Attic Vent Mesh & Rodent Barrier Hardware Cloth Pest Prevention in Newbury Park, CA
Pests do not require much of an opening to gain access inside your home. In fact most rodents only need a gap the size of the nickel to make their way in. To help homeowners safeguard their homes, experts commonly advise them to ensure their home is adequately sealed. This entails installing weather stripping around the windows and doors, using caulk to repair damage in the structure and installing mesh covers over the vent outlets. Keeping the home well sealed gives you and your home a stronger defense against the pests that can cause damage and are a potential health risk. The ventilation openings around your home cannot be closed off by solid alternatives, like wood. Not only can rodents and birds destroy wood and get inside, you still need the airflow the ventilation is offering the home. Mesh covers are ideal to seal the utility ports, holes in the eaves, and other ventilation sources; preventing the pests from coming and allowing proper airflow.
Pest & Rodent Proofing Materials & Supplies
The most effective mesh covers are the hardware cloths for the pest protection on your ventilation outlets. Ventura Pest Control has listed steps below to help you install these mesh covers over the ventilation outlets of your Southern California home.
Tools and supplies:
– Tape measure
– Heavy work gloves
– Galvanized hardware cloth, (we recommend the 1/8″ x 1/8″ weave mesh)
– Extension ladder
– Tin or Aviation snips
– Galvanized roofing nails
How to Install Attic Vent Covers, Mesh Screen & More
Step 1: Inventory and measure the ventilation outlets.
Get your extension ladder properly set up and safely ready to use to reach high places where the ventilation outlets are, like along the eaves for example. Before measuring, check inside the ventilation openings for signs of pests, nests or other debris that might restrict airflow with your flashlight and do not seal it with the mesh until it is cleaned out. Measure all accounted ventilation openings with your measuring tape as the hardware cloth will need to be cut according the needed size. To make sure you have room to secure them down, you will need to add an extra inch to your measurements. Commonly available in different sizes, you can frequently find the hardware cloth in 1/8″, 1/4″, and ½” weave mesh. Though 1/8” is more efficient at preventing a variety of pests from gaining entry, the 1/4″ will keep rodents and birds away, but the ½” is too large and rodents and other wildlife can manage to get through the opening, defeating the purpose. People often mistakenly use chicken wire; it is not ideal as the wire is too thin and gaps too wide for pest control use.
Step 2: Prep by precutting the sizes for the ventilation openings.
This step involves wearing the heavy work gloves to protect the hands from getting cut and scratched while you use the aviation snips or standard tin snips to cut the hardware cloth to size. Try to avoid the protruding sharp ends by getting close to the side of the wire.
Step 3: Mesh installation.
The roofing nails and hammer are needed to secure the hardware cloth over the ventilation opening; place it over the vent and keep it flat to the surface by nailing it down every 2” to 3” apart along the edges.
Year Round Pest Management
When you have concluded sealing your home, keeping up on professional control maintenance is important to hinder pests. Call Ventura Pest Control for maintenance or to eliminate any current infestation or pest issue in your Southern California home.