Animals in Your Attic? Call a Professional.
To imagine makes your skin crawl and sends shivers down your back. The noises… you know there is an animal up there in the attic. In fact, an attic is a perfect place for animals to come in out of the elements, build a cozy nest, feed their young, and take a rest. Sounds nice, huh? Well, not for you or your home! So, are you asking yourself what kind of animal is in your attic?
5 Steps to Identifying the Animal in your Attic
The first way to know what animal is in your attic is to stay up all night, be very quiet, and see if you catch them. But honestly, that is easier said than done. So here are a few of the indicators the friendly Wildlife folks at Covenant Wildlife Removal have put together for you.
What Noise are you hearing?
Believe it or not, there are several different noise types you could be hearing in your attic. See if you identify one of the following.
- If the noises you are hearing are in the daytime, the diagnosis is easy. Squirrels are the daytime pests that love our attics.
- When the sound is in the night and is slower and heavy sounding, you probably have a raccoon in your attic. Raccoons are also chattery, making noises to one another. Rarely, it may be an opossum instead of a raccoon.
- If the sound is fast scurrying sounds at night, you could be looking at rats or mice. And, if it is in the walls, that is rats or mice for sure. Sometimes, a flying squirrel will sound like rats and mice, though.
- You may have bats or a family of birds in the attic if it sounds like chirping or fluttering sounds.
Once you have the sound narrowed down, you can move to the next clue about the animal in your attic.
What Does the Entry Point Look Like?
As yourself where the animal could have gotten in and what the entry point looks like. Walk around the home exterior, looking in various places to see if there is a breach. Check the roofline, gutters, and vents.
A two-inch hole with chewing marks may be the work of a squirrel. Slightly smaller holes with greasy marks and trails are the work of rodents like mice and rats. And, a large hole torn into the roofing and siding is most likely a raccoon.
Look For Footprints or Tracks in the Dust.
Further evidence may be in the trails they leave. As stated earlier, rats and mice leave a greasy rub mark from their fur wherever they go because they rub along walls and baseboards. Footprints in the attic dust indicate the animal’s size, which can further tell you what animal you are looking for. Also, raccoons leave prints that are larger and rather muddy sometimes.
Is There Fecal Matter Left Behind?
Okay, yuck. But desperate times call for desperate measures. You can always take a picture of the droppings in the attic and search the internet for images. (If you want to, that is.)
What Kind of Damage Did it Do?
Chewing is the work of rodents, and tearing is from a raccoon. The damage a raccoon makes is on a much larger scale. Any type of animal in your attic will cause significant damage depending on the amount of time they are in there.
That said, be sure to call your local wildlife removal company to get the rascals out for you.
So, What Type of Animal Is in My Attic?
If you don’t want to do all this investigating, then you just want it out! We understand, and that is why we are here. Covenant Wildlife Removal is more than happy to locate the critters, safely and humanely remove them, and clean up after the damage they create.
Finally, if you find piles of nuts and plant debris, call Covenant to get the squirrels out for good. Find a bird’s nest in the attic? We can get it out and seal the attic off. If you see a terrible heap of animal waste, that is the work of a raccoon. Give us a call. Should you hear them in the walls at night or see a flash across your kitchen floor, you have mice or rats. Don’t hesitate to call Covenant Wildlife Removal right away to take care of the animals. The longer they stay, the more damage they create. No one wants that.
Contact Covenant Wildlife Removal as soon as you hear that noise in the attic and for all your critter removal needs.