When the Crops Move Out, the Mice Move
Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but it has to be said; that pitter-patter behind your walls isn’t Sparkle the elf. Most nights are well below freezing here in Southwestern Ontario now, and many of the farmers have harvested their crops. There is a nice feeling of tucking the earth in for a long rest after the long and productive growing season, but unbeknownst to many, there is actually a great displacement happening at the same time.
Cold Winter Nights
On warm autumn days when the farmers are in the fields harvesting, many unexpecting homeowners experience clouds of those ladybug look-alike beetles swarming their homes. These beetles spend the summers happily eating pests in the fields and suddenly find themselves displaced and looking for shelter come harvest. Similarly, mice and other rodents are also on the move around the same time, and just like the beetles, they are drawn to the warmth and security of man-made dwellings.
So what is to be done to keep nature outside where it belongs? There are lots of options for pest control once they get into your home. Each option has its own set of pros and cons, but actually, by the time they get inside, you already have a much bigger problem then you need at this busy time of year. Prevention is the key, and then you don’t have to worry about reapplying smelly substances, dangerous poisons, or coming across rotten carcasses in rusty traps.
Spray Foam Barrier
Creating a barrier using spray foam insulation is your best bet in the battle against pests. When we install the insulation, corners and openings always get special attention to ensure that a proper barrier has been established so that there is nowhere for these pests to squeeze through. If you have livestock in a barn or shed, then you certainly want to consider having spray foam insulation installed because where there is animal feed, there are often rats. If you see one, then you know you have a full infestation already, or one is undoubtedly growing.
Another option that you may want to consider is Roxul. This insulation is created by using a unique combination of stone and a recycled steel by-product called slag. Thanks to its tough makeup, it can withstand very high temperatures and is water-resistant, fire-resistant, and resistant to mold and mildew. Mice and rats will always take the path of least resistance, and the idea of putting their little noses through stone and steel generally doesn’t appeal to them. You will still have to ensure that your corners are sealed, but installing Roxul insulation is a positive step in the right direction for pest control.
Please keep in mind that pests are sneaky, and installing spray foam or Roxul insulation isn’t a guarantee that you won’t see any unwanted critters in your home, but it is a great place to start. Insects and rodents have always been an issue for homeowners no matter where you are located.
Our cold winter sends them scouting for new, warmer shelter and that can often lead to unwilling cohabitation. This isn’t safe or healthy for families, and preventing them from getting in is the best thing you can do to prevent infestation. Merry Christmas from the team at Chase Insulation.