Rats in your attic? If you need help with these nuisance rodents, request a free consultation with one of our rodent control experts on (800) 430-3778.
Background Information on Rats
The two main rat species in California are the Norway rat and the roof rat. The former prefers to invade basements and sewers – it is basically a ground rat. The roof rat is usually found in warmer climates and it is the main rodent that invades the attic, besides the mouse. Roof rats are commensal animals, that is, they like living with human beings as opposed to the wild. You will find roof rats mostly in the cities and very few cases in the upcountry. As much as they like residential houses and living with people, they hide a lot. That’s why most of their nests are found in the attic and in-wall cracks where people don’t frequent. Their activity goes on throughout the year and can multiply quickly where conditions are conducive. You have to address rats in the attic if you don’t want them getting out of hand.
How Do You Know There Are Rats in Your Attic?
The most reported critters in the attics by Napa residents are the roof rats. When they invade a house, they bring these nuisances:
I. Scratching sounds on walls and ceilings
II. Dark cylindrical dropping all over
III. Health risks
IV. Damage to electrical wires
V. Messed up cardboard boxes
VI. Food contamination
These are some of the reasons you should have rats trapped and exterminated from your attic before they reach uncontrollable populations.
To evict rats from your attic, we take the following steps:
We not only check the attic but also the entire house to check openings and small gaps that are letting in these disappointing rodents. Rats use roof lines, eave gaps, and broken vents to get into the house. We examine from the ground up as well as the whole roofing area. Rats have a habit of scurrying through any architecture, ceiling, and walls.
Before placing any traps or baits, we seal all the rat’s entry points with steel because they cannot chew this material. Another important thing we do is block any air flow channel which rats use to get in. Rats usually smell air passing through a gap to find an entrance.
Clean Up and Repair
We don’t stop at removing rats from the attic. We have to make sure that your house is cleaned up. We dust off the attic and repair any damaged furnishing.
Getting Rid of Attic Rats
A commonly asked question we receive from distressed clients is how to eliminate rats in the attic. We believe that only the right knowledge can curb this problem. The extermination starts with detection of evidence followed by an effective solution. Check out important tricks experts use before eradicating rats.
- Evidence: Rats feces look like squirrels’. They leave tens of thousands of droppings in the attic. They leave behind trail ways and tunnels in the attic insulation, chew marks, and brown smudges wherever they pass. They chew woods, pipes, and electrical wires.
- Type of sounds and time: At night, rats make light scurrying sounds in the walls and attic. Their movements are very fast.
- Season of the year: Even though roof rats are active year-round, they are most aggressive during cold weather because that’s when they seek warm shelter.
Attic Rats’ Control
Get this right: Ultrasonic repellents, strobe lights, ammonia, and mothballs are not sufficient methods of controlling rats in the attic. Poisoning is even a more pathetic solution- you might end up poisoning your pets or family. Before you adopt a rat control solution, be sure that it will solve the problem rather than cause more problems. The most effective exterminator method is to restrict their entry and place rat snap traps.
Only after restricting all entries do we place rat traps. We use snap traps on rats’ runways. You will know that the rats in the attic are gone when there are no more sounds. The trapped rats have to be removed and disposed of properly. Do not handle them yourself as you might contract viruses and bacteria. Let us do the dirty work for you because we are simply the experts in rats’ removal.
Call (800) 430-3778 for more information on rodent control.
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