One of the most important aspects of pest and wildlife control is often over looked by many and that is simply sealing the home or business with sealants and material made for the job. Broken, worn out, or missing seals from caulk, rubber seals, or aluminum can lead to water damage in roofs and the bottom edge of woodwork leading to soft wood and easily accessible openings. Depending on what needs to done and with what materials it needs to done with cost can vary with each individual property. Sometimes sealing is not what's best for the situation, flaws in construction or additions can make easy openings for all types of rodents or wildlife. Replacing rotted wood or a threshold under a door maybe just the trick to stop mice from getting in .
Materials used in sealing can range from store bought items such as caps and covers to special materials sold by pest control distributers. Using aluminum will also play a big part in sealing because its easily formed and weather resistant. Other materials can include mortar or cement, metal, or copper what ever the situation calls for the material used will be explained to you if needed as to why it will be used. An inspection will determine the cost and time needed to complete the sealing work.
Sealing will help will a variety of pest and wildlife issues like Bees, wasp, and hornets getting into soffits and brick work. Caulking is number one with bat prevention and keeping bats out of whatever they may get into witch is mainly soffits or eves. Sealing gutter and fascia with sealants made for aluminum will help with water leaking between seams preventing the underlying wood from rotting where squirrels and raccoon like to chew through. Putting to much effort into sealing and prevention may not be 100% effective. Squirrels can chew through just about any material on a home regardless of what it is, sometimes getting rid of the access they are using maybe more useful in stopping them. Raccoons have the strength to rip through new plywood sheeting but the smell of rotting wood will draw them in it all depends on the situation. Sealing is as good as the material surrounding it and no material will last forever, without maintenance. Shaded parts of the home always kept moist from shaded trees and vines will quickly cause wood to soften giving pest the opportunity to enter.
Sealing with proper sealants will help minimize repair work and keep most common insects out. Sealing with improper sealants will lead to an increased cost of removal and installation of proper sealants. Something as simple as caulking can save you mega bucks in a variety of ways. ( Note ) Good caulk on aluminum atop of bad wood does not solve anything.
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