You may think of your attic as just a place to store Christmas decorations or boxes of old things you can’t seem to part with - but it is so much more! Your attic is a safe and warm place for rodents to nest and make their own. Unlike the rest of your home, you rarely visit your attic so an infestation can easily grow undetected before any action is taken. These pests also reproduce quickly, so a small infestation can become a big problem in just a matter of weeks. This is why rat-proofing your attic is so important!
Rodents find their way into your home through the tiniest spaces. In fact, sometimes they’ll chew through wood, plastic, or drywall and create their own path. Once they’re in, they’ll begin to nest and gather food from your home. Not only can rats and mice damage your stored possessions, but they can be a significant health risk, spreading diseases or contaminating food in your home.
Luckily, the pest control professionals at Bel-O Pest Solutions are here to share some of their best tips and tricks for how to rodent-proof your attic:
Don’t Store Perishables
Rodents love cardboard and have been known to eat through boxes to get to whatever is being stored inside. One of the most common reasons people find themselves battling a serious rodent infestation is because they are storing materials in their attic that are attractive to pests.
Most people know that they shouldn’t store food items in their attic, but sometimes don’t realize that things like scented candles, dried food, and living plants can attract an infestation too. We know you’ve been holding onto that cherished macaroni photo frame your children made you in preschool or that gingerbread star Christmas ornament you begrudgingly hang every year, but to rodents, those are food!
Upgrade to Heavy Duty Storage
Cardboard boxes are cheap and do a great job holding that box of old junk you moved from the garbage, but they also put your possessions at a greater risk. Your thin layer of cardboard is nothing to rodents - they’ll chew right through it.
Ditch the cardboard and upgrade to plastic containers to store your belongings. They are much more difficult for rodents to get into, but they’re also more space-efficient as they’re easier to stack. Reducing the clutter in your attic makes your space less attractive for pests. They also come in handy should your attic sustain any water damage! Cardboard wouldn’t stand up for long against a moist environment, but plastic can keep your prized possessions dry and safe.
Inspect Your Attic Regularly
Because rodents infest your home quickly and quietly, it is essential that you inspect your attic regularly for signs of rodent activity. Look for droppings, gnaw marks on boxes, or other visible signs of their presence. Regular treatments from a pest professional can limit risk factors and identify an infestation before it can spread.
Cut Overgrown Tree Limbs
Rodents have to make it to your attic somehow. One of the most common ways rodents finds their way into your attic is through trees that have grown too close to your roof. They'll simply climb up the tree, crawl across the branches, and crawl through a hole or opening. To prevent this, make sure you're trimming back any branches that may be hanging over your roof. This will help tremendously in keeping mice and rats out of your home.
Don’t let rodents share your home
You don’t have to let these pests share your attic space. With a few smart moves, you can keep your belongings and your home protected from pest invasions. If rats and mice are making you feel uncomfortable in your home or putting your possessions at risk, let the pest control experts at Bel-O Pest Solutions help. Learn more about our rodent control plans and kick rats and mice to the curb for good!