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Winter Pest Control

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  • #137495

    Meggi M

    Hello everyone!

    I have a question for you kind people: the museum I’m working at is beginning to winterize our historic home. We have a general handle on things but I am wondering specifically about keeping pests like mice, squirrels, etc. out from under the exterior doors. There is some space between door and floor and as we have very cold winters the critters will certainly be trying to get in. We have ruled out weather stripping as it would be damaging to apply as well as not in line with the historic appearance of the building.

    I’ve looked through everything on this website and several others but I would love to hear if anyone has more specific experience or thoughts on sealing doors in historic homes. We will be accessing throughout the winter so boarding them up is not an option.

    Thank you!

  • #137504

    Laura Fedynyszyn

    Hi Meggi,

    That’s a really interesting question and one I’m not sure how to answer off the top of my head. I’m going to do a little research on my own and will get back to you soon.



  • #137511

    David C


    I can not help directly, but someone might want to know if the building has a basement or crawl space and what type of foundation. Critters can get in through cracks in foundations or burrow up through the ground into a crawl space. From crawl spaces, some pests can potentially chew their way into walls.

    Years ago we discovered a possum living in our crawl space. A Conservation Officer said if a possum was living there, no other critters would be there (at least not in the crawl space).


  • #137544


    Can you remove anything a mouse would chew on like textiles, baskets, leather, books? Also if you have a chimney it should be capped.

  • #137550


    Meggi –

    Check out our webinar, Hibernation – Not Just for Bears: Putting your house museum “to bed” for the season

    It should help you with this problem.


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