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How to Keep Rodents Out of Your Attic?

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Attics aren’t frequented by humans or pets and rodents such as rats and mice like to nest in secluded places. Therefore, besides your basement and garage, the attic is likely to be high on the hit list of rodents searching for food, water, and warm shelter.

Once in your attic, rats and mice tunnel through insulation and rooflines to have ready escape routes and access pathways at their disposal to get to the pantry, wall-voids, electrical conduits, utility pipes, and crawl spaces.

Even a seemingly minor rat problem can spiral into a full-blown infestation. This is why experts recommend early rat control.

The good news is that it is possible to keep rodents out of your attic. Here in this post, we share a compilation of the top three tips on how to protect your attic from rodents.

Tip #1 to Have Rodent Free Attic: Sanitation

Even if rodents such as rats and mice do not find easy access to attics, basements, and garages, they may dig new entry points or widen a small hole to get inside. So, make sure to take all steps necessary to avoid attracting rodents to your home.

Sanitation is the first and most important step towards having a rodent-free attic.

Make sure that you:

  • Remove or organize the clutter in your attic.
  • Do not keep books, papers, photographs, clothes, cardboard boxes, etc. out in open in the attic. Roof rats shred such materials with their incisor teeth to build nests where they birth more babies.
  • Place the compost bin as far away from the building structure as possible.
  • Use a sturdy garbage bin with airtight lid; avoid placing garbage in polythene bags outside your home.
  • Avoid leaving pet food and water bowls out in the open at night.
  • Avoid leaving breadcrumbs on countertops or food items in and around the attic.

Tip #2 to Have Rodent Free Attic: Landscaping

Roof rats and squirrels are great climbers. They can easily climb into your attic or sneak in through crevices. Therefore, it is advisable to undertake proper lawn maintenance.

  • Prune all overgrown tree branches that could provide easy access to roof rats and squirrels to roof, chimney and vents. Trim back tree branches and shrubs hanging over the roofline at least four feet from the building.
  • Get rid of overgrown vegetation in your lawn; rodents nest in and around the bushes and flower beds.
  • Remove dry leaves, weeds, debris, papers, woodpiles, etc. from your own lawn; these are excellent nesting materials for rodents looking to camp in and around your home.

Tip #3 to Have Rodent Free Attic: Inspection & Exclusion 

Carefully inspect the attic, roof, ceiling, building foundation, plumbing, doors, windows, fireplaces, vents, and electrical conduits for the presence of tiny holes or gaps.

Rodents often use such entry points to gain access to a building.

If you do not seal potential rodent entry points, rats and mice will keep getting inside regardless of whether you set traps or use rodent repellents.

Ideally, you should:

  • Seal all openings bigger than a quarter-inch with mesh or steel wool. Put caulk around the steel wool to make sure it remains in place.
  • Avoid closing gaps with pieces of wood or cardboard; roof rats can easily chew through these materials but they cannot get through steel wool.
  • Use cement, metal sheets, or hardware cloth in order to seal large gaps.
  • Use a sealant to stop all airflow through a small hole; the scent of food from inside the home can motivate rats or mice to repeatedly chew on it to get in.
  • Check if all door and window screens fit correctly; if required, use door sweeps.

Materials required for sealing rodent entry points can be found online or at a local hardware store. However, it is best if you rely upon a rodent control company for professional-grade repairs.

Final Words

Rodent invasions happen all through the year but it is especially important to protect your home from rodents during the winter season.  

Whether it’s a rat or mice infestation, can be judged by the signs but keep in mind that DIY rodent control methods hardly work.

When you notice the signs such as squeaking noise during the night, droppings, urine marks, strained pathways, foul odor, gnaw marks, shredded nesting material, etc. in and around the attic, it’s time to contact rodent control specialists for cost-effective and one-time treatment.  

If you live in an area known to have rodent infestations or your neighbors have had such issues in the past, it is a good idea to consider rodent-proofing your house. After all, prevention is better than cure.

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  • Paul K.Los Angeles, CA


    February 8, 2020

    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


    February 8, 2020

    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.

  • Jay J.Northridge, CA


    February 8, 2020

    If you have a rodent problem, these are the guys to call! The lifetime guarantee is amazing; what better way to eradicate rodents and make sure they stay gone forever. They check the entire perimeter of your home--top to bottom--to ensure it is completely closed off to any future unwanted guests. They will make as many house calls as needed to address customer concerns. Seriously, give these guys a call. You won't regret it!

  • Daviozzz A. Los Angeles, CA


    February 8, 2020

    These guys really know what their doing. I had an ongoing problem for about 6 months, I could not sleep at night, my dog was driving me crazy. They came out and did their famous rodent treatment. No noises for about a month. Thank you guys.

  • Molly H. Los Angeles, CA


    February 8, 2020

    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!!!

  • Sean M. Los Angeles, CA


    February 8, 2020

    Rodents Stop made a lot of promises when they first came out, I thought it was to good to be true but wow, what an amazing service. From the office staff to the employees actually doing work. My problem was on going for about 2 years, I know right, who would deal with something for that long, the truth is that I tried other companies and they really didn't do much. Not to mention they didn't solve my problem. All other companies know how to do is set traps, they don't clean up, they don't seal openings, and they don't spray for disease. Also no one offers a life time guarantee like rodents stop. I like that. I feel like I just moved into a new house. It's been 2 months now and I'm actually getting some sleep at night. No dead rats in traps, no flies, nothing to do with rats or mice what's so ever. Thanks Rodents stop.

  • Rachael S. Bellflower, CA


    February 8, 2020

    I emailed them a couple of times desperate for service. It says they service the Los Angeles area (which should include Bellflower). I'm disabled and live alone with my small dog. I've been fighting mice for 2.5 years but am in desperate need for someone who really knows what they are doing and has a lifetime warranty because my dog and I have become infested with some kind of parasites that the mice brought in. I have several lesions and a huge infection on my back from the parasites. I left them my email and phone number with no response. I can't find another company with their experience, ratings, and guarantee and I'm really desperate for help and really disappointed they haven't contacted me. Again I emailed you last night, and got zero response today. I don't get it. As long as I give you the review you want, you ignore me? But as soon as you don't like my rating, you'll move heaven and earth to talk to me??

  • Paul M. Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA


    February 8, 2020

    We're selling our house and we needed to get take care of the mess that rats had done to our attic. Zev came out the next day and gave a fair quote for the job. The Rodents Stop crew came out the day after and took care of cleaning and patching the whole house in a timely manner. They were all very professional and very thorough. Heather on the phone was extremely delightful to deal with also. I highly recommend them!

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