Attic Rodent Removal: Why You Should Leave It to the Professionals

One of the biggest mistakes a homeowner can make is trying to remove a rodent from their attic independently. When you’ve discovered rodents are living in your attic, you’ll feel like you must act immediately. For many homeowners, this looks like grabbing gloves and attempting to remove the rodent from their attic; however, this only worsens things.

When dealing with rodents in your attic, leaving it to the professionals is best. This particularly applies to raccoons and squirrels. Below, we’ll discuss why raccoon and squirrel removal should be left to the professionals.

Attic Rodent Removal: Why You Should Leave It to the Professionals​

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Attic Rodent Removal: Raccoons

Raccoons may seem cute, but they’re brilliant and conniving. Removing raccoons from your attic isn’t easy and can be extremely dangerous when attempting to do it yourself. When you are urged to act immediately, leave raccoon removal to the professionals.

Here are some reasons why attic rodent removal (raccoons) should be left up to the professionals.

Raccoons Carry Diseases

Like other rodents, raccoons carry diseases that homeowners should avoid. When you attempt to remove a raccoon on your own, you risk getting a disease that can affect you and your loved ones. One of the diseases that raccoons are most known for carrying is rabies.

Another disease they’re known to carry is roundworm. Roundworms are found in raccoon feces, most likely scattered throughout your attic if you have an infestation. When contracted, these diseases can be severe to humans and pets.

While it may seem simple to avoid these diseases, not only can these diseases be contracted through direct contact, but through contaminated water and food.

Raccoons are Aggressive

Some homeowners think they can go to their attic and catch a raccoon without problems. On average, raccoons weigh around twenty pounds and are very aggressive, especially if they feel cornered. Raccoons like to keep their distance from humans, so attics are a prime environment for them to invade.

However tempted you are to cut corners and catch these aggressive rodents on your own, you should think twice and leave it up to a professional.

Raccoon Babies

Another reason you’ll want to leave raccoon removal up to the professionals is that they may have invaded your attic to have their babies. If you notice raccoons are staying put longer than usual, there’s a chance you may be dealing with raccoon babies as well.

If you suspect a large raccoon infestation, contact an expert immediately. Mother raccoons, in particular, are very protective of their babies and can show aggressive behavior when threatened.

The Aftermath

Another reason raccoon removal is best left to the professionals is that the cleaning process must begin once the raccoons are removed. This means you will need an attic cleanup that can only be done with professional equipment.

After raccoon removal, their urine and feces are also dangerous when left behind. Professional raccoon removal services are trained to remove any trace of rodents in your attic with a professional attic cleanup. There’s also the need for rodent-proofing once the rodents have been removed.

When rodents invade your attic, it’s always the question of how they got in your attic in the first place. With rodent-proofing, professionals can find and seal these entry points to avoid future infestations. 

Attic Rodent Removal: Squirrels

Squirrels may seem cute and harmless, but they can cause thousands of dollars for your attic and other areas of your home. Squirrels are considered one of the top nuisance rodents for homeowners and professionals. In addition, since squirrels tend to hunker down in attics during the colder months, they are more destructive during winter.

When squirrels build their nests, they can damage the structure of your home by chewing through walls and wiring. If you suspect you have squirrels in your attic, you should immediately contact a professional.

Here are some reasons why attic rodent removal (squirrels) should be left to the professionals. 

Damage to the Exterior of Your Home

When squirrels enter your attic, they most often enter through your roof’s venting. Squirrels are also often known for chewing holes in your roof, which can lead to extensive damage. When creating their access points, they target corners and edges, vents, old soffits, attic fans, and many other potential entry points.

Since squirrels can create a lot of damage by making entry points, this can cause the structure of your attic and roof becomes damaged or unstable. If you suspect a squirrel in your attic, you should contact a professional immediately so they can inspect the area and take the proper safety precautions. 

Damage to the Interior of Your Home

Once squirrels have entered your attic, they can chew through boxes, wood, and electrical wiring and use their claws to scrape the sheetrock floor of the attic, which is a ceiling below. Chewing these areas causes damage and can create a potential fire hazard. When squirrels are in your attic, it also causes insulation problems.

Squirrels often nest, urinate, and defecate in attic insulation, which can cause health hazards throughout your home. This will cause your insulation to become ineffective and create a safety hazard. With these present health hazards, it’s best to leave squirrel removal to professionals.

After safely removing squirrels, professionals can replace your damaged attic insulation and perform an attic cleanup to decontaminate the area. 

Health Issues

From diseases to parasites, a squirrel infestation can cause health issues. For example, squirrel urine and feces can cause diseases such as salmonella and tularemia, which can become transferred to humans. In addition, ticks and mites, carried by squirrels, can invade your attic and make it their home in a short amount of time.

Once professionals have completed a squirrel removal, your attic space should be cleaned and decontaminated to avoid the spread of ticks and mites. 

Why You Should Choose Master Attic for Attic Rodent Removal

Rodents living in your attic, such as raccoons and squirrels, can cause various problems in your home. These rodents can cause significant damage to your attic and other areas, such as puncturing air ducts, breaking gas lines, and destroying your insulation.

In addition, raccoons and squirrels can also leave behind toxic waste and urine that is harmful to humans. Removing these rodents from your attic immediately prevents further and costly damage.

At Master Attic, our team specializes in removing rodents, such as raccoons and squirrels, safely and humanely. While eliminating these rodents, our team will look for entry points, remove the rodents, block entry points, and perform attic remediation. As a result, we’ll leave your attic looking healthy and rodent-free.

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