Tuesday, December 11, 2018

5 questions for Keller homeowners considering a new deck

Patio Deck

When planning a deck project, choosing the right material is key to the enjoyment and value you'll get from your outdoor living space. Today, there are more choices in decking materials than ever before, including high-performance composites, which are increasingly replacing wood in backyards throughout Keller.

As you weigh your options, here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about composite decking:

What are the key benefits of composite decking?
Unlike wood, high-performance composite decking resists fading, scratching and mold - and won't rot, warp, crack or splinter. Wood decking does not age gracefully, even with regular maintenance - including washing, staining and sealing that can take several days and a considerable number of materials and tools. Composites require minimal upkeep. You never need to worry about painful splinters or the laborious sanding, staining or painting - just an occasional soap-and-water cleaning will do the trick.

Does composite decking look natural?
The aesthetics of composite decking have evolved considerably over the years. Today's offerings feature high-definition wood-grain patterns that are nearly indistinguishable from real wood textures. Additionally, composite decking comes in a wider variety of color options to complement the exterior of any home. Ranging from rich browns and warm umbers to spicy reds and pristine grays, composites are more natural than ever before and boast a vibrancy that remains unchanged without having to stain and re-stain year after year.

How do composite costs compare with wood?
Initially, composite decking costs more, board for board, than pressure-treated lumber. But rather than deteriorating over time, composite decking delivers more long-term value due to its minimal maintenance requirements. When you consider the cumulative costs of power washing, sanding, staining and painting a wood deck every season, composite decking proves a much better value over time. According to HomeAdvisor.com, maintenance for a wood deck costs an average of $540 to $1,050 per year compared with just $15 to $20 for a composite deck.

Are composite materials environmentally friendly?
Wood might be a natural material, but the chemical coatings used to protect the wood from rot and mold are not. Composite decking, on the other hand, uses few chemicals in its manufacturing and the upkeep is simple - just soap and water. Additionally, Trex decking is made from 95 percent recycled materials, including plastic film recycled from a variety of items, such as grocery bags and newspaper sleeves. The company repurposes more than 400 million pounds of plastic and wood particles annually that would otherwise end up in landfills.

What's the difference between "capped" and "uncapped" composites?
Early generations of composite decking were "uncapped," leaving them vulnerable to staining, fading, mold and mildew. The leading composite products available today are "capped" with a protective outer layer that is bonded to the core during the manufacturing process. This "shell" contains UV inhibitors and other ingredients to ensure the deck boards retain their aesthetics and durability. In addition to resisting fading, staining and mold, they won't rot crack or splinter like wood and require minimal maintenance. For Keller homeowners, the choices are plentiful.


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Monday, December 3, 2018

Kitchen prep tips for Keller homeowners

House Cleaning Countertop

The holidays are a busy time, filled with joyful gatherings, plenty of good meals and houseguests galore in your Keller home. But the jam-packed celebrations can also provide an opportunity for uninvited pests to find their way indoors. Here are a few tips for protecting your kitchen from insects, so that you can spend your time enjoying the holidays rather than combating pests.

Start with a deep clean
It's easy for things to fall through the cracks - literally. Stray crumbs and particles of sugar or flour can attract insects like ants. Prepare for the holidays by cleaning your kitchen and pantry top to bottom, removing food spillage and stains that could attract pests.

Don't try to salvage contaminated food
If you do find a food item that's been contaminated, simply throw it out. Even if it's just one weevil in your box of rice, for example, it's better to dispose of the contaminated food entirely instead of trying to salvage it. You may think you've removed the "bad part," but you could easily miss tiny insect eggs or larvae. Don't risk an infestation - when in doubt, throw it out!

Store supplies in airtight containers
With all the cooking taking place during the holidays, you'll likely find yourself with a plethora of leftovers and open packages. Flimsy cardboard and paper containers may not act as much of a barrier to pests. Instead, seal those food items in airtight containers.

Inspect new purchases for signs of damage
Despite what you might think, brand-new packages can also harbor uninvited guests, such as moths or beetles. Be sure to examine each new food product for signs that it could already be infested - even the tiniest tear in a package can act as an entryway for pests. If you do notice signs that a product is infested, dispose of the package.

