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Sealing Entry Points Is The Key To Keeping McAllen Rodents Away

March 04, 2022 - Rodents

Rodents are opportunistic scavengers that will venture indoors for shelter from the heat, sources of food and to create nesting sites. One commonality among these mammals is their overgrown front teeth (incisors) that encourage them to constantly gnaw on things, which might be particularly problematic when they bite wiring and cabling within your home. 

What animals are considered rodents? Certain rodents, including gophers, groundhogs, voles, and squirrels, most commonly will live in outdoor yard areas. However, certain kinds of rodents such as rats and mice will navigate their way indoors. 

Rodents may rummage through garbage where they have exposure to parasites. Common diseases associated with rodents include tularemia, hantavirus, rat-bite fever, salmonellosis, and several other health concerns. 

Property owners must recognize some of the most common signs that may suggest rodent activity. In some instances, these nocturnal creatures are initially detected at night as occupants hear disturbing sounds of their rummaging around or gnawing on materials. Rodents also usually leave a trail of droppings that will create foul odors.

Are you a property owner encountering troublesome types of Texas rodents? Promptly speaking with an experienced McAllen pest control professional is strongly suggested for solving these problems. Too many individuals attempt do-it-yourself options such as traps, baiting stations, and granular formulas, which retailers aggressively promote as “simple solutions” to rodent problems. In reality, the majority of these products are ineffective against well-developed rodent infestations, may contain harmful chemical formulas, and typically result in prolonged frustration. 

Top Rodent Entry Points 

As tiny rodents, mice can easily enter through very small openings. Also, many rat species can navigate their way through spaces that are roughly the size of a quarter. Many rodents demonstrate excellent climbing abilities and may gain access to the interior through upper floors or damaged sections of the roof. 

What To Do If You Spot An Entry Point

Some of the most common places where a property owner might detect a potential point of entry for rodents include: 

  • Gaps that exist around the frames or seals of exterior doors or windows
  • Cracks or crevices that might have developed near the foundation of the structure. 
  • The openings for the passage of electric wiring, water or other utility pipes, or air conditioning units. 
  • Any holes or damage on upper areas of the structure near the roof, eaves, or gutter areas 

Homeowners are usually encouraged to thoroughly assess these areas of the premises annually for identifying potential vulnerabilities in a timely manner. 

How To Patch A Rodent Entry Point?

You can seal any gaps or spaces around exterior doors or windows using good-quality weatherstripping. Use a durable caulk or sealant for effectively filling any crevices near the base of the structure. Consider installing sweeps on the base of exterior doors. 

Other potentially useful materials for covering points of entry include the compressible copper mesh, steel wool, or insulating foam. Materials composed of wood, plastic, rubber, or vinyl often lack the durability necessary for withstanding entry attempts involving some rodents. 

Consider trimming back any weeds, branches, or other vegetation several feet away from the structure. These measures may prevent rodents with good climbing skills and limit the presence of many burrowing pests. 

Rodent Elimination Service By Bugworks Termite & Pest Control Company

In addition to rodents, the team of pest control professionals with Bugworks Termite & Pest Control Company has proper training. We maintain the latest treatment options for eradicating ants, cockroaches, fleas, and a host of other undesirable creatures that may pose health risks. We will deploy a seasoned exterminator to perform a meticulous interior and exterior property inspection that will detect the type of pest involved, the likely points of entry, and the extent of the infestation. 

Contact our office today to coordinate an onsite inspection. 

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