This process can be called many things: Pest proofing, rodent proofing, wildlife proofing, house sealing, exclusions and more;it all means the same thing. Pest Proofing your home involves a series of improved construction techniques added to your home to prevent rats, squirrels, and other pests from entering.
Customers often wonder if it was faulty construction that caused their rodent or wildlife infestation and often want to blame the builder of their home. When it comes down to it even brand new homes have multiple entry points, all of which can be identified through a thorough pest inspection. The breakdown is a complete failure in the Building Code to require structures to be rat, mouse, squirrel, or any other wildlife animal proof. Rodent infestations happen so often that you can find a "rodent" exclusion in nearly every home owner's insurance policy.
Most pest control companies don't have the construction experience needed to upgrade your home to prevent wildlife entry and provide a thorough pest inspection on your property. In fact, several of them will refer their rodent and wildlife customers to us. If a pest control company does attempt to handle rodents or other wildlife, they will often try to sell you on a trapping program without sealing up your home. That's not solving the problem though. If you don't seal up the areas where wildlife can get in, then you could be paying for trapping and dealing with an infestation forever! Rodent Solutions does not do any other type of pest control, termites or lawn spray. This is our specialty.
Rodent Solutions takes preventative measures in advance of an infestation through a pest inspection. Preventative pest proofing will protect your home from costly damage done by wildlife and save you trapping costs. This can add value to your home and be a selling point. Preventative pest proofing against wildlife infestations is a positive feature.
We must inspect your home to give you a thorough estimate. Some houses only have a few entry points but others have several. Without inspecting your home and knowing what needs to be done, it's difficult to give you a price for the necessary work. We have performed pest proofing with pest inspections on everything from mobile homes, early 1900's homes, modern day mansions, sheds, condos and shopping plazas. We also have different programs designed to work with most any budget.
The degree of a structure's susceptibility to rodent infestation depends on several considerations that require a professional such as Rodent Solutions who is knowledgeable and experienced in construction and rodent exclusion.
Rats and mice cause serious damage to all kinds of structures if they are allowed access to them. Damage by rodents has been documented in homes, apartments, hotels, office complexes, retail businesses, manufacturing facilities, food processing and warehouse facilities, public utility operations, farm and feed storage buildings, and other structures. Rodents cause damage to older buildings as well as new buildings. Ornamental plantings, accumulation of refuse, woodpiles, and other such sources of harborage and food are more quickly invaded and occupied by rodents when adjacent to an established rodent habitat.
Rodents destroy insulation, electrical wiring, plumbing, and other structural components of buildings. Insulation damage alone may amount to a loss of several thousand dollars in only a few years. Energy loss from damaged buildings results in added annual costs. Rodent-induced fires from damaged electrical wiring or nest building in electrical panels cause loss of property and threaten human safety.
Rodents also serve as vectors or reservoirs of a variety of diseases that are transmittable to humans. Additionally, they may be sources of swine dysentery, brucellosis, sarcoptic mange, and tuberculosis, all of which affect livestock or pets.
The most effective means of limiting rodent damage is rodent-proof construction improvements.. New buildings are often not built to prevent rodent entry. Rodent-proofing is a good investment.
To prevent rodent entry, their capabilities must be understood.
Both rats and mice can:
Commercial buildings are constructed from types of materials and design methods that vary greatly in the degree of susceptibility to rodent infestation (for example, metal and concrete versus wood). Most structures eventually become less rodent proof due to deterioration, alteration, or repair. Heating, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical service, and fire sprinklers provide some of the most commonly encountered rodent entry points.
Neoprene seals, spray-in-place foam, and similar products commonly used to close openings are not rodent proof. Even in new buildings, utility pipes, electrical conduit (often at meters or circuit breaker panels), water and gas lines, and communication cables generally have large openings that permit entry of mice and rats. Once rodents have entered walls, they generally have ready access to much of a building via holes for utility pipes and wires in the framing, and via overhead suspended ceilings or other types of construction adjacent to utility enclosures.
Specific problem areas include poorly sealed heating and air conditioning ducts; roof and wall vents installed without strong, well-attached hardware cloth screening; roof and wall joints and edges without properly installed metal flashing ; and doors hung unevenly or too high, or lined with unprotected soft rubber weather stripping. Refuse and food handling areas are likely to have the greatest rodent pressure. In older buildings, cracks in concrete slabs, brick and concrete block walls, or worn or damaged drain covers allow rodent entry. Air and elevator shafts and laundry chutes also merit close inspection.