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Get Out and Stay Out!

They buzz or squeak. They eat your plants. They creep around your house with more legs than you. “Out! I want them out of my house!” you think to yourself. A potent poison is one option, but it is often toxic to people too – especially children.

You can get the pests out of your home and keep them out by using some prevention strategies. First, make sure your home is clean and dry. Many insects and rodents are attracted to food and water. Wipe up spills right away with soap and water. 

Look around your kitchen. What’s on the counter? Keep ripe fruit in the fridge. Wash your dishes daily, or at least submerge them in soapy water until you can wash them. Make sure all food and drink containers are tightly sealed. 

Take out your trash regularly, and keep garbage cans clean of food residue. Try to keep your floors clean too. Sweep and vacuum often. Keep your kitchen and bathroom as dry as possible. 

A second prevention strategy is denying access to new pests. Make sure entry points are sealed. Use silicone caulk to seal any cracks in baseboards, moldings, cupboards, pipes, ducts, sinks, and toilets. Place hole-free screens in front of heating and cooling vents. The average mouse found in homes can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime. 

Denying pests food, shelter, and access is key in solving a pest problem.

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