Home Pest Control Tips: Pests in the Attic

Attic Pest Control

When the weather starts to warm up, you’ll want to ensure that all areas of your home are clean just in time for summer.

However, pests will also want to enjoy the inside and outside of your home this season – sometimes in areas you’d least commonly expect.

We recently met up with Western’s residential sales manager for our South Jersey and Philadelphia regions who said,

“One of the most popular spots for pests to hang is an area of your home that you rarely frequent: the attic. This area has the potential to have a number of the most popular entry points for animals and is a part of the house that many homeowners often neglect.”

In an effort to help you keep all areas of your home clean and pest-free this summer, we’ll tell you the top five animals that are most often discovered in the attic and what signs to look out for in regard to a possible animal intrusion.

The Top 5 Animals to Watch Out For:

  • Raccoons
    These animals are known to find themselves indoors and they’re extremely difficult to eradicate. If you attempt to remove them and happen to tamper with a mother and her young, the outcome will not be good.
    Listen for scratching and keep an eye out for droppings.
  • Squirrels
    Squirrels are adorable from afar, but when they’ve entered your home, they can cause significant damage. They have the ability to chew through wires and even bring other pests in with them.
    Listen for scampering or scratching.
  • Bats
    Bats are most often discovered in the attics of homes, and if the area where they’ve entered is left uncared for, they will return year-after-year.
    Listen for rustling and look out for guano or urine.
  • Mice
    Mice are a common pest discovered in attics as well, often drawn to possible lady bugs, cluster flies, or wasps that provide food for them. Mice have the ability to spread harmful disease, as well.
    Listen for rustling and look for droppings and squeaking noises.
  • Birds
    If they’ve made their way into your attic, birds can spread disease and cause harm to the home itself. Some birds are protected by law, so it is very important to contact a professional if one is discovered.
    Keep your ears open – they may be difficult to miss if they’ve gotten into your attic.

Check Your Attic Regularly

It’s important to check your attic frequently for holes or gaps, because this is where many pests will enter from. Also, be sure to de-clutter this part of the house. Often used for storage, attics will become conducive to certain pest pressures due to clutter.

If you encounter any of these pests inside your home, the number one thing you need to do is contact your local pest control professional. Dealing with the issue on your own, could harm you, the animal or both.

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