Now that you know you have an animal in the attic where do you start?
If you have heard something in your attic it can be a little alarming at first. There are many questions that you can have as a homeowner when you encounter this situation. How did the animal get into my home? What type of animal am I dealing with? What is it going to take to get the animal out of my house? What kind of damage can be done? What is it going to take to get all of this repaired? How much will this cost me? All of these are valid concerns that should be addressed and answered by any professional Wildlife Specialist that comes to your home for an evaluation.
How did the animal get into my home? There is a hole somewhere in your home that the animal used as an entry point. This could have been a hole from damage and wear on your home for example, loose siding, weep holes, vent coverings that were not fully secured and so on. Some of these entry points may have existed before the animal found your home and some may have been caused by the animal themselves. This occurs normally in the case of squirrels and raccoons, both of these animals are capable of creating an entry point for themselves. The squirrels through their constant chewing and raccoons through their intelligence and strength have been known to take vent covers off and invite themselves into homes.
What type of animal am I dealing with? This is going to be best answered after a full evaluation from a Wildlife Specialist. They will be able to tell from the entry points, any damage already done to your home as well as feces what type of animal or animals you are dealing with. Any animal that is in the attic will have decided that that space is now their home. This will result in the animal wanting to protect their home and belongings along with any babies that may be present. When a human enters the space there are a few things that can happen, the most common being that the animal gets scared and can run deeper into the space, possibly into the walls, or it can leave the space for the time until it feels the coast is clear. Anything that you have heard or behavior you have noticed will be of help to the technician in pin pointing where the animal is spending most of its time along with what type of animal you are dealing with.
What is it going to take to get the animal out of my house? There are many different effective and humane trapping methods. National Wildlife Removal does not agree or disagree with any legal method of trapping or eviction. Most of the methods that have been found to work are through hands on experience. The technicians doing the trapping have been trained and experienced in almost every situation an animal can throw at them, through this experience each technician and company has found methods that work in different situations. No legal method is wrong.
What kind of damage can be done? The first thing you should do after realizing there is an animal in the attic is call a professional out to help you with the trapping and removal. This will help to minimize the damage done to your home by not allowing the animal to stay there for long periods of time. After the animal or animals are removed it is best to get an assessment done as to what repairs are needed by professionals in their fields. For example, squirrels really enjoy chewing on wiring for some reason; this is something that you would benefit in having an electrician look at after the squirrels have been relocated to ensure there is no threat to your home. Damage that the animal did in getting into your home can often be repaired by the same company that did any trapping and removal of the animal. When assessing damages done you will also want to have you home fully proofed against animal entry at the same time. This will prevent any other animals from entering your home again. Most companies will offer you a warranty on this type of proofing covering reentry over a set a period of time.
What is it going to take to get all of this repaired? Most Wildlife Removal companies will assist you in getting repairs done to the entry points as well as getting any cleanup needed after the animal removal is done. It is very important to you as the homeowner and your family to get the cleanup portion of any removal done in your home. This handles a few things, it removes any remaining feces and urine preventing lingering odors after the animal is gone. It also rids your home of any disease or illness that the animals may have been carrying ensuring that your home is safe. Raccoons for example carry a ring worm in their fecal matter that can be airborne and needs to be handled with extreme safety by anyone coming into the area or into contact with the mess as the eggs of the ring worm can be inhaled by humans and can lead to brain injury, blindness and even death. This is something that you want a professional to handle.
How much will this cost me? This is an extreme variable. The Wildlife Specialist that does the evaluation on your home will be the only person that can determine this. It will depend on a few things, how many entry points need to be repaired and sealed, what type of animal and how many you are dealing with. What the trapping method will be as well as the clean up after the removal is completed. Once all of these things are seen a valid estimate will be issued. All of the companies that National Wildlife Removal has listed in our National Directory work to keep all pricing down to assist the homeowner with getting rid of the problem animal and not emptying your pocket book at the same time.
We understand that finding out there is an animal in your attic can be quite stressful. We here at National Wildlife Removal work to help find the best Wildlife Specialists in your area to ensure that the removal and repair process is as painless as possible for you.