One major thing I noticed with having the house sprayed for insects inside and outside is the flys are not so abbundant. I have not sat outside much and tested id mosquitoes are less abbundant. Getting rid of most of the flies was a big bonus all by itself! Bad news is we do have roaches but Mom cleaned all the shelves and we have spread DE everywhere and have added boric acid in areas safe for pets and ourselves. Early days, but I don’t see nearly as many roaches and the bugs I do see are young critters. So I think we are doing pretty good so far with the DE and adding in the boric acid in pet safe areas to get at those buggies in the nest seems to be working. This is a long term project of several weeks/months in order to kill out all the roaches. Already I can see that we have screwed up the roaches feeding and water access and the DE and boric acid is starting to eliminate many of the bugs.
Honestly I think Mom and were starting to get on top of the mouse problem before we called in the exterminator. Our method was not fast but it was persistent. Of course washing/bleaching all your cabinets and basement is not easy but it does make rodent infestations less likely and is a lot of work. Another bonus of clean up/organizing yor preps is you now get to save what you want and get rid of all that stuff you stored “Just in case you might need it”. I saved everything when I started prepping and there is a lot of crap I had on hand that was stuff I never used but I did not eliminate. Don’t store something just to have it. Be ruthless and store what you need/use because storage space for everyone is limited. I have cleaned out a lot of items that I stored that no longer are needed in my preps. Now I have more room for the Items I want to have on hand.
Mom is in a foot boot with a suspected Achilles tendon problem with one foot and plantar faciaitis problem with her heel. So Mom is gimpy at the moment, but I did learn a lot about some foot problems and some corrective measures. If the corrective measures work I will share them with you. The first day but Mom really likes the new Cadence foot insert after a long day along with shopping. Buying one $50.00 insert that works is much cheaper than buying multiple “cheaper inserts” that don’t relieve the foot pain. I get to play cheuffer for at least the next week. I don’t mind but driving around tends to wear me out. I’m stronger than Mom on many jobs but I have no stamia. I’m good for about twohours then I need a break. Mom and I make it work.
Good news it looks like the loan/refi is a done deal and all that is needed is an inspection. I’m not going over board on the loan, just enough to get the job done and keep the same interest rate. Keeping my house payment low is critical to me. While I want the work done on my house, I don’t want to become a prisoner of my house. I think the setup should get the work done, save a bit of money on utilities and make this a home I can live in for the nest few decades.