Stainless steel to rodents is like kryptonite to Superman – it stops them! One of the first things to know about stainless steel and rodents is to know how strong their teeth are.
Rats in particular have tremendously strong incisors that can chew through many objects, including glass, plastic, wood, and even many forms of concrete. Concrete! Mice can chew through many items, as well.
But stainless steel is one of the few products that rats cannot chew through, so being able to prevent them from entering through typical entries like around plumbing and other penetrations, as well as under doorways, is critical.
While the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) suggests the use of steel, so do many other organizations. One is the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Solution Center, a website designed to provide proven building and pest-related facts to professionals and consumers.
The Department of Energy suggests always using pest-resistant building materials for all uses, especially when attempting to prevent rats and mice. This is where stainless steel is the most important, because using it as a door sweep product truly stops rats and mice from biting their way through and creating an opening.
Burrtec USA is a leading manufacturer of door sweep solutions, providing quality exclusion products to PMPs and building material suppliers. It is the North American division of Burrtec Co., Ltd., one of Japan’s largest pest control producers. To learn more about Burrtec, visit our U.S. website.