Posted: 06/12/2016 at 13:06
Bats or mice. Too small for rats or squirrels I think.
We have bats and mice in our attic.
The bats are usually only there in the summer making a very slight noise as they squeeze in and out through a hole in the eaves and only leave droppings along the centre of the attic as they fly up and down under the highest part of the roof or in little piles under their favourite roosting spots. Their droppings are dry and crumbly.
The mice (I think wood mice) can be there any time of year and we hear them in the dry lined walls too. They scatter droppings all over. We've blocked up all holes etc., but the mice come in through the foundations and up through the hollow walls. They will even climb up the outside brick work and enter under the eaves.
Unfortunately being the only house on the edge of a wood all sorts of wildlife ends up here including lost cows, sheep, dogs, falcons and homing pigeons.
We tolerate the bats as they're protected and store our junk around the edges of the attic out of the target area.
We have used humane traps for the mice as they have caused problems with our wiring in the past and they've removed entire black bin bags (used to cover things in the attic) for nesting material. When laying new carpet in an upstairs hall we found a recent nest under the floorboards, but the mice never actually enter any of the rooms in the house. House mice in our previous house would venture everywhere which is why I believe these are wood mice which tend not to chew holes in skirting boards.
If you do try trap and release be prepared to release the critters a good distance away from your house. I released one into the wood at the bottom of the garden only to see it renter the house as I was closing the back door and yes it was the same one - it was identifiable by only having half it's tail.
Don't you just love wildlife!
Last edited: 06 December 2016 13:08:11