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Cold weather often coincides with the appearance of mice in homes. These small mammals facing hostile weather conditions are naturally attracted to heat and food sources. To prevent them from reaching the interior of the building and settling in, many pest management specialists recommend preventive sealing.

This raises the question: why is preventive caulking useful in preventing mouse infestations? 

What is preventive sealing?

Many areas of a property can be used as an entry point for pests. Obviously, larger species will have more difficulty infiltrating through restricted passages, but some insects and rodents need very little space to enter the building and start colonizing a new environment.

Therefore, in order to minimize the number of openings, cracks and spaces that can be used as entry points for pests, it is best to install physical barriers. This is what preventive sealing is all about.

An eco-friendly pest control strategy

This pest control strategy has many advantages, such as eliminating the need for pesticides or other chemicals since the intrusion problem is solved directly at the source.

Can all sealants stop rodents?

Preventive sealing can be done with different materials such as cements, silicone sealants or finely woven screens. The size of the space to be filled is a deciding factor in choosing the sealing agent that will be used.

Potential visitors also have an influence on the choice of the barrier that will be installed. To control rodents such as mice and rats, special materials must be used. Since these pests have the ability to chew through wood, plastic and even some sealants, finely woven metal nets or meshes are an effective solution that they will not be able to pass through. Moreover, these barriers allow air to circulate freely.

What sealing strategies should be used to avoid mouse infestations?

Since a mouse can penetrate through a hole as small as a 10-cent coin, a complete inspection of the building is important before starting to seal. At this stage, it may already be appropriate to enlist the expertise of a pest control technician. They can identify potential access points and develop an appropriate action plan. The important thing is to leave nothing to chance and comb through the whole building.

Because they are most commonly used by small rodents, potential access points such as the roof (between soffit and brick, inter-roof vent), ventilation ducts, foundations, windows and doors should be given special attention.

Once the critical areas have been identified, preventive sealing with metal or cement mesh can begin. When you use the services of a specialist who also holds an RBQ licence, you can rest assured that the work will be done in a clean and aesthetic manner, in addition to benefiting from guarantees on the strategy’s effectiveness.

For a permanent solution to mouse infestations

In conclusion, there is no doubt that preventive sealing is by far the best way to control mouse infestations. However, it is important to ensure that the work of identifying potential entry areas and sealing them is done in a very thorough manner. It is also necessary that the materials chosen to serve as a physical barrier are adequate.

In short, it takes a certain amount of knowledge and expertise in extermination to master all the issues related to preventive sealing. For help or expert advice on preventing rodent infestations, do not hesitate to contact the Elite Pest Control team.