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Liberty Mutual Insurance Programs
As a Rutgers graduate you can get a special discounted rate on Auto, Home, Condo and Renter’s Insurance from a trusted Fortune 100 company. Find out more about Liberty Mutual Auto & Home Insurance at www.libertymutual.com/rutgers or call 888-778-6005 and mention client #5154. Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify.
HOW TO CONTROL CRITTER INVASIONS
A message from Liberty Mutual Insurance
No matter how much you love nature and wildlife, chances are you won’t love it when a critter invades your space. After all the hard work you put into your home and garden, you don’t want to see it destroyed by an uninvited guest. Here are some tips for identifying and avoiding critter problems.
Inspect Your Home
Sometimes you can have an animal living in your home and not even know it. A good rule of thumb is to inspect your home twice a year, and look for holes each time you clean your gutters. Check your roof, siding, trim board, chimney, attic, foundation and
under your deck.
If You Find an Opening
It’s important that you don’t trap the animal inside where it can cause even greater problems. To see if an animal is currently using the hole, simply plug it with a wad of paper or place some flour around the opening. If the area shows no sign of disturbance for 3 days, you can go ahead and plug the hole permanently.
Put Out the “Unwelcome” Sign
If you have a problem with a critter living under your deck, first encourage them to leave by making their stay more unpleasant. Animals like darkness and dryness, so be sure to clear away plants and vegetation to let more light in. Simply running a garden hose near their home can make it uncomfortably soggy. If a critter is digging up your lawn, it could be that they are feeding on insects like grubs. There are pet-safe treatments that eliminate insects, which could also eliminate your property’s appeal to hungry animals.
Dig This Deterrent
Many critters are natural diggers. So putting above-ground fencing around your deck or building a raised bed around your garden may not be totally effective. Instead, partially bury the fence below ground or bend fencing into an L-shape to add additional ground protection around the base.
Most home improvement stores sell various sizes of traps. Be mindful, however, that your town may require special permits for trapping animals. It might be best to hire a professional who can both trap your critter and safely remove it from your property.
As they say, the best defense is a good offense. Make your home uninviting to animals, and be vigilant about checking for signs of critters before they can do significant harm. Liberty Mutual insurance can make sure your home is covered for damages, should critters make themselves at home with you.
To learn more about Liberty Mutual Auto and Home Insurance or to get a free, no-obligation quote, 888-778-6005 or visit libertymutual.com/Rutgers.
Long Term Care Resources
The Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA) now offers long term care insurance. Take advantage of special discounts, multiple carriers, and multiple products. Long Term Care Insurance can cover the costs associated with Home Health Care, Adult Day Care and Care in a facility (Assisted Living or Nursing Home) if you or your spouse require these services as a result of aging. Unfortunately, LTC insurance is not just something you can buy when you need it; your health allows you to buy this coverage. The longer a person waits to apply the greater their chances of being declined so visit www.myltcplan.com/rutgers or call 800-616-8759 to obtain more information and start a quote today.