Rodents love insulation. They love to rip it up for nests and to use it as a toilet. Rodents can completely destroy your insulation in a surprisingly short time. They also cause damage from their droppings, their gnawing and introduce pathogens to your home. Here are some tips on how to prevent rascally rodents from destroying your crawl space insulation in Tacoma, WA.
Get Your Crawlspace Inspected Annually
Mice and rats can squeeze through remarkably thin cracks that you may not see if you inspect your crawlspace yourself. Hire a professional to inspect your crawlspace and insulation to find all of the places rodents use to get from the outside into your home.
Trim Trees and Tall Plants
Squirrels, rats and mice are remarkable climbers and jumpers. A tree branch or very tall shrub makes a convenient platform for jumping onto the roof or walls of your home. Make sure all plants and trees are trimmed to at least six feet away from all points in your home.
Get Your Chimney Capped
Chimneys make attractive doorways to your home for rodents and birds. Placing a cap over your chimney helps keep these critters out. Make sure your chimney is inspected first so that no animals are caught inside when the cap goes on.
Keep Your Yard Tidy
Rodents are attracted to food, water and shelter. If they find it in your yard, they will search around to see if they can find more food, water and shelter in your home. Deny them food by keeping your garbage in a sturdy can with a secure lid. Do not leave pet food outside all night. Clean up any spillage from bird feeders every day. Remove any piles of debris like branches, bricks or toys where rodents can make nests. Another advantage of making your yard less attractive to rodents is that it also makes your yard less attractive to the snakes that eat the rodents.
There are many things you can do to make sure rodents and other pests do not get into your crawl space insulation in Tacoma, WA. If you have any questions that have not been answered here, please contact Mountain View Insulation.