learned anything over the last 33 years of homeownership, itís
that animals that exist happily outdoors three seasons of the
year will try to find a warm space indoors in winter.
years, I have found squirrels in the attic and a stray
chipmunk in the basement.
family lived in a more rural environment, field mice could be
found in kitchen drawers most winters, enjoying milk crackers
ó remember those? ó and anything else in an
rats and even raccoons can take up residence inside homes when
the weather turns cold, according to the folks who make Bobbex-R,
an animal repellent.
is on all-natural products that repel, rather than kill,
without polluting the environment.
rodent in a home can quickly turn into an infestation,
damaging walls and belongings and exposing your family to
allergens and disease.
an infestation can be costly and time-consuming, so it makes
sense to be pro-active and try to prevent pests from coming
inside in the first place.
the weather gets much cooler, take a look around your home to
find any potential entry points and plug them. Remember, mice
may be able to get in through openings as small as one-quarter
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends looking
for entry points around doors and windows, pipes throughout
the home, fireplaces, attics and crawl spaces, vents and
do the job yourself or hire a professional to help pest-proof
used repellents in the past that included some sort of
ingredient that the targeted rodent didnít like. Cinnamon
and garlic are two that I recall.
what I do instead is trim back shrubbery and dead plants from
around the house, including leaves that can hide the invaders
foundation cracks I see are caulked. In some cases, especially
when I am air-sealing spaces that might be used as a
transitway, I use foam insulation that expands as it cures.
no sure-fire preventative, but try anyway.