How to Rodent Proof Your Attic

How to Rodent Proof Your Attic

What’s the status of your attic? If you’re being honest, you probably have no idea because you haven’t been in it since… January, when you popped up there just long enough to put the christmas lights away. The attic doesn’t get a lot of your attention, but it should, because it will attract the attention of rodents looking for a new home!

Although it’s not much to look at, the attic serves an important purpose in your home- lined with fluffy insulation, it traps heat and helps to regulate the comfortable temperature of your home. The attic is a prime location for rodent infestation because they love to nest in isolated, warm spaces. Rodents will wreak havoc in an attic by shredding insulation, gnawing on electrical wiring, and contaminating the space with their droppings and urine that can carry infectious disease. Learn more about the health risks associated with rodents.

Be proactive and take steps to rodent-proof your attic before you have a real problem on your hands!

This is an example of an entry point for rodents to come into your house

Step 1 – Eliminate Entry Points

Carefully evaluate the exterior of your home. Rodents enter attics through small, weather-worn holes or openings such as vents and chimney pipes. Bear in mind that rats can enter through a hole that is only ½ inch in diameter, and mice can squeeze through a hole ¼ inch wide! To effectively keep rats and mice out of your attic, begin with walking the perimeter of your home. Inspect carefully, and find and seal any spots in your home’s outer walls that could be an entry point. Not quite sure what you’re looking for? Contact the experts at  Green Rat Control to do a thorough inspection. They will find and seal all possible entry points with steel and a polyurethane sealant!

Step 2 – Make repairs

Rodents are crafty, intelligent, and determined creatures. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. They will take advantage of any weakness on your property. Take precautions and guard your attic by looking for any holes in your roofing. To do do this, lift up damaged shingles and pry out the nails underneath. The damaged shingles will slide out. Underneath you’ll need to repair the hole in the roof, then replace the old shingles with new ones. You can use roof cement to securely reinforce the new nails.

Other repairs you may need to consider are vent covers and a chimney cap. If you have uncovered vents or chimneys you’re practically inviting rodents inside your attic! This is a relatively easy fix, but it is important to use a cover made of wire, not mesh, to keep rodents out.

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Step 3 – Trim Back Trees

Rodents are adept climbers. Squirrels, raccoons, and roof rats will make use of long and low hanging branches that brush up against your roof to gain access to your attic. Trim back tree branches to at least 8 ft away to effectively restrict rodents from your roof.

It’s hard to account for everything. You will to consider combining your efforts with a professional team of rodent control experts. Rats can burrow through and chew wood, sheetrock, insulation, vapor barrier, a lot of other structural and stored items. To be sure that you’ve covered all your bases, check out the rodent-proofing services provided by Green Rat Control.

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