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Three Attic Pest Control Tips

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Discovering that your home has a pest problem in the attic can be a troubling realization to make. These pests can cause sizable damages to your house, and they can pose a potentially serious health risk. Sadly, homeowners are often poorly prepared to prevent pests from moving into their attics, but you may find that you are much better able to avoid this problem through following some simple preventative tips.

Have Any Interior Or Exterior Holes Repaired

Pests will need an access point for your attic, and small holes or other gaps in the walls can be perfect for allowing these vermin into the attic. One of the first steps that you should take when you recognize that your attic has a pest problem is to look for any obvious holes or gaps in both the exterior and interior walls. You should repair any gaps that you find during this inspection even if they do not seem large enough to allow a pest through because the vermin may be able to expand smaller holes.

Treat The Attic With Pest Repellent Each Month

Regularly treating the attic with pest repellents can be among the most effective steps that you take to address this problem. Unlike pesticides, these repellents are primarily designed to discourage the pests from being in the area rather than killing them. This is done through these repellents smelling foul or mimicking the odor of predators. Non-lethal forms of pest control can be essential for addressing attic pest problems. If you were to use poison to address this problem, you may find that the pests could die in the attic or behind walls, which could cause odors to start to developing in the house.

Keep Tree Branches From Getting Close To Your Roof

Many of the pests that cause problems in your attic may have used the roof to gain access to this part of your home. Tree branches can provide these pests with convenient access to the roof. You can minimize this through trimming the tree branches away from your home. Ideally, these branches should be trimmed several feet away from the house as squirrels and other pests may otherwise be able to leap from the branches to the roof. While you may be sad about needing to trim your lush trees, avoiding regularly pest problems in your home can make this cosmetic change more than worthwhile. 

For more tips, contact a company like JD Termite & Pest Control Company.