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Keeping vermin far, far away!

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September 22, 2012 — As cold weather approaches homeowners need to be careful not to accidentally invite vermin to nest nearby. Mike McGrath reveals how to keep the dreaded rat far, far away. Plus: Mike speaks with Bill Quarles of the BIRC about a troubling new trend in genetically modified plants and answers to all your growing questions.

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Question of the Week

Mike, we need your help! Last winter a pair of rats lived in our compost bin. When spring came we put wire mesh around the bottom of the bin and clumps of used cat litter around the area and they left. Now they’re back—in our compost bin and under a neighbor’s shed. Our township put out traps with rat poison and killed a couple of them in the spring. We want to get rid of the rats but don’t want to use poison. I think our cat would be able to get a few; do you have any suggestions about the rest? I checked in your archives and didn’t see anything.  Get the answer »

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