(PRWEB UK) 22 April 2012
National Pet Month (7th April – 7th May) has arrived, and HomeServe has put together some useful home help and advice about how to keep your home tidy when you have pets and how to keep those unwelcome creepy crawlies away! After all, with an estimated 27 million pets in Britain, we’re a proven nation of pet lovers.
With National Pet Month coinciding with the beginning of spring and the start of spring cleaning, there’s a few simple things you can do to keep your home spotless if you have pets. There are also some things you can do to keep away insects and other creepy crawlies during the warmer months.
Removing pet hair the easy way
Here's a cheap and easy trick to remove pet hair from your upholstery or carpets. Put on a pair of rubber gloves (preferably with a raised grip) and run them under the tap to add moisture. Next, run your fingers over the areas where you want to remove pet hair. This will easily remove any stray pet hair and is great for getting into nooks and crannies (like down the back of your sofa).
How to protect your garden from cats
We’ve all been there – you’ve planted some shrubbery ready for the summer but one visit from the neighbour’s cat and it’s all been ruined! To keep your neighbour's cat on their side of the fence, place ground coffee around the outskirts of your garden. Also try sprinkling pepper or mustard powder over your flowerbeds. For smaller flowerbeds try sprinkling some orange peel around your plants, as cats hate the smell of citrus.
How to clean litter trays
White vinegar is the best thing to use for cleaning litter trays, as it not only cleans but also neutralises odours. Pour half a cup of white vinegar into your pet’s litter tray, add warm water (just enough to cover the bottom of the tray) and leave to soak for 30 minutes. After soaking, scrub with an old toothbrush or a stiff hand brush.
How to keep spiders away
Put a few drops of peppermint oil onto some cotton wool balls and place them in corners around your home where spiders usually appear. Spiders dislike the smell of peppermint and will stay away. These eight-legged creatures also dislike the smell of conkers, so place these in dark places around your home to keep them at bay.
Preventing wasp and spider nests
Have you noticed that it's common for wasps and spiders to build their nests in porches? By painting your porch ceiling pale blue, you'll trick the insects into thinking it's the sky so they won't build nests there.
How to keep flies out of your home
To keep flies from inhabiting your home this spring, avoid leaving rubbish exposed, make sure you clean any litter boxes and pet cages regularly and never leave leftover food uncovered. Leaving standing water next to doorways (inside or outdoors) can also attract flies. To deter them, try hanging plants that repel flies (such as basil or lavender) near to doorways or by windows.
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