It’s that time of year when the nights cool down and the mice, skunks and squirrels are looking for a cozy winter home. So before they start getting into your house, this is a great time to see if you’ve done what you can to make the four-footed fiends unwelcome. (I already messed up—I heard the patter of paws in my attic.)
That last idea conflicts with the logic of attracting and providing shelter for certain kinds of wildlife throughout the year. But in general, creating that kind of habitat close to the house might attract mice and other animals that you really don’t want to invite indoors. So if you create that sort of habitat, you just need to be sure there are no easy openings into the house.
I know they promote energy audits where you inspect your home for snugness this time of year, so why not do an animal audit at the same time and keep the critters outside where they belong?