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The Guide To Getting Rid Of Common Attic & Household Pests

Have you got unwanted guests up in your attic or around your household?

Attics are ideal places for wildlife to seek refuge and build their homes.

Think about it, on those colder days you cant wait to get home and curl up in the warmth of your home, and unfortunately, many pests have the same idea, however your attic is their number 1 choice.

These pests in your attic will trouble you in many ways:

  • The constant sounds of scurrying and scraping will usually cause you, and your family, distress and anxiety...
  • They will wreak havoc by chewing through wire and your stored goods, and they will leave droppings everywhere...
  • Worst of all, their is a good chance that they are carrying disease, and multiplying up there...

If you think your attic is safe from pest intrusion, think again; They can squeeze through the smallest gaps possible and gain entry without you ever knowing.

If you think you have any form of attic pests, or have heard rustling noises where there shouldn't be, take immediate action to fix the problem before the animals begin to multiply.

Lets take a look at some of the most common, and problematic attic pests:

SQUIRRELS 

how to get rid of squirrels in the attic

As cute as they seem, These are the most common type of critter you’ll finding wreaking havoc in your attic.

If your problem is squirrels in attic, take a look here, for tips and advice on how to get rid of squirrels.

They have the ability to gain access through very small holes (around 1.5 inches) and will can also chew the hole bigger for easier access.

Squirrels are experts at chewing and they will literally chew through your attic, starting with the wood and electrical wires (which can cause a fire hazard!)

Most active during the daytime, so you will likely hear them rustling around early morning and evening

Controlling these critters is best done through capturing and relocating them, then sealing up all access points

BATS 

how do you get rid of bats

Unfortunately bats prove to be an all too common, and serious problem, to deal with once in your house.

Do you have bats in attic? Click here for more information and advice on how to get rid of bats.

Bats gain access by squeezing through extremely small holes (3/8 of an inch) and usually fly into your roof through gaps near the perimeter of your roof line

You’ll know when they are taking refuge in your attic by the pungent odor of their droppings, which accumulates in huge amounts, very quickly. This is a serious potential health problem which should be dealt with as soon as possible.

Being nocturnal creatures, they are most active during the night, but even so, they are quite rodents and its hard to pick them up through noise in small numbers.

There are many products on the market which claim to repel bats, but the sad truth is that most of these are scams. Bats must be physically removed, and are kept out of your attic with certain one-way exclusion tactics.

MICE 

how to get rid of mice in the attic

Mice prefer to associate with humans rather than the wild, so finding mice in your house or attic is especially common if you live in the city

If you have mice in attic, click here to find out more on how to get rid of mice for good.

Mice typically will gain access through climbing up wall cavities and squeezing through very small holes in and around your house.

Mice will leave tiny droppings in your attic and wall cavities, which look like extremely small brown grains of rice. Since they are so small, its difficult to pick up on their movement sounds.

Mouse traps and poison are commonly used in eradication, but the best way to get rid of mice is to find their entry holes and seal them up for good.

RATS

how to get rid of rats in the attic

The all to common roof rat loves warm areas and is commonly found in the attic seeking refuge.

Got rats in attic? Click here for more advice and tips on how to get rid of those pesky roof rats.

Experts at gaining access to wherever they want, rats are known to squeeze through extremely small holes, and chew their way into your home without mercy.

The best way to pick up intruding rats is to look for their droppings, which look like small grains of brown rice, and come in the thousands. Its also very common to find their access tunnels through insulation and wall cavities. Find out more about how to identify Rat Poop using this handy chart.

They are active day and night, but common to hear them scurrying around during the nighttime, when everyone else is sleeping.

Rat poison is a common solution but its only a quick fix, the best way to control them is to locate their entry point and seal it up, then poison, or remove the trapped leftovers.

SKUNKS

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These sneaky little scavengers are always in the hunt for natural food and other vegetation. They also sometimes dig around trash bins looking for food.

If you have skunks in your property then visit this page to learn how to get rid of them without harming yourself or others.

