What kind of damage do rats cause in an attic?
Well, where do we start … ? Let's start with the basics and work our way up from there. The damage that
rats can do to an attic is incredibly extensive, and often very expensive to repair.
Wires - These won't be safe because the rats will chew right through them. This will lead to you calling an
electrician to help fix the repairs, and can also lead to a ….
Fire Hazard - If the wires are chewed through in your attic, those bare wires could come in contact
with the attic insulation. That's flammable, and it won't take much to set the whole lot up in flames. You are
Putting Your Family in Danger - Not just with the risk of fire, rats can carry with them a threat of disease.
Many threats of disease, in fact. If you have cats or dogs, or even other animals, ranging from the smaller ones in cages
(hamsters, guinea pigs, etc.) to farmyard animals (cows, horses, sheep, pigs, etc.), there is a high chance that food, water
or other materials could be contaminated by the rats, and whatever diseases they may carry. These diseases can cause severe
symptoms, and in some cases, even death. These diseases can also be passed on to humans, with the elderly and minors being the
worst affected. Those who are already sick are also the worst affected by these rat-bearing conditions.
Let's take things back up to the attic for a moment now.
Rats can contaminate attic insulation with feces, urine and other biological matter which, once again, could cause the spread of dangerous
diseases. You will then need to replace that section of attic insulation, and maybe even the entire attic space. The rats are not just going
to urinate and defecate on various materials around your home, they will also chew them up and use them as nesting material, which brings us
very nicely to our nest point.
Rats can ruin prized / sentimental possessions.
They won't care that they are chewing through your favorite family photos, or the certificates you got through all those years of whatever it
is you've been doing. They'll chew through anything to provide a safe and soft, warm nest for their young, and they won't care whether that's
your clothes, your family photos, or important documents that you definitely shouldn't let a rat chew up. Your wife will go mad if she learns
that a rat infestation has caused the destruction of your wedding certificate … or the kids birth certificates. You know how women get about
such things …
Rats can cause floods by chewing through fluid-filled plastic pipes.
They can also destroy the waterproofing of your attic, causing the rain to come through.
Rats can cause foundation damage by chewing through wooden beams.
Rats can cause expensive and necessary repair works to the exterior of your home to make it rat-proof in the future.
The devastation that rats can cause is ridiculous - they are such a small creature, but just one rat alone is a destructive, chewing machine. Imagine
the damage that a group of rats can cause - an infestation of rats. Everything they do has a knock-on effect too. You will lose heat during the winter
because of the moving-around of attic insulation, requiring you to pay more for heating. Water leaks can cost a small fortune if they've been left to
leak for a long period of time, and that's before you think about how much it will cost to fill the cracks, seal the holes, and lay traps down to sort
the problem out once and for all.
The damage that rats can cause in an attic, or anywhere in your home, is extensive, and it's a problem you'll definitely want to get sorted immediately.
And in such a way that you can be sure the problem never returns.
For more rat information, visit our rat removal tips page, or for more specific how-to instructions, read the how to get rid of rats page with 6 step-by-step instructions.
If you have a problem with rats above your ceiling in your house, read my rats in the attic guide. The most important part of rat control is sealing shut entry holes into the building, but after
you've done that, you'll want to know how to kill rats humanely to complete the rat control job. If you need to hire professional help in your city, click on my directory of over
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