How To Keep Frogs Out Of Your Toilets.

Finding a frog in the toilet wasn’t the ideal way to end the first day of school, but that’s what happened to my friend Hopee and her Son Myles. When she posted it on Facebook I have to admit I busted out laughing, but at the same time I knew why it happened. Frogs like to….hop around, but not intentionally hop into your home. Frogs and their amphibious capabilities make the toilet not an odd place for them to be found. Now how they got their may be odd.

How Did A Frog 🐸 Get In My Toilet 🚽?

It most likely hopped onto the rooftop pipe and literally fell into the main vent pipe (vent stack) The Vent stack is actually the upper portion of the main drain pipe (also called the waste stack); so a quick hop down this pipe usually leads to the closest toilet. Which in this case was Hopee’s. 😳

How Did A Frog Get In The Vent Stack? 🏡

Since most plumbing vent stacks are on the roof of the 🏡 home, the 🐸 frog most likely hopped from the 🌳tree to the 🏡roof to the drain and straight to Hopee’s toilet 🚽
I knew Hopee’s home had some large older trees around it so I immediately knew how this toilet hop happened. (I’m still laughing 😂 writing this)

🌳 So it’s very important to keep all tree limbs trimmed away from the house. ✅

Some vent stacks can be found on the ground or side of the house as well. (So you can only imagine what could crawl in there as well 😑 )

How to Prevent Frogs From Getting In The Toilet?

Do: Cover the top of the vent pipe with something like chicken wire to keep critters 🐸 from hopping in. Use a material with fine wires and large holes.

Don’t use screen or even fine hardware cloth. They can clog with dirt and end up blocking off the vent. Whatever cover you use, make sure to check it when the seasons change to confirm the vent is “breathing” as normal.

A very cheap Hardware Fix, but if you’re uncomfortable climbing on the roof safely, call a Pro. Please don’t blame me for you or your hubby falling off the roof 😳 Call a Pro!👨🏻‍🔧

My Personal Experience With Rodents In Clients Homes 🏡

Home cleaning in Austin’s areas such as Spanish Oaks, Round Rock and Lakeway have taught us many things besides how to clean surfaces. We’ve connected with many other Pros who are in the know about Home Maintenance. A lot of our clients are busy Moms and traveling 🧳 professionals who barely have time or want to waste time cleaning their own homes. So when we provide Austin with detailed home cleaning services we go beyond the surface. We understand preventative maintenance and try to keep our clients in the know…… before they go 🚽

Thanks Hope 💚💙for keeping it real on a Facebook so we could give you some inside scoop on how to poop without a frog distraction.
Love you 😍

Natural Ways To Get Rid of Mosquitoes Easily

Mosquitos suck….literally!  Their presence can turn any outdoor living space into an unwanted area to be in. Recently I hosted my son’s graduation party in our backyard.  After two days of torrential Austin downpours, I had a mosquito filled backyard.  Needless to say, everyone went home with a few mosquito bites.  With all of the research I have done on cleaning our clients’ homes with Eco-Friendly Supplies, I felt horrible when I grabbed the outdoor fogger and sprayed the backyard.  Guess what….it didn’t even work!  So, I’ve spent the last week experimenting with different solutions and I have a few proven ones that I’d like to share with you.

For Large Outdoor Spaces

Our outdoor environments become a second (and sometimes first) living room for most…depending on the season.  So, while decorating I am sure you have decided to add some plants or flowers.  Let’s not only add plants or flowers for an aesthetically nice look – but let’s add the types of plants and flowers that repel mosquitoes!

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  • Citronella is a perennial grass which grows very large and can be a great filler for landscaping.
  • Marigolds are colorful, flowering plants. Be careful where placing these as the bright colors may attract other uninvited guests to your party such as wasps and bees.  They are commonly seen in borders in apartment complexes or your neighbor’s colorful, flowered front yard.  The fragrance they let off is not too sweet – but for the color factor they are a winner!

  • HorsemintBasilLavenderPeppermint, and Rosemary are more fragrant than large but have more uses than just a mosquito repellant.  Now you can have some fresh herbs for your tea or cooking and fight off mosquitoes at the same time.   

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Natural Bug Repellant

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Mosquitos aren’t just pesky…they can be harmful to your health.  We’ve all heard the scary statistics related to the diseases that mosquitos can carry such as the West Nile Virus.  We need to protect ourselves from these nasty little critters.  But, who enjoys putting on all of those chemicals to try and keep the mosquitoes off?  Let’s look at some essential oils to help out! Essential oils are essential for non-chemical bug sprays.  These sprays can be sprayed on your body and cotton materials without damage.
I mix a solution of:

  • Water  
  • Eucalyptus 
  • LemonGrass 
  • Rosemary

I use about 20 drops of each essential oil to a spray bottle.

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Then I pour a glass of wine, sit back, and enjoy my outdoor space.  I suggest you do the same.

Ridding ants out of your home without harming the environment.

If you are using a Pest control service make sure they are Eco Friendly. We have pets, babies and our own health to consider when toxic sprays are used to repel insects. If you are noticing ants in your home there are a few household items that can repel the ants before the Eco friendly pest control service arrives. Remember: the ants do not wait for Pest control – they continue to feed. Determine where the ants are entering your home and sprinkle or spray the area with one of the following: Cayenne pepper, black pepper, cinnamon, a citric acid, cream of tartar or vinegar. Each one of these items repels the ants in one way or another whether it be by odor or taste.

Your bagged dog or cat food could be attracting more than your pets

It is spring time so not only does that mean spring flowers, spring weather and spring cleaning, it means spring pests. Such as ants, rodents, and bugs of all sorts. One way to stay on top of preventing these unwanted guests into our homes and garages is to keep all animal food in an air tight sealed container. It is so tempting to just rip open the bag and pour as you go, but the scent of the food is attracting pests more than the animals we are intending to feed. The paper bag cannot stop sharp little mice teeth and claws from attacking it. Those pests now have a place they know food is always available. They will set up camp in our homes and garages to not only eat but live. The container store sells air tight pet food containers specifically made for pet food. I suggest every household with pets invest in an air tight sealed container today rather.