Home Exclusion is the Only Permanent Solution for Keeping Pests & Unwanted Wildlife Out of Your House
In today’s day and age, the rise of the green marketplace has created the need for change in the way pest control and wildlife exclusion companies operate.
With consumers looking for options that are safer for both the health of their families and beloved pets, pest and wildlife control companies are taking a different approach to controlling rodents and wildlife by adding a vital piece to their services portfolio of pest control services: home exclusion.
While pest exclusion isn’t a new idea, it is one that has only recently become fully accepted by the pest control industry as the standard to permanently eliminate unwanted invaders.
In 2016, Pest Control Technology magazine tagged exclusion as the “future of pest control,” and pest experts believe that companies who have their own models for rodent and wildlife exclusion services are ahead of the curve.
But what is home exclusion and why is it beneficial?
Home Exclusion & How it Works?
Home exclusion for pests and wildlife is looked at as the proactive approach to preventing outdoor animals from invading your space and is a long-term solution to doing so.
“Your home is one of your biggest investments. Unwanted rodent and wildlife activity in the home is unpleasant,” says Tyler Hopkins, the Manager of Cat-Guard Exclusion Systems. “Many times, these wildlife are carrying diseases, which makes people feel unsafe in their own homes. That’s why home exclusion is so important.”
Unlike traditional pest control services that involve the use of harmful chemicals or painful traps (which may or may not solve your pest problems), home exclusion permanently guards your house or other structure against rodent and wildlife problems they are naturally prone to.
“Home exclusion takes pest control to the next level,” Hopkins said. “Pest control companies used to throw poison into homes to get rid of rodents, but with exclusion, we’re not only removing pests without poison [instead using old-fashioned traps and one-way doors], we’re also sealing up your house so you won’t have to deal with the pest problem ever again.”
Basically, home exclusion service does more work now so you can do less work later. (Can we get an amen?)
Pest control exclusion services work by sealing and fortifying entry points around a home or structure. Small rodents like mice, rats, and squirrels can climb and squeeze through small holes in your siding, cracks in your foundation or other areas of easy access into your home.
Snakes have been known to enter through similar areas as well as laundry or fireplace vents (yeah, no thanks). Burrowing animals like groundhogs, gophers, and skunks like to make their homes under porches or other structures. To keep these animals out, typically mesh wiring, caulk, or metal siding is applied to your home.
Benefits of Rodent & Wildlife Exclusion
Exclusion has many benefits for homes and commercial buildings, as it is more cost-efficient, energy efficient, and safe.
The tools and materials used for exclusion are hardy and can handle weathering. Therefore, much less maintenance is required than would be for a typical chemical pest control service, making the overall long-term cost lower.
“Typically, exclusion is one-and-done,” says Hopkins. “It eliminates the month-to-month checking up like with chemical services. We seal the home and that’s it. It’s a great benefit to customers.”
Wildlife exclusion also benefits structures by making them more energy efficient. Extra costs for heating and cooling your home often take place due to inefficiencies like cracks in siding.
Since part of the pest exclusion process includes securing those spaces as potential pest entryways, it works double to also increase efficiency and help to decrease extra energy costs.
One of the greatest benefits that home exclusion has is that it is safe. Any building with high traffic doesn’t want people walking through its doors only to be attacked by wildlife critters, however, visitors also shouldn’t have to endure the unseen effects that heavy chemicals often have on their health (especially since chemical treatments need to be administered regularly). Permanently sealing and pest proofing your home through exclusion helps to solve both of those problems.
Exclusion is Safe for Your Home & Family
In homes with pets and families, it’s important to know that you and your loved ones aren’t being put in harm's way.
Hopkins deems home exclusion as an “organic form of pest control”. “It’s harvesting [finding and removing], the animal that’s bothering you and excluding them from the building.” This is especially beneficial for pets and small children as they are typically sensitive to a host of elements in the environment, including chemicals.
Safety also extends itself to wildlife as well. Exclusion is mainly safe for rodents and wildlife as it is a way to keep them out so that other methods of rodent and wildlife removal are not necessary . “If you don’t want to kill the animal, this gives you another option. We use one way doors, and seal the house up. The animal is able to leave, and it can’t get back in.” says Hopkins. “At the end of the day, excluding homes against rodents and wildlife is a win for everyone.”
Catseye Pest Control is at the forefront of home and business exclusion services. Our Signature Cat-Guard Exclusion Systems are guaranteed to keep rodents like mice and rats, as well as wildlife critters like raccoons, bats, and squirrels out of your home or business, and provide you with peace of mind. Contact us today to learn more and schedule your no-cost inspection.