Animals are smart. If you have an infestation of pests, they aren’t likely going to be in plain sight. Instead, they will set-up their colonies in places like the attic and in between walls. Insulation is a great place for them to hide and it provides extra warmth and padding.
In attics, animals can go undetected for long periods. Bats will sleep in attics during the day as they are nocturnal. Squirrels and raccoons often make homes there, as do rats. For residents of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, Kernersville, Burlington and the surrounding areas, Critter Control of the Triad can eliminate these pests and fix any resulting damage they left behind. This can create unhealthy and unsafe situations for you and your family.
Attic Restoration and Repair
We also install insulation in attics so that the space is protected and insulated properly from the beginning. If your attic has older insulation, or newer insulation that was damaged by pests or moisture, Critter Control of the Triad will also replace it with new insulation and restore your attic.
Raccoons & attics
Raccoons and attics go as well together as water and a grease fire. Be sure to stay aware of these furry bandits, as they would love to make your North Carolina home’s attic their new abode. Raccoons are harmless mammals when living in the wild, but things change when they break into an attic.
Why do they want to live in your attic?
Just like us, raccoons want a safe and dry place to live. Attics are perfect homes for raccoons because not only are they a safe haven for females to give birth, but they can avoid natural predators and stay protected from harsh weather. Attics mimic the natural characteristics that hollow trees possess.
What can happen if animals come into my attic?
Along with damaging your attics entry points, raccoons can cause a significant amount of damage to your attic that can be a hefty price to fix.
Raccoons leave urine and feces behind. Raccoon feces are host to many zoonotic diseases. Raccoons must be removed quickly to avoid having to remove all soiled and damaged attic insulation and install new insulation.
They often disturb attic insulation, which is then rendered less effective, and this leads to higher energy use. Raccoons are destructive by nature. They often tear up air ducts and they sometimes chew on wiring.
How do I get rid of raccoons in my attic?
For DIY’ers, eviction fluid or coyote urine sometimes drives raccoons out of your attic. If that doesn’t work, trapping is going to be necessary. Traps must be placed at the point of entry. If you capture a female with teats, the babies must be located and removed to avoid suffering, death, and a terrible odor. Raccoon moms typically stash their babies in hard to access places such as soffit boxes. There are times where the best alternative is to wait until the babies are old enough to travel with the mother so that they can be trapped as well.
Removing raccoons from attics and adequately securing entry points is not easy and often dangerous. Call a professional wildlife company to solve this problem. If your home is in Alamance, Guilford or Forsyth County, call Critter Control of the Triad at 336-370-0445, and we will solve your raccoon problem.
Bats & attics
Bats in your attic are also a major issue for North Carolina homeowners. These flying mammals are busy eating mosquitos and other insects at night and then leaving guano in your attic by day. Often the guano not only falls inside your attic or walls, but it may also fall outside on your deck or driveway.
It’s great to have bats near your home as they typically eat their entire body weight every night. That’s free and natural mosquito control! The problem begins when they decide to make your house their home. Bat droppings (guano) can lead to severe respiratory problems in humans. Be sure to wear the proper safety equipment when cleaning areas contaminated with guano.
Bats don’t need big openings to enter your home. They only need an opening greater than about a ¼ of an inch! Think about a dime. Most species of bat can come through a gap that size. The most common points of entry are at gable vents, ridge vents, and soffit eaves. They enjoy the warm moving air that is exiting your home (now their home too)!
Once you know you have bats, don’t wait to take action. The longer they live with you, the more guano there is to clean up. If you are a DIY’er, you’ll need hardware cloth or metal flashing depending on where the bats are entering. You also need ladders, tools, caulk and a one-way valve or net. Be sure to follow federal laws regarding handling bats and excluding bats during the birthing season.
Can I do it myself?
Attics can be a dangerous area of your house. It’s best to leave this to a professional who knows how to deal with weak flooring and the thick insulation that often makes attics difficult to navigate.
What do I do after booking?
Make sure our technicians can reach your attic area, and provide them with any information they need. It’s best to know everything you can about your attic and insulation history. Then, sit back and relax! Let us handle it. If you are a homeowner in the Triad and looking for help with animals in your attic we can help!
If you come into contact with a wild animal, the first step is always to contact your local wildlife service to remove the animal from the area or premises in a safe manner. Critter Control of the Triad uses responsible methods to remove all unwanted animals off of public and private property. In Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point and the Triad area, the most common issues with wildlife involve bats, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, birds, mice, rats, fox, woodchucks and insects like hornets and wasps.
Critter Control of the Triad provides continuous support for mice and rat problems. Our technicians will inspect your home and create a comprehensive re-baiting plan, should these rodents return in the future.
Critter Control of the Triad will repair and fix any damage to your home or property that’s been caused by a wildlife annoyance. We will close potential entry points as well, ensuring animals cannot return to your property.
The most important final step in resolving any issues with wildlife on your property is to prevent the animal from returning to your home or business location. Critter Control of the Triad’s Damage Repair Technicians can step in and set up barriers that will prevent animals from coming back to your yard, attic, house, or other areas around your home.
Critter Control of the Triad offers several different ways to help customers remove pests such as yellow jackets, bees, wasps and hornets, from their homes or bunnies. In addition, we can schedule one-time or periodic appointments or recurring preventative precautions.
Wild animals are prone to leaving strong smells, odors and stains including feces, urine and decomposition. Critter Control of the Triad’s wildlife experts will work to leave your residence odor-free. We will even clean tough to reach places, such as crawl spaces and attic corners. Let us help!
Each one of Critter Control of the Triad’s full services are available for commercial & business clients like large warehouses, prisons, schools, and corporate locations. We specialize in projects big and small, all throughout the Greensboro, Durham and Cary areas in the Triangle.
Multiple wildlife species tend to move in large numbers, such as wasps and bees and other insects. Critter Control of the Triad offers extermination packages and services to stop these swarming pests in their tracks.