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Rodent Invaders Are a Serious Health Concern

Seasonal homeowners may return to NW Montana to find that packrats, bats, mice, and other critters  have invaded their summer home during the previous winter. Beware, there is a risk of disease, including deadly Hantavirus from the dust of some rodent’s feces. Property owners or tenants should avoid being unprotected in infested areas in cabins, sheds or barns. Ten persons have been reported to [...]

Indoor Air Quality in the News

Mold? Leaky Roof? Obama Administration Says All Americans Must Have ‘Healthy Housing’ February 8, 2013 By Susan Jones Peeling lead paint is one of the hazards the Obama’s administration’s new “Advancing Healthy Homes” initiative seeks to remedy. (AP Photo)   (CNSNews.com) – Under the broad banner of “health,” the federal government not only is telling Americans [...]

Ten Basic Things Everyone Should Know About Mold

Ten Things Every Homeowner Should Know About Mold Some potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, sinusitis and other respiratory complaints. There is no feasible way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in an indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. If mold becomes a problem in [...]

Ice Dams – ‘Tis the Season

If you’ve lived in any cold climate region you’ve observed ice dams where melted snow refroze at the lower edge of roofs.  While admiring the classic beauty of icicle formations hanging off of roof eaves, most folks don’t see the harm of these ice bands forming until they begin to experience water flowing inside their own homes. Water oozing, dripping or actually running through the roof [...]

BEAR SPRAY & MACE CLEANUP

These things don’t occur terribly frequently but like a skunk incident the accidental or intentional discharge of bear deterrent spray or other mace products is a nasty chemical contamination if occurring indoors in homes or businesses. Also similar to skunk spray, these products have an oily formulation that may make them particularly difficult to remove from fabrics, carpets and [...]