Cold weather has arrived in Northeast Ohio! Winter jackets are coming out of storage, firewood is being stacked and ready to enjoy, and hot cocoa is in the cupboard ready for that cold winter chill. All of this sounds wonderful to us, but you know who else it sounds wonderful for?
Squirrels and other rodents as well.
All of these critters are going to be looking for a cozy place to stay for the winter and your house is just the spot! So what do you do about this?
- Seal all possible entry points.
- Keep food in airtight containers & dispose of garbage regularly.
- Keep tree limbs cut back.
- Inspect wires, insulation and walls for any signs of gnaw marks
It is important to know that mice can enter your home through a hole as small as a pencil! They are sneaky little creatures and can also scurry up your walls without any support. Be sure and small openings and cracks around doors and windows are properly sealed up, as well as screen vents and openings to chimneys.
Your tree limbs should be cut back 6-8 ft. from the roof-line to limit the access to your home. Additionally, if you find any gnaw marks, feces, or hear sounds of scurrying, these could all indicate an infestation. To avoid any personal harm, call a licensed professional to remove your rodent issue.