Happy Holidays From Brezden Pest Control

Dear Friends,

Season’s Greetings from Brezden Pest Control!  The Brezden family would like to thank their friends, family, and customers for making us San Luis Obispo’s “Property Owner’s favorite” for pest control services.

2017 has been one of our most productive years yet.  A couple highlights: we were interviewed by KSBY-TV about the increase in spiders in San Luis Obispo county, and we won 1st Place in the New Times “Best of SLO County 2017” for BEST HOME & GARDEN SERVICE.

Since 1980, we have been working hard to build our team of well-trained service technicians who use only the most environmentally friendly methods to control pest, termite, and rodent problems around your home and property. We have enjoyed a successful 2017, and are excited to be celebrating our 37th year as one of the central coast’s most trusted family-owned business.

We are dedicated to providing our customers with the best and safest pest control solutions. Our technicians stay up to date on the latest and greatest techniques to removing pests from your home by frequently attending workshops and training courses. This November, members of our staff attended the West Coast Rodent Academy, a three-day intensive educational workshop, where they learned the newest practices for rodent control from industry experts and University researchers.
We believe that it is our continued dedication to improving our business and practices that has made us one of the region’s preferred pest control companies. In addition, we have maintained an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and would like to thank our customers for their continued support and feedback.

In colder weather, pests and critters tend to find their way indoors to stay warm. You can protect your home by sealing off any large holes around the perimeter of your home or by investing in sticky traps that you can place near doors, windows, and other entrances. If you find yourself needing professional advice, feel free to call a member of our friendly team and we would be happy to assist you. We also provide same day service Monday through Friday and emergency service on the weekends and holidays.

Winter is also the right time to start thinking about protecting your home for the coming spring and summer months when common pests are most active. Call us to schedule a free home inspection to learn how you can better prepare and protect your home in the New Year. Schedule your monthly or quarterly pest control services now, and ring in 2018 with the assurance that it will be a pest-free year, all year.

If you are looking to learn more about the pests in our area and how you may be able to protect yourself and your home against them, visit the Pest Library on our website for access to helpful articles written by our knowledgeable staff.

We greatly appreciate you as our clients and hope that you have a safe and happy holiday season.

John and Maria Brezden

About Brezden Pest Control: Brezden Pest Control provides rodent controlbird control,  ant control, and termite treatment services in the San Luis Obispo area. The company keeps homes and businesses pest-free with its commercial pest control and home pest control services.  “Like” the Facebook page to receive information on termite treatment. Call 1-800-464-9446 today for a local pest control estimate. Visit the website to download a copy of the “Top 10 Reasons Customers Choose Brezden Pest Control.”

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Happy Holidays From Your Santa Barbara Moving Company

Dear Friends,

It has truly been a remarkable year for all of us at Hazelwood Allied – one of growth, and one in which we have been truly excited to meet new faces and deepen our relationship with existing ones. We have served thousands of people throughout 2017, and we expect 2018 to be no different.

We do need to extend our deepest sympathies to those who have been impacted by the terrible fires within California. It has been a difficult and challenging year for those who have been relocated or threatened by these fires. Our hearts are certainly with you and our thanks are with the firefighters who have contributed their time.

As we head into 2018, you might be considering relocating yourself, though we do hope this is within better circumstances. As such, we’ve put together three things you need to know before your next move:

Avoid packing issues like this one by checking out our packing tips at http://bit.ly/2rb8c6a

Throughout the Holiday season, there are many fun events to attend in the Santa Barbara area – below are several of our favorites:

  • Brad Nack 100% Reindeer Art Show: Take in the world’s largest, longest running series of reindeer paintings, showing now until January 2nd at Roy, nightly from 6 to 9 PM. Now in its 20th year, you won’t want to miss seeing the over 100 small, elegantly framed oil paintings of reindeer. Take one home with you to extend the holiday spirit in your home.
  • Thomas Fire Fund and Wildland Firefighter Benefit Ball:  Saturday, December 30 · Doors 6:00 PM at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club · For Tickets email Kudog.lindgren@gmail.com or call 805-704-5533
  • Christmas at Hotel Californian.  Spend the holidays at Hotel Californian and indulge in a unique Christmas meal created by Executive Chef Alexander La Motte. December 25th from 5PM-10PM.
  • New Year’s Eve Pops Concert. A perfect way to ring in the New Year!

