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Removing wildlife from your attic

Getting the Wildlife Out of Your Attic

Watch out—it’s that time of year again when critters begin finding their way into your home. As the weather continues to dip, all kinds of critters will seek shelter in warm and dry places such as your attic.

Wildlife removal

Be warned, if you happen to see signs of animals living in your attic, you must take action before they create nesting spots and birth their young. Otherwise, they will wreak havoc on your home. Signs include droppings, prints, and damage to your home and insulation. The noise, too, is a dead giveaway.

Blue Chip is always available to help you get this problem under control before you’ve got serious damage on your hands. If you prefer to try doing it yourself, here are a few ideas you can try.

Set up a trap

Place a trap in your attic or spaces where you think the wildlife is living. You can bait the trap with peanut butter or some other type of attractant that has a strong smell. Be sure to check back each day to see if you caught something. When you do catch a critter, you should be able to remove them without harm. Be sure you let them free far enough away that they can’t find their way back. Repeat this until you’ve removed all of the unwanted visitors and gone a week without any catches. By the way, you can purchase traps at one of our 3 offices which have a do it yourself section.

Check your home for entry points

Once you get your attic situation under control by removing the existing pests, you’ll need to close off the entry points they had been using to seek shelter. You definitely do not want to block the wildlife inside your home, so do be sure all of them are evacuated first.

And when you’re sure they’re gone, it’s time to take action so that you don’t have to contend with a repeat performance. This could depend on whether you’re dealing with nocturnal critters or not. For example, squirrels tend to leave during the day and return at night.

You can try sealing off any access points, vents, etc. from the inside using heavy duty mesh material like hardware cloth, or contact your local wildlife control professional St Louis-based Blue Chip to help expedite the process.

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