It’s that time of year when we all look to be indoors as the temperatures drops and the snow flies. Fall has turned into early winter and mice, squirrels, and raccoons are looking for a new home for the season.
Did you hear that?
Each day, our customers call and tell us they heard a sound in the attic last night when getting ready for bed. Or they were in the laundry room and heard a scratching noise in the wall. Pests and nuisance wildlife are most likely the culprit. So, who is in your attic or house?
- Squirrels are the No.1 invader of attics. They also travel within your walls, drywall, and eves of the attic.
- Squirrels are diurnal meaning they are primarily active during the day.
- They love their nuts and you will hear them rolling around above your heads.
- Red and gray squirrels are active in the daytime and you may not be home to hear them, but the damages are happening to your insulation and roofing.
- Flying squirrels are nocturnal.
Rodents and Raccoons:
- Mice tip-toe along the eves of your attic and sound like little scratches. The sounds may increase after they have their young.
- Raccoons are nocturnal and love attic space. You may hear some banging sounds as they root through your insulation looking for an exit or food or gnawing on the woodwork.
Bats and Birds:
- Both bats and birds can carry disease
- Bats can leave behind bat bugs and feces and need to be removed quickly upon learning they are living in your attic.
- Birds also leave behind feces that cause disease and illness. Bird mites can exist long after the birds are gone and can infiltrate into your living space.
Can you safely remove this nuisance wildlife?
Yes, of course. Attics are one of the most common areas for animals such as squirrels, raccoons, bats, and mice to nest. The animals/rodents may leave behind feces, urine, fleas, mites, ticks, and nests. Soiled insulation should be removed and replaced with new insulation and disinfected. We specialize in cleaning all debris with HEPA filters and disinfecting/sanitizing infested areas. Read more about our Attic Restoration process here.
What about the structural and insulation damage?
Should your attic be severely damaged by the wildlife and need repair, our expert team will evaluate the damage and quote you the costs of repairing your home and securing it to insure the trespassers do not return. Treating them and removing them is one thing. Eradicating them solves the problem.
Ask us for a free home and attic inspection and let us show you how to safeguard your home and family from wildlife damage and disease.