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 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.

When our customers call with noises in the attic we will ask them a 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. When you hear the noise in the attic do you hear it 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. But, knowing for certain what the source of the noise in the attic is, it's always best to perform a professional thorough inspection of the attic.

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. Many times we find that our customers have more than one type of wildlife making the noises in the attic.

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

Sounds in the Attic could be raccoons
Listen to raccoon noises.

Raccoon Noises In the attic

Raccoons in the attic can make several different noises. Most raccoon noises in the attic occur at night in the evenings and early mornings when the raccoon goes out to find food and water and then returns in the early morning. Even what time of year can determine what type of an attic noise you might be hearing from a raccoon. What sound does a raccoon make?

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 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 in a hurry. We have also had customers call and 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 on their entry into a customer's attic will push up the soffit where the roof and eave come together. This noise in the attic is a very slight "thumping" noise, and many customer don't even know they even have animal in their attic because they think it was possibly just something outside that made the noise.

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 "chattering" noises. This is the sound that is heard from baby raccoons. When baby raccoons begin to move around you may start hearing a lot of these chattering noises in the attic sometimes even in the middle of the day.

Angry Raccoon Noises
Squirrels in the attic are noisy.

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?

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 or red squirrels move very fast and are quit 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 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. This is heard when flying squirrels jump from attic rafter to attic rafter.

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. Other noises that are heard in attics from bats are slight squeaking or a "clicking" noise. 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.

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 service technicians find that these attic noises from birds are mostly found in bathrooms, not always, but most of the time. What happens is most bathroom fan vents will vent up through the attic and then out through an outside wall. Birds will pull the plastic louvers off these vents and build their nest in the fan vent duct. Not long after the baby birds are born they begin chirping constantly almost all day long. Most customers will hear these chirping noises in the attic or ceiling.

Frequently they hear chirping noises in the attic at one end of their house only right below a louver gable end vent. Many times the screens in these vents will become damaged or torn allowing for birds to enter into the attic. Sometimes customers will say they hear a thumping noise in the attic as birds bang or crash into attic roof trusses as they are flying around. Most birds do not have as keen as senses as bats and they fly into these attic trusses as they get disoriented in attics. That's why many times we will find dead birds in the attics.

Mouse damage in attic

Mouse Noises in the Attic

Almost every one of customers have mice in their attic and at sometime 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 sometimes is it happens mostly in the night when the whole house is very quiet and the noise can sound much louder than what it really is, therefore our customer will assume it is much larger than just mice in the attic. Our customers will hear these noises in the ceiling as mice like to scratch on the drywall ceiling under the attic insulation. As they "knead" their nest. Mice scratching noises can be heard also directly right above the attic hatch or access into the attic. This is an area where there is a lot of heat loss and 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 service technicians are in and out of attics all day long doing inspections. Some times even our seasoned technicians will have a rough time figuring out exactly what animal may be making the noises in the attic that our customer is hearing. Occasionally we will discover that there is no animal in the attic making noises. Some times it is just a squirrel running on the roof or a raccoon walking on the roof. Often times raccoons will leave "litter boxes" on our customers roofs. Usually when this begins it is best to trap and remove the raccoon before he or she decides to get into the attic. Sometimes in the fall customers will call and say they hear a loud bang in the attic and then 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, then they roll all the way down the roof and into the gutter. And this is the "animal noise" they thought they were hearing in their attic.

Several of our technicians have arrived at customers homes who are hearing birds chirping in the attic and 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. Vinyl sided homes, mostly on the south side of the house, can make almost like a rubbing sound as it expands and contracts as it warms and cools.customer can think this noise is an animal in the attic also. Wind blowing through attic vents can attribute to attic noises also.

Animal feces removal from attic


Many different things and or animals can make noises. If you are hearing attic noises you should call a professional right away. Many times customers will just ignore the noise in the ceiling or just put it off not really thinking about the damage that an animal maybe causing. Everyday our technicians see horrible damage in attics from wildlife. Each year millions of dollars in animal damage claims are filed for claims 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. If it turns out that its nothing serious at least you will have peace of mind and you will be able to sleep better at night.

Professional attic cleaning

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

Hearing animal noises in the ceiling.