Have you noticed a lot of tiny bites around your ankles or legs that itch? Most often if you can’t find the source and you haven’t been outside to get attacked by noseums you are being attacked by fleas. There are several methods for flea pest control and you should be aware of all of them before you begin treating your home for fleas.

Supervise pets outside

First to avoid a flea problem all together you should not allow your pet outside during the summer months or if you live in a hot climate at all unless you are there to supervise. Stay away from creeks, mud pits, other animals you are not familiar with, and tall grassy areas. Fleas like to ride around on live animals and they are most populated in forest or wetland areas that tend to be muggy.

Taking care of the flea problem

If you do have a flea problem or are worried about fleas, you can give your pet medication as a preventative flea pest control measure. This medication is usually a drop or two on the back of their necks every few months.

Some pets may be allergic to this medication so make sure the area is not beginning to lose hair. Also try not to hit the same spot each time, though their necks may be small you can move around a little bit.

Giving your pet a bath periodically can help keep the fleas at bay. There are also flea pest control shampoos that will allow you to de-flea your pet. There are powders and sprays you can use in the yard to prevent fleas from getting near your pets. Keep in mind your pet will need to be kept from the area for a few days so the spray can wear off without causing problems with your pet.

You home needs care

If you have a flea problem in your home, you will need to keep your pet locked out while you set off bug bombs for flea pest control to eliminate the fleas in your carpet, furniture, and bedding. If at all possible wash the pets bedding as well after you use a bug bomb to rid yourself of the fleas or buy new bedding.

Flea pest control is important if you want to get rid of the itchy ankles and legs. No one should have to put up with fleas and as long as you pay attention to your pet and make allowances for the flea season of summer you and your pet should be happy. Fleas are carriers of disease so you need to be extra careful if you even suspect you have fleas.

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Types of Water FiltersMany people are starting to become concerned by what is in their drinking water. Water filters and filtration systems are becoming popular in homes across the country. Safety is one concern, but taste is another that water filters address.

Contaminants are the cause of particles or bad taste. Testing your water for contaminants is the first step. If the contaminants are found, you can then look into a water filter.

The type of water filter you chose will be based upon a few factors. If you own your home you can pretty much install any water filter you chose, but if you do not own your home then you are limited to water filters that are non-evasive or easily removed.

Costs also vary from under $100 to over $1000. The amount of filtration also varied from filter to filter. To start with you should familiarize yourself with the types of water filters available.

Whole house filters are set up through the main water line that comes into the house. This type of water filter removes contaminants from all the water entering your home. A whole house system is good for removing particles like rust and sediment.

Under sink filters come in a variety of styles. There are filters that take multiple cartridges or only one. Each type of under sink filter is designed to remove different contaminants.

Some may only remove particles while others may have additional cartridges to remove odors and taste problems. These can be bought according to the particular needs based on the contaminants in your water. They only filter water going to the area where the filter is installed.

Faucet-mounted filters are easy to install and remove. It only filters the water coming out of the faucet where it is installed. There is not mounting required as most simply screw onto the faucet. These types of filters also come in a variety that can be chosen based upon what contaminants are in your water.

Canister filters are the simplest form of water filter. These filters are basically just a pitcher with a filtration system in the lid. Water is poured in, goes through the filter to the reserve tank (pitcher bottom) and then can be drank. The only water filtered is what is put in the pitcher.

These are the basic types of water filters. Your needs and the contaminants in your water will help you decide which water filter will work best for you.

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Children's Room FurnitureYour child is born with special needs to cater to. The kid requires as much material support as it requires emotional attention. Obviously, the parents want only the best for their child. However, ‘the best’ comes at a price.

In the good old days, people usually did not have too many resources to provide their kids with every comfort in the world. But with double-income parents and small families on the rise, the parents feel that the good times must be shared with their tiny-tots. So, the furniture requirements of the children’s room have undergone varied optional changes.

Gone are the days, when the kids were stuck on a single-bed till they attained adulthood. The furniture designing companies have come up with an innovative idea of 3-in-1 bedroom set ideally suited for all ages till the child becomes a man or a woman.

These sets are so designed that when a crib is no longer needed, it can be converted into a toddler bed, which can then be converted into a single, full or queen-sized bed. This was just a simple illustration of the kind of innovation being undertaken in this rapidly growing segment of furniture market.

