Keeping Rodents Out

Common Ways Rodents Enter Homes

Common Ways Rodents Enter Homes

Rodents are resourceful creatures that can find numerous ways to enter homes, causing significant damage once inside. It’s crucial to understand these common entry points and take preventative measures to keep your home well-sealed, ensuring that rats, mice, and even larger animals cannot invade your living space.

Common Ways Rodents Enter Homes: Prevention and Protection Tips

Once rodents infiltrate a home, they can wreak havoc on plumbing, electrical systems, ducting, and insulation. Beyond the physical damage, rodents often leave behind feces and urine, introducing harmful bacteria into your home environment. This contamination can pose serious health risks to you and your family. Therefore, maintaining a well-sealed home is essential for both your property and your health.

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Common Entry Points

Here are some of the most common areas where rodents can gain access to your home:

  1. Roof Areas: Eave pockets, roof jacks, and soffit vents are prime entry points for rodents. They can easily climb up trees, utility lines, or siding to reach your roof and find a way inside.
  2. Foundation Vents: Cracks or gaps in foundation vents provide easy access for rodents to enter your home from the ground level. Regularly checking and sealing these vents can prevent infestations.
  3. Chimneys and Fireplaces: Uncapped chimneys and fireplaces can be inviting entry points for rodents. Installing proper caps and screens can deter them from entering.
  4. Plumbing Fixtures: Uncapped plumbing fixtures and drainages without proper screening can lead directly to crawlspaces, providing a hidden pathway for rodents.
  5. Drainages Leading to Crawlspaces: Ensure that all drainage systems are properly screened to prevent rodents from using them as an entry route into your home.

Professional Pest Services

When choosing a pest control company, it’s important to verify that they are licensed with the Structural Pest Control Board of California. A licensed company will carry insurance, worker’s compensation, and a bond, which protects both the company and the client. This ensures that you are working with a reputable and professional service provider.

Safeguarding your home against rodent infestations requires vigilance and proactive measures. By understanding common entry points and enlisting the help of a licensed pest control company, you can protect your home from the damage and health risks associated with rodent invasions.



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