Noises in the Attic

Noises in the Attic

Scurrying and scraping noises from the attic not only cause distress and anxiety but are also a strong indication that rodents or other wildlife have taken up residence in your roof space.

In particular, attics are the perfect environment for wildlife. Rodents can do significant damage to items stored in your attic while their constant gnawing can damage the fabric of your home and can even be a fire hazard if electric cabling is gnawed.

The cause of the noise should be investigated as soon as possible because the nests and droppings of these pests become ideal breeding sites for insects which then carry disease into your home.

The first step is to inspect your attic and look for visible signs of habitation by rodents or other wildlife, the most common of which are their droppings.

Identifying Pests Droppings

Mouse Droppings: Thin and spindle shaped with a pointed end about 5mm long

Brown Rat Droppings: Blunt spindle shaped averaging 1½ to 2cm

Black Rat Droppings: Pointed sausage shape average length 1½ cm

How to get rid of Mice in the Attic

If not treated, a mouse infestation can quickly take hold and the first line of defence is to proof your attic against their re-entry.
Rentokil provides a professional service for controlling mice.

 

Mouse Image

Click here to learn more about Mice in your home and for information about DIY and Professional Mouse Control in your home.

Rats in the attic

It is extremely serious if rats are getting into your home even if not in a direct living area.  Any rat problem inside the home must be treated urgently.

Black Rat

Rentokil offers a wide range of rat control products for amateur as well as the services of our fully trained pest control technicians.

Proofing your loft space against re-entry is an effective way of preventing rats from returning to your attic but you need to eradicate the infestation first.

Click here to learn more about Rats in your home and for information about both DIY and Professional Rat Control in your home.

How to get rid of birds in the attic

Pigeons or other birds in the attic are a problem because of the mess and health risks of their droppings as well as the noise of cooing and flapping wings.

Birds should be removed and the entry points into your loft should be proofed using chicken wire or a solid barrier. It is also possible to proof the exterior of your building from pigeons and other birds using spikes, wire systems or netting.

Image of a Feral Pigeon (Columba livia) | Rentokil Pest Control NZ

To remove birds, it may be possible to scare them away, but bird removal is likely to require professional trapping or baiting.

Rentokil are the experts in all forms of bird control, so if you would like further advice or to arrange a visit from a Rentokil technician, call us free on 0800 552 004.

Insect Infestations in your Attic

An insect infestation in your attic is likely to be caused by them attacking something stored in your loft such as food, textiles or wood or they may be living off the droppings of another pest in the loft such as those listed above.

Deep cleaning and the use of amateur insecticides will help to keep insects under control but you may require professional treatment to eradicate the infestation.

Rentokil has the right solution for you. Find out more about how to deal with particular insects you may find in your loft:

Moths and their caterpillars attacking clothes

Woodworm boring into wood

Other insects and creepy crawlies

 

Why Rentokil?

No other company can match our expertise in dealing with any pest problem in the home. We deal with the problem and help to ensure it does not come back.

With our scale, we are always local to you. Our service is fast, effective and offers the highest level of safety for your family and pets.

So if you are concerned that you may have a pest problem and would like to arrange a visit from your local Rentokil technician or would just like further advice, please call us on 0800 552 004.