How to Keep Pests and Rodents Out of the Attic This Winter

As the weather gets colder, pests move into human homes in search of warmth and shelter. Pests find warm, cluttered areas that are not disturbed frequently appealing, which makes attics prime real estate. It is far easier to prevent pests from becoming established in your home than it is to get rid of them. Consider implementing the following strategies for keeping pests and rodents out of your attic this winter. 

Seal Your Home

Pests range in size from small ants to bigger rodents like raccoons, which makes it difficult to seal your home against them. However, contacting an expert to examine your home for potential cracks and holes reduces the likelihood of pests invasion. A professional can find gaps in your roof that you might otherwise miss. Putting a cap over your chimney and mesh over any vents is also be helpful. 

Trim Nearby Trees

Many pests are good climbers, making it imperative that you keep the trees close to your home trimmed. Tree branches can act as bridges for pests, allowing them easy access to your roof. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, rats can jump up to four feet. Squirrels, while less hated than rats, can jump even farther and will not hesitate to make themselves at home in your attic. Keeping the area around your home clear of branches helps reduce the probability of pest colonization. 

Remove Temptations

One of the most crucial things to prevent pests from taking up residence in your attic this winter is to remove things that might attract them to your home. Potential actions might include securely storing both your food and pet food, as well as sealing your trash cans and recycling against potential scavengers.

Pack items in your attic in sturdy plastic containers rather than cardboard boxes. Pests like rats can still chew through plastic if given enough time, but it will be harder for them they may be discouraged. 

Contact Harbor Pest Control Today

Rodents can spread a wide range of diseases, including typhoid fever, infections like leptospirosis and even the bubonic plague. Pests also cause property damage and reduce the value of your home. At Harbor Pest, we care about the health of your home and family.

If you already have rodents or other pests in your attic or would like to ensure nothing moves in this winter contact us today for a free estimate.