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Noises in the attic

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.


What is in my attic?

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.

Identify pests by sounds and droppings

Mice signs

Sounds - Scratching and Gnawing

Dropping - Thin, spindle-shaped (pointed ends), about ½ cm long

Rats signs

Sounds - Scratching and Gnawing

Dropping - Brown Rat - blunt, spindle-shaped, 1½ to 2cm, Black Rat - pointed, 1½ cm long

Bird signs

Sounds - Vocals and Flapping

Dropping - Pigeons or other birds in the attic create mess, health risks and noise

Possum signs

  • Sounds - Vocal and Scratching

  • Signs - 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

Wasp & fly signs

  • Sounds - Buzzing

  • Signs - visible sighting of insect or messes of insect bodies in window fixtures or floor cavities

Other Insects - Some insects will be attracted to your loft if you have food, wood or textiles stored in it.

Get rid of mice in the attic

Mice need to be treated quickly, to avoid an infestation taking hold. Initial defense is to proof your attic against entry. We have a very effective, professional service for controlling mice. Your pest specialist will also provide advice on how to prevent mice from returning in the future.

Learn more about mice and our expert mouse control for your home.

Call Ehrlich Pest Control at 800-837-5520 for safe and effective treatment for mice. 

How to get rid of mice

Get professional targeted treatments to quickly remove mice.

Get rid of rats in the attic

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 attic space is an effective way of preventing entry,  but the infestation must be treated first. Your Ehrlich pest specialist will devise a comprehensive plan to remove rats from your ceiling space.

Learn more about rats and our expert rat control solutions for your home.

Call Ehrlich Pest Control today at 1-800-837-5520​​​​​​​ for safe and effective treatment for rats.

How to get rid of rats

Professional rat control is the most effective and quickest way to get rid of rats.

Get rid of possums in the attic

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.

  • It is essential to proof your home against possums to stop them from re-inhabiting.
  • Your Ehrlich expert will help you identify the possible points of entry and once the possum is caught, they will proof the area to stop the possum from coming back.
  • You may also help increase the protection of your home by overhanging branches or undertaking more extensive repairs to your roof.

Need further advice about possums? Call Ehrlich at 800-837-5520.

How to get rid of birds in the attic

Pigeons, Indian Mynas or other birds in the attic create mess, health risks and annoying noise.

It's important to block entry points with chicken wire or another solid barrier. We also provide exterior barrier such as spikes, wire systems and netting. 

Ehrlich pest specialist are trained to perform all forms of bird control and can even provide you with advice on how to prevent them in the future. 

Call Ehrlich Pest Control today at 800-837-5520 for safe and effective bird control services.

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 800-837-5520.

How to get rid of birds

Pigeons and seagulls are normally the worst culprits, especially in towns and cities.

Insect infestations in your attic

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:

How to treat a wasp nest

Wasps nests can be dangerous to handle. Rely on professional treatments to keep safe from stings.

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