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  Rodent Season is upon us!

  Youíre not the only one looking for refuge when temperatures drop. Rodents can look for shelter, food and water inside your home.

  Not only are rodents a nuisance, they can be a threat to your health and safety. They spread a number of
  diseases, and are known to chew on wires, which can put your home at risk of an electrical damage.

  Like most pest problems, prevention is always easier than treatment, and thatís true where rodents are concerned.
  To help prevent rodents from snuggling up inside your home, follow these tips:

  Secure the outside of your home

  • Fill holes and gaps with steel wool and expanding foam, or block them with hardware cloth.
  • Seal cracks and crevices with caulk.
  • Install door sweeps, or weather stripping to prevent rodents from entering Ė donít forget around your garage door.
  • Ensure your homeís vents have a screened backing, and close them when not in use.

  Play keep away

  • Pick up pet food bowls at night.
  • Place leftover food in sealed containers.
  • Eliminate sources of water, such as leaky pipes or clogged drains.

  Donít create hiding places

  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home.
  • Remove weeds and debris, and keep shrubbery and tree branches trimmed.
  • Store boxes and containers in your attic and basement, a few inches above the ground.

  If youíre unsure if rodents are roaming your halls, here are a few key signs to look for:

  • Rodent droppings Ė these may be found near pet food, in cupboards, drawers, or in your attic or basement.
  • Nibbled Food Boxes or Containers Ė Rodents can chew through plastic bags.
  • Stale and Pungent Smells Ė Itís common to smell an unusual pungent odor when rodents are present.

  If you notice any of these signs, or suspect you have a rodent infestation, itís best to call Charlie's Spider Fighters!

   

• There are nearly 40,000 species of spiders world-wide and about 3,800 in the United States.

• Spiders rarely bite people and only do so as a means of defense.

• Spiders range from small enough to comfortably balance on the tip of a pencil to almost 14 inches in diameter!

• The average person will encounter some 50 different kinds of spiders in their lifetime. Of those, only about a dozen are capable of piercing the skin with their fangs.


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Little Miss Muffet was a real person. Her name was Patience Muffet and she was the daughter of Thomas Muffet, a late 16th century entomologist. His book "Insectorum Theatrum" contained the first illustration of an insect, collected in North America on Sir Walter Raleigh's second voyage. Muffet had a particular penchant for spiders and tolerated and even promoted them in his home. As was common at that time, he believed that spiders possessed medicinal qualities and that consuming them could cure a variety of ailments. Consequently, whenever poor Patience was ill, her father would mash spiders and spoon feed her the pulp. No wonder she was afraid of them!  
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