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4 Quick Ways to Protect Your Home From Pests

4 Quick Ways to Protect Your Home From Pests

Nothing ruins a nice, comfortable summer in your home than a bug problem. Even if your home isn’t facing a total bug infestation, having just a few of these pests about your house can be annoying. If you’re expecting some uninvited guests, there are a few improvements you can make to your home to lessen the chance of the bugs getting in.

1. Install Screens on Your Windows

Chances are, your windows already have bug screens installed, and if they don’t, this should be your number-one fix! Installing bug screens in your windows is an easy way to prevent insects from making your house their home. Nowadays, you can buy window screen kits that you can easily install yourself.

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Even if your home does have bug screens fitted into your windows, you should do a double-check to make sure there aren’t any holes and that the gaps aren’t large enough for any insects to get through. It only takes one entryway for you to face a nasty problem that could easily be avoided.

2. Secure Other Insect Entry Points

Windows are the obvious point of entry point, but they’re not they aren’t the only way bugs can get in. There are other entry points for bugs that you might not see unless you look closely.

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Take a bug’s point of view: are there gaps in your doors and window frames? What about around the piping that enters your home? A window screen isn’t going to be much help if there are these other easy ways for bugs to get in. You can fix up gaps and cracks in an afternoon just by applying some caulk or sealant to the affected areas. Be sure to also check areas that you might not visit often, such as the basement and the attic.

3. Keep Your House Clean

While you can do your best to keep bugs out, there’s still a chance that they’ll still be able to find a way in. Perhaps you leave a door open for too long, or you have pets that bring some inside along with them. And if you’ve got a messy house, you’re supplying bugs with food and places to reproduce, making your insect problem exponentially worse.

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As long as you keep a clean house, there will be little reason for bugs to stick around and multiply. This means doing the dishes on a regular basis, wiping up messes, keeping your house dry, and taking out the trash regularly. Your house doesn’t need to be spotless and perfect – after all, whose is? – but as long as it isn’t dirty, you should be in the clear.

4. Repel Bugs With Home Remedies and Chemicals

If things get too bad, simple prevention won’t work anymore. When faced with a bug infestation, you’ll have to get to the root of the problem and actively seek out and kill the bugs that have taken over your home. Leaving citrus peels near problem areas and lighting candles are some ways to keep bugs away.

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But, if you’ve got a disaster on your hands, you’ll want to head to your local supermarket and pick up some bug traps and repellent sprays. If the problem becomes serious enough, consider calling in an exterminator before the bugs cause irreparable damage to your house. This will cost you money, but it saves you from health issues and having to make repairs to your home.

Nobody wants to spend money on pricey bug-killing chemicals or having their house fumigated, but unfortunately, lack of house care and bug prevention can quickly lead to these problems. Save your money and your sanity by spending some time making sure your house is bug-proof.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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