So last night I heard an animal in my attic, scratching and clawing
vigorously on the wood attic floor.
Not really sure of the best plan of attack here. Don't know what
animal it is yet.
A walk around the house with my friend didn't reveal any obvious holes
I just bought a havahart trap for squirrels etc.
Let's say I set it up near the attic door opening.
Do I just check it every day for a catch?
Can I hear a catch?
Is it in any way dangerous for me once the animal is caught?
How do I plug the hole of entry when I don't know where it is?
Should I just call an exterminator?
Get a live trap, about $25 from Harbor Freight, and use dry dog
food, with a little peanut butter, for bait. A raccoon will go for
immediately, while a squirrel is more choosy.....
Raccoons are dangerous. Squrrels less so... However, a
mouse can make a disproportionate amount of noise and sound
like a much bigger animal...
If the peanut butter is gone, and the trap is not sprung, it will
probably be a mouse.
If you catch a raccoon in the trap, check with your local
game laws for disposal. In Texas, you aren't allowed to let the
animal free without permission from a game wardern. You can,
however, kill it, without permission......
Be careful, tho, since raccoons are carriers of rabies. Squirrels,
and mice,not so much...
By the way, raccoon meat is about the tastiest I have ever
eaten. Many recipes on the internet......
Well today this has taken a new twist.
At 10:10 pm again there were some scratching noises, this time in the
room at the front of the house, in the corner, in the attic.
BUT, soon after, at 10:25 pm, the noises had moved to the walls in the
same corner, right near the floor!!!
In *both walls* at the corner, at the floor.
This is the first time I heard the scratching noises in the walls!
I hate this!
Here's an idea:
Get a boa constrictor and turn it loose. It can go anywhere the
mouse can go, and will eat the mouse. Then it will crawl away.
And snakes don't make that much noise, anyway...
So you see, sometimes the solution can be very simple.... and
your mother-in-law will never visit you again.....
we had a neighborhood rat problem, orkin and others wanted around 800
bucks per home for a one year contract to rid the area of
mice are easy t catch in a live trap. one most stupid moves i ever
made was feeding birds. sunflower seed were pricey. so i bought a 100
pound sack of sunflower seeds:( kept it in the basement.
ended up catching and relocating 68 mice who had found the seeds and
dont leave food sources around...........
harbor freight sells live traps cheap.........the mice were cute but i
didnt want them in our home!
My town's Animal Control office lends out free Havahart live traps. If they
are out of stock, a local garden center is on contract to rent them for $5
- $10 a week based on size.
Once you catch the animal, Animal Control will come over, take the trap,
relocate the critter and return the trap to your house.
I trapped a raccoon that was hanging around my garage and deck.
Seeing the raccoon in my garage was what I call a "God thing". One night I
went to get something from the garage freezer and just caught a glimpse of
a tail going behind a storage cabinet. When I pulled out the cabinet I
found a hole in the cinder block next to the door jamb. As I moved more
more stuff I found more deterioration to the block in various spots which
led to a fairly lengthy repair project, including replacing a number of
blocks and the door itself.
Had I not seen the tail I would have not seen the problems until they were
Had a friend here locally contact ODFW concerning the trapping of nutria
underneath his house. They told him a similar set of regulations, in
that he couldn't release them, but was free to kill them.
This being the city, and a liberal one at that, he chose instead to
barricade their entry point and shoo them away when they were found in
the back yard.
If you can tol;erate a strong smell in the attic, you might try
putting something stinky in the attic, like moth balls, and maybe
play a radio loudly also in the attic, to clear them out AFTER you
find out how they are getting in. Trapping one or two will not solve
the long-term problem of access, more will follow unless you block the
I also had an overhanging tree that allowed easy access to my roof,.
The racoons started eating thru the shingles next to a vent. I
patched the tarpaper and redid the shingles (fortunately I had lots of
extras) with lots of roofing cement, and then put junk wires around
the roof area to help discourage them, then cut back the overhanging
portion of the tree. ( months later, no new invasions). Also had
mice around an outside door frame where there was an opening in the
edge of the bottom of the trim no bigger than my pinkie, . Made a lot
of noise around the door, and then foamed the opening. No smell and
no more scritching in the wall so I am a happy camper.
On Fri, 20 Jul 2012 18:25:48 -0700 (PDT), GoogaICQ
While it could be almost anything, if there are no noticable larger
sized holes, it's likely a mouse. It's amazing how much noise they can
make for their size. I'd start with some mouse traps up there. Then do
a careful inspection of the exterior of the house for holes that would
allow larger animals. Look on the roof, under eaves, and everywhere.
Look particularly where tree branches could allow a critter to get on
Another thing is to go in the attic and look for poop. Mouse poop is
very small, about the size of a small grain of rice (black). Rat poop
is much larger about 1/4" x 5/8" shaped like rice. Raccoon poop is
about the same size as cat poop, and squirrel is similar but a little
smaller. Rabbit poop is small pea sized round droppings, but you wont
find rabbits in the attic. Either way, poop is a good way to determine
the critter. There is likely a web page with photos of animal poop if
you google for it.
Personally, I'd enter the attic with a gun in hand and have all persons
leave the house in case you shoot thru the ceiling below. Plaster can
be fixed and a few bullet holes is cheaper than an exterminator. Try
not to shoot thru the roof, and avoid electrical wires when you shoot.
My bet is, it's a mouse!!!!
Here in Alberta back then decided to get rid of them all as they are
pest and disease bearer. All of them wiped out by poison. Government
has rat patrol dept. Alwasy watching the Saskatchewan border. If any rat
sighting is reported, right away they find and get rid of it. Cost of
keeping rat free status is mmulti millsion dollars annually.
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