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Keep Attic Rats Away From Your Home

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Some people may not be that concerned to discover little rodents in their attics, but many others are. Either way, it is important to know that the damage that attic rats can cause, should be a cause for serious concern. Your attic is the perfect location for vermin – It’s a quiet and dark area that makes vermin feel safe. No matter how at home they feel, you need to ensure that you remove these pests as soon as possible, before you find yourself paying thousands of dollars in damages to fix your attic.

Remember that rats are able to fit through the smallest of spaces. This means that any small crevice or opening in your ductwork or attic big enough for a rat to fit its head can be the entry point used to get in. Once rats find a good place to hide, they will stay and begin to multiply. Rats that reach maturity can have up to five litters in one year. A litter can range between 7 to 14 babies, per litter. Each rat will reach maturity within approximately 5 weeks. This means that your tiny problem of maybe 2 rats will quadruple in size and become a total infestation very quickly.

Damage Caused By Rats In The Attic

If you are more concerned about a vermin infestation than what they are actually doing in your roof, it’s important to remember that even just two little rats can cause a lot of damage to your property, such as:

  • Scratched flooring and walls.
  • Excessive gnawing can ruin your insulation and electrical wiring. This is a fire hazard.
  • Rat droppings are a breeding ground for mold and other bacterium.
  • Food contamination, as the rats will flock to your kitchen for food stuff.
  • You may find an increase in fleas, ticks and mites on your pets and in your homes.

Signs That You Have Attic Rats

If you have a niggling suspicion that there are attic rats in your home, but you aren’t 100% sure, there are a few signs you can look out for:

  • Rodent Droppings

    You’ll notice the tiny “pellets” left behind in certain areas of your attic.

  • Chew Marks

    If there are any signs of wiring that have suspiciously frayed, you may have a rodent that’s taken a fancy to your household electrical wiring.

  • Foul Odors

    After a while, you’ll notice a faint acidic smell of urine amongst other things, if you have rodents living in your attic.

Keeping Vermin Out Of Your Home

There are a few simple things that you can try in order to keep vermin away:

  • Keep Clean

    This may seem obvious, but oftentimes people forget the simple things. Things like keeping their garbage bins closed. Check to ensure that your bins have no holes in them. Garden maintenance is just as important to prevent rats from creating nests in overgrown hedges. Garden debris is just another leafy haven for rodents as it will generally contain a vital food source for rodents – Insects. If you have any fruit trees, make sure to get rid of any of the fruit that falls to the ground, don’t leave it there to decompose as it will attract all kinds of vermin. If you’re pro-composting, make sure that your composting bin is at least a foot off of the ground.

  • Proper Food Storage

    Store all your food items in tightly sealed glass or metal containers and don’t leave food out or in cardboard boxes. If rodents can gnaw through wood and electrical wiring, your frosted flakes box doesn’t stand a chance. If you have pets, and you store their food outdoors – make sure that everything is stored in metal or glass containers with tight lids. If the lids are easy to shift off, a rodent will make its way in. An easy to access food source will mean more rodents will appear.

Rats will return to their place of comfort when they feel uncomfortable. So, while rat poison might seem like an easy DIY option, you have to remember that somebody will need to find exactly where in your attic the rat crawled before dying. The smell of a rodent corpse is not the most pleasant of smells. Make sure that you have regular duct and attic maintenance with Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric done in order to help keep vermin away from your attic.