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Common Attic Critters

attic-112270_1920Ah, the Florida attic: one of nature’s great playgrounds. With a boiling hot Orlando summer and occasional cool winter snap, attics can become great places of refuge for an assortment of creatures and critters. Attics make for excellent shelter, food storage, and, sometimes, nests (insect, mammal, and beyond). Our attics are usually so far removed from the everyday living areas of our homes that invasions can sneak up on us; often it’s only in the silence of the night that we hear the scratching of claws or smell the effects of a well-established pest hive. Once you’ve gotten to this point, the only real option may be to call local Orlando pest removal specialists such as Apex to get a handle on the problem.

Prevention

Attic issues need not get this far. There are some simple steps you can take to solidifying your attic as a space free from creatures of all sort. This starts with making sure any entry and exit points are solidly closed (this is especially true for any areas that face the outdoors). It continues with trying to keep your attic as clutter-free as possible. Those boxes of holiday ornaments are like hotels for many pests. Finally, it concludes with having a good idea of what you can expect to try and take up residence in your attic. Knowing the adversary is one of the most important parts of deciding on a proper defense.

Common Pests

Possums and squirrels are rather common in Florida attics and can usually be noted by droppings (if you have the courage to venture up into the attic to figure out what that sound is). Raccoons are similar in habit and often do a fair bit more damage to insulation. Pests like cockroaches, silverfish, ants, and even termites are, obviously, going to be much harder to detect until they become really ingrained in your attic. Once they do, they often spill out into the living areas below. Another way to discover insects in your attic is by noticing destruction or odd distribution of cardboard, along with distinctive droppings and shell casings. A lot of dead insects in your attic will also often equal a lot of alive ones that you are just not seeing.

Detection of attic issues is good, but overall, the best true ongoing defense to keeping your attic clean and safe is general rolling inspections. These are often best left to professionals in Orlando pest removal at Apex. Call today at (866) 675-4070 for a free, no-obligation quote and inspection, and we promise we’ll always get back to you within 24 hours. It’s good for your home, your attic, and your peace of mind.


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