Your home is your sanctuary — a retreat from the world where you should feel safe and secure. Unfortunately, many other animals may feel the same way.
It can be scary to hear scratching noises in your walls, ceiling, garage or attic at night. In these situations, your imagination can be your worst enemy, as you picture every possible intruder and wonder how much damage they might do. In many instances, animals will invade in search of warmth, shelter, nourishment and a place to raise their babies. This guide will teach you to identify which pests you hear at night and what actions you should take.
Why My Home?
Before we dive into this guide, we want to answer a frequently asked question — why are wild animals in my home? They are looking for food and shelter. In addition to be a safe dry place, many things about humans' houses attract pests, including garbage cans, compost, pet food, food scraps, gutters, overgrown...
While many common pests that make noise in your ceiling, attic and walls are nocturnal, some are diurnal, meaning they're active during the day. When diurnal pests are active in your home, you might hear scratching in walls during the day or at dusk or dawn.
It's important to know what to do if you hear scratching noises in your home during the day, and we've created this guide to help.
Why Do I Have Pests?
You may be wondering why your house has pests. Why did they target your home in particular and not your neighbors? There are several things that can attract pests to your home, such as:
Bird Seed and Other Feeders: Food left out in the open attract unintended pests that can smell the food around your home.
Garbage: Unsecured filled-up trash bags are a magnet for some pests.
Overgrown garden: An overgrown lawn is an open invitation to pests that might then move from your garden into your...
Creatures in Texas do their best to stay warm when temperatures drop. It's easy to pity them when you're warm and cozy inside. Still, animals have undergone centuries of adaptations that help them survive harsh weather conditions, from migrating south for the winter to hibernating in a safe place.
However, some animals forego these survival techniques and seek shelter from the cold in your warm, inviting home. Unfortunately, wildlife can cause many problems. If you've noticed any telltale signs of a wildlife infestation in your home, such as droppings, paw prints or strange noises at night, you may need to contact a wildlife removal service. If your home is wildlife-free, you can take a proactive approach and prevent future infestations.
Why Animals Use Your Home for Shelter During Winter
Animals have the same basic survival needs as we do — food, water and shelter. Most animals are more than capable of providing for themselves. Still, harsh conditions, like those we face in wintertime, can...
Texas is are home to a wide variety of animal species. While some species are native to the state, others are non-native, invasive species. These invasive species can significantly damage the environment, threaten native species and become a nuisance to homeowners. Similarly, although native species typically benefit the environment, they can damage property when they inhabit homes and businesses.
What Is an Invasive Species?
An invasive species is an organism that isn't native or indigenous to a specific area and is potentially harmful to that area. These species can harm an area's environment and economic health. A non-native species can be invasive or non-invasive, and it can arrive somewhere new accidentally or be introduced on purpose. For a non-native species to be invasive, it must behave in the following ways:
Adapt to a new area quickly and easily
Cause harm to the economy, native animals and plants or properties in the area
How Are Invasive Species Harmful to the Environment?
Bats are not as dangerous to humans as their reputation makes people believe. They are incredibly beneficial to the environment because they help control insect populations and other species are great pollinators. However, despite their benefits, bats can be a nuisance if they roost in your home or business. Bats can cause structural damage to your house and pose health hazards.
Bats are federally protected, so both the federal government states have laws to protect them and ensure they are removed from homes and businesses safely. It is illegal to kill or harass bats, and it's important to contact wildlife removal professionals to evacuate bats if they inhabit your home. Removing bats on your own can be dangerous and pose health risks, but a professional can remove bats safely and legally.
We created this guide with common bat FAQs to help you understand more about bat infestations.
When Do Bats Migrate Through the Area?
Bat migration varies between species, so different types of bats...
You depend on your roof to protect you from animals, weather and changing temperatures. A hole in your roof can mean water damage, higher energy bills, animal invaders and expensive repairs. Your roof is so large that it can be challenging to see holes before they become big. To help keep your home secure, use this guide to spot the signs of holes in your roof and learn what to do if a hole appears.
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Common Reasons for a Hole in Your Roof
While your roof is built to withstand weather damage and general wear and tear, holes and problems can occur. Regular maintenance and inspections can help, but sometimes things slip through. Some potential causes of holes in your roof include:
Animals will tear into or gnaw through roofs looking for food, shelter and warmth. Raccoons and other creatures can cause property damage when they try to get inside. They'll pry up shingles, rip through gaps...
Scratching, scurrying, thudding, and walking sounds are telltale signs of a rodent or other animal in your home. If you've heard these noises coming from your attic and gone to take a look, you've probably found several pieces of evidence. From animal feces and nests to gnawed wires and support beams, these creatures can cause a significant amount of destruction.
When you find damaged and contaminated insulation in your attic, you need a professional team to perform repairs and prevent more animals from entering. Fortunately, Urban Jungle Wildlife Removal LLC's team is ready to help with thorough and dependable solutions.
Why Do Rodents and Wildlife Like Insulation?
Even if you rarely use it, your attic is likely a sheltered place that offers more warmth than the winter temperatures outside. Often, your attic goes undisturbed for months before you need it, making it an attractive place for rodents and other animals to nest, live and eat. In addition, your attic is dry and filled...
Birds are beautiful creatures that are pleasant to watch, but they can damage buildings depending on where they nest and how they behave. Birds can damage solar panels, insulation and other components of your facility, so it's important to deter them as much as possible. Various commercial bird control options can safely and effectively deter birds from your property without harming them.
Why Birds Hang out Around Your Business
Birds often nest in spaces near food and water sources such as trees, fountains, ponds and trash containers. It's also common to find birds near electrical items such as light fixtures if they are seeking warmth. They find places to build nests with determination because their instinct is to protect their chicks with a safe home.
Birds often build nests on and around commercial buildings because of their large size and abundant safe nesting spaces. Birds prefer to sit high where they can view their surroundings. This is why you will often see them...
Unfortunately, rats are relatively common pests — and you don't want them as a roommate. These animals can introduce destruction and disease inside your house. Nobody wants to see the remnants that rats leave behind on their kitchen countertops or smell the odors they bring with them. Even worse is finding damage to insulation, wiring or other structural elements of your home.
While rats most frequently live in the attics, walls, and crawlspaces of your home, they may also enter the living spaces when their population is too high or if outside resources are scarce. To avoid the issues that rats bring with them, you should ensure your home is clean, organized and free of certain attractants. Learning about what causes rats to come into your house can save you stress, worry and the costs associated with rats in your house. Explore six things that rats are most attracted to below.
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Food is the most common thing rats will...
Crawlspaces under homes provide solid protection from the weather and room for wild animals to live. Having animals live in your crawlspace can lead to problems and could make it harder to remove them as time goes on. When you suspect you have unwanted visitors staying in your crawlspace, you can rely on professional wildlife removal services to get rid of them.
Learn why animals choose crawlspaces as homes and how to remove them and prevent them from living in yours.
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Why Are Crawlspaces Attractive to Wild Animals?
When you have wild animals living under your house, you may wonder why they specifically chose the crawlspace. Many wild animals take comfort in crawlspaces because they offer shelter from the elements and can maintain moderate temperatures during the seasons, whether it's summer or winter. Crawlspaces also safeguard animals from predators, so they feel safe staying in a protected shelter.
While crawlspaces offer many benefits for wildlife, it's important to avoid letting...