Animals in the Attic: Squirrels and Raccoons

Written By: Admin

Archive For: May 2019

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If you hear scurrying in your attic, there’s a good chance you have either a squirrel or a raccoon making your home its home. Squirrels and raccoons are the two most common animals that get into your attic.

Raccoons in particular look for a safe haven to have their young. This means there is fairly good chance that in the case of a raccoon; your guest has young in the attic as well. If the mother is relocated the nest and young can sometimes be hard to find. Without a mother looking after them, the young often die. Dead rodents in a hot Texas attic make for some unpleasant smells and clean up down the road.

Additionally, both squirrels and raccoons can carry rabies and other diseases, so it’s best to call a pest management expert to trap and relocate the animals.

How to Tell if you Have Squirrels or Raccoons in your Attic

In both cases you’ll probably hear scurrying and scratching, but the time of day and other noises are important.

Squirrels

Squirrels are active during the day, so you’ll hear more activity in the morning and day time hours. Also they are small, so the noises will be softer scratching and scurrying sounds.

Raccoons

Raccoons on the other hand are nocturnal. So you’ll hear more activity in the evening and early morning as they come and go. Given that raccoons can get up to 40 lbs, their noise is not subtle. Additionally, raccoon babies tend to be vocal. So if you hear any growing or other vocal noises, you probably have a raccoon family.

The strategy and traps used for squirrels and raccoons differ. So the more information you can tell a pest management technician the better.

How Did They Get In?

Squirrels are able to squeeze through an opening that’s 1.5 inches in diameters. On the other hand, raccoons are creative creatures that will tear and chew through your roof, ducts, and gutters. Also given the size of raccoons, the point of entry should be fairly easy to spot.

Without fixing the entry point, your attic is a critter hotel. Besides roof and gutter damage, squirrels and raccoons will chew through wiring and destroy insulation. All of this adds up quickly.

Repairs and Cleaning-up after Relocation

Besides trapping and relocating, Pest Management’s trained technicians can help you determine the place where your uninvited house guests entered. After the animals are relocated it’s important to repair and seal all of the entry points. Otherwise you’ll continue to have animals making your attic their home.

You should also inspect your attic and repair any damage found, as well as clean up any fecal or animal matter. Other animals may be attracted by the scent and could try to gain entry.

Rodent Control during the Winter Months 2018

Written By: Admin

Archive For: December 2017

Category Name: Uncategorized

Do’s and Don’ts of Rodent Control during the Winter Months
Mice and rats are great at finding shelter and food sources. The question is, how do you keep these great survivors out of your home? Pest Management is here to help you during these winter months and into the spring. Hopefully, these tips will protect your home
As we know rodents and mice can reproduce at a rapid rate, and controlling their populations is necessary. But taking these steps can help you keep your home rodent free for 2018.

Things to Do to Protect your Home:

Inspect your home at least once a week. Train your family members on what to look for signs of rodents in the house into their daily chores.
Sealing off entry points is essential. Make it difficult for rodents to enter your residence. Install door sweeps, seal cracks, check for small spaces under your doors and put door sweeps. Make sure to get rid of gaps around utility boxes and lines.
Protect your restroom. One tip that is very useful is to install plastic, one-way rodent-proofing valves in toilets to prevent mice and rodent from entering your residence via the sewer.Rodents are great swimmers.
Take out the trash every day and seal the top of your waste with an airtight lid.

Things not to do during the Winter:

Leave out food in your home. Rodents aren’t gourmet eaters and will take advantage of any food left out.
Clutter in your residence.Make sure you clean up your rooms and don’t leave clutter in your home. Rodents love chaos, and the clutter gives them a unique opportunity to bread and hide.
Let the landscaping around your home run wild and not maintaining a clean yard. Rodents like roof rats take advantage of tree branches touching your residents, so make sure to trim the trees.
Leaving standing water around your home and yard. Puddles and the water around your gutters give rodents the opportunity to thrive outside your home.

As you implement these best practices this winter, don’t forget to talk about your issues with Pest Management to monitor results and ask for additional tips. Communication is key for the prevention of rodents, and useful documentation can help you identify weaknesses in your residence. If you have any question, please contact us so we can help. Thank you and have a rodent less winter.