Now that warmer temperatures are here I've noticed increased activity around the outside of my house and more around my sheds. The activity I'm talking about is rats, groundhogs, squirrels, and mice.

So, why are mice looking for ways to get into our homes? After researching I learned that mice are cold-blooded creatures so they tend to become more active as spring and summer come along.

A Mouse Can Get Into Your Home Through a Hole the Size of a Dime

Thus, you’ll find them finding ways to get indoors during the hot summer months instead of the cold winter months. To avoid having problems with mice inside your home, try sealing off any cracks or holes in your walls or cabinets. They are looking for a cool place, some water, and something tasty to eat. So, it's time to get proactive and prevent those little critters from getting in.

I know from personal experience that, where goes a mouse so does Mister Snake. So to prevent having an unexpected guest or two, I've opted to stop mice from getting into my home. Now first off, I've often heard that a mouse only needs a dime-sized hole to get into a home.

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I reached into my pocket grabbed a dime and thought to myself, "No way, that can't be true!" Well, Mathias Wandel, a YouTube woodworking master set out to prove the dime theory true in the above video.

While Mathias says this mouse in particular is lazy. The fact remains that a mouse can and will squeeze through some tight spaces just to get into our homes. Because a dime's diameter is only 17.91 mm and the mouse got through a slightly smaller 17.5 mm hole.

So yes, a mouse can and will get in through holes the size of a dime. The shrew that appears towards the end of the video, it did manage to get into the smaller 16 mm hole.

Worst off yet, if these little guys start setting up shop in your home, guess who else will be close behind trying to have a tasty dinner treat of their own? Yep, it's those slithery, slimy snakes. I found proof in my house that snakes existed in the attic and the walls.

The built-in oven we had finally quit working, so I purchased another and when the appliance man came to install it, he invited me into my kitchen to show me what he discovered sleeping on the top of the oven that was dead, well-cooked. It was a pretty good-sized bullsnake.

While the bull snake is non-venomous, it still likes to eat little rodents like mice, who can get into our homes via a dime-sized hole. So this spring I'll be plugging all the dime-sized holes I can find. How about you?

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