If you are hearing scratching or scurrying noises coming from your attic, it’s likely that you have a wild animal living in the space. Animals like squirrels, raccoons and rats can be scratching the area to make their nests or bury food. A quick attic analysis will tell you if animals have moved into your home. If you are not sure what to look for, or if you’re simply too afraid to look, contact a professional pest control company in Vancouver or the lower mainland for quick and effective inspection.
Tips to Rid Your Attic of Squirrels
It’s common for squirrels to take refuge in your attic, as it is a warm, dry and uninhibited environment for them to protect themselves from other animals. Mostly active during the sunlight hours, squirrels can cause significant damage to your home if you don’t to have them removed right away. They can chew through your home’s roof timbers; gnaw through wires and insulation, which can cause electrical hazards; and they can chomp through wooden beams in your house, which can compromise the structural integrity of your roof.
The longer you wait to have the squirrels removed, the higher the risk of potential damage to your home. Here are some steps you can take to remedy the situation yourself. If these steps don’t ensure effective pest removal, contact the expert exterminators at Pest Detective.
- Seal off the attic – patch up holes and cover spaces that are wide enough for a squirrel to get through.
- Create an exit using a funnel made out of a sheet of metal or fine wire mesh. Attach this funnel to the existing hole in your attic and direct the narrow end outside.
- Draw them out – make the space outside of the funnel appealing by placing food, like peanuts or apple slices, near the narrow mouth of the funnel.
- Try trapping them by using a box and bait.
- Scare them with sound and flashlights.
- Use squirrel repellent, ammonia soaked rags and moth balls to keep them away.
Fast, Efficient and Affordable Pest Control Services in Vancouver
One of the best ways to prevent squirrels from moving into your attic is by performing regular inspection checks around your property. It’s a good idea to regularly look for rot or damage near your home’s roofline to nip the issue in the bud. If you have noticed damage, repair it right away. Neglecting to fix the problem area can lead to bigger problems and expenses down the road.
If you are looking for effective pest control in Vancouver and surrounding areas, the team at Pest Detective can provide you with thorough inspection and extermination services. We can help protect you, your loved ones, and your property from dangerous or bothersome pests like squirrels, raccoons, carpenter ants, and other wildlife. We have been providing both home and business owners with environmentally-friendly, non-toxic pest control solutions for over 30 years and pride ourselves on our quick response and turnaround times.
Contact Pest Detective today to learn more about our squirrel removal services or to schedule your pest control appointment.