How to keep mice, critters from getting into duct insulation that is under a house that is on piers.

How do you keep mice, critters from getting into duct insulation that is under a house that is on piers?

Views: 222

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

A former owner where I did some repair work had evidently tried to keep the rodents out by nailing a flattened tin can over their entrance. Mice or rats I never determined, but they chewed right through that makeshift cover and continued to use the rafters as they wished. 

At a minimum I would recommend T&G plywood and hope they wouldn't be able to detect any warmth from above.  When the cold season comes they would make short work of 3/4" plywood.

There are some concrete based 4'x8' panels that besides being heavy might be better at keeping them out.  Of course mice will be a lot easier to stop than their larger cousins.

An abundance of traps to eliminate them before they start chewing their way in is always a good defense.  I try to avoid poisons and local domestic animals might be affected.

Bud

If your ducts are below the bottom sheathing I would wrap them or box them in with metal.

The ducts are below the floor and above the dirt under the houses. It sounds difficult and expensive to wrap them or box them in with metal.

mothballs have worked for decades

You have to keep it out of their reach thus a Sealed crawl is the best option

For a vented crawl, make sure all your insect & rodent proofing is in place also; Using flex duct is not recommended, nor fiberboard, just metal ducts sealed with insulation on the outside. Better to have to make a few cosmetic repairs occasionally then let them get into the system.

If an existing issue, how are they getting in, in some cases it is from above & that needs to be dealt with also: http://blog.sls-construction.com/2010/safety-sunday-rodent-prevention

We have used hardware cloth (1/4" mesh wire) and then sprayed it with single part foam. I have heard of used cat litter (urine smell) sprinkled about and moth balls as other options.

RSS

Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros was founded by the developers of Home Energy Saver Pro (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy,) and brought to you in partnership with Home Energy magazine.

Latest Activity

Hal Skinner added a discussion to the group HVAC
Thumbnail

Old ductwork efficiency file

Allison,found the attached file on ductwork efficiency on an old CD I made.  Its definitely dated. …See More
20 minutes ago
Hal Skinner posted a discussion

What an RCC can do with no R- insulation in the walls.

I have had a handful of folks on this forum tell me, in effect,  that an RCC can do a very good job…See More
1 hour ago
Trip Smith posted a discussion

Where to spend my marketing dollars?

Hey everyone, I'm a new home performance company owner. (Originally a general contractor who is…See More
2 hours ago
Profile IconManuel Gutierrez, Chris Baker, Sharon Cannizzo and 1 more joined Home Energy Pros
4 hours ago
Kevin Jordan replied to Kevin Jordan's discussion air infiltration total
"thanks.  but it was just an illustration of a hole 2x2 with money going out of that…"
6 hours ago
Tom White posted a video

Adaptive Thermostats Demonstration Results Installed at UC Davis 6/26/2014

In buildings where variations in occupancy would fool a standard programmable thermostat, new adaptive thermostats have potential for significant energy savi...
9 hours ago
Hal Skinner's discussion was featured

Has Lead Based Paint ever stopped you on an energy upgrade?

In the process of determining all the different things that a home energy rater suggests to a…See More
10 hours ago
George Kopf's 2 discussions were featured
10 hours ago

© 2014   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service