Scurrying and scraping noises from the attic not only cause distress and anxiety but are also a strong indication that rodents or other wildlife have taken up residence in your roof space. In particular, attics are the perfect environment for squirrels and rodents. Rodents can do significant damage to items stored in your attic while their constant gnawing can damage the fabric of your home and can even be a fire hazard if electric cabling is gnawed. The cause of the noise should be investigated as soon as possible because the nests and droppings of these pests become ideal breeding sites for insects which then carry disease into your home.

The first step is to inspect your attic and look for visible signs of habitation by rodents or other wildlife, the most common of which are their droppings.
Identifying Pests Droppings

Mouse Droppings: Thin and spindle shaped with a pointed end about 5mm long
Brown Rat Droppings: Blunt spindle shaped averaging 1½ to 2cm
Black Rat Droppings: Pointed sausage shape average length 1½ cm
Bat Droppings: Dark brown or black and 4-8mm long. Bat droppings are similar to mouse droppings but crumble into a fine powder when crushed.
How to get rid of Mice in the Attic
If not treated, a mouse infestation can quickly take hold and the first line of defence is to proof your attic against their re-entry.
 
Ecofumitech provides a professional service for controlling mice.
Rats in the attic
It is extremely serious if rats are getting into your home even if not in a direct living area.  Any rat problem inside the home must be treated urgently.
 
Ecofumitech offers a wide range of rat control products for amateur as well as the services of our fully trained pest control technicians.
Proofing your loft space against re-entry is an effective way of preventing rats from returning to your attic but you need to eradicate the infestation first.

How to get rid of birds in the attic
Pigeons or other birds in the attic are a problem because of the mess and health risks of their droppings as well as the noise of cooing and flapping wings.
Birds should be removed and the entry points into your loft should be proofed using chicken wire or a solid barrier. It is also possible to proof the exterior of your building from pigeons and other birds using spikes, wire systems or netting.

To remove birds, it may be possible to scare them away, but bird removal is likely to require professional trapping or baiting.
We are the experts in all forms of bird control, so if you would like further advice or to arrange a visit from a Ecofumitech technician, call us on 0733280478

What to do about Bats in the Attic
While bats do not cause damage themselves, their corrosive droppings can damage wood and encourage insects.
Bats can be removed by a professional pest control technician and the entry points into the loft can be proofed to stop them re-entering. In general, removal of bats should not be undertaken by an amateur. Certain species of bat are protected although your pest control technician will advise you if this is the case.

Insect Infestations in your Attic
An insect infestation in your attic is likely to be caused by them attacking something stored in your loft such as food, textiles or wood or they may be living off the droppings of another pest in the loft such as those listed above. Deep cleaning and the use of amateur insecticides will help to keep insects under control but you may require professional treatment to eradicate the infestation.