Wildlife – We Love You Outside, Not Inside The House 

Fall is the time to remove the critter welcome mat. To help you “Animal Proof” your house, here is a checklist:

  1. Clean your garage, attic, and basement. While you are cleaning, check for any openings around pipes, vents, or cables. Small holes can be caulked, or filled with copper or stainless steel mesh. Use 1/4 in. hardware cloth to screen attic fans or vents, or clothes dryer vents. Any hole big enough to stick your finger in is big enough for a mouse.
  2. Have a professional install an animal proof chimney cap. The cap will allow normal chimney function, but will keep out squirrels and birds. Before I capped my chimney, a little bird fell inside. I heard the distress and opened the flue, letting the frightened soot covered bird out. Before it found the open door, black soot was everywhere. The entire room required painting.
  3. Cut back tree branches that hang over the roof. Such limbs are routes for creatures getting into chimneys or attics.
  4. If you store your pet food in the garage, be sure it is in an animal proof container. Keep your garage doors closed.
  5. Secure garbage cans in a closed dumpster container. If possible, put the garbage out the morning of pick up.
  6. Sharpen up your housekeeping skills. Sensitive nosed little critters can find the tiniest crumbs. Mice prefer making their homes close to food sources. Sweep and vacuum carpets regularly.