We are so proud of everything we have achieved throughout 2017, and we can’t wait for the year ahead. From continuing to uphold an A+ BBB rating, to expanding so many areas of our business, including corporate movingand packing, we cannot thank you enough! From all of us at Hazelwood Allied, we wish you a safe and Happy New Year.

Your Hazelwood Allied Moving Family


Casey McCann
Phone (805) 963-4493
Email: casey@hazelwoodallied.com

p.s. As you know, businesses today thrive as a result of the reviews they receive from customers. If you’re feeling in the mood, rate us on Google or YELP or Facebook, every rating helps!  Many of you have been fantastic in showing your support and it’s truly appreciated.

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Cleaning Company In Santa Barbara Offers Holiday Special

Dear Friends,

Season’s greetings from Rosie’s Cleaning Service!

This month we are offering a holiday cleaning special which expires 12-31-17.  Get 6 Hours of Cleaning for only $250! ($300 Value!)  Call us to take advantage of the best house cleaning special in Santa Barbara!  >>>Email rosie@cleaningbyrosie.com or call 805-698-3132

Whether you’re gearing up for gift-giving or winding down for some well-earned relaxation, we here at Rosie’s would like to thank you for entrusting us with the cleaning of one of your most valued possessions — your sanctuary, your home. Because of loyal clients like you, we’re now wrapping up 27 years of home and office cleaning in Santa Barbara!

Thank you!

Rosie and Team
Phone: 805-698-3132

As part of seeing the year out, we’d like to draw your attention to some things you might not have realized about Rosie’s Cleaning Service — so you can start the new year knowing.

Did you know Rosie’s Cleaning offers customized cleaning solutions?  Whether you’re a busy family in need of a bi-weekly “disinfection” to help prevent illness and keep things crayon-free, or you require something more along the lines of a monthly sprucing-up and maintaining guest quarters free of dust, we will build a schedule and a team to suit your request.  As the days lengthen and pollen season approaches, house cleaning and pollen mitigation is essential for your comfort and the comfort of visitors, too. Go ahead and throw open the doors on those sunny, 70? days — Rosie’s will see to it that your surfaces and floors shine.

Did you know that Rosie’s Cleaning is licensed, bonded, and insured? We insure our services against any damages or theft, meaning you can feel safe and assured of proper cleaning care without any nasty surprises! Hiring a company that is ‘bonded’ is the best way to protect yourself and your possessions, because it means both our workers and our clients are insured with a bond against any type of unpleasantry that might arise. But don’t just take our word for it — our clients are singing our praise.

Call Rosie and Team
Phone: 805-698-3132

Rosie’s treats people fairly — and it shows! We’ve consistently maintained our A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau. Take a look at what clients are saying:

  • “I was looking for a professional cleaning company which is licensed and especially insured. Rosie’s cleaning service is an efficient house cleaning company that was able to exceed my expectations.” – Mitch Fallahi, Gutierrez St, Santa Barbara

  • “Rosie’s Cleaning Service did an incredible job for me upon move-out of this property on the upper east-side. She returned my calls, met with me, and completed the job all in a timely and professional manner. The quality of the cleaning was impressive and the price was modest.” – Andrew Adler, Olive St, Santa Barbara

Truly, this is the season to show your appreciation for the people around you. We’re so grateful to be a small but significant part of your lives and look forward to continuing as your Santa Barbara maid service for years to come.

