Animal in the ceiling

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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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    Or 8 large ones

    :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:

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    Is it likely to go away on its own?

    How could it gave got in there in the first place?
     
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    Hole or gap in facia /soffit.

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    No, you'll have to deal with it.
     
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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
     
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    Take out a downlight and try a cheap endoscope/camera from fleabay
     
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    Take out a downlight and film with an iphone.

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    Or an android phone :LOL:
     
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    move house...
     
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    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.
     
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    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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    Better to find out what you're dealing with first.
     
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