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Make sure to keep yourself covered, if you do employ these money saving tips as suggested in the video above. And by covered I mean, employ yourself and independent building inspector to carry out a certified building inspection report, so that when the time comes to sell you property, your buyer will have the peace of mind knowing that even though you employed some cost saving methods to construct your home, you didn’t cut corners when it came to doing things properly.
The way a building inspector can help you to save money in the long run, is to inspect any work done by contractors or owner builders, who to the untrained eye may have done things incorrectly in order to save themselves some money on materials or processes.
If you are in the Melbourne area, then New Building Inspectors, are your first choice for a qualified builder to provide you with an independent building inspections report.
And once the house is complete you are going to want to celebrate. After all that blood sweat and tears, the new house is now ready to be enjoyed and what better way to do that than to entertain your friends and family.
After the hard work that everyone has contributed to the project it is only fitting that they get to join in on the celebrations too. You can invite the builders, bricklayers, landscapers, interior decorators – in fact invite anyone who has put in their best effort to make your new home the best it could be. You never know when you are going to want to have them come back and do some more work or fix up any mistakes that may eventuate after the warranty period may be over. If you have returned kind with kind, you will be in a better negotiation spot to get them back to do the work for little or no cost to you. Celebrate getting the key to the door at one of these great 21st birthday venues Melbourne all available for hire or reservation.
Make sure you take all the hard work out of the event and hire a quality catering company to handle the food preparation and service of the guests. You know you don’t save much money by trying to do this yourself and it just adds to the enjoyment level when someone else is responsible for the cooking and looking after the mess once the party is over. Companies that can handle corporate events and cocktail parties, such as Chilterns Catering are the people you need to call first.
So whatever you decide to do, just make sure that everyone has a good time at your house warming party.
In keeping with most districts of healthcare, the marketplace has seen a boom in the construction of Behavioral Healthcare facilities. Contributing to this increase is the paradigm shift in the way society views mental illness. Society is placing a heavier value on the need to treat people with serious addictions such as alcohol, prescription and elicit drugs. A large percentage of people suffering from behavioral disorders are afflicted with both mental and addictive behaviors, and most will re-enter communities and either become contributors or violators.
These very specialized facilities do not typically yield the attention from today’s top healthcare designers and their quantity accounts for a small fraction of healthcare construction. However, Behavioral Healthcare projects are increasing in number and are being designed by some very prominent architectural firms such as Cannon Design and Architecture Plus. Many are creating state-of-the-art, award-winning contemporary facilities that defy what most of us believe Behavioral Healthcare design to be.
Changing the Way We Design Behavioral Healthcare Facilities
As with all good planners and designers, A+D (along with facility experts) are reviewing the direct needs of patient and staff while reflecting on how new medicine and modern design can foster patient healing rates, reduce environmental stress, and increase safety. This is changing the face of treatment and outcome by giving the practitioner more time to treat because they require less time and resources to “manage” disruptive patient populations.
The face of Behavioral Healthcare is quickly changing. No longer are these facilities designed to warehouse patients indefinitely. And society’s expectations have changed. Patients are often treated with the belief that they can return to their community and be a contributor to society. According to the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS), depending on the severity of illness, the average length of stay in a Behavioral Healthcare facility is only 9.6 days.
What has changed?
Jaques Laurence Black, AIA, president and principal of New York City-based daSILVA Architects, states that there are two primary reasons for the shortened admission period:
1. Introduction of modern psychotropic drugs that greatly speed recovery
2. Pressures from insurance companies to get patients out of expensive modes of care
To meet these challenges, healthcare professionals are finding it very difficult to effectively treat patients within the walls of antiquated, rapidly deteriorating mental facilities. A great percentage of these facilities were built between 1908 and 1928 and were designed for psychiatric needs that were principled in the belief to “store” not to “rehabilitate.”
Also impacting the need for Behavioral Healthcare construction is the reluctance of acute-care facilities to provide mental health level services for psychiatric or addiction patients. They recognize that patient groups suffering from behavioral disorders have unique health needs, all of which need to be handled and treated only by very experienced healthcare professionals. This patient population also requires a heightened level of security. Self-harm and injuring staff and other patients are major concerns.
