Wild animals often seek out shelter and warmth inside houses. They sometimes make their home inside the walls where they are out of view and protected from harm. If animals have taken up residence inside your house, you may not see them, but you may hear them. If noises are coming from your walls, you should figure out what is causing them and address the situation as soon as possible, before one or more wild animals cause serious damage to your home.
Signs That Animals Are Living inside Your Walls
Mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons, and bats may all make their homes inside walls. If they do, you may hear the sounds of them moving and scratching. A female may give birth inside the walls. In that case, you may hear cries from the babies or the sounds of them crawling about.
If you pay attention to when you hear the sounds, that may help you figure out what type of animal is causing them. Nocturnal animals, such as mice, rats, and bats, will move around at night, while squirrels will be active during the day. Squirrels may make loud thumping noises. If rats are inside your walls, you may hear softer thumping sounds and scratching. Bats may not make much noise, unless there is a large group of them.
You may notice other evidence of unwanted guests in your house, such as the smell of urine and feces. If you see droppings, you may be able to figure out the species that left them by their shape. You may also see signs of chewing on drywall, insulation, electrical wires, and personal belongings.
What to Do about Animals in the Walls
If you suspect that you have one or more wild animals living inside the walls in your house, don’t attempt to remove them yourself. Doing so could cause damage to your house, and a frightened animal could bite or scratch you. Some species, such as raccoons, could have rabies.
The professionals at Anderson Wildlife Control have experience removing unwanted animals from all sorts of places. We can do so in a safe and humane way to prevent injury to the animals and people and then relocate the wildlife to another location so they won’t come back. We can also inspect your house to figure out how the animals got in, make repairs, and seal off the entry points so you won’t have to worry about a repeat of the same problem in the future.
Wild animals can cause significant damage to a house. If they chew through electrical wires, they can create a fire hazard that can endanger the lives of your family and your neighbors. Don’t wait to act. Contact Anderson Wildlife Control today.