A sound no one likes to hear is that of rodents or other pests scurrying about the home! Rats and other rodents will make themselves into very unwelcomed guests if you allow them even the slightest of opportunity. Not only can they cause extensive damage to your property, but they can also carry disease and create unhealthy conditions in your home.
When it comes to rodents, the best defense is a good offense. With a program of rodent proofing and other appropriate precautions, you can keep rats and other rodents from getting into your home in the first place. While rodents in your crawl space and attic are something you may dread, undertaking appropriate rodent proofing can make it a problem you never have to deal with.
What are some signs that I may have a rodent problem in my crawl space?
When it comes to rodents or other pests in your home, there are certain telltale signs to keep an eye out for. While some are obvious, like smudges on your walls and other surfaces, other early indicators include rodent droppings in drawers, cabinets, and other spots. The sound of scurrying feet is always a big giveaway.
Another thing you may notice is a foul smell that is caused by nesting materials and rodent waste. If it’s clear you have a rodent problem in your crawl space or attic, the next step is to eradicate the problem and then pursue a program of rodent proofing.
What are some common entry points into my crawl space that rodents take advantage of?
There are three main places you should check first if you think you may have a rodent problem or if you are taking proactive steps by rodent-proofing your home.
The first place to look is to see if you have any cracks in your walls. Inspect both the exterior and interior of your home to see if there are any potential entry points. If you see anything that looks like trouble, fill the holes with caulk, and use a combination of waterproof sealant and steel wool to fill in any bigger gaps.
Another place to check is around your vents. Vents are a key part of your HVAC and plumbing systems, and they are a great place for rodents to make entry into your home. You’ll want to make sure that any holes and gaps around your vents are properly sealed and that the openings are covered with metal screening.
A third-place that may seem obvious is if you have holes in your roof. Rodents and other pests can gain access through the smallest of gaps, and once they’re in, they have free reign in your walls, crawl space, and attic.
What should I do if I need rodent proofing in my home?
Give us a call today if you think you have rodent problems! Attic Projects professionals are the region’s experts when it comes to pest eradication and rodent proofing. We also offer free inspections for all of our services. We’ll make sure that your house is free from pests and safe from future infestations.