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Keep Raccoons & Mice Out This Winter

Monday, December 30th, 2019 by Bill Cowley


 

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Who wants to spend all day and night out in the cold? Rats, raccoons, and squirrels sure don't, which is why they nest in our homes during these bone-chilling winter months. Our homes provide cozy, warm shelter away from predators, not to mention a virtually unlimited supply of food and water!

You can go a long way keeping these nuisance pests out of your home by locating and sealing any potential entry points. Here are some tips to keep these critters out.

  1. Check for gaps, cracks, and holes in your home. Holes and cracks that seem small and insignificant to us are, for rodents, the entrance to paradise. A rat can enter your home through a hole the size of a quarter; a mouse can through a hole the size of a pencil, and tiny insects can enter through the smallest of cracks. It's imperative to thoroughly inspect your home for any gaps.
  2. During the winter, take advantage of the cold air! Find out where that draft of cold air is coming from because that area is a potential entry point for pests. If there is a gap or crack where you can see sunlight coming through it or feel cool air coming in, don’t debate whether it’s large enough for an invading pest. Assume that it is.
  3. Patch It! Patch small holes that often appear around windows and doors with silicone caulk. For larger spaces, such as gaps around utility pipes that run into our homes, plug the holes with chew-proof copper mesh.

Remove outdoor attractants:

  1. Keep trees from your roofline to remove that "natural bridge" for squirrels and raccoons to make their way onto your roof and find an entry point into your attic. 
  2. Keep firewood and yard debris like leaf litter and fallen branches away from the exterior perimeter of your home. Firewood provides prime harborage for many different pests. Never store firewood next to your home and don't bring it inside until you are ready to use it. It’s hard enough to keep pests out of your home!

If rodents or nuisance wildlife do make a way into your home this winter, we at Cowleys would be happy to safely remove them for you.