Rats in loft

Discussion in 'Electricians' Talk' started by pal123, Dec 23, 2021.

  1. pal123

    pal123 Member

    I have 2D bulkhead LED lights throughout the property to save ceiling space. The backing plate is metal which warms the ceiling plasterboard which slightly warms the loft. The loft is well insulated. I think there is an unforseen risk of making the loft more attractive to rats/mice because of the 1) insulation and 2) warmed plasterboard (loft floor) from the bulkhead light.

    Here's an example of a LED bulkhead light: https://www.smart-light.co.uk/produ...0w-emergency-battery-samsung-chip-ip65-round/

    Should I plan to reduce the heat transferred from the bulkhead light through into the loft? This would make the loft less attractive for mice/rats. Obviously putting rat traps down is something I'm doing

    Advice please
     
  2. I-Man

    I-Man Screwfix Select

    Do you already have rats/mice in the property?
     
  3. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    No, just the odd well fed Python.
     
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  4. The Happy Builder

    The Happy Builder Screwfix Select

    The lights are the least of your worries.
     
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  5. Tony Goddard

    Tony Goddard Screwfix Select

    If you don't already have a rodent issue, the lights won't attract them - best plan if you are concerned about mice is to where possible prevent them from getting in and put traps, bait boxes in.
     
  6. Comlec

    Comlec Screwfix Select

    Or some good old fashioned pest control
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  7. Bazza-spark

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  8. pal123

    pal123 Member

    Haven't seen any
     
  9. MGW

    MGW Screwfix Select

    We have visitors from time to time, never found how they get in, however it is against the law to remove them, never mind kill them. Bat droppings and rat and mice dropping look similar. However the bats get rid of flies so in many ways are good.
     
  10. The Happy Builder

    The Happy Builder Screwfix Select

    If there’s lots of cobwebs stretching across a loft there isn’t any bats, because they would knock the cobwebs down as they fly about.

    It doesn’t mean there’s are not some bats around the eaves or under tiles, but is a fair indication that there aren’t any in the main loft.

    Merry Christmas :)
     

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