Open Season on Dust Bunnies (How to become a lean, mean dust-hunting machine!)

I have an incredible love for animals and do not condone cruelty to any of God’s beautiful creatures. However, I do NOT feel at all awkward about discussing the cold-hearted murder of bunnies….Dust Bunnies, that is.

 Dust Bunnies

In order to become an effective hunter of these clever little creatures, one must develop a firm understanding of what they’re made of, where they hide and what makes them run. Let’s begin….

Wikipedia defines dust bunnies as “small clumps of dust that form under furniture and in corners that are not cleaned regularly. They are made of hair, lint, dead skin, spider web, dust, and sometimes light rubbish and debris, and are held together by static electricity. They can actually be harmful when they house dust mites or other parasites.” I concur.

The pesky part about dust bunnies is that they’re quite skittish and fast. You’ve seen how they start running away as you walk by…. Get too close to them with a certain vacuum and they really fly! Seriously, these guys are easily disturbed by the lightest breeze, so the trick is to sneak up behind them with your vacuum cleaner. First, make sure your vacuum’s exhaust air is pointed away from your prey. Prepare your vacuum’s hose attachment and extension wand, then aim…No bunny can outrun direct suction like that!

The various species of dust bunny call different places “home.” Some prefer the airy, open habitat under the dining room table or in the hall. Other species opt for more seclusion like under beds or couches. You may have noticed that the big ones prowl openly on hard floors…carpeting impedes their growth and mobility. The small yet diabolical variety that nest in your computer or other electronics can cause quite a lot of damage to electrical components. Ultimately, the more often you raid the bunnies’ respective environments, the less likely they are to emerge (or at least they won’t grow to such beastly proportions!)

Know where to hunt and be prepared with the right weapons. Again, your vacuum is numero uno in your arsenal! Dust bunnies are no match for the speed and power of your vacuum combined with the versatility of its tools. Plus, the filth and disease these buggers harbor will be safely quarantined in the belly of your vacuum until it’s emptied.

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“Crawlies” in your carpet giving you the CREEPS?

 

 Banish these buggers once and for all…
Halloween is here! ….ghosts, goblins, werewolves – oh my! They’d be scary if they were real. But what are genuinely scary? The creepy crawlies that can take residence in your carpet, bed and hard-to-reach corners of your home! The good news is that there’s an easy solution to banishing these buggers – and it’s right under your nose…Your vacuum to the rescue!

So before you batten down the hatches for winter, take some time this fall to rid your home of unwanted and unhealthy guests. Arm yourself by following these helpful tips:

Rabid ankle-biting dust bunnies are easily detained – if you’re able to catch them off-guard. Often provoked to flee at the first sight of your vacuum – you must sneak up on this skittish prey. Point the machine’s exhaust away from the bunnies and scap them up with a quick sweep of your vacuum’s long hose/wand attachment.

• Use your vacuum to suck up and trap the tiny spiders that live in the corners of your home and behind furniture. Using the hose attachment with the long wand or crevice tool means you won’t even have to get near them. Get rid of the spiders and you don’t have to clean embarrassing cobwebs! (By the way, this works best with a bagged vacuum.)

• Clean the kitchen area frequently; Wipe counters, empty the garbage, avoid leaving pet food dishes out for long periods of time, and vacuum the floor frequently for crumbs. This will discourage infestation of ants as well rodents! Also be sure to store those Halloween snacks and sweets in closed containers.

• Don’t forget to vacuum your mattress several times per year (or each time you change the sheets if you feel ambitious.) Dust mites and other “creepies” feed on the dead skin and other matter you naturally shed. Reduce their food supply, as well as remove much of the eggs and allergens they produce by vacuuming it up. Be sure to use a quality bagged machine with genuine, sealed HEPA filtration to actually capture all you collect!

• Little buggers like fleas and dust mites can be discouraged by vacuuming too. True, that the adult bugs are harder to catch and left unchecked, chemical warfare may be the only resolution. However, using a quality deep cleaning HEPA vacuum on your carpet, furniture and pet beds will remove much of these critters’ eggs, larvae, allergens and food supply that will keep their population at bay.

• For the creepy stuff you can’t really see – be sure to change your vacuum’s bags and filters frequently. Bacteria, mold and other allergens can multiply or develop inside these media if left for months at a time.

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