What kind of damage do rats cause in an attic?

Your attic is often a place that becomes a storage area. You put old clothes, antiques, knick-knacks and other memorabilia in this part of your house because it is just perfect. No one is usually in the attic, and it makes the ideal location to store things so that they are out of the way. It is perfect.

The problem is that you may see this as the ideal out of the way place, but a rat sees it more as a perfect place to build a home. Actually it would not be surprising to find that several rats have built a home in your attic. The seclusion of the location and the amount of material available to build a home of its own make it the perfect location for this rodent.

If you have rats in your attic, you should be aware that they can cause a severe amount of damage to your home. You would be surprised how such a small creature can do so much damage, but they are good at being true mess-makers.

First of all, rats are vile creatures that carry a large number of diseases and illnesses. Their waste is one of the prime sources for these diseases. Since a rat just does its business wherever it wants, this can mean that you can have pests and parasites all over you attic. Cleanup is going to be a real mess for sure.

In addition, rats will find your insulation that perfect material to build a nest out of. This is dangerous for living beings to breathe in the glass that is in insulation, but that rat simply does not care. All it sees is a big, pink, fluffy material that is easy to move and warm to lay in. A large amount of your insulation may be ruined by these creatures and so you are going to have to do a lot of replacement.

Of course rats are gnawers, so they will chew on just about anything. This can mean that your drywall and boards in the attic may need to be replaced, especially if they have also been dropping waste ar0und it. You may get a double-whammy here. Of even more concern is the fact that rats will chew on the wiring as well. This means that they can create a short in the electrical wiring or even create a fire hazard. Truly, rats can be a disaster for your attic.

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