Rodent Proofing in Jacksonville
Rodent-proofing is a vital part of the rodent control process. The objective is to close all openings that are potential entry points. Mice, in particular, can usually squeeze in an opening as small as 1/4 inch and rats as small as 1/2 inch. Because rodents are avid climbers it is equally important to seal all small openings as well as "gaping holes" both high and low.
We begin with a thorough inspection inside, outside in the attic , and the crawl space if it is accessible. Check for openings in the foundation, around the utility pipe openings, under siding, and around eaves and overhangs. We make sure doors and windows are sealed tightly, and make sure all screens are secure and free from holes and tears. Next we check the dryer vent for lint build up and make sure the outside vent flap is functioning properly and closing tightly when the dryer is turned off.
When using rodent proofing materials that are rust-resistant, such as galvanized sheet metal and heavy 1/4" hardware cloth, expanding foam, caulk and concrete patching cement.
After securing all possible intrusion points, we begin trapping and or baiting. Because the attic and the understructure are the two most common areas where rodents nest, this is where we place the traps and or bait.
Finally, we bait the exterior of the home by placing childproof, anchored bait stations around the perimeter. This ensures the elimination of rodents remaining outside the structure after it has been sealed.
After we have completed the rodent proofing we will return within 7 to 10 days to inspect and extract the rodents. Usually 1 follow-up visit is
enough, however in some cases more will be required.
Our rodent proofing services comes with a one year guarantee and can be renewed year after year at a reduced fee.
Property owners can help by eliminating rodent hiding places, which would involve trimming grass and vegetation, keeping vegetation and woodpiles away from structures, keep all items packed up and stored off ground, and keeping garbage cans tightly covered. These are potential hideouts for rodents.