As much as with any household issue, the aforementioned quote rings true with a rodent infestation. When deciding on pest control procedures, most homeowners consider the advantages and disadvantages of traps, glue boards, toxins or live pets. What they fail to realize is they are just”hacking at the leaves”.
What’s the root of the problem?
Under most circumstances, the root cause of a rodent infestation is accessibility. While conventional methods of management may bring temporary relief, there’s a high likelihood rodents will return at the first sign of inclement weather. To get full control of the infestation, you need to”rodent proof” your dwelling.
Rodent proofing (also called exclusionary work) is a process that eliminates all rodent entry points. These things include, but are not limited to, small external cracks or openings, power lines, cable wires, plumbing pipes, and overhanging tree limbs. As it takes just 1/4 inch opening for mice to enter your house, it’s easy to know how tedious this exclusion process can be.
The fantastic exclusion process starts with a comprehensive inspection. Look for rub marks, droppings, monitoring, and signs of gnawing. Special attention should be paid into the common rodent entry points listed below:
Cracks in Foundation
Once all access points are found, the size of the openings must be reduced to prevent rodent entry. The application methods and proper material selection reach far beyond this guide, but it is important to say that the nature and size of the openings mostly dictate which kind of materials should be used in the procedure.