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Noises in the Attic

Noises in the attic are worrying and can be an indication that rodents or other wildlife may be living in your roof.

Attics (lofts or ceiling cavities) are ideal environments for possums, rats and mice, who damage stored items and electric cabling by gnawing and possibly causing fires. They are also ideal environments for nesting birds that can spread disease, mites and fleas.

Noises should be investigated quickly - nests and droppings become ideal breeding sites for insects, which may then carry nasty bugs and diseases into your home.

Inspect your attic and look for visible signs of habitation, commonly their droppings.

What is in my Attic?

There are a couple of indicators to tell you what type of ‘guest’ you have staying in your attic.

If they are rats or mice, you’ll hear them scurrying across the attic floor or rafters at night. Possums generally leave the attic when it becomes dark and return at around dawn.


The type of droppings you see in your roof will also give you a hint:

  • Mouse Droppings - thin, spindle-shaped (pointed ends),  about ½ cm

  • Brown Rat Droppings - blunt, spindle-shaped, 1½ to 2cm

  • Black Rat Droppings - pointed, sausage-shaped, 1½ cm in length

  • Possum Droppings - will depend on the type of possum, they’re generally the size of jellybeans, cigar shaped, brown and can sometimes have a sweet or eucalyptus smell

Get Rid of Mice in the Attic

Mice need to be treated quickly, to avoid an infestation taking hold. Initial defense is to proof your attic against entry. We have a very effective, professional service for controlling mice.

Learn more about mice and our expert mouse control for your home.

Get Rid of Rats in the Attic

Like problems with mice, a rat problem should be treated quickly to reduce the risk of fire and spread of disease in your home.

Proofing your ceiling space is an effective way of preventing entry,  but the infestation must be treated first.

Learn more about rats and our expert rat control solutions for your home.

Get Rid of Possums in the Attic

Possums can cause significant damage by gnawing on wood and electrical cables.

As possums are native to the U.S., there are regulations around their correct removal from a premise.

A Rentokil Steritech expert will use a specially-designed possum trap and know the proper stipulations for releasing after capture.

    • It is essential to proof your home against possums to stop them from re-inhabiting.

    • Your Rentokil Steritech expert will help you identify the possible points of entry and once the possum is caught, they will proof the area to stop the possum from coming back.

    • You may also help increase the protection of your home by overhanging branches or undertaking more extensive repairs to your roof.

Need further advice about possums? Call Rentokil Steritech at 1-800-837-5520.

How to Get Rid of Birds in The Attic

Pigeons, Indian Mynas or other birds in the attic create mess, health risks and annoying noise.
    • Birds should be removed and the entry points need to be blocked, using chicken wire or a solid barrier.

    • It is possible to proof the exterior of your building from pigeons and other birds using spikes, wire systems or netting.

    • To remove birds, it may be possible to scare them away, but long term bird removal is likely to require professional trapping.

Rentokil Steritech technicians are experts in all forms of bird control, so if you would like further advice or would like to arrange a visit from a Rentokil Steritech expert, call us at 1-800-837-5520.

Insect Infestations in Your Attic

An insect infestation is most likely to be caused by attraction to food, textiles or wood stored in your loft, or they may be living off the droppings of other pests in the loft such as rats, mice or possums.

Deep cleaning and the use of amateur insecticides will help to keep insects under control, but you may require professional treatment to completely eradicate the infestation by stopping the life-cycle.

At Rentokil Steritech, we have extensive experience in eliminating insect infestations, so you can be sure we have the right solution for you. 

Find out more on how to deal with particular insects you may find in your attic: