People always ask us “How do rats get into our attic?” Well the answer is simple they climb. “But I don’t have any trees touching my home” as in this video you can see they don’t need trees to get onto your roof. I have seen then climb stucco, brick and even wood homes.
Just Ask The Professionals First
So when battling a rodent infestations remember the whole structure must be sealed. That is from top to bottom and underneath if an elevated structure.
There Is Help Available
So remember when dealing with a rat infestation call the PROS at Nuisance Wildlife Removal Inc. to eradicate your rodent issues.
Homes left vacant for extended periods of time are prime breeding ground for animals, especially rats. Whether it’s a foreclosed, inherited, or vacation home, if steps aren’t taken to seal the entire structure off from animals prior to vacating the home, the owner is asking for an infestation of rats or another animals upon returning.
Today was the perfect example. A couple from northern Georgia inherited a home from a recently deceased relative. They removed most everything inside and simply locked up and left it until the following year. They also had the water and power shut off, a big mistake.
I was let in by a neighbor and immediately was overwhelmed with the stench of feces, urine, and a dead animal. The carpet was covered in rat feces and chewed throughout the house. Drywall had been chewed through and a dead rat was found in the toilet. With the water being off the rats were free to run through the plumbing from the sewer and come up through toilets and sinks.
The outside of the home also showed evidence of the rats traveling between the inside and outside where vents and other entry points were not covered or covered poorly with thin mesh that was simply chewed through.
A Good Rat Ousting Is In Order
An extensive cleaning will need to be done on the inside, an exclusion done on the outside, the water turned back on, and a plumber will need to be out to see if the integrity of the plumbing has been compromised.
Rodents like rats and mice can be a serious nuisance. A Sarasota home I was called out to last week was a rodent nightmare. The family complained about hearing scratching and tapping coming from above their ceiling. I knew right away it was a rodent issue. Sure enough after taking a quick glance in the attic, I saw rat droppings everywhere.
Where Were The Rodents Getting In?
The first step was to figure out where they were getting in to the home. I noticed two small holes in the corner of the attic where sunlight was shining through, so I plugged those holes and set numerous traps.
A Call Back To Finish The Rodent Problem
On my return service visit, I found that every trap had been successful. It is important to remove the trapped rats as soon as possible to avoid sitting in the heat of the attic.
The family was at ease knowing the smalls holes in their home’s attic where filled professionally and the rats we’re gone for good!