Call Rosie and Team
Phone: 805-698-3132

Lastly, we can’t forget to say Thank you to our brave firefighters in Santa Barbara County who continue to fight the Thomas wildfires. Our thoughts and prayers remain with all who have been impacted by the wildfires throughout California. Organizations such as the United Way, the American Red Cross and the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County are accepting donations for Thomas Fire victims.  We are also offering a 20% discount to active duty firemen.

Offer expires 12/31/17


Rosie’s Cleaning Service

P: (805) 698-3132

E: rosie@cleaningbyrosie.com

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About Rosie’s Cleaning Service: Rosie’s Cleaning Service has been the Santa Barbara cleaning experts since 1990. Services include residential cleaningcommercial cleaningafter party cleaningpost-construction clean-up service, and vacation rental clean-up service. Visit the website at www.cleaningbyrosie.com to download a complimentary copy of the PDF, “The Top 10 Reasons Customers Choose Rosie’s Cleaning.” “Like” the Facebook page to receive Santa Barbara cleaning tips. Call 805-698-3132 for a quick quote on Santa Barbara maid service.

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Yost Appliance Recommends 4 End of Summer Appliance Repairs

Dear Readers,

Do you ever feel like there is just not enough hours in the day?  The last thing you need is your appliance breaking down on you when you have zero margin for error in your day planner.  Imagine you’re running late one morning, rushing to get your clothes out of the dryer only to realize that they aren’t fully dry. Or perhaps you just put something in the oven for dinner only to check on it and realize that the oven isn’t getting up to the proper temperature. These scenarios are all too familiar for many people.

The question to repair or to replace a malfunctioning appliances is one that you will eventually have to ask yourself—if you haven’t already. Since modern appliances make up the foundation of our lives, a broken major appliance can cause you and the whole family a lot anxiety. So unless you are okay with cooking your food over an open fire and cleaning your clothes by hand, the best time to take care of a malfunctioning appliance is before it completely breaks. That’s why Yost Appliance repair recommends these 4 end of summer appliance repairs.

Washing Machine Direct Drive: Replacing the direct drive inside a washing machine is a pretty simple and straightforward repair that can make your washing machine run like new again. Indication it’s time for a repair: washer doesn’t run, won’t agitate or spin properly, doesn’t rinse fully, and/or leaks water.

Drier Repair:  We repair all brands of Washers & Dryers in Santa Barbara. Call if: My dryer isn’t heating; My dryer won’t start; My washer is leaking; My washer won’t spin. Our team will fix broken wiring that has become dangerous and repair any knobs that won’t turn.

Refrigerator Cooling Issues: A faulty refrigerator may cost you a fortune in spoiled food and can put your entire family at risk for food poisoning. There are a whole host of causes for cooling issues, so trust Yost for your refrigerator repair in Santa Barbara. Indication it’s time to call Yost: fridge not cooling properly, defrost not functioning, fridge emits noises and/or runs consistently.

Dishwasher Repair: Perhaps nothing elicits such sighs of relief than being able to fill a dishwasher full of dirty dishes and not have to even get your hands wet. Ah the joys of modern life, but these creature comforts and easily turn into headaches. Indication that it’s time for a repair: dishes aren’t getting fully cleaned, dishwasher isn’t draining fully, water isn’t reaching temperature and/or leaking water.

Don’t wait until your appliance breaks down, causing headaches and costing you time and money. Be proactive, you can save yourself money by repairing appliances before they fully breakdown and have to be replaced. A repair today can save you money tomorrow.

Don’t replace. Instead repair. Call Yost today at 805-966-2846 for Santa Santa Barbara’s best appliance repair services. We are the oldest appliance service company in the area, since 1969. A call to Yost today will save you money tomorrow.

Yost Appliance offers dishwasher repairrefrigerator repairfreezer repairwasher and dryer repairrange repairoven repair and garbage disposal repair. We service a long list of brands. Call us today at 805-966-2846 to schedule a service call. All service calls are not charged with repair. Same day service and senior discounts are also available.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to helping you with your appliance repairs in 2017.  We’d like to thank our customers for continuing to call us for their appliance repair needs.

