Along with the coming of Seattle's rainy weather, here at Critter Control of Seattle, we have noticed trends with critters trying to access homes for warmth and shelter. This is often a convenient period of time to do a complete preventative inspection of the home. This includes looking for weakened foundation screens, or fresh evidence such as droppings in attics or crawlspaces. You can not put a dollar amount on "piece of mind". 206.317.5048 Wildlife in the Crawlspace or Attic So if you are not hearing the rattling of chains but instead chewing, scratching, or bumping in the middle of the night, you most likely are dealing with a nocturnal animal. In most cases this means rats or mice in your attic or crawlspace. It is best for these areas to be sealed before it becomes a severe issue. Rats and mice multiply quickly, approximately 19-23 days after conception, is when their babies are born and the cycle repeats itself. When rodents are in close proximity to food, shelter, and water, it is best to have the situation taken care of quickly and properly to prevent hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of damage. Roof rats are similar to mice, however their droppings are about the size of rice, and mice droppings are pencil lead sized. A combination of trapping, baiting, and exclusion work to as many access points as possible, are the best methods to rid your home of these critters. As well as the trapping, and exclusion work, we typically recommend at least 3 months of rodenticide stations to protect the structure and ensure the rodent population is declining. Another popular animal to find in your attic during this season, are squirrels. The eastern gray squirrel, has two breeding seasons in a year. One during the spring time, and the other in autumn. During this time, they are looking for cozy, sheltered areas where they can have their young and raise them. Squirrels have been known to chew electrical wiring, holes in siding, beams and roofing, as well as bringing in nest materials which can make a mess of your attic. For these situations, we do offer nest removals, live trapping, and clean up services afterwards. Exclusion and repair services will also be recommended to prevent the problem from reoccuring. Many times, if your attic has been sealed you have little to worry about, however they can get in by chewing small holes until they fit through. A full home inspection is necessary to confirm there are no potential entry points at that time. 206.317.5048 Northern Flickers & Other Woodpeckers Sometimes the noises you are hearing, sound like a jack hammer on the side of your home. This often indicates the presence of a woodpecker. Typically the drumming you hear is a territorial display from male woodpeckers, to announce his being in the area. We tend to believe woodpeckers are trying to get their last word in before migrating to southern regions for winter. Woodpeckers are a protected species, so once a home is invaded it can be tricky to deter them from the area. Here at Critter Control of Seattle, we recommend repellents, scare tactics, and exclusions to keep the woodpeckers away. 206.317.5048 Raccoons or Opossums in the Yard If you are seeing divets in the ground, or sod being rolled back, you are most likely dealing with a raccoon or opossum. As food sources that were once readily available begin to dwindle, urban wildlife have to search harder for food, and will often become bolder. Repellents, trapping, or hotwire fences are often utilized to minimize damage caused by these critters. 206.317.5048 Solutions for Fall/Winter Wildlife Problems Critter Control of Seattle has your solutions for your fall/winter wildlife problems. We offer solutions that work, including: Repairs Exclusion Bait Stations Attic Restoration Crawlspace Restoration Repellents Wildlife Trapping Wildlife Problems and Homeowner Insurance Claims Once the animals have been trapped and points of entry identified, the next step is the exclusion work. It's always a good idea to contact your insurance company or start reading the fine print of your policy. Most major insurance companies will help with the repair or restoration costs. Coverages vary from insurance company, to insurance company, however it never hurts to call. Most repair services come with a renewable guarantee against re-entry at the sites we have sealed up. 206.317.5048 If you are facing a wildlife control problem around or inside your home, call Critter Control of Seattle.