How to treat head lice

A case of lice does not reflect a lack of cleanliness or personal hygiene as some would like to think.  Head lice cause itching and discomfort but are not found to transfer dangerous diseases in the United States like lice in other countries. Here are answers to the most common questions about lice:

How can I get infected with lice?

Head [...]

Don’t lose sleep over bed bugs

Although bed bugs are normally considered a summer pest problem, with the ability to lower the freezing point of their bodily fluids bed bugs do have a high tolerance for cold and thus present a problem even during winter months.

Everyone’s first reaction to a bedbug infestation (let alone their bodily fluids!) is one of disgust. But surprisingly bedbugs are [...]

How to clean the gas grill

The first warm evening of spring makes me want to crack open the grill and put on some steaks.  But you don’t want to use the grill unless you’ve taken the time to clean it first – squirrels and mice often use grills as a place to hibernate in the winter. And then there’s all that burnt-on yuck that [...]

Preventing food-borne illness at home

Every year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from food-borne illnesses. These illnesses, also called food poisoning, also send about 128,000 people to the hospital, resulting in about 3,000 deaths nationwide each year.

Bottom line ~ food-borne illness can be more serious than we think.

Causes of food poisoning are mostly microorganisms, like viruses or bacteria. And although many of these [...]

Toxic Household Dust – It’s in YOUR Home

Do you realize the dust in your home is probably toxic?  The Silent Spring Institute, dedicated to researching the effects of toxic chemicals on health, recently conducted a study testing the presence of 45 synthetic chemicals in household dust. There were 10 chemicals that were present in 90% of the samples tested. This suggests toxic household dust is everywhere.

I [...]

8 surprising tricks to reduce allergy attacks this fall

OR, what do a clothes dryer, a pillow case and a hair dryer have in common?

When the weather turns colder we close our windows and it seems that everyone starts getting sick. Most of the “sickness” is really a reaction to dust and allergens that are hiding in our homes. Hiding??? Yup, hiding throughout your house. If you or [...]