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"What Animal is in My Attic?"


What Animal is in My Attic?  (click here to view the infographic) 
 
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Pet sitting can provide pet parents with some peace of mind in the event that they need someone to care for their cat, dog, or other animal, but not all animals make welcome house guests.
 
Whether raccoons, squirrels, rodents, or bats, there are definitely certain kinds of animals that homeowners don’t want living in their attics. What follows are some tips to deal with infestations.
 
Squirrels
 
Homeowners may know that they have a squirrel problem in their attics if they hear quick scurrying and scratching sounds during the daytime hours. Squirrels, which can actually chew their way into homes, can be a nuisance by chewing not only wood beams, but also electrical wires up in the attic. Homeowners can either wait four months for the squirrels to exit on their own -- and then seal up the entry holes -- or install a one-way door where the primary entry/exit hole is. When they have been removed that way, the homeowners should seal up the entry holes.
 
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Raccoons
 
Raccoons can sometimes find their way into attics, and they can announce their presence by walking around with heavy steps, and baby raccoons can make vocal chirping sounds. They often make their way into homes by ripping away roofing, and they can damage ducts, insulation, and leave behind fecal matter and urine. When it comes to getting them out, homeowners can either wait eight months for the raccoons to leave on their own before sealing up the entry holes or they can take out the young raccoons by hand and then use a trap to capture and remove the adults before cleaning up the attic and sealing up the entry points.
 
Rats & Mice
 
Rodents can announce their presence by running along the attic floor. They can also cause lots of damage not only by chewing electrical wires, pipes and wood, but also by leaving behind their fecal matter and urine. In order to get rid of them, homeowners need to seal up all of the entry holes into their homes so that the rodents can't get in. Then they need to set some traps.
 
Bats
 
Bats sometimes take up residence in people's attics, and they can be heard chirping away at dusk. While they don't pose a hazard in terms of chewing things, they do leave behind urine and fecal matter that can, in large enough doses, be hazardous to human health. Homeowners should avoid removing them during the summer months. After the summer, they should set up a one-way netting apparatus over the exit areas and inspect these one-way nettings twice a day. After all the bats are gone, homeowners should seal up the entry points and clean their attics.
 
Yes, sometimes animals will enter attics uninvited, but there are proven strategies to get rid of racoons, squirrels, rodents, bats, and even pesky animals like skunks that pose a unique challenge since they can spray their pungent liquid. The tips above represent a good starting point.