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10 Most Common Attic Pests

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These creatures are known as “commensal” rodents. This means, roughly, that they don’t want to live in the wild; they want to live around people. Preferring to subsist on the food and shelter of populated areas, rats are common home invaders. Their incredible agility allows them easy access throw climbing and squeezing through tight spaces. The attic is a favorite haunt for the rat.


As we mentioned last time, squirrels are the most common attic invader among animals. Cute? Perhaps to some, but as full-fledged members of the rodent family, squirrels can cause the same amount of damage as rats and mice. A 1½” hole is enough for the squirrel to slip through.


Among the most aggressive in accessing a space, are another very common attic dweller. Raccoons are known to be expert climbers who frequently tear open shingles and screens to gain access. Gaps in eaves are another popular point of entry. Large swaths of ductwork or insulation torn apart, along with dog or cat-sized droppings are tell-tale signs of raccoons at work. Ducts or insulation ripped apart, that’s another sign of raccoons in the attic.


Opossum are not as frequently found in the attic due to their larger size and lesser agility. Still, given the opportunity (such as a wide, open duct or vent), opossum are happy to make themselves at home inside yours. With larger droppings and a distinctive odor, an opossum taking up residence in your attic is not too difficult to detect.


While they are big fans of the attic for lodging, the hedgehog, like the opossum, needs a larger

opening to successfully access it. The easy indicators of a hedgehog at bay is again, large waste droppings as well as shed quills strewn about the floor.


AGH! Birds. Most people think of birds almost synonymously with the attic. Easily gaining access through gaps and windows, they tend to shower a space with chalky droppings, lost  feathers, and nests, both active and abandoned.


Another creature synonymous with the attic, bats are most often silent and detected by their accidental emergence into main areas of a home, or by being seen leaving an attic. Able to slip through tiny slivers of only ½”, they most often enter near the roofline. A preponderance of bat droppings, or “guano” (highly toxic to humans), is another tell-tale sign of their presence.


You may not often think of snakes when you think of the attic. However, a good rule of thumb is that where you find rats or mice, snakes are often close behind. Because many snakes are climbers, accessing the attic is not a problem. Most people are never aware of  their  presence unless they encounter a shed snakeskin.


Is your skin crawling yet? You may or may not know that attics are one of the favored adopted homesteads of the cockroach. They choose the attic for their ability to breed in undisturbed solitude. Entering through the tiniest gaps or drains, cockroaches can seem quite impossible to eradicate.


Long known for their love affair with wood, termites especially love attics because the wood within an attic is often the most exposed of any area of your home. Not only can termites spell death to your property value, they can also spread disease!  DIY treatments for termite are simply not worth the money. Termites are far too destructive to gamble with an elimination solution bearing questionable results.

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