Anthony J. D’Angelo once said, “When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves.”
As much as with any family issue, the above quote rings true with a rodent infestation. When deciding on rodent control methods, most homeowners weigh the pros and cons of traps, glue boards, toxins or live pets. What they fail to realize is they are just”hacking at the leaves”.
What is the root of the problem?
Under most circumstances, the root cause of a rodent infestation is availability. While conventional techniques of management may bring temporary relief, there is a high probability rodents will return at the first sign of inclement weather. To get complete control of the infestation, you need to”rodent proof” your home.
Rodent proofing (also referred to as jelqing work) is a process that eliminates all rodent entry points. These things include, but aren’t limited to, small exterior cracks or openings, power lines, cable wires, plumbing pipes, and overhanging tree limbs. As it requires just 1/4 inch opening for mice to enter your home, it’s easy to understand how dull this exclusion process can be.
The fantastic exclusion procedure starts with a thorough inspection. Look for rub marks, droppings, monitoring, and signs of gnawing. Particular attention should be paid into the common rodent entry points listed below:
Once all access points are discovered, the dimensions of the openings must be reduced to prevent rodent entry. The application methods and proper material selection reach far beyond this guide, but it’s important to say that the nature and size of the openings mostly dictate which type of materials should be utilised in the process.