Roof Rats are a common problem in Georgia homes.
Rats and mice are found nesting in attics, crawl spaces, basements, inside walls and ceilings. These rodents are nocturnal and are usually heard at night scratching inside walls and ceilings. Roof rats are excellent climbers and are commonly found nesting in attics. The rodents keen sense of smell often leads them to areas inside the home where food is found like kitchens, garbage cans, and pet food bowls. Trapping and sealing is the best methods for permanent control of rodents along with an on-going practice of sanitation. Trapping is preferred over poisoning or baiting because rodents that eat the poison can die anywhere in the house including in inaccessible areas creating an odor that can last for weeks. There is no such rodent bait that causes the rats to leave the structure to search for water or causes them to dry out so that they do not smell when dead ,these are both myths spread commonly in the pest industry. Rodents are indiscriminate and can take up residence in any neighborhood or home looking for a nice warm and dry place to nest and have their litters. Once rodents take up residence inside a home they leave their odors, droppings, urine, and continually gnaw on anything and everything. Trapping alone, without sealing, will eventually lead to another infestation because the odors left by the rodents and whatever caused the original infestation will cause other rodents to find the same nesting sites.