Attic Pest Removal – A Guide

August 29th, 2012

Attic is the place where most of us store items that we cherish for years to come. This is a place in the house that you may not visit or clean on a daily basis. Such places are at a high risk of being infested by pests. Depending on the area you live in, the pest that infests your attic may differ. They may destroy your belongings and also make the place unhygienic. Before you start with attic pest removal, it is important to determine what kind of pest your attic is infested with. The pests may vary from rat, mice, bat or squirrels. You could identify the pest by their excreta that you may find in your attic or the sounds you hear. Once you identify the pest, you could either hire professional services or you could look for manuals that would help you with the pest control in your attic. Here are some attic pest removal tips for the most commonly seen animals. Rodents Mice are a nuisance as they multiply rapidly and may destroy your plumbing and electric wires. Set mouse traps at intervals in your attic. You must remove the traps as soon as a mouse is trapped or else other mice will not fall to the bait. Foods that act as bait include cheese and peanut butter. Keeping your attic clean will also help in keeping rodents away. You must also seal away open spaces or holes in your attic to prevent rodents from re-entering. Squirrels Squirrels are mostly drawn away by the smell of moth balls. Placing moth balls in your attic may keep them away. If this does not work, use traps. Food items like cereals, grains and apples are effective baits for squirrels. Check your traps and if a squirrel is trapped, release them in an area full of greenery, far  away from your home. Raccoons and Bats These are the most difficult to get rid of. Hence, it is advisable to hire professional attic pest removal services to get rid of raccoons and bats. One way to trick the bats into leaving your attic is to place a cover at their entry point with a mesh in such a way that it will enable the bats to exit but not to re-enter. Once you have ridden your attic from pests ensure that they do not enter again by making sure that all open holes and gutters outside your home are sealed. It would also be advisable to trim trees and shrubs near the windows. After your attic pest removal, clean your attic of the animal excreta and waste. Decontaminate it properly. While cleaning, use gloves and cover your mouth with a mask. You could also alternatively hire cleaning services to do the attic pest removal job for you.