Maintaining Your Carpet When You Have Young Children

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Maintaining Your Carpet When You Have Young Children

When it comes to toddlers and young kids, it doesn’t matter how strict you are about keeping food in the kitchen. Something is bound to make a mess on your carpet – a drippy sippy, a sneaky snacker, and toilet-training troubles are only a few examples. Despite the wear, tear, and possible rough treatment your carpet will get during these years raising a young family, there is a lot you can do to maintain your carpet and keep it in good condition. Carpeting First Aid Just as you have a first aid kit for your little one’s booboos, you can assemble a first aid kit of sorts for your carpet. Having these items on hand will save you a lot of time and effort in removing stains. Here are some things that belong in a first aid kit: Gauze: Towels that are specifically for cleaning are a good thing to keep in your kit. If your child has spill or accident that leaves a wet spot, use the towel to blot the area. This simple action can transfer a lot of the mess onto the towel and preps the area for a more thorough cleaning. Medicine: Carpet medicine isn’t like the antibiotic ointment and sterilizing solutions you find in a basic first aid kit. Medicine for carpets includes stain removers and odor eliminators. Both store-bought and homemade cleaners are effective. Splint: A medical splint is used to prevent movement that might cause extra harm to an injury. Similarly, you should have some way to make a barrier between your child and the mess. Stain removers are most effective when you can leave them on the carpet for 15 minutes or more. During this time, you’ll have to keep inquisitive infants and toddlers away from a potentially harmful cleanser. A baby gate or overturned bench can divide the room and keep your child safe. Bandages: Whenever possible, hold on to the spare carpet pieces that are left over from when your carpet was installed. You can actually patch your carpet with these pieces when damage is too great for repair (the first time your little one finds the scissors and trims a section of carpet, for example). Scissors: To patch your carpet, you’ll need scissors and a few other materials such as a stiff-bristled comb, a hot iron, a carpet glue pad, and a carpet repair mat. Using the scissors you will cut the size and shape of the patch. Then you insert the glue pad into the hole, place the replacement “bandage” over that, and put a damp repair mat over it all. Use the iron to melt the glue pad and fuse the carpet to it. Once the area has cooled, use the comb to remove loose fibers. Other Upkeep Tips While a first aid carpet kit is handy to have around, its best use is for emergency situations. Simple but regular upkeep will help your carpet stay nice and fresh on a daily basis. Here are 2 ways to maintain your carpet: Vacuum Weekly: Vacuum at least twice a week. Not only is this a safety measure for infants and toddlers who find all sorts of crumbs and small pieces of garbage to put into their mouths, but it is a way to refresh your carpet. When...

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Is Your Baby Learning To Walk? 3 Child Safety Mistakes You Might Be Making

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Your Baby Learning To Walk? 3 Child Safety Mistakes You Might Be Making

As a parent of a just-learning-to-walk child, you try to do everything you can to keep your little one safe. But sometimes what you think is safe is actually putting your child at increased risk of injury. If your child is starting to gain mobility, read on to learn about 3 child safety mistakes you may be making, and how to fix them. Carrying Your Child Up And Down Stairs If your child is old enough to crawl up and down stairs, but you’re still carrying them because you think you’re limiting their risk of falling on the stairs by doing so, think again. Children don’t always fall down stairs by themselves. Oftentimes, parents fall down the stairs while a child happens to be in their arms. Children who are injured when they fall down stairs with a parent, as opposed to falling down stairs alone, are three times more likely to require hospitalization. Only carry your child up or down stairs if you absolutely have to; if you’re only running to another floor of your home briefly, leave your baby safely in his or her crib. For when you do have to carry your child up or down stairs, prevent missteps by making sure every stair in a set has a uniform rise and run. That is, each stair should be of equal depth and height. If your stairs are uneven or especially steep or tall, it’s best to call a contractor to square them up. If a contractor isn’t in your budget right now, consider painting the edge of each step a color that contrasts your stairwell so you can clearly see where each stair ends and the next one starts when you’re walking up and down them. Installing The First Railings You Can Find On Your Stairs Yes, your stairs need railings so your child has something to grab onto if he or she happens to slip on them while practicing their new walking skills. But if you haven’t installed the right railings (and installed them correctly), you’re putting your child at increased risk of injury. Railings with slats that are placed too far apart could allow your child enough space to slip their head in-between the slats and get it stuck.  To protect your child up to the age of two, the slats on your railings should be no more than 2 and 3/8 inches apart. This distance ensures that there is not enough space for your child to wedge their head in-between the slats. It’s safe for the spacing in between slats to measure as much as 3 and 1/2 inches after your child turns 2, but only if your child is of average size or larger for their age. As an ulterior option to slatted railings, you can purchase stair railing kits with acrylic glass guards. The guards are transparent and extend from the top of the banisters to the steps, thus completely protecting your child from falling through the railing or getting stuck in it.  For more information, consider sites like Buying Your Baby A Walker A lot of parents assume that a walker is a safe place for a young child who is just starting to gain mobility. While the fact that the child is contained to the walker does limit the...

