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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.
Sounds - Scratching and Crawling.
Dropping - Brown Rat - blunt, spindle - shaped, 1 ½ to 2cm. Black Rat - pointed, 1 ½ cm long.
Sounds - Scratching and Gnawing.
Dropping - Thin, spindle - shaped (pointed ends), about ½ cm long
Sounds - Vocals and Flapping
Dropping - Pigeons and other birds in the attic create mess, health risks and noise.
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 »
Discovering you have rats is distressing, but the quickest & most effective way to get rid of rats is by expert, targeted treatments.
Pigeons and Seagulls are normally the worst culprits, especially in towns and cities.
Wasp nests can be dangerous to handle. Rely on professional treatments to keep safe from stings.
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 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.
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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