American Survival Guide - - NEW PRODUCTS -

The scourge of any home­owner is un­in­vited pests, es­pe­cially ro­dents. Also take into con­sid­er­a­tion other ver­min that can lay waste to your stored sup­plies—moths, ants and birds. Rats and mice can chew through sev­eral lay­ers of card­board, and they make quite a mess, be­cause they have no con­trol over their blad­ders. They will chew through boxes of food and bags of grain and will nest in the folds of a pile of back­packs. They will try to eat most any­thing—from plas­tic bottle tops to the rub­ber grips on trekking poles.

When well en­trenched, moths will make Swiss cheese out of cloth­ing and bags, while ants can get into any­thing through the small­est of open­ings.

The best way to rid your­self of these pests is to keep your stor­age area clean of any spilled foods or open con­tain­ers. Don’t re­move food from its orig­i­nal pack­ag­ing; in­stead, place the whole thing in­side a re­seal­able plas­tic con­tainer.

Ide­ally, plas­tic con­tain­ers should be used for ev­ery­thing from dog food (leave it in its orig­i­nal pack­ag­ing), medicines, bags of rice, flash­light bat­ter­ies, wa­ter pu­ri­fiers and even canned goods. Once sealed in a plas­tic tote or box, it will be very dif­fi­cult for pests of any kind to in­vade.

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