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Do you hear scratching or scurrying from your ceiling? There are several types of signs that animals are living in your attic or walls, but noises are usually the most obvious and first noticed. The issue with having an animal in the attic is that without prior experience, it’s difficult to tell what it is and how many there are.

Signs of an Animal in the Attic

If you hear scampering noises or other unusual sounds coming from your attic, look for other signs of animal activity on your property to determine the source and scope of the problem. Here are some signs of animals in the attic:

  • Urine or droppings in crawl spaces and corners of your home
  • Insulation that has been destroyed or nested-in
  • Nesting is indicated by ripped-up paper, twigs, or leaves around the roof or inside the attic.
  • Bite marks caused by animals gnawing on structural materials or your stored possessions

Observing any of these types of animal evidence could indicate that there are animals living in your attic, walls, crawl spaces, or other areas of your property.

Which Wild Animals are in the Attic?

Now that you’ve determined that there are animals upstairs, it’s time to identify them so you can deal with them in a safe and effective manner.

The following are the most common attic invaders and the telltale signs of their presence:

  • Rats and mice: Rats and mice frequently tear up insulation in our attics to build nests. They also have to gnaw on things in our homes all the time to keep their incisor teeth from overgrowing. When this is combined with frequent scampering sounds, you can be certain that you have rodents up there.
  • Raccoons: Raccoons have the strength to rip shingles off your roof or chew holes in your building. Raccoon activity could be indicated by loud bumps in the middle of the night.
  • Squirrels: Unlike the more destructive raccoons, squirrels usually enter our homes through roof vents and eave gaps. Squirrel noises are typically lighter and faster than raccoon noises, allowing you to distinguish between these pests based on differences in sound and damage.
  • Birds: Chirping sounds in the attic indicate the presence of birds. Nuisance birds spread filth and diseases through their nesting and droppings, but fortunately, they usually make themselves known very quickly.

How to Safely Get Rid of Animals in the Attic

The best way to avoid wildlife issues is to constantly monitor your property for activity and seal any holes that could lead into your attic or walls. However, if wild animals begin to nest or reproduce inside your home, you should contact your local pest control company. Official Pest Prevention trains our technicians to remove all types of animals using safe and humane methods, while also teaching our customers how to avoid similar situations in the future.


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