Now Is The Time To Make Your Home Rodent Proof
In order to exclude potential rodent issues (rats and mice as well as others) from any type of structure, you need to understand their physical capabilities. Most crucial would be the minimum size hole a rat or mouse can squeeze through. This is totally dependent on their skull size, since once their skull gets through an opening, they can squeeze the rest of their body through as well. The skull of a full grown Roof Rat is approximately 1/2” while a mouse’s skull about 1/4”. Therefore all holes greater than 1/4” need to be sealed.
Likely access points for rodents are where pipes, utility lines, and cables come into walls, as well as openings around air conditioning, drain pipes and where wires go through vents. Look for warped doors that don’t seal properly, open dryer vents and water heater vents. Roofs should be checked to insure shingles are secure, corners where two roof angles meet are sealed, and chimney and attic vent screens are installed and without damages.
Also keep in mind that rats can jump 2 feet straight up and 4 feet horizontally, swim under water for about 1 minute and chew through plastic, wood, sheetrock and even metal. They can climb pipes 3” in diameter as well as inside pipes larger than 1/2” in diameter, and run up walls made of brick or other rough surface. So make sure all trees and shrubbery are trimmed away from the house.
What To Do About Potential Rodent Problems
Don’t forget your garage! If you live in a rural area or in a neighborhood adjacent to an open field or wooded area, you may have rats and mice entering your home through your garage. A quick test to see if your garage door is rodent-ready, close your garage up – the large door(s) and any side door to the outside – during the day. If you see daylight underneath any doors, it’s likely that a rat or mouse can get in.
Rats and mice will run along the outside walls (including garage doors) and if they feel air across their whiskers, they sense an opening and will attempt to enter.
Does the opening have to be completely sealed air tight?
Nope. If a rat or mouse doesn’t feel air as they move along the structure, they probably won’t attempt to enter…assuming there isn’t a block of cheese on the other side.
Head to your local hardware store and ask for a roll of simple weather stripping tape. Make sure the width of the tape is “tall’ enough to fill the gap between the door and the garage floor. Once you’ve put the weather stripping on, do the light test again to be sure you covered all areas where you saw light coming in.
We can help!
Whether or not you have evidence of rodents in your home, SOS Pest Control can help you secure your home and property against new critters. Give us a call today before rodents start seeking shelter from the cold and rain this fall and winter.
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