Your attic is prime real estate for rodents to sneak into and turn into their home. As a homeowner, it is vital to understand which rodents are invading your attic and why. They pose considerable threats to you and your family and should not be taken lightly.
Why are They in the Attic?
Common rodents found in an attic are rats, mice, and squirrels. Your attic provides a great sanctuary for them. Acting as a defense against larger predators along with the elements, rodents seek out your attic and use it as their own makeshift home using your insulation for nesting. Rats and mice are nocturnal and therefore enjoy the darkness of the attic and can often be found in hidden corners where they can be secluded.
What Are the Dangers?
Having rodents in your attic brings a large risk to you and your family. Squirrels use pheromones in their urine to attract other squirrels leading to an infestation. Often, they chew on the wood found in the attic, including your beams, damaging the structural integrity of your home over time. Rats, mice, and squirrels are also known for carrying diseases with them that put your family at risk for exposure to several diseases including:
- Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
- Lassa Fever
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
Hire a Professional
Rodents, though small, present a significant danger to your home and family. At the first sign of invasion you should contact a professional as attempting to handle it yourself can be very dangerous. Critter ControlÂ® of Delaware Valley can help you with rodent problems safely and effectively. Contact us at 610-385-4405 for a fast and free estimate today.