As the weather cools, we all start spending more time indoors – along with the bugs and critters. At least, that is their plan. But you can do a lot of things to keep them out.
Go around the outside of your home and look for possible entrances. Even the smallest gaps can let in a whole family of pests, so seal them up with caulk or wire, whichever works best for each place. Steel wool also can be stuffed into areas where pests try to enter.
Clear away debris and other possible nesting areas.
Make sure all windows and doors are sealed, especially the ones that you seldom use. Add additional weatherstripping if you need more to seal them up tightly.
Make sure water leaks are repaired. Water is a must for most pests, and they congregate in damp areas.
Food left out for them to get into also acts as an invitation. Keep all food sealed up, especially pet food. Sealable containers come in lots of sizes, even super large. If you feed pets outdoors, pick up uneaten food regularly.
Check for droppings in areas where pests are likely to nest. As soon as you find any, take action immediately.
Preventive measures can be taken before cold weather sets in, too. You can spray insecticide around the perimeter of your home to keep some pests from even trying to get in. Use protective bait stations that kids and animals can’t get into around your home and check them regularly to see if the bait is being taken.
Set mouse-and-rat traps if you suspect them. Again, protect kids and pets from accidentally getting to them.
Check with local feed stores and even some hardware stores for other creative deterrents. Good luck!
Q: We have a glass shower door that is starting to have some problems. There is a rubber piece along the bottom of the door that is falling off. What can we do? – H.J.
A: This rubber piece will help keep the water from going outside the door, so you should replace it. Check to see if you can find a brand name on the door anywhere, take pictures of it and the rubber piece, and start shopping around for a replacement rubber gasket. Hopefully you can find one without too much effort. The rubber piece also might be available at your home center. They do have some universal items that might work. If all else fails, you might see if you can find a door sweep that you can install with screws to the inside of the door.
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