In this article well talk about how to keep rodents out of your attic. We’ve written about rodent removal previously, and there are some helpful tips in that article. Of course we offer rodent removal as part of our pest control services.
Just this week we experienced snow in the Rockwall area and temperatures in the teens. If it is cold outside for us, it is cold outside for rodents as well.
So how do you keep rodents out of your attic?
1. Inspect your home for small holes that mice, rats and other rodents are using to enter the attic or home. Mice especially do not need much space. Check vents, eaves, roof line and the roof itself. To seal these gaps use a copper mesh or steel mesh.
2. Trim any trees that are overhanging the home or that are touching the home. This makes it easier for the rodents to get up on the roof and find holes to enter the house.
3. If there are currently mice, rats or other rodents in the attic or home, now is a good time to set traps. Once you have the holes sealed and closed, it is time to get what is in out.
How do you know if you have mice or rodents?
Noise: One of the most common signs of mice or rodents is the noise. You may notice scratching or chewing at night. This may be noticed coming from the ceiling or walls.
Physical Evidence: You may not hear them, but sometimes you see what they’ve left behind. You could see their droppings in the attic or you may notice the mess they made. On occasion they’ll chew electrical cords or wires.
Smell: Rodents urine often has a poor smell that you will definitely notice. In some cases the urine will soak the attic insulation or wood so much that it needs to be replaced.
Footprints: Many attics have dust on the items in them or on the flooring. You might be able to see footprints of the rodents in the dust.
If you think you have rodents in you attic, contact us for an inspection.