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How To Stop Critters From Wrecking Your Home

How To Stop Critters From Wrecking Your Home

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Most of us love animals. But sometimes they don’t understand the concept of private property. They’ll move into your property without a second though, and damage it as though it wasn’t even there!

Fortunately, there are some ways that you can fight back and reclaim your home. Take a look at this advice. 

Keep Your Garbage Secure

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Garbage is perhaps the number one reason critters are attracted to your home. It gives off pungent smells, telling them that there is an easy meal nearby. Given how hard it is for most of them to find food, it’s no surprise that bins and waste are such a critter magnet. 

The solution to this problem is to keep your trash inside a sealed plastic bin that animals can’t open. Wooden-paneled enclosures usually aren’t sufficient because they have gaps between the panels and often don’t go all the way down to the ground, allowing smaller creatures and insects to crawl up from the bottom. 

Install Solar Panel Protection

Solar panel pigeon control is a big issue right now. Pigeon droppings reduce the efficiency of solar panels and the birds themselves can nest underneath them, causing issues with the electronics and heat transfer. 

Many homeowners, therefore, are installing clever wire meshes around the edges of their panels. These prevent pigeons from crawling underneath to nest, keeping them safe and preventing your investment from going to waste. Clever, huh?

Secure Your Entry Points

If they can, critters will attempt to move into your home. There are good reasons for this. For starters, it provides immediate warmth and shelter that can be hard to come by in nature. Furthermore, it protects them from predators. Predatory birds, for instance, can’t hunt a mouse living under your floorboards. 

The problem with many homes, however, is that they have small gaps around their periphery where creatures can infiltrate easily. What’s more, many of these entry points can be very deceptive. As a regular homeowner, you often can’t imagine how an animal could possibly fit through such tiny gaps, but they can. It’s a good idea to get a professional to check the exterior of your property, looking for areas of entry. 

Change The Type Of Fish You Keep In Your Pond

Major pests, like raccoons, love the koi that many people keep in their ponds. So actually changing the type of fish that you keep can have a massive impact on the type of creatures you attract to your garden. Likewise, squirrels love bird feeders and will concoct all sorts of strategies to access the food they contain. So removing these or just feeding birds directly can often resolve this issue. 

You can also investigate using strong smells to repel would-be pests. Predator urine from foxes or coyotes may be able to repel pests, depending on where you live. 

So there you have it: some of the ways that you can prevent critters from wrecking your home. Remember, most of the problems arise because food or shelter is easily accessible on your property.

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Keep Rodents Away from Your Warm House.

By Tia Cristy

Keep Rodents Away from Your Warm House.



When it’s cold outside, you want to stay warm. Well, so do the rodents and other pests.

Most people will say there’s not enough room in their home for both their families and pests.

If you want an organic remedy to keep mice and other creatures away from the house try putting cotton balls soaked in uncut peppermint oil along the foundation, inside crawl spaces, basements, and attics. The long-lasting smell will keep unwanted visitors out.

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BEWARE: 10 Deadly House Spiders To Be Wary Of

BEWARE: 10 Deadly House Spiders To Be Wary Of

Whether you know it or not, spiders would always be an uninvited pet that you are going to have crawling around your home. There are great ways to keep these pests at bay, but spiders are inevitable for most households out there. Since they are simply everywhere, it is not surprising that one of the most prevalent phobias is arachnophobia. This is the fear of spiders. When they are seen, the initial reaction is to kill them. However, the truth is they play a vital role in the society.  There are some folks who fight to preserve them and are able to explain the good they bring. Really? For whatever it is worth, being knowledgeable of the good and bad is the answer!


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Surprising Pests Which Could Be Lurking In Your Home (And Making Your Family Sick!)

Surprising Pests Which Could Be Lurking In Your Home (And Making Your Family Sick!)

A lot of people don’t even realize that there are pests in their home until it’s too late. In fact, they tend to only find out when their family gets poorly, or there is significant damage to their property. So it’s a good idea to ensure you are clued up on what kinds of pests are in your home so you can watch out for them. Therefore, here are surprising pests which could be lurking in your home and making your family sick.


