Tips On Pest Control


TESTING SO FAR HAS BEEN DONE IN LAB AND ON MICE. APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS, BUT WHAT DO OCTOBER’S DROPPING TEMPERATURES BRING? WELL, THEY BRING CRAWLING CRITTERS LOOKING FOR A WARM PLACE TO RIDE OUT THE WINTER. MEG BAKER HAS TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HOME FREE OF FALL PESTS. Reporter: WINTER IS COMING AND SOME BUG AND ANIMALS ARE LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO BURROW. THAT PLACE COULD BE YOUR HOME. TYPICALLY PEST WILL TRY TO GET IN THE HOUSE ANY WAY THEY CAN AND IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO HAVE A GOOD SEAL, GOOD EXCLUSION, AROUND THE EX, EXTERIOR OF YOUR HOME. Reporter: A MOUSE CAN FIT IN A HOLE THE SIZE OF A DIME. REALLY SMALL OPENING, THEY CAN SQUEEZE THEMSELVES IN SO MAKE SURE THESE OPENINGS ARE CLOSED OFF. Reporter: THE BUG DOCTOR ADVICES HOMEOWNERS TO WALK AROUND THEIR HOMES, MAKE SURE WINDOWS HAVE SCREENS AND FOUTERS ARE CLEANED OUT. LEAVES AND MOISTURE. A GOOD HARBORING PLACE FOR INSECTS THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. Reporter: THAT GOES FOR RAKED LEAVES, TOO. CLEAR ANY CRAWL SPACE-LIKE AREAS LIKE THIS UNDERNEATH HIS DECK SO CRITTERS CAN’T GET INTO YOUR WARM AND COZY HOME. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO CLEAR? ALL THE LEAVES, DEBRIS, ANYTHING THAT’S UNDER HERE THAT’S CONDUCIVE TO HAVING INDISSECTS OR RODENTS NESTING IN IT. Reporter: MAKE SURE THE CHIMNEY CAPS ARE IN PLACE IF YOU HAVE A FIREPLACE SO BIRDS, BATSES, AND STINK BUGS CAN NOT GET IN. NEVER PUT FIREWOOD IN THE GARAGE. A LOT OF TYPES PESTS ARE COME OUT OF THE WOOD. THEY HAVE LAID THEIR EGGS AND THEN HATCHING SO A GOOD PRACTICE NOT TO HAVE IT AGAINST THE HOUSE. Reporter: IF YOU HAVE TREES AROUND THE PROPERTY, CUT BACK BRANCHES AND BUSHES. IF THEY’RE TOUCHING ON THE HOUSE, YOU WILL HAVE CRAWLING MIGRATING PESTS ONTO THE HOUSE AND SQUIRRELS, CHIPMUNKS. Reporter: SOMETHING HOMEOWNERS CAN DO ON THEIR OWN. CLEAN THAT OUT BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS IS THE LINT BUILD UP THERE. Reporter: YOU DON’T WANT THE VENT OPEN. BETTER TO BE PREPARED. MEG BAKER, CBS 2 NEWS. AND THE BUG DOCTOR SAYS MAKE SURE ANY HOLES AROUND

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