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Does Your New Home Have A Traditional Fireplace? Tips For Upkeep And Maintenance

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Does Your New Home Have A Traditional Fireplace? Tips For Upkeep And Maintenance

When you purchase a home with a traditional fireplace with a chimney that towers above your roof, you may be excited at the prospect of getting cozy in front of a roaring fire during the winter. However, to enjoy the perks of a working fireplace, you must keep it in good operating condition and learn some basic fire-building and chimney maintenance skills. If you have never owned a home with a fireplace, the following guide provides you with a primer on its upkeep. Get the Chimney Inspected As Soon as Possible If you are still in the negotiating stages of purchasing your home, make sure the chimney is included in the pre-sale inspection. A chimney inspection is a wise investment as it can uncover defects that may end up costing you hundreds or even thousands of dollars down the road. You want to make sure the structure is safe to operate and is not a fire hazard. A certified chimney inspector will look for signs of structural damage such missing bricks and damaged masonry. An inspection will also uncover problems such as creosote buildup, internal obstructions and combustible deposits. If any repairs are needed, you can use the inspection report to re-negotiate the final price of your house. Learn How to Build and Maintain a Fire Starting a fire seems like a simple task. However, there are some crucial dos and don’ts you need to follow if you want to enjoy the warmth of your fireplace in a safe manner. Before you light the fire, make sure the fireplace damper is open. Stock up on the right kind of kindling. You can use newspaper, small sticks and short, thin branches for your kindling. Do not use kindling that is more than an inch in diameter. Use dry hardwood logs for long-burning fires. Do not use moist or unseasoned green wood in your fireplace or your fire will generate a lot of smoke. Ideal wood for a fire include oak and maple. Never use painted wood or treated lumber in your fireplace. They will release toxic chemicals into your home. Pay attention to the label when you buy artificial logs. The directions may include crucial warnings such as using only one artificial log at a time in a fireplace. Invest in a mesh screen and keep the glass fireplace doors open during a fire. A mesh screen provides much better ventilation than closed fireplace doors. Poor ventilation will make the fire smoky. Your fireplace is not a grill so refrain from using fire starters meant for outdoor cooking such as charcoal lighter fluid. Do not leave a fire unattended or let it smolder until it goes out. Before you go to bed or leave the house, make sure the fire is out, separate any logs, close the screen or door and shut the damper. Keep the Fireplace and Chimney in Good Condition If your chimney does not have a cap, have one installed. It will help keep out small animals, snow and debris from trees. It will also prevent sparks from escaping the chimney and downdrafts from wind. Schedule annual chimney sweeps. Over time, you chimney will accumulate soot, creosote and glaze. A chimney sweeping service will remove these deposits. If you fail to have your chimney cleaned by a...

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Use Fabric & Cardboard To Take Your Bedroom From Boring To Beautiful!

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Use Fabric & Cardboard To Take Your Bedroom From Boring To Beautiful!

