Tips on pre­vent­ing and get­ting rid of mice

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In­door air qual­ity is an in­creas­ing health con­cern, par­tic­u­larly in the United States and other de­vel­oped coun­tries where peo­ple may spend up to 90 per­cent of their time in­doors, ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Hor­ti­cul­tural Science. In­door air can be as much as 12 times more pol­luted than out­side air in some ar­eas, due to com­pounds in paints, fur­nish­ings, cloth­ing, and build­ing ma­te­ri­als.

Don’t be fright­ened--get some plants! Re­search shows that many com­mon house­plants and bloom­ing pot­ted plants can im­prove your health by help­ing to fight these pol­lu­tants in your home.

The abil­ity of plants to re­move chem­i­cals from the air is called phy­tore­me­di­a­tion. A study con­ducted by Stan­ley J. Kays at the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia tested 28 species of com­mon house­plants. The re­sults showed that some or­na­men­tal plants can re­move volatile or­ganic com­pounds (VOCS) from in­door air. The pur­ple waf­fle plant, the English ivy, the var­ie­gated wax plant, and the as­para­gus fern were the top VOCS fight­ers, ac­cord­ing to a study pub­lished in Horts­cience.

While it’s com­mon knowl­edge that plants ab­sorb car­bon diox­ide and re­lease oxy­gen as part of pho­to­syn­the­sis, re­search by the Na­tional Aero­nau­tics and Space Ad­min­is­tra­tion ( NASA) also con­firmed that plants elim­i­nate harm­ful gases from the air. NASA find­ings showed that house­plants were able to re­move up to 87 per­cent of air tox­ins in a 24-hour pe­riod.

Re­searchers be­lieve that all house­plants may of­fer these ben­e­fits to a cer­tain de­gree, though they haven’t all been tested. Ac­cord­ing to this study, the best plants are: dragon tree, ivy, fi­cus, philo­den­drons, spi­der plants, peace lilies, ferns, chrysan­the­mums, palms, and the rub­ber plant. You need a plant for ev­ery 10 square yards of floor in your house to en­sure a con­sid­er­able de­gree of air detox.

Plants Help fight Colds A study by the Univer­sity of Agri­cul­ture in Nor­way found that in­door plants can also help fight colds. The re­search showed that in­door plants de­creased coughs, sore throats, fa­tigue, and other cold-re­lated symp­toms by more than 30 per­cent. Re­searchers at­trib­uted these ben­e­fits to the fact that plants help in­crease hu­mid­ity lev­els and de­crease dust in your home.

In ad­di­tion to calm­ing your heart rate, plants lower blood pres­sure and re­duce mus­cle ten­sion re­lated MANY home­own­ers are fa­mil­iar with the un­easy feel­ing that ac­com­pa­nies find­ing mice or ro­dents in their homes. Whether in the kitchen, at­tic, base­ment or din­ing room, a ro­dent sight­ing can in­cite sur­prise and fear in even the most com­posed home­owner.

This is ac­cord­ing to An­thony Pot­gi­eter, di­rec­tor of Leap Pest Con­trol, who says un­for­tu­nately, these com­mon pests are re­source­ful crea­tures that can en­ter a home through the small­est open­ing or crack. He says mice can ac­tu­ally fit through spa­ces as small as a “nickel”.

Ro­dents seek shel­ter in­doors and once they’re in­side, they can cause se­ri­ous dam­age. Ac­cord­ing to An­thony, ro­dents put homes at risk of elec­tri­cal fires be­cause they tend to gnaw through the wires. More fre­quently, though, they serve as vec­tors, car­ry­ing bac­te­ria such as sal­mo­nella on their bod­ies and con­tam­i­nat­ing food sources, kitchen sur­faces and equip­ment.

