Keeping Fall Wildlife Threats Out of Your Attic

December 28, 2018


If you’ve ever gone hiking or walking in the woods, there’s no doubt that you’ve seen a wide variety of critters scampering or flying about as they search for food, safety, or shelter. Wildlife can definitely be fun to observe and study when they're out in the wild, but as soon as wildlife animals enter your home, seeing those creatures is no longer fun and is now even potentially dangerous. 

squirrel on roof

If you’ve ever gone hiking or walking in the woods, there’s no doubt that you’ve seen a wide variety of critters scampering or flying about as they search for food, safety, or shelter. Wildlife can definitely be fun to observe and study when they're out in the wild, but as soon as wildlife animals enter your home, seeing those creatures is no longer fun and is now even potentially dangerous. 

Wild animals often seek shelter in the fall as the weather starts getting colder and less suitable for survival. They search for areas that are hidden, warm, and have a nearby food source. Often, our homes meet every single one of those needs, and animals seeking shelter will move right in. For several wildlife pests, attics are the most suitable location to stay the winter. Squirrels, bats, mice, and even raccoons are all pests that can be found invading our attics during the winter, but squirrels and bats, in particular, are the pests that invade these spaces most frequently. 

All animals that get into your home this fall are a threat to the health of you and your family. Several types of animals, including bats and squirrels, are capable of transmitting bacteria and diseases through their saliva, urine, and feces. Additionally, the fungus spores often found in bat droppings can cause a lung infection called histoplasmosis, if they are inhaled. 

As if the diseases wildlife bring into homes isn’t frightening enough, pests that get into your attic can cause damage to your home as well. Squirrels are known for the damage they can cause to electrical systems when they chew on wires within your walls and attic spaces. Urine and feces from wildlife creatures such as bats can also create water damage or sanitary problems with the air in your home. Many wildlife pests that break into homes during fall are searching for a place to build a nest, and the insulation keeping your home warm is often torn up and used as nesting material for squirrels and other small rodent pests.

When considering what you can do to keep these pesky critters out of your attic, there are a few preventative measures you can take.

  • Chimneys always need to be capped or covered when they are not in use. 
  • Vents must be kept properly covered, especially if you have vents that lead outdoors.
  • Any holes or gaps that are around your roofline need to be repaired as soon as possible, even if those gaps are tiny. Some wildlife pests are capable of creating larger holes in locations where a small hole is already present. 
  • Gaps in your foundation should be located and sealed.
  • Sheds, basement doors, and garages should always be kept shut if they are not in use. 
  • Openings under decks and stairways need to be sealed or repaired.
  • Keep trash bins sealed and do not leave pet food outside overnight. 

No matter what preventative measures you take to keep your home safe this fall, there is always still the possibility that wildlife pests could get in. That is why it’s always important to reach out to pest control experts as soon as you suspect you might have a pest issue. Handling wildlife pests on your own can be extremely dangerous because many animals become aggressive if they feel threatened. A-1 Pest Control knows how to deal with all of the common wildlife pests found here in North Carolina, and with our comprehensive wildlife control programs, you can be sure your home and attic will remain pest free throughout the year.




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