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Hiring and Communicating with a Home Cleaning Service

Thanks for stopping by my website. My name is Annabelle Collins. My husband and I live in a large house with our two teenage children. We’re fortunate in that we’re able to have a cleaning service come and clean on a weekly basis. In the past, I found that it was difficult for me to exert myself when it came to hiring and communicating with our cleaning service. I’ve never been very authoritative, and that shone through in a not good way. I wanted things to be done in a certain way, but found it difficult to ask for what I wanted. I have come to realize that in order for the service to do the job I want to be done, I have to ask for it to happen. I doubt that I’m alone in the fact that this is difficult, and want to share my experience and growth.


Hiring and Communicating with a Home Cleaning Service

How To Keep Down Pests And Raise Bird And Bee Activity In Your Garden

by Vicki Burns

Building a beautiful backyard you can enjoy is a goal of many homeowners, and with the right environment of beneficial insects and wildlife, your backyard sanctuary can become a reality. Here are some tips to help reduce your backyard pests and increase the bird and bee activity in your yard and garden.

Install Birdhouses

A good way to keep the number of insects reduced in your yard is by attracting a common predator of insects: birds. Install one or more birdhouses in your yard trees or on a birdhouse post to provide a spot for birds to rest and eat. There are many types of garden decor birdhouses for sale that you can install to add variety and interest to your yard along with attracting birds.

Make sure each birdhouse has a seed feeding box to place bird seeds for the birds to eat. Once local birds know you have bird seeds available in your yard, they will return daily and also prey on grasshoppers and other insects that may plague your yard. In turn, the birds will attract neighborhood cats to your yard. Once in your yard stalking the birds, the cats will also catch the scent of any mice living in your yard and hunt them as well.

When winter arrives, continue placing bird seeds in the birdhouses and add suet to their feeders. Birds need the extra fats that are contained in suet and will continue returning to your yard all year.

Cut Down and Remove Dry Weeds

If you are trying to keep pests from your yard and garden, you should remove any vegetation that attracts and houses them. Pests, such as mice and grasshoppers like to live in tall dry grasses and weeds. And if your yard includes a patch of dead weeds or grasses, cut and remove them from your yard.

Keep the area free of weeds and tilled, or plant vegetation or grass that you can water and keep lush and green. This will remove shelter that mice and grasshoppers like to live within.

Plant Flowers

Flowers not only add color and beauty to your backyard, but their bright colors and sweet-smelling nectar and pollen will attract bees from all around. Having more bees in your yard attracted to your flowers will help boost your garden and edible produce growth. With more flowers and bees, your vegetable produce and fruit trees will receive more pollination.

Choosing the right types of flowers to plant around your garden can also be used to repel harmful or annoying insects. Some varieties of flowers act as natural repellents to bugs that eat your plants, such as marigolds, petunias, and lavender.