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Bug Themed Halloween Party Ideas

Halloween Party

Halloween is right around the corner, and you know what that means: it’s time to start planning for your Halloween party! Whether you’re planning to invite guests into your home or simply like to decorate for trick-or-treaters, there are tons of creepy crawly décor ideas that can help you create the ambiance you crave for Halloween night. Below are some bug-themed Halloween party decoration ideas that can be used either indoors or outdoors.

Spindly Spider Pumpkin

This fun craft project involves turning three pumpkins on their sides to create a spindly creature. Button eyes and long branch legs complete this creepy crawly piece. You can also choose to spray paint the pumpkins and branches black for a creepier effect, or leave them their natural color. This is a cute yet creepy decorative piece that is fun for homes with children, as they can help you put together the spider creature in your yard and show it off to their friends on Halloween night.

Caterpillar Pumpkin

This decorative piece is similar to the spindly spider, only instead of a spider you’ll be creating a caterpillar for your front yard. This project requires the use of about 10 medium-to-large sized pumpkins, green and black paint, large googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and circle felt shapes or construction paper. Essentially, you’ll be painting the pumpkins green, the stems black, and applying the circle shapes scattered along each gourd. Place the googly eyes on the “head” of the caterpillar, and curl the pipe cleaners before attaching them to the top of the head. Place the pumpkins in a curving line to make the body, with the head at the front, and voila – you have a caterpillar! (Alternately, you can use miniature pumpkins and markers to create a smaller caterpillar, which is a fun craft project for your kids and makes a great indoor decoration.)

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Cobwebs and fake spiders are a common Halloween decoration. For an elegant yet creepy look, you can drape some fake cobwebs and spiders over a stack of pumpkins, hang the cobwebs from a doorway, or drape them over tree branches or hedges. If you have a porch, draping the cobwebs from the support beams can create a spooky appearance.

Bug Jack-o-Lanterns

For those who enjoy carving their pumpkins, finding bug-shaped patterns to carve into their jack-o-lanterns will help complete the creepy, crawly décor theme you seek. Butterflies, spiders, and beetles are all great – and creepy! – patterns that can easily carved into your jack-o-lantern, and will look fantastic illuminated by a candle.

Bugs on Lampshades

Magnetic bugs or bug cutouts can be applied to lampshades around the home to create a truly creepy effect. Your guests will think they are in the midst of a bug invasion movie – maybe you could even include a ginormous spider prop somewhere throughout your home to really creep them out!

The possibilities for incorporating bugs into your Halloween décor are virtually endless – bugs are, after all, a common Halloween theme! Whether you’re going for cute or scary, there are tons of ideas you can use – just be sure to have fun while putting everything together.

About the author: Chris is a blogger for an NJ Pest Control company. He’s looking forward to celebrating Halloween with his two little boys.

10 Cheap Ways To Pest Proof Your Home

Beautiful HomeNo matter how much effort you put into protecting your home from pests, there are some insects that will find their way into your house. But even if that is the case, it can be made a lot harder for them to get in. By investing time in a little home maintenance tasks, you can make your home virtually pest free.

The 10 Cheapest Ways To Pest Proof Your Home

  • Keep screens on all your doors and windows

Screen doors should be installed in your home. If they are damaged or torn, get rid of them! In order to prevent the most minute or smallest of insects from entering your home, use the finest mesh screening you can find.

  • Seal around all doors and repair any openings

Bugs can get in if light or air can. Tight fitting floor sweeps should be installed at the exterior door bottom area. Fill the gaps with door seals at the top and sides of each door. Gaps and cracks in the basement, especially near pipes that enter or exit through the wall. Check outside around the house for other outlets, utility meters and vents that could be inviting for insects. Doors and windows general have some type of weather stripping.

  • Take time to seal cracks in the foundation of your home or the exterior walls

This can also include any fascia boards too. Exterior wall cracks welcomes insects in. A caulking solution on these cracks will greatly reduce insect visitors.

  • Check utility lines and other vents near appliances

If there are gaps or openings in and around the appliances in your home, they provide ways for insects to come in from the outside. Using a foam spray, cover these areas and keep the critters out!

  • Crawling CockroachSecure Attic with critter proof mesh

There are an abundance of critters and pests that would like to make themselves right at home in crawl spaces in your attic. Barriers should be installed to keep them out. By putting in some critter proof mesh on vents and crawl spaces, these critters will stay out and also keep the other fleas and mites that they carry out of your home as well!

  • Fix any leaks

This is because moisture can attract insects. Humidity of some amount is required for insects to live. Plumbing leaks should be repaired as soon as possible. Pipes that are dripping should be tightened and sealed. Heavy rain or flooding could greatly damage your basement is a proper drainage system is not installed.

