You Think You Know Cockroaches? Think Again!

Cockroaches have six legs, a pair of antennae and some even have wings, which are not particularly for flying. While most of us are aware of these characteristics, did you know that these insects can measure over 50 cm in length and can be even larger in tropical areas?

They are carriers of many diseases and the only way to get rid of them is to use cockroach killers. However, before you do that, here are some interesting facts about your enemy.

They are Older than the Dinosaurs

You are not the only one being troubled by them. They have been here for ages and, guess what, the first humans didn’t even have a spray to get rid of them. In fact, a recent study revealed that these pests have been on the planet longer than humans.

Their origins are reported to be as far back as 359 million years ago, making them older than even the dinosaurs. While other animals of that time have become extinct, these insects have managed to survive every cycle of extinction.

There are More than 4,000 Species in the World

You can find cockroaches even in parts of the world where there are no human beings. Approximately 4,600 species of these pests have been identified, spread all across the globe, except Antarctica. However, only 30 species have the capability to become pests.

So, before you start a war, remember that first bit from Men in Black! Yeah, these insects might have even gone where no man has gone before.

They Can Eat Anything

By anything, we mean absolutely every organic matter you could think of. They can eat dead insects, soaps, cloth, paper, glue, hair and, how can we forget, human food.

We are not the only foodies on this planet. In fact, these creatures will never run out of food. And while they are cold-blooded like snakes and crocodiles, they cannot survive for more than 2 weeks without water and this is the leading cause of death among them.

They Can Hold Their Breath

Yes, you read that right. So, you can’t kill them by starving them to death and you can’t kill them by flushing them down the toilet either. The reason? They can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes in water. This is because they can breathe in air through holes present in their body. This gives them enough time to crawl to safety.

They can even exist without their head for a week. This leaves you with just one option to get rid of an infestation in your home – get yourself the best cockroach killer, whether a product or an extermination service, as soon as possible.

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Learn the art of how to remove carpet stains from your gorgeous carpet!

Carpets enhance the look of any room and it looks very classy. It happens many times that your carpets become stained and you need to remove those stains instantly. There are various ways to remove rigid stains from the carpet but one of the main things you need to learn is to how to remove carpet stains immediately. The primary thing you need to take care is to spill as much water as required when your carpet is stained.

Stop the spill getting inside the carpet:

Make sure that the blot doesn’t go inside the carpet and blemishes. When the stain gets deep inside the carpet then it becomes quite difficult to clean the carpet and it will destroy the look of the room as well. So don’t let the stain get deep inside the carpet. Your second step to clean the carpet is to use soft detergent instead of using harsh soap or activator as it may discolor your carpet. You should provide proper cure to your carpet stains by employing cleaner that is tolerable for carpet fibers. In many cases, substitute cleansers such as carpet cleaning solution, vinegar, and ammonia are used to clean the stains.

Call some professional help:

If you can’t remove the stains from the rugs, it is always advisable to call some professional help who can perform the job ideally. Removing stains is not a tough job but when the stain is rigid then it is always good to call an expert. It depends up on carpet to carpet quality and the stain because that makes it rigid and tough to clean. Here are some easy ways to remove stains from the carpet and some cleaning tips:

·         In many cases of stains, quick reaction as well as water is what all you require to debar the stain from getting rigid. You need to take instant step when you see the stain is fresh. You need to primary remove the solid substance by using a clean tissue or towel to check and clean the dribble as much as possible.

·         You need to completely remove the stain from the carpet by using some mild detergent or else if you use just normal water then stain may occur again in few days. It might happen again that the stain pop up after some days of cleaning or when a few quantity of liquid is accumulated at the carpet bottom. When you considered that you have cleaned the stain then you simply had just cleaned the carpet.

·         It will make your job tough and the procedure of cleaning the carpet more difficult. You can debar this by providing shelter to the stained area with towel or paper or a thicker cloth, then putting some heavy item on it. Leave this overnight to let the cloth or paper to soak the remaining liquid from the carpets. You can clean your carpet next day in a proper way.

·         Most of the stains are caused by different food products that needs extra care when you try to remove the stains. Food stains are very stubborn and need a liquid soap or non bleaching laundry detergent plus water.

How to Avoid Mosquito Bites

In 1897, Sir Ronald Ross identified a tropical species as the vector for deadly malaria and named it the “mosquito.” Ever since then, humans have been wary of this insect and rightly so. Out of all the disease-transmitting insects, mosquitoes are the most dangerous, spreading malaria, yellow fever and dengue. Malaria is endemic in 91 countries and about 40% of the population of the world is at risk. Saudi Arabia is not different.

Every year, 500 million cases of malaria are registered and around 2.7 million people die annually across the world, with 90% of these cases occurring in Africa. Dengue is another deadly disease caused by a mosquito bite, with 2,500 million people at risk worldwide in more than 100 countries. According to a local survey in Saudi Arabia, several doctors reported a dramatic rise in the number of patients bitten by mosquitoes due to the rise in warm weather in the country.

To avoid mosquito bites, you should always keep mosquito repellents handy. Here are some other ways to stay protected.

