“Noises in the Attic – Scratching Sounds at Night
Scratching ~ Thumping ~ Squeaking ~ Squealing ~ Walking ~ In the ceiling, in the walls, down the halls. Can you find out what kind of critters are living in your attic, based on the type of sound they make?”
The answer is Yes, or at least you can narrow it down. The time you hear it is a big clue. If the noise is during the day, especially in the early morning, then it’s likely you have squirrels.
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If you hear critter sounds in your attic, you can often identify the type of pest problem you have, based on the type of sounds it makes.
If the noise of the rodent in the attic is at night, it’s probably raccoons, rats, or another nocturnal animal. How about the location of the sound? If it’s in a wall or a very tight space, it’s probably a rodent like rats or mice. What about the volume? The heavier the thumping and walking, the larger the animal, such as a raccoon or opossum. If it’s fast and light scampering, it’s probably a rat or mouse (or squirrel, during the daytime). Below is a description of the sounds of several of the major types of animals that live in attics:
Squirrels: Daytime noise, especially in the morning or evening. Fast scampering, medium volume, usually in the attic, but sometimes the walls, and often the eaves, and vents. Their not as loud with one squirrel when it’s just the first female, but when the young grow large enough, you hear the putter-patter from the babies.
Raccoons: You will mostly hear noises at night. You will hear heavy walking or thumping. If the raccoons are mating, then the adults will actually squeal. A nest of baby raccoons has a very distinctive noises.
Rats: Nigh time only, especially shortly after sunset. Light scurrying and scampering, maybe some scratching. You may also hear fast running up or down the walls.
Mice: Like rats, but a lighter noise. Though in actuality, the acoustics of your home, thickness of walls, presence or lack of insulation has more bearing on volume than animal size.
Bats: They are very quiet, but if there are enough of them, you’ll hear them chirping after sunset.
Flying Squirrels: They are nocturnal, and the sound is a lot like rats, although you’re not likely to hear them in the walls the same as with rats.
Birds: Flapping sounds, and chirping. Most of the sound will be during the daytime.
Animal Noises In the Attic
If you’re hearing strange sounds coming from your attic, there’s a good chance that some kind of animal has taken up residence in your home. While this may be unsettling, it’s important to take action quickly to ensure the safety of your home and the animal.
Identifying the Animal
The first step in dealing with an animal in your attic is to identify the type of animal. Different animals make different sounds, and this can help you narrow down the possibilities. For example, if you hear scratching and scurrying sounds, you may have mice or rats. If you hear thumping and heavy footsteps, you may have a larger animal like a raccoon or opossum.
The Importance of Removing Animals
Having an animal in your attic can be a nuisance, but it can also be a safety hazard. Animals can cause damage to your home by chewing through wires, insulation, and other materials. They can also create a fire hazard by chewing through electrical wires. Additionally, animals can carry diseases and parasites that can be harmful to humans and pets.
Removing the Animal
Once you’ve identified the type of animal in your attic, it’s important to take steps to remove it safely and humanely. This can be a tricky process, as some animals can be aggressive and may pose a danger to humans if they feel threatened.
There are a few different methods for removing animals from your attic. One option is to use a live trap, which can capture the animal without harming it. Once the animal is trapped, it can be released into the wild far from your home.
Another option is to hire our professionals, at Wildlife Removal Specialist of Atlanta for removal and trapping services. Our Trappers have the expertise and equipment needed to safely and effectively remove animals from your home.
Preventing Future Infestations
After you’ve removed the animal from your attic, it’s important to take steps to prevent future infestations. This can include sealing up any entry points that the animal may have used to get into your home, such as holes or cracks in the roof or walls. Additionally, keeping your home clean and free of food debris can help discourage animals from taking up residence in your attic.
Dealing with an animal in your attic can be a daunting task, but it’s important to take action quickly to ensure the safety of your home and the animal. By identifying the type of animal, removing it safely and humanely, and taking steps to prevent future infestations, you can protect your home and enjoy peace of mind.
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