Rodents are clever contortionists that are masterful at getting into homes and businesses. Here’s some useful information about their habits and what you can do to protect your home or business.
Important Rodent Facts
- A rat can fit through a hole the size of a quarter
- A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime
- A rat's front teeth never stop growing
- They have to chew constantly and can gnaw through walls, wood, brick, and sometimes concrete!
- Rodents carry over 35 diseases
- Rodents reproduce at an alarming rate
- Rats can produce 32-84 rats per year
- Mice can produce 32-56 mice per year
Concerned about rodents?
Common Rodent Entry Points Into The Home
Trim tree branches away from the roof line. These can provide easy access to rats, squirrels, and raccoons to get on your roof.
It is very common for rodents to get in through the various roof intersects of a home or business - especially if they gnaw at it. Be sure to seal all roof intersects.
Vents & Chimneys
Unsealed vents and chimneys are easy ways for rodents to make their way into a home. Be sure to rodent-proof these areas.
Though there’s little that can be helped to keep rats from getting on your roof from power lines, you can make sure your roof is sealed tight to keep them from getting in.
Seal Your Garage
The garage can make a nice home for rodents and is a common entry point for them. Be sure there are no gaps where the garage door sits on the ground.
Many A/C lines have wide openings that rodents can get into. They typically make their way up the line, chew through it, and get into your attic. Be sure to close this off.