Tools of the Trade for Exclusion Services

When it comes stocking your arsenal, start with the basics and continue to add equipment and materials as you expand services.

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June 26, 2017

When it comes stocking your arsenal for exclusion services, start with the basics and continue to add equipment and materials as you expand services. 

The materials used for proper pest exclusion are essentially the same for residential and commercial structures, although there are exceptions when providing services in highly sensitive areas such as laboratories, clean rooms, and food/drug processing facilities. 

There’s no single solution for every climate, so selecting the proper materials to use is important. A sealant, for example, needs to be suitable for the environment in which it’s being used. In the Midwest, it has to stand up to extreme cold. In the Southwest, it has to endure extreme heat.

Here’s an extensive list what to have on hand to begin providing more extensive exclusion services. Consider starting with the basics and continue to add equipment and materials as you expand services. 

Materials and supplies
Fasteners, assorted (e.g. screws, washers, staples, sealant, and adhesive)
Sheet metal 
Exclusion fabric
Hardware cloth: ¼” galvanized or stainless steel mesh
Metal flashing
Spray foam
Caulking, adhesive and silicon
Stainless steel mesh (for small openings)
Stainless steel “carpet” (to prevent burrowing pests in commercial landscaping)
Metal mesh blocks (openings around rail doors, gaps in corrugated walls, and truck dock canopies where birds are nesting) 
Copper wool
Plywood
2”x4”s
Bird netting and other bird control exclusionary devides

Tools and equipment
Metal shears
Bolt cutters
Tin snips
Cordless drill and bits
Hammers
Pry bars, various sizes
Shovels
Pick
Hoe
Rake
Saws (e.g. reciprocating, metal cutting)
Ladders
Sheet metal brake (equipment to bend metal)

Inspection equipment
Camera
Borascope
Flashlight
Headlamp
Drop light

Safety equipment
Coveralls
Gloves
Eye protection/goggles
Bump cap
Safety harness

Products
Door thresholds
Door sweeps specifically manufactured for exclusion in various sizes
Dryer vent covers designed for pest exclusion
Rodent-resistant door sweeps and garage door seals (products filled with stainless-steel wool are nearly impenetrable to rodents)

TECHNIQUES HAVEN'T CHANGED MUCH, MATERIALS HAVE. The techniques used for exclusion haven’t changed much, which was confirmed by one PMP who’s performed exclusion for nearly 40 years. Products such as concrete, bonding agents, and sealants have improved dramatically. Products can now be purchased in various designs, colors, and coatings to better match a building. There are also new or improved products on the market that are designed specifically to exclude pests, such as dryer vents, rodent-resistant door sweeps, ridge vent guards, and attic fan gu