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Rodent Exclusion

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Have you been awoken from a deep sleep, by squirrels or roof rats running and playing in your attic or soffetts. With A&E's Rodent Exclusion Control we can help stop rodents from entering your home, A&E Pest Control will do small jobs. Most Rodent Exclusions we will try to recommend the best in your area, as we deal with several great companies. A&E Pest Control has been controlling rodents in homes and businesses for over 12 years and has more than 30 years of experience. Even after you have a rodent exclusion done on your home we will recommend Rodent Baiting on the outside of the home to control rats out there instead of letting them try to reenter you home. This is where A&E and other pest control companies are your best choice and most full time exclusion companies do not do maintenance control for rodents.

Rodent instincts make them difficult to control and they can present a serious threat to your home or business. Rats and mice are Commensal Rodents. Commensal means "to share the table". Rats are instinctively wary of control measures such as baits, traps and will colonize in attics, burrows, under concrete, in wall voids and other hard to reach areas. Rats can harbor and transmit a number of serious diseases. They can also introduce disease-carrying parasites such as fleas, lice and ticks into your business.

The control of rodents in homes or commercial buildings is not complicated, but it always involves much more than simply setting out a few mousetraps or a package of rat poison.

At a minimum, the successful control of rodents in structures requires the basic knowledge of rodent biology. A fundamental understanding of the habits and reproductive abilities of different species of rodents is helpful in knowing where to look for signs of animals, and in the selection of the best control measures.

A thorough inspection of the exterior and interior of a building is needed. The main purpose of an inspection is to identify structural defects that allow rodents to enter buildings. Inspections also provide information about the species of rodents present, key shelter areas, and locations where animals obtain food and water, and also to identify conditions around buildings that favor infestations.

Effective exclusion. Rodent control in structures is based on one simple rule: Rodents must be prevented from entering a building (or room). Excluding rodents by closing all possible holes though which they can enter a structure is always the most important measure against infestation.

Rodents must have adequate food and shelter in order to live and thrive. Removal of these 2 factors is the best way to prevent and control rodent problems. It is important to include both the outside and inside of your home in your sanitation efforts.

Indoor Sanitation:
Food and Shelter

  •  Clean areas under stoves, refrigerators and dishwashers
  • Keep counter tops clear of food
  • Do not leave glasses of water or food out overnight
  • Store all dry foods, pet foods and birdseed in sealed containers
  • Clean pet bowls at night, and when your pet is finished
  • Keep storage areas free of clutter
  • Rodent-Proof all areas that that tend to be neglected
  • Store all supplies and materials off the floor
  • Crawlspaces need to be clean and rodent proofed
Outdoor Sanitation: Maintaining the outdoors of your property is just one step in rodent control. Properly maintain your yard and store firewood away from your home for effective rodent control.

  • Maintain landscaping – trim any and all overgrown vegetation and shrubbery until ground is clearly visible underneath
  • Remove any debris – rock piles, old and unused equipment and items in the area
  • Elevate lumber and firewood at least 18 inches
  • Store all firewood away from the house
The Basic Rule for Rodent Control
  1. BUILD THEM OUT. Seal all openings larger than 1/4 inch
  2. ELIMINATE FOOD SOURCES. Do not store garbage outside in plastic bags and do not leave pet food or ripe fruit on the ground. Follow good sanitation methods both inside and outside of home
  3. ELIMINATE NESTING SITES. Remove piles of debris, stored magazines, newspaper and trash and stack lumber and firewood at least 12 inches off the ground and away from the house
  4. BAITING AND TRAPPING. The best trap is the large, simple, cheap wooden "snap trap". Snap traps are sold in hardware stores. When using rodenticides place rodenticides in bait stations to increase their safety and effectiveness.