WHAT ARE THOSE NOISES COMING FROM MY ATTIC?
Hearing thumping, squeaking, and scratching noises in your walls or above your ceilings as you are trying to fall asleep at night can be very unsettling; and it will probably make you want to figure out the cause as quickly as possible! But, before looking up your local Ghostbusters in the yellow pages you may want to first call an exterminator. This is because the most likely cause of the noises you are hearing are due to mice and other rodents living in your home, and not the ghost of Aunt Edna.
This time of year it is very common for mice and other rodents to take up residence in homes and other buildings. They are looking for a free, safe place that has easy access to food and water to spend their cold winter months. Taking the proper precautions now to keep these furry pests out of your home will help to ensure that they don’t become your new roommates this winter!
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How Do Mice Get Into Attics?
Mice are one of the most common rodent species that enter into homes; they can squeeze their small grayish colored bodies through very small spaces (the width of a pencil) and will quickly make themselves at home in your house. Rodents have front incisors that constantly grow causing them to have a nasty habit of chewing on and through everything they can get their tiny paws on. Electrical cords, drywall, insulation, clothing, and furniture are all no match for the teeth of a mouse.
Rats and Squirrels in Attics
Other common rodent species that cause trouble in homes include rats and squirrels; and although they are larger than a mouse they can also squeeze through fairly small openings and sneak right into your home. They, along with mice, will leave urine, feces, and dangerous disease causing bacteria throughout your home and kitchen area. They will also chew through food containers, contaminate your food, and nest throughout your home. Luckily or unlikely depending how you look at it, rodents are loud house guests and their scampering will soon alert you to their presence.
What to do If You Hear Noises in Your Attic
If you hear the noises of mice or other rodents in your home the first thing you should do is call a professional pest control expert. Professionals are able to correctly identify and find all the rodents and their nesting areas in your home and offer effective treatment solutions. At Viking Pest Control our Home Protection Plans will protect your home from rodents and insects year round. With over 40 years of experience you can have peace of mind that Viking will safely, effectively and humanely remove any and all rodents that are living in your home!
How to Prevent Rodents in Your Attic
Along with implementing a year-round pest control plan, now is the perfect time of year to make some changes around your home to help stop rodents from choosing to live in it. Rodent prevention tips from the pros at Viking Include:
- Store outdoor garbage cans up off of the ground and away from the outside of your home; and, of course, make sure that they have tight fitting lids.
- Remove or place bird feeders a distance away from the exterior of your home.
- Make sure that any chimneys have caps on them; and fix any loose or missing roof shingles.
- Check the exterior of your home and fill in any cracks or gaps in the foundation or exterior walls.
- Install door sweeps
- Caulk spaces around windows and doors.
- Limit clutter that is found in basement, attic, and other storage areas.
Don’t spend another night listening to rodents running through your home; contact Viking Pest Control today for effective rodent control solutions!