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Prevent mice and rats from coming indoors during winter

During the winter months when people spend more time indoors, so do rodents. With a little forethought, you can rid your home of uninvited winter guests, according to a UGA wildlife specialist.

The first step is to make sure your intruders are rodents. Michael Mengak, a specialist with the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, said to watch for droppings, tracks, burrows and nests.

If you determine you do have rodents, the next step is to get rid of them. Mengak recommends using traps, not poison baits. Place traps in rooms, attics, basements and garages. Put them along walls, in cupboards, in drawers or on countertops.

Set rat traps with the bait holder across its path at a right angle to the wall. Sticky traps also work well for mice. Snap traps are easy to set and inexpensive. Multi-catch traps work fine but are more expensive.

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