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How To Kill Bed Bugs

For a couple of weeks, my body became the feeding ground of bed bugs.  Almost every night, bed bugs fed on my blood which saw their them surviving and me suffering from intense itch, not to mention the possibility of contracting some dreaded disease from these nocturnal pests.

There are several methods to get rid of bed bugs as listed below:

  1. Move out of your home for 12 months – this is known to get rid of bed bugs because they will die from not feeding on you. However, cockroaches will be the head of your home.
  2. Take a big piece of fabric and seal the entire mattress in it – because your mattress is sealed, no bed bugs can get in or out of it causing all bed bugs and their youngs to starve inside the mattress.  They will die after 6 to 12 months or so, therefore, you cannot remove the mattress cover for that period.  I tried using a large plastic sheet sealed around the mattress but it caused uncomfortable sleep and heat too.  The other fact I found was that this method is good only to kill bed bugs in your mattress but not entirely since bed bugs can live just about anywhere; bed frames, cracks in the wall, curtains, etc.
  3. Drown them – bed bugs die easily when immersed in water.  Wash all your linens, fabrics (bed sheet, curtain, clothing, etc) that is in the room.
  4. Sun everything – take your mattress out into the sun and let the sun ray do their magic.  Remember to turn the mattress over for a good and even tan. If possible, take your bed frames out for sunning.  If you are really desperate, move your furnitures out into the sun too.  The heat from the sun either kills them or makes them leave.
  5. Use insect aerosol – Spray them with insect aerosol. I targeted the bed frames and furnitures but made one critical mistake, I used a non-water based aerosol which made my furnitures all oily and sticky.  Your room will stink for a few days, trust me on this.
  6. Use steam to kill bed bugs – Heat from the steam makes bed bugs pop like making popcorn. And if you are wondering where to get steam to the room, I used a steam iron. ;)
  7. Call for professional help – if you can afford their fees.  Any pest-control company should know what to do.

Good night;
sleep tight;
don’t let the bed bugs bite.

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How To Check Your PSP’s MAC Address

I’ve just bought my Sony PSP. Instead of jumping straight into games, I want to connect my PSP to the Internet. My home WiFi service is heavily fortified with MAC Address filtering. That means, even though you may get connected to my WiFi signal, you will not be able to access my network.

Therefore, in order for my PSP to get connected to my home WiFi and subsequently to the Internet, I needed to add my PSP’s MAC address into the network whitelist. Doing that is simple but getting my PSP’s MAC address was not. I had to search around the Internet for it (and yes, I’m too lazy to read the PSP’s manual) ;)

To get your PSP’s MAC address, go to the home menu, select System Settings and press the circular X button. Select System Information and press the circular X button again.  You will now be able to view your MAC address.

By the way, my PSP is Felicia Blue. :)

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How to Wash Your Car

Sounds kind of a dumb title, don’t you think? Of course, anyone with a hose and cloth would know how to wash their cars, no? Let me share with you the tips on how to wash your car with proper care.

First step is to hose down your car so that every square inch is wet. Start from the roof so that water can trickle down to the other parts of your car. That way, you stand to save some money on un-wasted water. Once the roof are all wet, move towards the windscreens; both front and back and continue towards the bonnet and trunk. Lastly, wet the sides of your car including the wheel.

Having ensure that your car is well drenched, start cleaning the wheels and especially the rims. Use a brush or old toothbrush and start scrubbing with any detergent that you desire. After completing the four wheels (or 3 if you live in England), do not rinse/flush just yet. Let the detergent soak and really get into the residual dirt to remove it.

Next, get a cloth or sponge and wash the bottom half of your car. The bottom half starts from your doors midpoint downwards. This is important because the bottom half is lined with tiny little sand particles. These particles will make tiny scratches on your paintwork. If you use the same cloth or sponge to wash your entire car, it can result in potential paint damage for your whole car.

After completing the washing the bottom half of your car, get a separate cloth or sponge and start washing from the roof and work your way downwards until the bottom half. If you have completed the entire car, simply hose down the soapy detergent starting from the roof and work downwards.

All done! :)


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