(NewsUSA) - When pests are discovered, it may be tempting for homeowners to employ DIY methods to first attempt to deal with pest infestations themselves. However, depending on the type of pest and size of the infestation, there are times when immediately calling in a pest professional is vital to protecting health and property -- and could end up saving money in the long-run.
According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), there are certain signs homeowners should look for that could indicate the presence of an infestation that should be dealt with promptly by a pest professional:
1. Droppings. Any droppings found in undisturbed areas of the home could indicate the presence of rodents. These droppings are a serious health risk and can spread diseases and contaminate food sources. People often mistakenly believe they only have one or two rodents present in their home; in reality, however, mice have high reproduction rates that can quickly escalate to large infestations.
2. Home Pest Sightings. If pests are spotted in the home, even if it's just a couple or they only appear sporadically, it could indicate the development of a more serious infestation. In the warmer months, this is especially true for stinging insects. If hornets or wasps are showing up indoors on a regular basis, there may be a nest somewhere inside or around the home. Removal of stinging insect nests is a dangerous job that should always be left to the professionals.
3. Mattress Markings. If small reddish brown spots are found on mattresses, upholstery or walls, it could indicate a bed bug infestation -- especially when paired with red, itchy welts, most notably on the legs and arms. These bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of, and a pest professional should be called as soon as possible to assess and treat the situation.
4. Mud Tubes. Some termites build distinctive mud tubes that are frequently found near a home's foundation. Termites are known as "silent destroyers" because their constant gnawing can go unnoticed until significant structural damage to the home occurs. If mud tubes are discovered, homeowners should immediately call a pest professional before further structural damage occurs.
If any of these severe pest infestation signs is discovered, homeowners should contact a pest management professional immediately. For additional information and prevention tips, visit www.pestworld.org.
(NewsUSA) - The move for a "chiropractic first" approach to treating pain just got a big boost.
In recent years, a growing number of experts have argued that the downsides of relying on drugs and invasive spinal surgery were potentially so great in certain cases -- particularly among patients with chronic back pain -- that a proven alternative like chiropractic care should officially be recognized as a serious option. Now comes word that the influential Joint Commission has done just that.
Following what it called "an extensive literature review," the not-for-profit organization, which accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health organizations and programs in the U.S., announced that it was revising its "Provision of Care, Treatment, and Services" standard to "affirm" the role of nonpharmacologic approaches including chiropractic care in pain management.
"In addition," the commission warned regarding the use of medications, "organizations should consider both the benefits to the patient as well as the risks of dependency, addiction and the abuse of opioids."
Nearly 80 percent of Americans are believed to experience back pain at some point in their lives. Past studies have shown that patients who turned to a chiropractor first had consistently better health outcomes and drastically reduced their odds of having to undergo costly surgery.
"As a nation, we are facing an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, and all stakeholders in health care stand to benefit from a conservative approach focusing on chiropractic first, drugs second and surgery last," said Gerard Clum, D.C., of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.
To learn more about chiropractic care or to find a chiropractor near your area, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.
(NewsUSA) - Mom. Just the mention of the word can spark memories of love, warmth and kindness. It's why a day has been designated just for her, honoring all that she's done.
Trying to decipher what to give "the woman who has everything," however, can be a challenge.
Experts agree, saying there is a tremendous amount of pressure to find the perfect gift (I'm talking to you, Hallmark), when in reality, most just want to know that they're cherished.
So, what says love to one of the -- if not the most -- important women in your life? Read on for some ideas on how to create a precious moment for mom on her special day.
* Give the gift of time. Anyone can take mom out for a nice meal -- the restaurant business counts on it. But a real treat might be to shoo her off for some alone time to her favorite book or clothing store (maybe with a gift card in hand) while you stay home and cook and clean for her. This way, she gets the best of both worlds -- no chores for a day, and time to herself with a little pocket money to boot.
* Write down some heartfelt words. Be it in poem, story or a letter, moms love the written word. For added panache, tuck this on a tray with a homemade breakfast (in bed, of course), a handpicked flower in a vase, and you can count on a few tears.
* Pick the perfect pendant. Every woman loves jewelry, but it can be difficult finding that piece that embodies the amount of love you have for this lady called Mom. Which is why Galatea has created a hand-carved pearl that contains the first near field communication (NFC) in the industry. The Momento Pearl allows users to create a tailored voice message that can be played when the pearl is tapped against a compatible mobile device. Taking smart jewelry to a completely new level, the Momento Pearl can also store a variety of digital content including images, messages and web links -- so even if you can't be with Mom on her day, you can still send her a message of love or photo with a piece of jewelry that will last a lifetime.
"A person can 'live' with this pearl forever, as it holds the voice and memories of a loved one," says inventor and Galatea founder Chi Huynh. "The real interest in the Momento Pearl lies in its ability to summon a voice, a memory and emotion," adds Huynh, who plans on introducing more NFC-enabled jewelry to include gemstones and diamonds.
The new Galatea line includes earings, rings and pendants in 14k white or yellow gold. To learn more, visit www.galateausa.com.