Repairs To Rat Entry Points
If you have rats in your home or attic, they are getting in somewhere, and usually several places.
In order to keep them out permanently, all of the entry points into your home must be completely
sealed and rat-proof. This is the area in which we truly excel, and it is why we are the best. We
perform an extremelydetailed inspection of the home in order to find every single entry point that
the rodents are using. We use our years of experience in order to locate those tricky areas that rats
can squeeze into - areas as small as 1/2 inch, and we seal them correctly.
All of the trapping, poisoning, deodorizing spray, etc. in the world isn't as effective as physically restricting the rats from entering the building. Repairs are an essential part of rat control work, and the part that requires the most expertise and experience. Believe me, we've been on jobs in years past in which the problem couldn't get solved - until we found that last impossible to find and seal area. We have seen it all, and we know how to find and seal every spot. Some companies just want to be lazy: they set a few traps, or worse, set poison. Even the companies that say they can seal the holes usually overlook many, many areas and do an inferior job. Get it done right, and your problem will be 100% solved - PERMANENTLY.
In our mouse & Rat proofing we find and seal off all access point that mice & Rat might have. Whether it be a chewed hole or a building imperfection. We will find it and repair it. Although many company claims they are the best at finding and solving these problems. We know better after all we end up fixing many mistakes made by others. Understanding that mice & rats are sneaky and great contortionist will help you find their entry points. Our years of experience have taught us never to underestimate the cunningness of the mouse or rat. Standard rules say a mouse fits into a quarter size hole or ½ inch hole. Experience has told us rats don't care what size the hole is, after all they can always make it bigger. Standard rules are for standard companies. We are not your standard company, we go above and beyond to solve your problem.
The most successful and long lasting form of rat control in buildings is to "build them out." Seal cracks and openings in building foundations, and any openings for water pipes, electric wires, sewer pipes, drain spouts, and vents. No hole larger than 1/4 inch should be left unsealed to exclude both rats and house mice. Make sure doors, windows, and screens fit tightly. Their edges can be covered with sheet metal if gnawing is a problem. Coarse steel wool, wire screen, and lightweight sheet metal are excellent materials for plugging gaps and holes. Plastic sheeting, wood, caulking, and other less sturdy materials are likely to be gnawed away.
Because rats (and house mice) are excellent climbers, openings above ground level must also be plugged. Rodent proofing against roof rats usually requires more time to find entry points than for Norway rats because of their greater climbing ability. Roof rats often enter buildings at the roof line area so be sure that all access points in the roof are sealed. If roof rats are travelling on overhead utility wires, contact Dartmoor pest control or the utility company for information and assistance with measures that can be taken to prevent this.
Rodent Proofing Your Home
*Repair or replace damaged ventilation screen around the foundation and under eaves.
*Provide a tight fitting cover for the crawl space.
*Seal all openings around pipes, cables, and wires that enter through walls or the foundation.
*Be sure all windows that can be opened are screened and that the screens are in good condition.
*Make sure internal screens on roof and attic air vents are in good repair.
*Cover rooftop plumbing vent pipes in excess of 2 inches in diameter with screens over their tops.
*Make sure all exterior doors are tight fitting and weatherproofed at the bottom.
*Seal gaps beneath garage doors with a gasket or weatherstripping.
*Install self-closing exits or screening to clothes dryer vents to the outside
.*Remember that pet doors into the house or garage provide an easy entrance for rodents.
*Keep side doors to the garage closed, especially at night.
When food, water, and shelter are available, rat populations can
reproduce and grow quickly. While the most
permanent form of control is to limit food,
water, shelter, and access to buildings,
direct population control is often necessary.
Rat & Mice Proofing
BEFORE: Rats could enter the home through this wire hole behind the kitchen stove.
AFTER: I seal the hole and install metal flashing to keep rats out permanently.