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What do rats do in the attic?

 

After moving into a home, rats will often head straight for the attic. Attics offer rats everything they look for in a nesting site; they’re dark, warm, and sheltered. Most of us only venture into the attic occasionally, meaning the rodents are unlikely to be disturbed while they’re up there. But what exactly do rats do while they’re camped out in the attic?

If you have rats in your attic, you will probably hear them scurrying around, mostly during the night. During the day, rats are generally quite subdued and more concerned with avoiding detection than anything else. It’s not until the sun goes down and they feel safe leaving the safety and shelter of the attic that they become more active. They will leave the attic to scavenge for food at night, some of which they will bring back with them to store near their nest.

If the rats have only recently moved into the attic, their first order of business will be building a nest. Most attics are full of perfect nesting materials, whether it’s old bits of paper and cardboard or insulation material. But anything they can shred will suffice for building the nest.

Once they have built a nest and scavenged enough food, they will start to reproduce. A female rat can produce up to eight litters every year, each one consisting of as many as 10 babies. It doesn’t take long for a pair of rats to multiply, causing a serious issue for homeowners.

Any unusual sounds coming from your attic, especially scratching, squeaking, or the sounds of something moving quickly along the floor, are good indicators that you have some kind of rodent problem. You should investigate any noises immediately, especially if you have noticed other indications that you might have rats in your home. Dealing with infestations swiftly is the best way of minimising the damage they can cause.

What do rats do in the attic?

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