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Open House Recap: Keeping Critters Out of the House

Last week's Open House dealt with unwelcome critters in your home. You responded with stories about squirrels, raccoons, bats, snakes, ladybugs — and even a deer that walked into a house on its own!
I've rounded up some advice on how to guard your house against future creature infestations. For my list of tips, just


  • Seal your home properly by closing chimneys, attics, and crawl spaces.
  • Repair holes or weak spots around your home where an animal could enter.
  • Trim tree limbs six to eight feet from your house.
  • Remove any fallen tree fruit.
  • Animal feeders often attract more trouble than they're worth, so consider discontinuing their use around the house.
  • Use 2 inch by 4-inch mesh wire over and around bird feeders to keep squirrels and rats out.
  • Install one-way doors to allow animals to leave, but not to enter.
  • Secure compost bins and trash containers with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Bring pet food containers indoors.


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