Unwanted Intruders Keeping You Up? How to Deal with Animals in the Attic

Are you having trouble sleeping? Are you worried that you’ve got unwanted intruders of the furry kind in your attic? If so, you’ve come to the right place. More and more homeowners are coming across uninvited house guests. Even if you’re an animal lover, it can be distressing to realize that you’re sharing your home with pests or wild creatures that have strayed from their natural habitats. If you’re experiencing sleepless nights, here are some tips to help you deal with animals in the attic.

Spotting the warning signs

If you have pests at home, they often leave visible traces, such as holes in wood, gnawed wires and droppings. If you don’t use your loft, it can be difficult to determine if there is actually anything up there. In most cases, you won’t be able to see anything unless you’re brave enough to scale a ladder and have a look for yourself, and usually, your hearing is your most useful sense. If you can hear scrabbling, squeaking and scratching noises, there’s a good chance that you’ve got some extra guests. Sometimes, the sheer weight of the animal can also alert you to their presence. The average adult racoon, for example, weighs up to 40lbs, so it’s hard to mistake movements. You may also hear noises like flapping, for example, if you have bats in the attic. If you do notice these signs, it’s best to call in the experts. Most commonly, animals that venture into lofts are expectant females who are searching for a safe shelter to give birth and raise their young.

Seeking professional help

If you attempt to deal with intruders yourself, there’s a risk of further damage to the property and injury to both yourself and the animal. There are certain procedures that can be used to remove animals as humanely as possible and to reduce the risk of further problems. It’s best to try and tackle troubles as early as possible, as you may find that animal numbers increase quickly. If you’ve got squirrels coming in and out of the house, for example, the attic has to be cleaned and the holes sealed up to prevent other wildlife getting into the house. The scent of droppings will attract other creatures, and you may find that you have a menagerie on your hands. Some animals can get aggressive, especially those who are nursing youngsters, and it’s best to leave the job to a professional who is trained to manage potentially tricky situations.

Preventing repeat problems

If you’ve had animals in the attic in the past, you probably don’t want any further issues. Secure windows and skylights and plug in gaps and holes in the roof and guttering.

If you can’t sleep because it sounds like there’s an animal party going on in the attic, it’s time to seek help. Sleep is so important and the longer you leave uninvited guests, the more severe the problem is likely to become. Enlisting the services of professionals can help to clear the problem completely and reduce the risk of animals returning to your home.

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