Can you hear little feet scurrying around above your ceiling? If all your children are present and accounted for, you definitely have a problem and should contact pest control Seattle. It is easier than you think for squirrels, raccoons, bats, rats, opossums, and even snakes to find their way into your cozy attic space, secluded from the blustery northwestern weather outdoors.
In this first installment in the “Critters in Your Attic” series, we’ll discuss how to REMOVE these little buggers from your attic. In part II, we’ll cover how to KEEP them out. Keeping pests from your home is extremely important, so whether you’re gearing up to solve the problem yourself or will call a pest control company like ours, take some time to educate yourself on the common home invaders.
Bats are fairly quiet in small numbers, however, a group of them makes quite a ruckus. Generally, they enter your attic through gaps in the roofline and inhabit your dark, alluring attic space that is well suited to their needs. The holes they use to enter your attic can be as small as a half an inch wide.
Begin by sealing off all possible entry points except the largest one. Install a one-way exclusion device so that as the bats leave, they cannot re-enter the area. After you’re certain that all the bats have left, remove the device and seal that last point of entry. Excrement from bats is toxic to humans, so make sure to clean up any bat guano that they’ve so rudely left behind.
Squirrels and Opossums
These critters enter at roof level, far above the ground. Able to fit inside a very small hole, they can chew a hole 1-2 inches in diameter through which they can easily squeeze.
By law, Squirrels and Opossums must be trapped and relocated, not killed. You could also install a one-way door on their entrance point so that they when they exit, they’re trapped outside.
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