Maggots: How to get rid of disgusting maggots in your wheelie bin FAST

Maggots are a type of larvae which come from the eggs lain by flies. They reproduce incredibly quickly, particularly in environments that are warm and moist. The pests are also attracted to food, particularly meat and fish which they help to break down. This means your wheelie bin is a natural place for maggots to breed. While maggots are not harmful, they can pose an unpleasant and unsightly problem when they infiltrate your rubbish. Thankfully, there is a simple and effective trick to make sure you get rid of every…

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Haunting images of ‘time capsule’ home abandoned by owner 20 YEARS ago

Tea cups and crockery are still on display on the welsh dresser and the cupboards are stocked with rusty old tins of food. Dusty books were left opened on the page last read and clothes, now covered in cobwebs, still hang from coat hangers. No one in the area knows what happened to the owner, but everyone agrees he left after his wife died. The house, near Penzance, Cornwall, and all it’s contents will be going to a new owner as it is set to go under the hammer next…

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Property news: WW2 bunkers with no windows being sold off as homes

Officials had considered turning a line of bunkers in the city into a museum – but were put off by the estimated  €1 million (£897,000) cost. Instead they decided to sell the bunkers – which once formed part of the Soviet Union’s Molotov Line – as potential homes priced at €14,000 to €18,000 (£12,500-16,100). One advertisement reads: “We are selling a house, 38 square metres (409 square feet), one floor with a penthouse, two rooms.  “Year of building is 1940. There is a large private courtyard.”  The ad suggested that the building…

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Private landlords SELLING rental property after tax changes for buy to let investors

In their monthly report, RICS point to 22 per cent of their membership observing a drop-off in landlords advertising rental properties to let in their area, and highlight that reducing numbers of private rental stock is a direct result of taxation changes for buy to let investors, leading to smaller scale landlords exiting the sector.  Meanwhile, tenant demand continues to increase in most of the UK, leading to upwards pressure on rents.   In fact, RICS anticipate that this shortage could create a rise of two per cent on the…

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House prices UK: Values ARE going up as Halifax confirms property price growth in July

Halifax released their House Price Index, which suggests that prices saw an annualised rise of 3.3% (Image: GETTY) The Halifax released their House Price Index this morning, which suggests that prices saw an annualised rise of 3.3 per cent in July, and a 1.4 per cent increase on June to reach an average property value of £230,280, versus £219,266 at the same time last year. On a quarter-by-quarter basis, prices rose by 1.3 per cent. Coming off the back of an interest rate rise last week, this does provide a…

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Interest rate rises to HIGHEST since 2009…what does this mean for the housing market?

A positive set of economic data, which in particular reflects a healthy labour market with unemployment at its lowest level for 42 years and the number of positions vacant at a record high, together with inflation stubbornly sat at 2.4 per cent for the last couple of months, pushed the Bank to move the rate upwards towards more normalised levels. Mr Haldane notably recommended last month that the interest rate should increase. Whilst the Bank Rate held in June, the unanimous vote amongst the Monetary Policy Commission (MPC) this month…

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