Rodents in attic

Old 01-19-02, 08:27 PM
Roy T
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Rodents in attic

While I was getting Christmas decorations down from my attic I noticed droppings and suspect rats. I put a couple of have-a-hart traps in the attic but nothing yet. Any suggestions on how to get rid of rodents in the attic. I don't know how they could have entered cause there is no holes in the soffit or any other place for them to get in. Someone told me to put moth balls in the attic. Anyone ever heard of this?
Old 01-19-02, 09:33 PM
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Rodent control

Do NOT use mothballs. The EPA states that mothballs are toxic and should not be used in areas where there are humans. The smell is almost impossible to remove. The best control for rodents is prevention. A mouse can enter a hole as small as 1/4". Seal all possible entries into your home where pipes and wires enter the home. Check the foundation for cracks and holes. Inspect under the home. If you see light coming through, then seal.

Eliminating food sources around the home will make you home less attractive. Eliminate pet food dishes and bird feeders, garbage cans, trash, wood piles, stacks of lumber and other attractive hiding and nesting places for rodents.

Rodent control is best accomplished using both baits and traps. If you use traps you will need to do frequent inspection in order to eliminate what you catch. Inspect baits for disturbance as well as the need to replace.

Go to for additional info on mouse and rat control.
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Get a cat.

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