If you’ve noticed damage along your roofline, this is one sign that you may have a rat infestation in your attic. Additionally, if you’ve been hearing a small pitter-patter of feet up in your ceiling area, this can confirm your suspicions.
If you hear this noise during the evening or early morning hours can be very annoying if you’re trying to get some sleep. While it can be a nuisance because of the sound they make, the damaging effects of their presence will be much worse than simply an annoying noise.
Many homeowners in West Ashley think that since they haven’t experienced a rat infestation before that their home is properly sealed. However, after many years of wear and tear, your home could develop areas where the outside structure of your home may be deteriorating. Whether this be your exterior trim, attic vents, windows, siding, foundation or any other area of your home.
Because your home deteriorates in these areas, rats are able to enter your attic via cracks in your foundation, voids in your siding, and even crawling along tree branches into your attic. Once these critters are inside your attic, they can end up causing a lot of damage.
If you hear rats in your ceiling and attic area, its best to contact Alpha Wildlife Charleston right away. By calling our professional rat removal company, you will prevent a large amount of damage that can occur.
Rats mainly forage during the daytime and return to their nests during the night and early morning hours in West Ashley. This means that you will mainly hear these rodents during these hours. Whether you hear them in your bedroom ceiling, bathroom or living room area, you will be able to clearly hear their presence as they scurry across your ceiling.
While nesting in an attic, rats oftentimes destroy insulation, create nests, gnaw on your home structure, gnaw on wires, and even travel to different areas of the home. In order to keep rats out of your home, it’s important to keep the following areas sealed and protected.
This is where your soffit meets your roof in a dark corner and is one common place that rats gain entry. This area typically has a small gap which makes it easy for rats to squeeze their bodies into. Once they fit through this gap, they’re easily able to access the attic area from the soffits.
While vents on roofs are installed to allow for proper attic air circulation, this is also a common entry point for rats. These critters can feel the warm air escaping from your attic and figure that this would be a great area to have a safe shelter and create a nest.
Having low hanging branches or branches that rest on your home roof is comparable to giving rats a ladder to reach your roof and attic. Although they can climb walls to get access to your roof, branches that overhang your roof sometimes make it easier for them. We recommend that you trim all trees so they don’t extend over your roof.
Another vulnerable area we often see is the edge of your roof. This area that meets the eavestrough of your home is susceptible to rain (and melted snow) which results in high amounts of moisture, leading to deterioration. Rats seeking shelter can chew on the rotted wood in order to gain access into your attic. Rotted wood on any area of your roof can quickly turn into an entry point for rats to get into your attic.
If you want to learn more about rat control, removal and prevention from attics in the West Ashley, SC area, follow us on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram or call us at (843) 212-9076. If you hear scurrying or scratching in your attic along with noticing damage to your roof, call your NWCOA-certified West Ashley rat removal specialists as soon as possible.
Our team is licensed and trained and will provide professional services with exemplary customer service. We will inspect and assess every part of your home, from ground to roof, to identify all areas of entry. Our wildlife removal professionals will then provide you with a free estimate. The estimate includes removal, fixing all entry points, along with attic clean-up that includes insulation replacement and odor control.
Contact our West Ashley rat control experts to remove rats in attics, walls, roofs/soffits, crawl spaces and chimneys.
We service surrounding areas including Daniel Island, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, James Island, Kiawah Island, North Charleston, Seabrook Island, Sullivan’s Island, Summerville, West Ashley and the surrounding Charleston, SC metro.