What’s mak­ing noise in your at­tic? Ex­perts ex­plain

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE -

— Was that a squeak you just heard? A thump? What could pos­si­bly be mak­ing those noises in­side your house, and what can you do to help get rid of what­ever pest has de­cided to move in? The ex­perts at Ter­minix have some in­for­ma­tion on what might be go­ing bump in your at­tic.

Chirp­ing or flap­ping com­ing from your at­tic area in­di­cates that a bird (or two) may have de­cided to make a home up there. If your at­tic area has high ceil­ings or open beams, birds will have am­ple room to fly around, perch and maybe even roost or nest. Baby birds hatch­ing in your up­stairs might sound cute, but you prob­a­bly don’t want to deal with un­san­i­tary bird drop­pings all over your at­tic.

If you hear scratch­ing, gnaw­ing, scur­ry­ing or squeak­ing noises com­ing from your at­tic, you could have a rat or mouse in­fes­ta­tion. These ro­dents can find their way into your home through a va­ri­ety of en­try points; any­thing from a roof vent to a poorly sealed win­dow frame can pro­vide ac­cess to your at­tic and the rest of your home. Mice in par­tic­u­lar are ex­cel­lent climbers, and roof rats — a type of rat — have been known to en­ter houses by ac­cess­ing the roof via climb­ing on tree branches or nearby vines.

You might think

that

tiny hole

in your at­tic wall is too small for any pest to fit through. Think again. Bats, which can weigh less than two ounces, can fit through a hole as small as the di­am­e­ter of your fin­ger! Some species like to nest in trees, which means they could be at­tracted to the wood fram­ing in your at­tic. Since these crit­ters can carry ra­bies and other dis­ease-caus­ing pathogens, don’t try to re­move the pest your­self. If you think bats might have made their way into your at­tic, con­tact a pro­fes­sional.

Rustling and other noises com­ing from your at­tic could hint at a lot of dif­fer­ent crit­ters. But if you’re hear­ing those noises dur­ing the day, that’s a hint that squir­rels, which are di­ur­nal, could be caus­ing the ruckus. These an­i­mals are per­sis­tent and can dam­age the ex­te­rior of your home. They’re also eas­ily ex­cited and can cause more dam­age when they feel cor­nered, so don’t try to take one on your­self.

Take care of an in­fes­ta­tion with pro­fes­sional help

You shouldn’t have to deal with a pest in­fes­ta­tion alone, par­tic­u­larly as a busy home­owner with a long list of other tasks to tackle. Leave the crit­ters in your at­tic to trained pro­fes­sion­als, such as Ter­minix’s trained tech­ni­cians, who can help de­ter­mine the type of pest that has taken up res­i­dence in your at­tic and come up with a cus­tom­ized treat­ment plan.

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF HABI­TAT SUSQUE­HANNA

In Oc­to­ber, Lowe’s em­ploy­ees from three dif­fer­ent stores started a fu­ture Habi­tat house planned for Revo­lu­tion Street in Havre de Grace.

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