Animal in the ceiling

31 Mar 2015
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There is an animal in the space between the ceiling and the roof in my loft dormer. I don't know if it's trapped in there or living there on purpose. It runs around making sounds and then stops.

How would I go about removing it from there?
The ceiling has downlights, so I guess I could take one of the lights out and peek into it. But I don't know where the animal is.

Other options... a trap with poison inserted through a downlight. Or an ultrasonic animal repellers. Would one work if plugged into a socket in the room, or would the sound not pass through the ceiling?
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It could be a starling or a house sparrow. Just hope that it hasn't got four legs.

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Does it hop or scramble? Sound like it is wearing clogs?
I had a squirrel once. Very noisy especially if you banged on the wall.

If it's big, poison is a no no unless you can find the body.
Although after a lady I worked with found a dead rat in an inaccessible spot, she bought a bag of "something" that dried out the body and masked the smell
Take out a downlight and try a cheap endoscope/camera from fleabay
Mice have very shallow skulls and can get in through some quite slim gaps. Try blocking up EVERY gap you can find between the outside world and that space. I found stainless steel wool for car exhausts can be cut with scissors and squeezed into any gaps found. Dont try the China supplied "Stainless" I have the rust stains on the roof to prove it usually isnt stainless steel.
Thanks for the ideas.

Any thoughts on the ultrasonic repellents that you plug into a wall socket? Perhaps I could wire one into a downlight to bring it closer to where it's needed?

Also, do you think a mouse trap could work? Granted, it may be something bigger. I've seen a squirrel climb the pebbledashed wall with Spiderman's ease.

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