Every home decor describes homeowners’ style and tastes; in other words, expressing yourself by choosing the designs, space distribution and texture of each unit should be factors you need to carefully consider, all of them will add an embellish look to your home and this is a big reason to be as creative as possible. Continue Reading…


Did you know that an adult fly usually live only 2 to 3 days without food but can survive up to 50 days where food is available? Practicing self-control is an activity that all of us can try to master when flies are around our kitchen or any other home area. Gloomily most of us will rather get rid of that particularly buzzing sound. Even though they have a tendency to make it attendance when they are strong odors around the stove, they can also show off when there is raw meat of any kind. Nevertheless these unpleasant guests can feel invite at any time, whenever they want, we seem to be a very suitable host for them.

With holydays ahead, possibilities of see them increases, due to the fast generally food and odors are plenty. The truth is that is not only the buzzing aspect should concerns us but also the fact that these pests are responsible of carrying diseases where we can list: dysentery, diarrhea, food poisoning, typhoid fever, conjunctivitis, salmonella, anthrax and tuberculosis. For these and the fact that fly pests are also known to transmit the eggs of parasitic worms, we consider pest control is significant to an upright public and personal health.

Understanding Indoor Pest Phases


Summer or warm season & cool weather are the most important phases we must have acknowledge of, even though the same fly species can be a problem in both warm and cool weather, pest control methods are not the same for these two seasons.

In the case of flies, there are four major phases in its life cycle. The first stage is the conception, around 150 eggs are laid in a moist environment, and usually where food is available in abundance, such as your garbage deposit.

Second phase corresponds to the larva, where they feed on the food for around 5 to 15 days. After this, comes phase 3 where the larva has to move to a dry place to pupate. And finally phase 4 contemplates the pupae transformation to an adult after 3 or 4 weeks. So, in case you wonder, adult flies can live for about a month and during this time they can produce 500 to 2,000 eggs.

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Now that we know that flies tend to seek moist climates and organic materials to lay their eggs, let’s go to the kitchen and prepare them a taste of its own medicine. For pest control, here we have fly repellent options that can help you instead of purchasing poisonous substances that can be useful, no questions, however it can be toxic to humans and animals too.

Apple cider vinegar:

This pest control is particularly good for eliminating fruit flies because they get attracted to smell of anything which ferments. Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting apples and thus flies can’t resist its smell. Therefore by heating the apple cider vinegar and pour it into a jar with lid, make some holes on its lid or in the case you want to keep the lid, you may also use an entrance with cellophane paper and stapling it in the shape of a cone leaving a hole at the narrow end. Once inside, there is no way back.

Oil Lavender:

Lavender has been used by people in the past to protect clothes from moths and other insects. Lavender oil can, in fact, prevent mosquito bites as well as other insect’s bites. It is just the perfect essential oil which helps control infestation of flies along with repelling fleas, black fly, black beetle, greenfly and white fly too. Lavender oil, however, is the best one when it comes to repel flies. However, After 24 hours, remove the lid and keep the tin at a place where you see most of the flies in your home.

Cloves and lemons/ apples:

Cloves are pleasantly aromatic for us but are not liked by flies. They cannot stand the scent of this spice that is extensively used for culinary purposes. Cloves are particularly effective in repelling house flies. In this remedy for flies elimination, cloves are used with lemon, yet another smell that flies are not fond of.

By Cutting the lemons into halves, poke 6-12 cloves into each of the lemon half. Push with the pointed part of the clove so that the bud remains upwards. You can also arrange these cloves poked lemon halves onto a plate. These is one of the fly repellant option we like the most, since it makes an aromatic and beautiful looking centerpiece for your table, on holydays turns out very accurate but also cute touch.


Yes we are serious, even though we love wine too, it can be a perfect solutions for desperate situations where solving the problem is required. One of the properties wine have and flies cannot resist is the fermented odor. So, basically by using another empty wine bottle pour about ½ a cup of wine. In the case of having wide bottle mouth, use a plastic wrap to cover it. Poke some holes on this plastic wrap so the flies could enter the bottle. They would never exit through the holes.

