Bugs in Boise?
Yep! It’s Summer time in Idaho, people! And while be close to nature is something most locals love as part of living in our great state that appreciation ends when the outdoors find their way IN!
Nobody likes bugs in their home! And with a somewhat wet Spring and early warm temperatures the creepy crawlies are out in full force! So, you can spend a lot of money and try to do it yourself – using all kinds of chemicals that really don’t tell you how hazardous they can be to your family and pets – and STILL maybe have problems with bugs all year…or you can just call Bob.
Bob Mitchell is the owner of Capitol Pest Management in Boise; they have been fighting the bugs for nearly two decade here in Idaho. They can help you rid your home or business of pests quickly; even offer on-going maintenance programs to help keep those nasties from coming back. They understand the equipment and solutions they use so you don’t have to worry about your kids and pets!
No matter what your type of problem may be Capitol Pest Management knows more about bugs than you will ever want to – including how to get rid of them.
Cleaning Quick Tips!
Keeping up with the house can be, no pun intended, a real chore.
Between work, family, the yard, and then trying to have some kind of social life it’s not hard to get behind on the tidying up. So here are some good tips to make the job a little easier!
Put on some music.
Having some music to distract your mind and lift your mood never hurts to help make the time go by!
Go in circles.
Seems counter intuitive at first but if you start at the furthest corner of the house and work your way in you can maximize your time. This is especially true for vacuuming.
Go through and empty and garbage first. Carry a bag or bin room to room and do a quick pickup of obvious trash. Having a clear floor to start will make the whole thing easier and garbage bins will be empty for any new trash you need to dispose of in the process.
Clean top down.Back-to-front.
It really just makes sense. Start high, finish low. By doing this you can more easily get any dust or grime down on the floor before doing a final sweep or vacuum.
Clean as you go.
You don’t have to make cleaning just a weekend thing. In fact, if you take care of smaller messes during the week as you notice them you will have less to do all at once; can spend that extra time actually relaxing on the weekend!
Working a little double duty into the routine can make it less of a rut. Fold clothes while you watch tv, unload the dishwasher while a commercial is on. Just find little ways to work cleaning into your time and you will be surprised at how much you actually get done.
Put things in their place.
A place for everything and everything in it’s place, right? When you use something, be sure to put it right back when you’re done. Whether it’s a remote or a screw driver, putting things where they are suppose to be helps keep things de-cluttered and keeps you from having to put them back later when you are already in full clean mode.
It’s a hassle, sure, but until you train the kids to be butlers or hire a live-in-maid you can at least make it as little of a production as possible. We hope these home cleaning tips have been of some help! If there is ever anything we can do to help, don’t hesitate to ask!
Retire In Boise?
Baby Boomers have always had a big impact on American culture no matter what stage in their lives they are at; it’s not likely that will change any time soon – even as they move into retirement age.
That being the case many seniors today are changing the way they retire, and where they retire too. More and more frequently we’re seeing people looking to retire not to the sleepy little one stop light towns as they had in previous generations, but instead there has been an explosion in those looking for more amenities in bigger cities.
This shift in living is expected to continue with city life becoming even more appealing as we approach the next decade, especially considering the number of Americans over age 50 is expected to triple in the next ten years. Before long it won’t be seniors that are adapting to city life, but rather cities adapting to how seniors want to live! Even today there are a number of reasons why a little bigger city might be appealing, for instance:
The Baby Boomer generation is big on keeping boredom at bay, and one way to do that is by keeping your mental facilities strong and growing. Larger metro areas definitely offer more opportunities to take courses just for learning sake, or for those who missed their chance earlier in life to complete their greater education.
In many cases seniors living in more rural areas may lose their ability to drive and become more dependent on family or others to take care of themselves. Even if physical issues aren’t a problem the cost of owning a vehicle and keeping it running well are often daunting if you are on a fixed income. With more access to city provided transportation seniors can regain some of that lost independence and also save travel costs.
Many larger cities will be able to provide a larger selection of health care providers, including specialists, and a greater number of therapy options. Should you have a medical emergency you can also count on a faster response in the city than you might if you were far out in the wilds.
Shopping shopping shopping!
Cities obviously will have a larger number of businesses to choose from no matter what you might be shopping for; let’s be honest, sometimes we aren’t shopping for anything except to see what there is! Whether it’s a chic boutique, or something so simple as your daily groceries, chances are if you are in the city you will be closer to the source for whatever kind of goods you may need.
Establishing a good circle of friends and social resources is crucial to a satisfying retirement life. Staying active, and interacting with others can help prevent depression, loss of health, and generally promotes a greater enjoyment of living. City life not only offers more social activities like theaters, plays, and get togethers but it is also usually much easier to grow your social circle and meet new friends when there is a larger community of individuals to mingle with.
Without a doubt there are more homes to choose from in the city. Whereas most rural communities have not only a limited type and number of living spaces they also generally have fewer rental homes and retirement living centers as well. More metro areas will have not only more places to choose from on the whole but most of those places will offer more features as well like property management, so maintaining your new home won’t be an added hassle.
Have you considered retiring in Boise? It is a wonderful place to live, work, and play! Not so big of a city to be intimidating, and not so small of a town that you have to worry about doing without, the City of Tree’s has an endless number of great resources for today’s active senior.
Beds, Bugs & Beyond
No, it’s not a creepy new kind of home accessory outlet! It’s a subject we’ve been itchin’ to talk about! BUGS. More specifically: Bed Bugs! Bed bug activity is on the rise in the Treasure Valley.