If you find yourself dreading to turn on your bedroom light or dressing in the dark because of ugly or drab décor, it might be time to consider adding visual interest in the form of a new headboard. If purchasing one is not in the budget, however, the following directions will show you how to use simple, inexpensive and recycled materials to make a great headboard in just one afternoon. Here is what you will need to get started.   From the Fabric Store: 2 yards of fabric, 58-60 inches wide (in the color or pattern you prefer) 1 spray can of fabric adhesive 2 yards of quilt batting (to create a padded look) Additional Materials & Tools one piece of sturdy cardboard large enough for the headboard scissors string thumbtacks masking tape a pencil or crayon yardstick old newspapers Determine the Size You Want the Finished Headboard to Be Use the yardstick to carefully measure the width of your bed to determine the finished size your headboard will need to be. It is best to either use the actual width of the bed or choose to let the finished headboard extend a few inches on both sides of the mattress. Next, measure the wall behind the head of the bed, from the surface of the mattress to the height you want the headboard to extend up the wall. The height must not exceed 48″ inches, so that you will have enough fabric to fold over and cover the edges of the cardboard. Shaping the Headboard Spread a layer of newspapers on a hard, smooth surface, such as a concrete or vinyl floor. Place the cardboard on the newspapers and use the yardstick to mark and trim the edges of the cardboard to ensure they are even and smooth. Once the bottom and side edges are trimmed, you are ready to form the arched upper edge. Using the yardstick, measure the cardboard from top to bottom and from side to side, to determine the center point. Using the tape or thumbtack, attach one end of the string to the center point and then extend the string tautly toward the upper right corner of the cardboard and then cut the string at the corner. Tape the string to the pencil or crayon, then use it to mark the arc it makes as it travels from corner to corner. Using the scissors, carefully cut along the line you have drawn. Because the finished headboard will have a covering of quilt batting and fabric, this crude method of drawing the arc is usually sufficient. However, if you would prefer to be more exacting, or create a different type of arc, consider using one of these easy methods.     Finishing the Headboard Next, unfold the fabric you purchased from the fabric store and spread it, wrong side up, on the newspapers, smoothing away any folds or wrinkles. Lay the cardboard on top of the fabric, lining up the straight bottom edge of the cardboard with the bottom edge of the fabric, then adjust the cardboard carefully to leave approximately four inches of excess fabric along the entire bottom edge. Continue to adjust the position of the cardboard until you have four inches of excess at both sides, as well. Then using the pencil,...

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6 Benefits Of Window Shutters Beyond Aesthetics

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 6 Benefits Of Window Shutters Beyond Aesthetics

Window shutters can truly bring your house together in a way that is coherent, pleasant and gives it a cozy, sometimes even rural, aesthetic. Nothing quite says “Little House On The Prairie” like a quaint home with shutters. Having said that, did you know that there are benefits of window shutters that go beyond the aesthetic? It’s true. Window shutters can provide you with a litany of benefits that go beyond looking nice and into the realm of the practical. This brief article will touch on 6 practical benefits of window shutters. Adjustability Although some shutters are immobile, most shutters are easily adjustable. This contributes to their practicality. Shutters can be used in almost any weather condition. Is the weather condition excessively windy where you live? Close your shutters to help protect your windows from receiving any damage. Is it a particularly bright and sunny day, but you just care for a bit of shade? Shutter your shutters to prevent light from entering your home. Heat Your Home Although it is largely recommended that you use a central heating device to heat your home during the winter months, during seasons like autumn or spring, shutters can be used to adequately control the temperature in your house. Quality shutters, when they are closed, can actually help to prevent heat from escaping your house and can also block cool air from entering. This is an inexpensive way to keep your home warm, and shutters work significantly better than blinds and drapes. Best Of Both Worlds Are there times during sunny days where you want to block the sun and heat, but you still want a nice sense of airflow circulating throughout your home? This can easily be accomplished with the help of shutters. Simply close the shutters to prevent heat and light from entering your home, but keep the louvres or slats of the shutters open. This will ensure that your house is shady but still receiving an ample amount of air circulating from the outside world. Adjustable Sunlight One of the biggest problems with blinds is that they are “all or nothing,” so to speak. If you want the blinds down, they tend to have to be all the way down, likewise for their resting up position. You can raise them halfway of course, but shutters are much more dynamic. Shutters, due to the fact that they are folding dyptichs, can be adjusted so you can receive sunlight from certain angles, creating the ability to light and heat certain areas of a specific room while keeping other areas shady and cool. Durability Another large problem with blinds and drapes is that they are largely disposable. Most blinds are made of plastic, and drapes are generally made out of cloth. Quality shutters are generally made out of quality timber and, as such, are made to last. While blinds and drapes tend to fall into disarray after a few years of use, shutters are made to withstand the changing seasons and a variety of weather changes. Easily Replaced Although shutters are built for wear and tear, there may be times where they have seen better days and are in need of a replacement. If this is the case, rest easy knowing that shutters can actually be replaced almost as easily as blinds or...

