How to keep rats out of the attic
At this time of year as the weather drops colder, rats may head for the warm shelter your home could provide. One particular hideout popular with rodents is your attic or loft space.
How do rats get in the attic?
You might be wondering how the rats managed to get up there in the first place. Aside from being excellent climbers who might be able to access the upper part of your house by climbing from tree branches etc and finding a way in through the roof, they are also very adept at finding entry points such as ground-level pipes that lead up to the attic.
How can you prevent rats from entering?
If the thought of rats scurrying around in your loft has you scared to sleep at night, there are some preventative measures you can take:
Seal any cracks and gaps in the exterior of your property
Structural damage such as a crack in the wall presents an opportunity for rodents to find a way inside. Rats are nimble creatures capable of fitting into small gaps and can even gnaw their way in if their chosen access hole is too small.
Don’t leave food out
Try to store food in sealed containers to prevent attracting rats, and avoid leaving pet food out where possible.
Don’t leave rubbish or debris near your home
If you need to store rubbish outside, make sure it is as far away from your house as possible and keep bin lids sealed.
Keep plants and tree branches trimmed
Remember that rats are excellent climbers and could use climbing plants like ivy or hanging tree branches to help them gain entry.
Inspect your home for entry points
You could do this yourself by carefully assessing your home for possible vulnerabilities as discussed above, or a pest control professional may be able to come out and do the assessment for you.
If you are looking for pest control experts to help with your rat or rodent problem in Yorkshire, please call our team on 0800 542 6359 and they will be able to help you find the solution.
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