How To Safely Get Rid of Wildlife in Your Attic

Discovering wild animals making a home in your attic can be startling, but it’s crucial to handle the situation with care, especially if there are babies involved. Whether it’s raccoons, squirrels, bats, or other critters, evicting them from your attic can be done effectively and humanely.

Here are some steps to follow:

1. Identify the Species

First and foremost, determine what type of animal has taken up residence in your attic. Locate the entry points they are using to get in and out. During daylight hours, inspect your attic for areas where light is coming in. These spots indicate potential entry points. In the evening, observe these spots from outside to see the animals’ behavior. Raccoons typically leave at dusk, while squirrels return home around that time, and bats emerge in a steady stream at dusk.

2. Make Your Attic Unwelcoming

Animals seek warm, safe, dark, and quiet places for their young. To encourage them to relocate, make your attic the opposite. Utilize attic fans or additional fans, turn on lights, and use battery-operated stick-em lights to illuminate the space brightly. Play loud music or talk radio throughout the day to create noise. The goal is to make the attic uncomfortable and uninhabitable for the animals.

3. Allow the Mother to Leave

After implementing deterrents, give the mother animal time to leave the attic with her young. This step is crucial to prevent damage to your property. If you’re certain the mother has vacated, you can carefully place the babies in a box outside, wrapped in towels, to reunite them with their mother. Alternatively, observe from a distance as the mother retrieves her young. Avoid interfering as she makes multiple trips to relocate her offspring.

4. Seal Entry Points

Once the mother and babies have left, seal all potential entry points into your attic, except for one. Leave this last entry point open, but plug it loosely with newspaper or tissue. If the paper remains undisturbed after 48 hours and no cries are heard from the attic, it’s safe to seal the remaining entry points completely. This prevents future wildlife from entering your attic.

By following these steps, you can effectively evict unwanted wildlife from your attic without causing harm to the animals or your property. Remember to prioritize the safety and well-being of both the animals and yourself throughout the process.

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