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Rats in the Attic

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Roof Rats are a specific specie of rat that thrives in warm, coastal climates.  Roof rats (also called citrus or black rats) can be found throughout the country, but climates like Orlando, FL are where these critters really create problems.  Roof rats easily climb up to the roof and inevitably come across entry points through the roof into the attic.
Why Do Rats Go In Attics?
Roof rats crave attics for three reasons:
  • 1). Warmth:  Roof rats are tropical animals and crave warmth. When nighttime temperatures drop below 70 F, roof rats are driven to seek a warmer environment.

  • 2). Mating opportunities:  Nothing attracts a rat like a rat. An attic that has an active rat problem or even a past rat problem will carry a rat scent. Other rats in the viscinity will be driven to join these rats.

  • 3). Safety:  Attics are free of predators. Like all other animals, rats avoid danger for themselves and their offspring danger by seeking shelter from predators inside the attic.
  • Rodent Damage  to sensitive attic structures is the primary reason to remove the rats quickly and permanently.  Rats chew and gnaw all the time.  Rats in the attic can destroy electric wires, air ducts, and plumbing.  The threat to electrical wires is a serious fire hazzard, and many unexplained fires are attributed to rodents in the attic.
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    How To Solve Rat In The Attic Problems
    The key to solving rat infestations is to find their entry points into the attic, seal these locations, and trap for rats that are sealed inside the building. Click here to see our Orlando pest control process.
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    Rat Diseases  include Hantavirus Pulonary Syndrome, Rat-bite fever, and leptospirosis.  Rats in the attic leave behind droppings which breed bacteria.  Rats in the attic can descend into kitchen and contaminate the home's food.
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    Attic decontamination is recommended for attics where droppings have built up.  Some homes need the attic vacuumed and insulation sprayed down, others need the attic insulation completely replaced.
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    Common Misconceptions About Rats In The Attic

    “We live in a large, well-built home in an upscale community; there is no way we can have rats in our attic!”

    Wrong! With nearby lakes, and lush, beautiful landscape, your home is located in a neighborhood that is particularly attractive to wildlife. Rats and other critters are no respecter of persons; the larger the home is, the more complicated the roof is, and more susceptible to animal entry.

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