Rodents that infest a home or business have come in from the outside in search of food, water, shelter, and warmth. Once inside, their pheromone trails signal to other rodents that it’s also safe for them to enter. Cracks in a building’s foundation, gaps between siding and the building’s exterior, and exhaust vents are all common areas of access for rodents. Landmark’s gap seal service builds rodents out of structures by sealing openings to the outside as an important part of an effective, long-term rodent control program.
When rodents infiltrate, Landmark conducts a thorough inspection of the building from foundation to roof to identify entry points and conditions that are conducive to infestation. Rodents are excellent climbers and they often enter buildings at the roof level. When rodents are discovered, Landmark conducts a thorough inspection that includes checking attic spaces, areas where power lines and data enter, around ducts and vents, and laundry drains. Landmark’s construction specialists then seal pests out by eliminating these cracks and gaps with specially designed animal proofing materials that prevent mice and rats from getting in to your home or business.
Mice can enter buildings through ¼ inch openings that are smaller than a dime, and rats can enter through openings no larger than ½ inch. Gaps beneath doors need to be protected through the use of door sweeps that are specially constructed to keep rodents out. Many commercially available door sweeps are intended only to obstruct entry by insects and their fiber bristles can be easily chewed or parted by a rodent’s sharp teeth. Landmark installs rodent-proof door sweeps featuring metal fibers encased in a bulb of weather stripping, preventing both rodents and drafts from passing beneath the door.
In addition to infesting the inside of buildings, since rodents burrow and build tunnels in planters, shrubs, and flowerbeds, Landmark installs strong materials in planters and planting beds that prevent rodents from burrowing outside of your building while still allowing landscaping to flourish. Installing these materials is easiest if done before planting occurs.
The liberal use of rodenticides to control rodents means that those poisoned by rodenticides become easy prey for birds of prey and other wildlife, making these products a danger to hawks, owls, coyotes and other non-target wildlife. Since most rodent problems are caused by structural deficiencies that allow them to enter buildings, finding and correcting these deficiencies is key to solving rodent problems and reducing reliance on rodenticides. Through trapping and sealing gaps to build rodents out, most rodent infestations can be resolved without the use of rodenticides.