  • Keep a clean and tidy kitchen

The kitchen is where food is stores and also where pests like to be right at home. So, most importantly keep the kitchen as clean as possible. Most pests it turns out are attracted to crumbs and bits of food left around. Some tips to keep the kitchen include keeping leftovers sealed up, double check counters for spills, clean containers of leftover residue, keep checks on spoiled fruit and produce, sweep up and vacuum regularly and try to wipe off and clean containers before recycling them. Most importantly, seal your food up tight!

  • Clean up the yard & clean up after pets

It’s true that the heaps of compost and decayed or dried up leaves are congregational points for insects. Keep a clean yard, as well as trim back bushes and tree limbs touching your home. Clean up any pet waste and keep your trash bins clean.

  • Get rid of unnecessary clutter

By keeping your house cluttered up, insects can find places to hide. Put your things away after they are used and keep your floor clear.

  • Take the garbage out

If it can be smelled, it’s time to remove it. These smells attract unwanted pests. Empty the garbage can as much as possible.

About the author: Chris is a blogger for a union pest control company.

Protecting Your Home Investment

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Your home is likely the largest single monetary investment you will ever make. Taking care of it will keep you and your loved ones healthy and happy, and regular maintenance will preserve the value of your investment. Here are just a few suggestions to get you started.

Cleanliness

 

Keep your home clean! Regular and frequent cleaning of a home will maintain its condition better than hiring a cleaning crew once a year—and if you wait that long, you’ll need the HAZMAT team.

There is simply no substitute for once-a-week (or more often) cleaning such as vacuuming, wiping down the bathrooms, mopping the kitchen floor, dusting, disposing of unusable food in the refrigerator and carrying out the trash. Daily maintenance of a home means wiping up messes as soon as they occur, picking up clutter, and cleaning up dishes. All family members, including children, should learn to clean up after themselves. Many homeowners have everyone remove their shoes when coming in from outdoors. Speaking from experience, I know that this practice will literally save the homeowner from having to replace the floorings every few years. A pile of shoes near the door is much easier to live with than constantly worn and soiled carpets, and scratched or broken tiles.

Less-frequent cleaning includes wiping out cupboards and drawers, polishing windows, scouring the oven, moving the fridge and cleaning behind/under it, and shampooing the carpet. While cleaning, you can spot signs of wear and tear, enabling you to fix any problems promptly, before they become bigger issues. Moreover, keeping your home clean and in good repair will make the house less susceptible to bugs, rodents, water damage, mold and mildew. Resolve problems in your home as soon as you are aware of them, whether it be a leaky pipe or a broken window.

Yard Upkeep

 

Keeping your lawn mowed, the trees trimmed and the flower beds weeded will not only beautify your home, but will also make you a good neighbor. Use a garden hose to flush out leaves that have accumulated in rain gutters, and provide proper drainage for rainwater to seep into the ground.

Sweep the porch, sidewalks and driveway, and remove the trash along the curb and gutter. For obvious reasons, put away toys, bicycles and other stuff every night. Get rid of old vehicles sitting in the driveway! Either fix them and use or sell them, or else take them to the recycling place and get some money out of them. Tidying up the yard—both front and back—will make your home more attractive and safe, and it will make the neighborhood look better, as well. If you ever want to sell your home, a buyer’s first impression—curb appeal—will be a powerful drawing card and may get you top dollar for your home.

Maintenance

 

Maintenance will cost something; however, doing no maintenance will be much more expensive. Performing maintenance yourself will cut costs and help you develop the skills for long-term services on your own home. Painting the interior of your home, for example, requires the purchase of paint rollers trays, tarps and other equipment; however, you will save thousands of dollars on hiring the job out. Major hardware stores can answer any questions about home maintenance projects, and they offer classes for customers who want to install tile and other such jobs. Once you have the skill, you can apply it to other areas in the home.

When you are serious about buying a home, have a reliable building inspector come and examine the house. He should check the foundation and other structural issues, the plumbing, heating/cooling and electrical systems, roof, etc. He will probably charge you around $300, but he can warn you about potential problems, or else assure you that the home is sound. His fee is a small price to pay for your awareness of the home’s condition.

Do not hesitate to hire a professional once a year to check the furnace to make sure it is working properly and doesn’t pose any dangers to the home’s occupants. An old or malfunctioning furnace can be life threatening, and it’s worth the investment to have an expert find and take care of potential problems. Make sure you invest in contents insurance to make sure your valuables are protected from any unforeseen disaster.

The best thing about having a clean and well-maintained home, inside and outside, is that it also makes you feel good about yourself; you’re proud to live there. You are comfortable in having visitors come, and people are glad to have you as a neighbor. Moreover, you will save a lot of money by learning home maintenance skills and doing the maintenance yourself.

About the Author: David Glenn is an expert in DIY home improvement techniques and interior design consulting. With his vast experience in the field, he hopes his writing can help people learn and save money through DIY projects.

 

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