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How to Get Rid of an Ants’ Nest in Your Home

By on April 17, 2017

A trail of swarming ants is a sight that’ll give even the toughest person the creeps. Ants invade homes looking for food to bring back to their colonies. They march in one-by-one, a silent and glossy trail of shiny bodies and legs.

And they’re industriously making their way through your kitchen. How do you get rid of what seems to be an ants’ nest – a home within your home?

Check out Aspen Pest Service to contact some experienced pest control help. The following information may also give you an advantage over the problem.

What Kind of Ants?

There are many varieties of ants. That’s a bit of an understatement as you can see for yourself from this article. For the most part, they keep their nests located somewhere outdoors. But carpenter ants in particular are particularly troublesome owing to the fact that they set up camp in the wood of your home’s walls.

Can You Prevent An Ant Infestation?

Unlike many other pests, ants don’t show up because of a lot of filth. They are drawn to food, however, and will get into the most surprising places. Just because a food package looks secure doesn’t mean ants can’t get in.

If you live in an ant-prone area, you should make sure all food items are stored in the refrigerator, freezer or air-tight container. Wipe down the outside of such food storage containers whenever you access them. This is because ants can home in on the sticky fingerprints on the outside of the jelly jar and pay your kitchen a visit.

If you do notice a few stray ants, it’s a good idea to get rid of them as fast as possible. Use a disinfectant wipe to get rid of the scent trail they leave for their fellow worker ants. This can help to cut off the line of communication back to the colony.

According to this news report, ants don’t like acidic substances, so strategic placement of lemon juice or vinegar can also effectively deter ants.

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Changing or Updating Kitchen Cabinets is Accomplished Best Thoughtfully

By on March 9, 2017

Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or updating its look, being able to get samples of kitchen cabinets that you’re considering can be a real help with your decision. It’s one thing to look at photos on a website to get ideas, but it’s even better when you can get a true idea of the quality of the cabinets, the color of them, and see an example of a style that you’re considering in person.

Kitchen cabinets are a crucial component that helps determine the overall look of a kitchen. They quickly become a main focal point. Sometimes you just need kitchen cabinet samples to hold in your hand, to hold up to the existing cabinets so you can see how your kitchen will ultimately look, and to try out your idea for a new cabinet style. This is one thing that can be incredibly helpful before you fully commit to changing your kitchen cabinets.

Many Styles and Colors to Choose

Once you’ve decided to take that leap and change your kitchen cabinets, you’ll find that there are many styles to choose from, and a large assortment of finish colors as well. You’ll find styles like the ever popular Shaker style, bead board panel designs, flat panels, raised square edge styles and those with a raised center panel. You’ll want to consider the kitchen design style you are trying to achieve and then decide on cabinets that will complement that style.

Colors of your kitchen cabinets will also be an important choice, depending on the mood and ambiance you’re trying to express. There are white options ranging from bright white to vintage white, and natural wood choices like walnut, maple, and chestnut. Darker wood choices like cherry and espresso go exceptionally well in modern, contemporary and Mediterranean themed kitchens. Natural wood choices fit in well in a country or rustic kitchen. White is so versatile it can fit into almost any style, including Victorian, French, or contemporary.

A Preview Helps With Your Decision

Being able to preview the kitchen cabinets before actually replacing them helps you to make the best, most informed decision. Going about putting in new cabinets or replacing existing ones is a project best undertaken in a thoughtful way for the best results. Your newly designed kitchen will quickly become the place everyone wants to gather to create memories!

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The Right Casters Make a World of Difference

By on February 14, 2017

The ability to move heavy or bulky machinery or equipment from one place to another arises quite often in a variety of industries. From manufacturing to retail to the theater, sometimes things need to be relocated. Wheels and casters are what make all those movable platforms effortlessly shifted from one location to the next. Caster wheels are literally where the rubber meets the road, which makes selecting the right ones for the right application extremely important. Luckily, there a few things that everyone should take into consideration before making a purchase.

Mobility

Mobility might seem like a straightforward feature of any wheeled application, but not every caster offers the same degree of mobility. Some casters are meant to pivot or steer, others are designed to work on a set track, and even others are manufactured simply to roll in a straight line. The reason the mobility is being deployed needs to be considered before a new caster or a replacement part can be ordered.

Capacity

Every caster and wheel combination is designed by a manufacturer with a set capacity in mind. The needs and potential loads of the platform or equipment need to be carefully verified before installation. Not only does the capacity directly impact the ability to move the equipment, but a safety issue also arises from overloaded equipment.

Decoration

Just as different types of materials produce different results, visible casters might need to have some decorative function. While primarily a priority in theater or public works industries, decorative casters are often special order items. Therefore, organizations looking to utilize the services of a decorative piece of hardware needs to be extremely careful prior to place the order. After all, there are limited return policies in place to accommodate non-matching parts or incompatible designs.

In the end, casters can be some of the most valuable pieces of a production or warehouse. Provided the capacity, mobility, and decorative function of the wheels and support structure have been carefully evaluated, companies can expect a long life of service. Moving heavy or bulky items around does not have to require extensive lifting or machinery, casters and wheels provide a simplified solution to some of the most complex problems. No matter what the setting, the right casters can make a world of difference, and save the back of anyone trying to move something from one place to another.

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