Rodent problems are not only hazardous to your health, they can sometimes be quite costly. When many of us think of rats and mice, we envision filth-laden creatures carrying diseases and contaminating our food. But rodent problems can also create a fire hazard, in the case of one of these pests eating through your home’s wiring. Or they can cost you money by using your car’s engine as its new home, chewing through your vehicle’s wiring in order to create a nest.
Very often, rodents will congregate in your attic. This includes even squirrels, which can cause considerable amount of mayhem and damage if left unchecked. Today’s intent is to inform you of steps you can take to clean your attic and keep those pesky critters out of these.
First, straighten up any clutter.
All rodents, regardless of their size, need shelter. The average attic is the perfect safe haven for mice, rats, squirrels, and others because let’s face it, none of us like to go up to the attic, let alone clean it. The attic is No Man’s Land, where old knick knacks, memorabilia, and random objects go to die. Over time, these items really stack up and create a nice cozy home for rodents. So the first step in cleaning the attic is to remove any clutter that has gathered. Straighten up boxes, put away loose papers and discarded items, and store them in such a way that using them as shelter becomes more difficult.
Next, wipe it down.
Many rodents love to live in filth. They’re often looking for a place that fits their persona, which means they’re very happy in a place full of dirt and grime. Attics can get quite filthy when they haven’t been cared for properly. The good news is that this is easy to solve. Simply grab a broom, some cleaning supplies, and a gaggle of papertowels, and get to work. Before you know it, you’ll have an environment that won’t be very suitable to the invading creatures, and your rodent problems will be gone.
Maintaining the cleanliness.
Once you’ve followed these steps to solve your rodent problems, it’s important that you stay on top of them. The schedule is up to you, but you should probably check out the situation once a week to make sure that it’s staying clean. This will go a long way to keeping your attic rodent-free. But don’t stop there. Seal up any gaps in the outlying walls that these pests might be using to get in. Set up traps and check on them on a weekly basis. Following the above steps and maintaining your attic’s cleanliness will ensure that your attic is not rodent friendly.
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