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When you go into your attic after months, or even years, of not needing to bring anything out of storage, it can be a shock to find your stored items in disarray when you finally do need to retrieve an item you haven’t used for a long time. Unfortunately, the damage and destruction you are now seeing in your attic space is most likely due to a rodent infestation.

Rats and mice invade homes all year long but do infest homes more often during the fall and winter months as the weather grows colder. Finding rodents inside your attic is probably the last thing any homeowner wants to deal with this year. It is important to understand what to look for when identifying a rodent problem in your home.

Damage Rodents Cause in Attics

Some of the things that link mice or rats to the damage in your attic include:

  • The stench of urine and feces. Rat and mouse droppings are small, black, and thin, often scattered throughout the space they are infesting.
  • Torn up insulation. Rodents often use the insulation in your walls and attic to create nests for themselves and for any of their young.
  • Seeing torn up insulation and bits of soft materials all over your attic is a strong indicator of rodents.
  • Gnaw marks - Rodents needs to chew to keep their teeth sharp and worn down. Mice and rats chew on furniture, structural beams, wires, piping, and just about anything if it is hard enough to wear their teeth down.

Why the attic?

Many times rodents choose to invade attics, in particular, because they are hidden, usually unused, and provide plenty of spaces to hide in or items to sneak behind. When rodents get into homes, they typically try to avoid any human activity. Your attic and wall spaces often fit the bill, making these spaces attractive to rodents to settle and reproduce, creating an even larger rodent infestation problem for the future.

Professional Help Can Solve Your Problem

If you have started seeing signs of rodent activity within your home or in your attic, make sure you contact a licensed pest professional right away. You should never try to handle a rodent infestation on your own, as it could be potentially dangerous if they bite or scratch you. Always leave rodent control up to the highly trained team of pest control experts here a Witt Pest Management.
 
We have the resources and equipment needed to keep your home protected all year long. Give us a call if you’d like to learn more about all the home pest control services we provide, and keep your home free of pests for several years to come!

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