Print Friendly, PDF & Email

If the sound of tiny footsteps is keeping you awake at night, your home might have a few unwanted guests. From mice to squirrels and bats to pigeons, wild animals need to find a warm place to call home so they can survive the harshness of winter weather. You can use the following tips to keep your house free of uninvited furry and feathered creatures.

Close Up Openings

Don’t make it easy for wildlife to enter your home. Now is the time to seal window openings and board up attic vents with sturdy screening. Take a walk around your home and outbuildings o identify any problems, make a list, and gather the supplies you need before you begin to remedy these problems. Even if you aren’t actively using a chimney or dryer vent, you might want to consider having a screen placed over top of it to prevent wild birds and animals from entering your home through it.

Secure Your Gutters

Weak spots in your gutters could be an indication of a larger problem. It is possible that water damage is loosening the gutter, causing it to pull away from your home. If this is the case, you might also have structural damage in the walls or roof. Take the time to investigate the situation and make any repairs that are necessary.

Remove Debris

Wildlife typically looks for quiet, uninhabited spots to call home, which is why they burrow beneath your porch, climb into your attic, or tunnel underneath a shed. If you want to keep them out, you need to eliminate anything that might make these places more attractive to animals. Clean up yard debris and unwanted items several times a year to discourage wildlife pests from moving ono your property.

Clean Up after Your Pets Promptly

If you have pets, you should clean up after they are finished eating to avoid tempting other animals to enjoy their leftovers. Some animals store their food for months before eating it. Even if they aren’t hungry, they might just as easily decide to gather dry dog or cat food for storage.

Wild animals can do a lot of damage to a home, while also causing sleepless nights or bring infectious diseases into your home. Even if your home hasn’t been entered yet by these pests, you might want to consider bringing in a wildlife control specialist to help secure your home against future invasions. Keep your house a home instead of a wildlife refuge.

Leave a Reply

avatar
  Subscribe  
Notify of



Oh, we are all about…




Simple Guide to the 10 Most Popular Plant Oils

Which plant oil is best for your skin and hair? There are so many to choose from, and it seems like every day there’s a new article describing why a certain oil is good or bad for you. Coconut oil has had its ups and downs, Jamaican black castor oil is all the rage, and some people continue to swear by humble olive oil.

The truth is that different skin and hair types will appreciate different plant oils. Even the same person might reach for a different oil depending on the season. Whether you need light hydration or deep moisture, refer to this guide to help you choose.

Light oils

These lightweight oils are ideal for summertime skin, humid climates, and wavy to loosely-curled hair. Those who break out easily can also use these oils on the face without issues.

  • Jojoba oil: Soothes, moisturizes and reduces acne. The most easily absorbed plant oil.
  • Extra virgin olive oil: Prevents aging and lightly moisturizes.
  • Grapeseed oil: Great for conditioning, toning, cleansing and tightening.

Medium oils

These oils fall somewhere between the two ends of the spectrum. They’re not as heavy or sticky as other oils, but they can still take a bit of time to absorb. They’re useful for all hair and skin types, especially to combat dryness.

  • Argan oil: Absorbs easily, minimizes frizz and prevents wrinkles.
  • Avocado oil: Nourishes, strengthens, softens and stimulates blood flow.
  • Sweet almond oil: Gently hydrates, treats dandruff, and prevents both aging and acne.
Heavy oils/butters

Those who live in dry or cold climates will want to break out these oils when their skin and hair needs deep, penetrating moisture. If you have kinky hair that tends to lose its moisture easily, you can use these oils and butters all year round.

  • Coconut oil: Smells delicious and has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.
  • Castor oil: Not for delicate skin, but easily penetrates and moisturizes. Jamaican black castor oil also promotes hair growth.
  • Shea butter: Perfect for sealing moisture into elbows, knees and dry hair.
  • Mango butter: A lovely-smelling, smoother alternative to shea butter.

This list is just a starting point. There are a ton of other oils and butters to experiment with, from camellia to hemp seed to monoi, all of which fall into one of these three categories. The right plant oil will provide a natural and affordable solution to both skin and hair issues, so do some experimenting to find the ideal oil for you.


Picked For You

  • 7 Tips to Keep Your Lips Kissable Through Winter7 Tips to Keep Your Lips Kissable Through Winter
    Winter may be the season of holidays and celebration, but the cold, windy weather makes life difficult for your lips. Fortunately, chapping and flaking needn’t be the inevitable results of the shorter, darker days, and these tips will help keep your lips soft and beautiful into spring and beyond. Keep Hydrated This is the single …