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PLEASE GET RID OF MY HOUSEGUESTS!

PLEASE GET RID OF MY HOUSEGUESTS!

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young”    Henry Ford 

Colder temperatures send pests, such as field mice, spiders, water bugs, and cockroaches – or palmetto bugs as they call them here in Florida, searching for food, water and shelter inside your homes. Mice are a common winter nuisance here in the south, and only need a space the size of a nickel to enter your home.
I remember as a child, my father putting steel wool around the pipe openings, or if he made a repair, in the opening before sealing that repair.  It didn’t matter if there was no way anything could come into our home once the repair was made, as long as my mother felt secure, that is all that mattered. So to help you keep those unwanted house guests away here are some tips.

  • Seal any cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including utility and pipe entrances.
  • Seal the openings where a pipe comes into your home – under sinks etc. You can use that stuff that squirts into an opening then expands and hardens or you can use the old steel wool method.
  • Put screens on vents and openings to chimneys. This will also keep birds, bats, raccoons and squirrels away.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather-stripping around the basement foundation and windows, and at all entry doors. Helps with utility bills as well.
  • Keep attics, basements if you have one, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • If you store items in totes, make sure you tape up the holes.  Those holes allow spiders, roaches and other assorted bugs to crawl into the tote and nest.  You’ll usually find those holes in the handles or the carved out spaces for your hands to carry the tote.  Yes, those holes are there for ventilation, but I for one do not like to be surprised with a spider nest when I go for something stored in the tote. I would rather seal it, than create a nesting place for bugs and mice. Been there! Done that!
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REDUCING DUST MITES

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Reducing dust mites is the last article in this series from Home Warranty of America, Inc.  To view this article, click on the red word above and you can either read the article on-line or print it for future use.

LOOK WHOSE COMING TO DINNER!

Another uninvited guest shows up on the back porch.  The cat’s are hissing and the dogs barking, all the while this racoon – I’ll call him Rocky, seems to be posing for the picture. What nerve! Nothing seems to bother him or her.

WHAT IS IT?

Can someone tell me what this creature is. One view is the back and the other is the front. I found this creature stuck to the kitchen window screen and took a picture of it. It looks evil like a mouse or bat with green wings, but it wasn’t very big. It’s wingspan was about 3 inches across. It hung out on the screen for about a day and a half then disappeared. I don’t know where it went and I don’t want to know either.

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