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How to get rats out of the attic insulation

You'll know if you have rats in the attic, because there are usually some really obvious tell-tale signs. You might be able to hear them, for example, or you'll see rat droppings and urine staining around. You may also notice brown, greasy patches from where the fur of the rodents has come into contact with surfaces such as walls and floors. But most of all, you'll see runways and tunnels in the insulation. It won't take long for them to mark their landing in your home, and if you can hear them already, there's a good chance that you have a big problem on your hands, especially getting rats out of your insulation.

Rats in the attic insulation, and in other areas of your home and commercial property, are actually very common. There is also one big cause - you have damage or holes around the exterior of your home that is allowing these creatures to gain access. If you don't perform an inspection of your home, both inside and outside, and then fill in or seal any damage, holes or cracks, the rats will continue to enter your home, regardless of how many efforts you make to try and get rid of them. If you miss just one hole, more rats will come back. The urine of these critters contains pheromones that attracts other rats, so it won't be long before more come in its place, even if you do manage to get rid of this one.

The inspection you perform around your home will need to be extensive and thorough, and you should pay particular attention to areas such as plumbing stacks and roof joints, eaves, and vents, as well as around windows. You will soon start to see signs - gnawing, for example, or staining / rat droppings and urine, and you will soon start to put together a map, of sorts, of where these creatures are running around the most. That's where you will need to work on next.

Once you are sure that you have sealed up all holes in your home, you can then go ahead to place traps around, and we would always recommend using lethal snap traps. These are designed to kill the rat on impact, unlike poison which can cause a very long and painful death, and in some cases, no death at all. It deals with the problem immediately, and stops the problem from spreading. We know that you might like to take the most humane approach possible to getting rid of rats in the attic, but you should be aware that trapping and relocation rarely works. A relocated rat will not be able to find warmth, shelter, food and water in a new habitat, and it is likely that the creature will fall prey to a predator of some sort. This could even be another human with poison or snap traps, or another wild animal.

We know that the humane approach to wild animal control is always the best approach, but when you have rats in your attic, the only method that is guaranteed (and even then, it's not exactly guaranteed) to work is using snap traps. Most of your efforts will result in this animal's death in one way shape or form, and at least by using these instant traps, you can be sure the creature hasn't had to suffer needlessly.

You do have three trapping options when it comes to getting rid of rats out of the attic - lethal snap traps, live cage traps, and also exclusion devices, or one-way door-style traps. Out of those three methods, the lethal snap traps always show to be the most effective against a rat infestation.

How to get rid of rat droppings in the insulation? The rat poop in the insulation is best removed by either replacing the insulation entirely, or by spraying the insulation with a special enzyme cleaner that breaks down the feces and kills the germs.

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 200 rat removal companies servicing 95% of the USA. we can help your with your rat problem!
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