Unlike insects, mice and other rodents are not capable of going dormant for the winter. While some mammals, such as raccoons, do hibernate during the winter, most simply seek a warmer shelter. Mice, rats and squirrels actively work on building nests year round, often inside homes and garages. Here are some tips to prevent rodents from moving in:
- Keeps squirrels and other animals from inhabiting the eaves or attic areas of your home by repairing and patching any holes in the soffits and facia.
- Overhanging tree limbs provide superhighway access to the attic areas. Prevent easy access to these areas by keeping tree limbs cut back from the house and garage.
- Gutters and overhangs can also provide nesting areas for rodents. Keep these areas clean to prevent unwanted winter guests.
- Screens and door sweeps are very effective at preventing rodents from accessing your home. Make sure these are kept in good repair.
- Firewood, yard waste, and compost are popular nesting materials and provide ready food sources. Store these items away from the house.