How To Get Rid Of Rodents In The Attic This Winter
Trying to sleep but can’t? There’s no greater impediment to a good night’s rest than the frenzied sounds of an animal in the attic scratching at night. If you’re wondering how to get rid of rodents in the attic, look no further. Whether it’s mice or squirrels in the attic, the idea of wild animals scratching and defecating above you is not a recipe for restful sleep.
We’ll teach you how to identify and then deal with mice control, rat control, squirrel control, bat control, or any other pest you may have living above you.
The good news is; if you’re hearing squirrels in your home outside of March – October, it’s unlikely they are nursing their young. So, you won’t be displacing baby squirrels that can’t fend for themselves.
What Should I Do For Wildlife Control?
When you need animal removal in the winter, you can trust Terminix Canada’s wildlife control and removal. Our team are experts at humane wildlife removal and are backed by over 90 years of experience getting rid of pests and ensuring they don’t come back.
Though you might want to skimp out on removal costs for rodents in the attic, we don’t recommend DIY animal removal, due to the risk of rabies, injury or illness.
Why Do I Have Rodents In My Home?
Many different rodents will seek warmth and shelter in the winter, often finding warm homes to be the perfect solution. No matter how cold or uncomfortable the weather outside gets, these rodents will find warmth, comfort, safety and security in your attic.
If your home has any cracks or holes in the walls or foundation, rodents, especially tiny ones like mice, can easily get in and make themselves at home. Raccoons and squirrels have very sharp claws, teeth and dexterous hands. This allows them to rip open shingles or weak spots like rotten wood or loose soffit along your roofline to gain access to your attic.
How To Get Rid Of Mice In The Attic In Winter
Winter is a common time to find mice in the attic, as they begin to search for refuge from the cold in the fall. Unlike other larger rodents, mice likely won’t stick to just your attic, moving all throughout your home. They look for nooks and crannies to slip through in order to access the entire home, often leaving evidence behind in the form of droppings.
They will set up their home in your walls, attics, vents, basements and other dark, secluded corners of your house.
While mice may seem cute and tiny, they are a serious concern that you should remove before they take over. Mice can and will breed year-round with a female, producing 5-10 litters in a single year. Each litter will have 6-8 babies, so two tiny mice can quickly turn into a big problem.
Rats and mice have very weak bladders and generally urinate as they walk, leaving trails of urine everywhere they travel in your space. Did you know mice can also produce 50-75 droppings in a single day? Between the amounts of waste they produce, plus the various surfaces in your home they can access, this creates a dangerous problem. It’s important to thoroughly clean and disinfect any area that a mouse has defecated on, especially if it’s in your kitchen.
The best way to make sure you get rid of all the mice in your home and keep them out permanently is to contact a professional rodent control company, such as Terminix Canada.
Our wildlife control services know how to remove mice from the attic. We use strategic traps and baits in order to isolate and remove mice in the attic in winter. From there, it’s important to seal cracks in the attic, as well as other parts of the home to ensure mice don’t return. We efficiently and effectively remove mice from your home with ethical and long-lasting results.
How To Remove Squirrels In The Attic In Winter
Not sure what is in your attic? If the footsteps are loud enough to rule out mice, the two most likely culprits are squirrels or raccoons. One good way to differentiate is to pay attention to when you’re hearing the noises. If you’re hearing them during the day, it’s likely squirrels. If you’re only hearing movement at night, then you likely have raccoons living upstairs. The only caveat to this is that flying squirrels are nocturnal, so you may still have a squirrel infestation even if you’re only hearing the noises at night.
If you want to confirm your suspicions and feel comfortable doing so, you can take a ladder to your attic and take a look inside. Don’t approach any animals you see there. By just taking a look, you should be safe. The animals are likely much more afraid of you then you are of them. But don’t approach or corner them! Squirrels will often stash leaves, nuts and other debris in the attic.
You can also sprinkle baking flour or another safe white powder on the floor in the attic to check for footprints. A squirrel’s front paw pads are an inch to an inch-and-a-half long with four toes and sharp claws. Their front feet have three large pads. Their back feet contain five toes and four pads.
Our wildlife control experts know how to remove squirrels in the attic. We are backed by over 90 years of humane animal removal services experience.
Exclusion is an integrated pest management technique that focuses on saving you from animal in attic removal costs by effectively sealing your house from intrusion.
While in the summer, our wildlife control and removal experts will often install one-way doors in order to get rid of squirrels in the attic humanely, this is not generally a feasible option in the winter due to the harsh weather conditions.
As such, our animal removal team will go up and remove squirrels in the attic humanely and institute whatever measures possible to ensure animals don’t get back in.
Do you hear animals in the attic scratching at night? Call Terminix Canada’s wildlife control team for professional wildlife removal near you. Our animal removal services extend to removing mice and squirrels in the attic.
How To Get Rid Of Bats In Your Attic In Winter
Making up 20 per cent of all known mammal species, bats are some of the most unexpectedly dynamic, interesting creatures on the face of the planet. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek bat removal services if you find a nest of bats in the house.
Besides Terminix Canada, bats are some of the best insect exterminators in the business, capable of consuming all manner of flies, mosquitoes and other creepy-crawlies up to three times their own body weight. Some even say that a little brown bat, all of six to ten centimetres long, can eat 1,000 mosquitoes in just one hour!
However, none of this is to say that they should be welcome guests should you find a few bats in the house.
What can bats do to you? Well, in addition to being known rabies carriers, their droppings, or guano, can create a fungal disease called histoplasmosis that you can catch just by breathing in its spores. Also known as the “cave disease”, histoplasmosis yields flu-like symptoms like coughing. It’s fatal if untreated with the later stages resembling tuberculosis.
On top of that, bats are notoriously difficult to get rid of safely, requiring the aid of trained pest control experts to remove them from your attic and to bat-proof your house so that they can’t come back. Our team of pest removal experts know how to remove bats from your attic in a safe, environmentally friendly manner. Contact us for a free consultation today!
Trust Terminix Canada For Your Wildlife Control Services
Stop googling how to get rid of rodents in your attic and pick up the phone. We can effectively and efficiently solve your pest problem for you.
We employ our integrated pest management service, mixing and matching the most humane and environmentally friendly residential pest control services that best fit your rodent problem. We’ll utilize rodenticides on an as-needed basis, rodent-proof your home, and instill a pest removal plan. Consequently, this will ensure unwanted intruders stay away for good.
Terminix Canada firmly believes that the health and safety of you and your family is top priority. By helping you understand and recognize the risks that rodents and other wildlife pose, that awareness and knowledge will be invaluable in preventing them from returning in the future.