Before we discuss when it’s time to call a pest professional let’s talk about what bed bugs don’t do:
1 They do not jump or fly (thankfully!)
2 They do not feed every day.
3 They do not transfer disease.
So, when is it time to call for help?
You will very likely notice once the infestation comes to a boil, but consider these things as well. If you’ve recently traveled and have itchy welts you can’t explain from a normal bug bite, like from mosquitoes or biting flies.
Bad as it sounds, if friends or family visit and they have had a history of bed bugs as these critters do like to travel!
And…of course…if you got a “smokin’ hot deal” on some gently used furniture from Craigslist!
There is no need to panic however! If you suspect bed bugs may be an issue give Capitol Pest a call – they can help! They use environmentally conscious products and know bugs better than anyone in Idaho! Don’t scratch and suffer – call Capitol Pest if something BUGS you!
Summer Home Maintenance Tips
The summer heat has hit with real force here in the Treasure Valley and with the warmest months still coming it’s good to really give your house a thorough once over now that the Spring cleaning is over.
Taking care of a few of these items before they become major problems is always the best recommended course of action, but should anything around the house get to be too much we’re only a call or email away!
Summer Home Maintenance Tips
Clean lint from the entire clothes dryer vent system – this means from the dryer itself all the way out to the exterior vent cap. Dryer lint can be highly flammable and poses a real fire risk in our dry environment. Also, clogged dryer vents can be the cause of carbon monoxide back building into your home, which can be deadly.
Caulk exterior joints around windows and doors. Sealing helps keep your home more temperature resistant and can lower your cooling bill. It also helps keep other critters and bugs out of your house.
Take care of cracks in concrete patios and driveways. For cracks less than a quarter inch wide you can easily apply “concrete caulk”, just be sure to clean the crack out with a high pressure hose (let it dry) and then apply the caulk per manufacturers instructions. Larger cracks or damage may require a professional.
Clean and seal your deck or fence. For best results you need three good dry warm days (easy here in Southwest Idaho!). Day one: Start early once there is full sun by dry cleaning and sweeping the deck. Apply deck cleaner and scrub the deck thoroughly. Let it dry the remainder of the day. Day two: make sure no new dirt or dust has accumulated on the deck. Apply the deck sealer as per it’s instructions. Day three: let it dry. Guard your deck with a fierce vigilance the first few hours after applying sealer!
Following these tips will help you keep some of the favorite parts of your home safe, looking great and providing enjoyment for years to come! Got questions about keeping your home in tip top shape? Contact any of our home professionals here on our website or find us on Facebook and post your questions there!
New Homeowner Tips: Maintenace
Being a new homeowner is an exciting time in your life
; getting your new home in order is without a doubt one of your biggest focuses after the paperwork and moving is done. Getting the furniture in place and decorating, hanging photos, all these things will no doubt create a whirlwind of energy around you as you settle in.
But it shouldn’t stop there – although it may be less thrilling, it is also up to you to have a plan in mind for your new homes routine maintenance in the coming months.Besides the usual cleaning and taking care of things like carpets and dusting there are a number of things you can do to help maintain your home for years of comfort to come.
Here are some good maintenance tips to keep in mind:
• In late summer or early fall give all your systems( air condiditioning, heating, plumbing) a good inspection.
• Be sure to change air filters at least every three months.(maybe more if you are in the more dusty parts of Idaho!)
• Clean the filters and dust screens on any freezers or refridgerators frequently.
• If you have a gas furnace, keep your pilot light burning during the summer to help keep the furnace dry and prevent corrosion.
• If there is a noise, there could be a problem. Worn washers or loose parts in your faucets can be the source of noisy pipes. It’s good to make sure all washers and parts are tight and in good working order to help reduce vibration that can lead to leaks later on.
• Every four to six years, paint gutters that are not made of aluminum or vinyl to help prevent rust.
• Remove firewood stored near the home. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure to cut back on pest problems.
• Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. An annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels.
• Vacuum the clothes dryer’s exhaust duct at least once a year. If the duct is plastic, replace it. Rigid sheet-metal ducting is best.
These are just a few suggestions. Our experienced home service professionals are more than glad to answer any questions you might have about specific parts of your home. Don’t hesitate to drop us a line here or join us on Facebook to get answers to your home maintenance questions and see what the Boise Builders Group can do for you!
Bugs in Boise? We Can Help!
Capitol Pest Management is a native Boise company with 12+ years of experience in keeping your home and family safe from common pests.
Our staff is considerably knowledgeable and experienced in treating all types of pests typical to the Boise area; and are dedicated to doing so while offering a level of customer service 2nd to none.
Our Methods: Recognizing that the purpose of pest control is to protect your home and family Capitol considers safety and comfort a priority when treating your property. Because every property is unique we thoroughly inspect the area of your home to determine what pests are present and what measures are required to safely and successfully treat the problem.
Effective pest control often requires the use of pesticide products which should always be taken seriously and only applied by professionals who have a working knowledge of these products.
At Capitol Pest Management our technicians are educated with extensive knowledge of the pest control products we use. They are trained to recognize when to use these products, when not to use them and how to properly and safely apply them when required.
As a company we are also diligent in choosing the most environmentally and family friendly products available. We understand that that the methods and products used to protect your home and family must not present unnecessary safety or comfort issues. The products Capitol chooses to utilize are EPA approved and will not pollute the area of application. Rest assured that the only lasting change to the environment of your home will be the lack of those pesky pests.
Don’t suffer with bugs! From immediate solutions to long-term pest management we can help you with all your pest control needs in Boise!
Call Capitol Pest Management – (208)368.9855