Easy Fixes To Prevent Pests From Entering Your Attic Spaces
Small rodents, mice and rats can easily squeeze their way through holes that are as small as half an inch in size. And so it follows that they can also fit through the unprotected ventilation holes in the roofing eaves. Unfortunately, most homeowners aren’t even aware of the fact that such holes exist in their roofing. These holes are required to provide ventilation in the attic, so boarding up the holes with wooden battens cannot solve the problem.
In fact, even the wood may not act as a deterrent to rats and mice as they can gnaw their way through timber if they are determined enough to get to the other side of the barrier. The solution to this problem is to use hardware cloth (flexible metal mesh), to cover these holes. This helps keep the pests out without stopping the airflow through these vent holes.
Steps to cover up ventilation holes in your attic
- Set up a strong extension ladder to reach these ventilation holes that are positioned along the eaves.
- Carefully inspect the holes using a flashlight to ensure they are clear of any obstructions such as nest material.
- If needed, clean out all the holes to ensure a proper air-flow.
- Take measurements of the area to determine exactly how much hardware cloth you would have to purchase. The cloth should extend a minimum of 2” beyond these holes.
- Purchase good-quality, galvanized hardware cloth that has a grid/mesh size of 1/8″-1/4″. Hardware cloth also comes in 1/2″ mesh.
- Cut the hardware cloth to the needed size, using standard tin snips or aviation snips. Whenever possible, just cut closely along the sides of a wire to prevent sharp protruding edges. Make sure you are wearing gloves while carrying out this task.
- Install the mesh cloth on the ventilation holes using roofing nails and make sure the cloth lies absolutely flat to the wooden surface.
Check other possible entry points
Ventilation holes aren’t the only entry points that you need to pay attention to. It’s also important that you trim and prune all the branches that are growing very close to the roof or have extended above the roof. Rats can easily climb trees and it becomes very easy for them to access the attic via open windows or any holes in the roofing.
Some preventive measures
Rats are extremely destructive creatures and they can gnaw through wood, cloth, concrete, plaster and insulation around electrical wires as well. In short, they can cause a significant amount of destruction if they get in to your home. The best way to prevent this is to use proper preventive measures and make sure that the pests don’t enter your home in the first place such as:
- Clear all the garbage from the outdoor spaces of your home.
- Make sure that there is no stagnant water anywhere in the landscape, fix all tap and pipe leaks as rats are attracted to water and moisture lingering either in the indoor or outdoor spaces of your home.
- Opt for preventive rat control services from a reputed company. This approach will help ensure that rats and mice stay away from your property.
- Call pest control professionals the minute you notice the incidence or rats or mice on your property. This helps prevent the infestation from getting out of hand.
For the best and effective rat control solutions call in pest control specialists like the ones at Emblem Pest Services to deal with the problem. The number to call is – 1800 244 778. We provide high-grade, residential and commercial pest control services across Sydney, at very competitive pricing.
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