Preventing animals from entering attics


November 29, 2023

Chris White

Chris White

Wildlife control in attics is a vital aspect of maintaining a safe and healthy living environment. It is essential to prevent animals from entering homes, particularly the attic space, as it can lead to various issues, including:

  • Structural damage — Squirrels, raccoons, bats and other animals can chew through electrical wires, insulation and wooden beams, compromising the integrity of the structure. This damage can be costly to repair and may pose safety hazards.
  • Unsanitary conditions — Wildlife droppings and urine can contaminate attic insulation, leading to foul odors and potential health risks. Additionally, animals can introduce parasites and diseases into the living space, posing a threat to the occupants.

To control wildlife in attics, take preventive measures whenever possible. For example, regularly inspecting the exterior of the house for any potential entry points and sealing them off is crucial. Installing proper screening on vents and chimney caps also can prevent animals from entering. If an infestation is already present, it is recommended to safely and humanely remove the animals while restoring the attic to a safe and energy-efficient condition.


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White is the vice president of sales at Pest Control Insulation.

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