How Your Attic Clutter is Causing Pest Infestations

cluttered atticWhen you have an attic space, it’s often used to store belongings that you don’t need on a regular basis. This includes holiday decorations, clothes of the opposite season, family heirlooms, extra furniture, etc.

While this space is great for storage since it’s hidden out of sight, it can easily become cluttered.

The reason attic clutter is such a bad thing to have is because many household pests LOVE clutter, and just as many pests are normally found in the attic space.

Here’s why clutter is causing pest infestations and what pests you can expect to see:

Why Do Pests Love Clutter?

When pests enter your home, they’re in search of a food source, moisture, and of course — shelter. Even though these pests are entering your home for shelter, they’re also looking for a place to hide even further to feel safe from predators and YOU.

When you have a space like the attic that’s FILLED with boxes, furniture, and an assortment of items, you better believe that pests will be looking to hide here. And not only is your clutter providing pests with shelter, but possible roof leaks can provide moisture while your personal belongings can be the food source (i.e. books, clothes, boxes, etc.)

Pests You Can Find in Your Attic

  • Cockroaches
  • Rodents (Mice, Rats, Squirrels, Chipmunks, etc.)
  • Clothes Moths
  • Pantry Pests
  • Bed Bugs
  • Spiders
  • Silverfish

How to Prevent Pest Infestations in Your Attic

If you want to prevent pests from infesting your attic, there are a few things you should do:

  • Remove What You Don’t Need – Do not overcrowd your attic with possessions you do not need. Go through everything in your attic and donate/throw away what you will never use again. If your attic has more items than you thought, consider renting a dumpster to allow for the easiest cleanup possible.
  • No More Cardboard – Do not store your personal belongings in cardboard boxes. These boxes can be easily penetrated by pests and then your items inside will be at risk. Instead, store all items in plastic containers that have lids that will seal shut.
  • Off of the Floor – Crowding your attic floor with items and containers is the definition of clutter. Once all of your personal belongings are stored in plastic containers, place these on shelves against the wall. This will keep everything off of the floor and reduce the amount of “shelter” pests will find in your attic space.
  • Repair the Roof – While this doesn’t have to do directly with clutter, a leaky roof will attract pests by allowing them to enter from the outside AND allow them to stay due to the excessive moisture a roof leak brings. Call your local roofer to have all roof leaks repaired to reduce your chances of having pests call your attic “home.”

Mindlessly storing things in your attic isn’t just adding to your hoarding habits, but it’s also causing pest infestations that you have no idea about.

When you decide to clean your attic out make sure you’re prepared beforehand. If it’s a small cleanout, give us a call if you need a bulk pickup. If it’s a HUGE cleanout, still give us a call and we’ll let you know which dumpster size you need.

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