Call in a professional
Even the most attentive Keller homeowner can miss the subtle signs of a pest infestation. If left unchecked, infestations can worsen and give you a real headache during the holiday season. Pros can help determine what kind of pest is trying to invite itself to your classy dinner, and how best to get rid of it.
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Sunday, December 2, 2018

5 bathroom DIY projects for Keller homeowners

New Bathroom


Dreaming of a bathroom update? Don't wait until you can hire a professional to get the upgraded bathroom you desire. With some simple DIY projects, you'll enhance your Keller home's value and functionality in just a weekend (or less).

Project 1: Shower overhaul
Many people are surprised it doesn't take weeks for a shower update. Convenient all-in-one kits provide a custom look without the extra work. Custom shower kids are ideal for the DIYer, with stylish, textured, patterned walls, sleek glass shower doors, modern shower bases and storage options. Kits includes adhesive, color-matched sealant and pre-measured walls that easily adhere over existing wall materials, making it a time-saving project. Its designs mimic granite, stone or timber, delivering an upscale look at an appealing price.

Project 2: Smart toilets
Replacing a toilet can easily be completed in a day or two, making it a DIY project worth considering. Not only will the bathroom feature an updated focal element, but the right toilet design can reduce the future need to clean. Install a self-cleaning toilet and watch as it freshens the toilet bowl with Lysol cleaner with every flush. The award-winning flushing platform has been independently verified to clean the bowl two times better than conventional toilets. So put away the rubber gloves and cleaning brush as they won't be needed for a while.

Project 3: Modern flooring
Don't forget to look down when considering smart bathroom updates. Replacing the floor is a simple weekend project that stands out. If you have dated vinyl flooring, consider installing modern vinyl options that are far superior to the designs of yesteryear. With planks that closely mimic wood or tile, the new look will impress. Ceramic or marble tiles are popular choices for bathroom flooring as well. For a luxury touch, consider taking a weekend to add in heated flooring elements. You can find kits at your local home improvement store that install under stone floors, so with the turn of a knob you transform chilly floors into toasty tiles.

Project 4: Stylish sinks
A new sink is a smart way to update a bathroom in minimal time. Designs with simplified installation make it an easy DIY task. With a modern look available in various finishes, designs are specifically created to be a time-saver to install. Most come with pre-assembled systems that won't need adjusting now or years down the road, plus the unique integration system for easy hose connections. No need to hire a plumber for a functional and fashionable new sink.

Project 5: Visual elements
To update a bathroom, consider visual real estate and all the extras that create a cohesive aesthetic. The walls typically take up the largest space in a bathroom, which means fresh paint can be a simple weekend project with big impact. Consider choosing a semi-gloss mildew-resistant paint for moist bathroom spaces. Continue the refresh by painting the ceiling a crisp white, which provides a clean look that also reflects light. Finally, analyze hardware and replace dingy or outdated knobs, handles and hooks. This provides a finishing touch that ties the entire space together.

With just one weekend you can transform a dated bathroom. These smart DIY projects increase value and enjoyment for all members of your Keller household.

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12 Christmas safety tips for Keller homeowners


The fun, festive activities during the holiday season make it a favorite time of year for many Keller homeowners. At the risk of sounding like a Grinch, though, all that festivity can lead to unintentional safety hazards. For example, some 30 percent of all home fires and 38 percent of home fire deaths occur over December, January and February, reports the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). Fortunately, awareness is half the battle. As you enjoy the holidays this year, think about best practices for keeping you and your family safer.

1. Don't let the holidays zap your energy. Not to shock you, but it's crucial to keep your hands dry (and avoid standing in water) when touching decorations, gifts or other gadgets powered by electricity. You should install ground-fault circuit interrupters anywhere inside or outside water and electricity may come in contact.

2. Sleep tight, but electronics-free. Lying down for a long winter's nap? Stash cordless and corded appliances elsewhere to rule out overheating. A hot phone under a sack of feathers could spell disaster.

