Saturday, November 26, 2011

Pest Control

We decided to go to Alexandria for brunch and then stop at the hardware store next door to pick up some industrial strength ammonia. Any "big" city has it's positives and negatives. In this instance, we like to keep all the 4 legged critters at bay- and the little furry ones with the long tails are not wanted. We have a little shed on our patio that allows for extra storage (luggage and planting supplies, etc), but is also a cozy place to vacation during the winter months- or at any time of the year. Our building provides for routine pest control service, but we wanted to make sure we did our part on the patio. Since we do not have a cat to deter these creatures, I came across an article on the web that stated ammonia soaked rags drives them out and away. And by golly! It's a miracle. Since we've been using this approach over the past few months, we've had excellent results.We tried a lot of things before that, but nothing ever worked. I'm not sure I would recommend it for inside use, but that's not where we had our problem. In Milwaukee, we made sure the dog food container had a very tight lid. Can't exactly keep the shed air tight, so we're doing the next best thing. I suppose that's why a plastic shed is more practical, but it would look really tacky here.
On Washington Avenue in Alexandria is Southern Restaurant & Ace Hardware

To the cleaning materials shelf

Would like bigger bottles

The patio cushions and luggage are stored in the shed
Stay away!

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