Do You Hear Rats in the Attic?

rats in atticOne of the main reasons rats invade homes is for shelter from cold weather. As attics are some of the warmest spaces in houses, it’s no wonder rodents, like Norway and roof rats, enjoy constructing nests in these secluded top stories. The pests gain entry through vents, gaps in roof eaves, and through holes in building exteriors. Roof rats are especially talented climbers and easily use tall trees and wires running to and from roofs to gain access.

Signs of Rats in the Attic

Homeowners may be alerted to the presence of rats in the attic by sounds, sights, and smells. Usually the most apparent signs of infestation are the scratching and scurrying sounds these rodents make. As rats are nocturnal, they are noisiest when individuals are settling in for a night of rest. Additionally, home residents may notice visual cues such as rat droppings, teeth marks in food containers, and even tracks. Finally, the musky smell of rat presence and malodorous collections of droppings and urine are sure indications of rat infestations in the attic.

Dangers & Removal

Residents of homes are put at risk when there are rats in the attic. As the rodents must constantly gnaw to keep the length of their teeth manageable, they are capable of damaging the structural integrity of buildings by chewing through wooden support beams. Rats also target electrical wires and heighten the possibility of fire. Additionally, the pests carry a multitude of diseases including Hantavirus, leptospirosis, plague, salmonellosis, tularemia, and rat-bite fever. Homeowners that suspect the presence of rats in the attic should contact professional pest control services to safely and efficiently eliminate infestations.


Questions Customers Have About Rats In Attic

QUESTION:

I know I have rats in my attic and have caught a couple. I would like to get a proposal for sealing off the exterior of the house as well as attic cleanup. Do you completely remove all insulation, then clean and replace? I now also have a mothball problem. I threw them out in the attic to run off the critters, which of course didn’t work, but my house now reeks of them. My preference would be to have all the insulation removed and replaced.

-Fort Worth, TX

ANSWER:

Being as there is already a known history of rats in the home, we would start with a full inspection to determine necessary repairs, and the extent of the issue. The next, and most important step of the process is to begin an ongoing service with an aggressive initial trapping session. Once the initial rat population has been decreased or eliminated; we would then put preventive measures into place to maintain control of the population. To address the issue of replacing the insulation we can remove contaminated areas and replace insulation in smaller areas. We also offer services to rejuvenate old flattened, damaged insulation to increase the r-value. If a full removal and replacement is needed, we can suggest one of our sister companies to aide in the process.