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They can find a hole—as small as a dime—and as long as they can squeeze their heads in, their bodies will follow. That means any tiny gap or opening is an invitation inside. During winter, mice and rats are drawn to a warm environment, up high and away from predators—and your attic fits the bill. You’ll know you have rodents in your attic if you hear scurrying noises or see droppings, gnawed cords, insulation, or wood.(For more info click on our dedicated mice page in the menu)


Skunks have become accustomed to humans. When the cold weather starts, skunks seek out dens. Areas that provide dark secure hiding places such as under sheds and porches are common denning sites. Mating occurs in late February and early March when males become active, leaving their dens in search of females. Often several females will share the same den. Babies are born in late April or May.(For more info click on our dedicated skunk page above in the menu)


Squirrels have two litters a year: Spring and Fall. Squirrels often climb trees, bushes, brick, downspouts etc.. to gain access to your roof and gain entry usually by chewing holes in the roof, dormers or fascia. Once squirrels make their home in the attic, they continue to chew holes, creating more entry points. Homeowners may still not realize they have a problem until the litter grows and becomes active. That Fall litter begins scampering around the attic in Winter and the scrambling noise indicates a problem.(For more info click on the dedicated squirrel page above in the menu)


Raccoons are most likely to enter your house in Winter or Spring. They look for openings where building materials join, such as dormer junctions, or where areas have weakened, and use their hands to push up or pull down the materials to squeeze in. Raccoons will typically stay until their babies are grown (10 months) or once the weather is milder. In the meantime their droppings, chewing and noise create a disturbance and a mess and they could make there way into the rest of your house. It's always preferred to remove a single raccoon but if immediate is not detected then removing mom and babies will be essential.(For more info click on the dedicated raccoon page above in the menu)

Since the ants are attracted to sources of heat and moisture, Spring is likely when you will start to notice their presence, however, they have the potential to pop up even in Winter if there is a thaw. Once a colony of ants becomes active inside a wall void, they will typically seek out water, drawing them to sinks, dishwashers, refrigerators, bathtubs, or toilets. If the ants have gotten old enough to grow wings, it's a good indicator that a colony of ants has nested in the house.(For more info click on our dedicated ant page above in the menu)