A hole as small as a nickel is all it takes for tiny invaders like rats and mice to find their way into your home. Insects, including roaches, require even less space to infiltrate a building. Professionals consistently emphasize the importance of ensuring your home is securely sealed as part of preventive maintenance. Ventilation outlets, such as eaves, vents, and other utility ports, should be covered with a pest-proof mesh, allowing proper ventilation while keeping unwanted pests at bay. Attempting to seal these openings with materials like wood can be easily destroyed by pests, leading to various damages and dilemmas, all while compromising ventilation. Hardware cloth, a type of pest control mesh covering, is instrumental in repelling rats, mice, birds, and other pests from ventilation shafts. Today, we at A Five Star Termite & Pest Control is here to provide a step-by-step guide on installing this mesh to keep pests out without hindering airflow through various ventilation openings.
Home Pest Sealing Supplies
– Aviation or tin snips
– Extension ladder
– Galvanized hardware cloth, 1/8″ x 1/8″ weave mesh
– Galvanized roofing nails
– Heavy work gloves
– Tape measure
Step 1: Cover Attic Ventilation Holes & Other Outlets
Inspect the ventilation holes along the eaves and other elevated locations using a flashlight. Ensure the openings are clear of obstructions like nests, pests, or debris. Adequate airflow is essential before covering. Measure the space using a tape measure and add an inch to extend the mesh covering past the outlets. Choose the appropriate size of hardware cloth; 1/8″ weave is optimal to prevent rodent access. Avoid confusion with materials like chicken wire or poultry, as their openings are too large.
Step 2: Prepare to Cover Ventilation Holes
Using aviation or tin snips, cut the hardware cloth to size. Cut closely along the side of a wire to avoid sharp protruding ends. Wear heavy work gloves during the cutting and installation process to prevent injuries.
Step 3: Cover the Ventilation Holes
Place the cut hardware cloth over the ventilation holes and use galvanized roofing nails to secure it. Ensure the cloth lies flat against the surface, and nail every 2″ to 3″ along the edges.
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Once these steps are completed, it is crucial to invest in a regular maintenance pest control service to eradicate any pests that might have been inadvertently sealed inside during the installation process. This proactive approach ensures a comprehensive defense against unwanted invaders, offering peace of mind and safeguarding your home from potential infestations. The mesh and sealing methods outlined here not only fortify your property but also contribute to long-term pest prevention. If you are unsure of what should be covered, you can reach out to us and we will perform an inspection check and offer advice on the matter. For all your pest control needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to A Five Star Termite & Pest Control, your trusted partner in maintaining a pest-free and secure living environment. We are readily available to provide quality pest control services.