Xcluder(TM) Professional Rat and Mouse Barrier Now Available for Do-It-Yourselfers
BUFFALO GROVE, Ill., Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Xcluder, the permanent rodent and pest barrier preferred by pest control professionals around the world, is now available for do-it-yourselfers. This easy-to-install fabric, placed in crevices, holes, spaces and around pipes inside and outside the home to create a permanent barrier against rats, mice and other pests, offers consumers a long-term, permanent solution with effectiveness unmatched in the industry.
From single-family homes and apartments to condos and commercial buildings, controlling rats, mice and other pests is a reality faced by consumers nationwide. Rodents can enter a building through an opening as small as 1/4 inch, and professionals agree that exclusion – creating physical barriers against rodents and pests to prevent them from entering a home or building – is more effective than attempting to remove them once they have taken up residence. Now, Xcluder is putting this expertise in the hands of do-it-yourselfers.
“Most rodents enter structures from the exterior and once inside they attempt to spread from location to location to find food, warmth and shelter,” said Austin Frishman, Ph. D., President of AMF Pest Management Services. “The foundation of any successful rodent management program is to keep rodents out of where people reside. We call it rodent stoppage. Rodent stoppage is the most economical and effective step in a pest management program. It is essential to keep new rodents from invading and proper exclusion methods provide immediate and long-term positive results for the home and property owner.”
Xcluder’s patented combination of stainless steel and poly-fiber is the most durable and cost-effective exclusion product available to consumers. Steel wool can rust and degrade over time. Foam can be gnawed away easily by even the smallest of rodents. Xcluder will not rust, is easy to install, and compresses during installation to ‘spring back’ once in place to create a more effective seal.
Xcluder is made in America. It contains no harmful chemicals and is completely safe to use around people, pets and plants.
“For years pest professionals have trusted Xcluder as a long-term solution to stop rodents and pests in their tracks before they can enter a home or building,” said Paul Bonn, Business Manager, Xcluder. “We’re thrilled to bring this industry know-how to property owners and offer do-it-yourselfers a superior, cost-effective pest control solution.”
The Xcluder DIY Kit is available online at www.buyxcluder.com for $9.99 plus shipping and features four pieces of Xcluder material – one 8.5″ x 4″, one 8.5″ x 2″, and two 8.5″ x 1″. The kit also includes sheers, protective neoprene gloves and easy-to-follow installation instructions.
More information about The Xcluder DIY Kit is available at www.buyxcluder.com.
THE REALITY OF RODENT INFESTATION
- In the United States, rats cause an estimated $19 billion per year in losses and damages. (David Pimentel et al., “Economic and environmental threats of alien plant, animal, and microbe invasions”, 1999.)
- By far, the most effective long-term approach for controlling rodents around homes and structures is to build them out by closing all holes and gaps so that they can’t gain entry in the first place. (R.M. Corrigan, “Controlling Rats and Mice. The Mallis Handbook of Pest Management”, 2011.)
- In a year’s time, a single rat can produce nearly 25,000 droppings and a house mouse will produce about 36,000 droppings. (Hygnstrom, Timm, Larson, “Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage”, 1994; Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management.)
- In six months, one pair of mice can eat more than four pounds of food and contaminate 10 times that amount. (Government of Alberta, “Mice and Their Control”.)
- An accurate number of rats living in the United States is unknown, but it may be as high as 1.25 billion. More than 50 percent of premises experience either mouse or rat activity. (USBC, 1998; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)
- Assuming adequate food, water, and shelter, a single pair of rats can multiply into more than 640 rats in just one year. (James B. Armstrong, Auburn University, “Controlling Rats and Mice Around Your Home”, 2003.)
- Each year, upwards of 24,000 Americans are bitten by rats. (World Interesting Things, 2011.)
- Rodents can trigger asthma. Both rats and mice shed dead skin cells that can trigger attacks if someone with asthma breathes them in. Rodent waste products can also cause an attack. (Safer Pest Control Project).
- Rats and mice carry parasites such as fleas, mites, and lice. (G. Bennett, J. Owens and R. Corrigan, “Scientific Guide To Pest Management Operations”, 2011).
- Xcluder fill fabric is designed to stop gnawing rodents and pests from entering a home or building and is easy to install. Simply cut the fill fabric to any size or shape using ordinary scissors and press into rodent-prone crevices with gloved hands or a blunt tool. To ensure a secure seal, it is recommended that Xcluder be cut approximately three times the size of the opening.
- Xcluder’s patented combination of stainless steel and poly fibers has more ‘spring-back’ than other exclusion products, meaning the compressible fabric expands once installed to completely fill crevices and create a permanent seal. Once in place, rodents cannot get past or remove it.
- Xcluder fill fabric is sharp and fibrous, and no mouse, rat or flying insect can penetrate it. Its course, rough fibers create an enormous obstacle for pests to overcome, and eventually unwelcome rodents will move on rather than try and penetrate it.
- Typical rodent entryways include: holes inside kitchen cabinets and closets; around air vents, fireplaces, windows and doors; around electrical, water, gas, and sewer lines; behind water heaters, radiators, and furnaces; and around any pipes or conduit that enter the home or building.