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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 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.
There are a couple of indicators to tell you what type of ‘guest’ you have staying in your roof.
If they are rats or mice, you’ll hear them scurrying across the attic floor or rafters at night.
The type of droppings you see in your roof will also give you a hint:
Mouse Droppings - thin, spindle-shaped (pointed ends), about ½ cm
Brown Rat Droppings - blunt, spindle-shaped, 1½ to 2cm
Black Rat Droppings - pointed, sausage-shaped, 1½ cm in length
Like problems with mice, a rat problem should be treated quickly to reduce the risk of fire and spread of disease in your home.
Proofing your ceiling space is an effective way of preventing entry, but the infestation must be treated first.
Pigeons, 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 876-926-4236.
Bats are protected, endangered species and it is an offence to try to kill or remove bats or to change or block their roosts. Even if bats have left your attic, it is an offence to block the roost - bats return to the same place every year, so empty bat roosts are protected.
If you are aware that bats are roosting in your attic, you should consult with the Bat Conservation Trust before carrying out remedial timber treatments, insect control or rodent control that may cause harm to bats.
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 and mice.
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: