You may have noticed the days becoming a little shorter and the temperature a little cooler. For many in the Sunbelt, October harkens the end of hurricane season and the first in a series of cool fronts.
Nuisance wildlife is quite attuned to these subtle changes in nature and many animals instinctively realize that it’s time to start seeking out shelter and a safe place to have and rear their offspring. Of course, for many animals, seeking a safe shelter area is as simple as working their way into your attic via the ill-repaired eaves over-hanging your house.
Raccoons, Rats, and Squirrels are the main culprits when it comes to hijacking unsecured and unprotected attics. These clever rodents can make a mess of insulation, wiring and even cause structural damage if they “chew” the wrong riser or roof joist.
This is not a malicious or mischievous undertaking – rather, it’s instinctive.
Before we came along, there were a lot more trees, caves and other hiding places for wildlife. Now, there are houses – row on row with poorly maintained entrance points to an area humans rarely visit (their attic). Even better, this area is filled with fluffy material that makes excellent bedding (insulation) and is usually safe from predators giving birthing mothers a secure environment.
Home owners need to have a plan of action this time of year. Either you take some important preventative action now, or you will take some reactive action later, once the nuisance wildlife has invaded your attic space.
Animal Control Management recommends an inspection at least twice a year. This preventative action (and any required repair or sealing) can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars later. You see, once a squirrel has nested in your attic, you’ll have to pay to have them properly trapped and removed and then, you will still have to repair and seal the damage they did getting into your attic. (not to mention the damage done to the insulation and any wiring or structural damage)
Nature is an unstoppable force, and just like the tides, the seasons will change. And as the colder weather approaches, nuisance wildlife will seek out shelter – usually inside an unprotected or unsecured attic.
For more information, contact Animal Control Management at (386) 235-2175, we specialize in Rat Removal | Raccoon Removal | Squirrel Removal | Possum Removal | Bat Removal | Bird Removal | Snake Removal | Armadillo Removal