Your attic is an important part of your home, but chances are good that you don’t spend a lot of time up there. That’s not to say that your attic is always empty, though. In fact, it may be one of the most active parts of your home. If you’ve heard strange noises, smelled strange odors or seen mysterious tracks near your attic, there’s a good chance that you’re dealing with an animal infestation of some kind. Unwanted animals in your home have the potential to cause major inconveniences, so you’ll want to deal with them quickly.
The first step in handling an infestation of any kind is to identify the intruder, and when it comes to animals there’s no exception. Before you start putting out traps or calling a removalist, you’ll want to have a clear idea of exactly what you’re dealing with. After all, different animals respond to stimuli in different ways, and the tactics that draw certain animals out of the woodwork may not work effectively on others.
If you have pet cameras in your home, checking them may put you in luck by acquainting you with your adversaries instantly. Otherwise, you’ll probably have to do a little bit of detective work to find out what kind of critter is living in your home. Fortunately, many animals are easy to identify once you learn a bit about the signs they leave behind. Learning to distinguish between a variety of noises, tracks, and even feces can tell you everything you need to know about the creatures under your roof so that you can find a humane and appropriate way to get rid of them. Further clues can be found by considering the time of year you notice the signs of an intruder, or by examining the damage that they cause in your home.
We’ve put together an infographic to help you learn all about these clues as fast as possible. Take a look below, and see if you can figure out what animal is in your attic: