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When Animals Invade the Attic

Filed under: Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 2:36 pm March 20, 2015

SquirrelAttics can be the perfect dwelling for some of our wildlife. And, while most of our surroundings are really becoming urbanized, most of these animals are also becoming urbanized as well. Most animals are great climbers, and will choose to climb inside your basement because of the convenience it brings.

One quick way to know whether your attic has residing animals is if you hear noises above the ceiling. Common noises that they do include scampering, scratching, digging, walking, vocal cries, and the likes. Different types of wildlife may become attracted to your home because of the comfort and shelter that they can find inside. Your attic in particular, presents a good opportunity for animals to breed while providing a comfortable shelter for their offspring.

How Animals Get in the Attic

Animals can get inside your attic if the surroundings present them with a good opportunity. If they can climb easily, like a tree or trees that are near the house. They can also easily get inside when the house has a wide-open holes as part of their structure, or even open windows. But, most of the time, animals will take advantage the roof portion like a dormer, or any bend leading sections of the roof. Other entry points are the fascia, vents, under eaves, and the gables.

 

Animals that may enjoy your attic includes:

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Cats
  • Raccoons
  • Squirrels
  • Bats
  • Opossums
  • Snakes
  • Hedgehogs
  • Skunks
  • Pigeons

When Animals are Inside

It is not difficult to know whether your attic is already invaded by wildlife since they will move and make sounds while creating interior destruction and mayhem to your property. These animals will chew wires, wood, furniture, and more. They can also leave an unbearable musty odor as they stay longer in your property. Since attics are not commonly visited, the only time you may know their presence is when you hear them scampering around. When animals become present in your attic make sure to remove them right away.

Remove Animals in Your Attic

Understand the animals. During the months of February through May or August through October that different animals may seek refuge in your attic. They will search for a new shelter to protect their young and hide away from the dangers of the outdoors. Squirrels may have babies during these months and may begin to look for ways to get inside your home. The challenge with a squirrel invasion is even when you have perfectly removed the adult, she may have left her young ones inside, which would make the mother try to go back for her babies. When removing squirrels, make certain to remove her entire family since her youngs can die without her.

To remove them from your attic on your own, you can:

  1. Frighten them into leaving by banging on the rafters
  2. Show your continuous presence in the attic
  3. Play loud radio in the attic all day
  4. Nuisance Animal ControlPlace soaked cider vinegar, ammonia, or mothballs around the attic since some animals do not like the smell
  5. Use bright lights in the attic


Traps and exclusions
. There are different types of traps available for different animals. If traps are going to be used for mice, you can use traps that can eventually kill them. For larger animals such as raccoons, squirrels or even cats use livetraps, which are like one-way doors that they will not be able to come out. Place some baits inside like petfood and check on the traps every day. Once you have captured an animal, throw a blanket on the trap and carry the animal as far as you can from your home, then release them in the wild. As much as possible, do not use poison to remove these animals from your attic.

Protect your home. Once the animals are out, search their point of entry and seal them. In some cases, these animals will attempt to come back, especially if they have babies that were left behind. They will search for any means to get back in so that they can go back to their babies, if this is the situation, call a pest professional to help you.

Get help. Do not remove the animals yourself since some wildlife can be dangerous and wild, making them not safe to remove on your own. Hire a professional wildlife control that knows how to effectively remove the entire family without putting the animals in danger.

Horizon Pest Control offers Nuisance Animal Control and Exclusion Service that guarantees result. If you find a nuisance animal in your attic, do not remove it on your own. Call 1.888.612.2847 TODAY and let us remove these animals in a fast and effective way.

 

 

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When Wildlife Enters Your Home This Winter Ticks are with Them

Filed under: Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control,Tick Control — Megan Howard @ 9:00 am December 30, 2014

Tick Control

When wildlife enters an attic or basement during winter, it is not just the animal seeking shelter that you have to worry about, but the diseases and parasites that they bring with them. Tick and fleas are known carriers of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick paralysis, Lyme disease, Q-fever, tularemia and other diseases that can infect people, your pets, and wildlife. Once these ticks and fleas settle in together with the wildlife in your home, your home, your family, and your pets are going to be in danger.

Do Ticks Die during Winter?

One might say these pests will die out because it is winter. Nope! They do not! Some ticks are not just active during the fall and the winter months, such as the American dog tick. Other species, like the Blacklegged (deer) tick can also be active during the cold months, especially when they are well-sheltered away from the frost. And, if they have gained entry into your home, it is likely that these pests can survive and even multiply. And, even during the freezing months, these pests can still go out to look for their next host.

