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Noises In The Attic

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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 closely for visible signs of habitation, commonly their droppings, signs of nesting and possible damage caused by gnawing.

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

  • Bat - Sounds - Sharp vocals at night - Droppings - dark brown or black, 4-8mm long, crumble into a fine powder when crushed.  Learn more about UK Bats >>

  • Wasps & Flies - Sounds - buzzing - Signs - visible sighting of insects or masses of insect bodies in the window fixtures or floor cavities. Learn more about pest insects >>

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,  but the rodent infestation must be treated effectively first.

Call Rentokil today for safe and effective treatment for rats.


Get Rid of Mice in The Attic

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

Learn more about how to spot the signs of mice and how DIY and professional mouse control in your home can best eliminate their presence.

Call Rentokil today for safe and effective treatment for mice.

How to Get Rid of Birds in The Attic

Pigeons or other birds in your attic will create mess, health risks and annoying noises. Removing birds from your property during the breeding season can be an issue as they are protected. All wild bird species (including their nests and eggs) are protected by law in the UK by the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). Preventative measures like blocking entry points, using chicken wire or a solid barrier should be done outside of nesting times. It is possible to proof the exterior of your building from pigeons, gulls and other birds using spikes, wire systems or bird 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 surveyor.

Call Rentokil today for safe and effective deterrents for birds.


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 if you are sensitive to stings. Wasps are a common infestation for spring and summer seasons. An attic can provide the perfect location to establish a nest or even multiple nests. To get rid of wasps you do 'not' need to remove the nest, but you do need to effectively treat it and the nesting wasps. 

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

Call Rentokil today for safe and effective treatments for wasps.


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 fly products. Certain species of flies are very hard to get rid of and can require professional treatment. Establishing the type of fly spieces causing the problem is key to identifying the most appropriate and effective treatment method. 

Call Rentokil today for safe and effective treatment for flies. 


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 your attic such as rats, mice, birds or squirrels. Deep cleaning and the use of amateur insecticides for DIY use 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 and fabrics

✔  Woodworm boring into timbers and wooden items

✔  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 and qualified technicians.

It is essential to proof your home against squirrels to stop them re-inhabiting. This may include cutting back branches and vegetation 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.

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 them harm.

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. 

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