An­thony says the com­mon brown house mouse can carry many dis­eases. For­tu­nately, there are ways home­own­ers can proac­tively pre­vent and get rid of ro­dent in­fes­ta­tions in their homes. to stress

Plants make you happy The Amer­i­can Hor­ti­cul­tural Ther­apy As­so­ci­a­tion says that the ben­e­fits of plants can be seen across many stud­ies in the cog­ni­tive, psy­cho­log­i­cal, so­cial, and phys­i­cal realms. Some of the psy­cho­log­i­cal ben­e­fits in­clude: self-es­teem mood and sense of well-

be­ing

pres­sion

stress, anx­i­ety, and de-

feel­ings of calm, re­lax­ation, and op­ti­mism

sense of sta­bil­ity and con­trol

One area that has been ex­plored is the ef­fect of in­door plants on stress lev­els. Sev­eral in­de­pen­dent stud­ies have shown that in­te­rior plants can help re­duce stress and im­prove well-be­ing. Be­low Is A CHECK­LIST to Help Home­own­ers DEAL with MICE…

1. In­stall door sweeps on ex­te­rior doors and re­pair dam­aged screens. 2. Screen vents and open­ings to chim­neys. 3. Seal cracks and holes on the out­side of the home, in­clud­ing ar­eas where util­i­ties and pipes en­ter the home by us­ing caulk, steel wool or a com­bi­na­tion of both.

4. Store food in air­tight con­tain­ers and dis­pose of garbage regularly.

5. Keep at­tics, base­ments and crawl spa­ces well ven­ti­lated and dry.

6. Re­place loose mor­tar and weather strip­ping around the base­ment foun­da­tion and win­dows.

7. Elim­i­nate all mois­ture sites, in­clud­ing leak­ing pipes and clogged drains that pro­vide the per­fect breed­ing site for pests.

8. In­spect items such as boxes, gro­cery bags and other pack­ages brought into the home.

9. Store fire­wood at least 6 me­tres away from the house and keep shrub­bery trimmed and cut back from the house.

10. If you sus­pect a pest in­fes­ta­tion in your home, con­tact a li­censed pest pro­fes­sional to in­spect and treat the pest prob­lem.

A study by re­searchers at Washington State Univer­sity found that peo­ple in a plant-filled room saw a four-point drop in their sys­tolic blood pres­sure af­ter tak­ing a stress­ful test, com­pared with a two-point drop in a group with no plant ex­po­sure.

EN­HANCE COG­NI­TIVE Func­tion Keep­ing plants in­doors can make you think bet­ter. The men­tal ben­e­fits ob­served dur­ing this re­search in­clude: con­cen­tra­tion mem­ory goal achieve­ment

at­ten­tion In­door plants have also been linked to a boost in cre­ativ­ity. In a study from Texas A&M Univer­sity, work­ers who were in a room with two pot­ted plants and a bou­quet of flow­ers gen­er­ated 13 per­cent more ideas

If you spot ev­i­dence of a ro­dent in­fes­ta­tion, do not hes­i­tate to act. Ro­dents are known to re­pro­duce quickly, and a small prob­lem can turn into a big is­sue overnight if left un­treat- than work­ers in a room with sculp­tures. Bring more green­ery--and less stress--into your home life!

House­plants In THE work­place Plants in the work­place are good for em­ploy­ers and their em­ploy­ees, and they cre­ate a pleas­ant and re­lax­ing at­mos­phere for their clients and cus­tomers. Re­cent Bri­tish stud­ies show a clear cor­re­la­tion be­tween house­plants in the work­place, in­creased pro­duc­tiv­ity and re­duced ab­sen­teeism.

Sim­i­larly, stud­ies at Washington State Univer­sity show that stu­dents work­ing in a com­puter lab with house­plants in clear view ac­com­plish more with fewer mis­takes. This re­la­tion­ship be­tween work­ers and plants goes far be­yond the ef­fect of the amount of oxy­gen re­leased into the air.

— Healthline ed.

Ro­dent con­trol and man­age­ment are im­por­tant for health and safety rea­sons.

— Prop­erty24

Mice are re­source­ful crea­tures that can en­ter a home through the small­est open­ing or crack.

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