Lyme Disease and Winter

One of the biggest concerns for many homeowners when it comes to ticks is the possible transmission of Lyme disease. But, is it really possible for these ticks to transmit diseases during the frost?

Well, the feeding diapause of ticks may vary. Some may feed in the autumn while others, like the deer ticks may begin feeding during the first frost, which is during the early October and onwards. This parasite may even latch itself onto a larger host, such as a cat, dog, or even to a human once the temperature is near or above freezing.

Although the transmission of Lyme disease made by an infected adult female deer tick is 40 to 60 percent, these ticks will still need at least 48 hours to stay attached to its host before they can even transmit the disease to their host through their saliva. So, even if it is winter, it is still advisable to check yourself, your household, and your pets for possible ticks.

Wildlife and Pests

It is not just the ticks that you have to worry about entering your home with wildlife, but fleas and mites are likely to be with them too. When a wild animal comes into your home uninvited, it is important to remove that animal and put it back outdoors where it belongs. Once the animal is gone, make sure to check the vacated area for possible pests that they might have left. Carefully check your children and your pets since these pests can easily crawl up and attached themselves to their next living host. Even during winter, if you think there is a possibility that deer ticks, fleas, and/or mites have already infiltrated your home, because of the wildlife that trespassed it, be extra careful and use insect repellents on your clothing and skin whenever possible.

Attics and basements should also be checked and cleaned, if these were the areas that the wildlife entered. Once the wildlife is gone, make sure to repair and close the entry points where the animals came in. Also be sure to eliminate ways for these animals to gain entry into your home in the future to help eliminate the chances of having different pests getting inside the home.

Protect your home and your loved ones from wildlife, ticks and other pests. Call Horizon today for affordable and effective Residential Pest Control.

 

When Wildlife Destroys Your Roof

Filed under: Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control — Megan Howard @ 7:17 pm November 18, 2014

New Jersey Animal Control

Different types of wild animals, such as raccoons, squirrels, rats, mice, birds, and other nuisance wildlife, can get in your roof this winter. Most of these animals are great climbers, and quite secretive so they can get in without you noticing them. However, when they start creating noise, you know they are already settled in.

Although your roof may be perfect, these animals can chew their way into your roof, thus destroying it in the process. In most cases, however, these pests will take advantage of an existing hole in the roof. Other means of entry include unscreened vents, roof vents, soffit vents, and the likes. They can also enter through the bottoms of eaves that is against the roof or through the gap at the edge of the roof behind the gutter.

Different animals can get into your roof in different ways. For instance, raccoons commonly use one entry point to gain access. It may be on the roof or eaves, create a large hole to gain entry, or just remove the vent cover. Rats on the other hand can gain entry in numerous ways. All it will need is a small opening and it can get inside. Birds cannot peck their way in, but will take advantage of the architectural gaps of your roof such as the gap where eaves meet roof.

Although these nuisance animals have different means in gaining entry, their intention in invading your home, especially as the winter approaches, is to stay warm and keep safe from the cold weather outside.

Ways to know If Wildlife is Already Nesting

Squirrels

Hear noise in the daytime. Much of the noise sounds like running or scurrying, mostly in the attic, in the walls, chimney, or near the edge of the roof.

Rats and mice

Finding little brown droppings scattered in the attic, commonly in areas they frequent most. They also leave trails throughout the insulation. You may also find stains and brown fur grease stains.

Raccoons

Their presence may indicate a heavier stumping unlike squirrels. Raccoons most commonly search for a nice place to settle in during spring when they are searching for a safe place for their babies. However, they can get into your home any time of the year, especially during winter when they are searching for a warm place to stay in. When the raccoon has babies, vocal noises can also be heard. Raccoons are nocturnal so they will come out at night. When raccoons are in the roof, you may find large poop that is mostly in one secluded area. They will also destroy air ducts and even large areas of insulation.

Birds

Common indications that birds are already on the roof are when you find lots of poop, feathers, and nests.

Wildlife Control

Depending on the type of wildlife you have, you may be able to do the exclusion or get the help of wildlife control specialist. Since there are different means to getting rid of these animals, it is necessary to ask the experts when the need arise. Once the animal is gone, make sure your roof is protected and vents are sealed.

