It happens to many of us at this time of year. We lay our heads down to dream of sugar plums, reindeer, songs, smiling faces, or even some remote and relaxing location away from it all.
Then we hear the noises up in the attic.
Maybe it’s just a little scratching. Maybe it’s a full night of traffic. The problem is, we have unwanted and potentially damaging house guests up there. They can’t stay.
That sound may be bats, who we typically consider friends in warm weather, thanks to their ability to control insect populations. But if they find a way into your home—and it doesn’t take much—they may hibernate there through the coldest months. Then, if the temperature rises enough, they may wake and move around the immediate area, which you might hear. They don’t pose a direct threat, but as we share on our website, they could damage your home exterior and, if left untended long enough, they could pose a threat to your family’s health.
More commonly, the sounds may come from rodents such as squirrels and mice. Given time, both could settle in and grow family trees that you didn’t have in mind when you moved in.
Squirrels require different measures, depending on the species. Gray and red squirrels will need to be trapped and removed. Flying squirrels, on the other hand, can be seen off with exit-only doors. It just depends on the situation, but our technicians will analyze the best approach.
Mice are another matter. They can chew wires same as squirrels, but also find their way into the lower levels of your home, where they find food, bedding materials, and new nests. They can also spread several diseases through their urine and feces. If mice are the case, then we draw up a customized plan to advise, monitor and treat your home until the problem is gone.
Whatever that sound may be, call us at 877-PESTS-55 when you hear it—even if it’s Christmas Eve, as one customer did a few years ago. (They woke up to a merrier morning.) The long winter nights are time for rest, not worry, and we can help.