How can you protect your home from unwanted furry foes?

How can you protect your home from unwanted furry foes?
Squirrels can find their way into homeowners spaces during the cold months. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

SMYRNA, Ga. — It all started with a few mouse droppings behind the washer and dryer.

“We found out we had a rodent issue. We just moved in here in September,” explained Smyrna resident Lauren Watt, who just learned that she had unwelcome visitors. As soon as she saw the evidence, she called a professional to take care of the issue quickly and safely.

“Mice will always be able to come inside the house,” explained Tom Olschewske, Regional Technical Trainer with Arrow Exterminators. He explained that raccoons, squirrels, and mice don’t like to be outside in the elements, so they look for an easy way in. “They need a warm nesting area for their young and to be able to survive themselves.”

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So how can you protect your home from unwanted furry foes?

Keep an eye on the corners of your home. The slightest gap can serve as a welcome sign.

“That gives the indication of ‘hey, this is a warm place inside here,’ so those rodents are able to exploit a crack, a seam, something small into something big,” said Olschewske.

Keeping trees cut back from your roofline is another way to limit access inside.

How to keep critters from getting in your home in the cold