Let us help you with your wildlife problem! For more information about our New Jersey Animal Control services, call 1.888.612.2847 today.

Pest Control Issues in New Jersey during the Winter

Filed under: Bed Bug Extermination,Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control,Pest Control,Stink Bugs — Megan Howard @ 11:26 pm December 13, 2013

As the winter and ice becomes evident in New Jersey, so does the pests that goes inside homes during this season. Don’t be fooled, thinking that just because it is winter that rodent and nuisance wildlife, bed bugs, or stink bugs will not be a problem at this time. You might think winter is a time when nature takes a rest, but in the world of pest control, there is no time to rest. Some pests may slow down, but they do not go away. Particularly, rodents, bed bugs and stink bugs are active even during winter. They will continue feeding growing, and multiplying often at the comfort of your home.

Rodents and Nuisance Wildlife

rodents and nuisance wildlife

All rodents such as squirrels, rats and mice gnaw. The reason for their addictive gnawing is that their front teeth continue to grow throughout their lifetime. It just becomes a necessity for these creatures to wear their teeth down. Unfortunately, rodents gnaw or chew off insulation from power lines in attics and walls, which creates a very serious fire hazard.

These pests are also hosts to different types of parasites such as fleas, ticks, mites, lice that could migrate into your living quarters. When these animals die inside your premises, the parasites leave the host animal and find a new host.

What You Can Do

  • Seal any vents or holes that could allow wildlife to enter your attic.
  • Chop down tree branches that can provide great pathways to the exterior of your house, whether to windowsills, gutters, roof or chimney.
  • Store food either inside the refrigerator or in sealed containers.
  • Pet food should be kept in sealed containers.
  • Use baits and traps if the rodents are difficult to catch.
  • Keep clutter to a minimum especially in basement areas where pests can easily hide and find shelter.
  • Have your vents screened.

 

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs on Finger

Bed bugs are a growing problem across the country and not just in Jersey. The thought of your home being infested by these bugs may make you not sleep at night. However, an actual infestation can cause anxiety and fear, not to mention countless bites and marks. They tend to be more active during nights. They can be found in various locations such as mattresses, linens, electrical outlets and even small cracks.

What You Can Do

  • Install mattress encasements on all of your beds in your home.
  • Make sure that your home is clutter-free to so you can find these bugs.
  • Wash your bed covers and blankets and dry in high temperature
  • If buying pre-loved furniture, carefully inspect it before putting it inside the house
  • Inspect your home regularly especially after you travel, when a friend stays overnight, and so on.

 

Stink Bugs

stink bug

With the winter turning cooler, these smelly pests will look for a warm place to stay, which is why homeowners are starting to see these ugly, smelly insects inside. Stink bugs are known for their pungent smell that they mostly emit when they are frightened, disturbed or squashed. These bugs can be found where fruits grow, but they can also be seen infesting crops like soybeans, corn and peppers. When they invade a home, they can be seen near windows and buzzing about lights, TVs or computer monitors that provide light and warmth.

What You Can Do

  • Seal or caulk around windows and doors.
  • Keep branches and shrubs trimmed.
  • Keep firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
  • If they are inside the house, vacuum the insects. Make sure to empty the vacuum bag into a plastic bag and dispose of it immediately.

 

Horizon can prevent pests and nuisance animals from entering your home.  If you have an existing pest problem or if you want to learn more about our programs, visit Residential Pest Control.

 

 

 

Rodent Control and Tips to Keep Rodent Out of Your Home

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control,Pest Control,Pest Management — Megan Howard @ 12:37 am June 2, 2013

No one in their right mind, would want to have rodents pestering inside and outside their home. When one thinks of rodents, they immediately think about an image of a mouse quietly lurking around while everyone is sleeping. But, the truth is, rodents includes a large number of mammals such as chipmunks, squirrels and beavers. All members of the rodent family. The main identifying mark of all rodents is their tendency to grow incisors in both their lower or upper jaws, which they will need to constantly manicure by gnawing and chewing on things.

Rats and mice are commonly hated by most homeowners because of their tendency to destroy and pester the home. Once inside the home, these rodents will need to constantly chew and gnaw on everything they see such as food, walls, furniture, shoes, and many more. They are always on the lookout for food. Unsecured boxes are often ripped, fruits are also gnawed, and any food they find on the table unattended may be in trouble. After they enjoyed their snack, they will also leave rat droppings and urine, which can contain viruses and diseases that can also be spread to people, thus making rodent control an important factor in securing ones home.

