Now that the warmer weather is upon us and those little critters that resided outdoors during the winter months are looking to move indoors, they're 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 dose 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.

I reached in 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 really 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 own 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 bull snake.

While the bull snake is a non-venomous snake, 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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