Which Animal is in My Attic—and How Dangerous is It?
Bats In The Attic
Bats in the attic will cause many problems for homeowners. Roosting bats will create a terrible mess of droppings that will lead to:
Difficult Stains & Terrible Odors
Like all wildlife, bats are not known for their hygiene, and the odor is only amplified if the animal has died in your wall or somewhere else in your attic. Our high-quality, professional deodorizers will help restore your home's original smell, as if the animal was never there.
If inhaled, bat guano may cause histoplasmosis. This disease may lead to serious complications if left untreated. Other diseases transmitted through bat urine or guano include salmonellosis.
Bats can directly transmit diseases such as rabies and external parasites from bats like fleas, ticks and batbugs can also transmit diseases to you. Keep your family safe and get bats out today.
Bats' droppings and secondary pests they're known for carrying will all lead to unusable insulation, which can impact your home's energy efficiency.
Critter Control of San Antonio Can Remove Bats from Your Attic
Critter Control of San Antonio will get bats out of the attic and clean up the mess left behind. If your insulation has significant damage, we are experienced in attic insulation restoration as well! Get rid of bats, clean up bat droppings and keep bats out for good. Call Critter Control of San Antonio today.
Mice And Rats In The Attic
Mice and rats are destructive and dirty animals. The droppings will accumulate quickly and cause difficult odors and stains. If you suspect a mouse or rat problem in your attic, call now! A few mice or rats can turn into an infestation quickly.
Wildlife commonly uses insulation for nesting, and rodents are no exception. Rodents typically will use insulation for nesting in one of two ways: they'll rip and drag insulation as needed to create a nest in a secondary location or they will nest inside the existing insulation.
Mice and rats will chew on electrical wires for several reasons. The most common reason is to keep their teeth sharp. Rodent teeth are constantly growing, and chewing on the hard outer material of the electrical wires helps to keep them short.
Critter Control of San Antonio will get mice and rats out of your home and clean up the mess left behind. Our team has the experience to replace insulation if the damage is significant enough to affect the energy efficiency of your home. Call Critter Control of San Antonio today for more information.
Mice & Rat Droppings
Mice and rats are unhygienic. Mouse droppings are usually less than 1/4" long and found wherever mice are present in your attic; that is to say all around! Many homeowners often spot the droppings before they see the actual mouse, if at all. Rat droppings, too, are plentiful around where the rats have resided. Rat droppings are slightly longer than those of mice.
Both of these droppings have the potential to transmit diseases through their feces, often passing along salmonellosis, tularemia, and leptospirosis to humans.
Squirrels In The Attic
If a squirrel or multiple squirrels have found their way into your attic, the damages may be extensive! Squirrels are crafty and resourceful animals that are capable of significant damage to insulation, wiring, and structural materials in your attic. If a squirrel enters your attic to nest, they will find their way back in if removed by untrained homeowners. We recommend using a professional squirrel removal company to keep squirrels out permanently.
Chewing on Wires
Because squirrels are a member of the rodent family, they also have constantly growing teeth. For this reason, one of their primary damages to your attic will be compromised wires—which can present a safety hazard.
Often confused for rat droppings, squirrel droppings can be extremely harmful and will require full sanitation. Handling squirrel feces can lead to contracting diseases such as leptospirosis, typhus, and tularemia.
Nesting Female Squirrels
Another major problem associated with squirrels in the attic is the mothers who have recently had a litter of squirrel kits. Not only is your attic itself used for nesting (ripped insulation, etc.) but now there are babies to consider, which makes removal all the more difficult.
Attic Entry Points
The fact that the squirrels got in somehow is another aspect of squirrel removal and prevention to consider. They likely caused significant damage getting inside with their notorious ripping and chewing habits, and they can easily chew through plastic. Did you know squirrels can even chew through lightweight aluminum vent covers?
Critter Control of San Antonio will get squirrels out of your attic, clean up any mess left behind and keep squirrels out for good. Trust the professionals at Critter Control of San Antonio and give us a call today!
Raccoons In The Attic
A major issue with raccoons is their accumulation of droppings. Some common hazards associated with raccoon feces can include raccoon roundworm through direct ingestion (or by breathing in the eggs). Raccoon roundworm can be dangerous to the human nervous system, so it's vital not to handle raccoon feces in your attic without gloves—or a trained professional.
Damage to Attic & Roof
Raccoons are also capable of significant damage to roofing materials, air ducts, and more. If you suspect a raccoon in the attic, call today! Their droppings will ruin insulation and cause terrible odors in your home. Raccoons are strong animals that will do whatever they need to get where they want to be. This could include damaged shingles and other roofing materials, torn air ducts, and demolished vents.
These large creatures are notorious for causing a ruckus in your attic. Raccoons are on the larger end of the range of wildlife critters, so their movement alone may be enough to alert you. Raccoon vocalizations include chittering, growling, hissing, and snarling—they have been known to make over 200 sounds.
Raccoons are predominantly nocturnal so pay attention to when you're hearing the noises. If you hear thumping or other heavy noises in your attic, call Critter Control of San Antonio. We will get the raccoons out for good and keep them out.