A Primer On Attic Infestations
You just moved to Philly. You're excited about being at the center of the action. You've figured out your favorite little coffee place, the best pizzeria, and which trains will get you from Point A to Point B.
Then, you hear it: scratching sounds coming from the attic. Suddenly, you're not feeling so great anymore.
Newcomers to the city often don't realize that wildlife infestations are much more common here than in the suburbs. With everyone living in such close quarters, the occasional animal scuttling into your home is almost inevitable.
So take a breath, Philadelphia newcomer. Your sweet new place isn't necessarily a dud. (Though you ARE going to want to call in an expert to take care of that raccoon in your attic.)
If you're determined to keep wildlife from burrowing into your attic, or if you suspect an infestation but aren't sure, here are some tips and facts from the pros at AAA Pest & Wildlife:
- Raccoons can't fly, so you'd think they'd be most likely to enter a home through an opening at ground level, right? WRONG. In most cases, raccoons gain entry to a home through eaves and attics. Crafty little critters, right?
- If you want to check yourself if your attic is infested (though please don't go in there if you think the situation may be dangerous), inspect your attic with a flashlight, looking for signs of chewing, nesting, and droppings. These are all signs you aren't alone.
- Often times, vents leading to outside are covered only in bug screen, which is a flimsy kind of hardware cloth. Raccoons can rip right through that stuff, then burrow through the soft insulation. If you're serious about keeping animals out, have the vents covered in steel mesh.
- You can find small holes in your attic by turning off the lights and seeing if any light comes in from outside.
- To test if a hole is being used as a doorway by some critter, stuff it with a paper towel and wait a few days (do this when the weather is fair). If when you come back the paper towel has been ripped away, you've got company.
- If a hole is found and an animal is using it to get in, ABSOLUTELY NEVER close the hole until you're positive the animal has been removed. Trapping the creature inside with you is a bad idea. Seriously, call a pro.
- To close small holes, use caulk. Larger holes may require permanent repairs, which we can provide -- we're experts in exclusion services.
So, urbanite, hopefully these tips can help keep the scary scratching sounds from above at a minimum. But if you find yourself in a duel with some attic-infesting bugger, we're the people to call.