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Tips To Help You Vote Politician Bugs Out Of Your Home, Your Yard, And Your Life

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips To Help You Vote Politician Bugs Out Of Your Home, Your Yard, And Your Life

Boxelder bugs, can be quite a nuisance. Although they are not quite as damaging or even dangerous as other bugs, such as spider, bedbugs, bees, cockroaches, and termites, they can create problems within your home. Fortunately, there are a few tips you can follow to help rid these bugs from your life. Plan a Solid Campaign: Know Your Enemy The first step to voting boxelder bugs out of your home starts with knowing your enemy. The boxelder elder bug has many nicknames, including the politician bug. Depending on the area in which you live, they may also be referred to as the Democrat bug or the Republican bug. It is said that these bugs typically swarm in the month of October, which is the time of the year when many political events take place, such as elections. Boxelder bugs swarm in areas populated with boxelder trees, maple trees, and ash trees. They tend to feed on the foliage of the trees. Although their damage to trees is minimal in most cases, it can still be unsightly. In order to vote these bugs out of your life, you need to know how to identify them properly. Adult boxelder bugs are typically about 12 millimeters in length. They are brownish-black with red or orange lines along their thorax (the section of the body located directly behind the head) and their wings. Boxelder bugs do not bite and they are not poisonous. However, these bugs can swarm trees and gardens in your yard. While that may not seem problematic, it is important to note that boxelder bugs will enter your home in droves. Their feces can stain walls, carpet, furniture and other fabrics and surfaces. Rise Up and Take Action: Force Them Out When it comes to political campaigns, you often see politicians attacking each other’s strengths and weaknesses. The political bug is no different. You already know that they prefer areas with certain species of trees. One way to oust your enemy is to expose them. The removal of boxelder, maple, and ash trees from around your home is one way to force boxelder bugs out. They will move in search of other areas containing their preference of trees. Of course, not everyone is keen on the idea of removing trees for environmental issues. If you have environmental concerns, plant new trees, such as willows and oaks, in place of the ones you remove. Be Ruthless: Protect Yourself against Attack Smart politicians protect themselves against attacks from the opposing party. In this case, you need to protect yourself from attack against the politician bug. If the removal of trees is simply not an option, you need to ensure these bugs cannot enter your home. Seal your home properly with silicone and latex, particularly around doors, windows, chimneys, and the foundation. Seal any cracks you find along the outside of your home to minimize the invasion of boxelder bugs. If sealing your home is not an option, you may have to call in reinforcements. Every good politician has a team to assist him or her, and your case is no different. You will need a team of professionals to help you defend yourself, so you can win this fight. A pest control professional can help you defend against an invasion of politician...

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Do It Yourself! How To Remove And Replace Broken Window Blind Slats

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do It Yourself! How To Remove And Replace Broken Window Blind Slats

A broken window blind slat, often caused by a curious pet or child, is unsightly and can lead you to think about replacing the entire set. However, broken slats aren’t difficult to remove and replace; in fact, it is something you can do yourself with only a bare minimum of household tools and at zero cost. Below is what you need to know about fixing broken slats: Tools and materials you will need Needle nose pliers Screwdriver Scissors What you need to do 1. Understand how blinds are assembled – all kinds of blinds, whether plantation-style, mini-blinds, or venetian blinds, are put together in a similar manner. Before working on them, you need to understand a few basics of their assembly so you can visualize your final results. Here are a few of the parts explained: Ladder cords – each ladder cord consists of  two vertical, parallel strings with evenly distributed horizontal strings that tie them together. They get their name due to their distinct ladder-like appearance. Ladder cords are placed at each side of the blind assembly. The horizontal cords serve as “rungs” on the “ladder”, and the slats rest upon them, one slat per horizontal cord. The ladder cords are attached to the blind shuttering mechanism at the top end. Lift cords – the lift cords consist of single strings that run vertically between the ladder cords; The lift cords are attached to the blind lifting mechanism at the top, and are also fastened to the bottom rail. Bottom rail – the bottom rail serves to provide weight for the blinds so they hang properly and is also a base of support for both shuttering and lifting of blinds. 2. Fully open the blinds and lower them to their maximum extent – open the blind slats so they are horizontal, and release the lifting mechanism to permit all the slats to all hang freely. If necessary, pull the blinds away from the window sill so they can hang without any interference. 3. Remove the bottom cord fasteners – turn the bottom rail up so you can view its underside. At each end of the rail, there will be a plug that holds both the lift cords and ladder cords in-place. Carefully pry this plug free from its position using a flat-bladed screwdriver or a pair of needle nose pliers. 4. Remove the bottom rail – examine the lift cord and its relationship to the plugs. In some blinds, the lift cords are routed through the center of the plugs and tied with stopper knots to hold them in position. In other sets, the lift cords will be knotted inside the bottom rail. In either situation, push the rail up to give yourself sufficient slack to access the knots and untie them. The ladder cord “rungs” should have been released when you pulled the plugs from the rail. Carefully slide the bottom rail free from its position. 5. Remove slats beneath and including the broken slat – take a close look at how the lift cord is routed through the blind slats and between the ladder cord. It is commonly woven in-and-out of the ladder cord “rungs”; if so, remember that when reassembling the blinds later. Next, pull the lift cords up and out of the slats; this...

