The best way to prevent pests is to exclude them from the building. Exclusion programs focus on core areas and take into consideration a structure’s unique features and purpose. Pest Control Management Professionals can provide advice on excluding pests from your home or commercial establishment. This is often the best method of pest control for both residences and businesses, because it minimizes the need for chemical treatments and improves the success of a pest control service.

Home Pest Prevention

Mice and Rats can enter through an opening as small as ¼ of an inch, and ants can enter through very small cracks and crevices. Utility lines such as gas, plumbing, electric, cable and air conditioning lines are all areas of concern. Sill plates, exterior doors without thresholds, and doors that do not seal well are also common entry points.  Random holes left open during construction are great entry points because they are often undetected, giving a pest unhindered access. Rooves with openings around chimneys or vents are another common entry point. Using a stainless-steel mesh is helpful for excluding pests from these small openings. Sealing around these areas prevents pest infestations by excluding them from the building altogether. Cleaning and maintaining gutters is also vital for preventing pests, because they provide a water source for them.

Commercial Pest Control

Commercial buildings have similar access points to residential properties, and then some. Customer entry doors, roll-up and overhead doors left open are excellent pest entry points. So are roof top air conditioning units  Installing door sweeps and using stainless steel mesh prevents rodents from entering the structure. Doors that are constantly opened and closed may come out of alignment or expand and contract with temperature change, creating gaps and entry points for pests.


Landscaping may also contribute to pest infestations. Avoid using plants that attract and harbor pests and those that will accumulate trash. This will help to prevent pest infestations such as rodents. Using barriers of non-decaying materials is also helpful.

Successful Pest Control

Your involvement can make or break a pest prevention plan. In commercial establishments, making sure dock doors are closed is important. Proper trash disposal will eliminate food supply. Keep vegetation from touching the building or structure. Don’t let firewood or other items touch the building, as they provide a nice shelter for pests.

Your Pest Control Professional Can Help

Your Pest Control Professional can help develop a plan for pest exclusion after completing an inspection of the building. Sometimes, your pest professional can provide exclusion services. In some cases, he may recommend specialized help from a structural professional, such as a plumber or roofer. At American Extermination Plus, Inc, we provide inspections and consultations free of charge.