With the cold weather coming on, animals are beginning to look for places to den for the winter. Your home – particularly your attic – is ideal for this purpose. Unless your attic is completely impenetrable (and no attic is), you may find yourself with unwanted residents from time to time. To prevent costly damage from animals chewing on your home (or your wiring!) and leaving urine and droppings, look for the earliest signs of animal infestation so you can prevent damage from spiraling.
What Are the Signs of Animals in the Attic?
The most obvious sign is seeing and hearing the animals. But just because you haven’t seen or heard them, doesn’t mean they’re not there. It’s worth it to inspect your attic once every season to ensure that no one is taking up residence. Inspect both the interior and exterior of your home, including the roof and all vents, for evidence of chewing, such as new holes or sawdust. Look for urine stains or droppings, or remnants of your attic residents’ most recent meals.
Sometimes an animal will have a single obvious entry hole, and sometimes there will be dozens of small areas. Larger animals like raccoons usually have a single, large entry hole. Smaller animals such as rats, mice or bats may be entering through dozens of different areas, from the ground to the roof. There may be openings that are due to architectural elements with your home, such as a tile roof with gaps, or loose siding, or unscreened vents. Or, the vulnerabilities might be in your eaves or your chimney. Engaging a professional is helpful since they’re trained to spot the entrance points.
Call Anderson Wildlife for An Inspection
If you’re not sure what to look for, or you’re not happy climbing a ladder and scaling your roof, it’s a good idea to consult a professional pest removal company. At Anderson Wildlife, we’ll inspect your home and your attic thoroughly to identify signs of pests and determine how they’re getting in. We can also ensure that your unwanted attic occupants move out and stay out.
At Anderson Wildlife, we use 100 percent green solutions, with no pesticides, chemicals or poisons to harm your attic dwellers. Where it’s warranted and allowed by state law, we can even use traps to relocate wildlife to a new home better suited for them than yours. We’ll check traps daily to make sure we’re removing animals quickly and humanely. Contact us today at 203-758-0555 or via our website to discuss how we can make your home more livable for your family and less appealing to wildlife. We serve all New Haven County, Connecticut, as well as Woodbury, Southington, Stratford, Bridgeport, and Fairfield.