What is that noise in your roof space?

If you are lying in bed, and you hear a noise from the roof space above your head, there is a good chance that you are not really going to want to investigate the source. The good news is that the vague sound of scratching is not likely to be a dangerous intruder like the one you just saw on America’s Most Wanted. The bad news is that the noise is likely to be the result of an unwanted non-human intrusion.

Pests like rats often scratch around, once they have gotten into your home. You may still not be too keen to investigate, even if you suspect that pests are the problem. But, if you do not, you may end up creating even more of an issue.

Why pests should never be ignored

As much as you may be tempted to ignore a potential pest problem, you should never do so. Taking rats as an example; they chew through wooden structures and wiring. This could not just end up costing you a lot of money in repairs; it’s also potentially dangerous. Spiders are another common home invader. It’s important to note that very few spiders are really dangerous and they can actually be beneficial to the environment around you. This does not mean you want a spider infestation in your home; you can get overrun and some spider bites can trigger allergic reactions. Even something as small as a tick can be a big problem. Ticks can enter your home on the coat of your pet and they can cause several health problems in humans, including tick paralysis and Lyme disease.

What can you do about those noises?

If you really do not want to check out that noise in your roof space, you should call a pest control expert for help. They can help with controlling ticks, rats, spiders or any other pest that invades your home.

Once you contact a pest control professional, they will come to your property and carry out a full inspection. Once they have done this, you can expect them to:

  • Discuss a plan of action with you.
  • Identify any potential pest entry points in your property, and fill them in.
  • Carry out pest control work using appropriate baits and liquid treatments.
  • Arrange to carry out any follow up treatments that are necessary.

Once a professional is dealing with the problem, you have the peace of mind of knowing that the pests are being dealt with.

If you ever think you hear scratching noises in your roof space, or any other area of your home, you really need to investigate, or hire someone to do so for you. It’s also worth remembering that not all pests make a noise. You should look out for any pet faeces or urine that may be present; you may often be able to smell these rather than see them. You should also watch out for any signs of damage that may already be happening. If you have any concerns at all, it’s better to be safe and speak to a pest control expert.


From time to time we publish original guest articles. The above article was written and pictures provided by Jesse Hughes.

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