Before you ever see signs of rodents in your attic, it is best to rodent
proof it. By rodent proofing your attic, you can ensure that these annoying,
and sometimes dangerous, pests never invade your home or family.
Seal Everything in Airtight Containers
One of the first steps in
rodent proofing anywhere in your house or storage unit is to pack everything in sealed
containers. Look for airtight, plastic containers that rodents cannot
penetrate. Rodents can make nests out of almost anything, including cardboard,
insulation, and linens. Keep as much as you can in plastic containers
instead of cardboard boxes because rodents will be able to penetrate the
boxes and infest your packed items.
Close Potential Entry Points
Without sealing your attic vents, make sure that any other potential entry
points have been sealed with metal mesh and caulking. Mice and rats can
squeeze into a space the size of a quarter, so even the smallest crack
in your attic walls or flooring should be sealed against rodents. Stuff
the hole with steel wool and seal it with caulking. Nail or screw a metal
meshed screen over the stuffed hole to ensure rodents cannot penetrate
your attic further.
Reduce Foliage Outside
Head outside and look for tree branches, vines, or trellises that rodents
could climb to reach your attic. If you notice any of these areas are
close to your attic or roof, then consider removing them. Keep compost
piles and firewood piles away from your home, and check them for rodents
often. Rodents, cockroaches, and other pests may use these piles as prime
locations for their nests.
If you are worried about rats in your attic or have seen signs of rodents
around your property, then call Atticare at 1-888-743-7243. We
specialize in rodent control and rodent proofing near San Francisco. In addition to rodent control, we can clean up your
attic or crawl space to remove all traces of the pests.