3. Install tamper-resistant receptacles. These electric outlets feature internal shutters that keep curious children from inserting objects.

4. Enjoy (but monitor) the warmth of the season. Space heaters come in handy for banishing winter chill, but they can overheat, spark, tip over and/or ignite combustibles such as wadded-up giftwrap if not used correctly. Turn them off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

5. Get that holiday glow. Instead of the open-flame candles that inadvertently spark holiday décor each year, consider battery-operated candles. Remember to blow out candles when you leave the room.

6. Best gift for your family is to upgrade to circuit interrupter breakers or outlets. This smart technology temporarily disables circuits when detecting potentially dangerous electric leaks. It's estimated that half of electrical fires that occur every year could be prevented by AFCIs. All upgrades should be completed by a qualified electrician.

7. Avoid getting frazzled. Worn-cord warning: Avoid pinching electric cords between windows, rugs, carpets or furniture, since that can wear them down and possibly cause overheating and ignition.

8. Even outlets experience holiday stress. Multi-outlet power strips and extension cords are handy for decorations, phones, cooking gear and new gift gadgetry, but plugging in too many things can over-tax your home's electrical capacity. Never use an extension cord or power strip for heaters, as this could cause cords to overheat and result in a fire.

9. Decorate wisely. Consider fire hazards before draping that garland over a fireplace mantle, plugging in the frayed cord that lights up your vintage Santa or arranging pine wreaths around your candles. Check decorations for safety listing labels and never connect more than three strings of lights.

10. Give lit decorations a holiday break. Reduce the likelihood of fire by simply shutting everything off when there's no one home (or awake) to enjoy them. Half of home fire deaths occur between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., reports the NFPA.

11. Be busy as an elf about damage control. When decorating, check for loose or bare wires, cracked or damaged sockets, wobbly connections, broken or sharp edges and other hazards. And it may be time to toss that cheesy 1970s version of St. Nick.

12. More Christmas tree, more water. If you put up a real tree, make sure you water it daily. A dried-up pine tree is nothing but kindling. And an unfortunate 260 home fires in the U.S. start with Christmas trees each year, on average.

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Metal decor tips for Keller homeowners

Metal Decor


While trends in home decor often change, there is one constant design feature that continues to shine, literally: metals.

Today, Keller homeowners can find creative ways to incorporate a regal touch that produces a timeless look with modern appeal.

Take the Temperature

A first step in implementing metallic decor is understanding the temperature of the metals. Think of brass, copper and gold as warm, while silver and aluminum are cooler, and cast iron or black metals are neutral. When you couple up a warm metal with a cool metal, you're golden. As a thought starter, step into the kitchen and balance copper or gold fixtures with stainless steel appliances.

Heavy Metal Mixing

It can be daunting to mix metals the right way, but understanding general rules can open the doors to creative approaches. A key tip is to avoid mixing the same color family - such as gold and brass, or nickel and silver. Rather, choose one metal that can serve as the dominant and another to complement it - remembering your temperatures. And, don't be afraid to blend the same metal with different finishings to diversify the theme and pull a room together.

The Gilded Age of Flooring
Achieving the golden look isn't done through metallic finishes alone. One way to bring the shine to a room is with flooring that reveals hints of a glimmering gold stain through a lightly wirebrushed chestnut base. Pairing decorations and fixtures with the sophisticated backdrop of a unique floor design creates an elegant space that's rich in style.

Add Elements of Luxury
A smart way to use metals is to go for the subtle shine. Simple and strategic touches of metal can bring a big impact, such as in picture frames, drawer pulls or door handles, and sink fixtures. You can also add a bit of regal to a room with accents on furniture or other fabric items such as pillowcases or throws, and kitchenware on display.

