Why it is important to rodent proof your property
Many are surprised at the level of damage Rats and Mice can do to your property in a relatively short space of time. They do not care what the structure is be it home, office, hotels, retail or hospitality, if they can gain access to a place that is warmer and dryer than outside then they will look for any opportunity to get inside. If then the building then offers them a source of food and they will eat almost anything then you must rodent proof your property to control them and stop them becoming a pest.
It is probably old news to you that rats and mice are just as comfortable in an urban setting as they are in rural surroundings. We have been called out to new housing developments where the rodents have moved in before the new home owners. Of course, we want our homes and surrounding areas to look like. Unfortunately, the rodents also like ornamental planting and any rubbish that is discarded in or out of rubbish bins.
On a positive note, if you know what you are doing it can be relatively easy to rodent proof a property. Normally a single site visit to audit the property and then installation of any equipment and most are then rodent proof. Further inspections are recommended from time to time to ensure nothing has changed.
We have seen rodents causing damage to properties running into the thousands. On a couple of occasions, we have visited properties who initially did not even know they had a problem. One such case, a commercial property had an electrical failure, the electrician found that rodents had chewed through several cables. We were called out to further investigate…over 100 rats were removed from the building. They were lucky not to experience an electrical fire.
In addition to the damage, there is the diseases that they spread.
The most effective means of limiting rodent damage is rodent-proof construction. New buildings should be designed and built to prevent rodent entry. Rodent-proofing is a good investment. Designing and constructing a rodent-proof building is less expensive than adding rodent-proofing later. Nevertheless, poor maintenance or management practices, such as leaving entry doors and unscreened windows open, will make the best constructed building susceptible to rodent entry. Techniques discussed here apply both to new construction and to the modification of existing structures.
Junctures where utilities (pipes, cables) enter structures require special consideration in preventing rodent entry. Some earthquake design criteria require open spaces in important joints and other support areas, to allow for limited movement of tall structures. These present a real challenge in the design of rodent-proof construction.
- To exclude mice, seal all holes and openings larger than 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) across.
- Rodent-proofing should be done with heavy materials that will resist rodent gnawing.
- These include concrete mortar, galvanized sheet metal, and heavy-gauge hardware cloth.
If you are unsure if your property is already rodent proof, give us a call for some free advice.