Our inspection in Albany continued outside the house. We walked the perimeter of the building and looked for signs of wildlife entry from the exterior. There were a few holes on the underside of the back roof. These also looked like the work of a mouse, based on the size. We then found another, much larger entry point in their brick wall, where electrical wires came out of the house. The cobwebs within the hole had been pushed out of the way to the sides, which is a sign that animals had been using the hole to gain entry. While the space between two bricks was large enough for a squirrel to get in, a squirrel would have cleared out all the cobwebs. We figured that this was a mouse hole as well.
When we inspected the garage, there were large cracks in the concrete underneath the garage door. This can happen when a homeowner uses salt to prevent ice from freezing over their driveway. The salt breaks down the concrete, leading to significant cracks. A small animal could crawl through these cracks and sneak under the garage door to get inside the home. At this point, we were certain that the homeowners had been hearing mice. All the entry points we had found matched in size. And believe us, a mouse will find those entryways. They like to stay warm and dry just like we all do!