Do You Have House Guests (Rats) In Your Attic?

ratsRats! Recently, we’ve been receiving a lot of calls from homeowners concerned about the pitter patter of little feet in their attics.  It’s not Christmas, so those little feet can’t be from Santa or his reindeer.

Sarasota, FL is a wonderful place to live.  The warm climate attracts vacationers, retirees, and snow birds and allows rats to thrive.  Yes, that’s right…..Rats.

Rats can gain access to your home from the roof.  Rats prefer inside, high places and you’re your attic fits the bill.  Your insulation provides nice nesting materials for them as well.

A typical rat is 13 to 18 inches long, including the tail, but only needs an opening the size of a quarter to gain access to your home.  They are good climbers and can easily get to your roof via trees, walls, utility lines and other structures.

There are some steps you can take to prevent rat infestation in your home:

  1. Keep your trees, bushes and vines trimmed
  2. Pick up citrus from your trees when ripe and don’t leave fruit on the ground
  3. Don’t leave pet food outside
  4. Make sure your roof vents have screens and are in good repair
  5. Fix any plumbing leaks or roof leaks, the water attracts rats and insects
  6. Have your roof inspected for loose soffits, rotten wood, or roof leaks

Rats can easily gain access to your attic if there is rotten wood from roof leaks.  Rats can chew almost anything and the soft wood from leaks makes it that much easier for them.

We have seen cases where homeowners struggled trying to rid their attics of rats, only to have the problem continue for many months.

If you are having trouble with these unwanted house guests, it’s a good idea to call a professional roofer for an inspection.   We’ve solved many mysteries involving rat access.

Please call 941-474-2113 or email if you need a roof inspection or a referral for a good pest control company in the Sarasota, FL area.

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