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Noises in the attic are worrying and can be an indication that rodents or other wildlife may be living in your roof.
Attics (lofts or ceiling cavities) are ideal environments for possums, rats and mice, who damage stored items and electric cabling by gnawing and possibly causing fires. They are also ideal environments for nesting birds that can spread disease, mites and fleas.
Noises should be investigated quickly - nests and droppings become ideal breeding sites for insects, which may then carry nasty bugs and diseases into your home.
Inspect your attic and look for visible signs of habitation, commonly their droppings.
There are a couple of indicators to tell you what type of ‘guest’ you have staying in your attic.
If they are rats or mice, you’ll hear them scurrying across the attic floor or rafters at night. Possums generally leave the attic when it becomes dark and return at around dawn.
The type of droppings you see in your roof will also give you a hint:
Mouse Droppings - thin, spindle-shaped (pointed ends), about ½ cm
Brown Rat Droppings - blunt, spindle-shaped, 1½ to 2cm
Black Rat Droppings - pointed, sausage-shaped, 1½ cm in length
Possum Droppings - will depend on the type of possum, they’re generally the size of jellybeans, cigar shaped, brown and can sometimes have a sweet or eucalyptus smell
Like problems with mice, a rat problem should be treated quickly to reduce the risk of fire and spread of disease in your home.
Proofing your ceiling space is an effective way of preventing entry, but the infestation must be treated first.
Possums can cause significant damage by gnawing on wood and electrical cables.
As possums are native to the U.S., there are regulations around their correct removal from a premise. An Ehrlich expert will use a specially-designed possum trap and know the proper stipulations for releasing after capture.
Need further advice about possums? Call Ehrlich at 1-800-837-5520.
Ehrlich technicians are experts in all forms of bird control, so if you would like further advice or would like to arrange a visit from a Ehrlich expert, call us at 1-800-837-5520.
An insect infestation is most likely to be caused by attraction to food, textiles or wood stored in your loft, or they may be living off the droppings of other pests in the loft such as rats, mice or possums.
Deep cleaning and the use of amateur insecticides will help to keep insects under control, but you may require professional treatment to completely eradicate the infestation by stopping the life-cycle.
At Ehrlich, we have extensive experience in eliminating insect infestations, so you can be sure we have the right solution for you.
Find out more on how to deal with particular insects you may find in your attic: