How Often Should You Clean Your Attic

How Often Should You Clean Your Attic

The attic and other storage spaces in your home, like a crawl space, are usually isolated and go unvisited for long periods of time. The lack of attention leads to neglect, and before you know it, a real mess has accumulated in there! Just like any other frequented space in your house, the attic needs a regular good cleaning. Many people shy away from this arduous task because the attic can be stuffy, dusty, uncomfortable, or for some- downright creepy. But opting out of cleaning is not just lazy, it’s risky. Without proper care and cleaning, unwanted problems such as mold, dust mites, and pests will begin to fester!

Don’t let your attic end up in a state of emergency. Get on a regular cleaning schedule! If you have kids, some of the cleaning tasks make great job additions to the chore rotation. Follow this guide and mark your calendar to keep on top of your attic maintenance!

Immediate Emergency Inspections

Sometimes, you have to react fast to minimize potential damage. There’s no telling when a determined rodent might be able to tunnel or gnaw their way into your attic. If you see or hear pests such as roof rats, house mice, or other wildlife scurrying around your house, make sure you inspect your attic right away! Rodents love warm, isolated and dirty places- a sign that you have some serious cleaning to do! rodent removal is serious business. Let the experts take over that part of the task. Your local experts at Green Rat Control will know just how to handle the situation. Left undealt with, rodents will nest and reproduce- don’t wait to inspect and get cleaning!


Strong unpleasant odors emanating from the attic are yet another red flag that you need to inspect and clean the attic asap. If you are noticing an unbearable stench, the most likely culprit is a dead animal in the attic! Dead animals cause damage to insulation, can seep and stain ceilings and floors, and can also carry infectious diseases. Again, this is a time to call in professional help. Dead animal removal has many health risks and should be done by an untrained individual without the proper gear or tool.

Finally, if you are experiencing unusual shifts in temperature in the house, it’s worth taking a look at the attic right away. Attic insulation plays a major role in regulating the desired temperature of your home, as set on your thermostat. Fluctuating, or uncomfortable temperatures in the home are a signal that your attic insulation is old or damaged and is in need of being replaced. Cleaning up the attic and replacing damaged insulation in a timely manner will help you save energy and money!

Spring Cleaning

The rainy season naturally keeps folks indoors and more many of us, is associated with ‘spring cleaning’. This is an excellent time to put attic clean-up on your to-do list. Before the hustle and bustle of summer begin, give your attic a thorough sanitizing. It’s also important to check your attic at this time for any signs of dampness or moisture that could collect and ruin your insulation or attract rodents.

Winter Cleaning

The winter months bring on severe weather conditions that drive wildlife and rodents inside, seeking shelter. This is the time that desperate critters are most likely to burrow, tunnel, or gnaw their way (through almost any material) into your attic for protection from the elements. Before the weather gets too terribly bad, clear out the junk and check the inside and outside of the attic for any possible entry points (holes, cracks, gaps) and seal them tightly to keep pests out.

winter attic upkeep

All of these cleaning tips can help keep your attic safe and sanitary. For the steps that are not DIY, be sure to schedule an appointment with Green Rat Control for all your attic cleaning needs.


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