Is there something living in your walls?
Despite having all of nature to run around in, rats, mice, and other rodents seem to want nothing more than to break into our homes and make messes. And while finding mouse droppings in your pantry is not exactly fun, it’s nothing compared to a rat-induced electrical blackout.
It is in the very nature of some small mammals to chew through everything in their way. And if these little creatures get into your home, they very well could end up chewing through your wires, and that could cause some severe issues.
Want to keep your home’s wiring safe from rats, mice, and other miniature invaders? Here’s everything you need to know about how to protect electrical wiring from rodents.
Eliminate the Threat
Not sure how to stop rats from chewing wires? Well, the best place to start is by getting rid of the rats.
While there are measures you can taker to protect your home’s wiring (more on that later), your first course of action should be to get rid of all of the critters that are making a meal out of it.
If you have a strong stomach and arent’ afraid to get your hands dirty, there are plenty of DIY rodent removal methods you can use to free your home from mice, rats, and other varmints. But, the best way to ensure your tiny trespassers get gone and stay gone is by bringing in a professional to take care of them for you.
Seal the Exits
Once your home is 100% rodent-free, you need to do everything you can to make sure it stays that way; and that means sealing up your entire house.
Blocking up any potential entrances will prevent mice, rats, and other notorious wire-eaters from sneaking back in to cause more damage. Spray foam is an excellent way to seal up little cracks and holes that could be letting smaller critters into your home, and clearing away any branches that provide easy access to your roof will ensure your attic stays squirrel-free.
Cover Your Wires
If rats can’t get to your wires, they can’t chew through them — it’s as simple as that!
Installing a plastic or even steel rodent-resistant cable sleeve or rodent-proof wire cover over vulnerable parts of your home’s wiring will help protect it from any rats or mice that may find a way to slip back into your home.
Get Your System Checked
Unfortunately, getting rid of unwelcome furry-fiends will not undo any damage they already caused. Once you deal with the rodent threat, you’re going to need to bring in a professional to ensure your home’s electrical system is still in working order.
A professional electrician will be able to check your home’s wiring for damage, make tricky repairs, and may even be able to help with the installation of rodent-proof electrical wiring to protect your home from further damage.
How to Protect Electrical Wiring from Rodents
Now that you know a bit more about how to protect electrical wiring from rodents, it’s time to get to work making your home’s electrical system rat-proof.
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