Rodents in Your Pool Heater? Why They Come and How to Keep Them Out

Have you ever popped the hood of a car only to find extensive damage from a rodent infestation? If so, you know just how devastating rats, mice, and other critters can be when they make their home in your stuff. Not to mention how expensive it can be to repair the damage they cause! They chew through electrical wiring, circuit cables and other components while leaving a big, nasty mess. The same is true of your pool heater.

A pool heater is the perfect home for rodents who are looking for a warm, dry place to nest during the winter. Rodents can squeeze into even the smallest spaces, so simply checking the heater every once in a while might not be enough to prevent an infestation.

You should take a few precautionary steps to keep your pool heater protected. It will take a few cheap tools you can pick up at your local hardware store, but anyone who has ever dealt with an infestation can tell you, you’ll be happy you had the foresight to do it! Remember to always make sure that your pool heater is completely off before starting.

Things You’ll Need:

• Moth Balls

• Steel Wool

• Rat or Mouse Traps

• Chicken Wire or Mesh

• Plywood

First stuff some moth balls in the crevices of your pool heater to deter critters. They hate the smell of these things, but that alone won’t be enough. Put steel wool in the gaps where they would likely crawl through, they can’t chew through steel wool. Put some rat traps or fake rubber snakes around the area.

Then seal up the openings with your chicken wire and be thorough, mice and rats can crawl through extremely tiny spaces. To finish the job and to give your pool heater a sealed off look, cut your plywood to size and post it over the chicken wire.

If you follow these simple steps, you’ll save yourself a major hassle and big time repair expenses. If you already have an infestation, call in the experts at Brothers Pool to handle it for you! Have any questions? We’re here to answer at (203) 265-5980.


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