Tis the season for rodents to be in the garage and attic. It’s cold and
sometimes wet outside and the inclement weather will send those rats
looking for warm shelter. Think of that warm insulation in your attic,
keeping your home warm. It’s perfect for rats to burrow into. Once they
get in there, they will urinate all over in that insulation causing a
major sanitation problem if it’s left unchecked to long. The good news
is….there is a solution to any rodent situation.
Rats in the attic: The first step is the obvious step. We need to set
traps to knock down that population. But remember trapping is only the
first step. It is NOT the only step. If you trap the rats you likely
will eliminate the the current problem. But a week, a month or maybe
months later you will likely have rats again. So you solved the current
problem, but you didn’t solve the problem permanently.
A year ago I had a customer who had rats in her attic. So I placed traps
in her attic and monitored for about a month. In that months time I
caught 3 rats. We identified the entry point, where the rats were coming
into the attic as well as other potential entry points. The one entry
point we know by the grease marks the rats were leaving on the side of
the house. We let the customer know about these areas and suggested to
seal these points up. The customer said she would like to see how the
trapping goes first. The first check back I made on those traps I caught
two rats, the second check back I caught one. The third visit I didn’t
catch anything. The customer asked me at this point if I could wait two
weeks instead of one week before my fourth and final check back since I
didn’t catch anything on my third visit, to which I agreed. Two weeks
later I came back and didn’t catch anything on that visit either.
Because I didn’t catch anything, the customer didn’t see a need to seal
the entry points up. That was a year ago this month. So far so good. As
far as she knows there are no rats in her attic as of October of this
year. She’s been lucky so far. But she’s running a risk. There is
definitely rodent activity in the yard, as I have bait stations out
there and those stations have high activity every month.
So as I mentioned earlier in this blog you never know how long it will
be before the rats return if you don’t seal the entry points. In this
case it’s been a year and she’s good. But I have had other jobs where I
trapped the rats, did not seal the entry points and within a couple
weeks or months, the customer is calling back, saying the rats have
Doing just the first step with rodents is a gamble with your money. Why
spend your hard earned money to only do part of the job? Only doing part
of the job isn’t doing the job correctly.
So let’s talk about doing the whole job properly. To properly keep the
rats out of your home you want to do what I call a rodent proof. First
as mentioned above we set traps and we monitor those traps for three to
five visits, depending on the severity. After the traps have been placed
for approximately 2 weeks, we will come in and identify the entry \
potential entry points and seal those. These entry points can be roof
joints , t- vents and other vents on the exterior of the home among
We always recommend rodent bait stations to be placed outside the house
too. After we have sealed, or “rodent proofed “your home, we will
generally leave the traps in the attic for 5 – 7 days after, just to
make sure we didn’t seal a rat inside the attic with no way out. When
all three of these measures have been taken, we will give you a 2 year
warranty on the rodent proof. You are guaranteed to not have rodents in
your attic or home again. If you do and it is in the 2 year warranty
time, then let us know and we will promptly return to solve the problem
free of charge.
So have you heard noises in your attic?