One of the most popular places in your home for rodents to live in your attic. It can be hard to detect a rodent infestation in your attic if you don’t frequent there often. And since rodents can be quite small, the noises they make will be minimal and hard to detect. One of the best ways to keep rodents from invading your attic is to be proactive in keeping them out.
Rodent Control in Your Attic
There are a few ways to rodent-proof your attic, and most of them start before the rodents actually reach the attic. Some rodents can fit through openings as small as 15mm in diameter, which means that small holes, gaps in doorways, and wall vents often serve as common entry points.
Rats are also proficient swimmers capable of traveling through sewer lines and entering buildings by emerging from toilets and open drains.
Check your roof and soffits for any small holes. Any rodent can take a pre-existing hole and gnaw it to make it bigger. Sealing up any kind of hole will cut the chances of a rodent invasion down.
Another way rodents can get into your home is through your vents. There are a few ways you can keep rodents out of your vents:
- Place traps near the entrances of vents. This can work well if rodents have already gained access to your vents.
- Protect your vent with stainless steel mesh. This will prevent the rodents from getting into your vents. Cloth works well with bugs, but rodents can chew through it.
- Install a vent guard on your roof. Caging the area around the vents on your roof will keep any curious critters away from your outside vents.
Attic Clean Up and Restoration
Rats make a mess in your home. They destroy insulation by using it for nesting materials, creating rat runs through it, and soiling it with urine and feces.
Urine and feces can be a host to health hazards. Some pathogens can infect you via airborne transmission. When rat droppings are disturbed, the airborne particles can cause
You should not ignore rat droppings in your attic insulation. Even if you don’t see the rat, there is evidence rats were there, and they can come back. If your attic insulation is damaged, you will need to replace it or restore it. The professionals at Critter Control are equipped to measure existing attic insulation, remove and dispose of soiled or damaged insulation, and install new attic insulation.
Of course, a larger rat infestation can do more damage than a single rat. They damage insulation to make nests and create trails in the insulation. Rodent droppings and urine can leak into nearby walls and ceilings, causing disgusting smells and stains. Rats gnaw on everything which damages electrical wires, drywall, PVC pipes, and more. If you have roof rats, they can shred paper, fabric, insulation, plastic containers, and cardboard boxes to build their nests in your attic.
Get Help from the Rodent Experts
Sometimes, rodents can be particularly persistent. Even if you take precautionary measures like the ones above, rodents can still find a way into your home. When you have come to your last straw and no longer know how else to deal with them, that’s when the experts at Critter Control Canada can step in. With our state-of-the-art tools and techniques, we can remove rodents from your house in no time, and keep them out for good. Don’t let the stress of dealing with rodents in your home weigh down on you any longer. Call us today for your free inspection.