One pest you might not realize could be in your home is mice. But the pests can cause a big problem for your family. For one thing, they can damage the furniture and walls in your home as they create a new place to be their home. And not only this, but they can also chew wires and cables in your home. That means, things might stop working in your property. And you could even end up with a fire if they chew through an electrical cable. Not only this, but the pests can have an impact on your family’s health. After all, mice can carry a wide range of illnesses which could make your family ill. Therefore, watch out for signs of mice such as holes in your walls and droppings. And if you do have the pests, you can contact a pest control company to come and remove them quickly!

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You might not even think about termites being in your home. But there’s a chance that these could be in your home. And if they are, you could end up with damage to your property. After all, they destroy wood meaning that the structure of your home could be in jeopardy. And they could be eating the inside of your walls. As this article says, termites actually cause $5 billion worth of damage every year for homeowners. And they can affect your family’s health as they can cause allergic reactions. Therefore, watch out for signs that they are in your home such as hollow sounding timber and termite droppings. And if they are, you can contact a company who will do termite control in your property. You can even get them to come regularly to ensure they don’t become a recurring problem in your home.


If you have any pets in your home, there’s a chance you might have fleas in your property. After all, dogs and cats are the biggest carriers of the pests. And if they get into your home, they can spread like wildfire. In fact, your carpets could end up infested with the pests. Not only this, but they will be irritable to your family too. Although they won’t make home in your skin like they do with animals, they can bite humans. In fact, you could end up with bites all over your body from the bugs during the summer months. Therefore, ensure your pet has flea preventive, so they don’t intrude your home. And if there are fleas in your home, you can buy some spray which you can use around the house to say bye to them to good.

And remember to ensure all bedding in the home is cleaned regularly. After all, you don’t want to have to deal with bed bugs in the property!


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Don’t Let Unwanted Intruders Spoil The Holidays!

Don’t Let Unwanted Intruders Spoil The Holidays!

When it comes to our homes, we should feel safe and secure. Unfortunately, from time to time, we may have to deal with unwanted intruders. Here are some tips to help you protect your home during the holidays.

Preventing burglaries

We all want to feel safe in our homes. Sadly, there are people out there who are on the lookout for easy pickings. Sometimes, it’s impossible to prevent burglaries. But there are lots of things you can do to try and deter thieves and make your home’s defenses harder to breach.

Effective deterrents

You’ll often find that thieves are put off breaking into certain homes just by looking to them. If you have a burglar alarm, CCTV or security lights, these make the job a lot harder. Electric gates, dogs, and cars in the drive can also deter thieves.

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Making life more difficult

Open windows and doors are an invitation for robbers. If all the windows and doors are locked, it’s much more difficult to break into a property. Make sure you lock up before you go out or you go to bed. Never leave the keys in view or by the front door. Keep them on your person. Hide valuables and anything that has sentimental meaning.

Keeping your home safe while you’re away

If you’re going away for the holidays, ask your neighbors to keep an eye out for you. Cancel any deliveries, and leave a light on. Keep one car parked in the drive. Ask a friend or family member to pop round and collect the mail every few days.

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Deterring pests

Unwanted visitors don’t just come in human form. Our homes are also enticing bases for all kinds of critters and creatures. It’s not always possible to prevent pests from entering, but there are steps you can take.

Keeping your home clean

Pests are often drawn to smells and the lure of leftovers. Make sure you clean up after cooking and store food in airtight containers. Don’t leave dirty pots on the side, or trash bags in the kitchen. Take the garbage out and ensure that bins are sealed. Mop the floors and wipe down the surfaces.

Plugging the gaps

Pests like mice and rats often enter through cracks and gaps in the walls, window frames, and doors. If you notice holes, patch them up using sealant or filler. This makes it much more difficult for them to gain entry.

Acting quickly

If you spot signs of a mouse, rat, ant or cockroach infestation, act quickly. The longer you leave it, the worse it will become. You could use traps and chemicals, such as insecticides. However, it’s often best to search online for control de plagas or pest control firms. Experts use effective techniques to exterminate pests rapidly.

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As the holidays approach, the last thing you want is uninvited visitors. Now is the time to take steps to protect your home from opportunistic thieves and pests looking for their next meal. Hopefully, these tips will come in handy.

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