A Gold Medal for Metal
Metallics in home decor are as durable and lasting as the elements themselves. Incorporating the shine of brass, the sleek of silvers and the burnish of bronze can give your Keller home an opulent and refined look

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

10457 Hideaway Trail Fort Worth, TX 76131

Property Tour: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/ACAT5J/10457-Hideaway-Trail-Fort-Worth-TX-13973654
Precious memories begin here in this adorable, one story home located in Fossil Hill Estates. The open concept and abundance of natural light evoke a relaxing lifestyle. A warm and welcoming family room to entertain guests while cooking a feast in the spacious kitchen featuring bay window and breakfast room. Retreat to the Master suite for some private time and relax in the garden tub. Large secondary bedrooms, one with a walk in closet complete this package. Conveniently located close to restaurants, shopping and highways.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square feet: 1,473
Price: $195,000

For more information about this property, please contact Diane M. Grove at 817-337-0000 or info@groveteam.com. You can also text 5355458 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).


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MLS ID: 13973654

Sunday, November 11, 2018

4 tips to keep pantry pests out of your Keller home

Pantry


When it comes time to plan your holiday guest list, your invitees generally fall into one of two groups: those you want to invite, and those you feel you must. There is a third group, however, that's never intentionally included on any guest list: pests. Whether by box or by bag, pantry pests such as Indian meal moths, merchant grain beetles, cockroaches and ants can invade your Keller home without your knowledge and wreak havoc on your holiday cheer.

Suddenly, your "must-invite" list doesn't look too bad.

Pantry pests can infest common baking ingredients such as flour, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate and more. They flock to secluded food sources like your pantry and can become major nuisances to homeowners due to their quick ability to infest an area in a short amount of time. To protect your goods and the rest of your home from pests this holiday season and beyond.

Make it a total kitchen effort. Your work to protect the cleanliness of your pantry will be more successful if you are vigilant about your entire kitchen. This means routinely emptying trash receptacles, clearing crumbs from countertops, scrubbing the floors and running the dishwasher. The more uninviting to pests you can make your entire kitchen, the less interested they will be in your pantry.

Inspect your packages closely. Sometimes pests enter your home before you can even take steps to prevent it. This can often be the case when the food you purchase is already infested. You can protect yourself from rolling out the red carpet for these pests by closely inspecting your food packages before tossing them in your cart. Avoid purchasing any package that shows a hint of damage, and once home, be sure to toss anything that's expired.

Store things properly. Plastic containers with secure lids are affordable and invaluable when it comes to protecting your pantry goods from pests. Look for plastic or glass solutions instead of other materials, and always try the lid before you buy. A poorly fitting lid can jeopardize all of your pest-proofing efforts.

Work with a professional. If pantry pests are spotted in the kitchen, discard the infested foods in outdoor trash bins and clean all of the shelves in the cupboards with a vacuum. Be sure to also partner with a licensed pest control professional to properly handle the infestation to keep pests from multiplying and contaminating other foods in your Keller home.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

What's Causing Attic Noise in Your Keller Home?



Was that a squeak you just heard? A thump? What could possibly be making those noises inside your Keller home, and what can you do to help get rid of whatever pest has decided to move in? Below is some inside information on what might be going bump in your attic.

Birds
Chirping or flapping coming from your attic area indicates that a bird (or two) may have decided to make a home up there. If your attic area has high ceilings or open beams, birds will have ample room to fly around, perch and maybe even roost or nest. Baby birds hatching in your upstairs might sound cute, but you probably don't want to deal with unsanitary bird droppings all over your attic.

Rats and mice
If you hear scratching, gnawing, scurrying or squeaking noises coming from your attic, you could have a rat or mouse infestation. These rodents can find their way into your home through a variety of entry points; anything from a roof vent to a poorly sealed window frame can provide access to your attic and the rest of your home. Mice in particular are excellent climbers, and roof rats - a type of rat - have been known to enter houses by accessing the roof via climbing on tree branches or nearby vines.

Bats
You might think that tiny hole in your attic wall is too small for any pest to fit through. Think again. Bats, which can weigh less than two ounces, can fit through a hole as small as the diameter of your finger! Some species like to nest in trees, which means they could be attracted to the wood framing in your attic. Since these critters can carry rabies and other disease-causing pathogens, don't try to remove the pest yourself. If you think bats might have made their way into your attic, contact a professional.

