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Having a cute little animal in your attic is fun, right?

January 8, 2016

squirrels getting into attic space

In: Wildlife

Do you think it would be great to have a fuzzy little squirrel living inside your attic? Do you think squirrels, mice, and other wild animals are adorable? We get it. Wild creatures are fun, furry, and exciting, but before you start thinking it would be cool to have a family of raccoons move in, or a fluffy little groundhog living under your shed, here are some facts you should know about wild animals.
 
Why having wildlife on your property or in your home is a bad idea.
 
  • Rodents gnaw wires. If you have squirrels, rats, or mice taking up residence in your wall voids, there is a chance they will chew on your wires. Not only will this cause you to have to find the issue and repair it, it is possible those chewed wires could start a house fire.

  • They can disturb insulation. If animals use insulation to build their nests, that means more heat goes out through your walls or roof, and this leads to higher energy costs.

  • They make holes. When an animal finds an entry point, they often chew the hole bigger to get in and out easier. This means moisture from rain or snow can seep in and eventually cause rot, mold, and water damage.

  • Sleep deprivation. Squirrels, raccoons, or other wildlife living in your attic and wall voids can be quite noisy, and many animals are active at night when you are trying to sleep. This can lead to all sorts of problems including sickness and missed work.

  • Wild animals can carry many human-spread pathogens as well as the rabies virus. They spread these diseases throughout a home with their urine, feces, and parasites living on their fur.

Something has moved into my attic. What do I do now?
 
There are things you can do to try to keep wildlife from invading your home, but once they have taken up residence, it is never a good idea to try to eradicate them on your own. Wild animals are unpredictable and can become dangerous if they are threatened or cornered; but even if you escape being bitten or scratched, there is still the risk of disease, the risk of falling from a ladder, the risk of falling through a ceiling while in the attic, or the risk of getting banged up in crawl spaces.
 
When you need wildlife removed from your property, it is time to call American Pest Solutions. And, don't worry if you've grown fond of the cute little animal that has made your home his home. We won't hurt him. We employ only the highest humane standards in animal removal. Then once we get that cute little animal--or animals--out, we will seal up all entry points to make sure no more wildlife gets back in. It's that simple. Don't put yourself or your family at risk, let the wildlife control experts at American Pest Solutions make your home safe again.

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