Rats can be a huge problem for homeowners. They gnaw on wires and other items in your attic, which can cause fires and electrical hazards. With so many rats present, it is difficult to keep them away from food sources like pet food or garbage cans outside the house. Rats also carry diseases that are very dangerous to humans such as Lassa fever, Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, salmonellosis and rat bite fever. This blog post will focus on how you should get rid of roof rats in an attic by discussing prevention methods as well as what you should do if they have already invaded your home’s vulnerable space.
1. Prevention Methods
If you want to keep rats out of your home, you have to stop them from entering in the first place. Any hole that is more than a quarter inch wide should be plugged using steel wool or other suitable substance that will not rust over time. If there are any holes around tree branches or utility lines, these should also be covered as well since roof rats often use these entryways.
You can also screen off vents and openings with galvanized wire mesh, which must have holes smaller than ¼ inch. This type of wire mesh is very sturdy and capable of preventing even the most persistent rat from getting through. Other materials commonly used for pest control include metal flashing and cement/concrete mixes as to help keep rodents away from your roof. When using these materials, use aluminum or steel that have been specially coated to protect against rust and corrosion since roof rats are drawn to the smell of metal.
It is also a good idea to get rid of any tree branches around your home so they can’t be used as an easy way for rats to find their way onto your roof. If there are any items outside your house that have been gnawed on or chewed through by rodents in the past, you should discard these in order to avoid an infestation inside your attic and elsewhere in and around the house.
2. What To Do If They’re Already There
If you suspect an infestation but see no signs of rat activity, put out rat traps to catch any rodents that are lurking inside your attic. After you’ve caught a few, leave the traps in place for several more days to catch the rest of them. You can tell if there is still activity by looking out for new droppings or gnawed items outside the traps. Since roof rats are nocturnal animals, they’re likely to be active during dark hours like night time.
Once you’re sure that all rats have been removed from your attic, clean up the space thoroughly and install steel mesh over vents and openings on your roof to prevent future infestations. If possible, remove materials like insulation that might make it easier for rats to gain entryways into your home’s vulnerable areas once again.
Rats can spread diseases like salmonellosis, rat bite fever and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome that are potentially deadly to humans. They also cause damage by chewing on wires and other important items inside your attic. The best way to deal with these problems is by installing wire mesh over vents and openings in order to keep rodents away from your roof as well as preventing entryways into your home, including around tree branches or utility lines. You can also use steel wool or cement/concrete mix to plug up any holes larger than a quarter inch wide since rats often use these areas for getting inside walls and attics.
Even if you’ve already detected signs of rodent activity, you can still prevent future infestations by eliminating accessible food sources found outside your home. If you do suspect there are rats in your attic, set out traps to catch these creatures after dark when they’re most active. Doing this will not only keep your attic clean but protect the rest of your home as well. After all, nobody wants to deal with an infestation of roof rats inside their living quarters!
Author’s note: This article is purely informative and should not be taken as professional pest control advice or instruction. You should directly contact certified professionals if you feel that some part (or parts) of this blog may apply to you and would like further clarification on how to get rid of roof rats attic.