Pest Guard Roof, Attic, Gable & Other Vent Mesh Screen Cover Installation in Feasterville, PA
Small rodents, including rats and mice, only need a hole or a gap the size of a nickel to gain entry to your home, and other pests can squeeze in even smaller fissures. Keeping your home pest proof is a difficult feat, but you can significantly reduce the intrusion with some preventative maintenance. Many professionals encourage fortifying your home by sealing the structure including weather stripping around doors and windows, caulk in the appropriate places and mesh covers over the ventilation outlets on the roof and other locations. Keeping the ventilation with a pest-proof mesh covering allows the proper airflow and keeps the pest out. Utility ports, holes in the eaves, and other ventilation sources cannot be covered with wood or other materials as they will prevent the airflow and pests can still manage to gnaw through these seemingly optimal solutions. For maximum protection on the ventilation, hardware cloth offers maximum pest control over the ventilation outlets and we at Pest Control Technicians, Inc would like to suggest some steps on how you can install these mesh coverings for optimal pest control.
Equipment Needed to Install Vent Mesh
What you need:
– Tape measure
– Heavy work gloves
– Galvanized roofing nails
– Galvanized hardware cloth, (1/8″ x 1/8″ weave mesh is best)
– Extension ladder
– Aviation or tin snips
Installation Steps of Roof Vent Covers & Pest Guard Screens
Step 1: Find the ventilation outlets on the roof and around the foundation.
Ventilation holes along the eaves and other higher locations to reach safely, you will need your extension ladder. Be sure it is safely setup and use your flashlight to check inside the ventilation openings and if any pests, obstructions, or pest nests are present, clear the out before you cover it with the mesh. This will ensure the proper airflow and there is no blockage that might cause trouble down the line. Use your measuring tape to measure the ventilation opening, as you will need to cut your hardware cloth to fit the size. The hardware mesh is available in 1/8″, 1/4″, and ½”. The ½” size can still allow rodents and other pests access, 1/8” is optimal but the ¼” will work if you prefer it. Additionally, the chicken wire, which can be confused with hardware mesh, this is not an ideal alternative as the wire is too thin and the gaps are too wide.
Step 2: Precut the appropriate size covers.
With measurements in hand, use the aviation snips or standard tin snips, to cut the hardware cloth to size. Cut closely along the side of a wire to prevent having edges with sharp protruding ends, whenever possible. The heavy work gloves should be worn while cutting the wire and securing it to the opening as it protects your hands from getting scratched and cut on the sharp metal edges.
Step 3: Install the covers over the ventilation openings.
Use the roofing nails to secure the over the ventilation holes, where the ventilation holes are, place the cut piece of hardware cloth. Nail down the mesh every 2″ to 3″ along the edges to ensure the cloth lies allows flat against the surface.
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