This article features the best weep hole covers to be used in and out of the house to help block out rodents and other annoying pest.
What are weep holes?
Weep holes are little pockets of holes seen usually at the bottom of buildings that are designed to vent moisture and ensure the integrity of the property.
Here’s the thing, bricks are actually porous material that absorbs water (i.e when it rains or simply the moist). The weep hole is designed to allow water to be drained out and to allow ventilation to help dry the structure.
With these weep holes come the issues where rodents and other pest have access to enter the structure of the house.
What are weep hole covers?
Weep hole covers are unique devices that allow proper airflow and moisture management, while putting up a barrier between the house and outside rodents (and other pest).
It’s an environment friendly way to keep rodents and insects out without the use of harmful chemicals or pesticides (as the saying goes, prevention is better than cure).
|1||Rid-O-Mice Stainless Steel Weep Hole Cover|
|2||Stuf-Fit Copper Mesh Rats & Mice Control|
|3||Xcluder Rat & Mice Control Steel Wool|
|4||KOHLER K-9136-CP Shower Drain Cover|
Here are the 4 best weep hole covers:
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The Rid-O-Mice Weep Hole cover is built for the outdoors using spring stainless steel to ensures that mice will not be able to chew through or pull them out.
Installation is easy and the width can easily be adjusted by cutting it. They look good after installation and are designed to maintain wall ventilation, allowing moisture to escape.
On top of mice, they can also block out bees, wasps, scorpions, snakes & lizards.
[May: Sidenote, my brother installed the extra ones for his neighbor for free.]
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The Copper mesh by Stuf-Fit is a knitted wire mesh designed to seal up all types of openings, blocking out unwanted pests and small animals.
The copper wool features special knitted construction and interlocked structure that often catches onto rodents’ teeth that makes it hard to chew through or remove.
It is made with 100% construction grade quality copper (not copper alloy). Copper mesh doesn’t rusts and hence there’s no worry about rust stains on wood surfaces or bricks.
Every roll is 100 foot long and about 5 inches wide.
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XCLUDER 162758A Rodent Control Fabric DIY Kit is a USDA/ASHIS tested stainless steel wool mesh that keeps rodents and pests from entering buildings. It’s built to last and provide a permanent solution that will not rust or corrode over time.
Once fixed, the steel mesh slowly expands to fit securely into the space. The rough stainless steel and poly fibers deters rodents from pushing or chewing through. This results in an abrasive barrier against rodents (and insects).
The DIY weep hole cover kit comes with a 4 inch by 5-foot roll of XCLUDER fabric, shears, a pair of work gloves, and instructions for installation.
The KOHLER K-9136-CP is a square-shaped shower drain cover designed for tile-in applications. The grooved flange adapter helps provides a strong seal while the grooved collar functions as weep holes to block out rodents.
It’s reversible collar and removable grid plate allows accommodation to different types of tile height and thickness. Installation on existing standpipe is also possible, simply unscrew the upper assembly and mate it to a gray PVC adapter (your plumber will know what to do).
It is tarnish resistant with Brass and PVC construction for durability and reliability (Kohler is known for quality).
[May: Shower drain cover at home is often overlooked.]
Installing weep covers involves a bit of learning curve if you’ve not done it before. Be prepared to set aside half a day to two days (depending on scale) to get them installed properly. Make sure to clean out the hole before installation so as to avoid trapping anything inside. The key is not to rush the work but to ensure the weep hole cover to properly set-up to block rodents and other pests out for a long time to come. Have you tried installing weep hole covers? Or are you intending to install some? Share your experience with us in the comment section.
Installing weep covers involves a bit of learning curve if you’ve not done it before. Be prepared to set aside half a day to two days (depending on scale) to get them installed properly.
Make sure to clean out the hole before installation so as to avoid trapping anything inside.
The key is not to rush the work but to ensure the weep hole cover to properly set-up to block rodents and other pests out for a long time to come.
Have you tried installing weep hole covers? Or are you intending to install some? Share your experience with us in the comment section.