Are you hearing things late at night up in your attic? Does it sound like there’s something up there scampering around early in the morning when you first get up? Or are you hearing noises that sound more like someone bowling at 2:00 A.M. in the morning? These are some of the questions we may ask if you call us to help figure out just what this “intruder” might be. No doubt some of these questions might sound a bit odd but after doing this for so many years, we know the right questions to ask to help you get the right solution for the problem.
For starters, there are many animals that can gain access to the average attic. Common routes of entry into this vast space include gable vents, soffits and construction “gaps” commonly found along facia boards, behind gutters and under overhanging shingles all around the roof line. The attic space found in most any home represents a dry and safe place to live for wildlife. Once found, most animals will quickly take advantage of the warm insulation and sheltered environment the average attic will provide. If you’re hearing sounds in your attic there is a good chance some unwanted animal has gotten inside and is now making this space their new home. To help figure out what this invading animal might be, we’ve compiled some questions and helpful videos which explain what you can do right now as a form of “self evaluation”. Our “how to” videos explain what you should be looking and listening for, how to perform a thorough inspection of your attic and what to look for on the outside of your home to identify key entry points. At the end of the second video, you should be able to narrow the choice of animal invaders to a short list.
To get started, you’ll need to answer some basic questions….
An important clue to the animals identity is based on the time you hear activity. Is it in the morning, day, evening or middle of the night? Do you hear the sound throughout the entire attic or only in one spot? Do you hear the sound in the walls of your house or only up above in the attic? On the outside of the home, have you noted any animal climbing on your house or roof? Do you have a pet dog or cat and if yes, have you noted them paying particular attention to any section or part of your home a bit more than normal? Have you recently found any problem with your roof, gutters, siding, gable vents or other part of the outside structure? And what about the attic itself; have you gone up to inspect and see what’s happening? If so, did you find any tunnels in the insulation or droppings in any area? Did you enter the attic in the middle of a bright sunny day and note sunlight trickling into the attic space or was it all dark and seemingly “tight”? Does the attic contain a furnace and if yes, did you look it over for animal droppings or any other sign of animal activity such as paw prints? What about the gable vents; do they look secure with screening that hasn’t been cut or weakened in any spot? And what about the roof itself; did it appear to have any leaks or bad sections?
Once you get answers to these questions, you should be able to narrow down the list of potential animal invaders. The most common animals include BATS, BIRDS, OPOSSUM, RACCOON, ROOF RATS, SQUIRRELS and FLYING SQUIRRELS. It’s actually quite rare that MICE move into any attic and though we sometimes find SNAKES in this space, they seem to come around only after there is something for them to feed upon like rats or flying squirrels. And of the aforementioned animals, by far the most common are the “big three” – roof rats, squirrels and flying squirrels.
At this point you should view the video’s below. After watching them and answering the questions listed above, give us a call on our toll free 1-800-877-7290. Based on years of experience, we’ll be able to detail a plan that you can use to both identify the intruder and get rid of it.