Not everyone is welcome to gather 'round your warm fire and snack on the fresh-baked gingerbread men. There's no worse time than the holidays to have unwanted house guests scurrying across your dining room floor. Unfortunately, when the weather turns cold in winter, it is prime pest invasion time. To prevent rodents and winged critters from breaking in, start by strengthening your home's vulnerable spots.
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1. Protect Window and Door Frames
Replace worn weatherstripping. Repair soft spots in wood sills and frames; rats and mice can gnaw at them to gain entry. Screens should fit frames tightly; patch tears right away.
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2. Protect the Roof
Banish bats by closing up gaps in eaves and flashing joints with aluminum or galvanized steel. Fill holes in soffits and fascia with expanding foam. Trim back trees to reduce access paths for squirrels.
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3. Protect the Foundation
Use river rock or stones as a barrier between your home and mulch - it'll prevent mice from cozying up to your foundation. Seal any cracks or crevices around basement pipes with mortar.
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