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The Dangers of Rodents in the Attic

When the mercury drops, the food becomes scarce and the chill in the air becomes unbearable.

During this time, your home can appear like the perfect destination for rats or mice searching for food, water, and warmth.

Mice and rats are nasty little creatures that look harmless but can pose several serious threats, should they find their way into your attic.

So, you shouldn’t ignore the advice on how to keep rats and mice out of your attic.

Here in this post, we’ll take a look at some of the biggest dangers posed by rodents in the attic.

1. Rodents Can Spread Dangerous and Even Deadly Diseases

The most serious danger rats and mice pose comes from the diseases they may carry and pass on to your family members and pets.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), rodents can directly or indirectly transmit dozens of serious and even deadly diseases.

Some of the diseases directly transmitted by rodents such as rats and mice include Hantavirus, Leptospirosis, Salmonella, rat-bite fever, and bubonic plague.

The transmission of disease-causing bacteria and viruses from infected rodents to humans or pets can happen in many ways.

Rodents’ urine, droppings, and their decomposed bodies are primary modes of transmission.

In the recent past, several cases of Hantavirus infection have been found in California. Human exposure to such disease vectors is still rare but an infection can have serious health implications.

Rodents can also scratch and bite anyone if they are somehow cornered in the attic, without any opportunity to escape.

When this happens, the person scratched or bitten would have to immediately see a doctor to check for the possibility of having contracted a disease.

2. Greater Risk of Allergies among the Residents

Rodent presence has been linked to allergic reactions in humans.

Various harmful chemicals found in rodent droppings, urine, hair, trails, etc. can cause allergic reactions.

Scientific studies have already established that exposure to rodents can aggravate symptoms associated with asthma.

According to the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH), approximately 20% of children suffering from asthma in inner-city areas in the United States were found to have been sensitized to rats. Roughly 15% of these children were found to have been sensitized to mice.

This isn’t surprising because the presence of mouse allergen has been found in 82% of homes in the United States.

3. Damage

Rodents don’t chew on food alone.

Both rats and mice have powerful, incisor teeth that never stop growing. They need to keep filing down their teeth. Hence the constant need to gnaw on anything they can land their teeth on.

From your precious family heirlooms and file folders to wooden furniture, walls, doors, floors, and plastic plumbing rats and mice will keep damaging one thing or the other.

When in the attic, they love to tear up paper, photographs, cardboard boxes, fabrics, insulation, etc. Shredded pieces serve as cozy nesting materials.

Rats and mice also have dirt and oil on their coats. When they walk along walls or siding, they can leave damaging strains on them.

Continued accumulation of rodent urine and droppings in the attic can also cause rot in the wood.  

4. Rodent Passages into Living Areas

A growing population of rats and mice in the attic will eventually try to gain access to the main part of your residence.

After all, rodents in the attic will keep looking for more food.  

If they stumble upon a tiny open passage alongside the vents, walls, etc., they will gnaw on it and turn it into a primary portal through which they can enter the living spaces in your house.

When this occurs, a rat or mice infestation can grow significantly in a very short timeframe.

For instance, if a few rats or mice enter your attic in winters, they may multiply and infest the entire building by the time spring arrives.

5. Fire Hazard

Gnawed wood and burrows under the floor or along the foundation of a building are damaging to the house. However, these damages aren’t nearly as dangerous to the residents as gnawed electrical cables.

According to one estimate, rodents gnawing on electrical wires (or their insulation) and leaving them exposed cause approximately 20% of house fires in the United States.

There are ways to keep rats or mice out of your attic.

Final Words

When the winter is around the corner, it is a good idea to get attic cleaning and decontamination done by rodent control experts.Preventive measures are necessary if you or your neighbors have had rodent problems in the past.

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  • Paul K.Los Angeles, CA

    October 5, 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

    October 5, 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

    October 5, 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

    October 5, 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

    October 5, 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

    October 5, 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

    October 5, 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

    October 5, 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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