Animal Noises in the Attic.

Lot of customers call saying they are hearing "animal noises in the ceiling or attic". Most people who hear noises in the ceiling assume the noise is from some type of animal in the attic. Some kind of wildlife is often the culprit for the noise in their attic. Noises in the attic should send off alarm signals in your mind to call American Animal Control® LLC right away!

Noises in the attic can come from several different types of animals. Bats in attics can make noises. Raccoons make certain attic noises. Mice and squirrels can be heard gnawing and moving throughout the attic. Most any wildlife and some insects can even make noises in the attic.

American Animal Control service technicians have been in thousands of attics. They are able to find the sources of nearly every noise in the attic customers have been concerned about. We get rid of confirmed noisy animal presence by exclusion and trapping.

Our customers call with noises in the attic. We ask them this series of questions.

These help us identity the cause for the noises in the attic.

  1. How long have you been hearing noises in your attic?
  2. Are you hearing scratching noises in your attic?
  3. Do you hear gnawing noises in your attic?
  4. Is there any chewing noises in the attic?
  5. Does the noise in the attic sound like it's moving around or staying in one spot?
  6. Do you hear any running noises in the attic?
  7. Do you hear what sounds like nuts rolling in your attic?
  8. Can you hear noises in the attic in more than one place at a time?
  9. What time of day do you hear the noises in the attic?
  10. Have you ever heard noises in the attic in the past?

The answers to these questions give us clues of what kind of animal we are dealing with. Each type of wildlife in attics are dealt with differently. Some with traps, some with one way doors, and some animals we can remove by hand with one trip to the property. It is helpful to get some basic information over the phone from our potential customers. We perform a thorough inspection of the attic to know for certain what the source of the noise in the attic is.

Raccoons making noise in the ceiling and walls

What are the ANIMAL NOISES IN THE ATTIC? Raccoon Noises? Squirrel Noises?

We determine what animal the noises in the attic are coming from. Many times it will requires a "crime scene" investigation from a professional. Many animals in the attic make similar noises. We put many different clues together to solve the problem of just what is causing the noises in a specific attic.

In the attic, we look for droppings, nuts, and food sources that may be stored around the attic space. Animal trails in the attic, holes in attic insulation, animal hair or fur, bird feathers, displacement of attic insulation, and even dead animals are common clues found in the attic. As wildlife removal specialists AAC technicians always inspect the outside of the house. They inspect the roof line, not just inside the attic for animal entrance points and damage. This allows access into the attics by many types of wildlife.

Sometimes noises in the attic can actually come from an animal that entered at the foundation and worked its way up the wall and into the attic. The foundation, crawlspace and/or basement should be inspected for animal entry. For instance, it's common to see more than one type of wildlife making the noises in the attic at once.

We first will be discussing animal noises in the attic. We deal with animals in attics daily. Animal noises in the attic differ vary dramatically from species to species as well as different times of the day or night.

Sounds in the Attic could be raccoons

Raccoon Noises In the attic

Raccoons in the attic make several different types of noises. Most raccoon noises in the attic occur at night, evening and early mornings. Raccoons go out to find food and water and then return in the early morning. The time of year can determine what type of an attic noise you might be hearing from a raccoon.

What sound does a raccoon make?

Listen to a raccoon's vocal noises.
Squirrels in the attic are noisy.

When a raccoon enters an attic for the first time, the noise can range from a slight "thump" to what sounds almost like a tornado tearing your roof off. We have seen basketball size holes in brand new roofs. These torn open in less than an hour by a raccoon that wants into the attic. This is usually in the spring when a female raccoon is about to give birth and needs a den location quickly. We have also had customers call to tell us a raccoon was ripping open the louver end vent of their home. The noise from the attic was as if someone was breaking into their house!

Sometimes raccoons enter a customer's attic by pushing up the soffit where the roof and eaves come together. This noise in the attic is a very slight "thumping" noise. Many customers don't even know they even have animal in the attic because they think it was something outside that made the noise.

Angry Raccoon Noises

Once a raccoon gets into an attic, several noises can be heard at different times of the year. In December and January raccoons typically breed. The noises heard in the attic at this time of year may sound like animals are fighting in the attic. This is the noise that raccoons make when the are breeding.

Later on in the spring you may hear raccoons making "chattering" noises. This is the sound that is heard from baby raccoons. When baby raccoons begin to move around you may start hearing chattering noises in the attic sometimes even in the middle of the day.

Squirrel Noises in the Attic

Squirrels in the attic can make various noises at all different times of day depending on what type pf squirrel you may have in the attic. Most customers that have fox squirrels or grey squirrels in their attic will hear movement in and out most of the day as fall nears.

These squirrels are most generally bringing nuts into the attic to store for the long winter. Many times you can hear the noise or sounds in the attic or wall of the walnuts or acorns rolling around or being dropped down the wall cavities. Most of the times during the night fox squirrels and grey squirrels are sleeping and there is very little noise.

What sound does a squirrel make?

Red Squirrel Noises

When red squirrels or "piney" squirrels get in your attic you can really hear a lot of different types of loud noises. Out of all the squirrels in attics these squirrels are big time chewers, many times they even will chew the wires in your attics, this could cause a house fire. You may hear gnawing noises, chewing noises, scratching noises, and lots of running noises. Pine squirrels and red squirrels move very quickly and are quite aggressive. They will move in and out of the attic and up and down your walls all day long. But when night time comes, most of the time you will hear very little attic noises from pine squirrels. So, what does a squirrel sound like? Screeching, squeaking, running and bouncing on the rafters... There are so many sounds!

