Pitter-Patter… What’s that Noise in My Attic?

While the title of this blog post might make for a good children’s story or even campfire story, the truth about what might be lurking in your attic could be very frightening, not to mention dangerous. If you hear noises in your attic at night, there’s a very good chance that you have some type of pest rattling around up there rather than Casper or some other friendly ghost! You can hear a number of different types of sounds coming from the attic. The type of creature tramping around your attic differs depending on what you hear and how frequently you hear it. Let’s look at some of the common sounds.

Nighttime Sound in the Attic

Certain types of creatures tend to be more active at night. Because they are more active, it means that you will hear them in your attic as they move around. If you hear loud thumping, chances are that it is some type of larger animal up there. It could be a raccoon or a possum, for example. They have relatively heavy bodies, and as they move around they may make some noise.

Scratching sounds, while they could be from raccoons and possums, could also be from other, smaller pests. Mice and rats also tend to be more active in the nighttime hours, and you can often hear them scurrying along the attic and even in the walls. If you hear something that sounds like a vocalization of some sort at night, it could be a raccoon. Other creatures can make sounds, such as bats, but the larger animals are often much easier to hear.

Some of the other types of creatures that could live in your attic, even though they may not make any nighttime sounds, include birds, squirrels, and snakes.

Just because you hear one of these sounds, it does not necessarily mean that you have one of these types of critters up in the attic. It could be any number of other animals in the Bakersfield area. Some are more active in the day and some are more active at night. What it does mean is that you should get in touch with a pest control company as soon as possible.

What Should You Do?

First, let’s cover what you should not do. Do not attempt to remove a wild animal on your own. They can be dangerous, and when they are in fear – as they will be when you approach them – they can bite or claw you. You want to let the experts handle the inspection and the removal of any type of pest on your property. It is safer for you, as well as for the animal in question, when you let the experts handle it. Let the experts come to your house and make the determination of what errant little creature decided to make a home on your property.

Once the creature is out of the property, make sure you take measures to prevent any other animals from making their way into your attic. A good Bakersfield pest control company will not only get rid of the pest. They will also close the most likely entryway to your attic.

One pest control company located in Bakersfield and Ventura County that can handle pest control in your attic and patching up potential entry points for pests is Hubble Termite.

6 Top Summer Pests in Bakersfield

The Bakersfield summer unfortunately comes with some pests to compete with your time at the pool, grilling in the backyard, and relaxing in your nice, air conditioned home. While you might think that the weather is great, you certainly aren’t the only one. Insects and all types of pests come out in the summer months as well, and they can be highly annoying and sometimes dangerous. Bakersfield is a great place to live, but you have to admit that just like other cities, we have our fair share of bothersome pests with which to deal.

Here are the top 6 pests that tend to be active in the Bakersfield area in the summer. Are these the only pests? Not at all. However, they can be very troublesome, and you will need some help dealing with them.

  • Cockroaches
  • Bedbugs
  • Bees
  • Ants
  • Spiders
  • Earwigs

Each of these pests is a problem in its own right. I am also sure that if you asked 10 people in Bakersfield what the top 6 pests are, we would probably get all different answers.  They also are the ones we chose based on years of experience getting rid of them.

Cockroaches – are known for being dirty creatures, and they can spread disease. They can also be an indicator of other issues on the property. For example, if cockroaches are infesting one unit in a townhome or apartment complex, it could indicate health issues and greater home pest control issues, such as rodents.  Cockroaches are very active at night and are known for even crawling into your bedding, so be advised to call in a Bakersfield pest control company to use the right stuff to kill those cockroaches.

Bedbugs – unfortunately are a real nuisance and can multiply very rapidly.  A female can lay hundreds of eggs at a time.  Bedbugs feed on blood so they need insects or humans to survive.  They usually arrive in your home via a used piece of furniture or when you have visited a hotel that had bed bugs and then return with your dirty clothes to your home.  They are very small, about the size of an apple seed or smaller.  They hide during the day and come out at night to feed.  You will know you have them when you wake up with your skin itching and have small red spots from their bites.  They are not known to transmit disease, but they are not easy to get rid of yourself.  You need to call a professional pest control person who is experienced with bedbugs.

Bees…. might be quite important to nature, but they and their other stinging friends like wasps can be quite a problem when they decide to have a hive on your property. If you have swarms of bees around your flowering plants, but do not have a hive, you are not in much danger.  You could just trade in those flowering plants for something they do not like.  However, if you have a hive in your front yard tree, it is time to call your local pest control service company before one of the neighbor kids gets stung.

Ants can get into your home and infest the place quickly, sometimes damaging food and being a general nuisance. No one wants to deal with an ant infestation, as without the proper help, it can be difficult to overcome.  Finding the source of the problem is important and unfortunately most home owners only spray the ones they see which will not end the problem.  The queen needs to be attacked and most Bakersfield pest control companies have good methods to take care of problem ants.

Spiders – one pest that can be quite scary to anyone.   We have all heard stories about someone getting either deathly ill or they develop a big hole in their skin because of a poisonous spider bite.  And, who likes to clean up spider webs..what a mess.  Spiders are unfortunately known for being quite resilient when it comes to bug spray…they just keep going despite a direct hit with the spray.  Again, time to call the pest control service for that spider invasion.

Earwigs – what a funny name for a bug, but can they multiply with females laying up to 50 eggs each.  Since they are nocturnal you will usually see them at night looking for food and water, so kitchens and bathrooms are normal places to find them.  They are very thin and can crawl through a small opening.  Contrary to popular belief they do not like to crawl into peoples’ ears and chew on brains.  They are quite harmless to humans, but they can make a mess out of your plants.  Fortunately, a good Bakersfield home pest control company should be able to free your home of earwigs.

No one likes dealing with pests, but they are simply a part of life. Having a great company that can help deal with those pests can make life quite a bit easier. When you find that you have pests in your home or anywhere on your property, it is important to take action as soon as you are able. The faster you can deal with the problem the better. However, you need to be sure you are working with a qualified company for the job. Check to see that the company you choose will actually be able to provide you with service to deal with the specific types of pests you have.