Dangers of Having Animals Living in Your Attic

When it comes to wildlife control, removing the intruding animal and sealing the attic is a crucial part of the process.  

When animals invade your attic, they can cause a great deal of harm to your household if not promptly and properly addressed. While some cause irritating noises, others usually leave their awful-smelling excrement all over the attic. In addition, some of these animals cause a wide range of deadly diseases either by harbouring harmful diseases or by serving as disease vectors or reservoirs.

raccoon in the attic of a home

Noise in the Attic

It goes without saying that the noise produced by these animals as they feed, mate, or communicate with one another can be very annoying. While the noise often causes a disturbance during the day, it can become unbearable during the night as it can repeatedly disrupt your sleep. This is a common occurrence given the fact that the majority of the animals that invade the attic are usually nocturnal.  

Wildlife Defecation and Disease 

Besides the unpleasant sight and off-putting smelling caused by the animal feces, it also poses a serious health hazard to the occupants of the home including pets. For example, raccoons will urinate and defecate all over the attic and fill it with feces and urine. While the excrement leads to foul smells and property destruction, urine can lead to diseases among humans if accidentally ingested.  

Destruction by Animals

Animals that have invaded your attic can also cause property damage by destroying timber and insulation materials, either through their excrement or by chewing on wood. Gnawing rodents such as rats are the biggest culprits and have been known to cause extensive damage by chewing on wiring, sometimes resulting in house fires. Many insurance companies will not provide coverage when property damage occurs due to a lack of maintenance.  

raccoon damage at soffit

You can also suffer health issues as a result of the diseases that they transmit. The droppings of pests such as bats often cause histoplasmosis if ingested. On the other hand, inhaling dust contaminated with mice droppings can cause Hantavirus. Droppings from raccoons often carry roundworms named after the animal.  

Besides invading the attic, most of these animals also carry pests such as ticks, fleas, mites, and jiggers. These insects are well-known parasites that can attack both humans and pets. What’s more, they usually transmit nearly all the common protozoan infections. 

If you think you have animals in your attic, chimney, or anywhere inside your home or business, contact Heritage Wildlife Management today. We can help.