The Report of the Surgeon General: “Epidemiology of Mental Illness” also reports that within a given year about 20% of Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder and 5.4% suffer from a serious mental illness (SMI ) – defined as bipolar, panic, obsessive-compulsive, personality, and depression disorders and schizophrenia. It is also believed 6% of Americans suffer from addiction disorders, a statistic that is separate from individuals who suffer from both mental and addiction disorders. Within a given year it is believed that over one-quarter of America’s population warrants levels of mental clinical care. Even if these statistics were cut in half, it cannot be denied as a serious societal issue.
With a growing population, effectively designing in accordance with such measures is at the heart of public health.
Understanding the Complexity of Behavioral Healthcare Design
Therefore, like Corrections, leading planners and designers specializing in Behavioral Healthcare are delving deeper to better understand the complexity of issues and to be the activist to design facilities that promote treatment and healing – and a safer community.
The following is a list of key design variables that are being studied and implemented:
1. Right Sizing
2. Humanizing Materials and Color
3. Staff-Focused Amenities and Happiness
4. Security and Safety
5. Therapeutic Design Tenants
Today’s Behavioral Healthcare facilities are often one-story single buildings within a campus size. Often debated by Clients due to costs, this design preference is driven by the demand for natural light, window views to nature for all patient areas, and outdoor open-air gardens “wrapped” within. All of this provides soothing qualities to the patient, reduces their anxieties, counteracts disruptive conduct and helps to reduce staff stress.
“When you look at the program mix in these buildings, there’s a high demand for perimeter because there are a lot of rooms that need natural light. Offices, classrooms, dining areas, community rooms, and patient rooms all demand natural light, so you end up with a tremendous amount of exterior wall, and it forces the building to have a very large footprint.” – James Kent Muirhead, AIA, associate principal at Cannon Design in Baltimore
These design principles are also believed to improve staff work conditions. Unlike a multi-story complex, at any moment staff can walk outdoors and access nature, free from visual barriers, and within a building that more accurately reflects building types that both patients and staff would encounter in their communities.
In addition to right-sizing for the overall building footprint, is right-sizing for internal patient and staff support area. Similar to the move we have seen in Corrections to de-centralize support spaces, Behavioral Healthcare is moving to decentralized nursing/patient units called “neighborhoods.” With mental health facilities there is a large concern with distances and space adjacencies in relation to the patient room and patient support areas such as treatment and social spaces. Frank Pitts, AIA, FACHA, OAA president of Architecture Plus, Troy, NY, advocates neighborhoods that average 24-30 beds arranged in sub-clusters, called “houses”, of 8-10 beds. Thus, each neighborhood consists of three houses. Often these layouts will include a common area where patients congregate and socialize, with a separate quiet room so patients can elect to avoid active, crowded areas. In addition Pitts states, “There’s a move away from central dining facilities. So, while facilities will still have a central kitchen, it’s a whole lot easier moving food than it is patients.” However, it is important for the facility to mimic normal outside daily life routines, so patients are encouraged to frequently leave their neighborhoods to attend treatment sessions, and outdoor courtyards.
Humanizing Materials & Color
In all facilities that play a role in rehabilitation, design strives to create spaces that humanize, calm, and relax. Behavioral Healthcare patients need to feel that they are in familiar surroundings; therefore, the architectural vocabulary should feel comfortable and normal. Since these facilities are about rehabilitation (when possible) and encouraging patients to merge back into society, the facility should feel like an extension of the community. Their spaces should reflect the nature and architecture of the surrounding region and thus so, no two facilities should look too much alike.
“Our approach to designing these facilities is to view the facility as an extension of the community where patients will end up when they’re released. Interior finishes also depend on geography because you want to replicate the environment patients are used to. You want to de-stigmatize the facility as much as possible.” – Tim Rommel, AIA, ACHA, OAA, principal with Cannon Design in Buffalo, NY.
