One of the sounds homeowners fear hearing is the scurrying of tiny feet in your attic and crawl spaces. A sure sign of rodent infestation, hearing that sound, and seeing other signs means that you’ll need to take steps to eradicate your unwanted visitors.
If you have a roof rat problem, the good news is that you aren’t alone. Roof rats are prevalent in many parts of the U.S., including Southern California. More commonly known as black or ship rats, there are many different reasons they may have chosen to make their home on your property.
If you believe you may have a roof rat infestation, it’s best to give us a call. Attic services professionals are the experts in pest removal and making sure that they are gone for good.
What are some of the reasons that I have roof rats?
There are several different reasons you may have roof rats, but there are three primary factors: available entry points, shelter, and food.
The first reason you may have roof rats is that an entry point is readily available. Roof rats are very talented climbers and can gain access to your property through gaps in your walls and roof. Once they make their way in, the second factor comes into play. By finding a cozy space inside, they have found the perfect shelter. They’ll thrive in your attic and crawl spaces, creating a nest and making pathways through the walls.
The pathways generally serve a specific purpose, to gain access to a reliable food source. If roof rats make their way into your home, they’ll start eating anything that isn’t stored in an airtight container.
These are the three primary reasons you may have a roof rat infestation, but the good news is that with the help of a professional, it’s easy to take care of your roof rat problem.
What should I do if I think I have roof rats?
The best thing to do is to create an environment that isn’t friendly to roof rats in the first place. With a high priority on cleanliness and sanitation, you can stop the problem before it even exists. Clean property doesn’t offer them food or shelter opportunities that hungry rats crave, so the cleaner your home, the less likely you’ll have these unwanted visitors.
If you feel as though your home is as squeaky clean as can be, try contacting a professional attic cleaning company, like us at Attic Projects. We will come in and properly sanitize all areas of your attic or crawl space. This will help you eliminate any source of food for the rats and their scent from your home. Rats are attracted to their own scent. Sanitizing your home will take away their familiarity.
You will also want to rid your home of any rodent droppings. This is not something that should be done by you or someone in your household. Contact a professional to remove rodent waste and properly dispose of it while keeping your home clean and safe.
If you have roof rats already, you’ll need to take care of the thing that brought them to your property in the first place. Properly sealing any cracks or gaps, removing sources of food, and generally making your property inhospitable to them.
Don’t use traps, as they are not a permanent solution. In order to rid your home of rats forever, you need to seal the points of entry that they are using! You can do this by having a professional rodent-proof your home.
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We’re here to help! If you think that you have a roof rat problem, just give us a call. One of our pest management experts will come out to your property and perform a FREE inspection. If a problem is identified, we’ll work closely with you to develop a plan, giving you a free estimate for the work that will be involved.
You’re not alone! Contact us today to take care of your roof rat problem for good.