The other morning just before dawn, my husband and I heard something scratching and knocking in our attic. This lasted for a couple hours and then stopped completely. There is an opening in the fascia and there was a weed tree that grew up against the gutter where the hole is. The same morning I heard the noises I cut the tree down and set a trap on the ground by the hole. After 2 days we have not heard any other noises and have not caught anything. Is it safe to assume the critter is gone and can we repair the fascia?
Its always possible that whatever was in the attic has since moved out. But there is a good chance odors are in place that will lead to more animals coming around so don’t think this problem is “over”. Your best way to proceed right now is to first do a little bit of “testing” first to make sure the problem isn’t still active. Sealing up entry points when animals are using them can make for worse problems so don’t do anything just yet until you’re sure nothing is still using the space.
So to see if they are still active, you’ll first need to get up in the attic and remove any droppings or other evidence you find. Next, make sure you have no food laying around the home (like pet food or bird seed) that might be attracting animals. Pet food and bird seed used for bird feeders are classic attractors that lead to problems in the home.
Once these attractors are removed, let the area sit for at least 2 weeks and see if you “hear” or see anything during this time. At the end of 2 weeks, if don’t hear anything or find anything new in the attic, its possible they’ve moved out and away (whatever it was). At that time you can proceed with doing the closure.
But if you find new evidence, droppings or hear sounds, let us know whats happening and we’ll try to further advise on how to proceed based on what’s happening.
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