Diary, sweet and spicy:

In the case of fruit flies, here it is a control pest right from your kitchen items coming from England. This pest control sugary substance does attract fruit flies, it seems to be used in this milk recipe for trapping flies. Pest control recipe number 5 consists on pouring the milk in a saucepan, then add sugar and pepper to the milk. Let the solution boil for 10-15 minutes. Pour some of this milk solution in each a bottle as the example number 1 with the apple cider vinegar. Flies will get attracted to this pest control and when they land on it, will suffocate them.

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Have you ever heard about the Dracaena plant? Generally known as mass cane or Dracaena Fragrans Massangeana, is a very widely used interior plant. Among the benefits this plant possess, the ability of air cleaning and make green homes, offices, malls, apartments and the landscape a more hygienic place in the most important one. Its structure is based on intense green colored plants that can be classify on species coming in ranges of forms and sizes.

5 300x300 Garden Plants: Best Natural Air FilterOne of the fascinating characteristics about Dracaena plant is that you can grow it almost everywhere, whether is in a 3 inch pot, or merely in water, Dracaena plant has a poetic way of enhancing your home spaces. This interior plant is propagated by cutting segments of old stems of generally from 10 to 20 cm long. These are allowed to dry off, and then inserted into moist and until they have rooted.

Among the popular varieties found in garden centers and used by interior landscapers you can find: Dracaena marginata, Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana, Dracaena reflexa, Dracaena Janet Craig, Dracaena Warneckii and Dracaena Rikki.

Positive aspects of Dracaena Plant

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Nowadays, with all the mass consumption, Americans spend ridiculous amounts of money on electrical appliances, manufactured air purifiers, candles and any other item that can suppress strong odors. What FinishBuild loves about this particular indoor plant is that you can apply a more suitable strategy with them by placing them inside your home in order to purify the air instead of replace it with a stronger odor.

Dracaena plant is tolerant of most indoor lighting conditions: Since it can tolerate a wide variety of indoor light conditions it makes it ideal for a moderate natural light or beneficial artificial lighting. In any of the cases, keep into account that moderate light will provide all what Dracaena plant needs to support itself. Since it is a slow-growing plant, this indoor plant will maintain its height and shape for some time. On the other hand in the case where there is strong light source, the Dracaena plant’s growth will speed up, however the probabilities of developing mealy bug are very high in bright light. Beyond these bug situation there are no restrictions that might stop you from having them completely exposed to sunlight.

Even though low light is the least desirable lighting choice, these plant is a really one in a million kind, some  Dracaena plants can easily survive in low light, but you will require to dramatically reduce the amount you water the plant. This not only would allow you to control the moisture level but also the indoor plant’s process of photosynthesis.

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Watering is easy: Taking into account that Dracaena plant can be found from Sudan south to Mozambique, watering is fairly simple. If you Dracaena plant is placed in moderate light, it should be watered when the soil surface is dry to the touch. What we recommend in most of interior plant cases is to water them enough to moisten the soil throughout the pot. Therefore watered every week or two can work for your Dracaena in moderate light.

For strong light exposure, your Dracaena Plant may require more attention, either to leave some water in the liner or water more frequently, but the reward of attention would pay off with a faster growth process.

FinishBuild would like to remind you that Dracaena plant is not also a slow-growing but also a slow-reacting plant, subsequently it may take weeks for the plant to show symptoms of either overwatering or under-watering. And by then the damage will already have occurred, this is why we believe this information is highly valuable for these long-lasting natural air filters.

How Does a natural Air Filter Works?

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According to LIVESCIENCE air-purification capacities of indoor plants are real. Some of the plants that scientists have found most useful in removing VOCs, which are known as volatile organic compounds, such as carbon dioxide, benzene and formaldehyde. Interior plants not only help Mother Nature but also humans in health issues for example asthma and nausea, as well as chronic diseases such as cancer and respiratory illnesses.

Indoor plant’s ability to remove these harmful compounds is called Phytoremediation, which is the process that uses various types of plants to remove, transfer, stabilize, and destroy contaminants in the soil and groundwater. There are several different types of phytoremediation mechanisms.

Dracaena plant is also responsible of removing toxins, no wonder why we can see them in malls, offices and closed areas. According to HOUSEPLANTEXPERT, this indoor plant was use in the NASA’s clean air study which proved to remove a considerable amount of toxins from the environment.

