How I Defeated a Cold Weather Rat Attic Infestation

How I Defeated a Cold Weather Rat Attic Infestation

I was never one to take cold weather rat infestation seriously until I tried to crank my car up one cold morning and it wouldn’t start. I then popped the hood to find a huge rat’s nest and droppings all over the place. The pest had chewed the wires and cost me hundreds of dollars in repair bills. Having experienced the damage this pest can cause first hand I knew that I should read up on this issue.

After poking around in the internet I quickly learned all the details about how during the cold months pests such as rodents and others seek shelter in warm places like car engines, attics, closets and more. As it turns out having my car’s wires chewed wasn’t the worst the little guys are capable of. The fact is, contact with rodent droppings and urine can lead to a condition known as Leptospirosis, or Weil’s Syndrome as it is more commonly known.

I also discovered that there is almost never just one rodent and it turned out to be true. I realized that if they had gotten into my car then there were probably other rodents on the premises as well. I quickly checked areas where they were likely to hide and found signs of infestation in the attic. There were a couple of nests and droppings as well as gnaw marks. I realized that if I didn’t take action it would only be a matter of time before they grew more bold and figured out where the food is kept in the cabinets and pantry.

My first plan of action was a complete failure. I bought some of those old fashion mousetraps and placed them in the attic. I got a couple of the pests but the traps were ineffective overall. Some of the rodents had even figured out how to get the cheese without setting off the trap somehow. The two rodents that did get caught by the trap had their blood splattered all over the place once again presenting a health risk. I figured there had to be a better way to do this.

That’s when I figured that this cold weather infestation was more than I could handle alone and decided to leave it in the hands of the professionals. After the first visit by my local wildlife trapper there were no signs of rat infestation in less than a week. I was amazed at how efficient and cost effective it was to get rid of my rodent problem once and for all.

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