Noises in the attic can be unnerving for anyone - especially in the wee hours of the morning. Your mind races as you wonder what on earth it is making that racket and nervously ascend the attic stairs with your flashlight in search of the culprit. Often, at first glance, you don't notice a thing and the noises stop. Baffled, you descend the staircase and nestle back into bed. You no more than begin to drop off to sleep to catch that last hour or so of winks before waking for your day full of work, when the noises begin again. That scratching, scraping, gnawing sound is so amplified in the stillness of night, but where is it coming from? You wonder. Typically, noises in the attic mean only one thing - rodents, but this noise is so loud that you know it has to be a whole army of invaders, but what?
One thing is for certain; if you are hearing noises in your attic and/or walls, you should not ignore them. The most common culprit is the squirrel. Squirrels like other rodents will gnaw and chew on anything they can to get their teeth on in order to keep their teeth clean, sharp and maintained. When nesting in your home they will steal any soft items to cushion their abode, while continuously gnawing on insulation, wood, and wires.
Their love for chewing the wires in your attic is most certainly a fire risk. Also, the mess they make is not only odorous, but it is also disease ridden as both their urine and their feces can carry infections such as salmonella and Leptospirosis. Salmonella can give us what we typically refer to as 'food poisoning' and all that is associated with it. Leptospirosis can cause flu-like illness with fever, chills, and body aches in its mild form, but in some people it can cause a severe illness that includes organ failure and internal bleeding that can lead to death. There is also the risk of flea and tick infestation as they carry both; and the danger of all the diseases that the flea and tick carry is present as well.
We haven't even addressed the damage done to the exterior of your home as they chewed their way in through siding, insulation, and anything else in their way. They typically will enter your home above the gutters, or where the dormers meet the roofline. They will chew away at any weak spot that they can find in the trim as well.
Due to the high risk of severe damage and illness, these pesky little rodents should be removed from your home immediately and with extreme caution as even a dead squirrel can transmit disease. This is why it is best to call in a professional to do the job. Here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions we have been dealing with removal and extermination of pests since 1956; we have the knowledge, training, and expertise to eliminate those pesky squirrels safely and effectively. Don't lose another minute's sleep listening to those noises in your attic - just contact us today and we will restore a full night's rest to your home.