Bats, birds, squirrels and raccoons can be more than just a nuisance. These animals can also cause major damage in attics (including ripping up insulation, chewing through electrical wiring, and building nests in soffit areas and wall voids). Their fecal matter can contain diseases and areas may require a thorough clean out in order to remove contamination.
Bats are nocturnal, flying mammals which like to live in dark, secluded areas.
Bats are a medical concern as their old droppings, or guano, may harbor a fungal organism that causes the lung disease Histoplasmosis. Also, a very small percentage of bats are infected with rabies.
Birds can become a nuisance by entering attic or fireplace.
Although raccoons look cute and cuddly, these home pests are the most-reported wildlife species with rabies, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Besides scattering garbage on lawns at night, they’re brazen enough to find their way into your home in search of food — either yours or your pet’s.
Raccoons enter through open doors, windows, and pet doors; they also squeeze through vents and baseball-sized holes in walls and soffits.
Usually, snakes may be encountered in and around a structure in a search for shelter or food. Regardless of their poisonous status, snakes scare people and they are unwelcome near human habitats. Therefore, it is important to know how to identify, prevent and control these creatures.
While squirrels are a natural part of the environment, they can become pests when they cause damage to residential structures, homes, or plant life.