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Orlando Rodent Exclusion Company 

The necessity for rodent exclusion stems from a clear and urgent rationale. Whether it concerns your residence, commercial establishment, or any building, rodents gain entry through some form of opening or breach. Without these access points, the risk of infestation, the potential for electrical fires due to their gnawing habits, or the threat to health would significantly diminish.


Our Imperial Pest Prevention YouTube video reveals how rodents can infiltrate your living spaces, including

attics and crawlspaces. Implementing measures to seal these entry points is critical in safeguarding your property, health, and the well-being of your family. If you suspect a rodent issue or if the presence of rodents is uncertain, we invite you to explore our rodent service offerings by clicking this link to our dedicated rodent service page.

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What is a Rodent Exclusion?

Rodent exclusion is a preventive pest control method focused on keeping rodents out of a structure by identifying and sealing all potential entry points they could use to gain access. This approach is detailed and methodical and considers rodents' behavior and physical capabilities, particularly their ability to squeeze through tiny gaps and climb various surfaces. Here’s a detailed look at what rodent exclusion involves:

Identification of Entry Points

The first step in rodent exclusion is a thorough inspection of the property. Professionals look for any openings that could serve as gateways for rodents, no matter how small. Common entry points include gaps around doors and windows, holes where pipes and electrical wires enter buildings, foundation cracks, and spaces around roof vents and chimneys.

Sealing and Repairing Gaps

Once potential entry points are identified, the next step is to seal these openings with rodent-proof materials. Different materials may be used depending on the size of the gap and its location, including:

  • Steel wool or wire mesh for larger gaps, as rodents cannot chew through these materials.

  • Caulk and foam sealants for smaller cracks and crevices in walls and around windows and doors.

  • Metal flashing to reinforce areas around the structure's base or the roofline where rodents might gain access.

Installing Barriers

In some cases, physical barriers may be installed to prevent rodent access. This can include chimney caps to block entry from above or grates over drains and vents. The goal is to create a physical blockade that rodents cannot bypass.

Landscaping and Sanitation

Rodent exclusion also involves modifying the environment around the structure to make it less attractive to rodents. This may include trimming back trees and bushes that touch the building, removing debris and clutter that could provide shelter for rodents, and ensuring trash is properly contained and disposed of.

Monitoring and Maintenance

After the initial exclusion work is done, ongoing monitoring is essential to ensure the measures' effectiveness and identify any new potential entry points. Regular inspections allow for timely repairs and adjustments as needed.

The Benefits of Rodent Exclusion

Rodent exclusion offers several benefits over other control methods, such as baiting and trapping. It is a long-term solution that addresses the root cause of rodent infestations rather than just the symptoms. By preventing rodents from entering in the first place, it reduces the likelihood of damage to property, eliminates health risks associated with rodent droppings and urine, and minimizes the need for chemical rodenticides.

What is Included in a Rodent Exclusion?

A rodent exclusion service encompasses several key steps and strategies to prevent rodents from entering and infesting a property. This comprehensive approach involves:

Detailed Inspection

  • Professionals thoroughly examine the property, both inside and out, to identify current and potential entry points for rodents. This includes checking for cracks, holes, gaps around pipes, vents, windows, doors, and any structural vulnerabilities.

Identification of Problem Areas

  • Identifying areas with signs of rodent activity, such as droppings, gnaw marks, nests, or paths, helps focus exclusion efforts where they are most needed.

Sealing Entry Points

  • Utilizing durable materials, such as metal mesh, steel wool, concrete, and sealants, to close off openings that rodents could use to enter. The goal is to make the building's exterior impenetrable to rodents.

Repairing Structural Damage

  • Fixing damages caused by rodents, such as gnawed wires, pipes, walls, and air ducts, to restore integrity to the property and remove access points.

Installing Rodent Barriers

  • Implementing physical barriers, such as chimney caps, vent covers, and door sweeps, to prevent rodents from gaining access through common entry routes.

Landscaping Modifications

  • Altering the environment around the property to make it less attractive to rodents by trimming vegetation away from the building, removing debris, and addressing other landscaping issues that may provide shelter or access to rodents.

Sanitation Measures

  • Advising on and implementing sanitation practices to eliminate food and water sources that attract rodents. This includes secure storage of food, regular trash removal, and eliminating standing water.

Monitoring and Maintenance

  • Setting up a schedule for regular inspections to monitor the effectiveness of the exclusion measures, identify new vulnerabilities, and make necessary adjustments or repairs.

Education and Recommendations

  • Providing homeowners or property managers with information and recommendations on maintaining a rodent-free environment through proper practices and prevention strategies.

Rodent exclusion is a proactive and environmentally friendly approach to pest control. It focuses on long-term solutions rather than temporary fixes, ensuring properties are safeguarded against rodent infestations' health risks and damages.

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How do I Prepare For A Rodent Exclusion

  • Preparing for a rodent exclusion involves ensuring the process is as effective and efficient as possible. By taking these preparatory actions, you can facilitate a smoother operation for the pest control professionals and enhance the outcome of the exclusion efforts. Here's how to prepare:

Conduct a Preliminary Inspection

  • Walk around your property to identify any signs of rodent activity, such as droppings, gnaw marks, or nesting materials. Note these areas to discuss with the pest control professionals.

Clear Access to Potential Entry Points

  • Move furniture, appliances, or storage boxes away from walls to provide clear access to baseboards, utility entries, and other potential rodent entry points. This will allow professionals to inspect and seal these areas thoroughly without obstruction.

Trim Vegetation and Landscape

  • Cut back trees, shrubs, and other vegetation that may be touching your home’s exterior. This reduces the chances of rodents using vegetation as bridges to enter your home.

Reduce Clutter

  • Inside, declutter your home to minimize hiding spots for rodents. Outside, remove debris, leaf piles, and stored items that could provide shelter for rodents.

Identify Moisture Sources

  • Fix any leaks and eliminate standing water both inside and outside your property. Moist environments attract rodents looking for water sources.

Secure Food Sources

  • Ensure that all food items in your home are stored in rodent-proof containers and that pet food is not left out overnight.

Discuss Sanitation Practices with Household Members

  • Educate your family or housemates about the importance of cleanliness and proper food storage to prevent attracting rodents.

Prepare for the Potential Relocation of Pets

  • On the day of the exclusion, you may need to relocate pets to a safe area away from the work zones for their safety and to prevent them from interfering with the pest control efforts.

Document and Communicate

  • Record all the areas where you have noticed signs of rodent activity or potential entry points. Sharing this information with your pest control provider can help them tailor the exclusion strategy to your situation.

Ensure Easy Access to Your Property

  • If certain areas of your property are locked or usually inaccessible, make arrangements to provide access to these areas during the scheduled service.

  • By preparing your home or business for rodent exclusion, you contribute to the overall success of the process, helping ensure a rodent-free environment. Your pest control provider may have additional or specific preparation instructions based on their assessment of your property, so it's always best to consult with them directly.

Orlando Rodent Control Service

By enlisting in a consistent pest control regimen that encompasses rodent management and exclusion techniques from Orlando Pest Control | Imperial Pest Prevention, coupled with our expert sanitation recommendations, you can ensure your residence stays free from rodents and other pests. We stand behind our rodent control services with a guarantee—if the problem persists, we'll return to address it at no extra cost to you.


Reach out to us now; our approachable office team and skilled technicians are ready to assist you via a simple call at 407-986-9966. The content provided above has been authored by our in-house entomologist, Jonathan Stoddard, and is protected by copyright.

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