The exterior winter treatment consists of sealing and treating any cracks and crevices. We do this by using clear silicone to seal off pipes, electrical cords, gas meters, A/C units, or any other openings that could pose a potential home to outside invaders. This treatment is key because it stops mice from squeezing through any openings the size of a dime (1/4 inch) or larger. The sealing treatment is also essential for insects such as ants, earwigs, centipedes, or arachnids to enter the home.
The other part of the exclusion treatment is to use copper mesh in weep holes or other large openings so that rodents can't chew through. The copper mesh is designed to be convenient for any hole or opening 1/2 inch or smaller. It doesn't stain or leave any residue if moisture is applied to the mesh.
The interior treatment consists of three parts. The first is the interior flush-out. We treat your baseboards, spot treat windows, window wells, and any other areas where pests reside. The products last 60-90 days so the winter treatment will last well into the spring before the next service. The second part is a wall injection. We inject dust into plumbing voids under the sink, or any other wall openings where pests might be nesting. The final application is a bait application for mice, rats, cockroaches, crickets, ants, moths, or spiders.
Rodents are very active during the winter months. Bait boxes for mice and rats are placed on the exterior or on the interior of the home. We monitor, inspect, and refill the bait stations for rodent activity each treatment. Bait boxes are an excellent way to prevent rodents from getting inside the residence because they enter the station, consume the commercial grade bait and then return to the nest.
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