Have you ever not been able to sleep at night because of a suspicious sound coming from your attic? Chances are, you have a critter or small animal who has decided to move in, rent-free. Particularly in Canada and in Calgary, where the winter months have temperatures well into the negatives, small creatures will often escape the cold by nestling in your warm attic.
Even though Alberta is the only Canadian province that is rat-free (although there are always rumours of the occasional rat), there are still many other attic dwellers you need to be aware of. One way that you can tell if you have an animal in your attic is by seeing trails left behind in the insulation. Some of the most common animals we see taking refuge in Calgary attics are mice, raccoons, bats or squirrels. To identify which animal you have, you can listen to the type of noise they make, the type of feces they are leaving, whether they have left damage or footprints, and most importantly, what type of entry hole they used.
To remove the animal from your attic, it is easiest, if possible, to just chase out the animal and find its exit. Squirrels are usually the only animal that will be active during the day, although we have had reports of birds in attics as well. To avoid future visits, you must seal the exit to prevent re-entry. If you examine the outside of your house, particularly around the vents, roof and eves, you will most likely find the entry hole. If it is a broken eave or a large torn open hole with damage, it is most likely that the culprit is a larger critter like a raccoon. You will likely need professional help if a raccoon has nested in your attic and had its babies there. A squirrel will most likely cause a smaller hole with damage, and small gaps that often contain a brown greasy residue result from mice.
You can contact a professional to help with animal control, but ensure that all entry and exit points are sealed after you remove the animal. Use a chew-proof material such as a steel pad or wire mesh to fill any holes that are larger than ¼ inch. Use caulk to seal the holes further and carefully monitor the space.
Pesky rodents, animals and other critters are best left in the wild, so contact us if you need help with animal damage.