Your attic is a popular vacation destination for wildlife. Whether stopping off for a few days or setting up a full-time residence in a corner of this space, these furry guests can seriously damage your home and create major costs. Explore the many ways an attic invasion can cost you money and why it pays to turn to Skedaddle for professional wildlife removal.
Animals That Enter Your Attic
You may be surprised at the number of animals that would love to call your attic their new home. Attics are warm spaces away from human contact. They have soft insulation bedding and a cozy feeling for these animals:
While the removal techniques change depending on the type of animal, the risks they pose are similar. Any of these animals can cause property damage, heat loss and health risks. Explore each issue to get a clear picture of the dangers an attic invasion imposes.
Some attics have soffit vents that can be conveniently pushed out of the way to enter. Others require more resourceful entry for animals. Raccoons have been known to claw their way through roof vents or straight through the shingles. Clawing in this way can seriously damage your roof and require professional replacement. If you don’t take care of damaged or missing shingles quickly, it can also affect roof framing, cause significant leaks, or other structural issues.
Once inside your attic, most wildlife will dig around in your insulation to make a cozy nest to stay warm or raise young ones. You’ll need to replace the insulation once the wildlife is safely removed. Mice, squirrels and other wildlife will also chew on electrical wires, PVC plumbing pipes and timber framing.
Another cost that homeowners often overlook is the energy cost due to heat loss. Pushing around insulation makes a mess of your attic, but it also creates uneven attic insulation. This layer of material is crucial to keeping the heat in your home during the winter. Even a small pocket of missing insulation can cause heat to escape.
A common way to see if this is happening is to inspect your roof during the winter. They will be a bare spot on your roof where the escaping heat melts the snow. Work with our team at Skedaddle to inspect your roof, as a roof covered in snow is dangerous to walk on.
All that escaping heat can significantly increase your heating bill. You can spend thousands more in heating costs over time due to a small amount of displaced insulation.
A wild animal rummaging around in your attic also poses health risks. Avoid this cost and health risk by working with our leading animal control team at Skedaddle. We humanely remove animals, thoroughly remove feces and sanitize the entire area to prevent the spread of these and other illnesses:
DIY cleaning isn’t enough to remove contamination, which raccoons and other wildlife can carry. Choose our professional wildlife removal services to avoid putting yourself or your family at risk. These health risks aren’t worth attempting to clean up after a wild animal after it leaves your attic.
Halt the Invasion and Take Back Your Attic
Evict your upstairs tenants by working with Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. Contact us today to request an inspection to see what’s going on in your attic. We offer thorough inspections, humane removal, dependable sanitation and proven exclusion methods to keep your home safe. Avoid health risks, heat loss and property damage today with the help of Skedaddle.