Many homes that experience rodent infestations often go through the process of ridding their home of vermin multiple times. These homeowners find themselves setting traps and bait, or contacting a wildlife management service like Animal Remover to rid their home of the unwanted guests. More often than not, this cycle continues because the homeowner is addressing the symptom instead of the root cause of the problem. Rodent infestation does not have to be a constant battle, instead, Animal Remover would like to teach you some wildlife management tactics to prevent repeat invasions and “rodent-proof” your home. Continue reading below to learn step-by-step methods to protect your home!
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Guide to Rodent-Proofing Your Home
- Thoroughly inspect your home for any signs of rodent activity. Look for droppings and gnawing damage to locate areas that may be susceptible to rodent invasion.
- Check your foundation for cracks or gaps that could allow a rodent access to your home. Generally, if there is a space larger than a quarter inch it needs to be filled to prevent rodents from getting inside.
- Check your door and windows for gaps that need to be repaired. Replace weather stripping to create a tighter seal on any potential entrance-way. Replace damaged windows and screens. If rodent damage created any gap in a door or window, applying a metal plate should prevent more damage from occurring. Animal Remover offers property sealing wildlife management for just such an occasion.
- Inspect the trees and hedges on your property for branches that touch or hang over your home. These provide an easy pathway for rodents to access your home off the sealed ground level. Make sure to cut back any branches that provide rodent access.
- Check for roof damage and any gaps in your roofing or shingles. Animal remover offers roofing repairs as one of our wildlife management services, for this very reason, to prevent critters from accessing your home through the roof. Chimney capping is also a highly recommended method of blocking an easy entry point for rodents.
- Install rodent guards on any vertical pipes on the side of your home to prevent rodents from climbing up your pipes to access the interior of your home.
- Clean up any rodent feces and urine and make sure to remove any available food sources. Things like bird-feeders and pet food can attract rodents if left out and available.
Follow the above steps and you will be well on your way to a rodent free home. Many of these steps can be difficult for an amateur to properly implement, that what a professional wildlife management service like Animal Remover can do for you. We provide the expertise that you need to get results.
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