5 Easy Steps To A Rat Free Attic

A Rat Free Attic In Five Easy Steps

Before You Do Anything - Find The Entry Point!

If you definitely have rats in your loft or attic then sleeping, relaxing or even staying in your home knowing rats are just feet away will be almost impossible to bare.

Fortunately, rats always have an entry point and we know they don't have parachutes! A professional pest control survey should always be seen as an important first step, but the following list should get you thinking and looking in the right places from the very start.

Rats access attics through five common corridors.

Step 1 - Identify Faulty Drains

rats drain faults and damage

get a stainless steel non-return valve fitted. Why? Because it's often cheaper than expensive drain inspections or repairs and gives you time to plan for those and research if your buildings insurance will cover those costs.

Local water authorities will sometimes check drains for free and tell you if they have faulty or redundant drains running beside or under the building.

Step 2 - Identify Faulty Air Vents

rats from faulty air vents

vents of every kind become broken for a variety of reasons and should be sealed appropriately to ensure ground level admittance is prevented. You should also check for rat burrows around your property.

Step 3 - Get Honest Answers From Neighbours

rats from neighbours

This is the real nightmare scenario because those of you in flats, terraces or semi-detached properties will sometimes need third parties to be on board with this process.

Most people don't talk to one another meaning 80% of residents move home in cases where the entry point of the rats (usually drains) resides in the neighbour's house.

Step 4 - Cut Back Climbing plants and overhanging trees, etc.

Climbing is something that rats do well and climbing plants like Wisteria, Virginia Creeper and Ivy are often allowed to grow up and over the gutter line of roofs.

rats climbing plants

Cutting these plants eighteen inches from the gutter will prevent rats using this entry point.

Step 5 - Secure Open Doors and Windows

This one sounds nuts, but obvious! Cat flaps, cats, dog flaps, gaps under door and window frames (very common) are all examples of why rats might have come into your home, but this list goes on and on!

rats open windows doors

Once inside a building rats will travel through the buildings cavities.

These include cavities in walls, ceilings, sub-floors, basements and cellars, attics, crawl spaces, lofts, redundant pipes, ventilation and air conditioning ducts, and culverts.

It's very disappointing to learn that so many professional inspections will not consider these in a survey.

Discovering how rats get into a property means you can solve your rat problems forever, but only where you have the access, budget and permissions to do so.

One final bit of advice - this might save you from a stinky dead rat in your home.

We always bait for at least seven days before installing proofing measures.

We do this because we want rats to leave the property while they are under the influence of an anti-coagulant bait and reduce the likelihood of repairs and proofing, trapping them inside your property.

Trapped rats that manage to eat will die, stink and cause a temporary fly infestation.

We hope this advice has been useful and armed you with some information that will ultimately leave you rat free and able to enjoy your home once again.

Simon Berenyi - Bristol Pest Control