What To Do If Pests Are Making Noises In Your Loft

The majority of homes have lofts and these provide storage and insulation. They do have their drawbacks though. One of these are pests in the loft. Yes, things like squirrels, rats, and mice can easily get into your loft and cause problems. This includes things like gnawing furniture, defecation, and making large amounts of noise. Here’s what you need to know about this (and how you can also solve these problems.)


Pests in the loft: why are they there? 

Lofts are a magnet for certain types of pests – mostly rodents. These pests in the loft are primarily attracted to the shelter that lofts provide. By staying in your loft, they can get out of the cold and rain which are what most common autumn pests are trying to escape. Lofts are also a great place to build nests and raise their young. Humans rarely venture into their lofts, leaving pests to make homes without disturbance. They may find handy nesting materials.

Squirrels, rats, and mice are extremely loud. These pests are nocturnal which means they are mostly active at night. You’ll hear a variety of noises. This includes things like screeching and squeaking. You may also hear scratching noises as they run across the floor of your loft and can be a sign of pests like squirrels nesting.

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Pests in the loft: how to solve this problem

So, what can you do about pests in the loft? To start with, go up there and see if they’ve built any nests. Chase the pests off and ascertain any damage. The next thing you need to do is seal up your loft. The pests have found some way to get in, and you need to find this entry point.

Something you’ll also have to do is trim your trees. Squirrels use trees to get onto your roof. From there they access the loft. This means you’ll have to trim back trees that are overhanging your roof.

Also, make sure your loft is clean. For example, if you’re storing food in your loft, then this will attract pests such as common rodents. You’ll also want to avoid leaving clutter in the loft. Things like papers, magazines, and newspapers will attract rodents. They love using these materials to build their nests. Check if cardboard boxes have been chewed.

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If, after all this, there are still pests in the loft, then you may want to set traps. The best thing to do however, is to call pest control services and get the professionals to deal with the problem. It is not something that should be left, as rodents can cause serious damage to your property, including roof timbers.

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