From the safety point of view, always avoid heavily painted furniture in your kids’ room. Another aspect that goes into buying an ideal set of furniture article for your kids’ comfort is space management. The space is always available at a premium for working couples. It is quite possible that the kids’ room is extremely short on space.

Convertible furniture always comes in handy when space is the priority. Toys and clothes can be accommodated in the attractive drawers and chesters. The idea is to look for vertical space in the room, as horizontal space is not easily available.

A very good choice for children specific furniture is to use designer-made cubicles. It will obviously save a lot of space and also help children learn to organize themselves a bit better.

These cubicles and drawers come in all attractive colors with on-board games that always keep children interested. Always make sure that the furniture in your kids’ room resonates positive vibes with attractive color combinations. Bright colors are ideally suited for the children’s room furniture.

Lastly, the value of good market research in the choice of children’s furniture can never be underestimated. The best price deals can only be extracted if you know the market well. Your local furniture showrooms, bulk furniture suppliers, business yellow pages and Internet are few leads that should help you decide the best course for your furniture needs.

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What is your dream home? Do you have an idea of what it will look like? Defining a dream home is very difficult, especially if you have a spouse or significant other that has tastes different than your own.

Although you might be able to agree on a floor plan, do you both agree on what the purposes for each of the rooms? The solution to this matter is simple. Brain storm together. Make it fun! After all it’s your dream that you are talking about.

Privately each of you collect floor plan ideas from other sources, and prioritize what you like. List the top 10 bedroom floor plans, bathroom floor plans, kitchen floor plans and of course the floor plan layout styles.

You can do this by researching these topics: Log Home Floor Plans, Model Home Floor Plans (which, by the way, utilize small spaces very efficiently), Kitchen Floor Plans, Apartment Floor Plans (another very good space effective plan), and various architectural floor plans.

Collect your “top ten” sources from each of these plans and then select your top ten out of those. You will have a very comprehensible top ten list to discuss with your spouse or significant other. Keep in mind that you can make any room the size you desire from these plans, but it’s the concept and ideas of the plans that you should be collecting.

You both then get together with your top ten lists and discuss why you really like the plans you choose. Make it fun! Make it a party if you want with friends and family, but you need to remember to be open minded and “listen” to the each other since you both have your own pro’s and con’s with each of the plans.

Surprising enough, eventually you will agree on a top ten between you. In fact you probably will have extremely similar plans picked out! I did this with my wife and found that in a few hours we agreed completely on our dream home! This was the hardest part! (This method also works in determining baby names and other life critical significant other issues.)

Factors to consider

Probably the hardest factor to consider is financing availability and budget. You need to review your own current budget and evaluate how the new budget will affect your current life style. If you check your credit report and it is not what was anticipated, you might have to adjust your budget or take the necessary steps to clean it up.

I would ask you to consult with the credit personnel at your local bank. Once your credit is cleaned up as much as possible, apply for a loan. Apply for the maximum amount you can get. Find out what the monthly payments would be and see if that works in your budget.

Make sure your monthly payments do not affect your ability to landscape and buy some interior design items and new furniture. A common mistake most people make is that they put everything in their home but leave out the funds and budget for interior design and landscaping. Always have available financing reserved for future emergencies. Do not put everything in your home and become house poor.

Location of your new dream home is also a factor. Does the neighborhood have houses similar to your style? Is there a variety of home styles? Do research on what type of neighborhood it is. Are there neighborhood, city or county ordinances that might affect your lifestyle?

Make a list of all the pros and cons of each of your choices of sites, narrow it down to your top 3 to 5 and seriously think about all the factors that might influence your decision. You don’t always want the perfect size or shaped lot if there are ordinances that will affect how you use it. Be careful.

Make sure you have no surprises. Ask your real estate agent for a list of permits necessary to build your dream home on the lot you chose. If they will not provide this, then go to your city and county and get the list. Make sure your construction contractor provides all of these permits in their contract with you.

Local codes can also surprise a lot of dream home builders. Ask the architect that does the signed blue print on your floor plans to research local codes that may or may not affect your floor plan and dream home design. Homework pays. You can save yourself a lot of money and time if you do your homework up front.

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