There are few things more unsettling than being woken by the sounds of scurrying above your head. Rodents in the attic don’t just disturb your sleep. They can also cause serious damage to your home. Learning to identify the signs, as well as the best ways to make these interlopers unwelcome, can save you a lot of stress and expensive repairs.
Signs That Rodents Are in Your Attic
Often, noises are the first signs there are animals in the attic of your California home. You may hear scurrying noises as rats, mice or squirrels make their way around inside. Squeaking and gnawing sounds are characteristic of rats in the attic. Raccoons are often noisy, expressing themselves through growls, hissing and purring noises.
Rodents rarely enter your attic without leaving some evidence of their presence. One of the telltale signs of rodents in your attic is droppings or urine left behind. Droppings will often be in the form of small pellets. Urine can be present in the form of dried stains and watermarks.
Some animals, such as mice and rats, will create nests in your attic. Nesting materials can include shredded paper, insulation and twigs and leaves.
You may also see materials in your attic show damage. Squirrels, for instance, will tear up insulation to use the material for nesting. Raccoons will tear apart ducts.
How to Remove Rodents from the Attic
Finding evidence of rats or mice up in the attic should be enough to send anyone on a search for “rodent clean up services near me.” However, if you are still hesitant, understanding the process can help you feel more secure about the work that needs to be done in your home.
Rodent fumigation and associated cleanup services should be performed by a professional. There is a chance of bites or scratches if you get too close to a trapped rodent in your attic. Exposure to dropping, saliva or urine can cause infections.
At American Rat Control, we assess what sort of animal has taken up residence in your attic based on the evidence we find. Roof rats, for instance, build characteristic nests in the attic. Missing insulation can be a sign of squirrels. Once we have assessed what sort of animal is living there, we will use a combination of traps, fumigation and other methods to remove them. We use the best rodent removal methods possible to avoid exposing you or your family to dangerous chemicals. We determine how they have been entering the area, then close off passages so they are not able to come back inside.
Removing animals and keeping them out is just part of the job. After rodents are removed, we subject your attic to a thorough cleaning to remove hazardous rat droppings. If needed, we can even re-insulate damaged areas.
If you suspect that you have a mouse, squirrel or rat infestation in attic spaces in your home, do not delay. The longer they are there, the more damage they can do. Call today for the attic pest control services you need.