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How do you know if you have a wild animal in your attic?

Your home is supposed to be the place where you can separate yourself from the rest of the world. Once the front door closes behind you, you are able to lock out all the other distractions and nuisances that can turn your day into a restless, stressful period of time. It’s your sanctuary from the rest of the world.



However, that sanctuary can be quickly destroyed when you realize that there is a wild animal living in your attic. Frequently such animals as raccoons, bats, and squirrels, as well as others, will find their way into your attic and set up residence there.

If you think about it, it is the perfect place for them to go. Not many people really use their attic, other than for storage, so the animal has a relatively quiet place where they will be left undisturbed, primarily because no one knows they are there. So how do you know if you have a wild animal in your attic?

To answer that question it starts with some simple common sense kinds of things. If you live in an area where it is likely that large numbers of wild animals live, then it is to your advantage to do a regular sweep through your attic. At least once every other month you should go up with a flashlight, and take a look around the attic area. Look for areas where boxes have been torn open, clothing or blankets have been shredded or stacked into a corner area, or where feces has built up. These are sure signs that a wild animal is living there.

If you don’t see anything like this, then it is time to turn to a different one of your senses. Many of the wild animals that would take up residence in your attic are ones that are nocturnal. This means that they sleep during the day and are up an alert at nighttime. If this is the case, you should clearly hear some noises that will let you know that you have some kind of critter living in your attic area. Wait till it is nighttime, turn off the television set and any other kind of device that provide sound, and just listen. You are likely to find that if you do have a wild animal that this is your opportunity to hear that it is up and moving around.

Another idea is to go and look around the outside of your home to see if there is any kind of crack in the siding, hole, loose board, or other kind of issue that could allow an animal to get its way into your home. What you will likely find is that if you have discovered one of the spots, then a wild animal has as well. Once you have seen this, then it is time to recheck your attic to see if you find any telltale signs that a wild animal is living there. Read more: Florida Wildlife Control


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