Therefore, materials and colors within these spaces want to feel familiar to one’s region and everyday life. To soothe the psyche and rehabilitate, they want to feel soft and comfortable, yet visually stimulating. An interior that is overly neutral or hard in appearance is not appropriate. Materials should reduce noise, and colors should lift the spirit. This can help to create an environment in which the patient can learn, socialize, and be productive while easing anxieties, delivering dignity, and modifying behavior. As stated previously, behavioral studies advise the use of softer interior materials-like carpeting, wood doors and tile. Doing so translates directly to both patient and staff well-being, particularly staff safety, and makes for a nicer place to work. In addition, staff have more resources to “treat” instead of manage heated situations. When staff experiences are eased and satisfied, morale is boosted and life-saving rules and policies are more likely to be enforced.
Staff-Focused Amenities & Happiness
While reducing staff stress and fatigue through a healing supportive environment seems like an obvious goal, there are relatively few studies that have dealt with this issue in any detail. More attention has been given to patient outcomes. However, many leading hospitals that have adopted therapeutic tenants into their newly built environments have seen vast improvement through their “business matrixes” and financial reporting.
In one example, the Mayo Clinic, a national leader in implementing healing design in its facilities, has reported a reduction of nursing turnover from a national annual average of 20% to an annual 3%-4%. In another example, when Bronson Methodist Hospital incorporated evidence-based design into its new 343-bed hospital, they cited their 19%-20% nurse turnover rate dramatically dropped to 5%.
Now, both the Mayo Clinic and Bronson Methodist Hospital have had to initiate a waiting list for nursing staff seeking positions. This converts to better-trained and qualified staff, and a reduced error rate. Therefore, more health facilities are investing in staff support areas such as lounges, changing rooms, and temporary sleep rooms. Within these staff spaces and in the hospital throughout, facilities are also recognizing the need for upgrade materials, better day lighting, and an interesting use of color: One soon realizes that the need of patients and staff are interwoven, each impacting positively or negatively the other.
Security & Safety
Without debate, self harm and harm to staff is one of the biggest concerns mental health facilities manage. Often the biggest safety and security concern is the damage patients can do to themselves. “There are three rules I had drummed in me,” says Mark Hanchar; Director of Preconstruction Services for Gilbane Building Company, Providence, R.I. “First, there can’t be any way for people to hang themselves. Second, there can be no way for them to create weapons. Third, you must eliminate things that can be thrown.” Hanchar says that the typical facility is, “a hospital with medium-security prison construction.” This means shatter proof glass, solid surface countertops (laminate can be peeled apart), stainless steel toilets and sinks (porcelain can shatter), push pull door latches and furniture that cannot be pulled apart and used as a weapon. These are just to name a few.
Additionally, removing barriers between patients and nursing staff is a safety consideration. Frank Pitts, AIA, FACHA, OAA president of Architecture Plus, says what may be counter-intuitive for safety precautions, “Glass walls around nursing stations just aggravate the patients.” Removing glass or lowering it at nursing stations so patients can feel a more human connection to nurses often calms patients. There is also discussion of removing nursing stations altogether; decentralizing and placing these care needs directly into the clinical neighborhoods and community spaces. Pitt says, “The view is that [nursing staff] need to be out there treating their patients.”
Therapeutic Design Tenants
As medicine is increasingly moving towards “evidence-based” medicine, where clinical choices are informed by research, healthcare design is increasingly guided by research linking the physical environment directly to patient and staff outcomes. Research teams from Texas A&M and Georgia Tech sifted through thousands of scientific articles and identified more than 600 – most from top peer-reviewed journals – to quantify how hospital design can play a direct role in clinical outcomes.
The research teams uncovered a large body of evidence that demonstrates design features such as increased day-lighting, access to nature, reduced noise and increased patient control helped reduce stress, improve sleep, and increase staff effectiveness – all of which promote healing rates and save facilities cost. Therefore, improving physical settings can be a critical tool in making hospitals more safe, more healing, and better places to work.
Today’s therapeutic spaces have been defined to excel in 3 categories:
1. Provide clinical excellence in the treatment of the body
2. Meet the psycho-social needs of patients, families, and staff
3. Produce measurable positive patient outcomes and staff effectiveness
Considering the cost of treating mental illness, which is exceedingly high, and wanting facilities to have effective outcomes, a further practice of incorporating therapeutic design is increasing. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIM H) approximated in 2008 that serious mental illnesses (SMI ), costs the nation $193 billion annually in lost wages. The indirect costs are impossible to estimate.
