Have you ever been curled up in your nice warm bed on a chilly December’s eve, when suddenly you hear noises on your rooftop? As a child, you knew: it’s reindeer! But as an adult, you fear that it might be wildlife pests who are entering your home through your attic and creating havoc. Here are some things to listen for that can help you decide whether you have a pest problem or should be expecting presents from Santa under your tree.
Jingle, Jingle, Jingle!
One of the surest way to know that it’s reindeer on your roof instead of wildlife is to listen for the jingling of sleigh bells. Especially when it’s close to the holidays, reindeer rarely go out without their bells on.
Although reindeer hooves do make scratching noises, reindeer are far too busy to stay on your roof, scratching at it as though they’re digging. If you hear sounds that seem like they are extended digging-like scratching, you probably have a critter trying to figure out a way to get into your home.
Does It Sound Speedy?
Unless the reindeer are getting ready to take off, they’re usually not going to sound like they’re running around. Rapid pattering is almost always a sure sign that little, furry and invasive critters are running around above you.
Did You Hear the Scraping of Santa’s Sleigh?
The closer you get to Christmas day, the more you need to listen for the sound of Santa’s sleigh scraping against your roof to help you to be certain that you’re only hearing reindeer.
Ho Ho Ho!
If you hear Santa’s characteristic laughing, you can rest easily. The noises on your roof are definitely reindeer. Get back to sleep quickly so that you can wake up to presents in the morning!
If you’re still uncertain as to whether you’re hearing the scraping of reindeer or the pitter-pat of wildlife pests, you should call a professional wildlife exclusion team. The team can come to your house and inspect it thoroughly to discover whether you’ve had wildlife playing on your roof and consequently finding their way into your home. If it turns out that Santa’s team hasn’t been making unexpected stops, your wildlife removal and exclusion team will be able to help you to remove any critters that have managed to enter your home and will offer you helpful suggestions for how to avoid the problem in the future.