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Spring Animal Removal: How to Keep Mice, Rats, and Squirrels Out!

Mice only need an entry hole about ¼ inch or larger to gain entry into your home. Learn how to deter them!

Mice only need an entry hole about ¼ inch or larger to gain entry into your home. Learn about animal removal and prevention this spring.

Today is Earth Day! That being said, we love all of the animals on the Earth and recognize that each of them, no matter how large or small, play a vital role in our ecosystem and should be handled humanely and with care. But what do you do if an animal finds its way into your home? This can be a frustrating and even frightening situation. If this happens, you should contact us at Shumaker’s Animal Control so we can safely remove the animal or pest and return it to the outdoors where it belongs. In the meantime, practicing prevention is key. Let’s talk spring animal removal. 

How Do Mice Enter the Home?

Mice are incredibly tiny, fast, and resourceful. They only need an entry hole about ¼ inch or larger to gain entry into your home, and a food source or garbage could draw them through. Holes like this tend to exist in garages, basements, or in gaps near utility lines. To prevent mice from entering your home, you should check these areas and do your best to seal exterior gaps with mortar. Additionally, you should keep all of your food in hard plastic, glass, or steel containers when possible. Learn about the dangers of living with mice in your home here.

How Do Rats Enter the Home?

Like mice, rats can enter the home through vulnerable gaps in your foundation. Unlike mice, they usually need a hole about ¾ inch or larger – which is still incredibly small. If you notice greasy smudges around your entryways or openings, this could be a sign that a rat has attempted entry or been successful. To prevent rats from entering your home, you should do your best to eliminate food and water sources around the house and store your food in airtight containers.

How Do Squirrels Enter the Home?

To enter your home, squirrels generally require access to a hole about 2.5 inches or larger. Most commonly, squirrels will gain entry to your home if there are gaps where your dormers meet and roof shingles overhang. If you hear noises like scampering in your attics or ceilings, this may be a sign of a squirrel invasion. Pruning the trees nearby your home and eliminating bird feeders is a great way to deter squirrels from entering your home and wreaking havoc.

In Need of Animal Removal? We Can Help!

Call Shumaker’s Animal Control today! Shumaker’s Animal Control is a twenty-five-year veteran of the animal and pest control profession. We are the Kingsville rodent control experts and can help you return your house to a cozy pest-free home. If you have any questions about fox removal or other rodent control, contact Shumaker’s Animal Control by calling (443) 854-8072 or click here today!

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