Rodents nest in your home

There are many ways to secure your own home from rodents. You could choose the conventional snap traps, poisons, or humane live traps. But, the best form of controlling them is to keep them out of your home. The problem however, is that small rodents like mice, can easily fit through cracks. They can easily jump and climb as high as 12 inches. When you find that your home is now the home of a rodent even if it is a small one, better find ways to get rid of it.

Here are some ways to keep rodents out of your home:

  1. Put food away neatly and dispose remaining food properly. Make certain that all food containers are firmly sealed. Garbage and left over should be properly dispose. Any food or left over can easily attract rodents.
  2. Check all possible holes and close them. Rodents love to chew anything that they can get their teeth into that includes wood, dirt, and walls, and they also like to stay in hollow spaces. Close these holes by using cement or dirt. If this is not possible, put screens on to keep the rodents out.
  3. Always make certain that your home and your surroundings are organized. Rodents are attracted to anything that is messy. They can easily live in a place where they think they cannot be seen. If your garage is messy, it would also be difficult to see if they are already living there. However, if your surroundings are organized, they will have a difficult time finding a place where they can stay.

Useful Tools to Help You

  • Use snap traps. Snap traps is one of the most popular tools used to control rodents. They are very efficient in trapping and killing rats and mice and they also have the advantage of not allowing escapees to crawl back to where they came from because these traps are highly efficient. It is even possible for these traps to just catch the rodent’s tail or leg so better be careful when handling them since they will not hesitate to bite.
  • Use rat poisons. Rat and mouse poisons can be tricky to use since rats have very sharp senses. They can easily avoid these poisons and if they do consume them, they still need a specific amount for the poison to take effect. If they do not get the required dosage, they will just get sick and will avoid the remaining poison. Homeowners who also use rat poison should be careful since these poisons can be dangerous for pets and children. Be certain that they are put in a place where only rodents can access them and locked away the remaining poisons out from the reach of children.
  • Use humane live traps. If you do not want to kill the rodents and want to set them free once you capture them, this type of trap is much better. However, this can also be a bit tricky and would need patience because this may take time. You will have to continuously monitor the traps to know if you have already trapped any. And, if you have, you will also have to release them away from your home.

Take it seriously if you find even one rodent in your home. This should never be taken lightly since you already know the threats they can bring into your home. Take action and get rid of them especially if you care for your family.

If you have an existing rodent problem or if you are looking to protect your home from pests, Horizon Pest Control is here to help. Our goal  is to effectively solve your pest problems with our qualified technician. To schedule an appointment with one of our exterminators, go to NJ Pest Control.

Squirrel Control – The Best Way to Control Squirrels on your Property

Urban squirrels can be a real problem to property owners. These little furry vermin can cause damage to homes, utilities, plant life and other wildlife.

Squirrel Damage

Squirrels will seek a place to build their nests. In searching for a place, these little furry vermin will chew entryways through sidings and under the eaves. Unscreened chimneys and vents are also open ways for squirrels to build nests. The attic is also a common nesting place for them where they chew the insulation and wires for their nesting material. Damaged wires can possibly cause fire.

Utility power lines are also another target for squirrels. These bare wires and cables can cause the transformers to short out.

Squirrels love to dig for nuts, and this behavior can damage lawns. They can damage trees, plants and seeds.

Squirrels scare off birds and take their food. Squirrels invading bird feeders will damage the feeders. They will create bigger openings to get to the food from birds.

Squirrels have no fear when looking for food

 

How to control squirrels?

The best way to control squirrels is prevention. A detailed inspection of the property, proper sanitation and maintenance can solve most squirrel problems. This will prevent squirrels from getting into your home.

Cut branches that touch or close to your home.

Cover the utility lines with plastic PVC pipe to prevent the vermin from crawling. The pipes will prevent them from crossing it. However, it is best to let the professionals do the installation.

It is very important to close the possible entry holes for squirrels. You can use mesh screen to block chimneys and vents and prevent animals from climbing in. You may want to get some help from a certified pest control operator when looking for the entryways for squirrels.

You may also use a catch trap to control squirrels. You will just need to have a bait like some nuts, peanut butter and things that they are attracted to feed on. Put the bait inside the catch trap and wait for the squirrel to come inside. If you will do this trapping, be sure to know the trapping law applied in your area.4

Horizon Pest Control can help trap and remove squirrels from from your home. We can also prevent squirrels from entering your home. For more information about our services, go to New Jersey Animal Control.

