"I hear an animal in my attic or wall."
We get a lot of call like that, especially in the late summer and early fall. And truthfully, if it weren't for the seriousness of the subject, these calls would be pretty amusing. People can be pretty funny and creative when they're trying to imitate the animal noises they've been hearing.
But hearing animal noises in the attic is no laughing matter. Animals living in your attic or wall voids can create all kinds of health and safety risks.
There are quite a few animals who commonly take up residence in the attics, walls, and other structural voids of homes, office buildings, and other structures. Although they may seem harmless, all of these animals can cause problems that can include diseases, structural damage, and fires.
Birds and bats, for example, contaminate the attic with their droppings (which can cause serious diseases such as histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis), shed hair or feathers, and parasites. Bird nests can also create a fire hazard.
Gray squirrels and flying squirrels often migrate into attics, wall voids, and chimneys in the fall. In addition to the physical damage they cause when enlarging their entry holes, squirrels also contaminate the attic with their droppings, shed hair, and parasites, and can damage electrical wiring and cause fires when they chew electrical wiring.
Rats and mice also get into attics and walls very frequently. Like squirrels and other rodents, rats can cause damage and start fires by gnawing on electrical wiring, and spread diseases such as plague, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, murine typhus, rat-bite fever, salmonella, and leptospirosis.
Raccoons sometimes get into attics and/or chimneys, where they can cause serious structural damage. Raccoons can also transmit several very serious diseases including rabies and mange, as well as other diseases transmitted by their parasites. Raccoons will also attack when cornered and can inflict serious injuries.
Safe, effective removal of animals in the attic, like all humane animal control, consists of several steps. In the case of attic animals, these steps are:
Identify the animal. Knowing the animal you're dealing with, its habits, and its food preferences is vital to effective control
Identify entry, exit, and travel routes. This helps in setting traps most effectively, as well serving as a blueprint for repairs.
Trap and remove animals from the attic or wall void, and use exclusion techniques to keep animals out of the attic. The exact methods used vary with the specie of animal living in the attic.
Animals in the attic or wall voids can be dangerous. If you're hearing animal sounds coming from anywhere in your home, contact us right away. We'll send one of our professional Animal Control Specialists to inspect your property and, if necessary, suggest the best treatment to safely and humanely remove animals from your home, and perform exclusion to keep them out permanently.
Rid-A-Critter is a regional animal control company with local animal control specialists living and working in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Macon, North Georgia, Birmingham, Alabama, and Chattanooga, Tennessee.