Pest and wildlife service company servicing Dallas and Ellis counties since 1999 Specializing in small business properties and residential pest and wildlife prevention and control.
ARE YOU HEARING THE PITTER-PATTER OF LITTLE FEET AT NIGHT?
Most likely rats or mice. They can be persistent and surprisingly loud, depending on the amount of insulation and your house’s acoustics. They will scratch, gnaw and generally make a big racket but if you hear fast running particularly if it goes up and down your walls then you’ve got rats or mice. a mouse is much smaller than a rat and will be a lot quieter.
ARE YOU HEARING THE SOUNDS DURING THE DAY OR AT NIGHT?
If during the day your more than likely dealing with a squirrel. One of the most common animal that lives in attics, eaves, soffits, ceilings and walls. They are active during the day mostly in early morning and early evening right before the sun sets. If your hearing the noises at those times, particularly fast, scurrying noises running around then it’s most likely squirrels.
WAS IT A SQUEAK OR A SQUEAL?
I cant tell you how many times I’ve been called out to someone’s house to check on a squeaking or squealing noise to find out it was a squeaky whirlybird roof vent or a low smoke alarm battery or even more common a tiny branch just barely rubbing against a gutter or window. In the cases that it was animal related it almost always turned out to be either baby squirrels or raccoons crying for their mother, birds in the ceiling, wall, or dryer vent or puppies or kittens under the house.
IS SOMEONE MOVING FURNITURE UP THERE?
Most likely a racoon. Sounds more like heavy walking instead of pitter-pattering. You will sometimes hear chattering, vocalizations and even growling. They are active mostly early morning and around sunset but sometimes you’ll hear them stirring around in the middle of the day. Or possibly a opossum. Although not generally as loud as a racoon, they still sound like a large lumbering animal. If you hear a large slow animal in your attic and also smell a foul odor you are more than likely hosting an opossum.
NOISY BUGS IN MY HOUSE
Many smaller critters can make big noises. We’re all familiar with the chirping of crickets on a summer evening but crickets inside the house also will make a twill almost meowing sound. Deathwatch beetles tap tapping away in old beams. Paper wasps and carpenter bees can make a loud munching sound in the walls. I remember years ago laying awake listening to what sounded like a giant rat in the wall scratching, gnawing and chewing his way into the room. as I got up to investigate armed for battle, I discovered my enemy was nothing but a American roach trying to climb out of a cardboard box in the corner. Its amazing what an active imagination and good acoustics can do for you at 3:00 A.M.