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Pest Infestations: How your Attic Clutter Is Causing You Tolerance

George Xander
Pest Infestations: How your Attic Clutter Is Causing You Tolerance

You can store things that you don’t use on a regular basis in your attic. These items include holiday decorations, clothing of the opposite season and family heirlooms. This space can be used for storage, but it can also become clutter. Attic clutter is a problem because pests in your home love it.

Here are some reasons clutter can cause pest infestations.


Why do pests love clutter?

Pests will seek to find food, moisture and shelter. These pests may be looking for shelter in your home, but they also want to be able to hide from predators.

If your attic is cluttered with boxes, furniture and other items, it's likely that pests will seek shelter there. Your clutter is not just sheltering pests, but also possible roof leaks could provide moisture. However, your personal belongings may be the food source for them (i.e. books, clothes, boxes, etc.)


The Most Common Pests in Your Attic

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


How to Prevent Pests in Your Attic

Here are some things to do if you want to stop pests infesting your attic.

  • Get rid of what you don't need - Don't overcrowd the attic with things that you don't use. Take inventory of everything in your attic, and decide whether to donate or throw away anything you don't use anymore. To make it easier, rent a dumpster from Englewood Dumpster Rental if you have more stuff than you think.
  • No More Cardboard- You should not keep your personal belongings inside cardboard boxes. Pests can easily get into these boxes and your belongings will be at risk. Store all your items in containers with lids that can seal.
  • On the Floor - Clutter is when you stuff your attic with boxes and items. Place all your personal belongings in plastic containers and place them on shelves against the wall. This will prevent everything from falling to the floor and will reduce the number of pests that may be living in your attic.
  • Roof Repair - Although this does not have to do with clutter, a leaky roofing system will allow pests to get in from the outside and then let them stay because of the excess moisture. To reduce the chances of pests calling your attic "home", call your local roofer.

You are not only adding to your hoarding problems, but you're also creating pest infestations in your attic that you don't even know about. Make sure to prepare before you clean out your attic.

George Xander
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