How to Humanely do Squirrel Control and not Hurt Them

Hello, I'm a squirrel

 

Squirrels can be fun to watch especially if they are darting around up and down trees. But, if they are darting up and around your attic, then that is a different story. Squirrels residing in your roof or attic can cause a lot of damage to your home. Squirrels are not nocturnal like bats, rats and mice, which are up at night. They can be found rustling during the daylight hours, which can really be disturbing. The worst part is if they have already created a nest of squirrels.

Squirrels are still rodents like mice and rats, which needs their incisors to be at a manageable length. They do this by continuously chewing. So, if they are now residing in your home you may expect the unexpected.

Problems that you may have with them are:

  1. Health problems that may arise when squirrels are left unattended that includes the spread of parasites and excrement, which can also cause diseases.
  2. Urine and feces will also linger and go through vents and into the home.
  3. Chewed wires can cause electrical problems that may result to fire or expensive repairs.
  4.  PVC plumbing pipes that are chewed can create water leaks and plumbing problems.

If your aim is to remove these squirrels without hurting them there are alternatives to handling them as humanely as possible. And, since most of these squirrels are just there to nest, this means that you are dealing with a mother who just wants to protect her babies. Squirrel control may be a bit tricky, but could also be easy if you take these steps.

Steps to Squirrel Control

  1. Turn-on the radio. Creating noise can discourage such rodent from residing in your attic. Put a radio in the attic and turn it on during the day and you may not even have to trap them.
  2. A strong odor can help. Put hot chili peppers, ammonia or bleach in places where you think the mother is nesting because these can help in driving them away.
  3. Use humane animal traps. Make certain that you get the right type of trap, then place them in areas where you think the mother is nesting. Humane animal traps to choose from are the single animal live cage trap, the repeating trap, and the one-way exclusion door. Be certain that you trap the mother and all her babies because if you don’t and you release the mother, there is still a chance that she will come back for her baby, thus creating more havoc.

Once the squirrels are out, better make the necessary precautions for them not to come back.

How To Stop Squirrels from Entering Your Home

  1. Seal any holes or openings that may lead them back to your home.
  2. Make certain to trim tree branches where it is already overhanging on the roof.
  3. Chimney caps should also be installed.
  4. Refrain from feeding squirrels from now on.
  5. Place durable mesh over vents.
  6. Arrange the attic and put it in order.

If you still find yourself not being able to control them, better get the help of an expert. Catching them can be a bit tricky since they do not always stay in the attic. They may even dwell in walls or come back especially if you were not able to trap all of them, which includes her litter. The baby could also die once you release the mother, which could cause that terrible rotten smell that comes with dead animals.

Horizon Pest Control can help you trap all of the squirrels, then release them into the wild, which is far from your home. To set an appointment or to learn more about our animal control services, click Nuisance Animal Control.

Squirrel Control – The Best Way to Control Squirrels

Urban squirrels can be a real problem to property owners. These little furry vermin can cause damage to homes, utilities, plant life and other wildlife.

Squirrel on property

 

Squirrel Damage

Squirrels will seek a place to build their nests. In searching for a place, these little furry vermin will chew entryways through sidings and under the eaves. Unscreened chimneys and vents are also open ways for squirrels to build nests. The attic is also a common nesting place for them where they chew the insulation and wires for their nesting material. Damaged wires can possibly cause fire.

Utility power lines are also another target for squirrels. These bared wires and cables can cause the transformers to short out.

Squirrels love to dig for nuts, and this behavior can damage lawns. They can damage trees, plants and seeds.

Squirrels scare off birds and take their food. Squirrels invading bird feeders will damage the feeders. They will create bigger openings to get to the food from birds.

How do you control squirrels?

The best way to control squirrels is prevention. A detailed inspection of the property, proper sanitation and maintenance can solve most squirrel problems. This will prevent squirrels from getting into your home.

Cut branches that touch or close to your home.

Cover the utility lines with plastic PVC pipe to prevent the vermin from crawling. The pipes will prevent them from crossing it. However, it is best to let the professionals do the installation.

It is very important to close the possible entry holes for squirrels. You can use mesh screen to block chimneys and vents and prevent animals from climbing in. You may want to get some help from a certified pest control operator when looking for the entryways for squirrels.

