wild animals

The tree is decorated and the stockings are hung with care. The vegetable stew is simmering on the stove and the fire is roaring in the fireplace. Your home is a picturesque scene of coziness and warmth. On your drive home from work or picking up the kids, all you can think about is that you just can’t wait to get home.

Unfortunately, the pests stationed around your home are thinking the exact same thing! They’re just waiting for the opportune time to sneak in and plant the flag in their new territory. Vegetable stew for all!

Thankfully, no matter how inviting the inside of your home is, we have the tips to make the perimeters pest-repelling!

Keep your garbage cans in the garage until time for pick-up.

Garbage for pests is equivalent to classic French cuisine. It’s high in fat and deliciousness. So keeping it on the curb is just asking for pests to come feast at your house every week.

Trim down tree limbs.

Tree limbs create an easy-access bridge that lets pests know your attic is open for company.

Pick up after yourself outdoors as you would indoors.

For those of us with toddlers, picking up is a constant motion. The same concept applies for the outdoors if you have a bird feeder or tree that produces fruit in your yard.

Ensure your chimney is capped.

The only thing you want coming down that chimney is Santa. Elves are the only other exception.

Limit your use of mulch.

Insects love to bury themselves in mulch and wildlife will dig for their dinner in your home’s perimeter and gardens.

Look closely for any holes and caulk them.

This will also help keep chill out and the warmth in, so it’s a win-win situation.

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