- Eliminate debris. Mice are not comfortable in the open and seek out places to hide. Such as leaf piles, old boards and bricks, and compost piles. If they establish a nest nearby, it’s an easy move into your home. As well as other common pests such as spiders, beetles, and carpenter ants. It is recommended that any potential harborage areas (such as stacks of firewood or compost piles) be kept a minimum of 20 feet away from your home.
- Seal any openings – Mice are able to squeeze their way through gaps as small as a dime. Most insects require much smaller openings. Using a silicone exterior-grade caulk, reseal any damaged weather-stripping around your doors and windows. Check your foundation for cracks. If there are large holes that aren’t able to be repaired immediately, seal them temporarily with a metal mesh. Replace any damaged door sweeps and pay attention to where pipes and utilities enter your home.
- Don’t provide a food source – When fall rolls around, natural food supplies begin to dwindle and many critters will seek out alternative sources. Outside, keep your trash bins tightly lidded and away from your home. If you keep bird feeders stocked through autumn, make sure they are a safe distance from your home and that you regularly clean up spilled seed or discarded hulls. Indoors, store your food in airtight containers preferably made of metal or plastic. The same rule applies for bags of dog and cat food.
- Check your roof – As you inspect the exterior of your home don’t forget to look up! Be on the lookout for any tree branches that are close to your roof, as they could create a bridge that would allow insects and wildlife such as squirrels easy access to your house. Branches should be trimmed back at least 8-10 feet from your roof. Chimneys are a common nesting site for bats, birds, squirrels, and raccoons. So if you don’t already have one you should consider installing a chimney cap to keep wildlife out and prevent dangerous blockages. You’ll also want to make sure that attic vent seals are tight and patch any holes in your roof, no matter how small.
With these tips you will have a home that is winterized from pests. If you suspect you may have uninvited visitors call Bugyman at 575-527-4393 for a free inspection.