Warm regards,

Burt and Donna Yost
Phone: (805) 966-2846

p.s. As a resource to you, each month we will recommend local area partners that we feel may be of value to you.  Rosie’s Cleaning is a great local cleaning company worth considering for a little extra help with your holiday cleaning tasks.  If you are relocating over the holidays, and need the help of a professional movers, call Hazelwood Allied Moving and Storage, a reliable moving company in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara
Appliance Repair Services

Licensed and Insured Reg No. 32630

Yost Appliance, Inc. offers same day service on almost every make and model of home appliance on the market. Find out why customers are willing to provide so many testimonials about the service they receive from Yost Appliance. Comments like, “Honest Work, Fair Prices” and “Fair, friendly, honest and locally owned” are strong indicators of the level of service you can expect when it comes to appliance repair servicesoven repairwasher and dryer repairrefrigerator repair, and garbage disposal repair.

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NEW LISTING: Santa Ynez Home For Sale

$2,175,000 3030 Calle Bonita
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3030 Calle Bonita, SANTA YNEZ, CA 93460

Price: 2,175,000

Property Type: Res
District: 50 – SANTA YNEZ
Total Bedrooms: 4
Total Bathrooms: 4
SqFt.: 3740
Cross Street: N. Refugio Rd

1) The property is being sold ”as is” 2) The sale is subject to Bankruptcy Court Approval and Overbid. New England Cape Cod style home is located in a gated private community. Pool overlooks rolling hills and a studio in the back of the home. Set on a knoll with beautiful views, it features 3 bedrooms up, with one additional space for a bedroom located in the finished basement area. Private well association. House square footage and lot size are based on reports done by TitlePoint. Please do not Disturb Occupant.

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Are termites haunting your home?

Dear Readers,

Fall is prime time for termite swarms. There is nothing scarier than seeing termites swarming around your property. Brezden Pest Control has been protecting properties since 1980 in and around San Luis Obispo County.  Below are several points to consider as we move into the fall season this year.

1. Termites are a property owner’s nightmare

In nature, termites are useful. They help in recycling dead and fallen trees. Chomping away, 24 hours a day they turn this wood into nutrients for the soil. Termites also supply a food source to other animals and their underground colonies help to aerate the soil.  In your home or business property, it’s an entirely different matter, however.   Termites cause billions of dollars of damage to structures each year around the United States. If you would like to learn more about how the industry calculated this damage figure read this article from Pest Control Technology magazine. Damage from an infestation can go unnoticed for years. In a home, they can eat away at wood and cellulose based fiber, including books, furniture and sheet rock. A trained and licensed pest control provider can help you find termite problems and protect your property from future attacks.

2.  Likelihood of Termites

The Council of American Building Officials and the International Residential Code have created a termite infestation probability map. Ninety percent of California is listed as a very high (probability) that a structure can have termite infestation. The most northern 10% of the state has a moderate to heavy rating. If you are reading this and live in another state, find your state on this map to find the probability of your property becoming infested by termites.

3. Termites Damage Property

How much wood can a termite munch if a termite finds my home? Termites eat 24 hours a day, they don’t take vacations and don’t call in sick. The unique weather of California allows termites to be active, eating and foraging year-round. Termites eat the most food in the warm weather months between June and September. Rain seems to make termites even hungrier because they can get both food and water in one bite. During cool months between November to February, termites will be less active in looking for new food sources but will continue to chew away at their current location. When a hive grows too large, the termites will swarm. Flying away from the nest in large groups, they look for a new place to settle down, mate, and eat away at your valuable property. Quick action is needed to protect your property from termite damage.

4. Types of Termites

Termite problems can make you lose sleep. The three, most common, California termite species are; Reticulitermes, Heterotermes, and Coptotermes. These three pests are subterranean, meaning they build their hives underground.  Finding their hives takes specialized training and equipment. Brezden has the training and equipment needed to locate and eradicate termites from your property.

