The Scoop on Poop

Sadly, if you have an animal in your attic, you are going to have animal poop in your attic. Everything poops. You can often tell what kind of animal you are dealing with by what their droppings look like. Not that a lot of us want to get close enough to ID said animal by their poop, this can be a definite way of knowing what kind of issue you’re dealing with as well as how big the problem is. For example, if you find one small pile, you probably have a fairly small or recent issue whereas if there is poop EVERYWHERE you might have an infestation on your hands. So, what are you looking for? Poop, Shit, Wc

Some animals, like raccoons and rodents, will use a latrine system, meaning that you will likely find a pile of feces in a corner somewhere and not very many stray droppings. This is because they follow the “don’t poop where you sleep” rule and will try to keep their droppings separate from their nesting area. Other animals, like opossums, will leave their droppings wherever they happen.

As far as identifying the droppings you find goes it can be fairly easy to tell the different species apart. Rodents and squirrels will have pellet-like droppings that resemble a grain of rice, and there will be a lot of them! You can tell the difference between the two because rodent droppings are smaller than squirrel droppings, makes sense as most rodents are smaller than your regular squirrel.  Raccoons and Opossums have similar droppings as well, both resemble cat droppings and are larger tube-like droppings with rounded ends. Raccoons will often have a bigger size and you will also be able to see berries in the droppings. You can also differentiate by where the droppings are located, as raccoons use the latrine system and opossums do not.

If you need help with Pest Control we always recommend calling a professional. You never know with Wildlife Animals!

Raccoons, and Opossums, and Squirrels…OH MY

As much as you enjoy relaxing in your house after a long day, there may be something lurking in your attic that enjoys the exact same thing. Many different types of wild animals can find their way into your attic, even through a hole you might have thought was impossible for them to fit through. Often, they are seeking shelter from either harsh weather or their natural predators, or when they are trying to have their babies. They use your insulation as nesting material to keep the new babies safe and warm, while the attic provides added shelter from natural enemies just looking for helpless babies to gobble up, and the squirrel poop in the attic can cause long term health concerns. If you live in an area with exceedingly hot summers or cold winters, they may also be seeking shelter from the extreme temperatures. Window, Attic, Wood, Architecture, House

While you may think the idea of a little squirrel family all huddled up in your attic seeking shelter is a cute or heartwarming picture, it is also important to remember that wild animals living in your home is dangerous. They can chew electrical wiring causing a house fire, bring diseases and bugs into the home, and cause damages that could cost you quite a bit of money.

There are several warning signs such as noticing holes on the exterior of the home, hearing scratching noises in your walls or attic, or possibly even seeing the animal going into the attic.

Once you realize you are having an issue, you want to get into contact with a professional immediately to resolve the issue. Squirrel, Fence, Photoshop, Photography

 

Signs of Raccoons in Attic

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to thumps and dragging in your ceiling. You probably want to run out of your house, thinking a poltergeist has moved in, but that wouldn’t make any sense because you haven’t been playing with Ouija boards. So what could that noise be?

Nine times out of ten, you don’t have a ghost. You’re experiencing a raccoon in your attic, do you need to Get Rid of Raccoons? Raccoons will often go into attics to seek shelter or to have their babies during maternity season. Since they are nocturnal animals, you are more likely to hear noises when you’re trying to get your beauty sleep. They are also quite large animals, some getting up to 20 pounds, meaning that they make pretty loud noises when they move around. Hearing noises can be one of the first signs of raccoons moving into your home. Aside from the noises of a raccoon moving, if there are babies in the attic, you may also be able to hear a crying noise, or chattering when they are calling for her.

Aside from noises, you may notice some other signs of raccoons. If you go into your attic, you may be able to see ripped insulation, or even raccoon poop in a corner of the attic. Just be careful because if there is a mama with her babies up there, she will claw your face off. It’s best to contact your local wildlife trapper to help you get rid of your raccoon issue.

 

Trash Pandas

Raccoons have moved from being in the shadows to being in the limelight. They can be seen in memes and viral videos all over the internet. Many younger people have even started giving them the loving nickname of “trash panda” for the circles around their eyes (similar to that of a panda bear) and the fact that they are commonly found going through trash. Racoon, Animal, Garden, Summer, Raccoon

While the popularity of raccoons is on the rise for many, it is important to remember that they are still wild animals. Regardless of if you think they’re cute and cuddly, you probably don’t want them on your property. Not only can they make a mess of your trash, but they can threaten your household pets, tear up your garden, and even find a way into your home.

Raccoons are stronger than most wild animals and can easily push their way into your home through an opening on the roof. Once inside, they are free to wreak havoc and potentially even have their little raccoon babies inside your attic. They can rip your insulation and end up costing you thousands of dollars in repairs.

Whether or not you think raccoons are adorable, you do not want them inside of your home or Raccoon Poop in the attic. If you notice signs of a raccoon in your home, make sure you call a professional wildlife trapper right away! Raccoon, Animal, Mammal, Nature