Do You Have A Rodent Problem in Your Attic?

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Rats in an attic

Unidentified noises coming from the attic are never a good sign. Figuring out just what is causing all that ruckus is your first step in resolving the problem. Each type of rodent requires a different plan of action for its complete removal. So, upon hearing noises in the attic, use these signs to tell if rats, mice, or squirrels are causing problems up there.

Signs of a Rodent Infestation in Your Attic

Here are some of the most common signs of a pest nesting in your attic:

Droppings Everywhere

Although many are mighty cute, squirrels and other rodents are not well-known for keeping the place clean and tidy. In fact, they just leave their feces everywhere, covering your attic surfaces with droppings. These droppings look like small, dark brown pellets that are the same shape and size as raisins. If the pellets are sitting around in your attic for an extended period of time, they start to lose their color, becoming light brown or tan.

Unpleasant Odors

Squirrels and other rodents do not just leave their droppings everywhere—they also urinate all over. As their waste products accumulate, your attic can start to stink up a storm. You may catch a whiff and go scurrying for fresh air, much like you wish these pests would. Since the rodents never get a bath, their sheer presence can cause your attic to stink as well, making it a very unpleasant place to visit. If left for too long, the unpleasant odors can even waft into your living space. So, it is well worth taking care of well before that happens.

Structure Damage

Upon making their way into the attic space, rodents of all kinds immediately start sprucing up their home. But they are not busy improving the place to your standards. It is quite the opposite, actually. They gnaw and chew at the lumber and insulation, making room for their nests and many babies to come. The result is big gnawed-out areas that are often surrounded by sawdust and wood fiber. They may even chew through wires, causing your phone, internet, or power to go out without a moment’s notice.

Why Do Rats and Mice Infest My Attic?

Rats and mice will most commonly infest attics in the winter, as they are seeking shelter from DFW’s ridiculous cold weather

How To Prevent Rodent Infestations In Your Attic

We recommend locating and sealing off any possible entry points and remember, mice and rats can enter through a hole the size of a dime.  

What To Do If You Think You Have Rodents In Your Attic?

Your team at Alamo Termite & Pest Control can inspect your attic, identify the pest, and work with you to create and enact a removal plan, ridding your attic of all rodents and other problematic creatures, including raccoons

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