Animals In Walls? How to Get Rid of Annoying Pests For Good

Animals In Walls? How to Get Rid of Annoying Pests For Good

Inadvertently getting animals in walls has been an issue for as long as man hasn’t lived in caves. It makes sense that animals might envy the warmth and dryness of our housing, especially during the colder and wetter months.

What animals live inside walls?

During cold weather, animals do everything possible to find warmth and so you may end up finding animals in walls. They can squeeze themselves through tiny holes, and even make their way into your home through very tight spaces. Once inside, they can get into walls, attics, crawl spaces, and other areas.

Their invasion can result in costly damage to your property and danger to you and/or your family. As such it is important to deal with them promptly.

Animals, like us, are opportunists and are constantly looking for the safest place to live and breed. If your home provides animals with what they need, you can be sure they will move in. And guess what? Inside your walls and crawlspace is the perfect pitch of real estate for these animals. Common animals that are found living in the wall and crawl space include:

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Birds
  • Raccoons
  • Squirrels
  • Possums
  • Bats

How to get rid of animals in walls

How do you know if you have animals in walls?

Wild animals are capable of inflicting a lot of damage to your property, but luckily they can be spotted with relative ease. Here are the most obvious give-away signs, such as:

  • Squeaking, chirping, tweeting.
  • Visible damage to vents, electrical wires, insulation, etc.
  • Scratching sounds, clawing, skittering, or other animal noises.
  • Squeaking, chirping, tweeting.
  • Increased wildlife activity outside your property.
  • Animal droppings in the open.
  • Smell of feces and urine throughout your property.
  • Rotting smells (if there is a dead animal).
  • Increased wildlife activity outside your property.

How do I get rid of an animal or insect infestation?

If you have an animal or pest infestation, it is important to take action as soon as possible. Here are some steps for getting rid of these problems:

  • Check your attic space – if there are any signs of moisture or damage, get this repaired immediately. Don’t forget to check other areas such as under sinks, behind appliances, etc.
  • Eliminate all potential food sources around the house including pet bowls, trash cans, compost bins, garbage bags, etc. This also includes cleaning out bird feeders and watering dishes. If you have any pets do not leave pet food outside.
  • Seal up any cracks and holes with caulk, essentially cutting off the air into the area where the wild animal lives.
  • Place traps like mouse/rat poison baits to catch mice and rats. You may need to use a few different types of bait depending on how many mice or rats are present.  A roller over a bucket of water trap works really well. You can kill many mice and rats with just one of these setups.
  • Spray pesticides. Be careful when using them, especially if you have asthma, they could harm children, pets, plants. Best follow label instructions carefully. This is a good DIY solution, especially if you know where the nest is.

How To Get Rid of Animals In Walls

If there’s simply too many or you’re not comfortable or unable to do it yourself, we suggest calling a professional exterminator who has experience dealing with rodent and insect infestations.

Why is it bad to have wild animals in the walls?

Some people may argue that you can cohabit with these wild animals in a live-and-let-live manner, but there are a multitude of reasons why rodents are considered dangerous when living under or in your property.

  • Rodents of all sizes are notorious for carrying diseases, ever heard of the black death? Among other viruses and pathogens, diseases including hantavirus, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, and tularemia are all carried by rodents and could potentially be spread to you or your family through their feces, urine, and saliva.
  • Rodents living in your property are a health hazard and will dramatically increase your risk of exposure to ticks, lice fleas, mites, and many other parasites, which can make your family and your pets sick.
  • Rodents will gnaw on the floor and wiring in the crawl space. This could impact the structural stability of your property.
  • Pipes and plumbing are no match for a rodent’s teeth. This could lead to water pipe and gas pipe leaks.
  • Air conditioning ductwork is vulnerable to damage under the property.
  • In order to invade your home these pests will create holes in your floorboards, walls, siding, and even your roofing.
  • Rats and squirrels are famous for causing a significant amount of damage to the insulation and building materials located under the home.
  • Rodents chew electrical wires and add them to their nest. Damaged cables and electrical wires can cause fires under and inside your property.
  • In attics and crawl spaces, they will leave excrement everywhere and anywhere they can. The odor from this will eventually be noticeable in other parts of your home.
  • Upon entry to the home, rodents and other wild animals can get inside the pantry and contaminate food.

How to Keep Pests and Unwanted Visitors Away

There’s actually a few things you can do to stop wild animals from gaining entry in the first place.

  • Rodents fit into the smallest of spaces, you should check all points of entry for broken seals and get them repaired immediately.
  • If you like to keep windows and doors open,  consider installing screens on windows and doors.
  • Seal up all cracks on  the  property exterior don’t forget to check the attic for roof breaches.
  • Place fine-mesh screen over all openings, gutter downspouts, and even inside your chimney to keep them out.
  • Use canisters and containers with tight lids in the pantry. Using old whey powder tubs is a good one that I personally use.
  • Keep garbage cans in the garage and make them heavy. Put a few bricks in the bottom will do the trick.
  • Keep the lawn mown and bushes cut back, reducing the amount of possible nesting places.
  • If you see rodent droppings in your home, call for a professional immediately.

Here is a really good YouTube channel I have been watching for years, it honestly has some really insightful info and DIY pest solutions.

To put it short , if you want to prevent any rodent invaders from entering your house, it’s absolutely essential to take care of any potential problems before they become an issue. I hope the information in this article helps solve your problems.

 

Leave a Comment