No one likes to think of rodents and other pests scurrying about their home! Rats and other rodents will settle in as unwelcome guests in your home if you allow them the opportunity. Not only do they carry disease, but they can also cause extensive damage to your property and home.
As with most things in life, the best defense is a good offense. By taking appropriate precautions, you can keep rodents from even coming into your home in the first place. Rodents in the attic and other parts of the house are something every homeowner dreads, but by undertaking appropriate rodent proofing, you can mitigate the threat.
How to Know if You Have a Rodent Problem?
There are sure telltale signs that you may have rodents or other pests in your home. Some obvious indications include brown smidges on walls and other surfaces that are caused by rat grease, left behind as they rub on those surfaces. Another early indicator is rat droppings in cabinets, drawers, and other places in the house. Sometimes you can even hear sounds of rodents moving about in the attic.
Sometimes you may also notice a foul smell caused by nesting materials and waste rodents may leave behind.
Once it’s clear that you have a rodent problem, the next step is to identify entry points and undertake appropriate rodent proofing.
Common Entry Points for Rodents?
There are some common places you should check to make sure are appropriately rodent proof. These include:
- Cracks in your walls – Take a close look at the exterior and interior of your house to check for potential entry points. If you spot smaller holes, fill them with caulk. Then, use a combination of steel wool and waterproof sealant to close larger entry points.
- Vents – Vents are a critical part of your HVAC system, but they can also be a highway for unwanted rodents! Make sure that holes and gaps around vents are properly sealed, and double-check that your vents are covered securely with metal screening.
- Holes in the roof – If you suspect rodents in the attic, the first place to look for entry points is on the roof. Rodents can gain entry via even the smallest of holes, so it’s essential to check your roof thoroughly. If you identify any gaps or holes, close them up with a waterproof sealant.
- Chimney – Much like your roof, the chimney can be an easy target for rodents looking for food and warmth in your home. Be sure to have your chimney regularly cleaned to make sure no rodent nests are there and make sure you have a chimney grate or cap installed to protect the opening.
How to Rodent Proof Your Home
The issues listed above are just the tip of the iceberg. There can be many ways for rodents to enter your home, so your best bet is to have an attic and crawl space expert come out and do a careful examination to identify any trouble spots.
Rodents and other pests have strong teeth that can gnaw and chew through some strong materials, including pipes, stone, cement, plastic, and even bricks. Our professionals know what to look out for and how to mitigate your problem areas best.
If you have rodents in your attic, or just want to make sure your rodent proofing is up to date and working correctly, you should contact us today. We are here to help, and we look forward to making your home as safe and secure as possible!