The estimated direct cost to clinically treat is approximately $70 billion annually and another $12 billion spent towards substance abuse disorders. In addition to the increased need of care and the boom in Behavioral Healthcare construction, it becomes an obligation to make certain that we as facility managers, architects, designers and manufacturers therapeutically plan and design these facilities.
Notably, in 2004, “The Role of the Physical Environment in the Hospital for the 21st Century: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity,” published by Roger Ulrich P.H.D., of Texas A&M University, was released. In a culmination of evidence-based research, research teams found five design principles that contributed significantly to achieving therapeutic design goals.
The report indicates five key factors that are essential for the psychological well-being of patients, families and staff, including:
1. Access to Nature
2. Provide Positive Distractions
3. Provide Social Support Spaces
4. Give a Sense of Control
5. Reduce or eliminate environmental stress
Access to Nature
Studies indicate that nature might have the most powerful impact to help patient outcomes and staff effectiveness. Nature can be literal or figurative – natural light, water walls, views to nature, large prints of botanicals and geography, materials that indicate nature and most importantly, stimulating color that evokes nature. Several studies strongly support that access to nature such as day-lighting and appropriate colorations can improve health outcomes such as depression, agitation, sleep, circadian rest-activity rhythms, as well as length of stay in demented patients and persons with seasonal affective disorders (SAD).
These and related studies continue to affirm the powerful impact of natural elements on patient recovery and stress reduction. Thus, it is clear that interior designs which integrate natural elements can create a more relaxing, therapeutic environment that benefits both patients and staff.
These are a small set of environmental features that provide the patient and family a positive diversion from “the difficult” and, in doing so, also negate an institutional feel. These can be views to nature, water walls, artwork, super imposed graphics, sculpture, music – and ideally all of these want to be focused on nature and, when applicable, an interesting use of color. Therapeutic environments that provide such patient-centered features can empower patients and families, but also increase their confidence in the facility and staff. This helps with open lines of communication between patient and caregiver.
Social Support Spaces
These are spaces designed partially for the patient but mainly for the comfort and socialization of family members and friends of the patient; therefore, family lounges, resource libraries, chapels, sleep rooms and consult rooms all play a role. When family and friends play a key role in a patient’s healing, these spaces encourage families to play an active role in the rehabilitation process.
Sense of Control
In times when patients and family feel out of control, it is very healing for the facility design and staff to provide it back when appropriate. Although, this cannot always be done suitably in mental healthcare facilities. However, when applicable, these design features include optional lighting choices, architectural way-finding, resource libraries, enhanced food menus, private patient rooms and
optional areas to reside in. A few well-appointed studies in psychiatric wards and nursing homes have found that optional choices of moveable seating in dining areas enhanced social interaction and improved eating disorders. When patients feel partially in control of their healing program and that the building features are focused to them, an increased confidence of the quality of care enters and tensions lower.
As with all therapeutic design, this allows the caregiver to use their resources healing in lieu of “managing” patient populations.
Reduce or Eliminate Environmental Stress
Noise level measurements show that hospital wards can be excessively noisy places resulting in negative effects on patient outcomes. The continuous background noise produced by medical equipment and staff voices often exceeds the level of a busy restaurant. Peak noise periods (shift changes, equipment alarms, paging systems, telephones, bedrails, trolleys, and certain medical equipment like portable xray machines are comparable to walking next to a busy highway when a motorcycle or large truck passes.
Several studies have focused on infants in NIC Us, finding that higher noise levels, for example, decrease oxygen saturation (increasing need for oxygen support therapy), elevate blood pressure, increase heart and respiration rate, and worsen sleep. Research on adults and children show that noise is a major cause of awakening and sleep loss.
Architectural design can assist in overcoming these types of obstacle. Whether you are designing a luxury home or care facility, there are certain design aspects that need to be considered. Overall comfort and a sense of peace, are able to be enhanced by a well designed environment. Considering Melbourne designed homes and prestige premises, one could draw the conclusion that choosing the right home builder is going to make all the difference.
