What To Do About Wildlife in Your Attic

Noises in the attic?

Animals getting into attics is a problem that homeowners often face. Wildlife and critters big and small can enter through small openings, such as cracks around windows and doors, air vents, or chimney flues. Once inside, they can cause costly damage to insulation, wiring, and other structural components. They can also attract other pests, such as fleas and rodents, and create unpleasant odors. Fortunately, removing animals and creating barriers to re-entering your home can be done by a professional wildlife removal service. 

Wildlife in Attic

How do animals get into my attic?

The most common animals that get into attics are bats, birds, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, rats, and mice. They can fly or climb up onto the roof from trees, nearby buildings, and fences.

Animals can get into your attic in several ways. The most common entry points are through gaps in the roof, eaves, and soffits. Entry points from your roof into your attic are usually caused by a lack of proper ventilation or insulation. Poorly insulated attics can be appealing to wildlife, as they provide a warm, safe place to nest. Other possible entry points include vents, chimneys, and damaged siding. Homeowners should make sure their attic is properly insulated and ventilated to reduce the chances of attracting wildlife.

What to do when I suspect there’s an animal in my attic

A professional wildlife removal professional will typically start by identifying the type of animal in the attic. The professional wildlife consultant will look for signs of burrowing or nesting and damage such as chewing, fecal matter, or track marks to determine what animal is in your attic. Once identified, the technician will implement a strategy to remove the critter. Strategies may include but trapping, live trapping, direct capture, deterrents, or one-way doors and will depend on the type of animal that needs to be captured. Once the immediate animal issue is controlled, the wildlife removal expert will assess the size and condition of the entrance the animal has used to gain access to the attic and close up the entryway to prevent further access as well as offer to do a full home exclusion service to close and remove any additional access points in your home.

The Removal Process

If you suspect there is an animal in your attic, it is important to take precautions to ensure your safety. First, make sure to wear protective gear such as gloves, long sleeves, and a face mask. Then, inspect the attic for any signs of animal droppings, nests, and chew marks. If you find any evidence of an animal, you should contact a wildlife removal expert to safely remove the animal. Do not attempt to remove it on your own. This can be dangerous for both you and the animal. A professional wildlife removal service can safely and humanely remove the animal from your attic.

Using a professional wildlife removal professional to get an animal out of your attic is the best and safest way to remove the animal. Not only will the professional have the experience and tools needed to complete the job, but they will also be able to do it in the safest way possible, minimizing any harm to the animal or to yourself. This will ensure that the animal is removed quickly and safely, and that your attic remains in good condition.

Have a critter problem?

A professional can safely remove wild animals from your home today. Call now.
Please note: while an exterminator can help remove rodents, critters, and some wildlife from your home or yard, issues with domestic animals including dogs, cats, and larger wildlife such as deer or coyotes would be a job for animal control. To find the direct line for animal control, visit your town or county’s municipality or Department of Environmental Conservation website.