If you have any openings in your roof, even if they’re really small, your house is vulnerable to a pest infestation. Common attic pests like mice, rats and bats are bad enough, but when you get larger ones in there, like squirrels or raccoons, they are more like unwelcome guests than mere pests.
What to do? Let us take a look at some common pests, the way to eliminate them, and furthermore, the way to prevent them from getting in in the first place.
Your first hint that rodents or animals have taken up residence in your attic is the sounds. Can you hear scurrying when you’re trying to fall asleep at night? If so, you likely have mice in your loft. Set some traps baited with peanut butter – a mousy favorite! Place the traps near walls – mice prefer to scurry along walls, brushing their whiskers against the borders, rather than venturing out in the open. Don’t forget to check the traps every couple of days – if you get one and do not remove it quickly, an odor will start to permeate your attic and then your living quarters.
Rats are worse than mice. Why? They are just like mice. But they are bigger, so they’re scarier, and grosser. You’re not going to want a rat making its way into your living quarters. The method to get rid of rats is basically the same as mice, except you need bigger traps.
Some people think squirrels are cute, but they are not so cute to live with. If you believe squirrels might have gained access to your loft, you may need expert help. Squirrels are tenacious little buggers. If you block the hole they came through, they may make another person, so if you start spending every weekend repairing squirrel damage, it may be time to call in the experts.
Raccoons are the worst, because they’re huge, they make a great deal of noise and they do extensive damage. Unless you’re an experienced woodsman, you are likely to need help trapping these squatters and eliminating them for good.
Of course the best offense against critters in your attic is a good defense – ensuring that they have no ingress to begin with. Holes as small as a dime can allow access to rodents as large as squirrels.
Size Up Your Situation
Ahead of the real cold weather strikes, go up into your loft and check for any cracks or holes, which commonly are available in freezing, near gutters or in rotting roof boards or fascia. Rips or holes in vent screens are also a favorite entry method.
While homeowners may safely handle many home improvement projects themselves, repairing holes in a roof can be particularly dangerous, due to the possible hazard of falling off. If you see any holes or damage to your roof, it’s best to call Animal control Melbourne to do the job. A roofing company can also inspect the remainder of your roof when they come out, checking for areas which might be rotting or have suffered damage from water or falling tree branches.
Never ignore holes in your roof – always call a professional to make repairs before critters begin calling your attic home.