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In FinishBuild we absolutely love the immediate breath of life that houseplants bring into any space they are placed, that touch of nature makes anyone feels good to be in its presence. Having houseplants in our homes add beauty to the rooms you have chosen for them, not to mention all the health benefits they can provide; plants are able to clean our air and thus they make our homes healthier. Nevertheless there are some plants that are not safe to have around pets. Thinking about this, we have come to the idea of dedicate this article to all those pet owners out there, who have not found the right houseplants with the ideal features that make them safe for their furry friends. The options we have decided to include in this post harmoniously combine both, the safety your pets need and the stylish aspect that will turn you plants into gorgeous decorative elements; make sure to read this information before bringing home a new member of your family and opt for interior plants that make your home stunning and safe for your loved pets.

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Pet- Safe Houseplants Options

We have done some interesting research about the best pet- friendly plant picks you can choose. It is important to mention that we made this selection based on good information provided by the ASPCA, and the following interior houseplants are totally safe for pets.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

This amazing non- toxic plant has the advantage to create an incredible effect without overpowering the room. Spider plant performs as a great foliage which demands to be noticed in any space where is placed; it has long, spiky and really aesthetic leaves which as grow, they send out runners with baby spiders plants as well. Due to its cascading tendencies and the ability to produce dangling plantlets, this plant is ideal in case you want them on hanging baskets.

Lemon Button Fern

If what you want is to give the perfect accent piece to your shelf or tabletop, Lemon Button Fern is the right choice for this purpose. Its small arching stems and button like foliage makes it an excellent houseplant option, not to mention how beautiful can be having this type of plant when often levels out at a height of about one foot tall; make it simple by just placing it in a terracotta pot and you will have an eye- catching plant at home. On the other hand if your idea is to have one of this plant in a hanging baskets, the lemon button fern’s curved form and delicate leaves is a good reason to choose it.

Areca Palm (Dypsis Lutescens)


Attractive and tropical greenery to your interiors is definitely not a bad idea, with and Areca Palm you achieve the look you want and keep your pets safe because this is a completely pet friendly alternative; you will be thrilled to notice that this plant is ideal for decorating your best interior space, display it proudly in a big pot, for instance a metallic planter and create an instant focal point to the room. Another great feature of this plant is the fact that it comes in a variety of sizes, from tabletop to taller sizes, you choose the size that best work for your space! Areca Palm is well known for its air purifying effects; moreover it is really easy to care for. Our advice on this option is not to over water it, but only hydrate it when the soil below the surface begins to look dry. When it comes to lighting for your Areca Palm, the great suggestion is to allow your plant to gradually acclimate to indoor lighting by fist placing it outside and after a few weeks, bring your Areca Palm inside home to its permanent bright location.

Prayer Plant

This beautiful plant option grabs the attention due to its intricate leaves which boast a variety of green shades and pink detailing. This type of houseplant does fine in medium lighting, additionally it is important to keep its soil moist but not too wet; another good suggestion we can give you is to avoid direct light on your Prayer Plant, as it can cause the leaves to fade. In terms of plants, most of the times simple is best; so when it comes to display your prayer plant try to decide on the pot you like the most but make sure that it does not detract the plant’s unforgettable leaves.

Baby Rubber Plant (Peperomia Obtusifolia)

This beautifully colored with pretty lines plant is perfectly suitable for pots; baby rubber plant is also very easy to take care of. This plant definitely works excellent in containers and glistens, which makes it a great indoor plant. Baby rubber plants adore bright indirect light, and moreover it is easy to overwater them so they ressit temptation.

Horsetail Palm (Beaucarnea Recurvate)

Whether you opt for a wide base or a striking trunk to display its long leaves, Horsetail Palm certainly adds the sculptural look you are looking for. Due to its almost “onion like” bulbs popping up out of the soil, this houseplant alternative brings an interesting element to your décor, if you are a fan of draping fronds, Horsetail Palm plants are just for you, they gratefully mimic natural curves.

Attention! Houseplants to avoid when having pets at home

  • Anthurium
  • Calla Lily
  • Chinese evergreen
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Elephant Ear
  • English Ivy
  • Oleander
  • Philodendron
  • Schefflera
  • Spathiphyllum

So, if your furry family member likes to sample any plants you place in and around your home, do not panic thinking about the potential hazard they are exposed to and instead bring home non- toxic plants like the ones we have already mentioned, and enjoy of an attractive home complement that will definitely brighten your spaces. You may also check out the ASPCA.org website in order to make a review on any other plants you might want to bring into your home spaces.