  • Reticulitermes is a found in the eastern U.S., Texas, California and as far north as Ontario, Canada. They are one of the most destructive species in California. You’ll see afternoon swarms in the fall and again in the spring usually after a soaking rain.

  • Heterotermes Aureus is common in the Sonoran Desert of southeastern California. You’ll see late afternoon or early evening swarms in July, August, and September.

  • Coptotermes formosanus nicknamed the Super Termite. They were, and continue to be, native to China but are now well established in the United States. As reported in this ABC News Report, this species is spreading quickly. They can be found in 11 states, including Alabama, California, and Florida. In California. The formosanus is rapidly becoming even more destructive than the Reticulitermes. You’ll see late evening swarms, with the peak season being June and July. They are attracted to lights and typically live in larger colonies.

All three of these species can cause damage to your property. Luckily, we employ our own in-house, fully-licensed termite repair crew. Brezden can also help you contact the best flooringpainting, or other contractors to make your place like new again.

5. Termite Behaviors

Only a full inspection can determine what type of termite you have. Termites live in large social colonies where they cooperatively care for the eggs and the young. The colony includes sterile members who are the workers. These are the ones that are eating away and carrying food back to the hive. Established colonies can number hundreds of thousands of members. If left undisturbed and with a ready food source, the hive can reach over a million members.  Like ants and bees, termite colonies have a queen, workers, soldiers, and reproductive members. The largest group are the worker termites who care for eggs and forage for food for the entire nest.  Queen termites can have a lifespan of a decade or more, while workers usually live for only a handful of years. They are adapted at feeding on cellulose with an intestinal parasite (protists) that allows them to convert the wood fiber into food.  Learn more about the lifestyle of termites from this March post

6. Signs of Termites

If your property is not currently protected from termites, you may have a problem and not even know it. By the time you begin to see visible signs of termite infestation, thousands of dollars of damage could already have been done.  Property that has had past termite problems are also more likely to become re-infested if they are not treated on a regular basis. Continuing treatment should use products that have been proved to discourage termites and are approved by the State of California. We use the Exterra Termite Interception and Baiting System.

Signs of termite infestation include:

  • The presence of fecal pellets (termite poop) which is often the first sign of a problem. Pellets will vary in color depending on the wood the insect ate, and have six flattened sides.
  • Swarms of the insects
  • Small piles of sawdust-like wood particles
  • Darkened or blistered appearance to areas like window sills
  • Hollow sounding and thin wood members that are easily punctured with any sharp tool
  • The presence of dirt or mud (shelter) tubes.

7.  Protection Against Termites

Elimination of termites usually involves either whole structure eradication or localized (spot) control. For proper treatment, professionals need an understanding of building structures and the ability to correctly identify termite species. Only licensed professionals can safely use registered pesticides to eliminate termite colonies.

  • Whole Structure Eradication is a process where your entire home will be enclosed in tenting. The structure is then treated with fumigation or heat, in some cases both methods are used. You, your pets, and your plants will be required to remain out of your home during this entire process.

  • Localized Spot Control uses the application of pesticides, electric current, extreme cold or heat, microwave energy, or a combination approach to individual locations around your home.

Contact us today at 800-464-9446 to schedule an inspection. We have two offices to serve you. You can also request service using our online contact form.

Be sure to download you Complimentary Copy of the 10 Reasons Why Customers Choose Brezden Pest Control.

Thank you for reading,

John Brezden

About Brezden Pest Control: Brezden Pest Control provides rodent controlbird control,  ant control, and termite treatment services in the San Luis Obispo area. The company keeps homes and businesses pest-free with its commercial pest control and home pest control services.  “Like” the Facebook page to receive information on termite treatment. Call 1-800-464-9446 today for a local pest control estimate. Visit the website to download a copy of the “Top 10 Reasons Customers Choose Brezden Pest Control.”

