Have you been hearing strange noises in your attic at night? Are you concerned that something is living inside your attic? This may be a scary and concerning experience for homeowners, especially once you don’t understand what the sound is or where it’s coming from. If you have been hearing strange noises in your attic or walls, particularly at night, these are signs of a wildlife or rodent infestation.
Wild animals such a squirrels, raccoons, possums, rodents and even bats are able to move into your house’s attic or crawl space. While you’re terrified in your bed, trying to get your rest; those animals are throwing a party in your attic! They quickly make your house theirs; they’ll nest, mate, have babies, poop, pee, eat and then go to sleep peacefully. All while you’re pulling your hair out trying to determine what to do. Bats do not make as much noise, but you may hear very light, yet high pitched squeaking sounds. If you’re hearing these sort 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 search for any entry points. This includes the roof top, soffit breaks, attic vents as well as under the house. If there are animals nesting in your attic, they have in there somehow, someway. With larger animals these spots will be easy to point out and you’ll clearly see the harm where they were entering and leaving. However, with smaller animals such as bats and rats, it may be more difficult to locate these entry points. You’ll need to look for any and all holes that are bigger than a quarter. Also with rats and bats you may see black marks around any entry points. As soon as you have located entry points, you’ll want to make the necessary repairs. Every home owner’s situation will be different; repairs can vary from just patching a hole, all of the way to replacing an entire roof! 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 recommended that you hire a licensed professional wildlife trapper to remove the bats, since there are strict regulations and laws in place to protect this important species. If you eliminate the bats incorrectly or in the wrong time of year, you can be hit with heavy fines. Thus, when it comes to bats please make sure you hire a professional animal removal firm.
Wildlife trapping companies and most attic restoration businesses provide exclusion solutions, where they will seal off all of the holes and fix the damage that’s allowing the wild animals access to your home. These are all things which you can do yourself, if you’re a handy person however when it comes to the last and most important, yet widely overlooked measure, which is to decontaminate the loft and house, you might choose to leave this dirty job for the professionals. These animals leave behind bacteria, viruses and odors in the urine and feces saturating your attic insulation. Not only does the attic needs to be cleaned but all insulation needs to be removed, the attic has to be disinfected and then new insulation installed because rats and wildlife don’t use the bathroom in 1 spot. Unfortunately, they leave their filth in every corner and crevice of your attic. Be certain the attic has been sealed as well (most loft restoration businesses provide this imperative service.)
As soon as you’ve commanded the wildlife problem, cleaned the feces, disinfected the attic and replaced your attic’s contaminated insulation, it is important to perform some follow up work to prevent the issue from happening again. Here are a few suggestions: trim away all tree and bush branches that are close to your home. Animals can stick to the branches on to your roof top. Eliminate all cat and dog foods from outside after the animals are finished eating; as this is one of the greatest offenders to attract wildlife to your home. Another culprit is the bird feeder, as squirrels and rats love the bird seed. Be sure that you have contaminated regions, such as your attic cleaned properly by professionals, as the smell of the feces, urine and nesting materials will re-attract different animals.