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Most Common Rodent Exclusion Methods

Posted February 25, 2016

Rodents, such as mice and rats, can be a huge problem if they gain access to the inside of your home. Most rodents do this by exploiting weaknesses in your home’s structure—such as a broken screen or a crack leading to the crawlspace underneath your home. There are many effective ways to exclude mice and rats from your home, which include shoring it up. When in doubt, hire a professional contractor who specializes in rodent removal androdent exclusion in Seattle and Tacoma, WA. Only he or she can properly inspect your home and crawlspace for rodent activity, and then take the appropriate measures to exclude rodents from your home.

Rodent Proofing Your Home

One of the most effective ways to prevent rodents from infesting your home is not to allow them to get inside in the first place. You want to eliminate all of the entrance points into your home. A mouse can squeeze through a hole that’s about a quarter of an inch in size; a rat can go through an opening that’s about a half of an inch. Seal off visible cracks or holes in your home’s foundation with concrete or another suitable sealant. Small openings in and around your home should be filled with a combination of foam or cement and steel wool or copper mesh—metal hurts rodents’ teeth and discourages them from chewing through the plug. Damaged vents should be repaired or replaced. Within your home, be sure that your food is properly stored and secured.

Eliminating Rodent Pheromone Trails

Rodents are capable of releasing pheromones that can attract others of their species. By using an enzymatic odor neutralizer in and around your home, you can effectively exclude rodents from your home, especially if you’ve had rodent problems in the past. These enzymatic solutions can also kill the bacteria that are associated with rodent urine and droppings, thus protecting you and your family from potential health risks.