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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
Cell:  267-481-1786
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How to Prevent Property Damage from Critters

October 16, 2015 2:21 am

Even though human encounters with raccoons, squirrels and other foragers are uncommon, property damage and other nuisance behaviors are common, says Jim Doiron, a Terminix service manager. While keeping your yard clear from food waste, fallen tree berries and other tasty debris is a given, there are a few other preventative steps you can take, says Doiron:

1. For outdoor garbage, use a bin stored in a well-lit area that won’t tip, and add a weight or tie to the lid to stop scavengers from making a mess.

2. Around the house, make sure water hoses are completely off and try to remove all stagnant water.

3. Trimming trees and bushes back can stop critters from climbing rooftops and making nests.

4. Check the basic structural integrity of your home. Make sure you have reinforced screens, covered vents and secured soffits to keep foragers from moving in with you.

Source: Terminix

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7 Ways to Reduce Household Pollution

October 16, 2015 2:21 am

When it comes to pollution prevention, no gesture is too small. In fact, there are several actions households can take that have far-reaching benefits for the environment, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

• Maintain heaters, air conditioners, refrigerators, and other energy-using equipment, to reduce the amount of energy consumed.

• Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs.

• When you purchase electronics and appliances look for the ENERGY STAR® label and buy the most energy-efficient items possible to meet your needs.

• Save water and protect the environment by choosing WaterSense-labeled products in your home, yard, and business and taking simple steps to save water each day.

• Use re-useable lunch container bags, rather than paper or plastic.

• Practice safe take-out – say “no” to extra napkins, plastic-ware and condiments.

• Use only recycled paper and other recycled products.


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