In addition to worsening sleep, there is strong evidence that noise increases stress in adult patients, for example, heightening blood pressure and heart rate. Environmental surfaces in hospitals are usually hard and sound-reflecting, not sound-absorbing causing noise to travel down corridors and into patient rooms. Sounds tend to echo, overlap and linger longer.
Interventions that reduce noise have been found to improve sleep and reduce patient stress. Of these, the environmental or design interventions such as changing to sound-absorbing ceiling tiles, are more successful than organizational interventions like establishing “quiet hours.” White noise or noise reducing electronic devices can also help quieten a noisy environment.
Conclusion and Additional Information
The information contained in this excerpted report is intended as a guide for architects, specifiers, designers, facility planners, medical directors, procurers, psychologists and social workers which have a stake in providing improved facilities for behavioral healthcare patients. It is a portion of a report entitled “The Contributions of Color” authored by Tara Hill, of Little Fish Think Tank. Ms. Hill was commissioned by Norix Group Inc., in 2010 to research the role color plays in the safe operation of correctional facilities and behavioral health centers. More in-depth information specifically about the psychological influence of color and behavioral healthcare facility design can be found by reading the full report.
About the Author
Tara Hill is a full-scope, state registered interior designer, and the founder and principle of Little Fish Think Tank. Before founding Little Fish, Ms. Hill was an Associate + Senior Designer at HOK, and the Director of Interiors at Stanley, Beaman & Sears. She has implemented award-winning, innovative design solutions for commercial and institutional interiors.
Ms. Hill also has significant experience regarding the science and theory of color, both as a design tool and a promoter of healing. She has conducted extensive research in evidence-based design regarding color and its profound impact on the human spirit.
Prior to her work with Norix, Ms. Hill developed the Healing Colors Collection for Corian® solid surfaces, by Dupont®, for the healthcare environment. http://www.golittlefish.net
About Norix Group Inc.
For over 25 years, Norix has offered the most complete line of correctional furniture, for use throughout correctional facilities. With their extensive experience in providing secure furniture for prisons and jails, Norix is a trusted resource for every corrections application.
Norix also offers a vast array of furniture for several industries including behavioral healthcare, commercial, higher education, public safety, GSA and shelters. All furniture is designed for safety, security and extreme durability. Norix intensive-use furniture is extraordinary by design, surpassing industry standards for strength, safety and long-term performance.
If you’re considering installing an egress door, you should know that it’s a different process from installing a regular door. An egress door is required by code in certain situations and can be expensive to install, but the benefits are worth it: They provide the best possible way to get out of your home in case of emergency. To learn more about egress doors and how to install them properly, keep reading! Sydney pet doors will make sure that your pets can easily access inside and outside of your house at their own comfort.
Follow local and building codes.
You should follow local building codes, state building codes, regional building codes, country building codes, city and neighborhood-specific building codes for installing an egress door.
Decide on the best location and type of door.
Decide on the best location and type of door.
The first step to installing an egress door is deciding how you want to use it, and where you want it to go. You can choose either a single- or double-door setup, but even within those categories there are different options. Single doors tend to be easier than double ones because they don’t open into existing rooms as much, but they may not provide as much ventilation or light. Double doors allow more air flow but take up more space; they also typically require two windowsills instead of just one.
Know your measurements.
Measure the height, width, and depth of your opening. This will let you know what size egress door you need to order.
If you’re installing a new door, measure the height and width of your existing opening. This will tell you how large a piece of framing lumber can fit into the hole without being too big for it or creating excess space at either end of your opening. You’ll need this measurement for step four below.
Understand the excavation process.
Excavation is a large part of the egress door installation process. It can be done by hand or machine and either way, it requires a lot of time and energy.
Asking for help from friends and family members during this phase of egress door installation is recommended, but don’t forget to make sure they understand what’s going on before they start digging. That way, you can all work together as a team without any confusion or setbacks.
If you’re using a shovel to excavate your trench, try digging at least 2 feet down so that your foundation will be deep enough for your frame to rest on when it’s finished being installed. The deeper your foundation is set into the ground, the stronger it will be over time as well!
