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Rodents and Unwanted Guest

Living with little unwanted furry creatures is an unfortunate fact of life.  It can be difficult to keep mice and rats out of your home, but a little know-how and elbow grease can go a long way to keep these rodents where they belong – outside of your home.

The best way to keep rodents out is to make sure there are no gaps and holes inside your house for them to squeeze through.  Mice can, after all, fit through a hole the size of a nickel, and rats through a hole the size of a half dollar (ew!), so you need to keep a close eye on the most common places that these rodents find entry.  You need to look inside your home at:

  • Inside, under and behind kitchen cabinets, refrigerators and stoves
  • Around doors
  • Around pipes under sinks and washing machines
  • Around pipes going to hot water heaters and furnaces
  • Around floor vents and dryer vents
  • Inside the attic
  • In the basement or crawl space

Outside of the home you need to look for:

  • In the roof around the rafters, gables and eaves
  • Around windows and doors
  • Around the foundation
  • Around attic vents and crawl space vents
  • Under doors
  • Around holes for electrical, plumbing, cable or gas lines

All that you need in order to fix small holes is some steel wool and caulk.  Simply stuff the hole with steel wool and keep it in place with caulk.  You can also use lath screen or lath metal, cement, hardware cloth or metal sheeting to fix larger holes, all of which can be found at your friendly local hardware store.  Just remember that the more places you fix, the less chance rodents have to get in!

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