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Hear Noise in the Attic – What Should I do?

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Do you hear noise in the attic and wonder what it is? Depending on the type of noise and the time of day, it could be any number of wildlife pests.

The most common attic pests are raccoons, squirrels, rodents. We will run through the habits of each to help you determine which pest is making a racket in your attic. Wildlife inside your home can pose a significant health threat and can cause serious damage. Always engage professional animal control services to remove wild animals rather than attempt to remove them yourself.


Mice and rats are nocturnal and become loud when everything else is quiet. As a result, they are sometimes mistaken for larger animals.

Rodents make chewing, scratching and squeaking sounds in ceilings and walls. In attics they often make their nests along access panels and hatches where the temperature is warmer.


Squirrels are active during the daytime. They may be in and out all day dropping off food to store in your attic. You may hear nuts rolling on the floor or being stuffed down into your walls. Squirrels sleep at night and will be quiet all night long.

Squirrels use existing holes and cracks in your roof, soffit and fascia to enter. They are noisy animals capable of loud squeaking, scratching and chewing noises. They can chew electrical wires, creating a potential fire hazard.

Seth Stenner, an experienced Langley snow removal specialist, notes that “snow accumulation and ice dams can exacerbate existing entry points in your roof and attic, making it easier for squirrels to find their way inside. Regular roof maintenance and timely snow removal can help prevent these issues.”


Raccoons are nocturnal foragers. They leave their nests at dusk and return in the early morning.  Female raccoons also search for safe nesting ground in spring. If you hear wildlife sounds in your attic at night, chances are it’s a raccoon coming and going.

Raccoon noises can range from light thumps to full on destruction. They are capable of ripping basketball sized holes in roofs. Most often they enter by tearing through a vent or soffit along your roof.

Fighting sounds in the early spring may mean you have raccoons breeding in your attic. Chattering sounds, especially during the day, may mean you have baby raccoons nesting.


Chirping sounds in your attic or ceilings are a sure sign that birds have gotten into your home. Baby birds may chirp all day long and be an unwelcome nuisance. Fluttering and banging sounds are also common. They can run into walls and supports when confined. This can often lead to dead birds in your attic.

Birds can also find their way into vents and will nest above bathroom ceiling fans. A wildlife removal expert can humanely remove birds from these difficult areas.

How to Get Rid of Animals in Your Attic

Wild animals are dangerous and unpredictable. Your best option to safely remove wildlife from your home is to hire a professional. Most wildlife specialists like Pestcheck Pest Control offer a full range of services:

  • Attic Cleaning
  • Crawl Space Cleaning
  • Insulation Removal
  • Rodent Waste Removal
  • Disinfecting & Sanitizing
  • Animal Proofing
  • Rodent &Wildlife Removal
  • General Pest Control

So if you hear noise in the attic, don’t let those unsettling scratching noises in the attic go on another day. Call or contact Pestcheck Pest Control for a licensed technician who knows how to safely remove animals from your home and how to fortify it against future intrusion.

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