Do You Have Pests in Your Attic?
Naturally, your house creaks during the night as the plumbing and temperature differences fluctuate, but it’s important to know the difference between normal sounds and the noises pests make when they’ve infiltrated your home. Rodents, squirrels, bats, and other pests will make noises as they roam around your home, making it one of the biggest signs of a pest infestation.
Squirrels in the attic 🐿️
- Signs you have squirrels in your attic
If you’re finding missing insulation in your roof and hear scampering noises during the night, you most likely have squirrels. Squirrels are especially noisy, as they are quite heavy-footed and they’ll scratch and chew on anything, so you’ll want to get rid of them as soon as possible.
- How to get rid of squirrels from your attic
Using poison to get rid of them is illegal, so it’s better to trap them in cages or hire a professional to remove them from your home and release them later on. Make sure you block all possible entrances to prevent them from returning.
Wasps, flies or bees in the attic 🐝
- Signs you have wasps/bees in your attic
It may take you a while to realise you have a wasp or bee infestation, but the quiet humming noise over time will begin to get on your nerves. Flies can also make a lot of noise, especially when there’s a few of them. Flies can lay up to 600 eggs per day and live for up to 30 days, so it’s crucial you act quickly when you suspect an infestation.
- How to get rid of wasps/bees from your attic
It is highly recommended to hire a professional pest control company to carry out the removal of bees and wasps, especially as they are an endangered species. To get rid of flies, use a dehumidifier to get rid of moisture and clean the area. Make sure your bins are shut to keep flies away.
Pigeons in the attic 🐦
- Signs you have pigeons in your attic
Whether you love them or hate them, pigeons will always be a part of British wildlife. During the cold and wet seasons, like other animals, they search for warm, sheltered areas to rest. If you have any poor roof structures, pigeons will take full advantage of the high and dry spot. You might hear chirping or see birds regularly flying in and out, as well as feathers dispersed around your attic.
- How to get rid of pigeons from your attic
Even if you’re not particularly fussed by the birds in your attic, you should pay attention as they can cause damage and other, more annoying pests may enter your home the same way. We recommend getting in touch with a professional pest control service if you want any birds removing, as there may be legalities around removing nests from an attic.
Bats in the attic 🦇
- Signs you have bats in your attic
Unlike other pests, bats are an endangered and protected species. It is against the law to try and kill or remove bats, as well as blocking their roosts. Bats return to the same place every year, so blocking their roosts will cause them to die.
- How to get rid of bats from your attic
If you are aware of a bat in your roof and it doesn’t cause any issues, we suggest just leaving it alone, but if you’d like to get rid of the bats, contact the Bat ConservationTrust for advice on removal.
Mice and rats in the attic 🐁
- Signs you have rats in your attic
Rodent infestations are more common than one thinks, especially when you live near open fields and woodland. Mice can enter a home through a gap as small as a ballpoint pen, so ensuring all gaps and holes are blocked will help this problem from reoccurring.
- How to get rid of mice or rats from your attic
For mice, it’s likely you can remove them by using traps and poison, as they are readily available to buy in stores. However, this might not get the entire nest. Rats are much bigger and more difficult to catch than mice, so hiring a pest control company is your best option. Rats can be extremely damaging to your home and health, so time is of the essence when dealing with this issue.
Here at The Pest Control Co, the team pride themselves in delivering a high-quality service you can trust. We ensure all pests are removed from your property, whether it’s a domestic or commercial building. For more information on our services, get in touch with a member of our team today.Call us on 0800 030 9173