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Noises in the Attic

Noises in the attic are worrying and can be an indication that rodents or other wildlife may be living in your roof.

Attics (lofts) are ideal environments for squirrels and rodents, who damage stored items by gnawing and possibly cause fire hazards by chewing electric cabling.

Noises should be investigated quickly,nests and droppings become ideal breeding sites for insects, which may then carry nasty bugs and diseases into your home.

Inspect your attic and look for visible signs of habitation, commonly their droppings.

  • Squirrels - Sounds - Vocals and Scratching - Droppings - Similar  to Brown Rat Droppings, rounder, 1½ to 2cms.   Read more » 

  • Bat - Sounds - Sharp vocals at night - Droppings - dark brown or black, 4-8mm long. crumble into a fine powder when crushed.   Read more » 

  • Wasps & Flies - Sounds - buzzing - Signs - visible sighting of insext or messes of insect bodies in the window fixtures or floor cavities.   Read more » 

Rats in The Attic

It is extremely serious if rats get into your home, even if not in a living area.  Any rat problem inside the home must be treated urgently.

Rentokil offers a wide range of highly effective DIY rat control products, as well as the services of our BPCA certified technicians.

Proofing your loft space is an effective way of preventing entry,  the infestation must be treated first.

Call Rentokil today on 0808 274 3752 for safe and effective treatment for rats.

We will contact you within 24hrs (Mon-Fri) to arrange an appointment at a time convenient to you. 

Get Rid of Mice in The Attic

Mice need to be treated quickly, to avoid an infestation taking hold. Initial defence is to proof your attic against entry. We have a very effective, professional service for controlling mice.

Learn more about mice and DIY and professional mouse control in your home.

Call Rentokil today on 0808 274 3752 for safe and effective treatment for mice.

We will contact you within 24hrs (Mon-Fri) to arrange an appointment at a time convenient to you.  

How to Get Rid of Birds in The Attic

Pigeons or other birds in the attic create mess, health risks and annoying noises. 

Birds should be removed and the entry points need to be blocked, using chicken wire or a solid barrier. It is possible to proof the exterior of your building from pigeons and other birds using spikes, wire systems or netting. 

Rentokil are experts in all forms of bird control, so if you would like further advice or would like to arrange a visit from a Rentokil technician.

Call Rentokil today on 0808 274 3752 for safe and effective treatment for birds.

We will contact you within 24hrs (Mon-Fri) to arrange an appointment at a convenient time for you. 

How To Get Rid of Wasps in The Attic

Wasps in the attic create mess, they are difficult to get rid of without professional help and can be incredibly dangerous. 

Wasps are a common infestation for spring and summer seasons. An attic can provide an excellent place for a nest or even multiple nests. To get rid of wasps you do 'not' need to remove the nest, but you need to treat it and the nesting wasps. 

Rentokil are experts in all forms of wasps removal, so if you would like further advice or would like to arrange a visit from a Rentokil technician. 

Call Rentokil today on 0808 274 3752 for safe and effective treatment for wasps.

We will contact you within 24hrs (Mon-Fri) to arrange an appointment at time convenient to you. 

Fly Infestation in Your Attic

Attic Flies are a species more commonly known as cluster flies. However, there are a number of species of flies that can roost in your attic. Flies in your attic can cause a significant degree of damage to your home, especially if you are finding maggots in the attic. 

It is possible to get rid of certian infestations just by following a few DIY cleaning tips, as well as using some DIY products. Certain species of flies are very hard to get rid of and can require professional treatment. Establishing the type of fly is key to identifying a treatment method. 

Call Rentokil today on 0808 256 3664 for safe and effective treatment for flies. 

We will contact you within 24hrs (Mon-Fri) to arrange an appointment at a time convenient to you.

Insect Infestation in Your Attic

An insect infestation is most likely to be caused by attraction to food, textiles or wood stored in your loft, or they may be living off the droppings of other pests in the loft such as rats, mice, squirrels.

Deep cleaning and the use of amateur insecticides will help to keep insects under control, but you may require professional treatment to completely eradicate the infestation by stopping the life-cycle.

Rentokil has extensive experience in eliminating insect infestations, so you can be sure we have the right solution for you. 

Find out more on how to deal with particular insects you may find in your loft:

✔  Moths and their caterpillars attacking clothes

✔  Woodworm boring into wood

✔  Other Insects and creepy crawlies

Get Rid of Squirrels in The Attic

Squirrels can cause significant damage by gnawing on wood and electrical cables.

Squirrels can be removed by catching them in traps. It is possible to use DIY traps, although great care needs to be taken when handling cages with live squirrels, as they are likely to bite and scratch. Our BPCA certified technicians are trained to remove squirrels.

It is an offence to release grey squirrels back into the wild, once caught in a cage, they must be destroyed humanely. In contrast, red squirrels must be released into the wild.

Professional treatment of grey squirrels may use mechanical traps or baiting. These are effective methods, applied by appropriately trained technicians.

It is essential to proof your home against squirrels to stop them re-inhabiting. This may include cutting overhanging branches overhanging your property, to prevent access.

If you would like further advice about squirrels or if you would like to arrange a visit from a Rentokil technician, call us free on 0800 218 2210.

Bats in The Attic

Bats are protected, endangered species and it is an offence to try to kill or remove bats or to change or block their roosts.  Even if bats have left your attic, it is an offence to block the roost - bats return to the same place every year, so empty bat roosts are protected.

If you are aware that bats are roosting in your attic, you should consult with the Bat Conservation Trust before carrying out remedial timber treatments, insect control or rodent control that may cause harm to bats.

Identifying Pests by Sounds

  • Scratching Sounds - Scratching and gnawing sounds may indicate a rodent type animal such as a mouse, rat or squirrel.

  • Flapping - Flapping sounds can indicate birds have nested in your attic, birds will be most active in early morning. Bird can cause heavy damage to your property and must be swiftly dealt with. 

  • Vocals - Shrill squeaks and vocals can indicate rats or mice, sharper 'shrieks' can be more serious and indicate infestation. 

  • Buzzing Sounds - A distinct buzzing sound will indicate a wasp or flying insect infestation. Flying insects nest and carry disease, they will not go away permanently unless treated professionally.