If this playhouse doesn't get the kids out of the house, we don't know what will. A small bridge leads to the pint-sized playhouse that features a bird-watching balcony – complete with binoculars – and a slide. The playhouse's gabled roof and intricate woodwork is sure to please the youngest of architects.
Ants scurrying on countertops or mouse droppings in HVAC grilles are signs that you have openings in your house that need to be closed, says Steve Gladstone, owner of Stonehollow Fine Home Inspection in Stamford, Conn. Check places like exhaust vents, condensate lines, pipes, ducts, utility access panels and garage doors — you’re looking for obvious gaps, signs of chewing or nesting, or ripped screening. If you aren’t sure what you’re looking at or don’t feel confident you can solve the problem yourself, call a professional exterminator. Mouse and bird droppings in particular can be hazardous to your health.