There’s not a homeowner out there that would happily allow mice to live in their home. These rodents can be extremely damaging and carry potential health risks to anyone in the home as well. The best way to keep your family safe from mice is to make sure that mice never make it into your home in the first place. The key to being successful at this is rodent exclusion. Effective Pest Services is here to talk about rodent exclusion and why it is so important to protecting your home from rodents this winter.
What Does Exclusion Mean in Rodent Pest Control?
When you have rodents in your home, you more than likely want to get them out as soon as possible. However, just removing the rodents from the home won’t be good enough. A few blogs before this one, we talked about the way that rodents communicate through pheromones. The pheromones that mice leave behind will still be there, attracting other mice. The home will only get infested all over again if you don’t truly take care of the problem. The answer to removing rodents completely from your home is rodent exclusion. This means that you are taking measures to ensure mice have no way into the house in the future. You need to find the openings that the mice and rats are getting into your home and close them completely. Here are some factors that you need to consider to successfully exclude rodents from your home:
– Seal any openings that are ¼” wide to keep mice out.
– Seal any openings that are ½” wide to keep rats out.
– Take a close look at the areas where utility lines go into the house to seal any openings there.
– Look for any broken windows, ripped screens, warped doors and other areas where they could come in.
– Check the roof to make sure there aren’t any warped areas or holes that could allow rodents to make their way inside.
Materials Used in Rodent Exclusion
There are a few different materials that can be used to make sure rodents don’t get into your home. Here are some of them:
– Hardware Cloth: This is used to cover any vents into the attic. This is a common place for mice and rats to come in through.
– Metal Flashing: If there are any openings that are around gutters, this can be helpful in closing them.
– Chimney Caps: The chimney is one place that many homeowners forget about, but putting a cap on your chimney will keep all sorts of animals, including rodents out.
– Steel Wool: If there are holes in your siding or any other part of your home, you can plug them using steel wool to keep rodents away.
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If you have noticed a rodent problem in your home, you can turn to Effective Pest Services to help you take care of the problem. Call us today!