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Noises in the attic

Noises in the attic are worrying and can be an indication that rodents or other wildlife may be living in your roof.

Attics (lofts or ceiling cavities) are ideal environments for possums, rats and mice, who damage stored items and electric cabling by gnawing and possibly causing fires. They are also ideal environments for nesting birds that can spread disease, mites and fleas.

Noises should be investigated quickly - nests and droppings become ideal breeding sites for insects, which may then carry nasty bugs and diseases into your home.

Inspect your attic and look for visible signs of habitation, commonly their droppings.

Identify pests by sounds and droppings

Mice signs

Sounds - Scratching and Gnawing. Dropping - Thin, spindle - shaped (pointed ends), about ½ cm long.

Rats signs

Sounds - Scratching and Gnawing. Dropping - Brown Rat - blunt, spindle - shaped, 1½ to 2cm. Black Rat - pointed, 1½ cm long.

Birds signs

Sounds - Vocals and Flapping. Dropping - Pigeons or other birds in the attic create mess, health risks and noise.

  • Possums - Sounds - Vocal and Scratching. - Signs - will depend on the type of possum, they’re generally the size of jellybeans, cigar shaped, brown and can sometimes have a sweet or eucalyptus smell.

  • Wasps & Flies - Sounds - Buzzing - Signs - visible sighting of insect or messes of insect bodies in window fixtures or floor cavities.

  • Other Insects - Some insects will be attracted to your loft if you have food, wood or textiles stored in it.

Get rid of mice in the attic

Mice need to be treated quickly, to avoid an infestation taking hold. Initial defence is to proof your attic against entry. We have a very effective, professional service for controlling mice.

Learn more about mice and our expert mouse control for your home.

Get rid of possums in the attic

Possums can cause significant damage by gnawing on wood and electrical cables.

As possums are natives to Australia, there are regulations around their correct removal from a premise. Once caught by a Rentokil expert in a specially-designed possum trap, they must be released within 24 hours no more than 50m from where they were captured.

Therefore, it is essential to proof your home against squirrels to stop them re-inhabiting. Your Rentokil expert will help you identify the possible points of entry and once the possum is caught, they will proof the area to stop the possum from coming back. You may also help increase the protection of your home by overhanging branches or undertaking more extensive repairs to your roof.

If you would like further advice about Possums or if you would like to arrange a visit from a Rentokil expert, call us on 1300 307 576.

How to get rid of birds in the attic

Pigeons, Indian Mynas or other birds in the attic create mess, health risks and annoying noise.

Birds should be removed and the entry points need to be blocked, using chicken wire or a solid barrier. It is possible to proof the exterior of your building from pigeons and other birds using spikes, wire systems or netting.

To remove birds, it may be possible to scare them away, but long term bird removal is likely to require professional trapping.

Rentokil are experts in all forms of bird control, so if you would like further advice or would like to arrange a visit from a Rentokil expert, call us on 1300 307 576.

How to get rid of wasps in the attic

Wasps in the attic create mess, they are difficult to get rid of without professional help and can be incredibly dangerous.

Wasps are a common infestation for spring and summer seasons. An attic can provide an excellent place for a nest or even multiple nests. To get rid of wasps you do 'not' need to remove the nest, but you do need to treat it and the nesting wasps.

Rentokil are experts in all forms of wasps removal, so if you would like further advice or would like to arrange a visit from a Rentokil technician, call Rentokil today on 1300 307 576 for safe and effective treatment for wasps

Fly infestation in your attic

Attic Flies are a species more commonly known as cluster flies. However, there are a number of species of flies that can roost in your attic. Flies in your attic can cause a significant degree of damage to your home, especially if you are finding maggots in the attic.

It is possible to get rid of certain infestations just by following a few DIY cleaning tips, as well as using some DIY products. Certain species of flies are very hard to get rid of and can require professional treatment. Establishing the type of fly is key to identifying a treatment method.

Call Rentokil today on 1300 307 576 for safe and effective treatment for flies.

Insect infestations in your attic

An insect infestation is most likely to be caused by attraction to food, textiles or wood stored in your loft, or they may be living off the droppings of other pests in the loft such as rats, mice or possums.

Deep cleaning and the use of amateur insecticides will help to keep insects under control, but you may require professional treatment to completely eradicate the infestation by stopping the life-cycle.

Rentokil has extensive experience in eliminating insect infestations, so you can be sure we have the right solution for you. 

Find out more on how to deal with particular insects you may find in your loft:

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