Unfortunately, pest control is often not a one-and-done process. Rather, long-term control – specifically, exclusion and abatement –are growing in popularity. Homeowners don’t want to see the squirrels, bats or raccoons return, and frequently, it takes more than adjusting lifestyle habits to keep them out.
After the extermination services are complete, how does permanent control work?
Why Did the Pests Pick Your Home?
There’s a reason the rodents, bats or birds went after your property. To determine the reason, pest control professionals like Eliminate ‘Em search for:
- Gaps, cracks or openings that make it easy for pests to enter and find warmth.
- Food sources, including a birdfeeder in your yard.
- Landscaping, including where tree branches and shrubs come in contact with your home.
Identifying the Gaps
Especially where rodents and bats are concerned, the first official step to any exclusion and abatement plan is identifying all the gaps along your home’s exterior. Did you know mice can pass through holes as small as a dime? In response, a pest control team looks for and seals up:
- Cracks in the foundation
- Incorrectly sealed vents
- Drain pipes
- Poorly sealed garbage shoots
- Any holes or cracks along the exterior larger than a quarter-inch
- Holes in window screen mesh
- Where utility lines pass into your home
- Openings around doors large enough for a pest to squeeze through
To find these openings, a team of pest control professionals assesses your home’s exterior, including the roof. Aspects like the buildup of sebum and droppings are factored in, as these signal to other pests that your home is habitable.
The inspection process is not restricted to the exterior. In particular, rodents will travel throughout your home using internal pathways, which may additionally be closed off.
Sealing the Gaps
While DIY pest control tips frequently recommend caulk and other putties, these are not always permanent solutions. In fact, mice and rats may chew through it and enter again.
When this solution does not completely work, what can?
- Permanent pest control guards, installed anywhere from your home’s deck and lower-level through the roof area.
- Stronger brush sweeps for the door, including steel or high-density materials.
- Steel fabric mesh to cover small openings.
- Sheet metal, concrete or metal plates for larger openings.
Eliminate What’s Attracting the Pests
Along with sealing off your home’s exterior, the exclusion and abatement process further involves removing or resolving factors attracting pests to your home. Common sources include:
- Sources of food, water and shelter. Food not kept in a tight container or a poorly closed garbage can may be behind an infestation.
- Fixing leaky plumbing and addressing water accumulation issues, all of which create moisture and may lead pests to your home.
- Clutter, whether in your attic or your yard. This factor makes it easy for pests to hide, makes it harder for you to find them and offers materials for rodents to nest and gnaw.
- Vegetation, especially if it’s planted right next to your foundation, should be kept at least six feet from your home. Ideally, branches and low-growing plants are groomed in a vase shape.
Work with Eliminate ‘Em for a pest-free home. To learn more about our exclusion and abatement services and permanent pest guards, give us a call today.