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Attic troubles….

Animals In The Attic Can Spell Disaster

Today we inspected a home that had been having rat problems. The home was sealed up pretty well, so the next thing we did was “smoke the plumbing”, to test for cracks. This is the first step in rat control Brevard. Rats can enter your home virtually a thousand different ways. Through the sewer system is one most people don’t think about, or even want to. Rats can quickly destroy an attic requiring costly attic insulation contractors in Melbourne.

Roof rats are common pest control issue in our urban communities in Florida and throughout the South.  Rats can cause significant problems in attics if they contaminate stored objects and possibly start a fire when wiring.  If you have a rat infestation at home, you must first check and seal the most likely entry points.  By using rat baits in your home, you have no control over where rats that eat rats die and decompose. 

The real solution is to block the entry points on the outside of your house that roof rats use to get to the attic.  If new rats in the area smell the old rodent urine traces that lead to your home, they will follow these traces and you will hear noises in the attic again.  You need to go to your attic and take a look at the traces of urine and feces that rats run on.  You can use the camera to identify the type of rat and its direction of movement.H. The rat is running. 

squirrel in trapThen you have to set traps in these runs, preferably where the path comes from an enclosure or where the rats turn around a corner.  Small holes in the walls and floor: mice and rats can do a lot of damage after a short time.  The best way to detect signs of rodent infestation is to monitor your attic regularly and get used to paying attention to rat sounds in your attic.  Make it a habit to look for holes, feces, scraps of paper, fabrics, and other signs of rodent infestation in your attic at least once a month. 

If you get into your attic during the day, you may not be able to spot a rodent sleeping.  When rodents chew through the walls, you can hear them on the lower levels of your home. It will help you pinpoint the rodent problem and work towards a solution.  On the other hand, this means that your home has suffered more damage than if the rodents were in your attic.  The population can skyrocket, which increases the effect and the smells attract even more rodents to the area. 

Rats climb well and like rooms that are high above the floor, including the wires in your crawl space or in the attic, that they use like highways to get around quickly and expand their infestation.  Her loft is another area where rats build their nests.  The problem with rats in your attic is that there is rarely only one. 

Rats love to live in large communities.So if you’re infested with rats, you really have a big army there.  A rat community can contain up to  or more rats, depending on the amount of food and space available. Because the attic is usually so spacious and unencumbered that only rat food stands in the way of success.  If you live in the U.S. coastal or southern region and hear activity in your loft, roof rats are one option. 

You will hear how you scurry in your attic and gnaw mainly at night.  If you hear noise during the day, your attic may be used by a larger population of roof rats.  Roof rats also follow a certain path through your home.  With the secretions from their fur, roof rats mark entry holes as their territory.  Since rat rats have teeth that never stop growing, they have to gnaw in order to survive.  It is necessary for the roof rat to chew through materials, and there are many areas for chewing in the attic.  Roof rats use their climbing skills to protect their nests above the earth from predators. 

Roof rats are not only known for their climbing, but can also jump up to three meters from branches to roofs.  Their skills were also assessed by the University of California, which reported that rats, especially roof rats, have an exceptional sense of balance.  Since the roof rats climb well, nesting sites are often above the ground. They nest in trees, attics, cavities along the roof line and in ceilings. In the absence of Norwegian rats or as their population grows, they can be found in burrows or rock piles. There are two types of rats in the United States, the roof rat and the Norway rat. 

The roof rat is more common in warm areas and more likely to be found in attics.  It is usually black and has a smooth coat and a long tail.  Roof rats are known by a variety of other names, including palm rats, fruit rats, ship rats, and Alexandrian rats.  Both roof rats and Norwegian rats, a stockier rat species, can infect houses.  To ensure effective pest control, you need to determine what type of rat is bustling in your attic. 

We will inspect your property, draw up a customized move plan and catch or poison the rats as needed.  If you have rats, you often have additional pests because snakes like to eat baby rats.  We’ll get rid of the smell and clutter, make your building a nicer place, and help prevent future rat infestation.  Cats, dogs, snakes, owls, and ferrets can help control rodents.  In addition, cats would be looking for mice rather than grappling with rats that are fierce fighters, he said. 

After our test was complete, we found that there was a pipe in the attic that rats had been using to gain access to the house. From all the rat poop in it, they had been doing so for a long time.

In this video, James shows you what we look for, and why getting rid of nuisance pest isn’t as easy as it sounds.