The Difference Between Rodent Proofing vs. Extermination

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Nobody likes the idea of having creepy crawlies in the attic! Sometimes you’ll hear something scratching around up there, and that is the tell-tale sign that something is amiss. If you hear those warning signs, it’s best to call in an attic inspector to perform rodent proofing.

When you have rodents in your attic, you will want to get rid of them as fast as possible. When choosing how to rid your attic of rodents, you will find two leading solutions; rodent proofing and rodent extermination.

Depending on what kind of trouble you are having and the nature of your property, one may be better than the other to suit your needs.

What is Rodent Proofing?

Simply put, rodent proofing is the only sure-fire way to make sure that your attic and home is permanently protected from any future rodent infestation. Many homeowners prefer rodent proofing over extermination since rodent proofing can be done without the use of traps or any dangerous chemicals.

The professionals at Attic Projects are able to perform rodent proofing in three easy steps. First, a certified technician will come out and perform an inspection. They will check to see if there are any gaps or holes that would provide easy access points for rodents.

Next, a plan will be developed to deal with these potential points of entry. Typically, a steel mesh overlaid with a professional-grade sealant will be installed over these points of entry. This is the best way to make sure that rodents can’t come in and make a cozy nest in your attic.

Finally, a thorough attic sanitation service will be performed to remove all traces of former infestations. This is particularly important since rodents are attracted to the scent of their own urine, so unless you get rid of the evidence, they may try harder to make their way back in.

Attic Projects is an expert in rodent-proofing attics and crawl spaces. Our technicians are highly trained to find any signs of infestation, mitigate the problem, and prevent any future issues.

How is Extermination Different?

While rodent proofing is the best way to prevent future infestations, sometimes, it is necessary to address a current infestation. The process of extermination involves the use of professional-grade chemicals and traps to eliminate the rodent population in your home.

While highly effective in solving your current problem, unless you combine it with rodent proofing and attic sanitation, the chances of a recurring infestation are very high.

There are four main concerns that should be addressed if you are considering extermination:

  • The chemicals used to exterminate a rodent infestation can be dangerous for children and pets. You’ll want to keep in mind that chemicals and poison will be left around the nooks and crannies of your house, so you’ll need to be very careful with placement to make sure that there are no unintended consequences.
  • It may take a while for extermination to prove effective. Extermination can be time-consuming and is not a quick fix for infestation. It can take days or weeks and multiple doses to thoroughly address your problem.
  • It is impossible to control the timing of effectiveness. While poisons and traps are placed in accessible locations, they aren’t always immediately effective. This means that a rodent can ingest or drag poison bait to its nest in the walls. If it is killed there, you’ll be left with animal carcasses decaying in your attic and crawl spaces, causing even more problems with foul odors, bacteria, and disease.
  • Finally, as mentioned above, extermination is a purely temporary fix. While highly effective at addressing your current problem, it in no way addresses future infestations. This means that you could get caught in an endless cycle of trapping and poisoning rodents.

Let the Professional Solve Your Rodent Problem

Attic Projects is the local expert in attic sanitation and rodent proofing. Our expert technicians will come out, assess your challenges, and provide clear guidance on how to proceed. We’ll take care of everything, leaving you with a safe and clean home for years to come. Contact Attic Projects today for a free estimate on rodent-proofing your attic or crawl space.

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