If you have a rodent infestation, you’re probably working with a professional exterminator to eliminate the problem. However, that’s not going to prevent any future infestations. Rodent proofing your home is essential to protecting your home and family from the dangers of a rodent infestation.
What Is Rodent-Proofing?
Rats and mice find warm homes attractive and will use any means necessary to get inside. This includes holes around piping and wiring entering your home through the exterior. In fact, any hole about the size of a dime is a potential entry point. But you can still make your home less attractive and deter rodents from entering.
Rodent-proofing, also called rodent exclusion, prevents an infestation and the potential health risks and damage of uninvited pests. You do this by ensuring all gaps and holes around your home are sealed and keeping up with regular cleaning.
What Does Rodent Exclusion Involve?
Rodent exclusion is a professional term for rodent proofing your home. It involves several steps to seal your home and limits the chances of rats and mice invading your property. Rodents are known for squeezing through the tiniest holes to move throughout your property, so exclusion is the key to saving your home.
Effective Methods for Rodent Exclusion
An entry point for rodents can be identified almost anywhere in your home. It’s crucial to take the necessary steps to block those entry points. This can be done by:
- Sealing gaps and cracks around your home
- Installing door sweeps and replacing weatherstripping
- Installing dryer and stove vent covers
- Placing chimney caps and plumbing caps
Rats and mice can squeeze through smaller openings compared to their body size. You should ensure there are no holes in your window screens or missing window panes because rodents can climb to these heights.
Once entry points are sealed, you must eliminate food sources rodents can feed on. Food stored in a cupboard should be placed inside heavy-duty plastic containers with lids. Avoid keeping food on your countertops, and keep these surfaces clean and dry.
You must remove all possible areas that rodents may find attractive for nesting. Although this is not entirely possible because rats may find a way into the walls and build their nests, throwing away storage boxes and eliminating clutter will reduce their nesting spots. If you do need to store items, use heavy-duty plastic storage bins.
Why Rodent-Proofing Is Important
A rodent infestation is harmful in many ways. Not only is it damaging to your belongings, but it can also affect your health. Most pest control companies will recommend their exclusion services to protect your property from having an infestation in the first place.
It’s best to have exclusion services yearly to ensure you have adequate protection in place before the temperature drops. When you rodent-proof your home, they have fewer chances to get inside it. This eliminates the need for extermination or cleanup services.
Professional Rodent Exclusion and Rodent-Proofing Services
If you’ve had a rodent problem in the past and you want to prevent another one, contact Attic Projects to learn more about our rodent-proofing and exclusion services we offer to protect your home.