Once pests invade apartments they can be a real pain to eliminate. We have compiled some helpful tips for controlling and solving your insect problem without using toxic chemicals in your home:
Block entryways with petroleum jelly or duct tape and sprinkle with cayenne pepper or cinnamon, which interacts with their feelers. Wipe down area with vinegar and water solution. Vinegar removes the scent trails and keeps them from coming back to the same source in apartments. To reduce and kill your ant population in faster way, borax mixed with jelly ruins digestive system and the exoskeleton.
Roaches are attracted to water so it is important to not leave stagnant water in the sink, avoid humidity, and wipe all spills. While you are at it, put all produce, bread, and perishable food items in the fridge. Mix borax with sugar. Like with the ants, it damages their exoskeleton and their digestive system. Will take about 2 weeks to see results, as the roaches continually cary and ingest the deadly, yet non-toxic, method. You can even make your own non-toxic trap: coat the insides of a mason jar with petroleum jelly and fill jar with a healthy slice of bread. They cannot crawl up the sides of the jar and are trapped inside. This method will not kill the whole colony at a rapid rate, but it will get rid of surface level insects.
We like this nifty method for getting rid of fruit flies in apartments. Pour a glass of wine or orange juice into a cup. Then, cover it with saran wrap, and poke 6-8 small holes with a needle for flies to crawl into. They will not be able to fly out of the glass and will remain trapped. If you like to keep the doors open occasionally in your apartment, keep a pot or a few sprigs of basil in your home to repel fruit flies.
Moths like dark and cozy area like your closet. They can produce larvae and hatch eggs in your garments and leave holes in your clothes. A satchel of cedar blocks and/or lavender can eliminate this problem in apartments. Cedar will kill the larvae, and lavender will act as a repellant to prevent future infestations. Consider it a 1, 2 punch to moth colonies!
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Earlier this week we focused on designing the entryway of apartments. To lead us into the weekend, we are divulging our favorite Halloween decor tips for your entryway. If you live in an apartment community that celebrates Halloween and supports a parade of pint-sized Trick’or’treaters, its time to make some room for decorations and fun!
The classic Jack-O’lantern: Nothing says Fall like a display of pumpkins by your front door. Decorate and illuminate one of your favorite gourds by following these instructions. If you are lighting by candle, be sure to keep the pumpkin off the floor and away from costume sleeves and trains. If you are using electricity to light your bulb, scatter hay around the area to complete the look.
Candy serving ideas: You continue the pumpkin theme by creating a candy bowl out of one half of a hallowed and dried pumpkin. Another idea is to use felt pieces to create a white felt “ghost” bag with the mouth as the opening. You can find a ton of Halloween candy dish ideas for apartments at HGTV’s Halloween Ideas website.
Mood lighting: Change the “welcome light” bulb outside of your apartment to create a festive mood. Black lights create a spooky vibe and illuminate bright costumes. You can even hang some fake cob-webs around the light fixture and around the door to add to this look.
Inside your apartment: Be mindful of your front door area and clear away any clutter to make room for a stool or table for candy. Indoors, you can also incorporate mood lighting with colorful bulbs. If you have a dog or cat, be sure to keep them away from the front door. Visitors in costume may startle or overexcite a pet or a fearful child. If you are worried about apartment safety, sit outdoors for the evening and visit with people in neighboring apartments.
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The entryway of your apartment sets the mood for your home and often gives off a lasting first impression. Make your apartment living space more cozy and memorable by incorporating these tips for organizing the entryway:
Use the entryway closet – If you are lucky enough to have a closet by the front door, this is a perfect place to make room for outerwear, shoes, and other items you may need as you leave your home. At the bare minimum, make sure to have extra hangers, a shoe rack, and a loop hanger for scarves, leashes, and extra bags. If your apartment living entry space does not include a closet, place a coat hanger by the door and a woven basket for shoes.
Have a temporary resting place for your personal belongings – Your keys, cell phone, purse, and shopping bags all need a space for when you walk in the door. Some options include hanging key hooks and a small side table near the door for discarding things when you have your hands full. Having a place for your daily items will also save you time. It is a nifty apartment living tip – When you are ready to walk out the door, you will already know where your important belongings are sitting.
Organize papers – Incoming and outgoing mail can pile up quickly in your apartment living entryway. Manage the flow of paper daily by setting up a designated space for it: Create 2 separate piles for outgoing and incoming mail. Keep both a discard bin and a flexible accordion file near the mail pile. By having a routine and a system you can easily sort the mail as it comes in.
Install a chalkboard or whiteboard – Write reminders for yourself so that you do not forget things as you leave your home. An erasable writeboard can also serve as a reliable scratch pad. How many instances have you found yourself scrambling around your apartment living room to find a pen and paper during an important phone call?
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