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What Are Your Environmentally-Friendly Weed Control Options?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The pursuit of a lush, green, weed-free lawn is one shared by many homeowners — some of whom will seemingly stop at nothing to achieve the lawn of their dreams. However, toxic runoff from certain common pesticides can cause problems for your soil and nearby waterways, while certain types of weed control sprays can require you to keep your children and furry family members inside for hours as these sprays dry. Are there any gentle and environmentally-friendly ways to keep weeds at bay? Read on to learn more about your “green” weed control options. Why worry about the environmental impact of weed control?  Even if you live in a cookie-cutter subdivision, far away from the nearest water source, the potential harm resulting from weed-killer run-off can be high. Many water treatment plants must invest in additional equipment to help remove these contaminants from wastewater, raising your community’s water prices.  The use of these chemicals can also harm wildlife in the area and even pets. If you have dogs or cats who like to run across your lawn and then come inside, by licking their paws, they may unintentionally ingest a harmful dose of weed-killer solution. Pollinators like bees and butterflies are often the gentlest victims of these chemicals — and over time, a reduction in the bee population in a certain area can virtually eliminate homeowners’ and farmers’ ability to grow crops. What are the best gentle weed-killing options? In an ironic twist, the ultimate weed-control solution is often your end goal — a thick green lawn. If you have a solid turf structure, the interweaving of grass blades and roots will effectively resist most common weeds. For this reason, gentle weed killers are often best, as they combat weeds specifically without harming the surrounding grass. As your grass is given more room to grow as the weeds die away, it becomes thicker and stronger — eventually allowing it to resist weed growth without additional intervention.  Before you’ve reached this point, there are a few common household ingredients you can use to control weeds without harming pets or the environment.   Vinegar and water Vinegar is the darling of all household DIY-ers — it can be used to make cleaning solutions, laundry detergent, and even weed-control spray. By mixing together equal parts vinegar and water and applying them to the surface of weeds, you can kill off most stubborn weeds in just a week or so. Vinegar is particularly effective on weeds that have an extensive root structure emanating from a single central root, or taproot. This is good news for your lawn, as it ensures that you can dump copious quantities of your vinegar-and-water mixture while only “weeding out” the unwanted intruders. Vinegar and dish soap If your vinegar-and-water mixture didn’t quite eradicate all the weeds in your yard, you can also concoct a mixture of vinegar and regular dish soap. This interesting-smelling concoction is a bit stronger than vinegar and water alone, and can help take out the more stubborn weeds you find yourself facing. Although it’s highly effective against errant weeds, it’s still gentle enough to use on your turf grass — and best of all, it poses zero threat to kids or outdoor pets. (In fact, the unpleasant taste of vinegar and dish soap together...

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Furnishing Your Toddler’s Bedroom? Here’s How To Make Sure It’s Perfect

