So, you have an animal stuck in your attic. Perhaps it wandered in there, confused and disoriented, and has yet to find the way out. Maybe it saw an opportunity for prime shelter with nearby food access and took advantage of an open window. Regardless of the motive behind the creature’s recent uninvited stay, you are seriously want that animal to get out. It’s loud, scratching and skittering all night long, and it smells terrible, due to the feces and urination. Beyond that, you know that animals are dangerous because of diseases and parasites that they carry, so you feel like the race to get this thing gone is only heating up.
There are a few ways that you can try to get rid of this animal, but the majority of these methods are wholly ineffective and ultimately disappointing. No, if you really want to get rid of whatever is haunting your attic, you are going to have to figuratively get your hands dirty. Traps with bait, lethal alternatives, or professional wildlife removal experts are going to have to come to the scene. You cannot depend upon repellants, noise machines, or strobe lights to spook that critter away. Repellents are a popular waste of money that tend to be ineffective no matter what you do, but the ultimate cost of lights or machines for actual efficacy, you might as well just hire a professional.
Here's the thing about noise machines: they only work for specific animals, and even then, they have to be used properly in order to function. Noise machines have been proven to be effective for two types of creatures, raccoons and rats. The reason these are not complete and total wastes is because you buy the noise machines with sounds that are specifically oriented to those creatures. The sounds then imitate an alpha male raccoon or rat, thus potentially frightening off the encroaching animals. Unfortunately, you have to buy one sound machine for every single possible place that the animal could be, and you need to make sure that the noises vary enough that the animal doesn’t get used to them. Which, inevitably, makes them a waste of money. Speaking of wasting money, strobe lights tend to have about the same impact on animal removal as a man covered in a sheet pretending to be a ghost at a haunted house flickering the lights has on kids.
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