1. As fall approaches, make sure to do a final mow of your yard and mulch all fallen leaves. Remove all weeds and dead flowers and make your landscape ready for winter.
2. If you have a garden, till under all veggies such as tomato plants. This unwanted food makes great snacks for mice and rats, even in the dead of winter!
3. Mouse-proof your home. Did you know that a mouse can go through an opening the size of a dime? Any open holes in foundation walls, garage doors or rooflines should be tightly sealed. Foam insulation in a can works very well.
4. If bringing in firewood, be careful not to bring along unwanted pests such as Carpenter Ants, Wood Borers, Powder Post Beetles or Spiders. Many insects do not die in late fall or winter they just go into hibernation. When taking them from a cold environment, such as your wood pile, into your warm house, these bugs come to life and create a headache at a time that should be somewhat bug free.