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Washer and Dryer Tune-Up

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  • Marlene

    I really appreciate your show. But do you have any suggestions on how to lessen squirrel's coming in to our backyard and eating our plants and digging holes? We live in San Diego, backyard faces an open field. They ate majority of my cacti plants and pine tree, avocado and even my Orchids, specially the flower's!

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  • Rose

    Something called Dried Blood available in landscape stores, and nurseries. It looks like soil. It should be down around the plants that you want to protect and needs to be replaced each time it rains. I live in New York and my window boxes were used by the squirrels to hide their nuts and other findings. They no longer bother my plants. Good luck!


  • Eric S

    For the squirrels eating delacies that you are trying to grow sprinkle a light dusting of cayenne pepper on the plants you desire to protect.


  • Melanie

    Invite all your neibors over that have large male dogs, let them tromp around your yard lifting the legs. Or you can purchase coyote urine.


  • buck

    spread some bloodmeal around, it is dried blood from slauther houses and keeps the small animal like squerls away. got cat problems? use TANG the same way, cats hate orange!


  • Linda in San Antonio

    You might try planting a lavender garden. It literally does not need to be watered once it gets going and I've never found anything that likes to eat it. There are more than a dozen different kinds, some are wonderful for sachets, others are wonderful in cooking.


  • jm

    Melanie-
    Yep, it works. But you could also send your husband/boyfriend out after dark to do the same thing. My father did it for years, much to the mortifying response of my Mother and us kids, but it worked! We NEVER had deer or any other critter in our yard or vegie garden.. The critters may not run when they see you, but they don't want to SMELL you. Dad called it "peeing the perimeter".


  • Ken

    I have urban squirrel problems- they literally eat windows and window frames! When I installed my AC this summer and used pine board instead of the plastic pull-out sides they ate all the way through in less than 5 days. Argkvkj^#%@#%@$#^@%


  • Gloria

    Sprinkle pepper in the dirt/soil.


  • Frank

    Buy a pellet gun. Point and shoot.


  • Lala

    Get a cat. Be sure it is one that likes to hunt, not a cuddler.
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    Or if you don't live in a an area where is
    tti safe to let your cat our get a life size owl statue and put it on a post in the garden.


  • Addie

    Marlene said...
    I really appreciate your show. But do you have any suggestions on how to lessen squirrel's coming in to our backyard and eating our plants and digging holes? We live in San Diego, backyard faces an open field. They ate majority of my cacti plants and pine tree, avocado and even my Orchids, specially the flower's!

    Hi Marlene, try red pepper flakes! Once they get that on their feet and in their mouth, they won't be back!


  • ROBERT BOCK

    its called a 22 rimfire rifle .


  • Viki Thompson

    Tune ups and maintenance can certainly save you money in the long run. for some fun money saving ideas and lots of free samples, Http://bit.ly/FreebieHomepage has a bunch you can get this weekend!


  • W Wolff

    My parents fought all kinds of rodents, with varied results. I know there is a good repellent, but as you might expect; not allowed in CA. You might try spraying things with a strong nicotine solution. Buy
    some roll-your-own tobacco and soak in a gallon of water. Spray targeted items with this.

    Good Luck!


  • Clara

    I just have to say...as a single mother
    I love all those Eric Stromer secrets
    I feel like a pro ...love to watch all those secrets...... very helpfull around the house

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  • Missy

    I could use Eric Stromer to move in with me. My husband can't hang a picture. And he 's going to do hat Eric just did?:):) I don't think so--and besides I think Eric is cute.


  • Greg

    One consideration - Eric is shown hooking up a foil dryer vent, which in many parts of the country is against local codes and regulations. The plastic and the foil vents can both easily catch fire. You should always use a rigid metal or flexible metal vent. Cleaning out the lint is the number one way to prevent a dryer fire, so the vent that he shows may be OK, but if fire was to start in the dryer, that foil vent is made with a plastic component, and will burn.

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  • Eric S

    That is correct! Good steps in this artical though. Go with metal ducting.


  • Anne

    Great suggestions for both the washer and dryer. One more thing to check, though, is the dryer vent on the outside of your house. Lint also collects there and can affect how well the dryer works. I check my outside vent every couple of weeks and always find a significant collection of lint there.


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