Rats In The Attic

Rats breed fast. They breed like rabbits. Maybe the well-known trope should be changed, as rats actually breed faster than rabbits. Rabbits take about a month to breed. Rats take about 21 to 22 days to gestate. That’s about 33% faster. When you consider there are 52 weeks in a year, the potential for rat infestation is downright disturbing.

If you see one rat in your attic, there are probably quite a few more that you don’t see. Some estimates put the visual identification of one rat as an indicator of anywhere from one to a hundred additional rats on the immediate premises. Maybe a cat will help get rid of them, maybe some rat traps and rat poison will, but you’ve got to understand that rats are smart.

Everywhere they go they mark their territory. If you take a UV light and look for rats, you can find little urine trails which mark their egress—one of the many reasons rats are so unsanitary. This in addition to their predilection toward garbage. They’ll get infested with parasites, and you may not realize it, but black plague is still spread by these little pests internationally.

These rodents can identify whether some kind of poison is evident in a trap. What they’ll do is send in the “weaker”, or “less popular” rodents to see whether or not a given portion of “questionable” food is safe. If the little rat dies, the rest avoid that poison. So you’ve got to have strategy to outsmart the blighters. Pest control thus requires a professional edge.

The Plot Thickens

Now should you be able to actually get rid of all the rats, you’re still not out of the woods. Remember the urine trails they use to navigate? That also doesn’t take into account the nests where they rest and allow internal parasites to breed out of control. Then there are rat pellets which, without getting into too much detail, are certainly unsanitary.

Further complicating matters is the ecological niche of the rat. They are going to follow large population centers, and specifically multiply at the fringes where poverty and neglect reign. Rats are bottom feeders in the most literal sense. They process garbage, waste, refuse, and anything else that develops from large populations of humanity in a concentrated areas.

If these pests have invaded your home, not addressing the issue could result in a compromising situation bad for your health. But even if you address it, it’s very likely you won’t go far enough, and the fallout of their presence could yet yield unsanitary, compromising developments.

If you happen to live in California and need to find a reliable attic care service Los Angeles is the place to go as you’ll want services like Green Rat Control, who do a thorough job and point out that: “…removing and trapping the pest is only part of the job, as the other half requires you to attic decontaminate, [apply] attic care, [and] pest proof to prevent future infestations.”


You can stuff steel wool in rat holes, and put certain chemicals and scents where rats regularly enter and exit. You’re also going to want to deep clean the area where the rats were found. They accrue when cleanliness declines, and that’s the natural order of things. In the wild, they are there to mop up the refuse of larger organisms.

When such organisms organize and group together en masse, it’s basically an ecological buffet for rats; so they tag along. They’re nasty, unsanitary creatures, but their prevalence is only possible when exceptional refuse dominates an area. So clean after yourself to avoid their influx—and even then, be wary.

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Ana is an internet entrepreneur and one of the founders of iGuides, she loves to give adequate time to her passion which is writing. She holds a PHD in English Literature.

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