Rats, Mice, Squirrels, Opossum, & Raccoons are some of the most common four-leg home attic and crawlspace invaders in California & Washington. The droppings and urine mess are just part of the destruction these critters cause in homes. Learn how to keep rodents out of your attic and crawlspace in this short DIY How-To Video. Scroll down to watch.
Rats & Mice Start 8% of House Fires
Traps and poisons will not prevent rodents like rats and mice from chewing on your electrical wires. It’s estimated that rats start 8% of the 1.6 million house fires in the USA each year. Your insurance may not cover fires started by rodents chewing on wires. Check your homeowner’s policy.
Rats have teeth that grow constantly. They need to wear their teeth down or die from biting themselves. Most of us would prefer they bite themselves but the fact is they are survivors who chew on everything and are evolving four times faster than us.
Rodents Spread Disease in your H
Rodents keep returning to your attic and crawlspace to give birth because your attic is warm and dry. Most natural predators will not climb up on your roof and enter your attic. Rodents in your attic are free to give birth to as many pups as they can deliver. Rats and other rodents love the top of your heating and cooling (HVAC)ducts because it’s comfortable for them. Sometimes rats and mice will chew a hole in your ducts and nest in your HVAC system. The HVAC Ducts make a nice burrow. Unfortunately, with rodents inside the ducts, the A/C and heat vents are spreading disease throughout your home by contaminating the air you and your family breathe. Things like rodent hair, fleas, ticks, mites, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Leptospirosis, Plague, Rat Bite Fever, Salmonella, Tularemia, and Asthma can spread through the ducts and gaps around lights, bathroom fans, and attic doors. Those are the diseases that spread through the air you breathe. There are more than 28 other diseases that you can get from direct contact with rodent droppings, rodent urine, fleas, mites, and tick bites.
Rodents are hard to trap
Rodents like rats and mice are said to be Neophobic. This means rats and mice are afraid of anything new in their environment. Placing a trap in the attic or crawlspace may trap some of the inexperienced young rats and mice but the cautious ones live on to breed another generation of smart super rats that are more afraid of the traps.
Rats are becoming immune to some poisons.
Because the rats multiply so fast they are developing immunity to poisons that are Warfarin like anticoagulants. Anticoagulants meaning the rodents are supposed to bleed to death and die after eating the poison. A newborn rat pup is ready to begin breeding at just 12 weeks old. By the end of the year, one breeding pair are responsible for creating 11,210 rats.
Each generation of rodents return to give birth in your attic or crawlspace.
Rats and other rodents follow the urine and rodent dropping trails back to your attic or crawlspace to give birth to the next generation. This goes on spring summer winter and fall. Your home becomes marked as part of the rodents territory. While they use your home as a nursery the rodents also us it as a bathroom. Rats and mice have weak bladders and urinate all over your insulation. They make burrows in the blown-in insulation. Rats chew through wood, plastic, aluminum, and drywall creating holes for other rodents to enter and nest in your home.
Reduce the smell of rodent droppings & urine in your home.
The best way to control rodents is to keep them out of your home. Rodent proofing using pro-materials is the best way to