Keep a Check on Breeding

The best way to get rid of mosquitoes from your home and even locality is to keep a check on their breeding sites. According to Jim Fredericks, PhD, chief entomologist for the National Pest Management Association, “Something as small as a bottle cap can be a breeding spot for mosquitoes.” So, make sure that there is no stagnant water in and around your home. Ponds, garbage bins and improperly drained yards also attract mosquitoes. Remove all cans or canisters that can collect rain water or keep them under a shed. If you have a bird bath, then replace the water every two days.

Precaution and Protection

Wear full sleeved clothes whenever possible. Less exposed skin naturally means less mosquito bites. Keep the windows and doors of the house closed to reduce the entry of these insects and turn on the fan of the room where you are sitting. A strong breeze can deter mosquitoes from landing on you.

Lastly, use mosquito repellents. Use a bug spray to get rid of insects but make sure not to use it in a way that makes contact with sensitive body parts like the eyes or mouth. Apply ointment based mosquito repellents on the skin before sleeping to avoid bites at night.

Eat Healthy

Maintaining a healthy diet is the key to staying healthy. Ensure a balanced diet for yourself and your family and keep all leftovers well covered and away from insects of any kind.

Learn the art of how to remove carpet stains from your gorgeous carpet!

Carpets enhance the look of any room and it looks very classy. It happens many times that your carpets become stained and you need to remove those stains instantly. There are various ways to remove rigid stains from the carpet but one of the main things you need to learn is to how to remove carpet stains immediately. The primary thing you need to take care is to spill as much water as required when your carpet is stained.

Stop the spill getting inside the carpet:
Make sure that the blot doesn’t go inside the carpet and blemishes. When the stain gets deep inside the carpet then it becomes quite difficult to clean the carpet and it will destroy the look of the room as well. So don’t let the stain get deep inside the carpet. Your second step to clean the carpet is to use soft detergent instead of using harsh soap or activator as it may discolor your carpet. You should provide proper cure to your carpet stains by employing cleaner that is tolerable for carpet fibers. In many cases, substitute cleansers such as carpet cleaning solution, vinegar, and ammonia are used to clean the stains.
Call some professional help:
If you can’t remove the stains from the rugs, it is always advisable to call some professional help who can perform the job ideally. Removing stains is not a tough job but when the stain is rigid then it is always good to call an expert. It depends up on carpet to carpet quality and the stain because that makes it rigid and tough to clean. Here are some easy ways to remove stains from the carpet and some cleaning tips:
•    In many cases of stains, quick reaction as well as water is what all you require to debar the stain from getting rigid. You need to take instant step when you see the stain is fresh. You need to primary remove the solid substance by using a clean tissue or towel to check and clean the dribble as much as possible.
•    You need to completely remove the stain from the carpet by using some mild detergent or else if you use just normal water then stain may occur again in few days. It might happen again that the stain pop up after some days of cleaning or when a few quantity of liquid is accumulated at the carpet bottom. When you considered that you have cleaned the stain then you simply had just cleaned the carpet.
•    It will make your job tough and the procedure of cleaning the carpet more difficult. You can debar this by providing shelter to the stained area with towel or paper or a thicker cloth, then putting some heavy item on it. Leave this overnight to let the cloth or paper to soak the remaining liquid from the carpets. You can clean your carpet next day in a proper way.
•    Most of the stains are caused by different food products that needs extra care when you try to remove the stains. Food stains are very stubborn and need a liquid soap or non bleaching laundry detergent plus water.

How your hands could make you sick

Not keeping your hands free of germs and other impurities could result in illness and the temporary loss of activity.

Are you following the single most important activity in personal hygiene? We’re not referring to showering every day, cleansing and moisturising the skin and even ensuring good hair health – though these are important, too. We’re referring to the one thing you must do as the first and most vital step in ensuring that you do not fall sick often or pass on an illness to others.

We’re talking about washing hands.

It sounds like such a simple thing to do, but you would be surprised at how often we overlook it. Washing your hands at least four times a day keeps your hands clean and free of disease-causing bacteria and germs. Also, your hands are the main culprit when it comes to picking up germs from contaminated surfaces and also inadvertently passing them on to others.

And yet, people forget to wash their hands during the course of the day, or think that their hands do not need to be washed. Washing your hands after they get dirty or after you visit the restroom is a given, but it is also important to wash your hands prior to doing certain activities:

  • Handling raw food ingredients
  • Preparing formula for an infant
  • Tending to an ill person or a pet
  • Giving a child a bath or changing his diaper
  • Dressing a wound, etc.

Situations which call for washing your hands after an activity:

  • Handling raw meat and vegetables
  • Coming in contact with human or animal wastes/bodily fluids
  • Returning home from work
  • Changing a child’s diaper
  • After playing or exercising outdoors, etc.

Are all germs bad?

