Attic Pest Species
Below you will find information on various attic animal pest species, from the mexican free-tailed bat to the house mouse.
Mexican Free-Tailed Bats are the most common species of bat involved in attic infestations in Central Florida. They are protected under Florida law, and infestations should only be handled by a professional. Female bats typically produce only one offspring per year. Thus, their reproductive rate is not the key problem in bat infestations. Bats roost together in great, concentrated numbers. Thus, if bats find an entry and begin to roost in your attic, it can become a very huge problem. They produce large quantities of urine and guano, and their waste accumulates extremely quickly. This causes a very strong stench. As well, bat infestations can cause potentially serious health problems. This is why it is vital that bat infestations are dealt with immediately.
Many species of bird can decide to take up shelter in your attic, including starlings, sparrows, pigeons, vultures, swallows, seagulls, geese, ducks, hawks, and more. Regardless of species, roosting birds can quickly become a major issue if they find their way into your attic. They can leave quite a bit of poop behind! Additionally, populations of birds can roost outside, coating home and business buildings, facilities, and vehicles coated in bird droppings, and potentially damaging them. They also carry diseases and bacteria such as Avian Influenza, Avian Tuberculosis, E.Coli, Salmonella, and more.
The Virginia Opossum or North American Opossum (also commonly referred to as a possum) is a marsupial found in North America. It is the only marsupial that is found north of Mexico. Opossums are nocturnal and solitary, and are about the size of a domestic cat. As successful opportunists and scavengers, Opossums are commonly found near towns, rummaging through garbage cans, and breaking into your attic! Attics make wonderful, safe environments for Opossums to den together during the winter or to deliver and raise offspring from. They can damage woodwork, wiring, and more in your attic, and leave behind waste.
Roof Rats are the most common species of rats found in attic infestations in Central Florida. It is critical to nip any rat infestations in the bud! Female rats can produce up to 20 offspring per year. This high rate of reproduction is what makes them such an efficient pest. Additionally, their lifespan is 2-3 years. Any small rat infestation can quickly spiral out of control! Rats can wreak havoc on homes and businesses alike. Most rats will eat almost anything available to them and will chew wiring, pipes, insulation, walls, and more. They also leave droppings, potentially spreading disease. Furthermore, they leave a gross stench behind!
Eastern Gray Squirrels are the most common species of squirrel found in attic infestations in Central Florida. Female squirrels typically produce 1-4 offspring per litter and produce 1-2 litters per year. Life span of a successful adult squirrel (that is, not killed before sexual maturity) is typically around 6 years. Squirrels can be a major problem in the attic of a home for several reasons. Squirrels are experts at chewing. For them, chewing is simply a matter of survival, especially when it comes to reaching the nutritious nut within a shell. This is no good for your attic, however. Squirrels will chew through wires, piping, wood, walls, and more. They also leave droppings behind, which can be a vector for disease.