In no time at all, a minor pest problem in your attic can escalate to a major rodent issue. If this happens in your Clearwater home, it’s not too late to take action. To help you control the problem and get your attic back, a pest control expert will follow these six steps.

Trap Rodents

Rodents of all shapes and sizes are attracted to attics as a quiet, cool, and comfortable place to call home. When you discover a rodent problem in your attic, the first step a professional pest control technician will take is to trap the pests. Depending on the type of rodent infestation you’re dealing with, the technician will set specialized traps for pests ranging from mice or squirrels to bats or raccoons. Since these pests can be busy creatures, the technician will typically place traps at several strategic areas throughout the attic.

Close Points of Entry

An experienced technician knows exactly where mice, squirrels, and bats tend to enter homes, so the next step is inspecting possible points of entry and sealing them off as necessary. Screens and attic vents that aren’t properly secured are common entry points for bats and squirrels, while mice and rats can squeeze through even the smallest openings in walls and roofs. It’s important to close these points of entry so that pests won’t be able to return at a later date.

Remove Contaminants

Dealing with a pest control problem can be a messy business, and it isn’t one that most homeowners can or should take on themselves. Any space that rodents move into is a contaminated space, as they typically leave behind droppings and even dead animals. With proper safety gear in place, a pest control technician cleans up and removes all of these contaminants from the attic and even vacuums the space to ensure total elimination. If it appears that rodents have damaged insulation or other items in the attic, the technician wraps, seals, and removes those elements from the attic as well.

Bring the Space Up to Code

When pests make themselves at home in your attic, they can cause serious damage to your home. Many rodents repurpose attic insulation for their own needs, nibble away at electrical wiring, or damage the seals around ductwork and pipes. It’s not safe to leave things in that condition, so a technician will work to bring the attic back up to code. This includes making sure electrical wires are safely encased, seals around ducts and pipes are secure, and insulation is sufficient. If the pests have caused structural damage to the attic or roof, a technician can advise on the next steps you should take to keep your home safe, secure, and compliant.

Sanitize and Deodorize

Missing insulation and structural damage can be a pain, but some of the biggest problems a pest control issue leaves behind are odors and pathogens. Rodents’ waste can decompose and lead to respiratory problems as it enters your home’s air circulation system, while leftovers from their meals can cause odor problems. In the right conditions, mold can even grow in areas with large amounts of waste, further compromising your home’s indoor air.

The only way to address serious issues like these is to treat the affected area with an environmentally safe cleaner. A pest control technician will disperse the cleaner and a deodorizer throughout the attic to sanitize the area and get rid of any lingering odors.

Treat for Insects

Rodent infestations aren’t usually isolated issues. Instead, they often coincide with other, potentially larger issues like cockroach, flea, or other insect problems. Rather than waiting for a few insects to turn into a full-blown infestation, a pest control technician will proactively treat the attic area with an indoor pesticide. The tech will also ensure that no points of entry allow insects easy access to the attic space. After the initial remediation and these additional precautions, you can feel confident that your attic is clean, safe, and back in your hands.

Are you ready to reclaim your attic? Call the pest control pros at JD Smith today at 727-483-5797.

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