Rodent Proofing

Rodent Proofing

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.