Our homes are appealing to the wildlife around us — they’re warm, cozy and protected. Animals seek shelter in our houses to escape from the elements and predators. During breeding season, our homes seem like a welcoming place to keep their babies safe from danger.

Animals gain entry to your home through any opening they can find. These may include loose or damaged soffits, open windows, damaged roofs, chimneys and gaps around pipes and doors. People often find they have animals in crawl spaces, attics, basements and walls.

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Animal Living in Your Attic

Attics are the most common place for wildlife to hide in your home. These spaces are usually unfinished, so they’re easier to access from the outside. They’re also usually not high-traffic areas for you and your family. Many animals that sneak into our homes naturally like to nest in spots that are higher up. Attics are the perfect indoor substitute for treetops.

If you have an animal in your attic, the first sign you’ll probably notice will be the sounds — skittering, thumping, scraping, fluttering or vocalizations. You may also see or smell the animal’s urine or feces in your home, especially if they travel throughout your living space while you’re away.

In your attic, easy-to-spot signs are usually damage and messes caused by the animal. Chewed wires, shredded insulation and other damage indicate an unwelcome visitor.

Squirrels getting in roof of house

How to Tell What Kind of Animal Is in Your Attic

Once you notice an animal in your attic, you want to work quickly to identify it and have it removed. Here are some ways to identify your new guest:

  • Check entry points: Animals have different entry methods. For example, squirrels will chew a small hole for themselves, whereas raccoons will tear a big hole.
  • Google their poop: It may be gross, but the appearance of their feces will help you identify the animal.
  • Pay attention to their schedule: So you’re hearing a scratching noise in your attic.. when do you hear that the animals are most active? This schedule may narrow down your options.
  • Look for prints: If you can’t find any prints in dust or mud, sprinkle some flour around the perimeter and check back later.

Animals in Your Wall

Animals that get into your attic have easy access to sneak down into your walls. What better way to navigate through your home without being exposed? The most obvious sign that you have critters crawling in your walls is the noise. Animals in walls will scratch around at ear-level, so they are generally easy to hear.

Before you schedule a removal, make sure you have other evidence and have eliminated possibilities like outside noises and loose pipes in your wall. Pay attention to the frequency of the sounds and check the attic for other signs of their presence.

How to Tell What Kind of Animal Is in Your Walls

Since sound is the primary sign that wildlife is in your wall, pay attention to how they move and when. If you hear them in the wall, knock and see how they respond. Mice and rats will freeze in place and remain silent, but squirrels will skitter away noisily.

Send Animals Packing With Urban Jungle Wildlife Removal

If you think you have nuisance animals in your home, Urban Jungle can help! Check out our online resources for help identifying your visitors and contact us today to see how we can help remove animals from your attic and walls.