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Pros and Cons of Owning a Log Home

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For many people, their vision of a dream home is a log cabin tucked away in the woods, or a luxurious log home overlooking a lake, where they can cuddle up next to a roaring fire in an open fireplace. Whether it’s a little cabin or a mansion, many people dream of owning a log home!

However, many people are surprised to learn that there are also special consideration to being a log home owner. Pests, settling/shrinking and unfamiliar maintenance requirements are a few of the items that can be intimidating for buyers at first.

Like any home, there will always be maintenance & upkeep to be done, so don’t let that discourage you. Here’s a list of pros and cons associated with owning a log home. You may want to factor these into your decision of whether owning a log home is right for you.

Advantages of owning a Log Home or Cabin

Energy efficient – Due to timber’s thermal mass, which accounts for the wood’s ability to store and release heat throughout the day and night, log homes are great at conserving energy, and maintaining temperatures. This means your home can be kept cool in the summer and warm in the winter without you having to rely so heavily on air conditioning units and central heating. They are generally regarded as being anywhere from 2.5% to over 20% more energy efficient, if built and caulked properly, as compared to an identical wood-frame home.

Log homes fit into the “green” lifestyle – If being environmentally conscious is important to you, going with log will be a good fit. Builders today tend to use logs from sustainable forests, to ensure that they are not depleting forests that are already in trouble. Combined with the energy efficiency referenced above, this means that they are very “green”.

Traditional charm with modern conveniences – many people love log cabins because they bring to mind a simpler way of life. In today’s homes, you can keep that traditional charm while also adding the modern conveniences many of us don’t want to live without – beautiful modern kitchens with all the important appliances, central heat & air, open floor plans with vaulted ceilings, even integrated technology. These offer comfort and convenience in the rustic setting you’ve dreamed of, bringing you the best of both worlds.

Solid, secure homes that are beautiful, cozy and quiet. Log walls are natural sound insulators too, giving you a well-built home with an unmatched feeling of security.

Possible Disadvantages of owning a Log Cabin or Home

Maintenance & Upkeep – this is an area that can surprise new owners. Log homes have unique maintenance requirements as compared to traditional stick-built homes. Note, though, that doesn’t mean that maintaining one is “more difficult”. It’s just different. The logs may require regular caulking/chinking to ensure that water & air stay out. Staining or sanding may be needed as well. Since the logs may expand and contract as the temperature changes, settling can occur. However, some issues caused by this can be addressed during the construction process, so if you’re building, make sure you hire a reputable and experienced builder. If you’re buying a pre-built home, be sure to involve a qualified inspector that has a good knowledge of log homes.

Pests can be a problem – bugs (most commonly carpenter bees and termites) may want to make the logs their homes and/or feed on the wood. These can be effectively managed with regular care and attention.

Insurance may be more challenging to get – don’t assume that your regular carrier will insure your log home. Most big-name insurance companies do provide coverage. Be sure to do your research and find a reputable company that offers log home insurance. Also, because many are located in rural areas that are further from fire departments & hydrants, you may see higher fire insurance rates.

Be careful with kits – if you’re building new, a log home kit may seem convenient. However, since not all kits are created equally, they may also present challenges. Kits are designed to fit perfectly together like a puzzle for a pre-designed plan. This leaves little room for creative changes you may want along the way. Some provide only the logs and timber, while others may include items such as interior walls. Some companies keep the costs down by using inferior materials. If you decide to use a kit, make sure that you know exactly what the kit includes, check reviews & ratings on the company you’ll be buying from, and be sure the design is what you want.

It can be hard to sell a log home – though some people think that they are harder to sell than stick built homes, we’ve found that good maintenance of the home, combined with specialty marketing tools and knowledge can make the sales process quicker and easier

In the end, as long as you’re aware of the needed care for your log cabin, we believe the advantages outweigh the disadvantages!

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