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Fort Wayne Indiana Homes Have Increased Animal Activity in Attics

Jun 2

Wildlife Breaking Into Home Attics For Shelter in Fort Wayne Indiana

Attic animals in Fort Wayne Indiana neighborhoods are on the rise. These animals include bats in the attic, raccons and squirrels and even birds.

Attics are ideal nesting spots for many unwanted species because they're warm and sometimes go unnoticed by humans. Most of the time, these pests seek refuge in attics to avoid harsh winter weather or to rear young in the spring.

Raccoons, squirrels, bats, mice, and rats are the most common animals found in attics when wildlife is heard overhead. This type of problem usually requires an appointment with a wildlife removal professional.

WHY IS THERE AN ANIMAL IN MY ATTIC?

When a person realizes an animal has entered their home, the first notion that comes to mind is cleanliness. Although cleanliness may play a role in why an animal has invaded your home, it is rarely the cause of the invasion.

Because all living creatures require food, water, and shelter to thrive, a critter may seek refuge on your land. The habitat available to all species is dwindling as humans continue to industrialize, while the population of wildlife is expanding.

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT ANIMAL IS IN MY ATTIC?

When you can't see the animal, determining what kind of animal you're dealing with can be difficult. If you're still unsure, contact a Varment Guard Professional.

SIGNS YOU HAVE AN ANIMAL IN YOUR ATTIC.

  1. Noises at night – vocal noises, scurrying, scampering, thumps
  2. Damage to the outside of your property or an entry point – many animals will utilize construction gaps while others will cause damage to enter your home
  3. Unusual water leak – it is possible for animals to damage water lines or chew into them for a source of water
  4. Unexpected power issue – rodents like squirrels and rats are chewers and will chew anything to help trim their teeth
  5. An aroma of ammonia in or around your home – the longer an animal is in your attic, the more the animal will urinate, and you may start to smell it

The  factors that help us identify animal intruders:

  • How loud is the noise
  • When the sounds being heard
  • What kind of noises do you hear
  • What kind of entry points are found
  • What kind of animal droppings are present

HOW CAN AN ANIMAL ENTER MY ATTIC?

Animals can enter your home through a variety of entry points. Soffits, gable vents, roof returns, pipe stacks, any damaged places on a property, and even any construction gap are the most common entry points for animals. In reality, rats can fit through access holes as small as a quarter, while mice can fit through a gap that is just over a quarter's size.

Even if there isn't an entry point, animals can get inside your house. Raccoons may deal a lot of damage because of their dexterity. They will use their hands to create an opening if they want to utilize your home as a shelter. Squirrels, mice, and rats chew frequently to maintain their teeth in good shape. Rodents may gnaw through a variety of materials, including wood, pipes, plastic, metal, masonry, and cables, to get access to your home.

HOW TO PREVENT ANIMALS FROM ENTERING YOUR ATTIC

  1. Any trees with branches that touch or are close to your roof/home should be pruned.
  2. Keep your yard free of debris because animals will find their way inside if you establish a welcoming environment outside.
  3. Obtain a home inspection. We advocate using preventative exclusion to keep all critters out of your home if you have any potential access points.

I KNOW I HAVE AN ANIMAL(S) IN MY ATTIC. HOW LONG CAN I WAIT?

The longer an animal problem goes unaddressed, the more serious it becomes. In your attic, the quantity of destruction, excrement, and urine will continue to rise. Animal problems can sometimes be dangerous. Rats, for example, are still the cause of a large number of house fires in the United States each year.

Overall, it seems likely that the cost of resolving the problem will rise with time. In the field, we've noticed that the longer a nuisance animal problem exists, the more difficult it is to resolve. As soon as you notice or hear any signs of animal activity, we recommend contacting a wildlife professional.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REMOVE AN ANIMAL FROM MY ATTIC?

The cheapest solution is usually preventative treatment, but we understand the saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Having said that, the second most affordable choice is to contact a specialist as soon as the problem begins. The cost of animal removal varies substantially based on the circumstances because there are so many variables to consider.

First, any animals in your attic must be removed. Then we seal any openings into your home or attic. Finally, we offer a solution that is tailored to you and your specific animal scenario.

The cost of trapping animal(s) in one small attic space and sealing one entry point will be substantially less than trapping in three attic spaces and sealing ten entry points in a residence. All of our customers receive fair pricing, and we strive to handle your problem in the most cost-effective manner while providing you with the best service available. In most areas of coverage, Varment Guard Service offers free inspections. For additional information, please contact us!

CAN I REMOVE THE ANIMALS ON MY OWN?

You are more than welcome to handle the animal problem on your own. Who doesn't want to save some cash?

To begin, double-check that you have the necessary PPE to enter an attic or handle an animal. Then, identify the animal(s) in your attic, trap/remove the animal(s), and make sure they're all gone.

Next, secure all of your home's entry points. Sealing an animal in your attic will lead the animal(s) to panic, resulting in greater destruction.

Finally, sanitize all polluted sections of the attic to get rid of any bacteria left behind from the animal's feces.

You can also take out and replace your insulation. Furthermore, keep in mind that each state has its own set of rules when it comes to dealing with various animals. If you are hesitant, terrified, or in need of assistance at any stage during this process, please contact your Varment Guard Professional.

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Because of the risks of animal removal in Fort Wayne, such as entering attics/crawl spaces, climbing ladders, roof work, and chemical handling, we strongly advise you to hire a certified and insured company. You should also make sure that the company you hire specializes in the animal you're dealing with and is knowledgeable about it. A professional can educate you, lead you through the entire animal removal process, answer any questions or concerns you may have, and give you further home-care advice.