Seal Your Home From Rodents
Why trap rodents, only to allow more to come inside? Pheromone trails keep bringing more in, unless of coarse you block their paths. Rodent-proofing is the solution for long-term control.
- Don’t miss a spot. By all means, use our detailed rodent inspections to locate entry points.
- Use wildlife exclusion coupled with removal. Achieve long term control.
- Keep problem animals out, with high quality sealants.
- Furthermore, repairs come with a 2 year guaranty from wildlife entry.
Seal rodents out either as a preventative service or after wildlife removal is complete. Make sure there is no hidden infestation anywhere first.
How To Get Rid Of Mice In Attics
House mice are versatile little critters. They commonly infest attics along with basements. Homes in Westlake and Rocky River, OH commonly have mice in the attic. Not all of these attics are easily accessible. In this instance, use mouse-proofing in conjunction with rodenticide application.
Ladders are often necessary to make repairs along soffit returns and trim. Not only that, attic ventilation also provides mouse entry. Gable vents and attic fans frequently require repairs. Ridge vents provide efficient ventilation. On the contrary, it is a significant investment to mouse-proof. Ridge Guard provides a great seal against wildlife in this case.
Mice climb walls to enter attics. Don’t forget to look in other areas too. Once inside the garage they scurry up wall voids. Vinyl sided homes frequently get mice in attics. This is due to the hollow outside corner tubes. These tubes lead right up into the soffit. From there they nest inside attic insulation. Kritter Caps block mice from entering attics.
How To Get Rid Of Mice In Basements
First of all mice nest outside underneath our porches. Especially if there is old junk underneath them. Most porches have old construction debris stored there. Consequently an ideal mouse habitat is created. From there, they find gaps along the foundation to enter structures. In conclusion, you should seal along the foundation walls. Especially under porches and decks.
Does your home have an addition? If so, this could be your main source. For a newer part of the home, they surprisingly have a lot of gaps! Not only that, these gaps lead into quiet dark crawlspaces. Make it a priority to rodent-proof additions. Overtime they become contaminated with feces. After exclusion, sanitation measures may help reduce indoor allergens.
Next inspect areas around utilities. This includes water spigots, air conditioning, dryer vents, and the like. Since mice can enter attic ventilation, remember they enter foundation vents too.
Finally make sure gaps underneath siding are sealed. While you are at it inspect around basement windows and below door thresholds too. Most homeowners fail to inspect these areas.
Sound like a lot? That’s because it is. Lakewood Exterminating specializes in mouse-proofing. And for good reason!
How Small of a Hole Can Mice Squeeze Through?
Mice need a gap larger than 1/4″ diameter to squeeze through. Therefore anything larger than a #2 pencil must be sealed. Granted this could cause you to go overboard with exclusion. Make sure the hole actually leads somewhere habitable. Sometimes potential entry points under siding dead end before actually making it inside.
Norway rats infest our homes in Cleveland, OH. Beyond city limits; Lakewood, Rocky River, Parma and Fairview Park, get rats. Effected areas primarily have older sewer systems.
Sewer rats are semi-aquatic creatures. With that being said, they take a liking to sewers and the drainage systems around our homes. They are adapted to live below ground level. Outside they nest inside burrows. Soft soil underneath porches and decks provide ideal shelter for rat nests.
In order to successfully control rats, you must figure out where they are coming from. Are they nesting outside? Then finding a hole to get inside? Or are they somehow getting into the sanitary sewer system? Both cases are common in Cleveland, OH. It might even be a combination of both. Therefore, it is a good idea to hire a rat exterminator.
How To Get Rid Of Rats In Basements
Once inside, trapping is the very best option. Soft bait is effective in closed-off crawlspaces and porches. Tracking Powder, exterior rodent stations and burrow baiting are additional rat control options.
Seal rats from coming in from the outside much like explained previously for mice. Yet for rats, assess your sewer system too. In many cases, a professional plumber is required to make necessary repairs. Simple fixes include sealing downspout drains as they enter the perimeter drainage system. Next make sure all drain traps have water in them. Lakewood homes have a lot of random toilet stalls in basements. Keep them operable. Similarly do not neglect shower stalls, and any other basement floor drain.
Do you have an open laundry drain? Unfortunately, most people who get rats do. On top of everything else suggested, make getting a drain strainer top priority.
How Small of a Hole Can Norway Rats Squeeze Through?
Norway Rats can pass through gaps larger than 1/2″ diameter. Although Norway rats can climb, they primarily enter structures at or below ground level. Common entry points are drain pipes, foundation vents, and other gaps in foundation blocks. Actual rat burrows have entry holes around 2-4″ in diameter.