Just in time for Halloween, there’s something in your attic making noises. Seasonal fears aside, it’s probably not ghosts and goblins. It’s more likely to be birds or rodents which (in their own way) are just as scary to a homeowner. Probably scarier. After all, what self-respecting goblin chews through your electrical wires?
It’s That Time of Year
It may be time for pumpkins and trick-or-treating, but it’s also fall, and animals are looking for a cozy place to spend the winter months, and perhaps raise a family in the spring. Your attic is looking like an ideal place for birds, bats, squirrels, mice and other critters looking to come in out of the cold. Unfortunately, they’ll do more than sleep in your attic. They’ll cause damage and leave droppings that smell and carry disease.
What Type of Critter is In My Attic?
Before you can solve the problem, you need to know who’s been sleeping in your attic. The sounds should give you a clue.
Daytime scurrying. If the creatures in your attic are scampering around during the day (but not at night), it’s probably squirrels. Night-time scampering can indicate raccoons.
Vocal noises. If you hear the animals making vocal noises such as growls, calls, or a sort of chattering, it’s very probably raccoons. Bat do make noise, but they’re extremely high-pitched and most people can’t hear them.
Scratching or pitter-patters at night. This probably indicates mice or rats, particularly if the sound continues inside the walls.
Thumping and bumping. While there are many things that ostensibly go “bump” in the night in your attic around Halloween, it typically means that there’s a larger animal on the loose (mice and birds don’t “thump.”) You’ve probably got raccoons or opossums in residence.
Rustling noises during the night. You may have birds nesting in your attic.
Rustling noises during the day. You may have bats nesting in your attic.
Of course, a quick look-around for droppings can help you confirm what species is illegally squatting in your attic without paying rent.
Your next question should be: What do I do about it?
Call the Professionals
To keep unwanted attic-dwellers at bay, you need to first drive them out. Then, you need to block up their entrances. At Anderson Wildlife, we use 100 percent green solutions, with no pesticides, chemicals or poisons to harm your spooky attic residents. 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 to discuss how we can make your home more livable for your family and less appealing to animals. We serve all New Haven County, Connecticut, as well as Woodbury, Southington, Stratford, Bridgeport, and Fairfield.