Most germs are harmless, but the few that are not can cause illnesses such as stomach bugs, cold, cough, fever and even skin infections. These illnesses can stop you from leading an active life till you get better – this results in a loss of working days as well. Disease-causing bacteria and germs must be eliminated at the earliest opportunity. You are likely to catch them in public spaces or after touching implements that everybody uses: staircase bannisters, office landlines, computer keyboards, elevator buttons, handrails in public transport and furniture upholstery are hotbeds of germs and viruses that can pass on from person to person.

What happens when you cannot wash your hands?

You may be in a place – an outdoor park or a business meeting in another office – where there is no immediate access to soap and water. Hand sanitizers are useful in such situations – just squeeze out a couple of drops on the palms of your hands and rub them together. The hand sanitizer effectively kills the germs and bacteria present on the skin. It also rids the hands of grease, dirt and dust, just the way a soap would.

There is no need to rinse your hands with water or clean them further with antibacterial wipes – a good hand sanitizer should kill up to 99.99% of germs on the hands within seconds of application.

How to Get Rid of Flies?

According to a study, there are more than 100,000 known species of flies in the world. Only God knows how many unknown species are yet to be discovered! Known as “musca domestica” in Latin, flies are normally 4 to 7.5 mm long. Female flies lay five to six batches of 75 to 100 eggs. In ideal conditions, these eggs hatch in 12 to 24 hours. The average life span of a fly is less than one month and they are known to carry more than 100 pathogens, which can cause some serious diseases like typhoid, cholera and dysentery.

 

Saudi Arabia is a desert country and the temperature rises above 100 degrees in the summer. This makes it the ideal breeding grounds for various types of insects and reptiles, including flies. To keep your family safe from the diseases spread by these insects, it is important to learn various methods of fly control.

Tips to Get Rid of Flies

A home free of flies takes a little effort and at times, using professional help to do so can be the best option available to control their population or eliminate them complete. In the meantime, here’s a look at some temporary solutions that require less effort but can be effective, nonetheless.

 

  • Fly Control Techniques: The process is basically about not allowing flies to enter the house and keeping control over their multiplying. This can be achieved by cleaning or destroying the breeding sources. If they don’t have any place to lay eggs, the growth will automatically stop. Normally places like trash cans and garbage bins are used by them to lay eggs. So it is important to identify all such places in the house and ensure that they are covered and clean.

 

  • Fly Elimination Techniques: The best way to solve a problem is to remove it from the root. Now this may sound very cruel but it is the best possible solution. If we remove the adult flies, then there won’t be any left to lay eggs. It will require some work on your part but will give you long term relief. Many fly repellents can be used for this procedure.

 

There many reasons to love vodka and this is one of them. For some reason, flies cannot bear the smell of vodka and so it can be used as a fly repellent. Just add some aloe vera juice to one spoon of vodka and spray it on an infested area. The better way though would be to use a repellant spray. You can easily buy it at any store near your house or can order it online.

Tricks to Make Your Home Look Clean

Maintaining a clean house has always been a tough task. We all have different excuses, like busy schedules, growing kids and even laziness, on some occasions, for not being able to achieve that spotless home that most of us desire. However, in 2014, Saudi Arabia saw growth of 4.7% in personal and house cleaning products. The global growth in this sector is expected to be around 11% between 2013 and 2018. Keeping a clean house helps you stay healthy and saves you from embarrassment when relatives and friends visit.

Minimum Effort Tips to Keep Your House Clean

  1. Keep the Dirt Out: The best way to keep the house clean is to leave the dirt outside. Use door mats and set a rule of leaving shoes outside. Practice it yourself and others who pay a visit will follow. You won’t need to clean your floor very often if you leave your footwear outside.
  2. Use Carpets: Using carpets in the living room and dining room can really liven up the space and make it look cozy and inviting. However, it is important that you keep carpets clean because a dirty carpet not only looks terrible, it also becomes the breeding grounds for bacteria and fungus., A problem that you might face is of getting rid of stains. In case, you are wondering how to get grass stains out, use Vanish Carpet and Upholstery Spray. With this product, all you need is 5 minutes and some blotting paper and your carpet will be as good as new.
  3. Set Your Dining Table: We all love those perfectly set dining tables in movies, right? It makes your house look so beautiful. So, even if you aren’t planning on inviting guests to dinner, having an inviting table doesn’t hurt. It will do wonders for your dining room if you make it a habit to set the table every day.
  4. Make Your Bed Everyday: Many of us have this bad habit of not taking care of our bedroom. We often leave our pillow and bedsheets in a bad condition, in the rush to reach work on time. However, the reality is that it takes hardly 2 minutes to make your bed. Do it every day after getting up and also remember to change the bedsheets as well as well pillow covers on a regular basis.
  5. Keep Your Kitchen Clean: Your kitchen is where all the food is prepared and therefore should be the cleanest area of the house. For the entire family to remain healthy, food should be prepared under hygienic conditions. Wash your dishes every day, wipe down all surfaces after each meal is prepared and make sure you store all food and raw ingredients in clean containers.
  6. Clean Up Immediately: If you want to keep your house clean, do not let things pile up. If you see any spots or spills, clean them immediately. Leaving them for later never helps. It is also important to keep things in their rightful places. It makes house look clean and uncluttered, while making it easier to find things when you need them.