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Winter Pests: How to Keep Mice, Squirrels, Spiders and Other Pests Out of Your House

Baby it’s cold outside! This time of year can get pretty chilly in Wisconsin and just like us, winter pests like mice, squirrels, and spiders are looking for a warm home.

Not many of us enjoy sharing our home with these winter pests and for good reason. Mice, rats and squirrels easily spread diseases and can contaminate your food. Spiders and ants also spread disease, contaminate food, transmit bacteria and can bite. Mice, rats and squirrels also can wreak havoc on your home by chewing on wires, drywall, and your wood studs.

So how do we stop those little pests from joining your family in your warm and cozy home? Today we’ll dive into how these pests get into your home in the winter and some tips on how to prevent them from joining you and your family.


Some of these winter pests come into our homes through firewood, small cracks and crevices on a home’s exterior, family pets, and vents that have not been properly covered and sealed. Take time and follow these ideas listed to help with prevention.

  • Inspect your homes exterior for any cracks and crevices and seal properly (remember, a mouse can make it into your home through a hole as small as a dime)
  • Keep shrubs trimmed and away from the home
  • Trim tree branches that hang over your roof
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home and keep five feet off the ground
  • Screen your vents and chimney openings with a mesh cover
  • Fix vent covers
  • Repair any loose siding or shingles
  • Install door sweeps (these seal the gaps between the bottom of your door and the threshold) on exterior doors
  • Repair damaged screens to windows and doors

If you suspect an infestation in your home, call us today. We proudly offer FREE Inspections.

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