Rodents are most unwelcome visitors in any home. Yet they are more likely visitors in the winter months, when the lower temperatures send them inside looking for shelter and food. They will nest inside your home and live on the crumbs and anything else they can find.
But don’t think rats and rodents are going to use the front door to come in your house! They aren’t going to wait for an invitation. They are going to gnaw and claw their way inside if they must. You need to be vigilant about looking for entry points so that you can call a pest control company near Chandler for immediate action. Here are a few places you are likely to find rodent entry points around your house:
Rodents aren’t usually going to climb high to get into your house (though they can). Typically, they are going to take the path of least resistance to get inside, and that means coming through your foundation or the base of your walls. Rats can’t gnaw through concrete or brick, but they can squeeze through a hole as small as ¼ inch, so check your foundation carefully for any openings. Get in touch with our Ahwatukee Pest Control Company to contact a professional who can do this for you.
Patch any openings you find, no matter how small. Even if they aren’t big enough for a rodent to get through, they are big enough for other pests. Consult with the right professional to repair the opening, or make sure you are getting the right materials to do the job yourself.
We assume you aren’t leaving your doors and windows open so that rats can get inside, but if you are, at least make sure you have tight screens in place. However, rodents can still get in, even if you have everything shut up tight. Weather stripping around doors and windows can come loose, creating openings large enough for rodents to get into your home.
Check the weather stripping and seals around your door frames and windows, and repair any that need it.
Your garage door needs to stay closed at all times that you are not entering or leaving your house. However, even when it is closed, it may develop gaps along the bottom that can let rodents inside. This happens when the door becomes misaligned or the weather stripping starts to come loose or falls away. Rodents can also chew threw the seals to get inside.
Inspect your garage door regularly to see that the door is level with the ground and that there is no gap at the bottom. Work with a garage door repair service to correct any issues you find immediately. Call our rodent removal services in Gilbert to thoroughly inspect the property to determine if you have rodents.
Pipes and ductwork can enter your home from the outside. Typically, the space around these pipes and other tubes is sealed with caulking, but that can wear down over time, leaving rodents space to get inside. Check any items that enter your home from the outside and seal up any gaps that are present.
For larger gaps, you might want to consider using a metal mesh and caulk to close the gap. Rodents can easily chew through caulk, but the mesh will make it much harder for them to get inside.
Rodents are persistent, and their small size makes it easy for them to exploit openings in your home. Be proactive in protecting your home from these pests by searching for and sealing up openings. If you aren’t sure of your ability to find or appropriately seal all openings, hire a professional to do the job. And, of course, hire an East Valley pest control professional to develop a plan for eliminating rodents from your home and protecting it from future infestation.
Varsity Termite and Pest Control can help you keep your Phoenix home safe from rodents. We can root out an infestation if there is one, and we can employ effective strategies for removing the rodents and keeping them out of your home. We have pest control solutions that are safe for your family and pets, and we offer humane removal services. Call us today to schedule an inspection with a Gold Canyon pest control technician to see if you have rodents or other pests lurking in your home.