Squirrels
Rustling and other noises coming from your attic could hint at a lot of different critters. But if you're hearing those noises during the day, that's a hint that squirrels, which are diurnal, could be causing the ruckus. These animals are persistent and can damage the exterior of your Keller home. They're also easily excited and can cause more damage when they feel cornered, so don't try to take one on yourself.


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Saturday, November 3, 2018

5 Safety Tips for DIY Moving Days

DIY Movers


Changing residences can call for the coordination of a lot of details, and that’s especially true if you’re a do-it-yourselfer who’s renting a truck rather than hiring a moving company. Though the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the average American changes homes 11.4 times in his lifetime, many of us never take time to think about the potential safety hazards involved. Usually we’re way more focused on the challenges of figuring out all the logistics, packing up our possessions in logical fashion and starting the psychological adjustment of having a new place of residence.

Still, it’s important to take a moment to think about best practices for the safety of you and your family as you plan your move. For Keller homebuyers or sellers, consider taking the following steps toward a safe and organized moving process.

1. Assign roles. Organize your packing and loading crew so everyone knows his role. Your work will be much more efficient — and you won’t get in each other’s way — if your friends and family members are each assigned a task according to their physical capabilities. As a side note, you may wish to keep small children completely off-site so the adults can focus on the often-physical work at hand.

2. Choose a reputable rental company. Secure your moving truck from a reputable dealer, then follow its specific instructions for safely packing and driving the vehicle. Look for a clean, reliable, well-maintained vehicle every time, with a range of available packing and moving tools and the peace of mind that comes with 24-hour roadside assistance.

3. Optimize tools. Use dollies, hand trucks, harnesses and/or multiple people to lift boxes that weigh more than 50 pounds. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer you may take pride in being able to handle any chore yourself, but you need to remember you'll be self-sufficient no longer if you sustain an injury from trying to be superhuman.

4. Lift correctly. When picking up anything even moderately heavy, avoid back injuries by keeping your back vertical and your chest forward. Draw the item as close to your body as possible while bending at the knees and lifting with your legs, avoiding bending horizontally as you straighten.

5. Be aware of obstacles. When moving items out of your house and into your vehicle, watch for items that could trip you or get in your way, such as low-hanging obstacles, ground protrusions or surfaces that are wet, slick or uneven. Wear close-fitting clothing that can’t be snagged and choose durable footwear that offers both support and traction.

The DIY moving process need not be difficult or risky as long as you plan ahead and take a few precautions. Using this advice, new Keller homeowners can thrive on their moving day.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

16521 Woodside Drive Fort Worth, TX 76247

Property Tour: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/P2M3CC/16521-Woodside-Drive-Fort-Worth-TX-13965483
Precious memories begin here in this adorable, one story home located in Northwest ISD. The open concept and natural light evoke a relaxing lifestyle. Spacious eat-in kitchen offers ample space for easy meal prep and storage. Enjoy entertaining family and friends in the sizable ,combined living and dining rooms created for congeniality and featuring a wood burning fireplace. The private master suite provides a relaxing haven. Large secondary bedrooms and awesome, private yard complete this amazing package. Conveniently located close to restaurants and shopping.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square feet: 1,701
Price: $195,000

For more information about this property, please contact Diane M. Grove at 817-337-0000 or info@groveteam.com. You can also text 5335629 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).


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MLS ID: 13965483

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Where germs hide in your Keller home's kitchen



Your Keller home's kitchen may look clean, but here’s the dirt on what’s really happening. Although a quick daily clean might keep some of the bacteria at bay, it’s important to remember that germs are lurking in the dark corners often overlooked! Since the kitchen tends to be where family and friends congregate, not only is it alarming to discover that things may not be as clean as you thought they were, bacteria can come in contact with the food you eat. That raises your risk of getting sick.

These are three places in the kitchen where germs like to hide, along with things you can do to clean up your act.

1. Your refrigerator

It’s true, germs can and do hang out inside your refrigerator, especially in the meat and vegetable compartments. In the NSF study, these tested positive for E.coli, salmonella or listeria 36 percent of the time. To keep food safe, discard food that’s past its prime, and maintain a consistent temperature level in the fridge, ideally between 40 and 32 degrees Fahrenheit. You should also get in the habit of regularly cleaning refrigerator door handles and meat and vegetable drawers!

