Winter months often lead to the appearance of mice in homes since harsh weather causes these small mammals to look for warmth and food sources. To prevent them from settling in your building, our pest control specialists recommend using professional home sealing and caulking services.
But why is caulking a great way to prevent rodent infestations?
What is rodent proof caulking?
Homes contain numerous entry points for pests. Larger rodents will have a harder time getting into these small pathways, but smaller ones, such as mice, only need a small space to get inside your home and settle in.
Preventive caulking against rodents involves installing physical barriers to minimize the number of holes, cracks and spaces that can be used as entry points.
What types of caulking repel rodents?
Preventive caulking can be done using different materials such as cement, silicone sealant or fine wire mesh. The material used will depend on the size of the hole.
What are the advantages of rodent proof caulking?
Caulking is used to insulate your home, but it also has other uses. It can be your best bet to keep pests far away from your house, especially rodents waiting for the smallest entry point to make themselves at home.
An eco-friendly pest management strategy
There are many advantages to mouse proof caulking, such as eliminating the need for pesticides or other chemicals since the infestation problem is addressed directly at the source.
In addition, these barriers still allow for proper air circulation.
Materials that mice can’t gnaw on
The right materials need to be applied to control rodents such as mice and rats. Since these pests can chew through wood, plastic and even some sealants, fine metal wire mesh or screens are an effective solution that will be impossible for them to get through. When properly installed, mice may try to get through, but they won’t stand a chance.
Potential problems avoided
As you may know, prevention is better than cure, and mouse and rodent proof caulking is a perfect example of this. Infestations can lead to major damages, especially since pest droppings can lead to health risks. Infestations also require the intervention of experts specialized in professional pest control services, such as extermination or decontamination of affected areas. This is a large investment in terms of time and money.
Caulking is the best strategy to avoid this.
Steps to follow to prevent rodent infestations with caulking
If you want to be as effective as possible, we recommend having the caulking done by specialists. If you choose to do it yourself, here are the 3 main steps to get the job done right:
1. Inspect for potential entry points
Since a mouse can get in through a hole as small as a dime, you must thoroughly inspect the building before you start caulking. This stage may already require the expertise of a pest control specialist to accurately identify potential entry points and develop an appropriate action plan. Do not take any chances and make sure the entire building is carefully inspected.
Potential entry points on the roof (between the soffit and the brick, roof vents), ventilation ducts, foundations, windows and doors require special attention since they are most commonly used by small rodents.
2. Choose the right mouse proof caulking
Once potential entry points have been identified, preventive caulking using metal mesh or cement can begin. As previously mentioned, the material you choose will make your strategy more or less effective. Mice can gnaw through unsuitable material and make their way through an area that you had sealed a few weeks earlier.
3. Correctly apply the caulking
The final caulking stage is installing the material on the entry points.
Hiring a specialist with an RBQ licence for these services will ensure a thorough and professional job done with a guarantee for the strategy’s effectiveness.
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In conclusion, there is no doubt that preventive caulking is the best way to prevent mice infestations, but the identification of potential entry points and caulking must be done carefully. Appropriate materials must also be used.
In short, mastering all steps of preventive caulking requires extermination knowledge and experience. For help or more information on rodent infestation prevention, contact Elite Pest Control.