One of the things that people mistakenly create as a myth in their head is that rodents are stupid. No one is saying they are going to earn a bachelor’s degree at Stanford, but they are frequently a lot smarter and more inventive than people give them credit for.
Consider the fact that many lab experiments are conducted on rats and mice to test the effects of medication on human beings. The brain chemistry of these two rodents is really not too much different than a human being’s which proves that there are a little craftier than we may think.
This is an important premise to understand, because there will be instances where rodents have figured out a way to get into your home. You may think you have securely ensured that there is no way that a raccoon, possum, squirrel, rat, mouse, or other rodent could figure out a way to get in, but they do. This is why it is important for you to take steps that deter them from being able to gain access.
One of the most common ways that they will gain entry into your home is through the siding around your house. It is for this reason that is important for you to understand how to inspect the house for rodent entry holes.
Making sure they do not get in requires a thorough inspection of your house at least a few times a year. This starts by going along the outside of your house along the foundation and looking for any spot where there are gaps or holes in the foundation that would allow a rodent to gain entry into your home. As you go around the home check every piece of siding that is attached to the outside to make sure that there are no loose or broken boards that can be used for a rodent to be able to get in.
Keep in mind that it doesn’t take very much for a rat or mouse to be able to get into your home, so any gap, hole, or loose board needs to be sealed and secured to make sure that these critters cannot get in. Otherwise, they’re going to use those ways as an entry point into your house.
You need to make sure your inspection goes all the way up and onto the roof area. You may think that this makes no sense because a rat or a mouse isn’t climbing up and gaining access into your attic through the roof or a gap in the ventilation system, but those are the perfect locations for animals such as squirrels and raccoons. They will use trees or wires to be able to get onto your roof and work their way into your house. Look for any gaps in the siding, cracks in the ventilation filter, or holes in the shingles of your roof. Check everything to make sure that it is as secure as possible and you will be able to keep these animals out.
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