You may also use a catch trap to control squirrels. You will just need to have a bait like some nuts, peanut butter and things that they are attracted to feed on. Put the bait inside the catch trap and wait for the squirrel to come inside. If you will do this trapping, be sure to know the trapping law applied in your area.

Horizon Pest Control can help protect your home from squirrel invasion. If you have a current squirrel problem, we can remove and trap the animal for you. To schedule an inspection, click this link: New Jersey Animal Control.

Damage Caused By Pests

Filed under: Carpenter Ant Control,Horizon Pest Control,Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control,Termites — Megan Howard @ 4:03 pm March 1, 2013

For hundreds of years, pests have competed with humans over resources like food and water, and often certain pest infestations can physically destroy an entire home. The types of pests encountered depend on the region or area of the country that you live in, but the most common home-damaging pests are carpenter ants, termites, and rats. Today we’re going to take a look at the kinds of damage these pests can cause.

Ants

To start, there are hundreds of different variations of ants, many of which are ultimately harmless to your home. Regular black ants don’t care about anything more than taking your food, but varieties like the carpenter ant build their homes in the wooden beams that make up the structures of your house. They tunnel through wooden beams to create the chambers and passageways they live in, depositing the sawdust remains outside the entrance. If left alone, they will tunnel through the wood, and can render an entire beam almost completely hollow over the course of time. Naturally, this is a serious problem that can threaten the structural integrity of your home, especially if they’ve managed to infest a load-bearing beam or wall.

Carpenter Ants destroy homes

Termites

Termites are similar to carpenter ants, with the difference being that they have a large appetite for wood, specifically cellulose. They’re arguably worse than carpenter ants, since they outright consume wood instead of tunneling through it, and will eat pretty much anything in your home that is rich in cellulose including carpet, paper, and even plant fibers.

Termites destroy houses

 

Rats

Rats are common in cities, and are not only highly unsanitary, disease carrying creatures, but they are also voracious chewers. They can, and will, chew on anything they can get their paws on, be it wood, metal, foam insulation, and even carpet, but they cause the biggest problems when they chew on wires. This can result in damage to expensive electronic devices and the electrical shorts that they cause can even start fires, resulting in thousands of dollars worth of damage.

Rats destroy houses

 

Prevention Plan

The best course of action is “treatment by prevention”, maintaining your home so that these pests are not inclined to take up residence alongside you. But in cases where that’s not possible, infestations like these are best treated early, so they don’t grow out of control and end up costing you thousands of dollars in treatment and repair.

If you think your home is being invaded by these pests, contact us and ask for assistance. To schedule an inspection, simply visit Horizon Home Services.

How Mice Enter Your Home

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control — Megan Howard @ 2:33 am February 10, 2013

Thanks to the drop in temperatures New Jersey has seen recently this winter,  you can expect to see a large number of mice infestations in homes and offices as they seek to escape the cold weather. During this time, they will partially rely on humans to provide them with the food, water, and shelter they need to survive, and are often very persistent when it comes to getting into a home. One advantage they have is that their small size allows them to squeeze through small cracks and openings.

Mice Behavior

Mice can squeeze through openings several times smaller than they are, and have been proven capable of entering through holes as small as ¼ inch wide. The most common entry point on homes in America are the gaps and cracks in the sides or foundation. This is especially the case with older homes that haven’t received much maintenance over the years. They can also climb up any trees or bushes growing close to your home and gain access to the inside through any open windows. If they can make it up to the roof of your house, they can also enter in through chimneys, vents, or even openings for utilities, like air vents or drains.

A mouse squeezing into a home

Mice Control

So how do you keep these pesky critters out of your home? There are a few things you can do: First, ensure that your house is structurally sound by sealing up the cracks gaps on the sides and on the foundation of your house. You can do this on your own, but any serious damage should be assessed and repaired by a licensed contractor. Next, ensure that foliage around your house is trimmed, and that the windows on the ground floor are tightly sealed when not in use. Finally, the doors of your home leading to the outside should have weather striping on them to ensure that nothing squeezes through the gaps in your door frames.

Seal all entries into you home to prevent mice invasions

If, after doing all this, mice still manage to make it into your home and make a burrow there, don’t plug the entrance that they used to get in until you’ve gotten rid of them. Doing so may result in a pack of dead mice that requires more time and money to clean up. Instead, contact us for assistance with moving these mice out of your home before plugging the entrance to ensure less hassle for you and your family in the future. For more info on how we can assist you, visit NJ Rat Control.

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