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Shopping for a toddler’s bedroom tends to be a lot of fun, because there are so many quirky and unique options to choose from that bring out the kid in people of all ages. From colorful art tables to indoor slides, there is something out there for imaginations of all types. But all of those choices can be pretty overwhelming if you aren’t armed with a design plan. Here’s how to prep before your shopping trip to ensure that your toddler’s bedroom is perfect for their needs and wants: Separate The Room Into Sections It can be tempting to make purchases by imagining how the room will look with the furnishings that interest you, but assuming that a table will fit in the middle of the room or that an art desk can squeeze into the corner somewhere may very well result in a disorganized and cluttered space. The best way to avoid this problem is to separate the room into sections, so that each section can be designed with organization in mind. Consider designating a separate space for sleeping, playing, and learning, and decorate them accordingly. Measure each area so you know exactly how much space you’re working with so it’s easy to determine what will and won’t fit in said space while you shop. You may even want to visit the furniture store after you’ve measured the room so you can measure several options you’re interested in and head back home to see which will fit the best before making a final purchase. Put Some Focus On Color Color is what brings a toddler’s room to life, and depending on which colors you choose, you can inspire their creativity and encourage calmness, or create lots of excitement and maybe even a little aggression. For example, a room full of red hues tends to evoke powerful emotions such as passion and anger. That’s not to say you cannot use a little in the space, but you’ll probably want to balance things out with a few of these other color options: Blue brings on a sense of tranquility and can even lower blood pressure rates. Green highlights the adventures of nature and brings out the playful side in people. Yellow offers an open and inviting atmosphere and encourages joyous energy. These considerations will help you build a solid color base for your room through the pieces of furniture you choose. Add accents of color with throw pillows, area rugs, and vibrant trim. Artwork and posters are also an effective source of color accents that are subtle enough that they won’t take the spotlight, yet vibrant enough to catch your eye as you enter the room. Colorful frames around photos, watercolors, and cartoon characters all make great choices. Don’t Forget About The Walls The walls provide an awesome tool for incorporating furniture and features into your toddler’s bedroom. Instead of implementing an art easel that takes up precious floor space in the room, you can paint a chalkboard on the wall. It’s also possible to save space by attaching a hinged table against the wall that can be folded down for use. Installing floating shelves in the room will allow you to forgo bulky bookshelves and entertainment stations as well. To round out your toddler’s bedroom theme, consider painting murals...

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How To Make Live Mouse Trap With A Two-Liter Bottle

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mice enter the home in the fall and winter to seek shelter from the cold and to avoid natural predators like owls, hawks and foxes. They don’t mean any harm, of course, but sharing your home with rodents puts your family at risk of a host of diseases, like salmonella and Leptospirosii. Getting rid of mice as soon as they are discovered—and before they have time to breed—is important. You can accomplish this quickly and easily with a homemade live trap made from a recycled two-liter soda bottle. Making The Trap Wash and dry a two-liter soda bottle and remove the label Cut the neck of the soda bottle about 1-2 inches from the mouth and remove it from the bottle.  Make another cut on the bottle slightly below the curve to form a funnel. Place the funnel on the table with the smaller end pointing upward. Make several 1-inch cuts around the top of the funnel, shaping them into a pointed or spiked end. This should look like a spiked crown. Bend every other spike inward so they are perpendicular to the outside of the funnel. This deters mice from leaving the trap once they are inside. Position the funnel inside the bottom section of the bottle, so that the rim of the funnel aligns with the top edge of the bottom section. The funnel will be facing downward into the bottle. Tape the rims with packing tape or other sturdy tape. Adding Bait Mice are not picky eaters and will gladly devour bits of leftover food and crumbs found on the counter. Contrary to popular opinion, they are not particularly partial to cheese, but will eat it. They are more likely to be attracted to peanut butter, seeds or nuts, or even a little kibble from your dog’s or cat’s dish.  Select the desired food for bait. Drop the food through the hole in your trap. Setting The Trap Unlike complicated commercial traps that work with springs and trip wires, these traps are ready to go. Simply place them in the desired location and wait for the mouse to visit for his nightly meal. Here are some tips for picking a good spot: Choose an area where mice are known to frequent, such as behind kitchen appliances or in cabinets. Tuck the bottle into corners or between storage boxes if mice frequent your attic or storage room. Place the trap in an area that is dark during the night. Checking Your Traps Even though this is a live trap, they must be checked often, as trapped mice cannot live indefinitely in the bottle. They may also panic when they discover they cannot escape through the hole at the mouth of the funnel. Some mice may chew the plastic or figure out how to avoid the spikes to make their escape. Disposing of them as soon after catching them causes the mice less stress and avoids dealing with possible escapees. Releasing The Mice The whole idea behind using a live trap is to spare the mouse his life. This means you need to be ready to transport him to a new area where he can set up residence. But beware! Unless you relocate the trapped mouse at least 3 to 5 miles from your home, he may return. The...

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