Pests in lofts are usually indicated by noises reported by the occupant at quiet times such as during the night.  This is when noises in the loft seem most noticeable.  Noises in the night in are surprisingly accentuated by the quietness of night.  The footfall of a mouse sounds like something larger.

Therefore, the most common cause of noises in a loft will be mice.  However, at Pegasus we will never under estimate your reports.  As appropriate, we will investigate your pest activity.

Noises are also frequently encountered in the cavity walls.  This is generally how rodent pests gain access to your loft.

Pest Access To Lofts

The wall cavity can clearly be seen here.

Rats gained access here via the wall cavity.

The initial access to the cavity walls is often through broken air bricks. In drier summers, access can be through cracks in the lawn.  These cracks can lead to the foundations of the home and wall cavities.  Evidence of rodents in one location may have the source in another location within the property.  Rodents are very much three dimensional in their habits.

Rodents are the most common pests in lofts.  How to identify rat or mouse activity in the home?  The house mouse and the brown rat leave different signs of their presence.

Rat droppings are around 8 mm long.  Rats leave droppings in specific areas.  They also require a drinking location.  Mouse droppings are smaller and resemble small black grains of rice.  Mice do not require a drinking location providing there is some moisture in the food they eat.  Droppings and urine locations are generally spread throughout their habitat as they are incontinent.

Rodents frequently travel between neighbouring properties along pipe and electrical cable runs.  This can make eradication problematic in areas of multiple occupancy, such as flats, neighbouring houses and shopping centres.

Other Common Loft Pests

Pests issues in lofts are not necessarily restricted to rodents being the cause.   Another consideration regarding noises in the loft is squirrels.  At Pegasus, we get many call out requests for squirrels, ranging from agricultural issues to domestic loft issues.  Squirrels are very good climbers and can gain access to roof tops by jumping from tree branches.

Typical rodent insulation damage in aloft

The use of fluorescent tracking powder can indicate which mammalian pest is causing the noises and can also indicate where the pest is entering.

Fluorescent tracking dust revealed rat footprints in this loft

Other noises in the loft are sometimes caused by the activity of wasps or bees as they go about building their nests.

Another symptom of a wasp nest in the loft is a wet patch developing in the ceiling below where the nest is located.  This is caused by condensation from the nest activity.  This generally occurs later in the season (August to November) as the nest reaches optimal size.

The Solution

Pegasus can provide solutions to your pest problem based on risk assessment.  After an initial inspection of your premises, details of the appropriate eradication programme will be discussed.  Copies of all the necessary legal documents will be left with the customer after each treatment.

Call Pegasus Pest Control on 01458 252551 or 07519 118856 to book a treatment.