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Be careful to keep squirrels, pests out of home

Q. We hear what we believe are squirrels pouncing on our roof and fear that they may get into our home. Any suggestions on how we might keep them out?

A. This is the time of year when little wild critters who didn't head south for the winter are looking for shelter - and your house will do just fine, if you let them in. You can stop uninvited little guests from joining the family by checking traditional hideouts like the attic, crawl space or garage for points of entry.

Loose soffits or trim allow birds and squirrels to enter. Open roof and foundation vents should also be checked and screened. Chimney caps are another good idea as chimneys attract raccoons. Check all interior attic and crawl spaces during the day, without lights. If outside light comes in, so might the critters.