Consider the costs.
Before installing an egress door, be sure to consider the costs. You can budget for it by saving money over time or working with a contractor who will give you a payment plan.
The cost of an egress door is usually less than the cost of installing a new roof on your house. This is because most people would rather pay for something that helps them improve the value of their property than get stuck with more repairs they don’t need right now. The overall cost depends on factors like:
Size and type of door
Expect the concrete to cure for at least 28 days.
Concrete will cure faster in warm weather, slower in cold weather and even slower if it is raining. The time it takes for the concrete to cure depends on many factors, including the temperature, humidity and moisture content of the air. Use this guide from Ramset as a rough estimate for how long you should wait before installing an egress door or window well:
Warm Weather (70° F) – 28 days
Moderate Weather (60° F) – 30 days
Cold Weather (40° F) – 36 days
Work with an experienced contractor.
Find a contractor who is experienced in installing egress doors.
Ask for references, and check their insurance.
Ask if they have a warranty on their work.
Ask them if they have a website or BBB rating (Better Business Bureau).
You should do everything you can to ensure your egress door is installed by someone who knows what they’re doing
If you want to ensure your egress door is installed by someone who knows what they’re doing, there are several things you can do.
First, make sure to hire a professional. You should ask for references and check their license before hiring anyone. Next, ask for a quote so that you know how much it will cost. Lastly, make sure that the person has insurance that covers them while working on your home.
Egress doors are a great way to add value and functionality to your home, but they are also complex and require special attention. You should do everything you can to ensure that your egress door is installed by someone who knows what they’re doing.
Some of the most common household pests are ants, cockroaches, spiders and mosquitos. Just like people, these pests look for food and water sources in your home. Commercial pest control services Brisbane can stop ants, cockroaches, and spider from breeding into your house.
Keep your house clean – Cleanliness deters most pests from entering your home. Remove food sources and keep counters clear. Also, never leave pet food out overnight. Make sure to sweep the floors and wash dishes promptly.
Tidy Up – Clutter provides a place for pests to hide and lay eggs. Pests also use clutter as shelter when they’re trying to get away from their predators such as humans or other pests.
Repair Cracks – Bugs and rodents can enter your home through holes as small as 1/8th of an inch wide. Fix any cracks or crevices you find in your home’s foundation, crawlspaces, windowsills, vents and walls immediately upon discovery.
Use a Dehumidifier in the Crawlspace – High humidity causes moisture buildup in the crawlspace which attracts a variety of different types of pests like termites, spiders and ants.
Inspect the property—a proper inspection of the property is important to determine the type and extent of pest infestation.
Identify the pests—some pests are seasonal, some are difficult to detect and others may be dangerous.
Apply treatment methods—the treatment methods differ from one pest to another. Some common control methods include chemical barriers, traps, spreading pesticides, using natural predators and sealing access points or harborage areas.
Fix problems that attract pests—fixing plumbing leaks, clearing debris and maintaining good sanitation are all ways to prevent pest infestation.
Reduce risk of future infestations—monitoring for new pests and applying treatment as needed is important for ensuring that the problem does not recur; follow-up inspections are also recommended.
Pest control is the regulation or management of a species defined as a pest, a member of the animal kingdom that impacts adversely on human activities. The human response depends on the importance of the damage done, and will range from tolerance, through deterrence and management, to attempts to completely eradicate the pest. Pest control measures may be performed as part of an integrated pest management strategy.
In agriculture, pests are kept at bay by cultural, chemical and biological means. Ploughing and cultivation of the soil before sowing reduces the pest burden and there is a modern trend to limit the use of pesticides as far as possible. This can be achieved by monitoring the crop, only applying insecticides when necessary, and by growing varieties and crops which are resistant to pests. Where possible, biological means are used, encouraging the natural enemies of the pests and introducing suitable predators or parasites.
In homes and urban environments, the pests are the rodents, birds, insects and other organisms that share the habitat with humans, and that feed on and spoil possessions. Control of these pests is attempted through exclusion, repulsion, physical removal or chemical means. Alternatively, various methods of biological control can be used including sterilisation programmes.
