I’m tweaking the set up for the chicken’s mist and fan set up as there has been some puddling in the chicken pen. This weekend I want to try some different setups with the fans and mist stands to find the “sweet spot”. If you get misting for cooling I would recommend getting a larger size mist nozzle if you are using a misting stands rather than a set up that relies on gravity. My new Articcove has a 1.3 gallon flow and works much better for cooling compared to the older model with less than 1 gallon flow.
The exterminators will be in on Monday! We are getting both the mouse and bug barrier package deal. The company I selected are about mid-range in cost but does not require a contract. I hate yearly contracts and this company had great ratings plus good customer service over the phone. Ironically with all the clean up done in the basement we drove the mice up stairs. Hopefully the exterminators will finish off the mice and bugs and Mom and I will have a vermin free home going into winter.
I bought the HDX shelving from Home depot on sale. The shelving units were is to put together and works great in the basement in places with limited height. I liked the shelves so much I bought 3 more for the basement after the first purchase. So that should tell you some thing about the product. I have one more section to clean and work on making my preps easy to access, make rotation more user friendly and more rodent proof. While it does not seem I’ll use as much lumber for new shelving, I think I will have more space that will be easy to use and much easier to clean. Mom did an outstanding job cleaning up the kitchen and laid down some DE to take out the bugs. Another treatment that is not fast but darn effective if you maintain it.
Last but not least I’m getting some siding estimates for the house. While I hate the idea of taking out a loan, the house’s siding is awful and must be replaced. I’m looking at the a system that adds insulation, insect and vermin resistant, so this is not a cheap job. Vinyl siding is cheap but it is also as flammable as wood so I’m looking at a cement board that is at least fire resistant if not fire proof. We will see the quotes this week. Thank goodness I have a small 1200 sq. foot house and not a McMansion. Another thing, while I like a good looking home I want a home that is good for retaining heating and cooling. Vinyl siding sucks on insulation, wood siding is great but as a disabled person “painting a home” every few years is just not happening. So we will see about the costs and how my wish list will get scaled back to affordability.
In summation: the pets/critters and us humans are staying cool. The exterminators are coming on Monday and I’m getting bids for the siding that will not only add insulation value and fire resistance, but stop the mice/insects chewing their way into my home. Hopefully we will get back to maintenance rather than dealing with “Emergency” management.