humidify the house for a day. With automated systems integrated in them, the gadget will work like clockwork.
The beauty of the Venta airwasher is embedded in its simplicity. This aspect of the gadget makes it a safe home appliance, meaning that it can be used anywhere, including in the kid’s rooms. Thinking of a way to purify the air within the house? Then, getting a Venta airwasher would be a good bargain.
Friday, October 21st, 2011
On some days, it can seem like stink bugs are trying to take over the world. There aren’t just hundreds of them; there are hundreds of thousands! Even worse, it seems that stink bugs have no natural predator to reduce the numbers of their population. Thankfully, with the below stink bug control tips, you can become a natural predator of the dreaded stink bug.
Stink Bug Control Made Easy:
Unfortunately, you can carry a fly swatter around with you and squash a few stink bugs, but you will quickly become aware of how these bugs become known as “stink bugs”. Fortunately, there are stink bug control methods that allow you to avoid experiencing the unbearable stench of a stink bug.
Stink bug traps can be placed outside of your home to trap pesky, intrusive stink bugs before they make their way into your house. Traps are available in two types: electrical or natural sticking. Both stink bug control traps do an excellent job of lowering the stink bug population.
Suck ‘Em Up
If stink bugs have made their way into your home, vacuuming them can be the most efficient way to get rid of them. However, be warned that depending on your vacuum cleaner, doing so could leave a bit of a stench in your home.
They Aren’t Morning Bugs:
Stink bugs are at their slowest in the morning, leaving you with an advantage. By trapping them in the morning hours and drowning them in soapy water, you can effectively get them out of your house.
Stop Them Before They Start:
One of the most effective stink bug control methods is prevention. Don’t wait until stink bugs have invaded your home; seal any holes, cracks, or crevices before they even think of coming in. By doing so, you should be able to have a stink bug-free home!
Thursday, October 20th, 2011
As the fall festival and holiday season approaches it is only a matter of time before local news stations begin broadcasting reports of yet another number of homes and apartment buildings to be reduced to nothing more than smoking mounds of cinders. The culprit: the dreaded unattended burning candle. This, however, can easily join the antiquated traditions of bobbing for apples and pushing a hoop with a stick in the days of yore by embracing the simple and very affordable technology of modern LED window candles. Readily available at retail hobby and housewares stores these inexpensive and practical devices now come in all shapes, colors and sizes ranging from small glowing tea lights to more grand affairs with real wax bodies and realistic flickering lights.
LED window candles are the perfect way to add that special ambiance that only candlelight can bring, but without the dangers and sometimes prohibitive safety precautions that must be met when dealing with an open flame. Another bonus offered by using LED window candles is the simple convenience of avoiding the hassle of having to blow out every candle at the end of the night or moving to another room, or of having to remove melted wax from holders or worse yet, furniture. An added bonus to using LED window candles is the fact that there is something else they do not burn: money. Since LED window candles do not physically burn, they can never burn out — most run on readily available and easily affordable watch batteries, and due to the fact that they employ LED technology the energy draw on batteries is so minute that changing batteries should not be a common occurrence.
With easy availability, low cost, and absolutely none of the underlying dangers associated with open flames, long-lasting LED window candles are a sure-fire bet.