Pests can cause a lot of damage to your home. You should take action at the first sign of an infestation. This article will give you some great advice on how to get rid of pests.
Do you have a recurring issue with fruit flies? You may be breeding them right in your home. Source which drain is the issue and plug it up using a piece of plastic wrap with small holes in it. Wait a day or two, then pour boiling water down the drain to flush. That should keep fruit flies from breeding there.
If you want to plant new trees but you get mice often, place the trees far from your house. Rodents are proficient climbers, and they can use trees to gain access to your roof. Plant them far from your home, about 15 feet away.
The most common type of pest control is done by exterminating insects and vermin with pesticides or setting traps for larger animals like raccoons or squirrels. The most important aspect of pest control is to identify the pest properly. Different pests require different types of extermination — using the wrong technique can be ineffectual at best and dangerous at worst.
Exterminators can be hired directly, but many people choose to use a pest control company to do their dirty work for them. Professional exterminators will not only identify your pests and get rid of them, but they’ll also take steps to prevent them from returning. Read more the preventive method that pest company use.
Bed bugs are small, flat, and parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans and other mammals. They can be tough to get rid of once they have taken up residence in your home. The best way to prevent a bed bug infestation is to take steps to avoid bringing bed bugs home. Termite pest control Sunshine Coast also covers bed bugs in your home.
After traveling, inspect your luggage and clothes.
Put your luggage in a plastic bag while you inspect it. Before entering your house, remove clothing from the suitcase, put them in the bag, and wash or dry clean all clothes. If you cannot wash or dry clean them immediately upon returning home, store them in a sealed plastic bag until you are able to do so.
Carefully inspect furniture before bringing it into your home.
If you buy used furniture or find some on the side of the road, carefully examine it for signs of bed bugs before bringing it into your house. Don’t buy used mattresses if you can help it — they are nearly impossible to disinfect. Check hotel beds for signs of bed bugs while you’re traveling as well.
Avoid clutter in your home that gives bed bugs places to hide.
Get rid of unnecessary clutter in and around your home; this will make it easier to find any bed bugs that may get inside.
Here are some tips to help you avoid bed bugs and keep them from coming home with you:
Wash all new clothes in hot water before wearing.
When traveling, inspect the hotel room mattress, box spring and headboard. Don’t unpack until you have done so. If you find or suspect bed bugs, ask to be moved to another room or find a new hotel.
When traveling, inspect your luggage carefully before bringing it into your home.
Check items that may be brought into your home such as used furniture or mattresses, or clothes and other items bought at thrift stores or yard sales, for signs of bed bugs. Avoid bringing them into your home if they show any signs of infestation.
The spread of bed bugs is on the rise in the United States, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk of getting them. Learn about how to prevent bed bugs from infesting your home or hotel room when traveling.
Before you travel, check online for recent reports of bed bugs at your destination and in nearby hotels.
When traveling, put all luggage on racks off the floor. Keep luggage away from beds and furniture, and don’t set it on the carpet near beds.
Keep out of rooms with a strong chemical smell or rooms that have been recently sprayed for bugs.
Bed bug infestations are on the rise, but the good news is they can be prevented. The key to prevention is a combination of monitoring, exclusion, sanitation and education. Here’s a look at each of these areas and what you can do to protect yourself from bed bugs:
Regularly inspect your home for signs of bed bugs. If you have a mattress encasement, inspect it as well.
To help prevent bed bugs from entering your home or business, use door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged window screens. Keep doors closed when not in use and avoid setting items against walls or on the floor in public places where bed bugs may be living. Vacuum regularly and store suitcases away from sleeping areas when not in use.
Keep clutter in your home to a minimum – especially under beds where bed bugs tend to live and hide. Regularly wash sheets and clothing in hot water, dry on high heat for 30 minutes, or dry clean them if possible. Avoid leaving clothes on the floor or furniture where bed bugs could hide. Wash all stuffed animals periodically too.
Bed bug bites resemble other insect bites, so it’s important to learn how to identify them. Learn more about educating yourself with different kind of pests that possibly living in your home.