Have you been hearing strange noises in your attic at night? Are you really worried that something is living within your attic? This may be a frightening and concerning experience for homeowners, especially when you don’t know what the noise is or where it is coming from. If you have been hearing strange noises in your attic or walls, especially at night, these are indications of a wildlife or rodent infestation. 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 house theirs; they’ll nest, mate, have babies, poop, pee, eat and then go to sleep peacefully. All while you are pulling your hair out trying to determine what to do.
The kinds of noises you may be hearing can range from chewing vibrations, hard thumping, scratching or even worse; moans, cries and growling. Bats don’t make as much noise, however you may hear very mild, yet high pitched squeaking noises. If you’re hearing these sort of noises and you think that you have a wildlife infestation below are some pointers to help you out, so you know exactly what you need to do from here.
First things first, you want to inspect your whole property and search for any entry points. If there are animals nesting in your attic, they got in there somehow, someway. With larger animals these stains will be simple to point out and you will clearly see the harm where they were entering and exiting. But with smaller animals such as rats and bats, it may be more challenging to locate these entry points. You will need to look for all holes that are larger than a quarter. Also with rats and bats you may see black marks around any entrance points. As soon as you have found entry points, you’ll want to make the necessary repairs. Every home owner’s situation will be different; repairs may range from simply patching a hole, all of the way to replacing an entire roof!
After fixing any damage or access points, now is when you’ll have to trap and remove the animals. You can buy live traps for larger animals and you may buy rat traps for the rats. However, when it comes to bats, it is highly recommended that you hire a certified professional wildlife trapper to remove the bats, as there are strict regulations and laws in place to safeguard this important species. If you remove the bats incorrectly or in the wrong time of year, you can be hit with hefty fines. Thus, when it comes to bats please make certain to hire a professional animal removal firm.
Wildlife trapping companies and most attic restoration businesses provide exclusion services, where they will seal off all the holes and fix the damage that’s allowing the wild animals access to your home. These are all things that you could do yourself, if you are a handy person however in regards to the last and most significant, yet broadly overlooked measure, which is to decontaminate the attic and home, you might want to leave this dirty job for the professionals. These animals leave behind bacteria, viruses and odors in the feces and urine saturating your attic insulation. Does the attic has to be cleaned but insulation needs to be eliminated, the attic has to be disinfected and then new insulation installed since rats and wildlife do not use the bathroom in 1 spot. Unfortunately, they abandon their filth in every corner and crevice of your attic. Be sure the attic was sealed as well (most attic restoration companies provide this imperative service.)
As soon as you have controlled 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 problem from happening again. Here are a few tips: trim away all tree and bush branches that are near your dwelling. Animals can stick to the branches on to your roof . Eliminate all cat and dog foods from outside after the animals are finished eating; as this is one of the biggest offenders to attract wildlife to your home. Another culprit is the bird feeder, as squirrels and rats love the bird seed. Be sure to 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.