We all want to keep our homes safe from unwanted pests. The good news is that attic insulation can protect against rodents as well as boost a home’s energy efficiency. Here are our tips to defend your home from these unwanted visitors.
The Problematic Pest
Rodents typically include rats and mice, and can cause great damage to a home. They chew on wires and piping, and contaminate your insulation through urination and defecation. In addition to being difficult to control, rodents may carry a host of diseases and can taint food with their fur, saliva, and waste.
How Can I Prevent Rodent Infestation?
It’s important to ensure that there are no holes or gaps in your home that allow rodents to get into the structure. Even a quarter of an inch can be enough for them to get through! This can include roof lines, eavestroughs, and vents. Do a thorough inspection or hire a professional to check your property for any possible entry points. If any are found, ensure that they are sealed with metal and a sealant so rodents can’t chew through it. Other simple prevention measures include capping chimneys, making sure vents are properly fitted, and trimming tree branches that hang over roofs. Rodents can only be truly eliminated after everything is sealed.
How Do I Get Rid of Rodents?
Traps and baits can be used to snare rodents once your home has been sealed. However, rodent control can be challenging! The presence of just one rodent could possibly signal an infestation. If you don’t know what type of rodent may be infesting your attic, or don’t feel comfortable dealing with these pests, don’t hesitate to call a pest management professional.
Post-Rodent Attic Restoration
After those pesky pests have been dealt with, it’s highly likely that your attic insulation may be compromised due to rodent urination and defecation. As was mentioned earlier, rodents also carry diseases, so it’s very important to call a professional service to help dispose of, clean, or restore your attic insulation. This will not only ensure a safe and healthy home, but one that will properly regulate temperatures and remain energy efficient.
Parker Pest Control wants to help keep every corner of your home—from attic to foundation—free from pests. Call us today at 800-324-BUGS(2847) or visit us online for any and all questions about our services.