When it’s time to replace your fridge, consider a smart refrigerator with a freeze panel, which acts like a barrier keeping cold air in where it matters the most — inside the refrigerator, extending the life cycle of your food. Many new features will keep food surrounded with fresh, cool air, so everything stays fresher, longer.

2. Your dishwashing station

Be honest. How long has that kitchen towel been hanging on that loop by the kitchen sink? A week? A month? Can’t remember? If you're not careful about how often you wash your towels, your kitchen rags could become a breeding ground for dangerous, stomach-sickening germs. According to researchers from the University of Mauritius, towels can develop some nasty bacteria — the kind that causes foodborne illnesses — when they’re used for a full month.

Yuck! And don’t forget the kitchen sink sponge. Other research suggests this so-called cleaning tool harbors some of the nastiest germs, with three-quarters of them contaminated with coliform bacteria, according to a study completed by NSF International. To keep things cleaner, get into the habit of grabbing a clean towel every few days. Sponges should not be used for longer than two weeks.

3. Your food prep surfaces
Whether you’re making your lunchtime sandwich or chopping veggies for dinner, don’t be deceived by the spotless appearance of your countertops, sinks and cutting boards. The NSF study discovered that fecal coliform has a presence on these surfaces — 45 percent of kitchen sinks, 32 percent of countertops and 18 percent of cutting boards. Even if these are wiped or rinsed daily, it’s important to take the extra step to keep bacteria from lingering on these surfaces where they can contaminate your food.

Before you gather your ingredients, wash all meal prep areas with hot, soapy water. Now that you know what to do to combat hidden bacteria lurking in your kitchen, you can prepare meals and feed your family with much greater peace of mind. Invest in your own health and safety.

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Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. Call 817-337-0000 for Keller Home's for sale in Keller ISD.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Keep pests out of your Keller home's chimney

Mother Reading To Child

As temperatures drop, many people will start spending more time in the warmth of their Keller homes. Animals don’t have the luxury of extra heating and take whatever refuge they can find, making chimneys a convenient place for pests to seek shelter.

The Grove Team has some helpful information to share so that homeowners can be better prepared to address critters that find their way into chimneys.

What kinds of pests can end up in your chimney?

If you hear rustling or scratching coming from your chimney, some type of rodent may be the culprit. Your visitors could be squirrels, which are excellent climbers and can be found in all sorts of places within your home, from attics to crawl spaces to wall voids. Or your chimney might become the den of choice for a female raccoon birthing her young.

Rats are yet another option. Norway rats can enter this area of your home from the ground floor and nest on little shelves inside your chimney. And while roof rats, a different species of rat found mostly found along the coasts, are more likely to nest in your attic, they can also find their way into your chimney.

Rodents aren’t the only animals that can end up in this space, either. Flapping sounds or chirps indicate that a bird may be nesting in your chimney. It may not look much like a tree to you, but to certain species of birds, your house’s chimney could look very similar to the hollow trees in which they like to build their nests.

How do you keep pests out of your chimney?

Ideally, you’ll want to set up some preventative measures to reduce the chances of a mother raccoon or other pest in your chimney. Installing a chimney cap can help keep birds, raccoons and other large pests out. When it comes to pests like rats and mice, you should focus on sealing smaller entry points, as a rat can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter! It can be difficult to spot these access points from the ground, so you should have a professional inspect your roof and chimney for possible holes.

What do you do when a pest is already inside?

Pest control measures vary depending on what kind of animal has entered your chimney, but the general rule is that you shouldn’t light a fire or try to smoke the animal out. Pests like raccoons can attack when they feel threatened, and rodents can spread ectoparasitic insect pests like ticks and fleas, so you don’t want to come into direct contact with whatever animal has decided to seek shelter in your home. Leave the actual removal to professionals, like Terminex or DFW Wildlife Control, who can safely and effectively remove pests that have taken up residence in your chimney.


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Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. Call 817-337-0000 for Keller Home's for sale in Keller ISD.