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If you have an animal stuck within your wall, there is generally only two ways that you’l be able to get it out. You will first need to had up into the attic or crawl space to see if you can reach the animal, perhaps with the assistance of a snare pole, to grab the animal from above. If you can’t, or you can’t find the animal, things get tougher. At this stage, you will need to use every ability you have to work out where in the wall the animal might be hiding. You can use your nose and your years for the sounds and smells these creatures make, and when you are sure you have found the source of the commotion, you then need to cut … right through the wall. In some cases, this is the only way to deal with wild animals in the wall, and you must prepare yourself for repairing the hole once you are done removing the animal and its nest. Oh, and in case you weren't aware, a wild animal in your home is almost always a mother with a nest of babies. If you have found the mother, you'll need to find the babies. There'll be there, somewhere.
Now, as well as having either a snare pole, or the tools needed to cut a hole in the wall, you will also need to make sure you have a trap to hand. If you don’t, and the animal breaks free from within the wall and bursts out, you will have a wild animal running rogue around your home, and then you run the risk of losing it again. We would highly recommend having the trap held as close to the hole as you can, so that when the wall is removed, the trap blocks the hole. Just make sure that you're buying the right trap for the animal that you’re trying to catch, otherwise things can and will go wrong.
You'll want to make sure you’re protecting yourself, as well as the rest of your home. You should also make sure that your family members, including any furry friends, are out the way and kept safe. If a squirrel were to come bursting out the wall at you, you might have a chance to duck out the way. Your kids or the dog sat behind you, on the other hand, might not be so lucky. It takes just one bite from an infected animal to spread diseases such as rabies.
Have you got your gloves to hand? Are they super thick and super protective? Do they cover your arms also? What about your face? Do you have goggles to protect your eyes? How about a face mask? That's to make sure you don't breathe in any bad biological matter. The droppings (guano) of bats, for example, can spread diseases into the air to be inhaled when they are swept around, a bit like dust.
Getting wild animals out of the wall is not a job that you will want to take on without the right tools close by. You'll need a flashlight, perhaps even a ladder, and then you'll need a second person to make sure you don't fall down and injure yourself. This is even more so the case if you're working up in the attic, or on the roof. Safety comes first, and we mean for you, just as much as we mean for the animal.
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