Are you hearing scratching or scurrying sounds in your attic, crawlspace, or kitchen?

If so, you could be dealing with an animal that has decided to live with you!

If you’re not enamored with the thought of playing house with a furry creature, give us a call!

Animals are an integral part of our ecosystem, but they can cause a variety of issues when they make our home their homes.

What time are you hearing the sounds?

This is the first question we will ask when you call about scurrying or scratching sounds. Why?

Different animals are active at different times. Some are nocturnal and some are diurnal (active during the day). Depending on when the sound is being heard, an educated guess can be made as to what type of animal you have.

Common creatures that move around primarily at night are mice, bats, rats, raccoons, opossums, and flying squirrels.

Creatures active during the day are going to be primarily gray squirrels and birds.

So what’s next?

Confirmation of what type of creature is in the house is the first step.

We would accomplish this by performing an inspection of the attic, crawlspace and kitchen.

This includes looking for droppings, marks of scratches, gnawing, and damage.

Once we know what we’re dealing with, the second step is figuring out where the animal is getting in.

Opposums, house mice, and rats typically enter from the foundation level. Rats can also enter the structure from broken or open sewer lines from inside the crawlspace, but I don’t want to get too off topic.

Raccoons typically enter around the roofline, and very often from a pretty large hole. Bats and flying squirrels enter at the roofline from small holes, or bats can get into gable vents and eventually make their way into the attic if there are holes in the screening.

The solution

Most wildlife problems can be solved using one way doors, which are placed over the active hole and make it impossible for the animal to get back in after it leaves for food and water.

For example, a one way bat cone can be employed to solve a bat issue. When the bats leave (usually around dusk) to feed on insects they are unable to regain entry from the hole due to the construction of the cone.

Common wildlife issues include:

-Bats harboring inside gable vents (which can lead to them getting inside the attic eventually)

-Squirrels gaining entrance into the attic by chewing holes in fascia boards

-Possums getting into crawlspaces (usually through a foundation vents that missing or under the HVAC system)

-Snakes being seen around the yard (both venomous and non venomous

-Raccoons getting into the attic space

-Birds getting into dryer vents

We specialize in humane wildlife removal and sealing of the entry points for long lasting, and guaranteed, success.

Sustainable Pest can also help with removal and sanitizing of areas with droppings or guano!
Sustainable Pest Owner

Author: Jeremiah Smith

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