Tips to keep out critters
Some pets enter our homes, yards and gardens through open doors and with our invitation. But other animals sneak in uninvited. Follow these tips to deal with common critter invaders.
- Dust talcum powder around the perimeter of your garden and the base of your vegetable plants to keep out waskely wabbits. No need to call Elmer Fudd.
- Installing a bat house in your yard can have a double benefit: it keeps the bats out of your attic and naturally rids your yard of insects. Some species of bats can eat up to 2,000 bugs a night. Four letters never uttered by them: D-I-E-T.
- To keep out raccoons, sprinkle your lawn with coyote urine, available at most hardware stores. Collecting it yourself isn't recommended.
- Mice and rats respond only to roadblocks. They can get through any hole, even ones as small as the tip of your pinky finger. Seal small holes and cracks in your walls, foundation and floors by stuffing them with stainless steel scouring pads or steel wool, then caulk over them. Or just hire a cat.
Need help getting rid of a nuisance animal? Check Angie's List under the category "Animal Removal" to find a qualified specialist in your area.