Rodents are commonly small but they can be dangerous. They can go right inside your homes and hide themselves without you actually noticing them. When they start to populate, you will be so surprised by how much damage they have already been causing you. Often, it is not just your home or structure that is compromised but much more your own wellbeing. Yes, these pests can spread diseases that will affect your life in general.
The attic is the most common breathing ground for rodents. Not only will they start bothering you there with their noises; they will also definitely cause damage to the place where they stay on. They use their small incisors to bite into just about anything and when worse turns to worst, they leave their dirt anywhere, their feces included. When rodents are there in your attic and you want to chase them away, here is what you should do.
Investigate the problem
Starting to do things on your own would require careful inspection of certain things. This would also mean finding out how rodents start entering your structure and where they actually start their journey. You will be surprised to find out that they use specific entry points to start bugging into your property. You have to carefully scrutinise each entry point or suffer the threat of having rodents in your attic all your life.
In order to establish these entry points even better, you can start with a list of entry points they commonly make use of. This list includes eaves and vents as well as plumbing stacks and roof joints. They can also enter through the chimney and AC chases. You will then need to look at its spot thoroughly if you want to see the better way to trap and remove them. Alongside establishing these specific visual entry points, you may also want to use the noises they make to know where they are actually hiding at.
You should have a better knowledge of their behaviour too
Knowing how rodents behave will help you understand the real harm they can inflict on your lives. Gnawing is a common behaviour. Leaving grease and brown stains at entry points is another. You would also notice that they leave indications on their trails thus making it easier for you to look into their ‘hideous plans’. They may have bitten or gnawed on your pipes and wires and this is something you certainly would want fixed right away.
Seal things up
When you have already established the rodent’s common entry points, it would be good to start sealing them right away. You would not want to leave any of those entry points or lose your chance to totally get rid of them. When you have sealed all these parts, you would realise how easy it is to get rid of them.
Start trapping these rodents
When you have sealed the entry or exit points for rodents, you can now proceed to trapping and removing them from your attic. In this regard, you are given a few choices that would work for your convenience. The first option is to use live cage traps and another is to use the so-called lethal snap traps. If you have time and you feel like doing some carpentry would be best, you can install a one-way funnel door where these rodents can take an exit. Any of these methods are considered humane enough (which can help you if you have some wildlife cause or concerns). Once you have established the perfect method for you to use, you can start setting up a trap for rodent exclusion. Remember that proper placement of these traps is most important amongst all other considerations when it comes to trapping.
Decontaminate and deodorise
If you want to make sure that rodents will not infest you anytime in the near future, it would be good to clean after trapping them. Decontaminating their usual breathing grounds and deodorising these places would be a good way to prevent harm in your home and on your health and wellbeing as well. Deodorising would help keep away other rodents from coming into your attic. Remember that the pheromone scent left by your attic boarders would be a way to attract new ones to come in but once you have sanitised or deodorised the area, they will be gone for good.
Take essential steps to eliminate them
The tips we have mentioned above are not as easy as you think they are. They all require passion, time and effort. When you feel like you cannot do things on your own, the best way to eliminate the problem is to ask wildlife control specialists to help you. This is a sure-fire way to get rid of those pests since these experts can make use of their knowledge and tools to deal with the infestation efficiently.