Eradicating Unwanted Guests

Cooler weather is upon us which means a season of unwanted guests.  (No, we’re not talking about a cousin Eddy situation like in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, though if you’ve got success stories, we’re all ears….)  This time of the year, opportunistic wild animals are looking for a cozy hideout and where better than your property?  Learn the dangers of animals in your home and what you can do to prevent and evict them.


Rarely what they appear to be in Bambi, deer can damage trees, plants and other vegetation on your property.  To top it off, deer have an amazing vertical and have been known to clear 9 foot fences.  If opening day is too far away, there are a few tactics to get them off of your property.  First, bear in mind that deer are intelligent creatures and your strategy needs to change every few weeks until they are gone because they soon catch on to you.  If you currently have a bird feeder in your yard, remove it because deer see it as an open invitation.  Soap can be strung and hung from trees, as the scent may drive them away.  Electronic deer repellants are available.  Devices are typically motion controlled and either put off noises, flashing lights or a combination of both.  Deer do not eat evergreens or lilacs; use these to line your property if you have a deer problem.

Signs You’ve Been Invaded: Plants with ripped edges, tree trunks with missing bark, and indentations in the ground where a deer has been laying.


If you’ve seen our ads, you know that squirrels are cute & loveable, oh and did we mention mischievous and highly capable of overstaying their welcome?  Squirrels often access homes through screen less vents & chimneys especially since they are capable of scaling tall buildings with the assistance of trees & telephone poles.  If you find yourself in this conundrum, call a licensed professional who can safely trap and remove the squirrel(s) before they harm your property or your family.

Prevent this problem from recurring by closing or restricting any openings on your home’s exterior.  Trim low hanging branches (anything 10 feet or lower) because this is often the area that squirrels nest.  Steer clear of trees with nuts and berries (and bird feeders too) because they all give this pest a reason to stay.  (Shameless plug—gutters filled with leaves, twigs and other debris, provide a “motel” for these rodents.  Install one-piece, seamless, LeafGuard Gutters to keep squirrels out and gutter cleaning at bay.  Visit to learn more.)

Signs You’ve Been Invaded: Skip the call to GhostBusters if you’re hearing noises coming from your attic or chimney.  An attic environment is similar to that of a hollowed out tree and the perfect place to raise their young.  Watch for ceilings with chewed holes or stains as they are signs you’ve got company.


Blame Walt Disney for giving these vermin a good name.  (BTW-did you know he was actually afraid of mice?).  The Houdini of the animal kingdom, mice can contort their bodies to fit into holes as small as ¼ inch.  If you find that your home is a haven to mice, don’t ignore the issue; a litter of mice can have up to 18 mice and a female can produce several litters in a year.  Prevent mice from entering your home by plugging any interior or exterior holes you find.  Make sure that your home’s exterior doors have no gaps underneath them.  Bait traps with peanut butter and set them in perpendicular pairs with the trigger end closest to the wall.

Signs You’ve Been Invaded: Rodent droppings, nests, torn food containers, shredded debris and scratching noises on your floors or in your walls.


The Zorro inspired mask that every raccoon has should be a sign that these critters are little rebels.  Like squirrels, if they are able to make their way into your homes, they’re likely to set up shop in your chimney or attic.  Because of the threat of rabies, we recommend that you allow a professional to assist you in the eradication process.  Prevent raccoons with a mesh screen around your chimney.  Secure garbage cans and keep pet food inside your home.

Signs You’ve Been Invaded: Looking for their next meal, raccoons often scour garbage cans.  Mud or scratch marks near vents, downspouts or corners can also be an indicator that there’s an intruder in your midst.  Noises (screaming, chirping or crying) near your fireplace or attic can also be a tip off that you’re not alone.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at  Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.