Noise in your attic?

Hearing noises from your attic is scary and concerning. And the fact that most attics are difficult to access doesn’t help the situation. So, for the most part, you’ll have to rely on sound to determine if your attic noises are due to nuisance wildlife.image of a squirrel in an attic

Advanced Wildlife Removal is the expert when it comes to removing animals from attics and residential properties. Over the years, we’ve learned to differentiate the noises different animals make. This knowledge makes the inspection process fast. So, call Advanced Wildlife Removal today to determine the types of noises and nuisance animals in your attic!

HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY ANIMAL SOUNDS IN THE ATTIC?

When you hear shrill squeaks, you might have a mouse or rat problem. And if they are sharp shrieks, it’s an infestation. Raccoons produce growling, squealing, and chattering sounds, especially when they have babies. Finally, bats chirp at night or before sunrise.

But different animals can produce similar sounds. So, how can you confidently identify the animal without accessing the attic? For starters, animals have different activity schedules. Some are diurnal (active during the day), others crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk), and others are nocturnal (active at night).

For instance, raccoons are crepuscular, and flying squirrels are nocturnal. Keeping track of when you hear the attic noises will help you narrow down on an animal.

WHAT ANIMALS MAKE NOISE AT NIGHT IN THE ATTIC?

Below are some nocturnal animals that might have nested in your home and are making noise at night disturbing your sleep:

Bats

Bats usually nest in attics to give birth and to stay warm during winter. Their size allows them to access the attic through a dime-sized hole. Bats love attics and wall cavities because these spaces resemble their natural habitats in caves and trees. If you have a bat infestation in your attic, you’ll hear chirps, squeaking, fluttering, and scratching.

Raccoons

Raccoons are common nuisance animals and tend to make loud noises. Raccoons usually invade homes to nest in early spring. This is when they’re looking for shelter to give birth and take care of their kits.

Birds

If you have birds in your attic, you’ll hear shuffling, scratching, wings flapping, or humming sounds. Depending on the type of bird, you might also hear screeches, coos, chirps, or singing. How loud the noises are depends on the level of insulation your attic has.

Rats

As rats scurry across attic floorboards, you’ll hear soft thumping sounds. You’ll also hear scratching, gnawing, squeaking, and scuffling. The rat sounds are caused by their claws digging into the attic floor for a better grip.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF BATS IN MY ATTIC?

Aside from the sounds they make, you’ll know you have a bat infestation when you notice the following:

  • The ammonia-like smell of bat guano
  • Bat droppings on the loft insulation and near an entry point or one corner of your attic
  • Urine stains on your attic walls
  • Live and dead bats

WHAT DO RACCOONS IN THE ATTIC SOUND LIKE?

If you hear knocking, banging, thumping, scurrying, and rustling noises in your attic or crawl space, it might be a raccoon. You can also notice these noises when they walk across your rooftops.

Raccoons weigh 20 pounds (some are heavier), so their movement in the attic cannot go unnoticed. If you hear crying, whining, and mewing noises, you probably have a family of raccoons living in your attic. As time progresses and the kits start playing and wrestling each other, the crying and whining noises become hard knocking and thumping.

Note: Raccoon mothers are super protective of their kits. They are generally good at hiding them but when you manage to find them, they can be vicious. You need a professional like Advanced Wildlife Removal who understands their behavior and weak points to handle the raccoon removal.

SIGNS OF BIRDS IN YOUR ATTIC

Aside from the above sounds, other signs of a bird infestation in your attic include:

  • Getting itchy: If you’ve noticed you or your pet are suddenly getting itchy, it could be a sign of a bird infestation in your attic. Mites and lice love living among birds and in their nests. Over time, the mite and lice population will increase, and they’ll have to look for new hosts, including your family and pets.
  • Bird droppings: If you notice concentrated droppings, nesting materials, and feathers on your roof, call a professional bird removal company.
  • Respiratory issues: Bird waste is a health risk and can cause respiratory problems and allergic reactions.

Although rats are nocturnal, they are intelligent and tend to adapt their activities and movements to times when you’re not home or asleep.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF RATS IN MY ATTIC?

Other signs of a rodent infestation include:

  • Gnawed holes: Rats gnaw holes in your home, especially near windows and doors, pipes, conduits, behind bathtubs, counters, and cupboards.
  • Urine and droppings: This is the most obvious sign of a rat infestation. Rat droppings are over ¾ inches long and have pointed or blunt ends. New droppings are shiny and putty, while old droppings are crumbly and hard.
  • Unusual pet behavior: Pets are more sensitive than humans, so they’ll pick up on rat presence before you.
  • Chewed items: if you notice chewed cardboard boxes, plastic boxes, and clothing, you have a rat problem.

WHAT ANIMALS MAKE NOISE DURING THE DAY IN THE ATTIC?

Squirrels are diurnal rodents, so if you hear strange noises from your attic during the day, they are the most likely suspect. The noise will most likely be in the early morning and late in the evening when they are leaving and entering their nest.

Note: Gray squirrels are diurnal but flying squirrels are nocturnal.

WHAT DOES A SQUIRREL IN THE ATTIC SOUND LIKE?

Usually, they produce scampering, scurrying, and some scratching sounds. Since they are larger animals than rats and mice, they tend to be louder. They usually bring food (nuts or acorns) home, you can hear rolling sounds too (from when they roll food). And like mice, they also make grinding and gnawing sounds.

CAN ANIMALS IN THE ATTIC GET INTO THE HOUSE?

Animals can gain entry to your home through any opening. Some animals can chew through drywall creating a hole they can pass through. Other larger animals like raccoons can fall through the ceiling if it’s in a bad state.

HOW TO GET RID OF CRITTERS IN THE ATTIC

Below is how to safely get rid of nuisance animals in your attic.

  • Call a wildlife removal service: Advanced Wildlife Removal has the equipment, experience, and skills to remove the animals from your attic safely. They’ll know what animal they are dealing with and the best wildlife removal method.
  • Stay away from the attic: As you wait for the professionals, keep everyone, including pets, away from the attic. Animals like squirrels and raccoons can attack when they’re threatened.
  • Seal the entry points: To ensure your attic is free of nuisance animals, you should seal the entry points. Any ill-fitting or missing attic vent cover or gap between the fascia and rooftop should be fixed.
  • Run annual attic inspections: Even after sealing possible entry points and damage, there’s a chance new gaps will develop. Performing bi-annual or annual attic inspections to maintain and repair any damage.

CONTACT ADVANCED WILDLIFE REMOVAL

Our team of wildlife removal experts is ready and trained to help you deal with your infestation problem. We’ll visit your property for a thorough inspection to determine the problem animal and the size of the infestation and then develop a custom and lasting solution.

Call us today to schedule your inspection with our friendly and knowledgeable removal team.

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