Are noises in your roof driving you mad? It could be a red flag that there are rodents or other pests living in your roof. Ceiling cavities and lofts are an ideal environment for mice and rats that can chew into your electric cabling, damage stored goods and cause fires. They’re also favoured environments for fleas, mites and birds that can spread disease.

If you are hearing noises in your roof, they need to be investigated quickly. Droppings and nests are ideal breeding grounds for insects, which also carry nasty disease and bugs into your home. While there are a range of pest control products on the market, here’s how to identify pests and what to do.

Your Ceiling Cavity

There are a few kinds of indicators that will tell you what kind of pest is habituating in your roof. If it’s mice and rats, you’ll hear them scurrying across the rafters or attic floor at night time. Droppings are also a hint, with mouse droppings being thin and pointed and rap droppings being black or brown and pointed or blunt.

Mice infestations must be treated quickly. As a first line of defence, you can proof your attic against entry. And then lay out traps.

Rat infestations should also be treated as soon as possible to reduce the risk of fire and the spread of disease in your home. Proofing the ceiling is a good way to prevent entry.

Getting Rid of Birds in Your Roof

There are a range of birds that can get into your roof spaces and create noise, health risks and mess. You’ll need to remove the birds and block off entry points. You can do this with a solid barrier or even chicken wire. You could also proof the exterior of your house from pigeons and the like using netting, spikes and wire systems.

It can be easy enough to scare birds away, but long-term solutions usually involve professional trapping.

Getting Rid of Bats

Bats tend to return to the same place each year. If you have bats roosting in your ceiling or attic, it’s a good idea to call in the professionals before trying out any timber treatments, rodent control or insect control measures.

Insect Infestations in Your Home

Typically, insect infestations are often the result of attraction to wood, textiles or food. Or, they could even be living off the droppings of other pests like possums, mice or rats. To get rid of insect infestations, you could carry out a deep cleaning with home-designed insecticides to try and control the insects. But, you may need professional treatment to completely get rid of the infestation and to stop the life-cycle.

Overall, when you find pests in your home, you need to get to the source of the infestation, block off entry points, end the life-cycle, and carry out regular pest control maintenance to ensure infestations don’t reoccur. While there are plenty of products on the market to help you, the pest control professionals have the knowledge, tools and techniques to properly rid your home of infestations.

Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


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