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What Kind of Animal Do I Have?

One of the most common scenarios we deal with is from a client experiencing animal activity in their attic or crawlspace. All of the common animals we deal with will take up residence, either above, or below your house or office. In almost all instances we can offer these clients a permanent solution to their problem. The following describes some of the symptoms you may experience, based on the type of animal in, on or around your structure.


Rats are typically indicated by noises being heard at night and scratching in the customer’s attic. They leave small droppings, and dig longer tunnels in insulation. Most of the time, these insulation tunnels take on a Swiss cheese appearance! As often as not, a rat problem is diagnosed by a large amount of droppings being found in the area in which they are living.

For more info please see our Rats page.


Squirrels are similar to Rats as far as symptoms go, but are primarily heard throughout the day, most commonly at sunrise and sunset. They also leave small droppings, and leave trails and tunneling through insulation. Unlike rats, it is common to find squirrels living within someone's attic without any droppings being present. Squirrels very rarely (if ever) enter a crawlspace beneath a home or office.

For more info please see our Squirrels page.


Raccoons are in most cases nocturnal. They leave large trails within the insulation, leave larger droppings, somewhat similar to a dog’s, and in most cases leave some form of damage to their entry point that can be easily viewed from the outside. They often have 3-5 babies in the attic area which need to be manually extracted and transported to a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator.

For more info please see our Raccoons page.


Opossums are very similar to Raccoons in that they leave damage to exterior entry points and their droppings are of a similar size. One differentiation is that opposums would just as soon live in a low-lying area such as crawl-space, while raccoons are commonly found nesting in loftier areas.

For more info please see our Opossums page.


Bats are most notably characterized by the smell of their droppings (Guano). They fit in extremely tight spaces, and spend the day within this area. They leave the area soon after sunset to begin their nightly foraging. You will see Guano on the exterior of the building, usually at their entry point, be able to smell it from a distance, and in most cases our customer or a neighbor will have seen them exiting the building. They form large colonies when they take up residence.


Armadillos are characterized by the holes they leave around a customer’s yard. Large, “basketball” sized holes are generally used as a place of shelter, while smaller, golf-ball to tennis ball sized holes will be noticed around the area where the armadillos search for food. These smaller holes are typically in areas covered with mulch, or in dirt or sand.

For more info please see our Armadillos page.


Skunks are notorious for the odor they emit. They enjoy tight, dark and confined spaces as shelter, and use these areas during the day. Being a nocturnal animal they exit at night, whilst searching for food.


Most people dread snakes – any sign of them can send people into a panic. The vast majority of snakes we deal with are non-venomous, however care must be taken during the occasional encounter with a venomous snake. The most common indicator that someone has a snake problem is after a visual encounter; however shed skin can also be an indicator. Certain species will often enter the attic or crawlspace of someone who is experiencing a rodent problem.


Birds are commonly diagnosed as a result of customers physically seeing them, being distressed due to their droppings or hearing them chirping. Depending on the bird species, there are a variety of different control methods. Only through consultation with a trained bird specialist can we begin to develop a plan to solve your problem.