Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about our services.
What are those scratching and thumping noises coming from my attic or walls?
Those scratching noises coming from your attic or walls at night are most likely wild animals! Animals can include mice, rats, birds, bats, squirrels, raccoons, and opossums. Each animal has a variety of noises it can make while rummaging about in your attic. This means careful listening can help you narrow down the type of animal you’re dealing with.
Mice / Rats
Let’s begin with mice and rats. Both mice and rats are nocturnal, so any noises from them will most likely be heard at night. There is a period right after dusk in which these animals venture out of their hiding place, often the attic, to forage for food and water. Light scampering and running can be heard in your attic and walls from these critters. As well, they may produce scratching noises when creating a nest for offspring.
Birds can make scratching, thumping, fluttering, and other noises when they decide to inhabit an attic. Most often, noises from a bird infestation are heard during the daytime.
Bats can make noise when dwelling in your attic, too. However, if the group of bats living in your attic is small, you may not even notice them. But, if the group is large, they can start making quite a racket as they fight for space to get out at dusk. You can also hear them scuttling about. The best way to identify a bat infestation is to quietly observe them exiting and entering a building at dusk and dawn.
Now, on to squirrels. If you’re hearing noises during the day, it’s probably squirrels. Squirrels weigh more than mice and most rats, and they are quicker and agiler, so the noises they make when moving about tend to be from fast scurrying, running, and jumping. Squirrels can make scratching noises, too.
Raccoons / Opossums
Raccoons and opossums are the largest animals in terms of attic animal infestations, thus their noises will most likely be the loudest! These guys cause scampering, walking, scratching, and thumping noises that are louder and ‘heavier’ than what other, smaller animals will generate. As well, most noises from them will be heard during the night time. Raccoons vocalize, too, making various growls, chirps, cries, and whines.
How do attic animal infestations begin? How did these animals get in my attic?
Attic animal infestations all begin with one event: an entry point into your attic and/or home is found or made, and something moves in. This also means that attic animal infestations all end with one event, too: entry and exit points are found, and repaired/sealed up so that no critters can move back in.
When inspecting your home for entry points, start by walking around the perimeter. You want to look for any areas that enter into the attic of the home. Missing or chewed soffit can be an easy entry point for not only rats, but larger animals as well.
Entry Point Examples:
Roof return areas are very problematic as well. These areas are easily accessible to any animal on your roof, and lead directly into you attic. Proper inspection of these areas may require you to get on your roof, as from the ground, they can look sealed, but remember rats can squeeze into the smallest of holes!
Roof Return Area Examples:
Other areas to look for are your line from your AC unit. If it does not go underground, that means it probably leads into the attic or through a hole on the outside of the building. Even if it is enclosed in a chase, it still may need to be sealed to prevent entry for animals into the building.
Some other common areas can be plumbing pipes and stack pipes on the roof, ridge vents, and off ridge vents. These will require an inspection of the roof to be sure that there is animal screening in place. In some cases, venting may need to be sealed from the inside of the building.
What attic damage can result from attic animal infestations?
Once animals have invaded an attic, they can create quite an impressive mess. Animals can cause major damage to wiring, soffit, ductwork, woodwork, insulation, and more. As well, animals will leave behind urine and feces, which is a potentially major health and biohazard. And it stinks!
Attic Damage Examples:
How do I get rid of rats in my house and/or attic?
I’ve got rats in my house! Great! Rats are a very common problem in the United States, and all across the world.
In fact, there are entire industries dedicated to getting rid of rats. While there are different types of rats, and different problem areas, we are going to talk about getting rid of roof rats.
Roof Rats, Also known as black rats, are probably the most common problem for homes and restaurants. Named because of how well they can climb (and enter your home through the roof), they carry disease, cause damage to your home or business, and they’re just plain gross.
How to Get Rats Out
The first step after identifying what animal is living in your attic is figuring out how to get them out in the first place. Solutions can include poison, repellents, and traps. If you’ve ever dealt with pests before, you probably already know how difficult it can be to treat a pest infestation! Prevention is by far the easy part.
How To Seal Out The Rats
Here is the hard part. You can’t just simply fix or seal up the one area where the rats are getting in. You have to seal up ALL the entry points, otherwise, they are going to find them and get back in, and your efforts will all be in vain.
When possible, we try to use materials that will last, and also look good aesthetically on the home. We use materials like mortar, PVC coated aluminum metal, and thick metal flashing. When possible, we color match any repairs to the color of the home. This helps the repairs look good, last against the elements, as well as against the animals.
A minor rodent problem can sometimes be solved by a handy homeowner, but when the problem is not dealt with swiftly and properly, it often gets worse, and quickly. This is when it’s time to call a professional.
Rodent exclusion experts can easily assess the problem, fix it, remove the animals, and clean up any attic debris as needed. We deal with this every day, and we learn every day. Because we are dealing with wild animals that don’t play by the rules, we have to constantly adapt our tactics and find solutions that best fit your problem.
How do I get rid of squirrels in my attic?
The first step in eliminating any attic squirrel infestation is to get the squirrels out of the attic!
We employ a “trap door system” to remove the squirrels. First, we seal up all the possible entry points into the home. Next, we install our trap door. This allows the animal to exit, and when they do, the door “hits ’em where the good lord splits ’em”.
Getting them out is only half the battle, however. After the animal or animals are gone, we remove the trap, and seal up the final entry point permanently so that the animals cannot get back inside.
We can help with both attic squirrel removal and attic repairs!
How do I get rid of raccoons in my attic?
The first step in eliminating an attic raccoon infestation is to get those raccoons out! Most attic raccoon infestations are a mother raccoon and their offspring. So, in most cases, we use a proven, effective, special hormone that encourages the raccoon mother to leave with her offspring. Once they have left, we seal them out, so they or another raccoon family can’t move back in. Even if it isn’t an entire family, though, we can help.
Additionally, we offer Raccoon Trapping and Raccoon Relocation services. Raccoons are humanely trapped and relocated by us. Then, the entry point is repaired and sealed, so another family does not move back in.
How do I get rid of attic animal infestations?
The first step in eliminating any attic animal infestation is the identification of the species and figuring out the population size. Then, measures to trap, remove, etc., are taken in order to get the animals out. For instance, contraptions can be installed into a squirrel exit point that allows a squirrel to get out of the attic, but not back in.
Getting them out is only half the battle, however. Once they are out, repairs must be made so that the animals cannot get back inside the attic! But we can help with both of these steps.
How much does attic animal removal cost?
The answer to this question is: it depends! Many factors such as the species of animal in your attic, the amount of damage and waste left behind, and more can affect the cost.
How do I choose an attic animal removal company?
In order to choose an attic animal removal company, it is important to know what services you are looking for, what method of animal removal you prefer, and what your budget is.
Some companies only do the animal removal, and will not do clean up, exclusion, prevention, repairs, etc. Eraticators Attic Animal Removal does the animal removal, relocation, clean up, exclusion/prevention, and repairs! So, we have you covered on all fronts.
As well, you may prefer a company that focuses on humanely removing and relocating animals, only resorting to lethal measures when necessary (as is often the case with rats/mice). We pride ourselves on providing humane trapping and relocation for the animals.
Finally, you need to know what your budget is, and how much the services will cost. Many factors such as the species of animal in your attic, the amount of damage and waste left behind, and more can affect the cost.