As we are quickly approaching the cooler weather of the winter season, it becomes even more important that your home is prepared to deal with the winter storms as well as the threat of pests. Among the many critters that are trying to find a warm place to spend the winter, rodents including mice and rats are perhaps some of the worst.
Rodents are considered a commensal pest, which means that they thrive in human environments just like our homes. Their needs are similar to ours - food, water, and shelter are the basic necessities to sustain life. And once they find access to a nice warm home, they will surely begin to expand their family. Rodents breed rapidly, which can quickly turn a few critters into a full on infestation.
Many people talk about all of the ways that you can prevent rodents from getting inside and the tips are certainly helpful:
Apply caulking to cracks and holes along the exterior.
Trim back bushes and shrubs so they do not touch the side of the home.
Remove any crumbs or spills that will provide a food source.
But one thing that is often forgotten is how helpful screens and mesh can be in the defense against rodents. You can’t always fill a crack or hole with a sealant like caulking because sometimes airflow is important or necessary like utility openings for example. A lining of a durable screen or mesh will act as a great barrier for any gaps or holes that are larger than 1/4 of an inch.
When purchasing rodent proofing screens you want to be sure that they are strong enough to withstand a rodent’s ability to chew.... a lot. They have teeth that constantly grow which means they need to gnaw on the regular. Products that are not made of something strong like galvanized sheet metal or heavy hardware cloth are not likely stand up to prevent rodents from breaking through the screen or mesh.
To learn more about ways to protect your home from rodents in Denver, Boulder or surrounding Colorado communities, please contact EnviroPest by Sprague Pest Solutions. We offer home pest control in Denver as well as elsewhere in our Colorado service area that are designed to help get rid of mice and other rodents and prevent future problems from occurring. Our team can identify the areas of your home that are introducing pests so that you can apply the necessary barricade.