Fall
is just around the corner! Want to prevent mice, spiders and other pests from
getting into your home? Shore up your lines of defense with these effective
pest-fighting strategies.

If unwanted critters are
waging war on your house, it’s time to fight back. Here are some effective pest-fighting
strategies. We’ll give you tips about how to close the entryways that let
critters in, and also how to evict them if they manage to get past your
defenses.


Locate pest entrances

Inspect the area below your siding

Inspect the underside of your siding using a mirror.
If you find a gap, mark the location with masking tape so you can seal it
later.


Seal off doors and windows

Seal entrances with weatherstripping

Seal doors, windows and basement sashes with
adhesive- backed weatherstripping. Clean the surface first so the weatherstrip
will adhere well.


Secure your dryer vent

Check the condition of the damper

Examine dryer vents to ensure the damper isn’t stuck
open or broken off completely. Also check that the seal between the vent and
the wall is tight.


Caulk gaps between trim and siding

Use acrylic latex caulk to fill gaps

Fill gaps between trim and siding with acrylic latex
caulk. Keep a wet cloth handy to clean up any stray caulk. Smooth the bead with
a wet finger.


Clean and seal off soffit gaps

Fill soffit openings with expanding foam

Pull nests from the soffit gaps and then fill these
openings with expanding foam. After the foam hardens, cut off the excess with a
utility knife.


Stuff insect entrances with copper mesh

Use copper scrubbing pads to fill gaps

Stuff in a generous amount of copper mesh with a
screwdriver, leaving about half an inch of space for expanding foam sealant.
Seal gaps with foam.


Snap-type mousetraps are effective

Set mousetraps correctly

Snap-type mousetraps, when well placed, can be an
effective way to rid your house of mice. Common mistakes are poor placement of
traps and using too few of them. Place snap traps along walls in areas where
you’ve seen the telltale brown pellets. The best technique is to set two traps,
parallel to the wall, with the triggers facing out. While mice can jump over
one trap, they can’t jump two. Favorite baits of professional exterminators are
chocolate syrup and peanut butter.


Deprive bugs of moisture

Keep mulch and soil away from foundations

Rake moisture-wicking soil and mulch away from the
window frames and low wood. Turn your mulch periodically to help keep dampness
down, and keep bushes trimmed back as well.


Spider solution

Dehumidify and clean up cobwebs

You can virtually eliminate spiders in your basement
by using a dehumidifier to maintain a 40 percent humidity level and vigilantly
sweeping down cobwebs whenever they appear. Keep the basement window sills
brushed clean too. In a matter of weeks, the spider population will die down
significantly.


Keep pet food out of reach

Use metal or plastic containers to store food

Store pet food in a lidded metal trashcan, as mice
cannot climb the slick, vertical sides of the can. Sealed plastic containers
are also a good option.


Keep items off the floor

Hunt for mouse droppings periodically

Store items off the floor on wire rack shelving to
prevent moisture from collecting underneath. Look for mouse droppings and other
evidence of infestation with a flashlight and mirror.


Eliminate sink cabinet clutter

Self-adhesive tiles clean up easily

Tidy up under the kitchen sink. Store items in a
caddy so you can easily clear out the cabinet for cleaning and inspection.
Self-adhesive tiles provide an easy-to-clean surface.


Check out all of Far North International’s Garden Products,
Tools and more to make home pest preventions possible! Visit our website:
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