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Early in the season, well before the darkest days of winter, take pains to separate your house from the landscaping that surrounds it. Even sparsely planted areas can provide a safe harbor for pests, so it's only prudent to maintain a buffer zone around your home. Along the foundation, trim back plants and bushes to a distance of about 18 inches from the house. Higher up, prune any branches that touch the house or hang over it, so rodents won't be able to use tree limbs to reach the roof and exploit any vulnerable openings.
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