What to Do When Your Neighbor Has a Rat Problem
Do rats in your attic pose any threats?
Well, the short answer is ‘yes.’
Rats in your attic are indeed dangerous to both your home and your family.
Though most people like to believe rodents inhibit low-lying areas of a building, they can actually jump and climb.
If you hear the sound of a rat in your attic, it’s most likely a roof rat. Also referred to as ship rats or black rats, roof rats have a tendency to find shelter in the upper parts of residential buildings such as attics and rafters.
Although roof rats are believed to be of Southeast origin, they are found all over the world. In the United States, roof rats are common in coastal states and the southern third of the country.
Measuring about 16” in length including 6-8” long tail, roof rats can easily climb trees, cables, vines, stucco, wooden beams, etc.
If you have reasons to believe that rats have found a way in, be sure to call in the pros immediately.
Experienced rat control technicians can safely and effectively contain a potentially dangerous rat infestation.
Are Rats In Your Attic A Threat To Your Family?
Yes, of course!
In the animal kingdom, rats are among the most notorious disease carriers.
During the bubonic plague, rats were responsible for the death of millions of people worldwide.
The plague died out but rats can still make people and pets very sick. Rats and mice are known to spread a number of diseases in many ways.
They contaminate food, drinks, drinking water, etc. in your attic and elsewhere in your home (as soon as they find a passage) by their droppings, urine, or saliva.
Your family members can contract potentially life-threatening diseases (in absence of prompt medical treatment).
Rats also carry fleas and mites into areas they invade. New entryways also allow other rodents to access the attic and other parts of your home. All such nasty, unwelcome guests can also transmit diseases to your family members and pets.
What if a roof rat bites you? Are roof rats in your attic violent?
Under normal circumstances, no, they are not violent. But if cornered, rats can bite or scratch children and adults in your home. You can contract tetanus or rat-bite fever if you don’t immediately see a doctor.
Can Rats Damage Your Attic?
Rats can damage anything from electric cables and HVAC insulation to plumbing and attic furniture.
Rats can chew away expensive belongings stored in the attic, or cause a fire hazard or a plumbing leak.
If a rat infestation grows severe, they may also dig deeper into the walls or create burrows along the foundation of your home.
Why Do You Have Rats in Your Attic?
People have this belief that rats are attracted to garbage and poor sanitation.
But, having rats in your attic does not mean it is dirty. Rats will move in anywhere they can find food, water, and warm shelter.
This means food items in storage, human food spills, bird feeder spills, pet food, and even pet waste can encourage rats in your yard to find a way to get inside.
Not just overgrown vegetation or heavy foliage but well-managed, attractive landscaping and any kind of clutter can also provide cover and shelter to rats. So, it pays to know which things attract rats.
Even though rats weigh up to one pound, they can squeeze in through a hole the size of 0.5”.
Put simply, your house may not have been dirty before rats invade your attic. But they will certainly make it dirty once they invade your attic and create new passages into living areas.
For taking necessary preventive measures, read our post on how to keep rats out of your attic.
The longer you wait, the more time the rats will have to breed in your attic and other areas of your home. Consequently, rats in your attic will pose more serious threats. Rodent removal will also cost more at a later stage.
So, don’t ignore early warning signs of attics in your attic such as brown & oval-shaped rat droppings, scratching sounds at night, footprints in the dusty areas, or gnaw marks on attic furniture, plumbing, wood, and storage containers.
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Paul K.Los Angeles, CA
March 15, 2021
I had a recurrent problem of rats winding up in my attic and had tried a couple of other pest control services over a few years, with the problem always recurring after a short while. I decided to give Rodents Stop a try after reading some of the reviews here on Yelp. They came out and explained how the (essentially temporary) measures I'd taken before would never really keep the rats away for good, due to the scents/pheromones that were remaining in my attic (leading them to keep trying to find ways in).
Kian A. Encino, CA
March 15, 2021
For months I denied the overwhelming reality-I had a major rat infestation! And all my efforts to quell the populating rodents were in vain. After the rats had chewed into my couch trying to get the food left behind by my kids, that's when I knew the problem was bigger than I could handle by myself. All the rat traps, from mechanical to electronic were no match for nature biggest little beasts. It was like trying to get Miley Cyrus to just go away, it's just not gonna happen.
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March 15, 2021
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March 15, 2021
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March 15, 2021
Zeev, Heather, Ivan and the rest of the team are fantastic! We knew there was some rodent activity in our attic, but didn't do anything about it until the nasty critters got into our home and actually chewed a hole in the hard plastic elbow of our dishwasher drain line! We called Rodent Stop, and Zeev came out for an inspection and gave us a quote the very next day. We were relieved to have a plan of attack, and Ivan and his team took over the next morning. They started early, and by mid-afternoon had cleared away all evidence of the rodent activity (including all the scent trails). In addition to getting rid of the existing evidence, the team had patched up all of the access points, and left some traps in all the areas that had shown prior signs of activity to avoid future activity. It has been a week, and we are ecstatic with the results. While we heard some scratching activity the first few days (which was likely coming from outside where Ivan's team had patched some access points), the scratching has now ceased. Zeev came back yesterday, and confirmed that all of the "inside" traps -- i.e., those in enclosed spaces (i.e., our living quarters, the attic and crawlspace) -- remain armed and undisturbed, which indicates to us that the patching did the trick. The only trap that went off is in an outdoor shed that needs overall repair, and can't be made rodent proof at this time. That trap did catch one mouse, which was removed and the trap replaced. Assuming there is no further activity between now and Friday, we'll move forward with the new insulation in the attic, and be done -- all in very short order. Thanks Rodent Stop!!!
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March 15, 2021
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March 15, 2021
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March 15, 2021
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