We have critters in our attic. Birds, definitely. Squirrels, perhaps. Last year when I saw a bird actually fly into our attic from a small vent outside, I was convinced it was an accident and that it had no way to get out. I felt validated when a few months later I was up in my attic and saw a dead bird.
A couple weeks ago, I heard another critter in our attic and actually called a pest control guy to come over and get it out. But by the time he got here, the bird was no longer up there. Perhaps I was wrong — perhaps these animals were able to get in and out of the attic without any problem. The pest control guy pointed out all the different entry points that animals have into the attic — more than the solitary one that I originally thought.
This past week, though, not a day has gone by without the sound of scratching or fluttering in our attic. Now, I’m pretty sure there are animals setting up shop and that they can come and go as they please, despite the fact the bird above my head right now seems like it’s trying to peck its way out. At first I felt sorry for the animals, unable to do much about their sure death upon getting trapped in my attic (it costs several hundred dollars to have someone remove them). Then I got a little annoyed because the sounds are quite distracting. Now I’m kind of torn — if it’s a family of birds, even setting up and monitoring a humane trap wouldn’t be ideal, because any baby birds would end up starving after their mother was caught and released. Should I just let nature run its course? Should I let these birds hang out until they’re ready to leave? Or should I plunk down a few hundred dollars to get this family removed until the next family comes along?
I’d consider going up in the attic to survey the situation, but, unfortunately, our attic doesn’t have floorboards, so it’s near impossible to go further than just poking my head in the entrance (and getting my eyes pecked out by pissed off birds).
Any suggestions on dealing with animals in the attic?
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