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Five Signs You Have an Animal in Your Attic + 3 Tips Ways to Remove Them

Get Rid of Animals in Your Attic

When an animal enters your home, it is more than a simple nuisance. Invading animals can wreak havoc on your quality of life and your property. Usually, you can identify an unwanted animal guest from the noise and the smell, but greater risks lurk undetected.


If you suspect an animal has taken up residence in your home, contact a professional for an inspection immediately.


Since they’re warm and often undisturbed by humans, attics make great nesting options for many unwanted critters. Most often these pests seek shelter in attics to survive harsh weather during winter or raise young during the spring.

Common attic invaders, such as squirrels, mice, rats, raccoons, birds, and bats, all find different ways into homes depending on their dexterity and size.

  • Mice and rats, are capable of squeezing through gaps as small as half an inch wide.
  • Squirrels and raccoons are excellent climbers and can shimmy up drain spouts or jump from overhanging tree branches to reach attics.
  • Birds and bats have an easier time gaining access since they can simply fly through unsecured openings in building exteriors.

Thankfully, none of these nuisances are particularly stealthy, and homeowners will be alerted to their presence through warning signs such as excessive scratching in the attic.

Signs of Animal Infestation in the Attic

Animals make a lot of noise — scratching, scampering, stomping, squeaking, clicking, shrieking, and a host of other noises.

The best way to detect animals in the attic is by listening for any out-of-place sounds. Thumps, bumps, scratching, chirping, and squeaking all indicate the presence of an animal in the attic.

Depending on what time you hear the noise can help identify the critter. In most cases, animal noises will intensify around dusk when the creatures wake and continue on through twilight as the pests search for food. Loud noises at night are usually raccoons. Scampering in the morning is usually associated with squirrels.

Additionally, given an infestation in the attic, house residents may notice the smell of collected feces and urine or strange stains on walls and ceilings left by excrement.

Dangers of Wildlife in Your Attic

Not only do animals bring the noise, but they also damage your property. Rodents sharpen their teeth on wood beams and electrical wires. The insulation in your attic makes perfect materials for a raccoon’s nest.

Many wild animals can carry diseases and parasites that can be transmitted to humans. Animal waste poses risks to your health especially if it collects in one area. Raccoons establish latrine sites, and bat guano collects where they roost. Finally, if an animal does die in your home, the decaying body will release harmful bacteria and a powerful odor.



Trutech® provides solutions for all your animal, pest, and wildlife control needs. We have a long history of providing customers with quality services, coupled with a high standard of professionalism. Trutech is fully insured and licensed with regulatory agencies and state and local authorities.

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Our mission is to earn the confidence of the people we serve by offering quality solutions to their evolving needs and challenging ourselves to deliver the highest level of customer satisfaction. At Trutech®, we help protect our customers from the hazards of wildlife in their homes and businesses while ensuring animals are removed in a humane and ethical manner. And, our quality services are provided in an environmentally sensitive manner.

Trutech® is your source for animal control and removal and wildlife removal. We have a team of professionals on staff that is dedicated to servicing your needs. Not only do you have direct communication with expert technicians, but you have access to the entire staff. Our team is committed to you.