As homeowners, we invest in locks, sensor lights and security systems to keep out thieves and burglars. We should also defend our homes and property from nonhuman trouble makers. As we have developed formerly open fields and natural areas, we have increasingly moved closer to the wildlife that occupies these areas.

Left unchecked, rodents (mice and rats), raccoons, coyotes, stray dogs and cats, and even bears can ransack trash and gardens in search of food and invade residences. In fact, rats need only a little more than ½ of an inch gap to pass into an enclosure, while mice can exploit openings of just over a quarter-inch (the diameter of a pencil). The curved teeth allow rodents to bit through many rough or edged surfaces. Wild animals can leap and open containers. Small spaces can allow insects and snakes access to homes and afford opportunities to bite the residents.

Wildlife around the home can leave behind trash that creates a nuisance, damaged gardens and structures and potential health hazards in the home. These wildlife control supplies can defend your customers’ property from these problems.

Here are some suggested wildlife control supplies to keep unwanted critters out of your home.

Cellulose Insulation

As a spray-on product, cellulose insulation fills the nooks, crannies and cracks that fiberglass often cannot reach. This closes many of the access points for rodents. Cellulose insulation also contains a fire retardant known as borate. It not only blocks flames and gases trying to penetrate walls, but it also repels rodents. Further, homeowners can experience more efficient energy use because openings are filled. Unlike cellulose insulation, fiberglass can be gnawed away by mice and rats.

Hardware Cloth

Wire mesh does not appeal to rodents or other animals. The type of mesh often depends on the animal being repelled and where the wire mesh is placed. For vents in the attic, crawl space and roof, ¼-inch mesh wire can stop wildlife from invading. Copper works best as hardware cloth. If aluminum is used, 24-gauge mesh should suffice for mice and 19-gauge mesh for rats.