Woman and mouseThere's a mouse living under my kitchen sink. I haven't seen him, but he's left icky evidence of his existence. How he got in I don't know. What I do know is that as cold weather approaches there are likely to be more of his kind: furry creatures trying to gain access to my cozy Hamilton County home. I also know that despite my daughter's protests, he has to go. He might be cute, but he's also capable of untold, and often unseen, damage – not to mention diseases, germs and the like.

Fall is the perfect time to fortify Hamilton County homes against would-be rodent intruders, which can include everything from a tiny mouse to larger to even more destructive relations such as squirrels and raccoons. Some suggestions for protecting your home from a rodent invasion:

  • Screen all exterior vents.
  • Ensure there are no gaps underneath garage doors.
  • Bring porch cushions inside, lest animals be tempted to nest in them.
  • Monitor pet doors – a favorite entryway for rodents.
  • Store firewood away from the house.
  • Trim overgrown vegetation and shrubbery around the house.
  • Eliminate temptation by storing dry food, pet food and birdseed in sealed containers.

Rodents will invite themselves in through the smallest of openings. Don’t give them any more space than they need!