Deer Mice and the Hantavirus

Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome Central Oregon, like most rural areas have an abundance of wildlife–including rodents such as the deer mice. Many people don’t know that, though cute the deer mice is a main carrier of the Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). This is a life-threatening disease that is spread by: Inhaling airborne particles of urine, droppings, and saliva from infected Read more about Deer Mice and the Hantavirus[…]

Redmond, Oregon Homeless Camp Cleanup Comes at a Cost

Earlier this week, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office handed out official eviction notices to roughly three-dozen people still living on the land between East Antler Avenue and Highway 126. Now it’s up to the Redmond School District, Deschutes County and the Central Oregon Irrigation District, who own the property, to clean up the hundreds of Read more about Redmond, Oregon Homeless Camp Cleanup Comes at a Cost[…]

Little Signs Your House Has a Big Problem

Some house problems are obvious from the get-go—for instance, you know you’re in trouble when raw sewage starts backing up in your basement shower. Other problems, however, are not as apparent. They creep up on you, silently wreaking havoc in your home while you remain blissfully unaware. The best time to address any problem is Read more about Little Signs Your House Has a Big Problem[…]

Get Outdoor Furniture, Grill & Gear Ready For Summer

Use these tips for getting your outdoor spaces ready for summer. With Spring finally here, this is the perfect time of year to get your outdoor furniture, cushions, play equipment and bbq ready for spring and summer entertaining. If you’ve done a good job storing these items over the winter, you might not need to Read more about Get Outdoor Furniture, Grill & Gear Ready For Summer[…]

10 Things Never to Plug into a Power Strip

No matter where you live—house, apartment, dorm room, mobile home—one factor remains constant: There never seem to be enough power outlets. This may explain the popularity of multi-outlet power strips, which provide additional outlets and also let you control… Refrigerators and Freezers 1/11 Large appliances like refrigerators require a lot of power and frequently cycle Read more about 10 Things Never to Plug into a Power Strip[…]

The DIY Dilemma: Knowing When It’s Time to Call in the Pros

  Every year during the first bright days of spring, I look up at the nearly 45-degree pitch of my roofline, see gutters and moss buildup that needs cleaning, and envision the myriad ways I could injure myself addressing these issues Sometimes the reward outweighs the risk, but other times my life seems too short Read more about The DIY Dilemma: Knowing When It’s Time to Call in the Pros[…]

3 tips to make sure your rental home is safe from carbon monoxide and fire

The death of a family of fourfrom Iowa at a property in Mexico has illustrated the potentially lethal hazards when renting a home or condominium for vacation. Authorities say Kevin and Amy Sharp and their two children were found dead on March 23 after they inhaled a toxic gas in their vacation rental in Tulum. Read more about 3 tips to make sure your rental home is safe from carbon monoxide and fire[…]