Rodent Prevention Info
On this page:
- Who Needs Rodent Prevention
- Prevention And Control
- Rodent Inspections
- Eliminating Rodent Access
- Professional Level Rodent Exclusion
- Removing Rodent Attractions
Who Needs Rodent Prevention
Everyone who owns, occupies, or operates a structure of any kind. Rodents live everywhere humans do, they depend on us for food and shelter, many species can no longer even survive in the wild.
From the moment a brand new home is built by the finest builder, it is often infested with mice, rats, and squirrels. Rats can get through holes the size of a quarter or a gap as small as a half inch. Mice can squeeze through smaller holes.
Rodents cause damage to buildings and their contents, they sometimes chew off the insulation around electrical wires, and insulation replacement can be very expensive. The worst aspect maybe the mental discomfort of knowing that they are in your home.
However, most people don’t know that rodents are in their home for months, even years, after the rodents move in.
Prevention And Control
The same techniques which prevent rodent infestations are often vital for rodent control. We would be happy to provide a professional inspection of your home, complete with a graph of your home, detailing our findings and recommendations to prevent and control rodents.
A good rodent inspection will look at the exterior of the home from the ground level to the roof, looking for access points and conducive conditions.
It will look at sub areas under a home, attic and roof voids, and interior spaces as well.
Anyone can throw out traps or poison, it takes training and experience to find the hundreds of different construction faults that can provide rodent access.
A comprehensive rodent inspection typically takes 60 to 90 minutes at the average sized home and is worth the entire cost of any initial rodent control service.
Eliminating Rodent Access
The most important part of any rodent prevention effort is identifying access areas and eliminating them. The following are some of the most common access routes:
- Garage roll up and side doors, both the door itself and the side framing.
- Broken vents or vents with missing sub siding at the bottom.
- Gaps in the foundation where it changes levels.
- Cantilevers with faulty sheathing underneath.
- Sub are access door that don’t close completely
- Overhanging tree limbs or any vegetation which comes within three feet of the roof.
- Gaps between the gutter fascia and the roof sheathing on homes with boxed eaves.
- Gaps where utilities attach to or penetrate into a home.
- Gaps around fireplaces at all areas where the contact the rest of the structure.
There is no way to list all of the access areas we inspect at a given home, we always suggest you let an experienced, motivated rodent control specialist inspect your home. Homes change, a rodent inspection should be done every three to five years.
Professional Level Rodent Exclusion
Everyone who can wield a hammer believes strongly that they can perform exclusion, but our inspections of work performed by licensed experienced contractors prove time and time again that most people shouldn’t.
Not only is exclusion a contracting specialty with very tight tolerances, many people make the mistake of using the wrong products.
Expanding foam, steel wool, thin pieces of decorative cedar or other soft woods will not stop motivated rodents for long. If rodents have nested somewhere – they will be motivated to nest there again.
We use metal flashing, galvanized hardware cloth, brass wool that doesn’t rust, and concrete. You should too.
Removing Rodent Attractions
The most attractive thing about any structure is the ability to get in. Once you have solved that part of the equation, you should remove debris and excess ground cover to eliminate areas around your home where they can nest.
Old piles of lumber, unused cars, bags of trash, out of control ivy or blackberry bushes provide exterior nesting sites for rodents.
Remove food sources that draw rodents. Only feed your dog twice a day and never leave bowls of food outside. Keep pet food, grass seed, and bird seed in metal containers with tight fitting lids. Keep the dog bombs cleaned up. Pick up wind fall fruit. Rat proof your compost pile. Stop feeding the birds if you are attempting to control rats – rat bait shouldn’t have to compete with other food sources.
Residential Pest Control Customers
More information on residential services, service programs, and service preparation sheets can be found at our Residential Service Center.
Commercial Pest Control Customers
Information on commercial services, service programs, and how Safeguard can save you money, can be found at our Commercial Pest Control Center.
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