At some point we’ve all been there. That moment you realize there is a noise in the attic or wall. Unsettling to say the least. “What could it be”, you think. “It sounds huge whatever it is… Prolly has beady red eyes and sharp teeth. Maybe it’ll try to eat me in my sleep?”
As Atlanta Wildlife Control Professionals we receive many calls this time of year from very concerned homeowners regarding sounds from attics and walls. Most describe these noises as scratching, scurrying, thumping, or just plain loud. Some say the noise is most prevalent at night while others experience daytime activity. Truthfully, in wildlife control the specifics of the noises such as time, intensity, location, and description are clues to help us identify the type of pest species we are controlling. With this information we will know where to begin our search for structural entry points, conducive conditions that may need to be changed, and how to best solve the problem. As you can see…a little noise can matter. So here are a few guidelines regarding noise and what they may indicate.
Day vs. Night – Have you ever seen a Raccoon walking around the park at noon? No! But, I’ll bet you’ve seen many a squirrel. This is a great illustration regarding the timing of the noise. If the animal is typically active during the day it stands to reason you’ll hear them moving more. The same for nocturnal animals such as rats and flying squirrels. These animals will be primarily active at night.
Thumping vs. Scratching – The way an animal moves has a lot to do with the noise they create. For example, a squirrel is likely to jump from rafter to rafter in your attic creating an intermittent thumping sound. Rats on the other hand tend to scurry and dig in insulation. This will create more of a scratching sound. And of course there are those animals that make very little noise, such as bats. In this case sounds will not be physical movement but usually animal vocalizations. The squealing of bats congregating inside a wall is unmistakable and even unnerving.
Attic vs. Walls -Sounds coming from an attic usually indicate animals that prefer to climb. A good example is Roof Rats, Flying Squirrels, and Grey Squirrels. A thorough inspection of the roof line is advisable. WE need to find the points of access to the structure. On the other hand, if the sound is in the walls this may be associated with animal access from the foundation areas. This is most commonly mice, or even Norway Rats. Access to wall systems can be obtained from the attic as well so inspections to both areas is necessary.
These are a few simple tools we as Atlanta Wildlife Control experts use when addressing an animal problem. Although there are always exceptions to rules when dealing with wildlife we never forget the importance of listening to the homeowner. The information gathered about noise description, timing and location can be critical in a quick and permanent resolution.
If you think you may have a wildlife control problem give Peachtree Pest Control a call. We have the experience and know-how to address any Atlanta Wildlife Control issue you may have.
Looking forward to helping you!
Corey Arnold, President