How Do Mice Get in the Attic?

A common pest control problem we often run into is mice in the attic. But how do mice get up into the attic to begin with? While we tend to imagine mice scurrying around on the ground, they are also excellent climbers. They can climb up to 13 inches on a smooth surface. On rougher surfaces that provide better footholds (like brick or wood) they can go up and down with ease. If you have mice in your attic, chances are they are climbing up the outside of the house somewhere and going in at the roofline. Since part of an effective mouse treatment is sealing the home against reentry, Creature Control’s technicians always try to identify how mice are getting in to begin with. One of our technicians recently went to a home with a severe mouse problem in the attic. Upon inspecting the outside of the house, he noticed several locations…

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How to Tell If the Noises I’m Hearing are Rodents?

Homeowners know that a house makes lots of sounds—anything from the siding expanding in the summer, to attic beams contracting in cooler air, to the mysterious creaking sound of “the house settling”. There are, however, some sounds that are absolutely anxiety-inducing for any homeowner: the sounds of rodents in the house. Perhaps you have heard scratching in your walls at night, or the pitter-patter of something in the ceiling. These sounds may indicate a rodent problem. How can you know if the noises you’re hearing are rodents?   The tell-tale sign of a rodent problem—whether it be rat, mouse, or squirrel—is the sounds they make. Although rodent sounds may be similar to those of bats, birds, or raccoons, there are subtle differences that can help you identify what might be causing them.  The points to pay attention to are the time, type, and location of the sound. What time are you hearing the noise? Rodents typically wait…

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Lower Heating Costs by Reducing Drafts

You might know us for removing critters from your home, but did you know we can also help with lowering home energy costs? From reducing drafts, repairing insulation, and performing a thorough energy audit, Creature Control has you covered. Skyrocketing Heating Bills? Lower outside temperatures often mean higher heating expenses. Creature Control has decades of wildlife control experience; while performing repair services for people, we have run into many energy efficiency problems. From construction gaps and insufficient or damaged insulation to improperly sealed entryways, we’ve seen it all. When unwanted pests crawl through these spaces, wind and drafts follow, making your home colder and increasing energy costs. Fortunately, Creature Control can assist with your draft woes! Insulation Inspections Based on the quality of your insulation, heat in the home can be retained or lost. Creature Control’s specialists can determine your insulation needs after examining for any issues. If any issues…

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What is Exclusion Trapping?

What is exclusion trapping? Exclusion trapping is a type of live trapping where an animal is trapped at its point of entry into a structure. It is opposed to ground trapping, where a baited trap is simply placed on the open ground in hopes that the target animal will go into it. Exclusion trapping has several benefits: As the trap is set up so the target animal has to go through it, it does not require the use of bait that has to be replenished. In situations where there may be more than one animal in the vicinity (squirrels, for example), it also ensures that we are trapping the target animal and no other. It is ideal for situations where the animal is actually living in your roof or chimney. As we will see, it is also tremendously versatile. Examples of Exclusion Trapping Let’s take a look at some examples…

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