Rodent exclusion comes down to sealing off the places where rats or mice gain access to a home or business. Essentially, we make it so that they cannot get in. It’s crucial to seal every entry point during this process, which means you need a thorough rodent inspection beforehand. This is because rats and mice are smart, and will find and use any entry that may have been missed. Naturally, this also means that the materials used to seal entry points must be impervious to chewing. If rats and mice can get through something with their teeth—which have evolved specifically for continuous gnawing—they will. Some examples of rodent-proof materials are galvanized steel screen, metal flashing, and concrete. Conversely, things like cans of foam aren’t reliable for sealing entry points off, as rodents chew right through soft material.
Rodent exclusion is the second step in our proven 4-step rodent control process. Exclusion is the process of repairing the home so that no rat or mouse can gain access to the building. The appointment for an exclusion technician to seal all entry points around your home or business follows the initial inspection. Your exclusion technician will follow the detailed map in the rodent exclusion report your inspector created to seal all identified entry points. While doing so, the exclusion technician will also check the trapping systems set up in the initial inspection. If necessary, the exclusion technician will remove any rodents caught in the traps, and reset them. And once this work is complete, Eastside Exterminators can proceed to helping you with rodent protection. This third step in our process keeps rats and mice out once we’ve removed them.
Effective rodent exclusion for homes and businesses demands extensive knowledge of how rats and mice behave, and what they’re capable of. Moreover, it requires an understanding of typical construction practices in order to make the best use of rodent-proof materials. That’s why Eastside Exterminators rodent exclusion technicians must complete a 12-week course learning the ins and outs of the process.
The Eastside Exterminators rodent exclusion course includes a mix of classroom education and on-the-job training. We cover everything about rodents themselves, best practices for repairing rodent entry points, and proper installation of rodent exclusion systems. This ensures our technicians know how to handle challenges that are different from one structure—and species—to the next. All this is to say that rodent exclusion doesn’t simply mean going around a structure slapping on a few screens. There’s science behind what we do, and we apply it to our entire wildlife control system.
Rats and mice can do a lot of damage. Rats can burrow, chew and gnaw wood, sheet rock, insulation, vapor barriers, and many other structural components and stored items. They can chew and gnaw entry holes anywhere from the ground to the roof and only need an opening of a 1/4″ to 1/2″ to gain access to places like your attic and crawlspaces. This is why it’s important to get effective rodent exclusion if your home or business has an infestation. The gallery below illustrates all the various things rats and mice can chew through to gain entry into your home.
Beyond the damage they can cause to your home, mice, rats and the parasites that come with them can carry a number of diseases, some of which are potentially deadly to humans, like Hantavirus, Listeria, Rat Bite Fever and Salmonellosis. Rodents can also contribute to dangerous allergies due to the droppings, urine trails, dander and hairs they leave behind. Even rat saliva can make you sick. It is important to thoroughly clean out any evidence of rodent activity and thoroughly disinfect the areas. Then it is vital to perform the correct exclusion repairs to the house to keep the rats and mice from returning.
Eastside Exterminators has been in the business of getting rid of rats and mice since 1969. In addition to passing our exclusion course, our technicians are all licensed pest control operators for the state of Washington. In other words, you can count on Eastside Exterminators to clear rodents from your house and eliminate the dangers they leave behind safely, humanely, and effectively. Call to learn more about this and our other pest control services at (425) 482-2100.