How to Get Rid of Rodents in an Attic

There are roughly 1,500 rodent species. Rodents share common features, including a single pair of incisors in each jaw. Most non-flying mammals are rodents. The rodents most likely to be found in your attic include mice, rats, and squirrels. In addition to being a nuisance, these rodents can damage your attic and cause health problems, as many rodents carry diseases. Getting rid of rodents in your attic depends, in part, on which rodent is giving you problems. Nevertheless, there are some general things you can do to rid rodents from your attic.

Mice are probably the best known rodents.
  1. Remove all food from your attic. Many rodents are simply looking for food when they enter your attic. Rather than give them a reason to be there, remove all items that might serve as food from your attic. This might include old Easter and Christmas candy.

  2. Seal all cracks that are at least a half-inch wide. Consider using caulking to seal cracks and fine mesh to cover vents and ducts.

  3. Place traps around your attic. Rodent trap types include live traps and kill traps. Live traps will trap but not kill the rodents. Kill traps, such as poisons, are designed to kill the rodents.

  4. Remove firewood from your attic. If you are storing firewood in your attic, consider moving it outside. Rodents, including mice, like to make nests in piles of firewood.

About the Author

Thomas King is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he served as managing editor of the "Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law." He currently lives in Aberdeen, Washington where he writes and practices law.