The reason why you need a more precise technique when dealing with these pests is because they are armed with a spray that can ruin your entire week. Not only is their foul smell a lot to handle but they also have rabies which is why there are legal laws that you need to follow when dealing these animals.

The best approach to getting rid of these animals is to remove all the leftover foods out in your property as well as making sure that you trash bins are sealed off properly. Having a fence around your home is also a great way to keep them out, although you have to make sure that the gaps between the fences are around 2 to 3 inches only as they might still be able to slip through the gaps if it isn't.

MOLES

how a mole looks like

Ever had those annoying little holes around your yard? Yes! They are annoying, right? Those holes are made by moles and they do ruin your day when you unexpectedly step into a hole also seeing your yard ruined beyond repair is just a loads to deal with.

If you have a mole in your home or yard that has been bothering you, go to this page to learn how to remove moles from your property in a humane way without further damaging your property.

Normally, these animals won't be seen since they live underground and stay in there most their lives. Although there are a few ways to flush them out of their nasty holes, literally! Flushing them out with water and a hose is one of the most common solutions to this sort of pest problem. It is not highly recommended though as it could ruin your whole property if not done properly.

The best way to rid of them is still trapping them using pit traps. Installing one on or around the hole that they have dug on the ground and putting a good bait on the trap to attract them works almost 100 percent of the time​.

ANTS

closeup of an ant

Have you ever accidentally leave some food out on the table and come back to it hours later finding a million ants are already feasting on it? Yeah, me too!

Ants are one of the insects that are just so hard to get rid of at home, they are just literally everywhere. There are a few ways to rid of them from your house easily and for good. Click here if you have an ant infestation at home that you want fixed.​

​Most people don't realize that even a single ant can be a problem. Why, you might ask? Well, ants are good with communicating with one another. Most of the time they go around in search for food, and once they do, they go back to their colony to report their findings to bring back more of them and gather the food back to their nests.

The most common way to rid of these bugs is by using chemical sprays on them. But what do you do when you have a colony living in your yard? Well, there are two ways that you can go about this, there is the exterminator option and the use of boric acid. Most people tend to go with using boric acid because it's much cheaper and it's less hassle than hiring a professional. Also, it's just as effective!

FLEAS

infestation of fleas

We can't think of a more annoying pest problem than having an army of fleas running around the house. 

Looking for a solution to these insects? Go here and read more about getting rid of fleas in your home.​

​The only way to rid of these insects is by going to the source, your pets! Your pets are one of the biggest reasons why you have fleas roaming around your home. Regularly ridding your pets from these bugs and using pest prevention methods to keep the fleas off of them is the most important step in the whole process. 

The next thing is to do is to go where your pets have been hanging out or sleeping a lot, the porch and doghouse are the top candidates for this one. ​Cleaning them thoroughly helps slowly removing these buggers off your property.

Other pests like birds and rodents ​can also be a source of fleas, so getting rid of these pests first should be a priority before you work on your flea infestation.

WATERBUGS

closeup of a water bug

Often confused as cockroaches, but these waterbugs are much more complicated than that. There is a huge reason why their name has "water" in it, they like to live around any water sources.

The most often cause for a waterbug infestation are leaking pipes and unclean environment. So, if you happen to have this problem, you know where to begin your quest of ridding these little monsters!

If you want to learn more about waterbugs and how to get rid of them then read more of our website!

SILVERFISH

picture of the silverfish insect

The silverfish, they aren't as common as the other pests on this list but they are pests nonetheless.

Ever have problems with silverfish infestation in your home? Read more and find out how to remove them from your house and back outside where they belong!

Generally, these insects are pretty harmless. They just roam around your house, especially at night when you least expect them to be popping out here and there.

The reason why these guys are very unwelcome in most homes is because they tend to eat your books and other starchy materials. These little insects thrive in the dark and wherever there is moisture. Humidity is what keeps them attracted to your place. 

Preventing these pests starts with removing the humidity from your place. Installing some screens on your doors and windows to keep other insects out is a good start because that way, you will be able to crack open a few windows and keep the ventilation going.

Another way to rid of them is to use diatomaceous earth, and to find out more about this solution read our page about "How to Get Rid of Silverfish".

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