Is Your Attic Pest Proof?

Pests are pesky creatures. That is, they are experts at finding ways to enter your home through the smallest and toughest entrances available, and often do so via your attic.

Rodents (mice and rats) are number one when it comes to unwanted attic residents, but ants, spiders, stinkbugs, cockroaches, and other creepy crawlers make a close second.

Pests enter our homes because it’s warm, it’s cozy, and we have lots of food (which we provide unwittingly to our pest invaders). It’s no wonder pests decide to freeload.

Pests also enter our attics when it becomes colder and when it rains a lot.

Pests can enter your attic through the smallest of openings – take a look at a crack that’s as thin as a dime, insects can enter your home through that small space!

Once pests enter, they can cause tremendous damage: rats and mice can destroy your attic’s insulation and can chew through electrical wires. In fact, rodent damage to electrical wires can cause up to 25 percent of U.S. house fires each year.

But attic pests needn’t pester you. Read below for tips and strategies to help you pest-proof your attic.

•    One of the first things you should do is take make sure that anything you store in an attic is stored in sealed, plastic containers and off of the attic floor. Never store anything in a cardboard box (pests love to make nests in cardboard).

•    Make sure your attic is ventilated and dry (run a dehumidifier if necessary) and regularly inspect  your home’s gutters and water diverts to make sure they are clear of debris.

•    Check for access holes inside your attic and outside the walls of your house, in your garage, and on your roof. Any hole larger than a quarter needs to be sealed (mice and rats can enter your attic through a hole that small).

•    Look at air flow vents. Check for holes that may be made when you have cable and/or phone lines installed or when a plumber or electrician works on your home.

•    To bar pests from entering your attic, you can place metal mesh or steel wool over gaps. Metal screens can cover vents. You also can spray hardening foam or install very tight meshing into small spaces.

The absolute best way to pest-proof your attic is to call in a professional pest control service such as Nature’s Way Pest Control. We know exactly where to look to find those tiny pest access spots and we’ll make them pest-proof quickly. Contact us today.

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