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How To Control Where Rodents Can Enter Your St Louis Home

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By Chuck Richardson
Many pest control experts can find an entranceway chewed by a rodent.  They chew through wood and drywall easily, and gain access to your St. Louis home via these chewed holes.  However, these aren't the only ways that rodents can get into your home. 

One would think that your home's foundation would be a place that rodents would have a heck of a time accessing.  It's solid concrete (either blocks or bricks) and for Pete's sake, rodents can't chew through that.  However, foundations aren't permanently set in exactly the same place.  They settle, move, and creak and crack.  As the mortar deteriorates, cracks appear between blocks/bricks that rodents are quite adept at sneaking through.  Contractors are also a major contributor to this issue, as they will create huge holes in the foundation to run cables, and often will not patch them, as they don't believe that people will ever see them. 

Any foundation inspection starts with a full walk-around of the building, with careful attention paid to any cracks that may lead to ingress into your home, looking for damage around vents, conduits, and cables that create these breaks.

Some tips to remember:

All pipes and utility lines need to be sealed at choke points to keep rodents from getting past.  These include water lines, cable, phone, and electric. 
Check the crawlspaces and basement vents
Rats will burrow beneath shallow foundations, so look for the telltale burrow marks.  They'll also use this to access via plumbing.
Look for dryer vents and air conditioning vents that may not be sealed properly to the wall.  This is an easy egress point.

For more information and to schedule a free inspection or free estimate, visit today and call (314) 297-2210 or 636-387-2400 to speak to a St. Louis Pest Control Expert.
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Unwanted guests are always nuisances. Unwanted pests are downright bothersome. If you have animals invading your attic or critters crawling where they shouldn’t be, contact Richardson Pest Solutions. We are members of the National Pest Management Association, and have been a family-owned and family-operated business since 1972. Please contact us today for free inspections and estimates. We’re available Monday through Saturday and we’re ready to serve you. Certified Applicator License #10018


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