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What You Need
Galvanized metal flashing
Hardware cloth or chicken wire (at least 23 gauge or thicker)
Trapper T-Rex Rat Trap
Did You Know?
A rat defecates 100X a day and urinates 1,000X a day? Yuck!
It’s not enough to pick up rat droppings. You need to clean the floors, countertops, pots and pans because the urine could be anywhere. And it’s unsafe to leave those areas unclean.
How to Eliminate Mice/Rats
Don’t simply put out a mouse/rat trap. You also need to seal entry points so the animals can’t leave and then come back in. Common entry points are where your air conditioning lines come into the home and run to the furnace. There is typically a 2-4 inch hole in the side of the home and it needs to be sealed. We do not recommend using expanding foam since mice/rats will chew right through. We recommend using concrete mortar to seal the entry point.
The mortar typically comes in different colors so a homeowner can match the color of the home. Also, are your materials rodent proof? Mice teeth are sharp and always grow. You can’t use expanding foam (they chew through it) or steel wool (they push through it). The best materials are galvanized metal flashing and hardware cloth/chicken wire. The cloth can be no more than 1⁄4 inch. Since rodents can squeeze into gaps as small as a 1/2 inch, it is important to buy the smallest size hardware cloth, which is 1/4 inch.
Also, we recommend nothing thinner than 23 gauge. In our company, we use 26-gauge metal to secure rooflines and foundations. Since rodent teeth constantly grow, they always look to chew on things and have been known to chew through concrete.
Also Keep in Mind
If you don’t know how the mice/rats came into the house, call professional help.