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Can Mice Eat Through Spray Foam? The Definitive Answer

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Can mice eat through spray foam? This is a question posed by many homeowners, and one which can only be answered with a good deal of detective work.

As the nights begin to draw in, with Winter making its chilly presence felt, unwanted pests, such as rodents are also looking for a cosy crevice to call their own, turning your humble abode into an impromptu mouse motel. But with a few of our top tips, you can send those pesky critters packing…

Tell-tale Signs of Mice (and Top Tips to Tackle Them!)

There’s several tell-tale signs of mice having entered your property, and of course actually seeing them (dead or alive) is the first!

However, it may not be so obvious that you have a pest problem. You may hear strange noises in your floor, ceiling and wall cavities, spot droppings, or find gnawed food or possessions around the house.

Once mice have moved in, it can be a time-consuming and expensive job to get them out again – not to mention inconvenient, as you have fumigators and specialist pest control teams enter your property and seal off parts to chemically treat them.

Having mice in your home isn’t just an inconvenience, though: it’s a fully-fledged risk to you and your family’s health.

Mice droppings contain some seriously nasty allergens. Even just being exposed to the same air as them can cause, and aggravate, airborne nasties that can be seriously damaging to human health.

Rodents On The Rampage: A Health Hazard In The Making

Breathing in small particles from mouse or rodent droppings, as well as particles from their urine, saliva or nesting materials can make you sick.

The particles can easily be released into the air when you sweep or vacuum too. That’s why you’re supposed to spray any area where mice have been with a disinfectant.

Yet frustratingly, signs of contamination through mouse saliva or urine is extremely difficult to detect in the first place, making it the ultimate Catch 22 situation.

Indeed, the wanton destruction of rodents often knows no bounds; in some instances, even chewing through electrical wires and causing an electrical fire in the process.

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Another way of preventing mice and rodents from entering your property is by placing weatherstripping around your doors. Not only will this keep pests at bay, it will also help to increase the energy-efficiency of your home as well!

Preventative Measures

As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure, and if you can prevent the problem from happening in the first place, then you don’t have to keep seeking out solutions.

To start with, you should try to discern specific spaces around your home that provide ease of access for mice, acting as potential entry points.

A common place for mice to enter is under the sink, because the sink pipe does not always have a good pipe around it. Sure, you can pack it with steel wool, but surely there are other more effective fixes available?

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If you’re considering giving your property a spring clean and clear out, then now is the perfect time to act on these good intentions! Mice love messy places, so getting rid of clutter and spray cleaning surfaces, particularly in kitchens, is a clever way of keeping your home resolutely rodent-free. Combine with weatherstripping and you've got a surefire strategy for success!

Why Weatherstripping Works Wonders

Another way of preventing mice and rodents from entering your property is by placing weatherstripping around your doors. Not only will this keep pests at bay, it will also help to increase the energy-efficiency of your home as well.

If you’re considering giving your property a spring clean and clear out, then now is the perfect time to act on these good intentions! Mice love messy places, so getting rid of clutter and spray cleaning surfaces, particularly in kitchens, is a clever way of keeping your home resolutely rodent-free.

Any extra mess, such as old newspapers lying around, or old paperwork, can and will be used for nesting. You have been warned.

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It’s important to note that mice are the ultimate Houdinis of the rodent world- they can easily fit through a quarter inch opening, so trying to exclude them can be challenging to the extreme.  All mice need is a little crack in a wall or foundation to enter your property!

Icynene to the Rescue!

Looking for a more long-term solution to rampaging rodents? In this respect, spray foam is the perfect product for the job; architects, builders and home improvement professionals have long sung its praises and its bundle of benefits are starting to make savvy homeowners take note.

It’s important to note that mice are the ultimate Houdinis of the rodent world- they can easily fit through a quarter inch opening, so trying to exclude them can be challenging to the extreme.  All mice need is a little crack in a wall or foundation to enter your property.

Sealing your home completely is the only long-term solution. Spray foam keeps its shape, meaning that it fits into hard-to-reach places with impressive dexterity. Let’s just say it’s the ultimate ‘flexible friend’…

Plotting a Plan of Attack: The Process

To use spray foam to prevent mice, begin at the bottom, and work your way up. Start with the foundation or crawl space. Install a layer of spray foam to prevent the moisture from seeping in, and deter pesky critters in the process.

Carefully inspect your home’s foundation from the outside, paying extra attention to where the wood connects to the concrete, or areas prone to weaknesses, such as around window and door frames.

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Modern, spray foam insulation cannot be eaten, cannot breed damp, and can act as a thorough barrier for pests entering your home – as every nook and cranny is entirely sealed. Sorted!

Pest Prevention: Why Spray Foam Does It Better

Traditional insulation panels can easily become damp and mouldy and even find itself as a foodstuff for mice and similar pests.

Yet modern insulation cannot be eaten, cannot breed damp, and can act as a thorough barrier for pests entering your home – as every nook and cranny is entirely sealed.

Spray foam insulation is a chemical foam that’s sprayed or injected into wall, ceiling and floor cavities. Once in the air, it expands to up to one hundred times its original size, filling all available space around it, regardless of size or shape.

The nature of this total seal means that the most common entrances and exits for pests are no longer available. Unless you leave your door or windows open to them, they simply won’t be able to enter your home.

Additional Benefits of Spray Foam

Of course, as an insulation product, you’ll find other benefits to your home that aren’t pest-related!

Spray foam insulation has been proven to be so effective as an insulation that it can even drive down energy bills by as much as 35%, improving not just your bank balance, but your property’s energy efficiency to boot.

It also completely combats the airborne nasties and pollutants that you may have experienced previously, not just from pest droppings but also from ageing insulation.

Despite being a chemical formula, there’s absolutely nothing toxic in spray foam insulation, and there’s no offset into the air of any material at all.

The nature of the foam also means it can’t grow damp or mould, so compared to traditional insulation panels and methods, it will greatly improve the air quality of your home.

This may not seem a huge concern for all of us, but anyone with a condition or irritation aggravated by poor air quality will notice a real benefit right away.

Spray foam insulation can be installed by a considerably smaller team than fumigation will require. Sorted!

Rodents running riot in your home? With spray foam insulation, you can give mice their marching orders-and gain a healthier home in the process. Take the first to creating a pest-free property today, by calling 0800 1700 636, or by simply clicking the button below!