When taking up residence in the attic of a house, rodents can spread potentially dangerous pathogens to occupants and chew the wiring, creating a fire hazard. Measures must therefore be taken to remove them.
While the best approach is to keep these animals away from your attic, here are some tips to get rid of roof rats or other rodents that have managed to sneak into your attic.
If you have a mouse problem in the attic
Since these rodents multiply very quickly, a small mouse infestation in the attic of your home can quickly spiral out of control. That’s why you should take steps to get rid of them as soon as you realize that a mouse has entered your attic.
You can set up several mouse traps to do this, because as soon as you hear suspicious noises, you probably have several of these rodents in the attic. There is no need to bait the traps with cheese, since the mouse’s love for cheese is more myth than reality. In fact, they far prefer food like peanut butter.
Make sure you remove the mice you have caught from the traps, since the presence of dead rodents can reduce the effectiveness of the other traps.
If you have roof rats in your attic space
While the recommended technique for getting rid of rats in your roof space is similar to that used to catch mice, there are still differences between the two species.
For example, the difference in size and strength between rats and mice justifies the use of larger traps. Also, unlike mice, which are curious creatures, rats flee new objects in their environment. That’s why it’s best to scatter traps in the attic for a week before you start baiting and engaging them.
If you notice that the traps are disappearing (larger rats can escape with traps tightly wrapped around their bodies), securely attach the traps to the floor of your attic.
Getting rid of larger rodents such as squirrels
If squirrels are present in your attic, you will need to locate their entry points (usually roof soffits or crevices in eaves) before considering a strategy to get rid of them.
Once you have located them, use a steel mesh with tight enough mesh to seal the entrance holes, but leave the hole that appears to be the main entrance for rodents clear. Install a unidirectional flap door at the opening so that squirrels can exit your attic, but with no chance of re-entering it. The squirrels should be out in a few days.
Once your attic is squirrel-free, remove the flap door and seal the main entrance hole with a steel mesh.
For a foolproof rodent control strategy, contact Elite Pest Control
While it is never good news to find roof rats or other rodents in the attic of your home, the problem can be controlled at a reasonable cost if you react quickly enough.
However, if you want to be 100% confident that you will get rid of these unwanted tenants living in your attic, you can entrust our team of technicians with the task of evicting them. Contact us and we can offer you a custom strategy that will give you peace of mind for a long time to come.