Do You Have Pests in Your Attic?

Do You Have Pests in Your Attic?

Picture it. You’ve just popped a huge bowl of popcorn and you’ve gotten into a comfy position on your couch to watch the long-awaited movie you’ve seen previews for, for months now. You’ve just hit the play button to start the movie when you hear something run across your attic floor. Is it a mouse? Rat? Squirrel? You can’t be sure, but one thing is for sure. You need to put down that remote and call pest control.

Attics are the ideal destination for pests like rodents, squirrels, bats, snakes, insects, etc. Because pests like to hide out in the attic, it means that your attic is a breeding ground for diseases.

Common Attic Animals

Rodents: Rats and mice, who are very similar, love to run around the attic because it’s a safe, warm place where they can travel for food and come back to. It’s secure. Of course, until you call pest control. Rodents like to sleep during the day and travel for food at night because it’s less busy during the night. You can usually identify rodents due to gnawed-at foundation, chewed electrical wires or most prominently, droppings. Rodents are very flexible so it’s important to always be on the lookout for small holes because that’s how they get into your home and travel.

Squirrels: Squirrels can appear cute and cuddly, but they can cause some massive damage when it comes to attic spaces. Just like rodents, they can chew on electrical wires and damage insulation which can result in attic fires. Most often, squirrels are more active in the early morning. Since they are bigger pests, they are easier to hear when rummaging around in your attic.

Bats: Bats love attics because they are cool and dry, much like a cave. They are also very quiet. They can access your attic by squeezing into small holes or through small gaps. They don’t gnaw on wires but they do leave a lot of droppings behind. Their droppings not only smell bad, they also transmit diseases as well. This can cause serious health problems and lead to diseases like histoplasmosis.

Bats are nocturnal, so they are most active at night when everyone else is sleeping. This makes them harder to detect because they are very good at staying hidden during the day.

Snakes: Snakes can find various ways to get into your home which includes your toilet. Most of the time, they are harmless, but there are snakes that pose a threat due to their venom. However, they don’t naturally pose a threat to you or your family because they are just looking for a warm place to build a nest and lay eggs. Detecting a snake is simple because they leave eggs and skin they have shed behind.

If you think you have a snake in your attic but you are unsure, you can always try the flour trick. Simply sprinkle flour over your wood floor and wait for the snake to make tracks through it.

If you have pests in your attic, call Wildout Animal and Pest Removal today. Not only are they safe and quick, they can also give your attic a restoration since pests leave so much damage behind. Call today: 844-945-3688