I have a hole in my cement slab in my house. It keeps getting bigger. I finally poured some hydraulic cement in it. Are there any animals that will eat or dig in the cement?
I live in the St. Louis area but in Illinois.
There are many animals that can chew through cement. The most common include rats and mice. You don’t mention where the hole is being chewed so it’s hard for me to narrow down the options. Over the years I’ve seen rats, mice, raccoon, opossum, shrews, voles, moles, chipmunks, ground hogs, muskrat, otter and skunk chew through cement or forms thereof. I also know that just sealing the hole rarely does anything and in fact can make the problem worse. For this reason I’m not convinced you have “solved” anything at this time…
The reason why it can make it worse is because it’s not likely the animal will just move away after the hole is sealed. If the animal is nesting under the hole somewhere in the ground or a wall or some other space, it will simply find another place to chew through and you may not know where this new location is or it may not be as accessible as the one you know it liked to use.
You see, when you have an exact location where such activity is present, dealing with the invader is easier if you leave the hole open. Basically its because you know where they’re at so you can use traps effectively. For this reason, I’d consider reopening the hole.
By opening it back up, you could then identify something this animal wants to eat and once that’s been established, you could then use a trap to catch it. Again, knowing where it’s active and what it likes to eat are the two most important things when trying to trap any animal. And when there is an invasive animal (which we tend to see in the fall and winter months), using a trap of some sort is almost the best course of action to remove the invader.
In most all cases, our PECAN PASTE will work on any small rodent so you should get a jar of it along with our LT3310 TRAP. First set the trap out but do not bait it. Instead place some of the Pecan Paste by the main door in a small tray. Just a small dab is all you need, like 1/4 of a teaspoon, and maybe some MIXED BIRD SEED.
Pecan Paste: https://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/lure/pecan-paste
In most all cases, this offer will be taken within one evening and after its consumed, you can then place some inside the trap to catch the varmint.
Repeat this until you go at least 14 days with no activity and nothing being caught.
After two weeks you can consider closing up the hole but only after you spray the entire exterior of the home, especially around the chewed area, with NNZ. This odor neutralizer will eliminate all the scent these rodents are leaving. This scent is used to alert others that your home is a good place to nest so if you don’t eliminate the odor, more will keep coming. This is why homes that get this kind of activity tend to have it over and over and over again. But if neutralize their odor AND install some of our SOUND REPELLERS, you will be able to keep them out for good.
We have two articles detailing this process you should review. Here are links:
Step Trapping: https://bugspray.com/catch-rat-not-going-into-trap.html
How To Stop Invading Rodents: https://bugspray.com/eliminate-animal-odor-stop-rodents-returning.html