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  • Insulation Removal on US Air Force Reserve Base
  • Attic Cleaning at Google offices
  • Insulation Removal at Toyota offices
  • Attic Cleaning at AAA offices
  • Attic Cleaning at State Farm offices
  • Insulation Removal at Wells Fargo branch
  • Attic Cleaning and Insulation Removal for Caltrans offices
  • Insulation Removal at off campus housing
  • Bird droppings cleanup in parking deck

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Small Space Attic Cleaning - San Diego
Small Space Attic Cleaning – San Diego
Small Space Attic Cleaning – San Diego
Attic Debris Cleanup - Rancho Santa Fe
Attic Debris Cleanup – Rancho Santa Fe
Attic Debris Cleanup – Rancho Santa Fe
Blown Insulation Removal – Napa
Blown Insulation Removal – Napa
Blown Insulation Removal – Napa

Recent Posts

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Blown Insulation Vs Batt Insulation
February 10, 2016 Attic Guys
Blown Insulation vs. Rolled or Batt Insulation

When installing insulation in your home, there are several important decisions to make. These decisions…

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September 16, 2015 Attic Guys
The Benefits of a Well-Insulated Attic

Most people know, as homeowners, that they should probably insulate their attic, but what are…

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Attic Condensation
May 1, 2014 Logan A
Causes and Solutions For Attic Condensation

Condensation in the attic is a serious problem that must be addressed by homeowners. If…

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Rat Nests 101: Identifying The Source of Your Pest Problem

Rat photo by IRRI Photos.

Rat infestations in the home can lead to both physical and mental anguish. These resilient rodents are able to gain entry into the home through cracks and holes no larger than the size of a nickel. Once inside, they’ll spread bacteria and other potentially dangerous microorganisms through their urine and feces, which can lead to a wide range of illnesses.

But the real problem associated with rat infestations is the enormous amount of stress and anxiety they place on family members. No one wants to share their home with rats, and knowing that they are hidden somewhere in in the home is enough to drive family members crazy.

Rats are habitual creatures that typically follow the same routine on a daily basis (or nightly basis — rats are nocturnal). Once they’ve located a source of food, they will likely continue to go back and feed until the source is depleted. If you’re struggling with a rat infestation in your home, you should place all of your food in sealed plastic containers to discourage rats from feeding on it.

Also, it’s recommended that all dog, cat, bird or other pet food is placed in a large metal container with a secure lid. Rats and other rodents love to feast on pet food, and they may even drag some of it to their nesting area.

Contrary to what some people may believe, rats typically don’t nest directly on their food source. Instead, they prefer to build nests in dark, isolated areas where they are protected against natural predators. Unfortunately, attics offer the perfect nesting environment for rats, mice and other rodents. Rats will remain in the attic during the day and come down below to feed on leftover scraps and food in the kitchen and trash.

A rat nest is fairly easy to identify in the attic — assuming it’s in a visible area and not hidden behind a wall. It may consist of shredded insulation, newspaper, cardboard, pine straw and various other materials. Of course, you’ll likely see plenty of droppings covering it as well. Rat nests must be eliminated to discourage them from residing inside the home. Allowing these rodents to build and maintain nests will allow increase the chance of them breeding, which can drastically intensify the problem of an infestation.

Have you discovered a rat nest in your home or attic? Let us know in the comments section below!

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What Are The Health Risks of Rats Living Inside My Attic?

Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common questions among homeowners. Rats are perceived as dirty pests that can chew their way through just about anything, including steel, but how much of a problem do they really pose to families?

Lack of Sleep and Stress

Let’s first talk about the obvious effects of having rats living inside your attic: lack of sleep and emotional stress. Rats, like most rodents, are nocturnal, meaning they actively search for food under the cloak of night. When you lay down in bed after a long and exhausting day at work, you might hear the scampering of rat feet running throughout the attic. Rather than catching some much-needed sleep, you lie in bed staring at the alarm clock for hours on end.

There’s also a very real emotional stress that comes along with rat infestations in the attic. Even if you rarely see them, just knowing that you are sharing your home with these dirty rodents creates emotional stress.

Disease and Illness

Of course, rat infestations may also leave your family susceptible to disease and illness. Rats were responsible for transmitting the Bubonic Plague, which killed millions of Europeans, so don’t underestimate their potential. Some of the diseases and illnesses modern-day rats are known to carry include the following:

  • Murine typhus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Rat-bite fever
  • Hantavirus
  • Jaundice
  • Salmonella
  • Tulameria

Rats typically transmit diseases through urine and droppings. When the sun goes down and family members go their bedrooms to sleep, rats will make their way down from the attic and into the kitchen where they scavenge for any available food. As they tear into your bread, cookie mix, muffin mix and other food products, they leave behind small piles of feces along with pools of urine.

Note: it’s recommended that homeowners dealing with rat infestations place their food in sealed containers until the problem is resolved. This will help protect against transmitted disease while restricting rats of their food source. The plastic wrap of a typical loaf of bread isn’t enough to keep rats at bay. Instead, you need to place the bread in a long plastic container that’s fully sealed.

Fire

You might be surprised to learn that rat infestations in the attic pose a serious fire risk. This is due to their ability and natural instinct to chew through anything in their way. Whether it’s cardboard, styrofoam, wood or even electrical wires, rats use their razor-sharp teeth to chew through just about anything. If a rat happens to chew critical electrical wires, it may create a fire.

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Are Rats Living In Your Attic? Signs of a Rat Infestation

The warm, sheltered habitat of an attic offers the perfect breeding grounds for rats and rodents. They may gain access to the attic through a small hole or opening that’s no larger than a nickel. Here, rats may continue to scavenge for food without fear of being scooped up by a hawk, owl, fox or any other natural predator. Unfortunately, rat infestations in the attic creates a serious health risk to family members, which is why it’s important to prevent them.

Before you can treat a rat infestation, however, you must first check to make sure these rodents are truly to blame. The sound of what “appears” to be rats scampering throughout your attic could be nothing more than water flushing down the pipes, or it could be the sound of squirrels running across the roof. So, how do you know if rats are living in your attic?

Droppings and Urine

The most obvious indicator of a rat infestation in the attic is the presence of feces and urine. It’s not something most homeowners want to think about, but rats defecate several times a day, leaving behind small, rice-sized droppings. Using a flashlight, carefully inspect your attic for signs of droppings and small patches of urine. Due to the potential for disease and bacteria transmission, it’s recommended that you avoid touching rat droppings or feces with your bare hands.

Chewing

Another sign of a rat infestation in the attic is chewed-up debris. Rats have incredibly powerful teeth and jaws and can literally chew their way through just about anything, including metal and solid concrete. Some of the items that a rat may chew through in the attic include rolls of insulation, cardboard boxes, electrical wires (serious fire hazard) and wooden planks.

Night Activity

Rats, like most rodents, are nocturnal, meaning they come at night to search for food and water. If you’re experiencing a rat infestation, you’ll likely hear them scampering around the attic at night. Squirrels, on the other hand, typically rest during the night. Daytime sounds coming from your attic are likely squirrels, whereas nighttime sounds are rats, mice or some other type of rodent.

These are just a few of the tall-tale signs of a rat infestation to look for. It’s important to take immediate action from the first sign of an infestation to keep their numbers from spiraling out of control. Rats are more than just a nuisance; they are a serious threat to you and your family’s health.

 

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