How to Get Rid of Pests in Your Attic?
Have you been hearing strange noises in your attic lately? Are you feeling suspicious that there might be a critter or two taking up residence in your house? You may have a pest invasion on your hand. But don’t worry! There are a few things you can do to get rid of pests from your attic safely and successfully.
Rats and Mice
How to tell if you have them: Rats and mice love retreating to warm, safe places where they can nest and avoid predators. Your attic is a perfect rodent resort! Rats can be fairly active, and you may be able to hear them scratching and scurrying in the ceiling, especially at night.
Mice are generally smaller and quieter than rats, but they can still leave a mess and do damage to your belongings, especially books and other paper items. Look out for their droppings, which appear as small brown pellets. You can search the internet to help you try and identify what type of droppings you have.
What to do: If you have a buildup of rodent droppings in your loft or attic, it needs to be sanitised as soon as possible. Keep the area clean to avoid contamination. The best way to avoid a rodent invasion is to seal up all possible entry points completely. If you have a rodent infestation, get in touch with ourselves or a local pest control services immediately, since rodents can carry dangerous diseases that put the health of residents at risk.
How to tell if you have them: If you have bugs in your attic or loft, you probably want to get them taken care of before a full-blown infestation occurs. Bugs, such as wasps, ants, and cockroaches, are attracted by food and other woody materials in your attic. They can also coincide with larger pests by feeding off of their droppings.
What to do: If you have a bug problem, you need to deep-clean your attic to clear away any animal faeces or food sources that may attract insects. You might consider using pesticide, but make sure it’s safe for your pets and the environment. Using natural bug repellents, such as vinegar or essential oils, can also be useful.
How to tell if you have them: Bats are interesting little flying mammals, but they can leave droppings with a strong odour in your attic and trigger disease potential. They’ll enter an attic or loft through very small openings that can often be extremely hard to locate. If you don’t see a bat first, you’ll probably smell its guano.
What to do: There are legal limitations for how to get rid of bats depending on the time of year and your location. Use a trap or protective gloves for catching and removing bats; never handle them with your bare hands. Make sure all the bats are removed from your attic before sealing up their entry points to avoid killing them inside your house.
Assess the Situation and Know Your Options
The type of method for pest extraction will depend on the type of pest you are dealing with, so it’s important to know the signs of attic pests when deciding a course of action. Chances are, you probably want to get rid of the pests in your attic with minimal hassle and bloodshed.
Stay alert for signs, sounds, and smells to figure out what you’re dealing with and use preventative maintenance to avoid future infestation. However, if an infestation does occur, or you cannot deal with the pests yourself, contact our pest professionals who can deal with the problem quickly and effectively.
Your health and resident safety comes first. Don’t delay – get in touch.