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Tips to Keep Rodents and Squirrels Out of Your Home This Fall

Tips to Keep Rodents and Squirrels Out of Your Home This Fall

Replace Old Materials

Are your home’s dryer, attic, or roof vents damaged, outdated, or both? It’s time to replace them. Rodents and squirrels have no trouble tearing through ducts to get into your attic or house.

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Don’t Hang Bird Feeders

Both mice and squirrels have been observed eating from bird feeders. Squirrels enjoy breaking into bird feeders due to their exceptional climbing abilities. Birds will eat from your bird feeders even if squirrels do not. Birds scatter seeds as they eat, forming mounds on the ground. This convenient source of food attracts mice and rats to your property. What’s the next stop? In your own home.

Seal Cracks & Holes

Take a walk around outside of your house. Look for fissures and cracks that can be sealed with foam or filled with steel wool. Because mice cannot eat through steel wool, it is critical to get it right the first time. Mice have small bodies and can fit through gaps as small as 14 inches. Mice that have gained access to your home will build their nests in wall cavities, insulation, attics, refrigerators, under stoves, and dishwashers. It is preferable to respond proactively as soon as these risks are identified.

Avoid Using Essential Oils

They are useless for pest control. If it were that simple, pest control companies would go out of business. You must seal the entry point if mice or squirrels enter your house. Consider it in this light. If a bird kept flying through the window, would you fix it or spray essential oils into the broken opening?

Maintain Order

Sweep up crumbs in your home regularly. Pay special attention to problem areas that are easy to overlook, such as under stoves and dishwashers. In garages, grass and bird seeds are stored in Tupperware or other containers with tight lids.

Properly Store Pet Food

Mice that have infiltrated your home can access dog and cat food. 

Pet food should be discarded overnight rather than left out during the day.

Watch Your Garage

Garages serve as convenient entry points into your home. Water can enter your garage through small cracks around your foundation and gaps under garage doors. Mice can easily fit through a carport and into the basement. Have you discovered any droppings in your basement? It could be the fault of your attached garage.

Cover Your Gutters

Covering your gutters and repairing or replacing damaged drains can help prevent mice and squirrels from entering your attic through open gaps. 

Even more pests, such as mosquitoes, prefer to breed in standing water, which can be caused by gutter clogs or neglect.

Don’t Release Pests Into the Wild

Even though it appears to be a gentle method of squirrel removal, this method causes more harm than good. If you move a squirrel, it will almost certainly die. It will suffer if the squirrel is left in an unfamiliar location without access to water, food, or shelter. As a result of being pushed out of the area, squirrels risk becoming prey to predators and losing access to temporary protection. You may inadvertently separate parents from their children, leaving them defenseless and vulnerable.

Do Frequent Inspections

Take a walk around outside of your house. Inspect the utility pipes in your basement for any holes that may have gone undetected. If you notice cracks in your home’s foundation, follow the line to look for potential spots. Do you have any fruit-bearing trees on your property? Throw away fallen fruit and tightly close trash cans to keep squirrels at bay. Enter your basement with a flashlight. Examine any cracks you find, then look for a sight line outside. If you can see, it’s probably big enough for a mouse to fit through. Cover all of these areas to avoid potential infestations.