Flying Squirrel Noises

Flying squirrels on the other hand are nocturnal and move in and out of attics primarily at night. Most customers who have colonies of flying squirrels in their attics will complain of hearing a light thumping noise or a slight knocking noise in the attic in the middle of the night. Flying squirrels jump from attic rafter to attic rafter and make noise.

Gray Squirrel Noises

Gray squirrels are noisy and will tear up insulation in an attic and use it to make their nest. They will also chew through electrical wires. If gray squirrels are in your attic or building, it's usually because of existing entry points, such as a small hole in a soffit, eaves, or fascia.

Bats in the attic making sounds

Bat Noises in the Attic

Most customers with bats in the attic do not even hear noises until the problem becomes serious. Do bats make noise? Bats are nocturnal and usually move in and out of the soffits and eaves at dusk and return early dawn.

Most of the attic noises from bats will be a very slight scratching noises or "wing flutter" as they pull themselves with their wings through the soffits. Bats also make slight squeaking or a "clicking" noises. Many customers will hear these noises not just in the attics but also in the walls as bats push themselves up and down the wall cavities to avoid extreme temperature changes.

It is important to get bats out of your attic, not so much because of their noise, but the guano droppings bats leave are harmful to humans and carry several diseases. Bats living in your attic pose a health threat and should be removed. Bat entry holes are hard for the untrained eye to spot and can be as small as the end of a pencil.

Birds nesting in attic

Bird Noises in the Ceiling

Most of the time the customers that call with bird noises in the attic are hearing chirping noises in the attic or ceiling. American Animal Control® LLC service technicians find birds in bathrooms make these attic noises. What happens is most bathroom fans vent up through the attic and then through an outside wall. Birds will pull the plastic louvers off these vents and build nests in the fan vent duct.

Not long after baby birds are born they begin chirping constantly all day long. Most customers will hear these chirping noises in the attic or ceiling. Birds in the bathroom vents are often starlings and house sparrows.

Frequently people hear chirping noises in the attic at one end of their house. Usually this is right below a louver gable end vent. Birds enter attics through damaged vent screens. Sometimes customers say they hear a thumping noise in the ceiling. Birds bang and crash into attic roof trusses as they are flying around. Birds get disoriented and often fly into attic trusses. Bird do not have keen senses like bats. That's why many times we find dead birds in the attics.

When birds get into the attic, but aren't in the bathroom vent, we see swallows and woodpeckers as often as starlings and sparrows in attics.

Mouse damage in attic

Mouse Noises in the Attic

Almost everyone has mice in their attic and at some time will hear mouse noises in the attic. The most common noise mice make in the attic is a very light scratching noise.

The problem identifying what may be causing this scratching noise is that it happens mostly in the night when the whole house is very quiet. Noise can sound much louder than what it really is at night. Many people will assume it is much larger than just mice in the attic. These noises in the ceiling are common, as mice often scratch on drywalls ceiling under the attic insulation. As they "knead" their nest.

Mouse scratching noises are heard directly above the attic hatch or access into the attic. This is an area where there is a lot of heat loss. As the attics get cold in the winter months mice will congregate at these attic hatches to stay warm. Many times when we move the attic hatch we will find lots of mouse droppings.

Attic insulation damage


American Animal Control® LLC service technicians are in and out of attics all day long doing inspections. Sometimes even our seasoned technicians will have a rough time figuring out exactly what animal is making the noises in the attic our customers hear.

We discover sometimes there are no animals in the attic making noises. Sometimes it is a squirrel running on the roof or a raccoon walking on the roof. Often times raccoons will leave "litter boxes" on our customers roofs. It is best to trap and remove raccoons so they can't tear into the attic.

Customers call in the Fall and say they hear a loud bang in the attic. It sounds like something is running in the attic. We find that these customers sometime have walnut tree limbs that overhang their house and noise is the walnuts dropping and making a loud bang noise on the roof. Walnuts roll all the way down the roof and into the gutter. This is sometimes the "animal noise" they were hearing in the attic.

Several of our technicians have arrived at customer's homes hearing birds chirping in the attic. It turns out that the ceiling mounted smoke detectors batteries are just getting low and this is the low battery indicator noise.

Noises in your home can come from many different sources and at different times of days or seasons. The south side of vinyl sided houses can make a rubbing sound. Warming and cooling periods cause siding to expand and contract. Some customers think this noise is an animal in the attic. Wind blowing through vents accounts for some attic noise.

Animal feces removal from attic


Many different things and or animals can make noises. If you hear attic noises you should call a professional right away. Many times our customers ignore the noise in the ceiling or just put it off not really thinking about the damage that an animal maybe causing.

Every day our technicians see horrible damage in attics from wildlife. Every year millions of dollars in animal damage claims are filed with insurance companies. Some house fires are caused by animal in the attic. If you hear animal noises upstairs it should not be ignored. Call a professional to come out and do an inspection. You will have peace of mind and you will be able to sleep better at night if it turns out that it's nothing serious. AAC works with your insurance company to resolve many of these animal damage claims.

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American Animal Control LLC specialize in attic inspections. We know how to identify what a noise is, where it is coming from and how to resolve the problem. Give us a call at 877-264-3638 or visit AAC on facebook we can help.

Hearing animal noises in the ceiling.