Get Proactive Protection with these Rodent Exclusion Tips for the Fall
The temperatures are getting colder, the leaves are out of the trees and the rodents are heading indoors, but, don’t fret, use these rodent exclusion tips to get ready for the season.
According to PestWorld, mice and other rodents invade an estimated 21 million homes in the United States each winter! Don’t be a part of that staggering statistic. Ensure a pest-free living environment via exclusion work. Exclusion work can prevent insects and rodents from gaining access to your home.
The importance of rodent exclusion work
Did you know that an adult mouse is able to squeeze through a hole the size of a dime? An afternoon of uncovering and sealing entry points into your home can help you to ensure a pest-free living environment all winter long.
Exclusion work simply means sealing and securing all possible points of entry into a building. Taking this proactive step can easily reduce and even eliminate pest and rodent activity in the home. Exclusion is cost effective and more efficient in the long run. It reduces the need for chemical pesticides or rodenticides. The result is a safe alternative for both humans and the environment.
In order to be through, begin with an inspection of your home from the inside out.
7 areas to check for rodent exclusion work
- Cracks and crevices in the foundation
- Improperly sealed vents
- Drain pipes
- Door sweeps
- Window screens
- Garage doors
Caulk works well for tiny gaps, however, for openings two inches or more us copper mesh in order to fill-in holes and entry points. Because of the mesh, Rodents cannot chew through and gain entry.
Once exclusion is performed remember to monitor indoor areas that cannot be fully sealed with glue boards and trays. Being alerted to a pest or rodent problem early can make the infestation much easier to solve.
Take some time to be pro-active this fall by performing exclusion around your home and enjoy a pest and rodent-free winter.
Bobby Kossowicz is a content creator for the Catchmaster® brand, learn more here: https://catchmasterpro.com/blog/bobby-kossowicz/
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