To prevent rodent entry, their capabilities must be understood. For example, rats and mice can:
- Run along or climb electrical wires, ropes, cables, vines, shrubs, and trees to gain entry to a building
- Climb almost any rough vertical surface such as wood, brick, concrete, and weathered sheet metal.
- Crawl horizontally along pipes, augers, conveyers, and conduit.
- Gnaw through a wide variety of materials, including aluminum sheeting, wood, rubber, vinyl, plastic, and concrete block
Specifically Rats Can:
- Climb the outside of vertical pipes and conduit up to 3 inches in diameter, climb the outside of larger pipes attached to buildings by bracing themselves against the wall, and climb the inside of 1 ½ to 4 inch vertical pipes.
- Jump up 36 inches vertically and 48 inches horizontally
- Drop 50 Ft. without serious injury
- Burrow straight down into the ground at least 36 inches
- Swim ½ mile in open water, dive through water traps in plumbing, and travel in sewer lines against a substantial current.
Specifically Mice Can:
- Jump up 18 inches from a floor onto an elevated surface
- Travel considerable distances hanging upside-down from screen wire
- Survive and reproduce at temperatures down to 24 degrees F if adequate food and nesting materials are available.