Have you been hearing strange noises in your house at night? Are you concerned that something is living inside your attic? This can be a scary and concerning experience for homeowners, especially when you don’t know what the noise is or where it’s coming from. If you have been hearing strange noises, especially at night, these are signs of a wildlife or rodent infestation.
Wild animals such a squirrels, raccoons, possums, rodents and even bats can move into your home’s attic or crawl space. While you are terrified in your bed, trying to get your rest; these animals are throwing a party in your attic! They quickly make your home theirs; they will nest, mate, have babies, poop, pee, eat and then go to sleep peacefully. All while your pulling your hair out trying to figure out what to do.
The types of noises you may be hearing can range from chewing vibrations, hard thumping, scratching or even worse; moans, cries and growling. Bats do not make as much noise, however you may hear very light, yet high pitched squeaking noises. If you’re hearing these type of noises and you believe that you have a wildlife infestation here are some tips to help you out, so you know exactly what you need to do from here.
First things first, you need to inspect your entire property and look for any entry points. This includes the roof top, soffit breaks, attic vents and even under the home. If there are animals nesting in your attic, they got in there somehow, someway. With larger animals these spots will be easy to point out and you will clearly see the damage where they were entering and exiting. However, with smaller animals such as rats and bats, it may be more difficult to locate these entry points. You will need to look for any and all holes that are larger than a quarter. Also with rats and bats you will see black marks around any entry points. Once you have located entry points, you will need to make the necessary repairs. Every home owner’s situation will be different; repairs can range from simply patching a hole, all the way to replacing an entire roof!
After fixing any damage or access points, now is when you will need to trap and remove the animals. You can purchase live traps for larger animals and you can purchase rat traps for the rats. However, when it comes to bats, it is highly suggested that you hire a licensed professional wildlife trapper to remove the bats, as there are strict laws and regulations in place to protect this important species. If you remove the bats incorrectly or at the wrong time of year, you can be hit with heavy fines. So, when it comes to bats please make sure to hire a professional animal removal company.
As far as the other animals, you can easily remove these animals yourself, if you feel comfortable doing so. Be very careful as wild animals are known to carry rabies and rabies is a deadly disease, with no known cure. If you do not feel comfortable trapping and removing the wildlife, there are plenty of companies that offer wildlife removal services. What these companies will do is provide an inspection. They will locate the damaged areas and entry points for you, find out what type of animal it is, set up the traps and remove the animals for you.
Then the wildlife trapping company will offer an exclusion service, where they will seal off the holes and repair the damage that is allowing the wild animals access to your home. These are all things that you can do yourself, but I always recommend hiring a professional because the company should offer you a warranty. In fact, if they do not offer a warranty do not go with that company, as they are not professionals. Professionals will always stand by their work and offer renewable warranties. Also check for reviews online before hiring a wildlife trapping company.
Once you have controlled the wildlife problem, it’s important to perform some follow up work to prevent the problem from happening again. Here are some tips: trim away all tree and bush branches that are close to your home. Animals can follow the branches on to your roof top. Remove all dog and cat food from outside after the animals are finished eating; as this is one of the biggest culprits to bring wildlife to your home. Another culprit is the bird feeder, as rats and squirrels love the bird seed. If you’ve been hearing things in your attic, I hope you find this information helpful and I wish you luck in getting rid of the wildlife problem. To learn more about dealing with noises in the attic, click for more information about animal removal and wildlife control.